Rentrak Dismisses Papagan


Media-measurement firm Rentrak has eliminated the position held by president Ken Papagan and transferred his responsibilities to Cathy Hetzel, president of the company's Advanced Media & Information division.

In a statement, Rentrak said, "Ken Papagan's role at Rentrak has been eliminated and during the transition period Mr. Papagan will serve as a consultant to the company working directly with Bill Livek, Rentrak Corporation's chief executive officer."

The company declined to comment further. Papagan did not respond to a request for comment. Rentrak disclosed the change in an 8-K filing Wednesday with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Papagan joined Rentrak in November 2002 and was named president in April 2007. As president, he was responsible for setting Rentrak's strategic direction and leading all new business initiatives.

Previously, Papagan worked for Internet consulting firm iXL Inc. from 1997 until 2001, with a client base that included AT&T Broadband, Bloomberg Television and AOL. He also was a founding executive at several television networks including Qube, Nickelodeon, MTV, The Movie Channel and The Fashion Channel.

Portland, Ore.-based Rentrak tracks and analyzes transactional data in theatrical film, DVD home entertainment, video-on-demand, linear TV, DVR, broadband and mobile video distribution.