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Facebook Jumps Into TV, Hires Former Verve CEO
Facebook is entering the TV market aggressively and reportedly spending $10k-250k to produce its own TV shows. Additionally, the social giant signed TV deals with Buzzfeed, ATTN, Group Nine Media and Vox according to Salon. With these new strategic deals and strategy, Facebook has hired two executives to help the business channel grow.
Former Verve CEO Nada Stirratt has joined Facebook as its Vice President of Global Marketing Solutions for U.S. and Canada. Stirratt was most recently CEO at Verve where she served for over two years. Verve went on an acquisition spree while she was CEO, so unsure if those acquisitions panned out as well as the team hoped. Before Verve, Stirratt was Chief Revenue Officer at Acxiom and MySpace, respectively.
Ty Ahmad-Taylor has also been named Vice President of Product Marketing at Facebook. Ahmad-Taylor is a seasoned veteran in the media and consumer hardware space and served as CEO at THX Ltd where the company broke into new sectors such as VR, mobile devices, and immersive three-dimensional audio. Before THX Ltd, he was VP of Samsung SmartTV Services and CEO and Founder of FanFeedr which Samsung acquired.
Alphabet Hires Former MediaMath Exec
Former MediaMath President, Ari Buchalter, has been tapped as CEO of Alphabet-backed smart cities startup Intersection. Intersection is utilizing ancient phone booths by laying down fiber lines beneath the streets of NYC to power its network of large digital displays that provide access to free Wi-Fi. Buchalter replaces interim-CEO Dan Doctoroff, who will now serve as the company’s executive chairman. Buchalter’s has extensive leadership experience such as President and COO of MediaMath for eight…