Chris Taylor to lead NBCUniversal TV ops in Australia and NZ

Louise Duffy | 19-11-2013

NBCUniversal International has announced that Chris Taylor will lead its integrated television operations in Australia and New Zealand in the newly created role of vice president, international television, effective from 25 November.

He will be based in the company’s Sydney office and will report to Christine Fellowes, managing director, Universal Networks International APAC, and Justin Che, SVP sales liaison, APAC, working across Universal Networks International and International TV Distribution to achieve financial and operational objectives across both the channels and content portfolios.

Taylor previously spent 18 years in various executive roles within media and entertainment across APAC. He was with Nine Entertainment Co (formerly Publishing and Broadcasting Ltd) for 11 years, latterly as managing director, Nine Network – QTQ-9 and previously as CEO Prime Television New Zealand. During his time with the company, he oversaw brand, communications, programming and sales division refreshes to drive efficiency and integration.

More recently, as director of Telstra Media, Taylor led the digital media interests of Telstra which saw the introduction of IPTV to Australia. Furthering his interests in the emerging IPTV area, he was most recently CEO of Quickflix, launching the first subscription VOD streaming service in both Australia and New Zealand.

Belinda Menendez, president, Universal Networks International and International Television Distribution, said: "We have seen great success in taking an integrated approach to our television business and our clients – including Foxtel in Australia – have responded with new long-term deals for both channels and content. I am delighted to augment our strong leadership team in the APAC region to enable us to continue to distribute world-class content and deliver strong channel brands in Australia and New Zealand.”

From 1 January 2014 Universal Networks International will operate five channels in Australia, including the brand new Syfy along with Universal Channel, E!, 13th Street and Style. E! also airs in New Zealand.