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Digital TV Europe November/December 2010


Bruce Tuchman President, MGM Worldwide Networks


Previous positions Senior vice-president, new media ventures, Nickelodeon; general manager, Nickelodeon Global Network Ventures; vice-president, business affairs and senior counsel, international devel- opment, MTV Networks; M&A attorney at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher and Flom.


Achievements of the year The past year has represented another hard charging phase for our rollout of HD networks around the world. We began the year with the launch of MGM HD on Sky UK, followed a few months later with the debut of our Spanish language MGM HD service in Latin America, and just last month introduced an HD simul- cast version of the MGM Channel in Spain.


Surprises of 2010 I would call it a pleasant surprise that despite the lingering effects of the recession, subscription television has remained remarkably stable and, in a number of markets, growth has been impressive over the last year. From the strides made by HD in the UK, to continued strong subscriber growth in many of the markets of Eastern Europe, I’m excited to see where things will go once the impact of the recession recedes further behind us.


Goals for next year We will continue to keep a major focus on expanding the subscription footprint of our over two dozen branded channels, particularly in large, high growth emerging digital markets such as Russia, India, Brazil and Indonesia. We also are eager to bring HD feeds to new territories and launch MGM Channels in the few remaining countries where we are not yet present. We are also impressed with the early successes of the branded SVOD services we have launched, and we would like to continue to get behind these efforts.


Bruce Tuchman has been a key figure in driving MGM Worldwide Networks HD push. Since 2006, MGM has launched six separate HD net- works, bringing the number of MGM-branded standard and high definition subscription television networks to two dozen worldwide. Spain is the lat- est market to launch localised versions of MGM HD following three years of development including launches in Poland, the US, Israel and Brazil. In December 2009, MGM HD launched in the UK in partnership with BSkyB, followed four months later by the launch of a Spanish language version of MGM’s Latin American HD Channel in Argentina and Mexico.


Age 47


Education Msc in International Relations from the London School of Economics; JD degree from the University of Michigan Law School; Bachelor’s degree in International Relations from Boston University magna cum laude.


Game-changing future development Over-the-top technologies are likely to have a game-changing impact either through a wide scale breaking through of the “last 10 feet” without the support of incum- bent subscription platforms, or by spurring incumbent operators to re- pave the last 10 feet to their own platforms through the introduction of considerably more robust navigational and search tools, an even wider array of content choices and a host of new digital applications ranging from 3D viewing to “anywhere” access.


Ambition as a youngster To be a professional skateboarder; to see the world.


Favourite TV show Mad Men. My daughters and I are also very excit- ed about MGM’s new Teen Wolfseries.


Life outside work Time with my wife and daughters is the single biggest priority. I also enjoy reading, seeing films and getting in exer- cise when and where I can. Alumni work is important to me too, and I serve as chairman of the London School of Economics Centennial Fund, which is dedicated to advancing the mission of, and raising funds for, the LSE in North America.


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