Marco Zwaneveld to lead Viaplay’s sports drive in the Netherlands, plus more

Nordic Entertainment (Nent) Group, the Sweden-headquartered media company, has named Marco Zwaneveld as head of sports for its Viaplay subscription streaming service in the Netherlands.

Zwaneveld joins Nent after 15 years at Dutch commercial broadcaster RTL, where he most recently served as content and channel coordinator. His previous experience also includes stints as a producer at both Holland Media House and Blue Circle.

In his new role, Nent said Zwaneveld will be responsible for all local sports operations in the Netherlands.

Zwaneveld’s appointment comes with Viaplay scheduled to launch in the Netherlands in 2022. Nent has already secured a range of sports rights ahead of the service going live, including the Formula One motorsport series, the Premier League and Bundesliga top-flight soccer divisions, and PDC darts.

Elsewhere, the Excel Sports Management agency has brought in Rick Shapiro as a senior advisor to its baseball division for contract negotiations and salary arbitration during the upcoming offseason. The agency also announced the hiring of National Basketball Association (NBA) agent Michael Tellem to lead its international basketball recruiting efforts, in addition to representing US-based players.

In Germany, Daniel von Busse, the former chief operating officer at Sport1, will succeed the retiring Michael Amsinck in heading up the management of the sports rights department at public service broadcaster ZDF.

Meanwhile, USA Nordic has appointed Casey Mills as partnership marketing director and Riley Elliott as communications manager.


Appointments

Luis Vicente

Chairman, Apex Capital

Previously: Chief executive, Eleven Sports

Ben Johnson

Senior vice president, strategy and commercial development, SailGP

Previously: Senior vice president, head of international, Drone Racing League (DRL)

Damian Willoughby

Vice president, partnerships, Electronic Arts

Previously: Chief executive, City Football India, City Football Group (CFG)

Matt McCloskey

Vice president and general manager, North America, Mobile Premier League (MPL)

Previously: Vice president of business and process transformation, Toys “R” Us Canada

Kaiyan Chen

Head of media sales, Asia-Pacific, Premier League

Previously: Vice president, media sales, Football Marketing Asia (FMA)

Alastair Marks

Interim chief executive, British Rowing

Previously: Interim chief executive, British Gymnastics

Notes: Marks will take up the position on a fixed term basis until the end of March 2022.

Jack Rose

Head of strategy and operations, Silver Tribe Media

Previously: Manager, global platform and revenue innovation, DAZN Group

Chris Smith

Head of media and communications, AFC Bournemouth

Previously: Media manager, Lawn Tennis Association (LTA)

Departures

Jordi Bertomeu

President and chief executive, Euroleague Basketball

Notes: Bertomeu will leave at the end of the season on 30th June 2022 after six of the league’s 11 shareholder teams voted to dismiss him. He is expected to be offered a consultant position in the new management, according to Eurohoops.

Kevin Gilmore

President and chief executive, CF Montréal

Notes: Gilmore, who joined the Major League Soccer (MLS) franchise ahead of the 2019 season, has stepped down with immediate effect.

Marco Zwaneveld to lead Viaplay’s sports drive in the Netherlands, plus more

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