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February 1, 1997

U.S. and Canada

- Adams Wooding Television (Brooklyn, New York, 718-875-9488 and London, England, 44-1-453-885-700): John Adams and Brenda Wooding are founding partners of this new international production and distribution company, which focuses on brand awareness, program development and distribution for Varga Studio and Two Can Publishing. Adams, based in London, takes responsibility for European and Latin American partners, while Wooding supervises activities in North America and Asia Pacific from New York.

- Alliance International Television (Paris, France, 33-1-5383-1800): Louise Anne Worth to managing director. Worth manages Alliance’s rapidly growing international television division, directing the corporation’s television acquisitions, sales and marketing around the world. Worth will work from the Alliance offices in Paris and Shannon and from her home base in Amsterdam, managing staff in those locations as well as in Toronto and Los Angeles.

- Amy Alter Associates (New York, New York, 212-674-9505): Jeffrey Klein to VP. In addition to overseeing the firm’s account executives and pursuing new business opportunities, Klein manages the public relations activities of the company’s blue-chip home entertainment accounts, including CBS/FOX, Columbia House Video Library and Kideo Productions.

- Buena Vista Television (Burbank, California, 818-560-1000): Laurel Whitcomb to VP, publicity.

- Cabin Fever Entertainment (Greenwich, Connecticut, 203-863-5200): Craig Van Gorp to VP, sales.

- Columbia TriStar Television (Culver City, California, 310-202-1234): Mark Workman to senior VP, strategic marketing. Workman is responsible for planning and implementing national promotions and tie-ins.

- CompuServe (Columbus, Ohio, 614-457-8600): Deborah Knight to brand manager, CompuServe Interactive for Canada. Knight is responsible for developing growth strategies and overseeing the company’s development of key partnerships and alliances in Canada. She is based in the Columbus office.

- Disney Consumer Products (Burbank, California, 818-567-5401): Peter Boutros to VP, international marketing.

- Golden Books Family Entertainment (New York, New York, 212-583-6700): Kaylee Davis to VP, director of marketing. Jessica Frank to director, promotion, publicity and advertising.

- The Harvey Entertainment Company (Century City, California, 310-789-1990): Charles W. Day to VP, consumer products. Day oversees all worldwide licensing and merchandising activities involving the company’s classic characters.

- Hasbro (Pawtucket, Rhode Island, 401-431-8697): Jan Rimmel to director, retail promotions. Rimmel works with the company’s sales and marketing teams, licensees and retailers to develop events and promotions for retail chains (see ‘New retail exec at Hasbro,’ page R4).

- KidStar Interactive Media (Seattle, Washington, 206-382-1250): Kellie Krug to VP, marketing and member services. Krug’s responsibilities include marketing, membership and community development in all markets. Jillian Muschell to regional market manager, Southern California. Muschell manages all aspects of the company’s regional sales, promotions and community outreach from KDDZ/1240 AM in San Diego.

- LEGO Systems (Enfield, Connecticut, 860-749-2291): Joseph P. Zirolli to manager, marketing systems.

- Leisure Concepts/4 Kids Entertainment (New York, New York, 212-758-7666): Susan Eisner to VP, licensing. Eisner oversees sales and marketing programs for all licensed products.

- LIVE Entertainment (Van Nuys, California, 818-778-3204): Rick Mischel to senior VP, acquisitions, production and family entertainment. Mischel oversees development and production of the company’s original animated product.

- Malofilm Distribution (Toronto, Canada, 416-480-0453): Lina Marrone to VP, acquisitions and special projects. Marrone is responsible for the acquisition of worldwide rights of feature films and will act as a liaison with Canadian producers. Luc Déry to VP, theatrical distribution, Canada. Déry is responsible for the coordination of all theatrical activities coast to coast.

- Marvel Comics Group (New York, New York, 212-696-0808): Helen Isaacson to executive VP, worldwide licensing, Marvel Comics Group. Isaacson handles all worldwide licensing, merchandising, advertising sales and creative services for Marvel Comics Group and Marvel Entertainment Group (see ‘People in new jobs,’ page 20). Shirrel Rhoades to executive VP, publishing. Rhoades oversees operations of the company’s comic book titles and guides plans for the extension of the product line. Jackie Carter to VP and editorial director, children’s publishing. Carter oversees development of publications for kids under age 12.

- Marvel Enterprises (New York, New York, 212-696-0808): Scott C. Marden to president and CEO of this new operating unit, which unites the business management of the company’s sports and entertainment trading card businesses (Fleer/SkyBox), international youth sports and entertainment sticker business (Panini), on-line entertainment (on America Online and the World Wide Web) and interactive software business (Marvel Interactive).

- MGM Home Entertainment (Santa Monica, California, 310-449-3000): Richard Cohen, president, takes on the additional role of president, MGM Consumer Products.

- Nickelodeon Latin America (Miami, Florida, 305-535-3700): Stephen Grieder to VP and creative director. Responsible for the overall creative direction of Nickelodeon Latin America, Grieder manages programming, on-air promotion and production efforts, including the development of original and co-productions, and works closely with the marketing team to develop all off-air creative materials. Tony Fadel to program director. Fadel is responsible for creating and implementing an overall programming policy, directly managing all programming decisions for acquisitions and scheduling.

- Nickelodeon (New York, New York, 212-258-8000): Mary Neagoy to senior VP, communications. Neagoy is responsible for both internal and external communications.

- Perennial Pictures (Indianapolis, Indiana, 317-253-1519): Charlie Cooper to animation director. Cooper assumes responsibility for portfolio reviews and training of new staff. Michael J. Cole to production coordinator. Cole also assumes publicity and promotions duties.

- Sony Signatures Film and Television Licensing (Culver City, California, 310-280-7788): Peter K. Dang to executive VP, worldwide merchandising, licensing and consumer goods (see ‘People in new jobs,’ page 21). Lisa Storms to director, international sales. Storms manages the company’s worldwide licensing activities in Asia, Australia, Latin America and Canada.

- Sony Wonder (New York, New York, 212-833-8000): Alexandra Beeman to senior director, marketing, Sony Music Video (SMV) and Sony Wonder. Beeman is responsible for the development and implementation of marketing plans and materials for SMV’s MTV Home Video releases and Sony Wonder audio and video titles. Chuck Nankivell to associate director, marketing. Nankivell’s responsibilities include developing marketing plans and materials for Sesame Street home video, audio and book-and-tape releases and cross-promotional tie-ins. Nankivell is also involved in marketing the Random House Home Video line. Elisa Peimer to associate director, production. Peimer’s responsibilities include product scheduling of Sony Wonder and SMV releases and overseeing packaging and production. Deborah Strafella to associate director, public relations. Strafella will help create and implement press and public relations plans for Sony Wonder’s licensed and original properties and for SMV. Debbie Lawrence to product manager, SMV and Sony Wonder. Lawrence serves as a liaison with SMV and MTV Home Video, and is responsible for helping to develop marketing plans, packaging and point-of-sale materials and cross-promotional tie-ins for these titles. Janet Stampler to manager, creative audio. Stampler’s responsibilities include helping to coordinate and oversee all levels of production for Sony Wonder audio releases.

- Toys ‘R’ Us (Paramus, New Jersey, 201-262-7800): Michael Tabakin to director of trend merchandising (see ‘Tabakin,’ page R1).

- Twentieth Century Fox Licensing and Merchandising (Los Angeles, California, 310-369-1000): Mark Wasserman to VP, creative. Wasserman is responsible for building and overseeing the division’s creative department, working closely with retailers, licensees and promotional agencies and designing and executing all licensing campaigns for theatrical properties and television in domestic and international markets.

- United Media (New York, New York, 212-293-8500): Maribelle Bitler to senior VP, finance and administration.

- Warner Bros. Consumer Products (Burbank, California, 818-954-7980): Karen McTier to senior VP, North American sales. McTier continues to oversee licensing activities in the U.S. and Canada of Warner Bros.’ classic Looney Tunes, Batman and Superman brands, as well as Hanna-Barbera’s library of animated properties and major Warner Bros. theatrical films and television shows.

- Warner Bros. (Burbank, California, 818-954-6000): Jeffrey Calman to senior VP, domestic pay-TV, cable and network features. Jean Goldberg to VP, domestic television distribution.

- YTV Canada (Toronto, Canada, 416-534-1191): Sonja Hyde to Web site producer.

Europe, Australia and Asia

- BBC Television (London, England, 44-181-743-8000): Roy Thompson to head of children’s commissioning. Thompson works with BBC1 and BBC2 controllers to commission children’s programs from in-house and external producers and schedules children’s programming for both channels.

- Copyright Promotions Licensing Group (London, England, 44-171-580-7431): Trudi Wood to marketing executive, toys.

- Disney/ABC International Television (Tokyo, Japan, 81-3-32-80-4821): Takashi Shimada to VP and managing director, based in Tokyo.

- Nickelodeon Germany (Dusseldorf, Germany, 49-211-91-21-432): Dr. Bernd Fronhoff to managing director.

- Saban Entertainment Italy (Milan, Italy, 39-2-805-2992): Maria Romanelli to managing director of the company’s new Milan office.

- Turner Broadcasting (New York, New York, 212-852-6819): Peter Brack to regional sales director. Brack will oversee the Singapore office, which will open this year, assuming responsibility for regional advertising sales activity for Turner’s international networks including Cartoon Network and working in conjunction with Seavex, TBSI’s media representative in Singapore. Dave Dickman to regional sales director. Dickman manages business development and advertising sales account activity for TBSI throughout the Asia Pacific, working from the Hong Kong office.

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