Iflix nabs Netflix talent, hands him chief content officer role

Malaysian startup Iflix, has appointed Sean Carey as its new chief content officer. Previously he held the VP of global television role at competitor Netflix.

According to his LinkedIn, he led teams responsible for the acquisition of all third party produced television series for the Netflix service in all territories. He also moved the group aggressively to global and supervised kids and family content group.

Carey also launched co-production initiatives targeting projects commissioned elsewhere, where the company could obtain worldwide rights by committing to projects in development phase. He had been with Neflix since 2011. He has also worked in various capacities in Sony.

Most recently, Iflix closed a new round of funding in excess of US$90 million to support its further international expansion. The new round will fund company’s expansion into the Middle East, Africa and new markets throughout Asia, stated the company in a press release.

The financing includes new investors – Liberty Global, major distributor of TV entertainment, sports and other programming, Zain, a mobile and data services operator in the Middle East and Africa with whom iflix recently established a joint venture ‘iflix Arabia’ in the MENA region, and a privately held investment management firm that invests in consumer businesses across Africa.