David Hulbert has quit histwin jobs as head of Walt Disney Television International and Buena VistaInternational Television. The sudden move sparks a substantial reorganisationof the division.
Hulbert's role will be splitbetween John Hardie, who is promoted toexecutive vice president/managing director, Branded Television, Europe MiddleEast Africa, and Tom Toumazis, promoted to executive vice president/ managingdirector, Buena Vista International Television, EMEA.
Hulbert,who has headed the operation for ten years, leaves without a job to go to andwill be taking "a well-earned rest" before seeking "new entrepreneurial opportunities in themedia and software sectors."
PaulCandland, senior vice president/managing director, WDTV-I, Japan, and Doug Miller,executive vice president/managing director, Asia-Pacific, WDTV-I and WaltDisney International, will now report directly to Rich Ross, president, DisneyChannel Worldwide and Laurie Younger, president, Buena Vista WorldwideTelevision on all matters relating to branded television and distribution.
WhileLondon-based Hulbert had long championed the television sales operation'sgeographical and spiritual detachment, the moves are seen as a shift in power back towards Los Angeles.