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George Kliavkoff was co-president of entertainment and syndication responsible for Hearst’s cable television networks, including ESPN, Lifetime, A&E and History; television production and distribution; newspaper syndication; and merchandise licensing.
He takes over from Jaunt co-founder and interim CEO Arthur van Hoff, who will now resume his role as chief technology officer. Van Hoff stepped up to the top job in May following the departure of previous CEO and company co-founder Jens Christensen, who said at the time that he had decided to move onto his “next adventure” after three years at the helm.
Before Hearst Kliavkoff was chief digital officer at NBCUniversal, where he was among the launch team launch of Hulu.
Jaunt is backed by a number of prominent media investors, including Google Ventures, Highland Capital and Sky. Last September, Disney led a new US$65 million (€58 million) funding round in the cinematic VR firm.