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November 1, 1996

U.S. and Canada

All American Television (New York, New York, 212-541-2800): Stephen L. Pinkus to executive director, special projects. Pinkus will be involved in program acquisition, production and the creation of co-production alliances, primarily for cable and for international distribution, focusing on advertiser relationships.

Britt Allcroft (New York, New York, 212-463-9623): Jennifer Thieroff to manager, press relations.

Brøderbund Software (Novato, California, 415-382-4400): J’e Durrett to CEO. The company is known for multimedia game Myst and the Carmen Sandiego series.

Buena Vista International (Burbank, California, 818-560-1000): Fred Tio to senior VP, marketing. Ignacio Darnaude to VP, marketing.

Buena Vista Productions (Burbank, California, 818-560-1000): Michael Davies to senior VP, development.

Buena Vista Television (Burbank, California, 818-560-1000): Jim Packer to senior VP, general sales manager, western region.

Cartoon Network (Atlanta, Georgia, 404-827-1700): Michael Ouweleen to VP and creative director. Ouweleen will manage all on-air promotions and operations and will write and produce material aimed at establishing the Cartoon Network brand and identity.

Catalyst Entertainment (Toronto, Canada, 416-591-6767): Kevin Gillis to executive VP and executive producer. Gillis will promote all divisions of the company, with a focus on developing, packaging and producing original programming.

CBS Television (Los Angeles, California, 213-460-3000): Susan Wycoff to director, current programming.

Children’s Television Workshop (New York, New York, 212-595-3456): Diane McGrath to director, international licensing for Europe, the Middle East and Africa. McGrath will handle licensing and merchandising and will assist in developing and executing local promotions. Risa Nelson to associate director, international licensing, Asia. While continuing to manage product licensing and publishing activities for CTW properties in Asia and Israel, Nelson will also develop new areas of business and assist with the placement of CTW TV programming in these regions.

Columbia TriStar Television (Culver City, California, 310-202-1234): Paul Gilbert to VP, international program development and format sales.

Columbia TriStar Motion Pictures/Sony Pictures Entertainment (Culver City, California, 310-280-8000): Robert Levin to president, worldwide marketing.

Discovery Communications (Bethesda, Maryland, 301-986-0444): Elisabeth Sami to VP, international business development.

Disney Channel (Burbank, California, 818-560-1000): Rich Ross to senior VP, programming and production. Philippe Laco to VP and managing director of the proposed Disney channel in France.

Disney Publishing Group (Burbank, California, 818-567-5739): Lisa Kitei to VP, communications and synergy. Kitei will continue to serve as VP, publicity for the company’s Hyperion subsidiary. Robin Sigman to synergy director. Sigman will be the publishing liaison with the other divisions of the Walt Disney Co.

Disney Television Animation (Burbank, California, 818-560-1000): Lenora Hume to senior VP, international production. Hume continues to oversee production operations for three Disney-owned animation studios in Australia, Japan and Canada.

Equity Marketing (Beverly Hills, California, 310-887-4300): Al Ovadia to senior VP, worldwide promotions. Ovadia will enhance Equity’s international offerings and expand it into a full-service promo shop.

Fox Kids Networks Worldwide (Los Angeles, California, 213-856-1646): Susan Frank to executive VP, marketing and promotion. Frank is responsible for all aspects of U.S. and international marketing and will oversee the domestic network’s ancillary properties.

Gunther-Wahl Productions (Encino, California, 818-776-9200): Kat Fair to director, development and current programming. Fair will acquire and develop new animation projects for TV and video and will supervise various pre-production elements including scripts.

Gymboree Corporation (Burlingame, California, 415-579-0600): Moss Kardener to head of its new play products division.

Hanna-Barbera (Hollywood, California, 213-851-5000): Karen Farris-Hobson to manager, public relations.

Hasbro Games Group (East Longmeadow, Massachusetts, 413-525-6411): Philip C. Jackson to VP, marketing for Parker Brothers; Glenn A. Kilbride to associate VP, marketing for Milton Bradley.

The itsy bitsy Entertainment Company (New York, New York, 212-989-3660): Carrie Parker to children’s entertainment marketing manager. Parker will develop strategic alliances with licensing partners, establish licensing and marketing programs and oversee product and packaging development.

Jim Henson Productions (New York, New York, 212-794-2400): Elliot Fischoff to senior VP, public relations. Fischoff is responsible for creating and implementing the overall public relations strategy for all divisions of Jim Henson Productions. Marcy Ross to VP, creative affairs. Ross will assist with development of all the company’s television productions worldwide.

KidStar Interactive Media (Seattle, Washington, 206-382-1250): M.J. King to full-time on-air personality; Lorah G’ertzel to news producer; Carlos Broussard to news reporter/writer; Pam Veenstra to graphic designer/production.

Marvel Entertainment Group (New York, New York, 212-696-0808): Lester E. Greenman to senior VP, software publishing. Greenman will be in charge of developing Marvel’s multi-platform, interactive entertainment software line, to be published under the company’s own label. Sandra Wildman Padnos to executive VP, communications. Padnos will oversee media relations, industry relations and community affairs for all divisions of Marvel Entertainment. Russell A. Brown to director, corporate sales and promotions.

Mattel (El Segundo, California, 310-252-2000): Bruce L. Stein to president, Mattel Worldwide. Peter Barbaresi to VP, specialty sales. Barbaresi will expand the distribution network to include nontraditional venues such as neighborhood businesses, supermarkets and television mail-order channels.

Meca Software (Fairfield, Connecticut, 203-452-2600): Justin D. Parks to senior director, marketing.

NBC Entertainment (Burbank, California, 818-840-4444): Robin Schwartz to VP, Saturday morning programs and prime-time series. Schwartz will work on the development, production and programming of Saturday morning and prime-time family shows and will be involved with National Geographic specials.

New Line Home Video (New York, New York, 212-649-4900): Ray Millonzi to director, national accounts. Millonzi will manage direct sell-through and rack accounts and will be the key liaison between New Line and Turner Home Entertainment national accounts staff.

Nickelodeon Latin America (Miami, Florida, 305-535-3700): Valerie G. McCarty to VP, communications, Nickelodeon Latin America. McCarty will oversee communications and press relations for the late-1996 launch and subsequent development of Nickelodeon in Latin America.

Nickelodeon Games Animation (Los Angeles, California, 818-753-3299): Erin Corcoran to production coordinator of the new animated show Angry Beavers.

Paramount Pictures (Hollywood, California, 213-956-5000): Robert Friedman to vice chairman. William Rus to senior VP, creative advertising.

Playmates Toys (Costa Mesa, California, 714-428-2000): Bill Beebe to senior VP, sales; Tim Wills to VP, boys toys; Gina Beebe to VP, girls toys.

Plaza Entertainment (Los Angeles, California, 213-651-2024): Tom Schon to president. Plaza Entertainment is a newly created independent home video supplier.

PorchLight Entertainment (Los Angeles, California, 310-477-8400): Karen Butler to director, business development and executive producer.

Scholastic Productions (New York, New York, 212-343-6100): Martha Atwater to executive director, development. Atwater will manage all development activities for Scholastic TV movies and videos. Maria Gillen to director, development. Gillen will spearhead development of the company’s new projects. Christie Amsterdam to manager, creative affairs. Amsterdam will manage the coverage of projects and agents.

Sega GameWorks (Universal City, California, 818-777-6100): Michael Montgomery to president and COO. Sega GameWorks, a joint venture of DreamWorks, Sega Enterprises and MCA, develops location-based entertainment centers worldwide.

Sony Signatures Film and Television Licensing (Culver City, California, 310-280-7788): Anita Frazier to VP, domestic sales. Roger A. Estrada to director, creative services. Estrada is responsible for designing and executing all creative campaigns for the company’s theatrical and television properties.

Sunbow Entertainment (New York, New York, 212-886-4900): Ken Olshansky to director, creative affairs. Olshansky is responsible for development of the company’s live-action and animated projects.

Toy Biz (New York, New York, 212-682-4700): Alan Fine to president and COO, Toy Biz International, the company’s foreign subsidiary. David Fremed to CFO.

Turner Broadcasting System (Atlanta, Georgia, 404-885-0505): Steve Heyer to president, worldwide sales, marketing, distribution and international networks group. Heyer’s responsibilities will expand to include overseeing all primary revenue streams of TBS.

Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment (Beverly Hills, California, 310-369-3900): Brad Kirk to senior VP, marketing; Steven Feldstein to VP, communications and media relations.

Twentieth Century Fox Licensing and Merchandising (Los Angeles, California, 310-369-3900): Jennifer Sebree to executive director, worldwide publishing; Mark Cordon to director, retail relationships.

Universal Studios Consumer Products Group (Universal City, California, 818-777-1000): Danny Kaye to VP, marketing research. Kaye is responsible for developing and evaluating market research needs, initiating market research for major corporate initiatives for key properties and evaluating consumer trends to enhance the company’s licensing and retail efforts. Steve Booth to director, interactive licensing. Debra L. Jackman to director, publicity and special events. Jackman oversees the division’s publicity efforts and cross-divisional communications and is responsible for special events and trade shows. Connie Rush to director, product development. Rush oversees the development and approval of all licensed product domestically and internationally for Universal’s library of film, television and classic properties. Ruth Waldorf to creative resource manager. Among other responsibilities, Waldorf will supply licensees with visuals and reference materials to develop and promote USCPG properties. Vince Lodato to art director, product development. Lodato will handle all creative approvals for Jurassic Park: The Lost World plus other Universal properties. Christina George to manager, promotions. George will identify and secure corporate tie-in partners and oversee the development and execution of promotional programs. Trisha Chaves to manager, specialty licensing and animation art. Chaves is responsible for production, promotion, marketing, sales and distribution of limited edition and original artwork of theatrical and television properties.

United Paramount Network (UPN) (Los Angeles, California, 310-575-7000): Perri Stein will head up a new sales division, staffing offices in New York, Chicago and Detroit; a Los Angeles office is under consideration.

Viacom (New York, New York, 212-258-8000): Pam van der Lee to VP, marketing.

Warner Bros. Consumer Products (Burbank, California, 818-954-7980): Randolph M. Blotky to executive VP, Warner Bros. Worldwide Consumer Products. Blotky is responsible for developing and implementing strategic initiatives across all of Consumer Products’ current businesses as well as new business opportunities. Gwilym McGrew to VP, retail business development. McGrew will be in charge of developing promotional partnerships and programs for Warner Bros. properties.

WB Network (Burbank, California, 818-977-5000): Mary Hall will direct all aspects of local market research, overseeing all research and reports relating to the performance of the network and its competitors in local markets.


Activision U.K. (London, England, 44-181-742-9400): Robert Dewar to managing director. Dewar will supervise European, Middle Eastern and African operations.

Copyright Promotions Licensing Group (London, England, 44-171-580-7431): Gary Sh’efield to new business development director.

Fox Kids Networks Worldwide (London, England, 44-171-805-7120): Michael Yorick to VP, international. Yorick will oversee the Fox Kids UK launch from London.

HIT Entertainment (London, England, 44-171-224-1717): Henrietta Hurford-Jones to head of sales.

Intermedia Film Equities (London, England, 44-171-924-6044): Justin Hatfield to president of the newly formed Intermedia Television. The new company will provide distribution and financing for a broad range of high-profile projects.


Playmates Toys and Playmates Interactive Entertainment have relocated to 611 Anton Blvd., Suite 600, Costa Mesa, California 92626. Phone: 714-428-2000; fax: 714-428-2200.

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