He had been on a brief hiatus from the role while establishing LiveNow

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Co-founder Marc Watson has returned to the role of CEO at Eleven Group.

As part of a reshuffle of the leadership team, Watson, who co-founded the company with Andrea Radrizzani, returns to the role he left in January 2020. For the last 18 months he had acted as executive chairman, with the aim of establishing the LiveNow streaming platform.

Meanwhile, Radrizzani, who is also chairman and founder of parent company Aser Ventures, moves into the executive chairman role and takes a more direct leadership position.

In addition, media executive Alessandro Tucci becomes chief operating officer. He joins after being COO at MainStreaming, and has also held of leadership roles within the 21st Century Fox Group across Europe and Africa.

Tucci takes the place of Anouk Mertens, who becomes chief content officer. She will take charge of integrating Eleven’s content capabilities with Team Whistle Studios and NEO Studios to create one global studio services division for the Group, as well as continue as CEO of Neo Studios.

Meanwhile, Group chief rights acquisition officer and MD for Belgium and Luxembourg Guillaume Collard adds responsibilities for expanding into new markets, developing distribution deals, and continuing to strengthen Eleven’s rights portfolio to his role. He also joins the board of directors.

Watson said: “Eleven has experienced a period of significant growth in recent times. We have the opportunity to continue rapidly developing our business to deliver for fans and partners in new ways and our strengthened leadership team will provide the balance and focus we need to do that.

“I would like to take this opportunity to welcome Alessandro to the Group and to congratulate Guillaume and Anouk on their new roles. Anouk has been a fantastic Group COO for the past three years and I look forward to her bringing the same dedication and expertise to her new position.”