Sunday, June 05, 2022

SkyShowtime Names NBCU Alum Raquel Berzosa As General Manager for Iberia

Pan-European streamer SkyShowtime has made its latest senior exec addition, this time naming the service’s regional general manager for Iberia.

Raquel Berzosa joins the Paramount+ and Comcast-backed streamer having most recently been VP of affiliate sales & country lead for Comcast sibling NBCUniversal (NBCU) in Iberia.

Prior to that, she had been a director of affiliate sales at NBCU in the region, working across commercial and distribution, having first joined the company in 2000.

She has held roles including finance & distribution director during her two decades with the firm and before that was a commercial analyst at Sony Computer Entertainment Europe.

Expanding exec empire

Berzosa’s arrival is the latest in-house hire for SkyShowtime, which was first revealed in mid-2021 and will offer TV, movies and original series from Comcast duo NBCU and Sky, as well as Paramount.

The service will be made available across 20 territories in Europe that are outside the reach of Sky, Paramount+ and NBCU’s Peacock. These include Spain, the Nordics and a swathe of CEE countries, with former Comcast Cable exec Monty Sarhan appointed as SkyShowtime’s CEO in January to lead the roll-out.

Sarhan unveiled his senior management team in March, including the appointment of former Paramount+ exec Henriette Petersen as regional GM for Northern Europe and Gabor Harsanyi in CEE.

On the Paramount side, the service will house series from the likes of Billions network Showtime, SpongeBob’s Nickelodeon and Paramount Pictures, while NBCU will provide IP from Universal Pictures and its own streamer, Peacock, as well as content from Comcast stablemate Sky, which is behind originals such as I Hate Suzie.

The news follows reports that the streamer is also interviewing for a head of content to oversee the streamer’s entire content offering. A number of candidates are believed to be discussing the role, which will have to juggle the rights demands of two US studios in NBCU and Paramount, as well as the considerable programming output from NBCU sibling Sky.

Original source: TBI Vision.

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