A+E restructures international division


Michelle Clancy

| 20 August 2015

A+E Networks' international marketing team is adding three new positions, and the team will be realigned to support specific brands and genres across all territories.

"We are raising the international profile of our channel brands and continuing to expand A+E Networks' business in new and existing territories," said Amanda Hill, chief creative officer of international at A+E Networks. "These moves help position our team to bring unified, best in class strategies to our markets, ensuring global impact as well as a more customized local relevance."

Under the new structure, Anna Priest has been promoted to vice president of global brands, international. She will be responsible for setting the company's global brand strategies and marketing plans while championing the company's global corporate social responsibility programmes.

Priest will also maintain her duties at A+E Networks UK, overlooking marketing, communications and digital activity. She joined A+E Networks UK in October 2011 from the BBC where she was head of marketing, super-brands and portfolio.

Chris Epple is taking on the new role of vice president of franchises and content marketing, international. He will lead content marketing internationally, providing high level strategic marketing vision and guidance to regionally-focused marketing and sales teams. Prior to this role, Epple was VP, Partnerships Marketing and Innovations for A+E Networks. He joined A+E Networks as VP, Consumer Marketing for HISTORY and H2 more than two years ago. Before joining the company, Epple held various brand management, media, digital and social media positions at Pepsi and Kraft.

And finally, Chris Gargani is being promoted to vice president of creative for A+E International. Gargani will lead creative services for international, acting as the key interface for domestic creative teams as well as international teams. Gargani was previously senior director, Brand Partnerships On-Air Creative, for A+E Networks. He joined the group in 2013 where he ran integrated marketing and branding for Lifetime. Prior to joining the company, Chris was the owner of a creative agency with clients such as ESPN, NFL, ABC, Turner Networks, Discovery Networks and A+E Networks.