Pola Changnon Named General Manager of Turner Classic Movies
Turner Classic Movies (TCM) announced today that Pola Changnon will become the new general manager of the network. Changnon, formerly senior vice president of marketing, studio production and talent for TCM, will now be responsible for the day-to-day operations of TCM, including all strategy, business development, marketing, branding, digital initiatives, programming and on-air campaigns, as well as overseeing immersive brand extensions such as TCM Classic Film Festival and the TCM Classic Cruise. She will also be charged with growing and developing the TCM brand through innovative and revenue-generating business initiatives. Changnon is based in Atlanta and will report to Michael Ouweleen, interim president of Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, Boomerang and TCM. Changnon is replacing Jennifer Dorian, who has chosen to leave after 20 years at Turner.
“Pola has been a driving force behind TCM’s brand identity for over a decade and there is no better person to take on oversight of the network,“ said Ouweleen. “She is a knowledgeable and passionate film aficionado as well as an amazing leader who will continue to grow TCM as the network moves into this next chapter within Warner Bros.”
Changnon has been with Turner for 22 years and with TCM for the past 12. Most recently, she oversaw brand management, creative vision and design, strategic marketing, talent recruitment and studio production. Previously, Changnon served as vice president, brand creative director and on-air for TCM where she was responsible for managing and directing all on-air production and oversaw all creative brand management for the network.
Before joining TCM, Changnon was vice president of on-air and executive producer of program production at Cartoon Network, where she was responsible for all on-air production for both Cartoon Network and Boomerang, and joined the company as vice president and executive producer of Cartoon Network Digital, where she managed all creative development and production for Cartoon Network’s website, overseeing a team of more than 30 producers, writers and graphic designers as well as third-party vendors who created content for the site.
“I’ve been fortunate enough to work at TCM for the past 12 years and to see firsthand how committed the team is to preserving classic film for the next generation of movie fans,” said Changnon. “It’s a privilege to step into this new role and I am confident that together with the talented group of individuals who work on the brand, we will continue to grow TCM’s position as the definitive classic movie destination.”
“Jennifer has been an inspiring and impactful leader across Turner brands for more than two decades,” said Ouweleen. “We thank her for her years of leadership and wish her continued success in the future.”