Scripps Networks Interactive appointed Eleni Stratigeas as svp, business and legal affairs and corporate secretary. Along with governance and regulatory matters, Stratigeas will manage company filings and disclosures to the Securities & Exchange Commission and the New York Stock Exchange. She will also help to oversee annual proxy and shareholder meetings and serve as the company’s main shareholder services contact. Stratigeas previously served as vp, legal affairs at SNI where she was responsible for mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, international and domestic corporate affairs, corporate finance and commercial partnerships. In her new role, she will continue these responsibilities. Stratigeas’ history at SNI traces back to 2007 when she served as director of legal affairs. In 2010, she was promoted to vp, legal affairs. She also worked as an associate at law firm Baker & Hostetler LP before joining the cable industry. Currently, Stratigeas serves on the board of directors for the Association of Corporate Counsel for Tennessee, and is vice-chair of the East Tennessee Chapter. Originally from Salt Lake City, Eleni loves to ski and watch winter sports. She’s also a spinning fanatic, foodie and entertainer. When she’s not volunteering to teach Greek dance to 1st and 2nd graders, she’s pinning away on Pinterest, her latest hobby and obsession.
Dylan Jones has been named evp and chief communications officer, succeeding Mark Kroeger, at Scripps Networks Interactive. He will oversee global strategic messaging along with the company’s public and media relations, investor relations, internal communications, creative services, customer service and event marketing. Previously he served as svp, corporate communications at Scripps Networks. Before joining SNI, Jones was chief marketer and senior manager for EMI Group. He also managed his own communications consultancy in NYC where he advised companies in technology, advertising and other industries. Jones started his career in entertainment journalism before moving on to communications and public relations work at MTV and VH1 in London.
In other Scripps news, Simone Nardi was tapped as managing director, finance and operations, international. He will work under the leadership of Jim Samples, president, international, to lead the international teams of NYC and Knoxville. Additionally, he will handle program licensing and content and brand strategy as well as serve as a liaison to international technical operations, facilities and IT. Nardi is being promoted from international chief financial officer, a position he’s held since 2013. Before joining SNI, Nardi worked as svp and CFO for NBCUniversal’s international channels and television production operations. He also worked as vp and CFO for NBCUniversal’s business development division in NYC prior to that and was an interim CFO and treasurer at Hulu as well.
ZoneTV has named Jeff Weber as CEO. Previously, Weber had served as president, content and advertising for AT&T. He has a wealth of experience, totaling 25 years, at similar companies Jeff grew up in Oklahoma and is a huge Oklahoma University sports fan. Naturally, he’s excited about their undefeated football season thus far. Jeff also loves fishing, hiking and grilling on his Green Egg grill. Jeff tells us that as a kid he survived a traumatic experience at an Oklahoma rodeo: He volunteered to sit inside a barrel that got repeatedly charged by a bull. Luckily, Jeff’s okay. But it’s still one of his favorite personal stories.
Patrick Baldwin, a co-founder of RLTV, is leaving his post at the network. He was most recently svp of affiliate sales and corporate development, and he was employee #2 at the company. The MBA grad does not know what’s next but believes that the industry is at an interesting place, saying that “the global explosion in content consumption will create huge opportunities for content owners and distributors—as well as for brands who want to engage customers directly. I think it’s all very exciting and I look forward to being part of that future.” Outside of his work in TV, Pat is a man of many interests. For one, he loves to travel. He’s lived in both Paris and Sydney while working for American Express. He and his wife, Michelle, were married in Italy. Pat’s also in an adult soccer league and serves as a coach on his son’s soccer team as well.
Barbara Blangiardi has been tapped as svp, strategies and creative partnerships by FOX Sports. In this newly created position, Blangiardi will leverage marketing opportunities between FOX Sports and FOX broadcast affiliates, 20th Century Fox film divisions and televisions studios and the company’s ad sales and marketing groups. Over the last year, she has worked as a consultant for FOX Sports and helped to launch the net’s World Cup and college football season launch campaigns. Blangiardi comes to FOX Sports from NBCUniversal where she worked as svp, Olympics marketing for the Sochi Winter Olympic Games. She served as svp, creative partnerships and innovation at NBCUniversal prior to that, working closely with the sales, sports and entertainment groups. Before joining NBCU, Blangiardi was a marketing consultant for River City Broadcasting, director of marketing communications for Cellular One and held several positions at KING TV, including director of marketing and advertising.
Jonathan Bing is now svp, corporate communications for 21th Century Fox. Bing will oversee all communications and media relations for Fox Networks Group, supporting executive, legal, distribution, monetization, human resources and internal communications within this newly created position. He’ll also handle 21st Century Fox matters, reporting to CEO Peter Rice and COO Randy Freer. Bing most recently ran a boutique PR firm, Bing Communications Group, that specialized in global communications and marketing for entertainment and tech companies as well as filmmakers and trade organizations. He also helped to launch Freud Communications’ office in Los Angeles where he worked from 2006 to 2010. At Freud, he worked with clients like NBCUniversal, Sony Pictures Entertainment and Walt Disney Company. Bing started his career at “Variety” working as a columnist from 2000 to 2006.