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John Kotsaftis leaves Showmax for Fox Networks

John Kotsaftis, the founder and CEO of Showmax, has quit the video-on-demand streaming service provider owned by Naspers to join Fox Networks Group Asia, based in Singapore, where he will lead the development of subscription VOD services in 18 markets in Southeast Asia and the Middle East.

Kotsaftis, who started working in his new role this week, confirmed to TechCentral on Friday that he has relocated to Singapore. He led the team that created Showmax, which was launched to South African audiences in 2015. The video entertainment service is now available in a range of markets across Africa and Europe.

TV with Thinus, a blog focusing on the South African television industry, first reported Kotsaftis’s move earlier on Friday. According to the blog, Kotsaftis has taken on the newly created role of executive vice-president of Fox+, a subscription VOD platform.

Kotsaftis confirmed that his focus will be on Fox+, though he will also have responsibility for some other products in the group.

Fox+ is a direct competitor to big international streaming services, including Netflix and HBO Go.

Kotsaftis had been in the Naspers stable for 14 years in various role, and worked at MultiChoice from 2009 and 2015, where he was CEO of DStv Online and later DStv Digital Media. He led development of the company’s personal video recorder (PVR) products and online streaming services including movie rental platform BoxOffice. He is a previous head of product and technology at Naspers, and GM for product development at Media24’s 24.com unit.

A Showmax spokesman could not immediately be reached for comment on who will replace Kotsaftis at Showmax. Last year, Naspers announced that Showmax’s African operations would fall under its pay-television provider MultiChoice. Its operations outside Africa continue to be managed separately.

The TV with Thinus report said Kotsaftis will report to Zubin Gandevia, president of Fox Networks Group Asia.  — (c) 2018 NewsCentral Media

4 Comments

  1. Ofentse Letsholo on

    Big ups to him for his growth, I’m certain he will come back home he just went there(Asia) to learn more by being with Asians instead of just “visiting them” or reading about them.

    ShowMax could be better but it’s trying even if they fail to give people 4k or even a normal 1080p. Hope to see his implementations soon in the industry when he comes back.

  2. Ofentse Letsholo on

    Miles ahead when compared to what??? If you mean ShowMax yes I agree with you but Fox also has some great originals Netflix is probably envious of. But yes Netflix is really trying to be no.1 and when people talk of VOD, Netflix is always at the top of the mind.