Karol Bek to Take on Country Manager Role for Romania at A+E Networks EMEA
Karol Bek, who joined A+E Networks EMEA in 2013, will oversee all distribution, ad sales, programming and marketing activities in Romania, with a focus on new business and developing a stronger non-linear presence for The HISTORY® Channel and Crime+Investigation® in the market.
He will continue to hold his Senior Commercial Director role operating out of the Warsaw office, managing the creation and implementation of a long-term commercial strategy and the development of the broadcaster's channels in Central Europe as well as maintaining business relations with affiliate clients in the region.
Bek will continue to report to Izabella Wiley, SVP, General Manager of A+E Networks CEE.
The team in the A+E Networks EMEA Warsaw hub – led by Izabella Wiley - oversees the company’s business across 17 countries in the region, including: Poland, Romania, Hungary, Bulgaria, and Serbia.
Karol Bek said: “This year marks 14 years since the inauguration of the localized HISTORY® Channel feed in Romania. The HISTORY Channel is available to 9 million viewers in Romania, maintaining the number 1 factual brand position in the country for the ninth consecutive year.
We see the enthusiasm that both our viewers and our market partners have for our brand and programming. Our ambition is to continue to tell local stories on The HISTORY Channel and to launch a localised feed for our true-crime channel Crime+Investigation®.”
In 14 years, The HISTORY Channel has brought to the Romanian audience all-original programming including documentary films following the life of Queen Marie and King Michael that met with excellent audience feedback, as well as a roster of signature premium series including: Vikings, The Curse of Oak Island, Forged in Fire, Pawn Stars, and American Pickers. The channel continues to deliver feature-length event series and riveting factual programming such as The UnXplained with William Shatner, Great Escapes with Morgan Freeman and History’s Greatest Mysteries with Laurence Fishburne.
Later this year, A+E Networks EMEA will premiere a new local production, to be announced in September.
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