A+E NETWORKS® UK APPOINTS RICCARDO DONATO AS DIRECTOR OF DISTRIBUTION & DIGITAL PARTNERSHIPS

A+E Networks UK Monday, January 30, 2017 - 09:00

LONDON, Monday 30 January 2017:  A+E Networks® UK announced today the appointment of Riccardo Donato to the newly-created role of Director of Distribution & Digital Partnerships.

In his new position Donato is responsible for linear and non-linear business development across A+E Networks UK’s markets, spanning 90 countries. His focus will be on developing new digital services and commercial relationships with partners.

Donato joins A+E Networks UK from BBC Worldwide, where he was Head of VOD, Global Markets as well as Business Advisor, BBCW Labs. Prior to these positions, Donato was Head of Commercial and Strategy for Global iPlayer and YouTube at BBC Worldwide. He has also held senior roles at Sky, Virgin Media and Channel 4.

He reports into Adrian Pilkington, SVP of Strategy and Distribution at A+E Networks UK.

Adrian Pilkington says of the appointment: “With his wealth of expertise, particularly in building digital  platforms and services, Riccardo will play a pivotal role in expanding A+E Networks’ business across our markets.  

Riccardo Donato adds: “This is an exciting time to join A+E Networks UK. With its strong portfolio of brands, I look forward to playing a role in developing and growing the business across all platforms.”

A+E Networks® UK is a joint venture between A+E Networks® and Sky. Its portfolio of factual and entertainment channels includes HISTORY®, Lifetime®, Crime + Investigation®, H2® and new free-to-air channel BLAZE™. It operates 20 channels, broadcasting into 64 million homes across the UK, Nordics, Benelux, Central & Eastern Europe, Africa and the Middle East.

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Contact:

Sarah Williams-Robbins                   - Head of Communications, A+E Networks UK

+44 (0)7972 876924/sarah.williams-robbins@aetn.co.uk