A+E Networks UK has appointed Bakori Davis to the newly created role of VP commercial operations.
Davis, who joins the A+E-BSkyB joint venture from Viacom Media Networks, will be responsible for all linear and non-linear channel distribution within the UK, Ireland, Central and Eastern Europe, Nordics, Benelux, Iceland, Greece, Africa and the Middle East. He will focus on driving growth of the portfolio of high-quality, ground-breaking A+E Networks UK’s channels including History, Crime & Investigation Network, Bio, and Military History.
Davis will also manage A+E Networks UK’s ad sales efforts, responsible for international advertising, branded content and integrated marketing opportunities. He will oversee the commercial exploitation of ancillary rights to JV content including programme distribution, DVD, VOD, broadband, mobile and connected devices.
Davis will report to A+E Networks UK managing director Tom Davidson.
Before joining A+E Networks UK, Davis was vice president for content distribution at Viacom Media Network where he was responsible for growing distribution of the company’s portfolio of 24 cable networks. He has also worked at Discovery Communications managing brands such as TLC and Animal Planet as well as having previously worked for the National Cable and Television Association (NCTA).