Bob Leighton is a Senior TV Executive with close to 40 years of experience in multichannel premium TV.
Bob joined Liberty Global, the world’s largest international broadband cable company with $20+ billion annual revenue from 25+ million subscribers from operations in Europe and Latin America in 2005, and he is currently Senior Vice President, Programming. He is based in the US and is now helping drive Liberty Global’s drive into content commissioning and ownership.
Previously, he was Head of Programming for Starz Encore pay television (1998-2005) where he concluded billion dollar movie output deals with major Hollywood studios, and launched Starz’s pioneering expansion into internet distribution and original programming.
Prior to that, he was at HBO for 17 years starting in 1980, initially in NYC headquarters in various positions in programming including audience research and program scheduling. From 1990, he was based in Europe, launching HBO’s first channel outside the US (in Hungary in 1991) followed by numerous local language movie and thematic basic cable TV channels throughout Central Europe.
Leighton started his career in television in 1979 at Young & Rubicam advertising agency, initially buying broadcast network daytime drama commercial time, and then early sponsorship deals for ad supported basic cable channels.
About Liberty Global
Liberty Global is the largest international cable company with operations in 14 countries. We connect people to the digital world and enable them to discover and experience its endless possibilities. Our market-leading products are provided through next-generation networks and innovative technology platforms that connected 27 million customers subscribing to 56 million television, broadband internet and telephony services at December 31, 2015. In addition, we served five million mobile subscribers and offered WiFi access across six million access points.
Liberty Global’s businesses are currently attributed to tracking stock groups: the Liberty Global Group (NASDAQ: LBTYA, LBTYB, and LBTYK), which primarily comprises our European operations, and the LiLAC Group (NASDAQ: LILA and LILAK, OTC Link: LILAB), which comprises our operations in Latin America and the Caribbean.
Liberty Global's consumer brands are Virgin Media, Ziggo, Unitymedia, Telenet, UPC, VTR and Liberty. Our operations also include Liberty Global Business Services and Liberty Global Ventures. For more information, please visit www.libertyglobal.com.