Simon Sutton has been promoted to executive vice president, international television, at MGM Worldwide Television Distribution, reporting to president of the MGM division Jim Griffiths.

British-born Sutton will continue to oversee sales and distribution activities of all MGM and NBC programming to stations in the international free-TV, pay-TV and pay-per-view markets. Under Sutton, revenues for the company's international TV business have increased 39% in the last two years.

Sutton was most recently senior vice president, international pay and free television, for MGM. He joined the studio in 1996 as director, business development, for the international television group, advancing to vice president, worldwide pay television, the following year.

He joined MGM from United International Holdings in London where he spent two years as finance and new business executive.