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U.S. and Canada...
January 1, 1997

U.S. and Canada

Binney & Smith (Easton, Pennsylvania, 610-253-6271): David H. Hewitt to VP and general manager, consumer products division, U.S.

BMG Interactive (New York, New York, 212-930-4000): Ken Rogers to producer. Rogers oversees signing on new software developers and producing sports games. Rich Rogers to associate producer. Chris Bull to senior director of marketing. Rosalind Delligatti to director of operations. Tim Le Tourneau to director of testing and quality assurance.

Cabin Fever Entertainment (Greenwich, Connecticut, 203-863-5200): Lauren Margulies to director, rental marketing.

Children’s Television Workshop (New York, New York, 212-595-3456): Peter Moss to executive producer. Moss will be based in Canada.

Cinar Films (Montreal, Canada, 514-843-7070): Robert Armstrong to VP, corporate development. Irene Litinsky to executive in charge of production.

DreamWorks Consumer Products (Los Angeles, California, 310-234-7000): Travis J. Rutherford to executive responsible for licensing and merchandising for theatrical and television properties for all categories of consumer products except toys.

Fox Kids Networks, Worldwide (Los Angeles, California, 213-856-1646): Kim Hatamiya to senior VP Latin America and Asia. Hatamiya is based in Los Angeles and oversees operations in Latin America, as well as television ventures in Asia, the Pacific Rim, Africa and the former Soviet Union. Rod Riegal to director of marketing, international division. Donna Cunningham to senior VP, business affairs from VP, business affairs. Cunningham continues to oversee negotiations with program suppliers, production companies, talent firms and ancillary businesses, and assists in the expansion into new business areas. Maureen Smith to senior VP, planning and program scheduling from VP, planning and program scheduling. Smith creates and implements scheduling strategies, in addition to planning and positioning Fox Kids programming domestically and abroad. Jennifer Burns to VP, marketing. Burns handles the marketing of all properties, the overall branding of Fox Kids and oversees the off-air creative services and on-line entertainment divisions. Lisa Sirlin to director, on-line entertainment. Sirlin oversees creative and interactive development for the Fox Kids Worldwide Web site. Jennifer Luke to VP, promotion and sales development from director of promotions. Luke oversees the sale of national and affiliate promotions. Robin Lia to director, network promotions. Lia is responsible for the creation, implementation and execution of all national network promotions and co-produces the syndicated radio show Fox Kids Countdown. Pamela Hudson to VP, station relations. Hudson manages affiliate relations and the Fox Kids Club. Marni Bernstein to VP, on-air promotions. Bernstein handles all network on-air promotions, programming continuity and Fox Kids presentations.

Golden Books Family Entertainment (New York, New York, 212-753-8500): Howard Marcus to senior VP, human resources. Philip Galanes to general counsel and VP, legal affairs. Margaret Chan-Yip to VP, business development, children’s publishing group. Chan-Yip will work closely with licensors to enhance the company’s licensing partnerships. Eric Ellenbogen to president of the newly created business unit, Golden Books Entertainment Group. Ellenbogen is also appointed to the board of directors. Other appointments at Golden Books Entertainment Group include: Susan Beckett to executive VP, business and legal affairs. Leigh Anne Brodsky to senior VP, marketing. Mitch Fried to senior VP, promotional marketing. Alex Drosin to VP, distribution. Lauren Levine to VP, production. Neil McGinness to VP, new media. Brian Offutt to VP, planning and development. George Stephanopoulos to VP, business and legal affairs.

Griffin Bacal (New York, New York, 212-337-6300): Susan Mendelsohn to director, strategic planning.

GT Interactive Software (New York, New York, 212-726-6500): Al Teller to the board of directors. Teller is co-chairman, president and CEO of Alliance Entertainment.

Hallmark Home Entertainment (Los Angeles, California, 213-634-3000): Diane Makari to director, advertising and promotions. Makari is responsible for securing cross-promotional partners for releases and creating and implementing promotional campaigns for select films.

Hasbro Games Group (East Longmeadow, Massachusetts, 413-525-6411): Dave Wilson to president, Americas, sales and regional marketing. Ginger Kent to president, brands and product development.

HBO Animation (Los Angeles, California, 310-201-9200): Carmi Zlotnik to senior VP. Zlotnik continues work in original programming for HBO, independent production.

HBO Home Video (New York, New York, 212-512-1000): Janet Rollé to director, marketing and sales promotion. Francine LaMarr to manager, special markets and sales promotion.

Jim Henson Productions (New York, New York, 212-794-2400): Marcy K. Ross to VP, creative affairs. Brad Fazzari to account manager, toys and home electronics, consumer products division. Fazzari is responsible for developing licensing opportunities for the company’s properties, including the Classic Muppets, Muppet Babies, Jim Henson Pictures and The Wubbulous World of Dr. Seuss.

Mattel International (El Segundo, California, 310-252-2000): Astrid Autolitano to president.

MCA/Universal (Universal City, California, 818-777-1000): Iris Gelt to executive director, external communications. Gelt manages MCA/Universal’s corporate media relations and supporting operating divisions in developing and implementing public relations strategies.

McGraw-Hill Home Interactive (Redwood City, California, 415-802-9010): Aaron Howard to senior VP, business development.

MGM Domestic Television Distribution (Santa Monica, California, 310-449-3000): Dea Shandera to senior VP, advertising and promotions. Shandera oversees the conception and execution of all trade and consumer advertising promotion for the company, as well as holding responsibility for publicity, station relations, Web sites and sales support materials for the company’s domestic syndicated television programs.

MTM Entertainment (Studio City, California, 818-755-2400): Tasi Ponder to manager, Web site development from executive assistant.

New Line Cinema (New York, New York, 212-649-4900): Distribution chief Mitch Goldman assumes responsibility for running a newly consolidated marketing and distribution division.

Nickelodeon (New York, New York, 212-258-7500): Taran Swan to general manager, Nickelodeon Latin America.

Novocom (Playa Vista, California, 310-448-2500): Jayson Won to designer. Won will design graphics and animation for the company’s worldwide clients.

Portfolio Entertainment (Toronto, Canada, 416-483-9773): Joan Lambur to head of marketing and sales. Lambur will expand international and domestic television sales and acquire new programs for worldwide distribution. She will also oversee domestic merchandising.

Spumco (Hollywood, California, 213-462-2943): Pamela Harris to senior director, licensing. Harris is responsible for the development of marketing plans and implementation of worldwide licensing programs.

Toys ‘R’ Us (Paramus, New Jersey, 201-262-7800): Roger Gaston to senior VP, human resources.

Turner Network Television (Los Angeles, California, 310-551-6332): Marci Pool to VP of development, original programming. Michael Seldin to VP of development, original programming from head of development and feature acquisitions at Morgan Creek Productions.

Universal Studios (Universal City, California, 818-777-1000): Stacey Snider to co-president, production.

Venture Licensing of Canada (Toronto, Canada, 416-443-9200): Sharon Capotosto to general manager. Venture is a division of Kaleidoscope Entertainment.

Viacom Consumer Products (Hollywood, California, 213-956-5000): Neil Newman and Debbi Petrasek to the newly created position of VP, strategic property development. Newman is responsible for the Star Trek franchise, current television properties, the classic film and television library and special projects. Petrasek, previously VP, domestic sales, oversees licensing for feature films and the television series Clueless, Sabrina, The Teenage Witch and The Busy World of Richard Scarry. Pam Newton to VP, domestic sales from executive director, product development. Newton oversees all domestic sales groups, including electronics, apparel, collectibles, housewares, toys, publishing and promotions, as well as product development for publishing. Annie Seaton to the newly created position of director, retail relations. Seaton will expand the division’s retail efforts and develop special promotions and long-term programs for licenses. Suzie Domnick, who continues as director of product development, takes on responsibilities no longer handled by Neil Newman, including all product development categories except publishing.

Warner Bros. (Burbank, California, 818-954-6000): Chris Pula to president, theatrical marketing. Pula is responsible for launching the marketing campaigns for the 25 to 30 films released by the studio each year.

Warner Bros. International Television Production (Burbank, California, 818-954-6000): Catherine Malatesta to senior VP from VP.

Europe & Australasia

BBC Worldwide (London, England, 44-181-743-5588): Dick Emery to chief operating officer, BBC Worldwide from managing director, BBC Worldwide Television. Emery manages all of the company’s businesses excluding the international news and information channel BBC World. Mike Philips to director, BBC Rights Agency, a new division established to exploit commercial rights of BBC programs. Nick Chapman remains as managing director, publishing and multimedia, with the added responsibility of developing BBC Worldwide’s ability to exploit rights across all media. Fabiola Arrendondo to director of international distribution. Arrendondo oversees the integration of program sales teams. Simon Sudbury, who continues as marketing director, BBC Worldwide Television, increases his responsibilities across the company. Janie Ironside Wood to head of press and public relations. Ian Hunter to head of worldwide corporate affairs.

Copyright Promotions (London, England, 44-171-580-7431): Claire Atherton to sales director. Simon B. Crowther to marketing director.

Fox Kids Networks, Worldwide (London, England, 213-856-1646 (L.A.)) Ynon Kreiz to senior vice president, Europe. Kreiz is based in London and oversees Western, Central and Eastern Europe.

Granada Productions (Manchester, England, 44-161-832-7211): Annie Miles to director, animation from CEO of Cosgrove Hall Films. Miles oversees the commercial development of strategy for the company’s new animation division and acts as a liaison with the children’s department.

TF1 International (Boulogne, France, 33-1-41-41-1983): Nicolas Eschbach to TV sales manager. Eschbach holds responsibility for sales in the U.K., the U.S., Latin America and Spain.

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