Atlantic Broadband named Gerardo Garza as it vp, business sales. He will be in charge of the leadership of the business sales team, developing new opportunities and creating personalized broadband and fiber-based solutions for businesses. “With more than 17 years of executive experience, we are excited to have him join the leadership team and continue to expand Atlantic Broadband’s business service offerings, especially in our high-growth Florida market,” said Atlantic Broadband president and CEO Richard Shea. Garza has most recently served as CEO for WANRack, and before that as vp of sales and business development for FPL-FIberNet. Garza is an avid cyclist who enjoys hunting, camping and fishing with his family.
Tom Gorke has been promoted to evp, content distribution for Viacom. He replaces longtime distribution chief Denise Denson. In this elevated role, Gorke will oversee Viacom’s distribution strategy and partnerships with all domestic affiliates. He previously was evp of sales and business development for content distribution at Viacom Media Networks and BET Networks. He also has served as svp of content distribution and marketing for Viacom. Outside of the office, Gorke has proven his dedication to sports by coaching his two daughters’ basketball teams. He is currently reading Bruce Springsteen’s autobiography, and like any true New Jerseyan, considers him a local hero.
Bruce Perlmutter is now Condé Nast Entertainment’s svp of production. In this newly created role, he will lead production of digital video content, including production management, post production and studios. Most recently, he produced Buzzfeed’s live election night coverage and the “Heaven Sent” live skydiving event for Fox, Facebook Live and Snapchat. He’s also held senior production and programming consulting roles at companies including the NFL Network and E! Entertainment. Before consulting, Perlmutter served as svp, production and programming at Revolt and svp, current digital and linear programming, production and live specials at E! Entertainment.
Freeform hired Julie Shapiro as svp, business affairs. She will oversee all business affairs functions, lead strategy, structure and negotiations on development and production deals for the network’s series, movies and events. She most recently worked for APA Talent Agency, establishing their in-house business and legal affairs department. Shapiro also has worked for OWN as vp, business and legal affairs, and New Line Cinema where she was evp, business and legal affairs. She began her career in entertainment law at The William Morris Agency and Rysher Entertainment.
Yoel Flohr was hired by AMC Networks as svp of franchise development for AMC, SundanceTV and AMC Studios. He is responsible for developing strategic extensions for franchises like “The Walking Dead,” “Fear the Walking Dead” and “Into the Badlands.” He is in charge of driving long-term value of key assets besides airing and distribution of linear TV content. Before joining the AMC family, Flohr was co-founder of Thirty Labs Inc., the founder of Ventuation and served multiple roles at Shine Group.