- U.S. and Canada
Alliance Broadcasting (Toronto, Canada, 416-967-0022): Phyllis Yaffe to president. Yaffe is also president and CEO of Alliance Communications’ Showcase Television and The History and Entertainment Network (THEN). Bill Dawson to executive VP and COO. Dawson is responsible for integrating THEN into existing operations.
Alliance Communications (Toronto, Canada, 416-967-1174): Noreen Halpern to VP, creative affairs. Halpern works with new material, material follow-through and pitches.
Blockbuster Entertainment (Fort Lauderdale, Florida, 954-832-3000): Lynn J. Lyall to CFO.
Columbia TriStar Motion Pictures/Sony Pictures Entertainment (Culver City, California, 310-280-8000): Gareth Wigan to co-vice chair, Columbia TriStar Motion Picture Group. Kenneth Lemberger to president, Columbia TriStar Motion Picture Group. Bob Wynne to senior executive VP and chief of corporate operations, Sony Pictures Entertainment. Jon Feltheimer to executive VP, Sony Pictures Entertainment and president, Columbia TriStar Television Group. Matthew Kearns to VP, business affairs for the children’s programming unit of Columbia TriStar Television. Kearns is responsible for business affairs and administrative issues for all children’s programs, and continues to handle business affairs on Party of Five and CTT original international programming. Bob Levin to president, worldwide marketing, Sony Pictures Entertainment. Yair Landau to senior VP, corporate development and strategic planning, Sony Pictures Entertainment. Ken Williams to president of the newly created Digital Studio Division.
CUC Software (Stamford, Connecticut, 203-324-9261): Christopher McLeod to CEO. McLeod is responsible for the overall management of the software division, which includes Davidson & Associates, Blizzard Entertainment and Sierra On-Line, and oversees day-to-day operations of Davidson & Associates.
Disney Channel (Burbank, California, 818-560-1000): Carol Sussman to VP, acquired programming.
DreamWorks Interactive (Los Angeles, California, 310-234-7000): Craig Relyea to head of marketing. Jeff Nuzzi to lead marketing manager.
Equity Marketing (Beverly Hills, California, 310-887-4300): Michael J. Welch to senior VP and CFO.
Hasbro (Pawtucket, Rhode Island, 401-431-8697): Dan D. Owen to president, sales and regional marketing in the U.S.
Jim Henson Pictures (Hollywood, California, 213-960-4096): Eoghan Mahony to director, development. Mahony assists in the development of feature film projects and identifies appropriate new material. Jenny Klion to creative executive. Klion is responsible for creating and developing projects tailored for major theatrical and film artists and assists in ongoing development for the company.
Kay-Bee Toy Stores (Pittsfield, Massachusetts, 413-496-3000): Laura Underwood to director of stores.
MCA/Universal Home Video (Universal City, California, 818-777-1000): Monica Morgenthal to associate marketing manager, rental product and on-line services. Katy Brumbach to product manager, sell-through catalogue product. Dorine Smith to traffic manager.
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (Santa Monica, California, 310-449-3000): Lori Cloud to VP, national promotions and corporate sponsorships. Cloud is responsible for identifying and developing worldwide marketing and promotional opportunities across all MGM divisions and for negotiating related agreements.
MGM Domestic Television Distribution (Santa Monica, California, 310-449-3000): Steven Badeau to senior VP, research. Badeau oversees the development of marketing analysis and sales presentations used in such areas as product development and acquisitions, product performance and marketing strategies for domestic sales distribution. Stephen Herlihy to manager, central division. Adam Wall to manager, central division. Matthew Berriman to account executive, central division. Herlihy, Wall and Berriman are responsible for licensing all MGM product to television markets in the midwest.
MTV (New York, New York, 212-258-8000): Harvey Ganot to president, international advertising and sales for MTV/VH1. Ganot retains his current role as president, MTV networks advertising and promotion sales, U.S.
MTV Latin America (Miami Beach, Florida, 305-535-3700): Fernando Hernandez to director, program planning and scheduling. Hernandez manages the scheduling of all network and regional programming for MTV Latin America’s northern and southern services, and coordinates the development of the channel’s short- and long-form programming.
New Line Cinema (New York, New York, 212-649-4900): Brendan Kelly to director, contract administration.
New Line Television (New York, New York, 212-649-4900): Christopher Russo to executive VP, franchise programming and marketing. Russo is responsible for finding and developing franchise properties for network, cable and syndication, focusing on brands that can be extended to other media, consumer products, publishing, interactive platforms and live events.
Nickelodeon/Nick at Nite (New York, New York, 212-258-8000): Pamela Kaufman to VP, advertising sales and promotions marketing. Kaufman is responsible for setting strategy, developing and executing promotions in support of the 10th Annual Kids’ Choice Awards, prime-time programming, Big Help, consumer products and other Nickelodeon/Nick at Nite business initiatives.
Parachute Press (New York, New York, 212-691-1421): Steve Herman to VP. Herman oversees licensing and merchandising activities for all Parachute Press properties, including Goosebumps, Fear Street and The Ghosts of Fear Street.
Perennial Pictures (Indianapolis, Indiana, 317-253-1519): Andrew Friz to art director.
Sega of America (Redwood City, California, 415-508-2800): Gretchen Eichinger to group director, third-party licensing.
Sony Signatures Film and Television Licensing (Culver City, California, 310-280-7788): Kristine Ross to VP, worldwide licensing and marketing. Ross plays a key role in the development and execution of broad-based licensing programs in the music-licensing arena.
Sony Wonder (New York, New York, 212-833-8000): Loris Kramer to VP, creative affairs. Kramer helps develop original home video and television franchises, while continuing her involvement in the acquisition, development and production of children’s and family home video and TV programming for the global market.
Sunbow Entertainment (New York, New York, 212-886-4900): Janet Scardino to senior VP, international sales and co-production.
Toy Biz (New York, New York, 212-682-4700): Larry Bernstein to executive VP. Bernstein’s responsibilities include domestic and worldwide sales and strategic product planning.
Toy Manufacturers of America (New York, New York, 212-675-1141): Terri Bartlett to communications director.
Twentieth Century Fox (Beverly Hills, California, 310-369-1000): Tom Sherak to chairman of the newly formed Twentieth Domestic Film Group. Sherak retains his title as senior executive VP, Fox Filmed Entertainment, and continues to oversee distribution in addition to adding post-production and special projects to his portfolio.
Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment (Beverly Hills, California, 310-369-3900): Joseph DiMuro to senior VP, entertainment product sales, distribution. DiMuro oversees all video, interactive and other entertainment product sales through all retail channels except mass merchants. Ray Gagnon to senior VP, entertainment product sales, mass merchants. Gagnon oversees sales in mass-merchant accounts.
Twentieth Century Fox Licensing and Merchandising (Los Angeles, California, 310-369-1000): Cynthia Crossland to director of sales, domestic licensing. Crossland is responsible for developing and maintaining all domestic licensing and merchandising programs for both television and feature film properties for the studio. She also assists in building strong ties with key retailers at all levels of distribution as well as developing new channels of distribution for Twentieth Century Fox properties.
Universal Studios Consumer Products Group (Universal City, California, 818-777-1000): Jim Wilson to VP, marketing. Larry McCallister to executive director, clip and still licensing. Wilson and McCallister are responsible for enhancing marketing and merchandising activities to support the division’s focus on brand and retail development and international expansion.
Viacom (New York, New York, 212-258-8000): Robert M. Bakish to VP, business planning and development. Bakish works with senior management to further develop the company’s strategy, oversees the company’s science and technology areas, including Viacom’s global satellite portfolio and U.S. network operations center, and coordinates the company’s view on emerging technologies. Christina Hornbeck to VP, investor relations. Hornbeck serves as the primary liaison with financial analysts and investors, managing the company’s communications programs with the investment community and developing financial presentations to external audiences.
Warner Bros. Consumer Products (Burbank, California, 818-954-7980): David Evans to senior VP, international business development. Evans will be involved in all of the division’s emerging business strategies and its licensing business.
Granada Productions (Manchester, England, 44-161-832-7211): Danielle Lux to head of children’s and youth programs. Lux will develop programs for ITV and other broadcasters, and is responsible for children’s programs for LWT.
Walt Disney Television International (London, England): Joseph Ahern to senior VP and managing director, broadcasting.