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Charged with taking the fight in African video entertainment to the US SVOD giants whose influence is growing in the region like everywhere else, Niclas Ekdahl as CEO of the recently formed connected video unit of Naspers.

DStv Now 25 Sept 2017Ekdahl has over 19 years executive leadership experience in the audio-visual services industry. This includes heading up the pay-TV channel division for Viasat Broadcasting in London and leading over-the-top (OTT) and video-on-demand services in the Nordic region as CEO of Viaplay. Most recently, Ekdahl was managing director for Nuvu, a Stockholm- and Johannesburg, a VOD service launched by Ericsson in 2015.

The new unit that Ekdahl will begin managing from 10 September 2018 includes the Showmax and DStv Now internet TV services in Africa and is also responsible for developing new OTT services for the MultiChoice group.

“OTT video services are growing rapidly across Africa. We’ve made a healthy start preparing for this future with our Showmax and DStv Now services, and it’s now time to consolidate those learnings in a single unit to build the best possible services for our customers,” commented Imtiaz Patel, CEO of Naspers’ video entertainment business. “Niclas has the right experience to make this happen and we’re thrilled to have him on board.”