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October 1, 1996

U.S. and Canada

Alliance Television (Toronto, Canada, 416-967-1174): Ian McDougall to senior VP, production. McDougall will oversee all Alliance Television productions, including all production activity, budget and delivery.

BMG Interactive (San Francisco, California, 415-330-0470): Don Traeger to VP, worldwide product development and A&R (artists and repertoire). Traeger will oversee worldwide creation of next-generation titles for PlayStation, Saturn, Nintendo 64 and PC CD-ROM.

Cinequanon Pictures International (Los Angeles, California, 213-658-6043): Drew Phillips to VP, production. Cinequanon Pictures International is an independent distributor based in Los Angeles since 1993.

Cinequanon Pictures International (Los Angeles, California, 213-658-6043): Marc S. Barson to VP, legal and business affairs. Barson will facilitate the company’s expansion effort to pursue and formulate new business opportunities.

Disney Channel and Disney/ABC Cable Networks (Burbank, California, 818-560-1000): Eleo Hensleigh to senior VP, marketing. Hensleigh will oversee a restructured Disney Channel marketing department.

Fox Children’s Network (Los Angeles, California, 213-856-1800): Donna Cunningham to VP, business affairs. Cunningham will oversee all negotiations and supervise business relationships between Fox and its program suppliers, production companies, talent and ancillary businesses.

Fox Children’s Network (Los Angeles, California, 213-856-1800): Maureen Smith to VP, planning and program scheduling. Smith is responsible for the strategic planning and positioning of FCN domestically and abroad.

Hearst Entertainment & Syndication Group (New York, New York, 212-455-4000): William Jemas, Jr. to senior VP, Entertainment Licensing division. Jemas is responsible for heading up the Entertainment Licensing division.

Jim Henson Productions (New York, New York, 212-794-2400): Richard Goldmann to product manager, consumer products division. Goldmann’s duties include licensing all Jim Henson properties, as well as developing new niche business in product categories.

Jim Henson Productions (New York, New York, 212-794-2400): Amy Ginsberg to marketing manager, consumer products division. Ginsberg is responsible for coordinating the marketing, promotional and retail programs for the various Muppet properties.

Marvel Entertainment Group (New York, New York, 212-696-0808): David J. Schreff to president and COO. Schreff will assist in promoting the company’s interests in location-based entertainment, in addition to guiding the growth of Marvel’s entertainment and sports interests.

Mattel (El Segundo, California, 310-252-2000): Jill Barad has replaced John Amerman as COO. Amerman remains as chairman. Barad is responsible for expanding overseas development, adding to existing toy brands and entering new toy categories.

New Line Cinema (New York, New York, 212-649-4900): Kat Stein to manager, marketing communications. Stein is responsible for creating and implementing communications strategies and campaigns, as well as assisting in national marketing campaigns and promotions.

Nickelodeon (New York, New York, 212-258-8000): Bruce Friend to VP, research and planning. Friend is responsible for developing and implementing a research strategy and structure to support Nickelodeon’s overall business plan.

Nickelodeon (New York, New York, 212-258-8000): Taran Swan to director, Latin America. Swan is responsible for the launch and development of Nickelodeon Latin America and its day-to-day operations.

Owl Communications (Toronto, Canada, 416-971-5275): Gord Haines to chairman and president of Combined Media; Annabel Slaight, president and founder; Jean Desormeaux, senior VP, head of television; Greg Copeland, VP of production; Angela Bruce, director of creative affairs; Peter Lower, director of development; Wayne Arron, senior producer; Kym Crepin, senior production comptroller; Caird Urquhart, operations manager; Renee van Dessel, head of business affairs; Rob Haiat, marketing coordinator for Owl International; Louis George Tetreault, director of sales for Owl International.

Saban Entertainment (Los Angeles, California, 310-235-5100): Lisa Kranz to director of development, TV-motion pictures. Kranz is responsible for the development of live-action television series and motion pictures.

Saban Entertainment (Los Angeles, California, 310-235-5100): Alicia Rosenfeld to regional sales manager, domestic distribution. Rosenfeld is responsible for station sales of all domestic syndicated properties.

Saban Entertainment (Los Angeles, California, 310-235-5100): Ynon Dreiz to VP, business development. Dreiz will work on acquisitions, investments and joint ventures that the company is pursuing in the U.S. and overseas for children’s entertainment.

Saban Entertainment (Los Angeles, California, 310-235-5100): Dana Booton to VP, animation. Booton is responsible for all aspects of animation production, from pre-production through final product delivery.

Saban Entertainment (Los Angeles, California, 310-235-5100): Adam Wolf to western sales manager, domestic distribution. Wolf is responsible for station sales of all domestic syndicated properties throughout the western United States.

Saban Entertainment (Los Angeles, California, 310-235-5100): Sharon Gitles to VP, marketing. Gitles will be responsible for overseeing the marketing for the company’s brands and consumer products.

Saban Entertainment (Los Angeles, California, 310-235-5100): Mark S. Pinsker to VP, special projects, on-air advertising and promotion. Pinsker is responsible for the development of specialty television projects, as well as overseeing on-air advertising and promotion.

Sony Wonder (Santa Monica, California, 310-449-2100): Jeff Holder to VP, creative affairs. Holder will be responsible for acquisition, development and production of children’s and family home video and television product internationally.

Sunbow Entertainment (New York, New York, 212-886-4900): Kerry Romeo to sales director, Latin America. Romeo’s new duties include identifying new acquisitions. John Reynolds to senior sales executive. Reynolds will look after the company’s marketing and PR activities.

Tapestry International (New York, New York, 212-505-2288): Yvonne Body to director of international sales. Body will represent the company at television markets.

Toy Biz (New York, New York, 212-682-4700): Alan Fine to COO. Fine will lead the company’s strategy, product diversification and international expansion.

Universal Studios Consumer Products Group (Universal City, California, 818-777-1000): NancyJane Goldston to senior VP, marketing. Goldston is responsible for the development of strategic marketing plans for theatrical, television and classic properties.

Walt Disney Television (Burbank, California, 818-560-5151): Mitch Ackerman to executive VP, television production. Ackerman will oversee the studio’s six hours a week of filmed and videotaped series production, as well as the production of specials and the studio’s movie franchise for ABC.

Warner Bros (Burbank, California, 818-954-6000): Ken Duer to VP, worldwide production. Duer will have both domestic and international production units reporting to him.

Warner Bros. Classic Animation (Sherman Oaks, California, 818-977-8700): Chuck Ansel to director, finance. Ansel will be in charge of all classic production, special projects and overhead finance reporting for the division.

Warner Bros. Television Animation (Sherman Oaks, California, 818-977-8700): J’e Reilly to senior VP and GM. Reilly will oversee financial, business and administrative matters for the Television Animation division.

Warner Bros. Television Animation (Sherman Oaks, California, 818-977-8700): Maria Womack to director, finance. Womack is responsible for all financial reporting and cost accounting on all television animated series currently in production.

Warner Bros. Television Animation (Sherman Oaks, California, 818-977-8700): Liza-Ann Warren to director, recruitment. Warren is responsible for searching for new talent, new production entities and new educational and training opportunities. Replacing Warren as director, domestic production, is Howard Shwartz.

World Wrestling Federation (Stamford, Connecticut, 203-352-8600): April Torrey to marketing representative. Torrey will act as liaison between WWF parent company TitanSports and local cable operators to help in identifying and coordinating key marketing opportunities with the affiliates.


Copyright Promotions Licensing Group (London, England, 44-171-580-7431): Gary Sh’efield to director of development. Sh’efield will be responsible for sourcing new international licensing properties.

Mayfair Entertainment International (London, England, 44-171-304-7911): Alison Rayson to director of sales and programming. Rayson will head up the sales team for Mayfair.

Nelvana Enterprises (London, England, 44-171-287-2770): Tom Van Waveren to international sales executive. Van Waveren will be in charge of all television and video sales throughout Scandinavia, Asia and New Zealand.

Pacific Rim

Marvel Comics Group (Sydney, Australia): Rik Booth to consultant to Australia, New Zealand and Southeast Asia. Based in Sydney, Booth will assist in the development of Marvel’s comic and licensing business interests.

TNT & Cartoon Network (Hong Kong, 852-2-965-2888): Elison Chu to public relations manager. Based in Hong Kong, Chu is responsible for the planning and implementation of all public relations for the Asia-Pacific area.


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