Steve Macallister, former president and managing director of BBC Worldwide’s sales and distribution division, is taking up the position of chief executive officer of Zodiak Rights, following the news that current CEO Matthew Frank is stepping down.
Zodiak Rights is the international distribution and rights exploitation arm of Zodiak Media.
Frank leaves the position after 20 years, having joined his brother’s fledgling indie company, RDF, in 1994. RDF Rights became Zodiak Rights in 2010 following the acquisition of RDF Media Group by Zodiak, and Frank’s departure follows that of his brother David Frank, former chief executive officer of Zodiak Media, who was succeeded by Marc-Antoine d’Halluin in October 2013.
“Following the departure of my brother David, it felt like a good time for me to hand over the reigns to someone new at Zodiak Rights,” says Frank. “In Steve Macallister, I think we have found a great replacement. Steve will inherit a first-class team, and I wish both him and them every success for the future.”
At BBC Worldwide, Macallister was responsible for the exploitation of intellectual property around the world of more than 50,000 hours of content. Prior to joining BBCW in 2007, Macallister managed the distribution business for Disney ABC International Television–Asia Pacific, the international television distribution arm of The Walt Disney Company.
“I am delighted to be joining Marc-Antoine and the Zodiak team,” says Macallister. “Zodiak Media has a formidable track record in producing and distributing truly ground-breaking global hits, and I look forward to playing a part in the next exciting phase of the company’s evolution.”