CNN Worldwide appoints Mark Thompson as Chairman and CEO

Mark Thompson is stepping into the role of Chairman and CEO at CNN Worldwide, with his official start date in October. He will be reporting to David Zaslav, the CEO of Warner Bros Discovery. Thompson's responsibilities encompass overseeing CNN's strategic direction, operations, and various business units across broadcast, streaming, and digital platforms. This includes managing CNN's extensive global network portfolio, channels, programming, and its approximately 4,000 employees worldwide. Additionally, Thompson will assume the position of editor-in-chief, bearing ultimate responsibility for all content produced by CNN.David Zaslav expressed his enthusiasm for Thompson's appointment, highlighting his extensive experience, reputation, and capabilities within the news industry. Zaslav noted Thompson's transformative leadership and fervent dedication to news, making him a powerful asset for both CNN and journalism during this critical period.Thompson himself expressed his excitement about joining CNN after years of observing and even competing with the network. He recognized the growing need for accurate and reliable news worldwide, emphasizing the multitude of opportunities presented by the evolving media landscape. Thompson is eager to collaborate with his new colleagues and contribute to CNN's successful future.With over 40 years of experience in the news sector, Thompson is widely recognized for his prowess as a programmer, editorial leader, and innovative business figure. During his tenure as President and CEO of The New York Times from 2012 to 2020, he played a pivotal role in the newspaper's digital transformation, significantly increasing digital subscriptions and revenues. His leadership also led to notable advancements in podcasting and lifestyle content. Thompson's earlier role as the Director-General of the BBC from 2004 to 2012 involved overseeing extensive global digital news assets and numerous television and radio services. He was instrumental in pioneering the BBC iPlayer, the world's first major broadcaster streaming service. His accomplishments span various significant events and developments in the news industry, from the global financial crisis to the London 2012 Olympics.Thompson's remarkable contributions to the media industry earned him a knighthood for his services to Media in the King’s Birthday Honours in June 2023.While Thompson takes the helm at CNN, the interim leadership team, consisting of Amy Entelis, David Leavy, Virginia Moseley, and Eric Sherling, will continue to operate in their respective roles. They will report to Thompson as he assumes his new position.

Survivor will be seen on BBC One and BBC iPlayer in 2023

Survivor, one of the world’s most successful TV formats, is coming to the UK.A new UK adaption of the entertainment phenomenon has been commissioned by BBC One and BBC iPlayer from Banijay UK company Remarkable Entertainment, run by leading entertainment producers Natalka Znak and Claire O’Donohoe.The brand new 16 x 60’ series of the ultimate physical and psychological gameshow promises viewers a compelling test of brains, brawn and betrayal as players compete to outwit, out play and outlast their rivals to be crowned the Ultimate Survivor.20 people, carefully selected from across the UK will be marooned in a tropical location. They will be divided into two tribes, going head-to-head in a range of physical and psychological challenges. Following a number of eliminations that will take place at the iconic tribal council, the tribes will eventually merge before one person takes away a cash prize and proves that they have what it takes to be the Ultimate Survivor.Survivor, a Banijay format created by Charlie Parsons, is one of the most watched reality entertainment formats around the world. Celebrating 25 years this year, (the format was first employed in 1997 in Sweden), the show has gone on to be ranked as the ‘Number 1 Best Reality Show of All Time’ by Variety. 50 versions have been commissioned around the world to date, and the CBS version of the show from the USA will soon be airing its 43rd series.Kate Phillips, Director of Unscripted at the BBC says: “Survivor is a global television hit and to be able to bring one of TV’s most successful formats to audiences in the UK in a uniquely BBC way is a very exciting prospect indeed.”Natalka Znak, CEO Remarkable Entertainment says; “Survivor is ‘the greatest gameshow on earth’ for a reason - it has everything - reality, adventure, drama, and the ultimate game. I can’t wait to be boots on the ground, working with Paul Osborne, Stephen Lovelock and the fantastic team at Remarkable to make this epic series for the BBC.”Broadcast confirmation, presenter information and further casting details for the UK version of Survivor will be announced in due course.Survivor (16 x 60) is a Remarkable Entertainment (a Banijay UK company) production for BBC One and BBC iPlayer and was commissioned by Kate Phillips in her capacity as Director of Entertainment Commissioning. Natalka Znak from Remarkable Entertainment is Executive Producer alongside Claire O’Donohoe, Paul Osborne and Stephen Lovelock. The format was developed for the BBC by Richard Hague. The Commissioning Editor for the BBC is Rachel Ashdown.