MGM Channel launches in Slovenia

MUMBAI: MGM Networks has officially launched a locally versioned channel into Slovenia. With wide carriage on cable operator UPC, The MGM Channel’s Slovenian launch scores another milestone for MGM Networks – delivering on its goal of operating branded channels in all of Central and Eastern Europe’s multichannel markets.

The announcement was made by Bruce Tuchman president MGM Networks.

Underscoring the success and importance of The MGM Channel’s distribution process, the board of The MGM Channel Central and Eastern Europe (MGM CEE), owned 50/50 by MGM Networks and LGI Venture, has announced that Phil Mordecai will assume the post of General Manager of MGM CEE effective next month.

He will operate out of MGM CEE’s headquarters in Munich, traveling frequently across the region. Mordecai, who previously served as Director of Affiliate Sales for Chello Zone Central and Eastern Europe (a Liberty Global company), has led MGM CEE’s distribution efforts in the region as its distribution agent.

"MGM Networks continues to grow rapidly and expand the footprint of its many channels worldwide. We are extremely pleased to welcome Phil on board to lead our Central and Eastern European joint venture, and we are also excited to see our progress outside of the region and around the world match the great accomplishments that our CEE business has achieved," said Tuchman.

Mordecai said, "I am thrilled to be taking on this great new responsibility and incredible opportunity. Having worked closely with The MGM Channel over the last few years as Director of Affiliate Sales at Chello Zone, I have been leading MGM CEE’s distribution efforts in Hungary, Romania, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Slovenia. I have developed a great passion for the brand, the incomparable MGM film library and the tremendous opportunities for growth in the region across all platforms, including exploring HD and other new digital technologies emerging across the markets."

LGI Ventures managing director Chris Smith added, "We have been very impressed by Phil’s contribution to MGM CEE’s development during his time at Chello Zone, and are delighted that he has agreed to come on board."

Mordecai will assume his new post from Klaus Michler, who helmed the joint venture from its early stages and worked closely with the partners to build a thriving business across the region.