Chief Content Officer Andrew Szusterman lo Leave Mediaworks NZ
New Zealand’s MediaWorks has announced that Chief Content Officer Andrew Szusterman has resigned from his role.
Szusterman has been with the business since 2002 and has played an integral role in the development of both the Radio and TV businesses over 17 years.
Originally hired as the Programme Director for the Channel Z radio network, Szusterman went on to conceive and run the original free-to-air C4 Music Television Network. C4’s influence on the New Zealand music scene was pivotal for its success and made household names of some of New Zealand’s most loved talent including Dai Henwood, Jaquie Brown, Jono Pryor and Clarke Gayford.
In 2008 Szusterman became Associate Director of Programming for TV3 where he developed the channel’s first real push into locally produced formats with executive credits on the popular New Zealand’s Next Top Model and X Factor New Zealand franchises.
In 2011 Szusterman returned to his radio roots as Group Programme Director MediaWorks Radio, and it was during this period he oversaw huge gains for the radio business with the introduction of ‘The Sound’ Radio Network and launching ‘Si and Gary’s MORE FM’ breakfast show in Auckland and Wellington.
Szusterman returned to TV in 2014 as Chief Content Officer where he has overseen audience share gains of almost 11% in the all important 25-54 demographic, with the channel reaching the number one position this year. Under his stewardship, the channel’s local content lineup has continued to develop with local versions of Married At First Sight NZ and Dancing With The Stars NZ being added to the mix. In addition, he has been instrumental in developing more scripted hours for the channel with new comedies Mean Mums and Golden Boy currently on Three and upcoming murder mystery The Gulf alongside highly anticipated mini series Jonah to be broadcast later this year.
Michael Anderson, CEO MediaWorks said: “Andrew is an outstanding executive and leader and has delivered stellar results for Three and previously across our radio brands. I would like to thank him for his incredible contribution to MediaWorks over 17 years for which he should be very proud. He will be hugely missed and I wish him all the very best.”
Andrew Szusterman said: “I’ve been very lucky to lead an amazing team of talented people that have delivered on number one results both during my time in television and in radio – I couldn’t ask for anything more. MediaWorks is such a special business, its people have so much passion for it, it’s rare and at times unexplainable as to why and that’s what I’ll miss the most. But for now, it’s time to see what life outside MediaWorks is like, and I’m truly excited by that.”
Szusterman will leave the business in October. An announcement on his replacement will be made soon.
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