Andy Bird

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Andrew Peter Bird CBE is a British film producer and executive. He is chairman of Walt Disney International.

Early life[edit]

Bird grew up in Warrington, England and was schooled at King's School, Macclesfield.[1] In 1985 Bird gained a Bachelor of Arts degree in English language and literature at Newcastle University.

Career[edit]

Bird first started his career in broadcasting as one of Timmy Mallett's helpers on Manchester's Piccadilly Radio. He later produced the breakfast show. [2] He later moved to London working for Richard Branson's Virgin Virgin Broadcasting, working on their music television channel Music Box and satellite radio station 'Radio Radio'.[2] Next was British Satellite Broadcasting's The Power Station channel.[1]

In 1990, Bird and Chris Evans formed company Big and Good that made programmes for TVam. Bird joined Time Warner in 1994 as senior vice president and general manager of Turner Entertainment Networks Limited. In 2000 he became president of TBS International and was responsible for all TBS broadcasting outside of the United States.[2]

Disney career[edit]

In 2004 Bird joined The Walt Disney Company and has since overseen the acquisition of Hungama TV in India and investment in India's UTV. He also localizes content and has reorganized Disney's international structure and leadership ranks.[2]

Bird was appointed Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2012 Birthday Honours for services to UK media and entertainment.[3][4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Andy Bird: Mister Mouse of Warrington". The Independent. 2005-12-19. Retrieved 2008-05-14. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Corporate profiles - Andy Bird". Disney Corporate. Archived from the original on 15 May 2008. Retrieved 2008-05-14. 
  3. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 60173. p. 23. 16 June 2012.
  4. ^ <http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2012/jun/16/queens-birthday-honours-diplomatic?newsfeed=true>