Will Harrison has been appointed to the new position of chief operating officer for HBO Europe.

Based in Budapest, he will join in January 2012 and report to HBO Europe CEO Linda Jensen.

Harrison has previously spent 18 years in senior roles at Disney, Time Warner and A&E Television Networks among others.

He joins from Vicat Media, a business consultancy he founded to offer business development services to major companies in TV and film.

Jensen said: “We continue to grow the company and expand our operations, and Will’s wide international experience with some of the leading companies in the television business will prove invaluable to HBO Europe as we develop our markets and move forward.”