Online video: nota bene

30 06 2007

The-still-to-be-named online video tie-up between NBC Universal and NewsCorp has hired former Amazon exec Jason Kilar to head up the new venture, slated for launch this September, or possibly later still. According to the LA Times, TV industry heavy-hitters weren’t interested in the role, “in part because of Hollywood’s pockmarked history with partnerships and the inherent difficulty of keeping the interests of the two giant media owners aligned.” Kilar’s 10 years at Amazon saw him forge strong relationships with the studios and beef up the e-tailer’s bottom line for physical (DVD) and online sales of TV and movie product. He also moved on to take overal responsibility for “facets of the online customer experience”, with a direct reporting line in to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos.

Who’d sniff at a job which links two of the US’s biggest content owners, and sews up up 90% of online distribution? Good luck, Jason.

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