Andy Bird

Andy Bird

As chairman of Walt Disney International Andy Bird is responsible for targeting new businesses, growing and increasing penetration of Disney’s ... More »As chairman of Walt Disney International Andy Bird is responsible for targeting new businesses, growing and increasing penetration of Disney’s existing businesses in developed markets such as Western Europe and Japan, and leading the development of business and operations in emerging markets, including India, China, Russia, South Korea and Latin America. Reporting to Disney President and CEO Bob Iger, Mr. Bird works with all of Disney’s business unit leaders around the world, coordinating and overseeing growth opportunities for The Walt Disney Company outside the United States. Since he joined The Walt Disney Company in 2004, Mr. Bird has overseen Disney’s acquisition of Hungama TV in India and investment in India’s UTV, led the drive to localize content through TV and film ventures, and reorganized Disney’s international structure and leadership ranks as Disney transforms itself into a truly global enterprise. Prior to joining Disney, Mr. Bird spent nearly a decade with Time Warner, joining in 1994 as senior vice president and general manager of Turner Entertainment Networks Limited. He rose to president of TBS International in 2000, and became responsible for all TBS broadcasting outside of the continental U.S. Bird started his career with Piccadilly Radio in Manchester, England, as breakfast show producer. After that, Bird moved to London to join the Virgin Broadcasting Company working at Music Box, a Pan-European music channel. Later, Virgin asked Bird to help launch and program a satellite-delivered national radio service called “Radio Radio.” Bird became head of programming for the service, producing radio shows for leading comedians and television presenters. Between 1989 and 1994, Bird held a number of positions in radio and television in Europe, including helping to start a music channel, producing and directing a popular London-based morning TV program, and producing a Saturday morning children’s TV show. In 1992, Bird was tapped by Unique Broadcasting, the largest independent radio production company in the United Kingdom, to start up and operate Unique Television. A native of the United Kingdom, Bird earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English language and literature from the University of Newcastle Upon Tyne in 1985. He is based in Burbank, California and lives in Los Angeles with his wife and two sons.

Walt Disney acquires controlling stake in UTV

He will report to Andy Bird, chairman, Walt Disney International. This marks the culmination of a process that began with Disney taking a 14.9% stake in UTV in September 2006. “I cannot see a flaw in the plan,” said Daljeet Singh Kohli, head of research at India Nivesh Securities. “The ...

Disney Makes Deal To Acquire Controlling Interest In India's UTV

In addition, UTV CEO Ronnie Screwvala has been named Managing Director, The Walt Disney Company India reporting to Andy Bird, Chairman, Walt Disney International. “Increasing our brand presence and reach in key international markets is a cornerstone of our growth strategy. This ...

Catherine Powell Named Managing Director of Walt Disney Company Australia and New Zealand

Powell will be based in the Sydney office, reporting to Andy Bird, chairman of Walt Disney International. Powell has been with Disney for nearly 10 years, joining the company in 2004 following senior management roles at BBC Worldwide covering TV sales for central and eastern Europe and ...

Disney’s focus in India on media and entertainment: Andy Bird

Disney’s focus in India on media and entertainment: Andy Bird Mumbai, March 12: Disney is focusing on India’s media and entertainment, which is estimated to touch Rs.917 billion ($17 billion) in 2013, not only because the industry here is poised for a huge leap forward, but because of the ...

INSEAD Knowledge

The secret behind the world’s best known cartoon character, according to Andy Bird, chairman of Walt Disney International, is having a sound strategy in place – one that continues to evolve with the times. “The philosophy we have is that we've got to treat every market that we do ...

Closing Overview

Andy Bird, Chairman, Walt Disney International Janet Goldsmith, Advisor, The Paley Center for Media Geoffrey K. Sands, Director, Media & Entertainment, McKinsey & Co. As chairman, Walt Disney International, Andy Bird is responsible for Disney’s businesses outside of the United ...

UTV quiet about restructuring after Disney's buyout ::

Screwvala has been officially named Managing Director of the new entity and will report to Chairman of Walt Disney International, Andy Bird. As such, he will not be an employee of UTV Software. Representatives of Disney have also been officially listed under Board of Directors on UTV’s ...

Hong Kong's Biggest US Promotion Opens Next Week

They include: Andy Bird, Chairman, Walt Disney International, The Walt Disney Company; Stephen Bird, CEO, Asia Pacific, Citi; Ronnie C. Chan, Chairman, Hang Lung Properties Ltd; Norman T.L. Chan (New York only), Chief Executive, Hong Kong Monetary Authority; Anita Fung, Group General ...

Walt Disney: Emerging markets show fast growth

“UTV is the leading Indian movie studio and they have a very successful group of TV networks,” said Andy Bird, chairman of Walt Disney International. “This is about providing us with scale and a complementary set of brands and assets to help drive growth for the company.” The Indian ...

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