Nickelodeon has announced Ben Cox, currently General Manager of Content Aggregation at Foxtel, as its new Vice President and General Manager for Australia and New Zealand.
He will be responsible for the day-to-day management of Nickelodeon’s brands, succeeding Jihee Nam, who is leaving the company at the end of January.
Ben Richardson, Sr. Vice President and General Manager, Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) Australia and New Zealand, said, “Ben has always championed the value kids’ brands bring to Foxtel, and he comes into this role with a nuanced expertise I’m confident will continue to drive Nickelodeon’s success.
“His familiarity with our business combined with a top-notch reputation makes him the perfect choice to lead the Nickelodeon business in Australia and New Zealand.”
A Foxtel Cox also served as the Head of Channel Partnerships and as Business Development Manager and was a strategy analyst and product manager at AUSTAR. He played a key role in the November 2015 launch of the Nick Play app, managed content aggregation for the Foxtel Kids app, and worked closely with Viacom on Nick Jr. when the pre-school channel moved into the basic Entertainment Pack.
“As one of the most globally recognised and widely distributed multimedia entertainment brands for kids and family, Nickelodeon has been a trailblazer in Australia for over 20 years. I’m looking forward to joining a passionate and kid-centric team that consistently creates innovative entertainment experiences for both kids and kids-at-heart,” he said.
He will be based at Nickelodeon’s East Sydney headquarters from mid-February.