Martin Kay joined the world’s leading sports news video agency sntv, as Managing Director in June 2010. In the past five years he has been proud to lead a team that was the first sports news agency to offer HD, launched a fully flexible digital service, expanded newsgathering with dedicated bureau openings in Rio and Dubai, and streamlined technical delivery so all clients receive sntv content immediately.
Martin joined sntv after five years at CNBC leading its distribution and business development across EMEA. During this time Martin negotiated and launched two affiliate TV networks (CNBC Africa and TVN CNBC), grew CNBC’s TV household distribution by 60% and led the EMEA arm of CNBC’s global digital product launch. Martin was also integral to the negotiations and launch of CNBC’s Middle Eastern hub in Bahrain.
Prior to CNBC, Martin led business development for CNN International, including interactive TV and CNN.com. He has also worked in venture capital as London COO for Groupe Arnault, focused on sports and media investments. This followed three years at BSkyB where he was a manager in the channels and operations group from the launch of the Sky Digital DTH platform and then a Digital Director focused on Sky Sports operations and investments. Prior to BSkyB, Martin was with Associated Press Television as Director of Broadcast Services, where he tripled turnover and set an agency record of seven concurrent OB operations including the 1998 FIFA World Cup. He moved into that role after joining APTN as Head of Resources, overseeing newsgathering budgets. In 1996 he helped to negotiate AP’s participation in, and launch of, the sntv business that he now leads.
Martin held similar production manager roles at Middle East Broadcasting (‘MBC’) and at independent producer, Folio Productions, at the commencement of his media career. Martin started his career in chartered accounting, specialising in tax and accounting services at Deloitte Touch Tohmatsu in Melbourne, Australia and holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Melbourne.
“As someone with a passion for both sport and news, it’s a privilege to work with such a great editorial and commercial team. It’s a source of great pride that we’ve continued to expand the volume, speed, quality and relevance of our service.
Liz joined sntv in 2006 overseeing all commercial activities; her core focus has moved from the traditional broadcast market to digital and was promoted to Digital Director in 2013. Liz has overall responsibility for sntv's digital proposition development, publisher and partner relationships worldwide. Launching the sntv digital service in 2011, she works closely with publishers and broadcasters in their adoption of sports videos for digital use, as well as launching sntv's first connected TV app with Samsung she developed a combined data and video product to serve the client needs around the FIFA World Cup in 2014. Liz joined sntv after two years at Haymarket Publishing and Clear Channel Outdoor. With a knack for ensuring that the business runs smoothly, she also directs sntv's sales operations.
'My sole aim is to ensure our service is as relevant for the digital market as it is for the broadcast. I love data, facts figures and problem-solving through technical solutions; I couldn't be more suited to what I do. Coming from Haymarket Publishing, I understand what it takes to make each dollar a publisher spends on content count; maintaining quality, consistency and relevance is what it takes to grow in the digital space. I am highly competitive and friends and family would say that my best competitor is myself.”
Andrew started his media career back in 1982 at the UK independent radio station Capital, working in both the news and music departments then moving on to re-launch their weekday night news show. Andrew then went on to join BBC Radio sport in 1986 as a producer and then in 1990 had his first taste of television when he joined BSB’s Sports Channel as a reporter; before joining LBC Radio as their Sports Editor in 1993. Andrew has been at sntv since its inception in 1996 and runs now sntv’s global editorial team as Managing Editor.
“sntv’s success is based around the principle that everyone at the company actually cares. They care about each other, they care about the product, they care about the company but most importantly they care about our clients. As the great Vince Lombardi once said “Individual commitment to a group effort – that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work.” That sums up what sntv is all about.”
Owain first joined sntv in 2000, spending seven years here before moving on to ITN. Production roles at various different broadcasters followed both in sport and news, before Owain returned to sntv’s planning team in 2011.
“sntv's coverage stands out because we pay attention to exactly what our clients need. I don't want us to churn out basic agency fodder. That's exactly what we try to avoid. We really encourage requests and feedback from clients - we listen to what they say and always try our best to help them. I love the fact that each day at sntv is different, especially on the planning desk.”
Declan joined sntv in November 1998, making the short journey across the newsroom from ESPN Sportscenter International. His first taste of work experience in television was at the aforementioned ESPN in late 1994, before moving up the sntv ranks from Producer to Senior Producer and then Editor. Having regrettably hung up the soccer, rugby and cricket boots, sporting frustration still arrives in the form of his golf swing and attending matches at Loftus Road.
“Having seen the company flourish since the very first days in 1996 when I worked at sntv as a freelancer, the agency’s global reach in 2015 is testimony to the growth and success of both the broadcast and digital product. Being in charge of the output of the newsroom on a daily basis – whilst liaising with esteemed colleagues from across the globe - is always exciting, with every day presenting different challenges in an environment that is more fast-paced than ever before. Like the most successful teams, sntv continues to shows its ability to remain one step ahead of the market. soccer, rugby and cricket will always remain my staple sporting diet, but I also take a guilty pleasure in watching sailing and – whisper it Caerphilly - cheese-rolling.”
With a BA in literature and passion for reading stories and writing them sometimes, it's fair to say that sports video was not Kaddour’s initial career ambition.
Kaddour’s literary studies took him to linguistics and translation where he did an MA in London followed by a Post Graduate Diploma in film studies; where he improved his writing in English and managed to publish a couple stories in the Guardian newspaper and then a quarterly writing magazine.
Kaddour stumbled across sports journalism back in 1998 and has never looked back. He has now found himself telling sports stories to millions of Arabic viewers through our dozens of broadcast subscribers.
“Sports is a story told also, it's conveying the human endeavour, the human passion and will to achieve sometimes with means and most of times without. In small villages in Algeria, Iraq, Egypt and many other countries there is always a story to tell through the camera lens. The small village runner from Morocco who went on to win World and Olympic titles, remember Hisham El Guerrouj stories of Iraqis amputee athletes, victims of sporadic bombs, told to the world can be up there with the great and maybe the worst, of human nature.
“I keep providing stories to our worldwide subscribers, giving voice to some who don't have one and those who do. The pleasure of a career that was never a dream when I was reading literature.”
After graduating from Syracuse University in the United States, Steve worked in sports broadcasting in Washington DC and Philadelphia. In 1994 he moved to the new Washington DC bureau of Associated Press Television as a producer, arriving in Asia two years later after accepting the position of APTV Senior Producer in Jakarta, Indonesia. In 1996 Steve moved to sntv as its Asia Editor in Hong Kong, then moving to Singapore where he has lived since 1997.
Zhaobin joined AP as an associate producer of APTV in 1997; he then moved to sntv three years before the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. In the position of sntv's China Operations Manager from late 2005, Zhaobin has been involved in the coverage of numerous key projects, including the 2008 Beijing Games and the event’s preparations; the IAAF World Championships (three times), the Asian Games (three times) the AFC Asian Cup, twice. Apart from his video journalist role, Zhaobin has also spent time to nurture the market in China with his diplomatic qualities of being polite, tactful and patient. Under his co-ordination, sntv's GVW Migration project was completed successfully in China in the end of 2014.
Clients such as CCTV have high praise for Zhaobin’s work, thanking him for his consistently high-quality customer service and proactive approach during the past decade.
"We are living in a diversified world and I like a Chinese saying which goes: As what you sow, so what you reap. Whe respect others; we will get respect in return."
Filipe is a native from Nilopolis, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and joined sntv in 2012 as a South America Producer, setting up the Rio bureau ahead of 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympics. Previously, Filipe worked on a freelance basis for sntv and AP between 2007 and 2012. Prior to that, Filipe was at the Portuguese service of Agencia EFE in Brazil.
He has covered plane crashes and Copa Libertadores players’ clashes, Olympic Games to World Cup shames. From a Pope Benedict XVI visit to canonise a saint, to a rainy Moto Race where a rider pretended to faint.
"What I find great about sntv is our truly global reach. We are able to cover stories from Auckland to Oakland, from Salt Lake City to Sugarloaf mountain in Rio, from Aachen in Germany to Zigong in China".
Rick began his career in news media at the ripe old age of 12, delivering newspapers to subscribing households from his trusty Schwinn Stingray bicycle. By way of studies at Denison and Boston Universities and a variety of writing and video production jobs for independent companies, Rick landed his first major broadcast position at ABC News in 1989, as a producer of network news promos.
Rick then went on to become Sports Editor for ABC Newsone, assignment editor at ESPN and sport editor for Worldwide Television News, before joining sntv in 1999. In his time with sntv Rick has overseen the growth of the North America production team and newsgathering apparatus into a vital resource for sntv, as well as covering many of the major North America sporting events in that period.
“I have greatly enjoyed my role in helping sntv become the world’s premier sport news agency. When not covering sport, I am an avid skier and tennis player.”
Michael Giarrusso has been the global sports editor for The Associated Press since 2013, overseeing more than 100 full-time journalists covering events around the world, including the Olympics, World Cup and Super Bowl.
Giarrusso began his AP career in 1992 as an intern in the Atlanta bureau. He worked as a reporter in Atlanta and then became correspondent in State College, Pennsylvania, where he covered sports and news in the region, including Penn State University. He later worked as an editor in New York and Atlanta. Giarrusso became AP's state news director for the South in 2003, overseeing news in 14 states. From 2007 to 2009, Giarrusso led the AP’s U.S. regionalization project, which moved editing out of New York and the state bureaus and into four regional hubs. In 2008, he won the AP's Gramling Award, the company's highest internal honor, for his work on the project. In 2010, Giarrusso moved to Phoenix and took over AP's business and sales operations in Arizona in New Mexico. He also managed the AP’s college newspaper business and its photo service for U.S. newspapers.
He is the vice chair of the News Media Coalition, which fights against the restriction of journalists’ access to events around the world, and is a member of the International Olympic Committee’s press working group.
Giarrusso is a graduate of the University of Georgia's Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication and a 2007 fellow with the Sulzberger Executive Leadership program at the Columbia Journalism School.
Michel Masquelier was appointed Chairman of Events and Media for the largest division of IMG Worldwide, in July 2014. Previously, Masquelier was President of IMG Media the world's biggest media rights, distribution and production company.
He joined IMG in 1984 and was responsible for sponsorship sales and event management at the company’s European headquarters in London. In 1988, he briefly left IMG to consult for the organising committee of the Albertville 1992 Winter Olympic Games.
After the Games, Masquelier returned to IMG as Vice President in Brussels where he developed the Benelux market. Responsibilities included client management, event promotion and TV rights sales.
In 1995, he returned to London and eventually became Senior Vice President, Head of European Sales where he built an extensive team of experts in TV rights negotiations. In December 2009, Mr. Masquelier was promoted to President of IMG Media.
Gary Pruitt is president and chief executive officer, the 13th person to lead the company since its founding in 1846. Pruitt took on this role in July 2012 having served three terms on the AP board of directors, including as vice chairman.
Under his leadership, AP has continued its long legacy of fighting for freedom of the press and the public right to know. Pruitt received the Constitution Project’s 2014 Champion Award for his work defending the First Amendment and also received the First Amendment Award from the Radio Television Digital News Foundation.
Prior to AP, Pruitt was chairman, president and CEO of The McClatchy Company, the third largest newspaper company in the United States. A First Amendment lawyer by training, Pruitt steered McClatchy toward financial diversification and oversaw robust growth of digital revenue. He has also worked for the Miami law firm of Paul & Thomson.
As head of Asia Pacific, Chris Guinness is responsible for the overall business operation and strategic planning for IMG Media for the region. He also oversees all content sales and acquisitions to TV and new media platforms. In addition to being a Board Director of sntv, he is also a Board Director of Asian Tour Media, IMG’s strategic joint venture with the Asian golf tour.
Guinness returned to IMG in 2007, having successfully effected the acquisition of his previous company CSI by IMG. Since his return he has overseen global business development and continues to manage key global federation relationships including Tennis Australia and Cricket Australia.
Daisy Veerasingham is Senior Vice President for Europe, Middle East, Africa and Asia, responsible for AP’s business activities and strategic development across these regions. This ranges from AP’s huge multi-format licensing activities and archives to Global Media Services which provides broadcasters with on location facilities for video coverage of news and special events including editorial, production and distribution resources. She is also jointly responsible for AP’s global product portfolio and its development.
Veerasingham led the multi-million dollar program to ensure AP’s global leadership in the production and distribution of video news. This involved upgrading AP’s newsgathering infrastructure, providing content in high definition, and ensuring AP has a leadership position in providing video content to new digital markets through exciting delivery platforms like AP Video Hub.
Veerasingham is based in London and was previously vice president of sales for EMEA and Asia, with responsibility for business strategy and customer and partner relationships in those regions. She joined AP in 2004 as sales director, taking responsibility for all revenue generated by AP video services. Prior to joining AP, Veerasingham was group sales director for LexisNexisButterworthTolley and managing director of LexisNexis Europe.
Based in London Duncan Fay is responsible for finance globally for Events and Media. He leads the finance teams which provide financial planning and analysis, corporate reporting and financial control. He works closely with the respective IMG commercial teams and reports jointly to Ioris Francini (Media) Sam Zussman (Events) and Chris Liddell (IMG/WME CFO). He is also a director of a number of IMG group companies, including IMG Media Ltd and a board member for sntv and European Tour Productions.
Fay was part of the MBO team which sold the CSI group of companies to IMG in 2007. After managing the integration of CSI, his role was initially Finance Director of Rights Acquisitions & Sales but has since grown to include the whole of IMG Events and Media.
Before joining IMG in 2007, Fay was Group Finance Director for Octagon UK for three years where he led all the finance operations. Prior to that he had spent thirteen years at News Corp, initially in a variety of finance roles at News International Newspapers and then for the six years from 1998 at BSkyB as Finance Director for Sky Sports. Fay has a BA Hons in Economics from Leicester University and is a Chartered Accountant with the ICAEW.
Ken Dale was named senior vice president and chief financial officer in 2004. He oversees all corporate finance activities including accounting, financial planning and budgeting, treasury and internal audit. In addition he is responsible for AP’s technology operations, including AP’s data centers and its communications and content distribution infrastructure as well as global real estate, administrative services and procurements. Dale also has responsibility for AP’s ENPS software business.
As CFO, he established the internal audit group, strengthened corporate controls and updated financial systems and processes around the world. He also led the Company’s cost savings initiative which begun in 2011, reducing annual costs by approximately $15 million.
Dale joined the AP in 2000 as deputy director of business development and initiated expansion strategies that included acquisitions of new business units. He was named vice president and director of global business development in December 2003, responsible for AP’s ad management services as well as the company’s commercial photo sales unit. Prior to the AP, he was an investment banker at J.P. Morgan & Company, Inc., for 21 years, advising clients in the publishing, broadcast and entertainment industries.
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