Ziyad Varol | Turk Telekom - TV/OTT Content and Platform Director

Turk Telekom
Ziyad Varol is responsible for TV/OTT operations (“Tivibu”) at Turkey’s first and largest integrated telecom operator, Türk Telekom (“TT”), which offers all broadband, mobile, fixed voice and TV products and services to 50.4 million subscribers. He started his career at ATV, one of the leading free-to-air TV channels in Turkey. Ziyad worked his way up from an early-career position at ATV as content acquisition specialist to the Managing Director of Tivibu, 2nd largest Pay TV platform in the market. At ATV, he initiated the export of Turkish series abroad, when Turkish content dominated 25 percent of total imported fiction content worldwide. Prior to Managing Director role, he was previously responsible for the entire product and services portfolio, including nationwide known music platform Muud and electronic magazine e-Dergi, of TT.

Ziyad Varol completed his MA in Media Management at the University of Westminster in the UK and successfully finished Entertainment, Media and Sports programs at Harvard Business School. Throughout his career he contributed to Turkish drama to extend its footprint to more than 130 countries and has actively taken positions in national associations including Turkish Exporters Assembly, Turkish Broadcasters Association, Istanbul Chamber of Commerce, among others throughout his career.