The former head of Ericsson’s UK broadcast services division has been appointed chief executive of media services and post production firm TVT.

Ian Brotherston, who parted company with Ericsson at the end of last year, started in the newly-created role this week.

Chiswick-headquartered TVT provides media management services including transcoding, compliance and localisation services from its bases in the UK, Poland, Malaysia, Singapore, Japan, Australia and the US.

Its clients include BBC Worldwide, UKTV and Netflix.

Brotherston’s appointment will allow TVT founder and chairman Bernard Clark to focus on TVT’s factual production business.

TVT Productions’ credits include Channel 5 shows Adolf Hitler’s Will and What The Dam Busters Did Next.

“Bernard wants to step back and focus on production and leave me to run the business, which over time I will lead completely, including production,” Brotherston said.  

As well as leading efforts to develop bespoke automation software for use by TVT clients, Brotherston said a “significant” part of his remit would be to oversee the growth of the business overseas.

“TVT has seen a lot of growth in Asia and we see further international growth as a real opportunity going forward. Asia will probably be my top focus outside of the UK,” he said.

Clark added: “Ian brings a wealth of knowledge and first-hand experience of growing and scaling international businesses.

“He is a highly respected player in the TV and media industry and his extensive connections will no doubt have a significant impact on TVT as we continue our international expansion.”

Brotherston joined Ericsson in 2013 a year after it acquired Technicolor’s playout division.

He helped finalise Ericsson’s purchase of playout and content services firm Red Bee Media, which completed in May.