Bell Media Announces Senior Leadership Team Organizational Changes
— September 7, 2017
– Stewart Johnston appointed President, Media Sales, Marketing, and TSN; Mike Cosentino appointed President, Content and Programming; Nanci MacLean appointed Vice-President and Head, Bell Media Studios –
TORONTO (Sept. 7, 2017) – President Randy Lennox announced today several key appointments and organizational changes to the Bell Media Senior Leadership Team. Stewart Johnston is appointed President, Media Sales, Marketing, and TSN, following the departure of Stuart Garvie, who returns to GroupM as Canadian CEO. Additionally, Mike Cosentino is appointed President, Content and Programming, while Nanci MacLean is appointed Vice-President and Head, Bell Media Studios.
“Congratulations to Stuart Garvie in his new role,” said Lennox. “Stuart’s relentless focus on client service and drive for innovation has positioned our sales team for continued success. We looked forward to a continued partnership with him at GroupM.”
“With today’s appointments, we’re delighted to recognize the deep wealth of experience and industry respect for Stewart, Mike, and Nanci,” said Lennox. “These three leaders are positioned to drive Bell Media forward in how we collaborate with our partners, create content, and deliver results.”
As President, Media Sales, Marketing, and TSN, Johnston’s role expands to include the leadership and strategic direction of Bell Media’s local and national advertising sales across all platforms, namely conventional and specialty TV, radio, out-of-home, and digital. In addition to his responsibilities leading TSN, Johnston’s portfolio also now includes Bell Media’s award-winning in-house creative agency. Johnston was named President of TSN in 2010.
As President, Content and Programming, Cosentino is responsible for the acquisition of Bell Media’s hit English programming across two top-rated conventional networks, suite of leading specialty channels, and popular digital properties, including CraveTV. His portfolio also includes the development, creation, and execution of Bell Media’s award-winning and highly rated original programming. Bell Media’s in-house and independent content divisions become aligned under Cosentino’s new elevated role. Cosentino was named Senior Vice-President, CTV and Specialty, in 2016.
As Vice-President and Head, Bell Media Studios, MacLean is responsible for all aspects of in-house production for Bell Media’s conventional and specialty channels, including CTV’s YOUR MORNING, THE SOCIAL, ETALK, and THE MARILYN DENIS SHOW, Discovery’s DAILY PLANET, Space’s INNERSPACE, and more. In addition to overseeing special productions including the IHEARTRADIO MMVAs, MacLean’s portfolio also includes Exploration Production Inc. (MIGHTY SHIPS, MIGHTY PLANES). As head of Bell Media Studios, MacLean will work closely with Lennox on developing new content, partnership, and business opportunities. MacLean became Vice-President of In-House Production in 2013.
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About Bell Media
Bell Media creates content and builds brands that entertain, inform, engage, and inspire audiences through the platforms of their choice. Bell Media is Canada’s leading content creation company with premier assets in television, radio, out-of-home advertising, and digital media. Bell Media owns 30 local television stations led by CTV, Canada’s highest-rated television network; 30 specialty channels, including TSN and RDS, Canada’s most-watched specialty channels in English and French; and four pay TV services, including The Movie Network and Super Écran. Bell Media is also Canada’s largest radio broadcaster, with 215 music channels including 105 licensed radio stations in 54 markets across the country, all part of the iHeartRadio brand and streaming service. Bell Media owns Astral Out of Home with a network of more than 30,000 advertising faces in British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario, Québec, and Nova Scotia. Bell Media also operates more than 200 websites; delivers TV Everywhere with its CraveTV and GO video streaming services; operates multi-channel network Much Digital Studios; produces live theatrical shows via its partnership with Iconic Entertainment Studios; and owns Dome Productions Inc., a multi-platform production company. Bell Media is part of BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada’s largest communications company. For more on Bell Media, please visit www.bellmedia.ca.