William H. Grumbles, Jr., president of worldwide distribution for Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. (TBS, Inc.), today announced the expansion of the senior management team within Turner Network Sales (TNS), the cable sales arm of TBS, Inc. As outlined by Grumbles, who oversees TNS, Turner Home Satellite (THS) and CNN Newsource Sales, the management expansion, which is effective immediately, positions TNS for continued success in selling the diverse and growing portfolio of Turner networks and further maximizing relationships with cable affiliates.
Joining TNS in the newly created position of executive vice president is industry veteran Andrew T. Heller. In addition to working closely with regional sales executives to formulate and execute division sales strategies, Heller's new duties include overseeing business affairs, operations and technology.
Grumbles also announced that Kevin Gaffney, formerly vice president, Northeast Region, and Doug Orr, formerly vice president, Central Region, have assumed new responsibilities and will join Carter Maguire as the new TNS affiliate sales management team. In the expansion, Maguire becomes executive vice president of the Central Division, which includes Canada; Gaffney assumes the title of senior vice president, Eastern Division; and Orr becomes senior vice president, Western Division. Maguire, Gaffney and Orr will work in partnership to direct the day-to-day sales activity of their respective divisions. Additionally, Maguire will continue to spearhead industry-related matters for Grumbles and direct cross-functional activities for TNS. Heller, Maguire, Gaffney and Orr are based in Atlanta and report to Grumbles.
"With his background in strategic negotiation and law, and his excellent relationships throughout the industry, Andy brings a new dimension to our team," said Grumbles. "His addition to the highly respected sales force of Carter, Kevin and Doug makes TNS an extremely focused unit, fortified to work even more closely with our cable partners as they seek new ways to improve their business in the increasingly complex marketplace."
Heller joins the TNS team with more than 13 years of experience in the cable industry. He was most recently with Time Warner Cable, where as assistant general counsel he was actively involved in acquisitions, trades, financings and a variety of cable, contractual, litigation and regulatory issues for the leading MSO. Earlier, Heller served as associate counsel and senior counsel, litigation for HBO.
Turner Network Sales (TNS), a division of TBS, Inc., is responsible for the sales and marketing of Turner's nine domestic basic cable networks--TBS Superstation, CNN/U.S., CNN Headline News, TNT, Cartoon Network, Turner Classic Movies, CNNfn/CNN International, CNN/SI and CNN en Espanol--to cable affiliates and special markets throughout the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.
Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a subsidiary of Time Warner Inc., is a major producer of news and entertainment product around the world and the leading provider of programming for the basic cable industry.