ESRA OFLAZ GÜVENKAYA

President, MCD Media and Lifetime Turkey

In 1992, when Esra Oflaz Güvenkaya studied in New York, she has started her career as an intern at New World International, which distributed the “Bold and Beautiful” series.

When she returned to Turkey in 1992, she had worked as a Programming and Acquisition Manager at their family company Medyavizyon Ltd. and then decided to specialize in the introduction and localization of foreign TV channels in Turkey.

In 1998, Oflaz Güvenkaya co-founded the MCD Görüntülü A.Ş., introduced the National Geographic channel to Turkey and localized it.

After representation in a wide range of foreign TV channels including Eurosport, RTL, Sat 1, Travel, MTV, VH1, Euronews, and Pro 7, she acquired the broadcasting licence rights of Nickelodeon channel and launched Nickelodeon Turkey in 2005. She was granted an achievement award by Nickelodeon Europe on May 1, 2005.

In the same year, Esra Oflaz Güvenkaya launched the Eurosport in Turkey, which represents Europe’s only Pan-European sports channel, and she localized Eurosport and Eurosport 2 channels with live commentators on a 24-hour basis. She was granted an achievement award by Eurosport. Mrs. Güvenkaya also has advertisement, sponsorship and events rights in Turkey for the Pan European Eurosport Channels and global Discovery Channels.

In 2006, she founded MTV Turkey as MTV’s licenser in Turkey. She also won an achievement award by MTV Europe on October 23, 2006.

In the same year in May, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has met with the Viacom Mogul Sumner Redstone and MTV Turkey licenser Mrs. Esra Oflaz Güvenkaya in Ankara before the launch of MTV Turkey in order to discuss more foreign media investments in Turkey.

In the same year, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan attended MTV Europe’s interview with Mrs. Esra Oflaz Güvenkaya regarding the Live 8 and G8 summit for Poverty. The interview got broadcasted in MTV Program “Switched on” together with the interviews of Bill Clinton, Tony Blair , Mandela, Bill Gates.

In 2008-2009, she enabled Turkey to compete for the European Music Awards. Emre Aydın and then Manga won the top prize with fan votes. Thanks to this competition, Turkish artists found a chance to be heard in Europe and share the same stage with artists such as Beyoncé, Katy Perry, Paul McCartney, etc.

In 2008-2010, MTV Turkey was recognized with numerous awards including the “Best TV Channel of Turkey” and the “Best Communication”.

Esra Oflaz Güvenkaya has co- founded and became a partner of pay tv cinema channel called “Sinema TV” in July 2008 and followed Sinema TV 2, Sinema TV Family , Sinema TV Action , Sinema TV 1001 onwards.

She has started to represent BBC channels in 2009, introduced BBC HD and BBC Knowledge to Turkey and launched their localized versions.

In 2009, she has been recognized as a Power Woman in media.

In that year, she also founded Turkey’s first local science and technology channel called “Sci-Tech TV”.

In February 2012, she founded the Kidz TV channel for children and launched the BBC’s CBeebies cartoon and live shows on Kidz TV as daily blocs.

In March 2016, she became a joint venture partner of A&E Networks and Lifetime Turkey JV, launched in April 2016. The Channel Lifetime Turkey is on air in all the platforms in Turkey which is reaching 18 million homes. Lifetime Turkey is the only women oriented channel in Turkey.

In December 2016, She was invited by “The Hollywood Reporter’s Women In Entertainment Power 100” Awards, and represented Lifetime Turkey.

She is a co –founder of Oflaz Medya Group

She is the President of MCD Medya A.S

She is the President of Eurosport Turkey

MCD :  Multi Channel Developers – Independent Content Platform of Turkey-  MCD Görüntülü A.S, MCD A.S –-  www.mcd.com.tr

She is the President of Lifetime Turkey

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