Liz Gateley, co-founder of ITV's DiGa production unit, has been named Lifetime's executive vice president and head of programming. Gateley, who served a stint at Lifetime more than a decade ago, will be in charge of developing movies, as well as scripted and nonscripted shows.
Cable TV providers are "more highly optimized" to deliver high-quality, reliable and efficient video content than Netflix and other over-the-top services, Michael Powell, president of the National Cable and Telecommunications Association, plans to tell a Senate panel on Tuesday. "The cable model is critically important for monetizing and delivering the highest premium content to consumers -- including sports, live news, and premium series," Powell says in prepared testimony.
Boxer Floyd "Money" Mayweather, for his May 4 win over Robert Guerrero, attracted at least 1 million pay-per-view customers for the fifth time in a row. The match, which had a suggested retail fee of $59.99, marked the first event under Mayweather's six-fight deal with Showtime.
Perry Simon, a TV veteran whose career includes a stint as president of Viacom Productions, has been named general manager of channels at BBC Worldwide America. Simon will take over the position Sept. 7 and will report to BBC Worldwide America President Herb Scannell.
Barbara Bekkedahl has joined Bravo as vice president of sales. She has worked in the cable industry for more than two decades, with stints at Fox Family, Comedy Central, Gospel Music Channel and the Family Channel.