Disney’s new man in southern EMEA

Disney-ABC-ESPN Television has named Kakhaber Abashidze as its new head of channel distribution for EMEA (South).

Abashidze will take responsibility for channel brands including Disney Channel, Disney Cinemagic, Playhouse Disney and Jetix in Southern Europe, Central and Eastern Europe, Russia, the CIS, the Middle East and Africa. He will report to Simon Amselem, senior VP of channel and sports distribution for EMEA.

Abashidze joins from Fox International Channels where he has been for the past 18 months. Fox has been successfully developing its channel business in the emerging markets of Russia, the Baltic States, Ukraine, Belarus and Central Asia.

Disney’s acquisition of the remaining shares in Jetix will see Abashidze return to the business he joined as commercial director in 2004.