Audio Network Hires Studiocanal's Robb Smith as CEO
Smith will lead the company as it enters its next phase of international growth
Audio Network, the international music group specialising in music for television, film and digital media, has appointed Robb Smith as Group CEO. Smith joins the business from Studiocanal, where he held the role of Chief Operating Operator UK and Executive Vice President of Global Digital Strategy.
Smith will take up the position with immediate effect and will lead the company as it enters its next phase of international growth and implements its new digital strategy. Smith succeeds Chris Blakeston who stepped down from the role of CEO in April 2016 but continues to work with the company in an advisory role out of the London and New York offices.
Smith brings with him over 20 years of media and entertainment experience in the US and Europe, encompassing sales, marketing, operations and general management. He has worked at both independent and major US studios including New World Entertainment, MGM and Universal and latterly, Studiocanal, part of Canal+.
Born in LA, Smith started life as a musician. He moved to the UK permanently in 2003.
Andrew Sunnucks, co-founder and Chairman of Audio Network, said: “Robb really is the perfect fit for us. He has a comprehensive knowledge of our core customers as well as a detailed understanding of the changing media landscape. He is passionate about music and shares our ambition to make Audio Network the best option for music users and composers alike.”
Robb Smith said: “I am thrilled to join the Audio Network team. Audio Network is a company whose passion for creating world-class and authentic music for creative communities everywhere is truly inspiring. I look forward to working with its team of dedicated music aficionados and being able to contribute my experience to expand and develop the company further.”
Above: New Audio Network CEO Robb Smith