Sharman to become StreamAMG chief executive

Live video and OTT services provider StreamAMG has promoted Hugo Sharman to become the company’s new chief executive.

Sharman assumes the role as the co-founders of the business, Duncan Burbidge and Joe Bray, prepare to leave StreamAMG following the completion of its sale to the PA Media Group. That deal was announced in April 2017, with Burbidge and Bray having continued to run the company as chief executive and chief technology officer, respectively, from that point.

Sharman joined StreamAMG as chief strategy officer in 2018, having previously served as group commercial director at Deltatre, the OTT solutions and media services company. In his new role, Sharman will be responsible for the ongoing growth of StreamAMG which provides live, VOD and OTT streaming services, platforms and technology to an international customer base across the sport, media and betting sectors.

Sharman’s senior leadership team at StreamAMG will comprise Matt McKiernan, chief operating officer and Andrew De Bono, chief technology officer. Sharman and McKiernan will be based in the UK while De Bono continues to oversee the business’s operations in Malta.

Sharman takes up his new role in January 2020, reporting to Andrew Dowsett, chief operating officer at PA Media Group. In the interim, Sharman and his new leadership team will continue to work alongside Burbidge and Bray until they leave the business at the end of the year.

Burbidge said: “Hugo brings to StreamAMG the commercial understanding and rigour needed to see the business through its next phase of growth. Together with Matt McKiernan and Andrew De Bono, this new and energetic management team is poised to open up more opportunities for the business as online rights become worth more than traditional broadcast.

“StreamAMG’s many awards and commercial successes are a testament to our teams in Europe and the UK. It has been a great source of pride to me and Joe see the business grow from a two-man start-up to an award-winning commercial success.”

Sharman added: “2020 will be an exciting year for the business as we carry on disrupting the market through product and commercial innovation. Our success will be achieved by continuing to introduce creative solutions to our customers’ challenges in this rapidly evolving market.”

StreamAMG partnered with the England’s Football Association for the recent launch of the FA Player, a dedicated platform for women’s football which offers free access to more than 150 live games per season.