Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc. said Monday that it hired Nickelodeon new-media
executive Bruce Tuchman to oversee the studio's efforts to establish cable and
satellite outlets for its programming.
Jules Haimovitz, MGM Networks Inc.'s president since 1999, is stepping aside,
becoming a 'special consultant' to MGM, the company added.
Tuchman, who was senior vice president of new-media ventures at Viacom Inc.'s
Nickelodeon, was named executive vice president of MGM Networks. He reports to
MGM Worldwide Television Distribution president Jim Griffiths.
In April, MGM bought a 20 percent stake in Rainbow Media Holdings Inc. cable
networks American Movie Classics, Bravo, The Independent Film Channel and WE:
Women's Entertainment for $825 million.
But analysts believe MGM wants a much bigger domestic foothold -- a branded
MGM pay TV service or service multiplex. MGM already owns stakes in 14
television channels internationally. In Latin America, for example, MGM Channel
is available in 9 million homes via cable and satellite.
At Nick, where he worked for five years, Tuchman was responsible for
developing new opportunities and identifying and securing strategic partnerships
for Nickelodeon in the Internet and new-media arenas. MGM gave him credit for
negotiating successful partnerships with Britannica.com Inc., AccuWeather Inc.'s
AccuWeather.com, eCal Corp., Yahoo! Inc. and MSN.com to create kid-friendly,
co-branded applications for Nick.com.
Before that, he worked on international ventures at Nick and MTV Networks and
he was an associate at law firm Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP and
MGM Worldwide Television handles global distribution of film and television
product, as well as co-productions, for MGM. The division makes 4,100 feature
films and 8,900 television episodes available to the global television