Nick GrandeManaging Director at ChannelSculptor
Nick is a prominent TV and media strategist and the founder of ChannelSculptor, the Dubai-based strategic consultancy and service provider to the regional TV industry. Since 2008 the company has provided award-winning channel licensing and management services to MENA IPTV networks including du, STC (Intigral), Vodafone and Omantel, and has provided audience analytics services to a growing number of broadcasters including Turner, Discovery, Abu Dhabi Media, TV5 and Fox. ChannelSculptor has advised several international industry players including Netflix, RTL Group, Arqiva, Eutelsat and IBC as well as regional heavyweights such as Rotana Media, twofour54 and Sky News Arabia. In 2017 the company established the mena.tv Content Hub, a new B2B content trading portal, which already plays host to 25 international content distributors and over 250 accredited buyers.
Nick started his TV career at MTV Networks Europe, where he was instrumental in the rapid channel expansion during the 1990s, before moving in 1999 to Showtime Arabia, Viacom’s joint venture with KIPCO. As Head of Strategy he was the architect of Showtime’s 2004/05 move from London to Dubai Media City, and in 2007 he was Launch Director for MTV Arabia.
ChannelSculptor won Best Telco/Broadcast Initiative at the 2014 ASBU BroadcastPRO ME Awards, and Nick was named Content Executive of the Year in the 2015 TV Connect MENA Awards. The mena.tv Content Hub was awarded 2017 Content Distribution Initiative at the TBI Content Innovation Awards in Cannes on the eve of MIPCOM.