Broadband briefs for 5/02/06
* NBCUC hires new media director
Michael Schreiber has been named director of new media for NBC Universal Cable (NBCUC). He most recently served as manager of business development at NBCU, focusing on CNBC.
Schreiber, who reports to company VP of New Media Ron Lamprecht, will be involved in executing deals for VOD and "alternative distribution" of NBCU's content. He will also support the cable sales team on new media efforts with Time Warner Cable, Cox Communications, InDemand and NBCU's telco customers.
* Viseon taps new CEO
Sean Belanger has been named president & CEO of Viseon Inc., a maker of video conferencing and videophone equipment and software.
Belanger most recently served as CEO of Paradyne Corp., which merged with Zhone Technologies last July. Prior to that, he was VP and GM of 3Com's network service provider division.
Belanger succeeds John Harris, the co-inventor of the VisiFone. Harris will remain at Viseon as chairman and chief technical officer.
* Motorola to acquire mobile phone R&D center in Europe
Motorola is set to acquire from BenQ a state-of-the-art research and development center that focuses on mobile phone development, software application development and antenna technology. The facility, located in Denmark, is staffed by 250 engineers. Motorola will integrate the operation into its Mobile Devices business. The deal is expected to close in early June.
* Gemstar-TV Guide, Samsung in multi-year licensing deal
Gemstar-TV Guide International signed a multi-year licensing agreement with Samsung Electronics, a modification of previous agreements that provide Samsung global rights to incorporate VCR Plus+ and Gemstar-TV Guide's IPG in its digital televisions, digital recording devices and VCRs. Gemstar TV-Guide's new GUIDE Plus+ IPG, developed for European markets, is not yet available; the deal allows Samsung to temporarily deploy non-Gemstar-TV Guide IPGs until the new IPG can be commercialized. Panasonic cut a similar deal with Gemstar TV-Guide last month.
* mPhase names director of European sales
mPhase Technologies appointed Brian Kemp as its director-European sales. The company is hoping to take advantage of increased interest in IPTV among European service providers. Kemp is long-time industry vet; he has been an independent consultant since 2004, specializing in sales of broadband management and traffic shaping systems and secure remote access solutions throughout EMEA.
* Wipro appoints Nortel ex-CEO to its board
William Arthur Owens, former CEO and vice chairman of Nortel, will join the board of directors of Wipro. Prior to joining Nortel in 2004, Owens was CEO and chairman of Teledesic LLC, and before that was the president, COO and vice chairman of Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC), the United States' largest employee-owned high-technology company.