People in New Jobs

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

U.S. and Canada

- Buena Vista Home Video (Los Angeles, California, 818-295-5200): Bob Topping to VP, national accounts, Disney Interactive and Canada.

- Burger King (Miami, Florida, 305-378-3000): Dennis Malamatinas to CEO Burger King Corp. Paul Clayton to president, Burger King North America. John McGrath to chairman Burger King Corportation.

- Cabin Fever Entertainment (Greenwich, Connecticut, 203-863-5200): Ila Dane to senior VP, operations and market development. Thomas Mack to regional sales manager.

- Cartoon Network (Atlanta, Georgia, 404-885-2263): Linda Simensky to VP, original animation. Simensky oversees the development and production of all new World Premiere Toons cartoon shorts and new original animated series, including Dexter’s Laboratory, Johnny Bravo and Cow & Chicken. Keith Crofford to VP, production. Crofford is responsible for creative development and operational execution of original programming, including Space Ghost Coast to Coast, Cartoon Planet and The Cartoon Gang. Lisa Fernow to senior VP, global marketing and strategy.

- Circuit City Stores (Richmond, Virginia, 804-527-4000): Alan McCollough to president.

- Columbia TriStar Film Distributors International (Culver City, California, 310-280-2041): Tony Manne to executive VP, international marketing and distribution. Manne continues to deal with overseas cinemas exhibiting the company’s products, and adds overseas consumer marketing responsibilities to his duties.

- Discovery Communications (Bethesda, Maryland, 301-986-0444): Louise Brown to director, international program sales.

- Discovery Enterprises Worldwide (Bethesda, Maryland, 301-986-0444): Robin Sayetta to VP, licensing.

- The Disney Channel (Burbank, California, 818-569-7500): Dina Weinberg to director, media relations. Weinberg plans and oversees all program publicity efforts and coordinates publicity needs for marketing, promotion and affiliate sales.

- DreamWorks SKG (Universal City, California, 818-733-6000): David L. Simon to operating head of the Television Animation division.

- Film Roman (Los Angeles, California, 818-761-2544): Lolee Aries to VP, production.

- Jim Henson Productions (New York, New York, 212-794-2400): Shelley Sanderson to director of marketing. Sanderson serves as a liaison between Jim Henson Publishing and its licensees’ sales and marketing departments, handling domestic legal affairs and providing promotional support to booksellers. Mary Maguire to editorial director. Ellen Weiss to senior editor. Kate Foster to editor.

- Malofilm International (Toronto, Canada, 416-480-0453): Natalie Osborne to sales executive.

- MGM Distribution (Santa Monica, California, 310-449-3000): Amanda Marashinsky to senior VP, worldwide publicity. Marashinsky is responsible for all national and regional publicity for theatrical releases from MGM Pictures and United Artists Pictures. She also oversees all international publicity activities for the studios’ releases abroad.

- MTM Consumer Products (Studio City, California, 818-755-2400): Margaret Dumais to director. Dumais is responsible for developing and executing sales, marketing and branding strategies for all MTM properties and The Family Channel programming.

- MTM International Family Entertainment (Studio City, California, 818-755-2400): Renée Madrigal to VP, marketing.

- MTV (New York, New York, 212-258-8000): Vinnie Longobardo to senior VP, international program development. Donald Silvey to senior VP, programming enterprises and business development. Ed Paparo to VP, program enterprises and business development.

- Paramount Pictures (Hollywood, California, 213-956-5000): John Goldwyn to president, Paramount Motion Pictures. Barry Haldeman to executive VP, business and legal affairs, Motion Picture Group. Haldeman supervises the feature film business affairs and legal affairs departments, and participates in the negotiation of major talent deals for the production program of the Motion Pictures Group.

- PolyGram (New York, New York, 212-333-8000): Bob Sanitsky to president, PolyGram Television. The new domestic television division will develop programming for network, cable and syndication in the U.S. and abroad.

- PorchLight Entertainment (Los Angeles, California, 1-310-477-8400): Michael Jacobs to VP, worldwide sales. Jacobs is responsible for the global distribution of the company’s library of family and children’s entertainment programming.

- Quantum Media International (New York, New York, 212-213-2477): Bruce Kravetz to executive VP and general manager. Kravetz is responsible for overseeing Quantum’s worldwide media activities, including account management, media buying, and traditional and new media research.

- Saban Entertainment (Los Angeles, California, 310-235-5100): Cori Stern to director, program development. Kim Christianson to director, development. John Luiso to manager, development.

- Scholastic Productions (New York, New York, 212-343-7500): Mary Sadeghy to executive director, marketing. Sadeghy continues to oversee the strategy and development of marketing activities, with a special emphasis on consumer products. Responsibilities include managing and implementing national consumer tie-in promotions, as well as directing the marketing programs for television, home video and consumer products. Sarah Fuhrman to marketing coordinator in the consumer products and marketing department. Fuhrman coordinates marketing functions specific to licensing and promotional partners, supports the marketing department in all aspects of national consumer promotions and coordinates publicity, special events and licensee communications. Julie Choi to product development coordinator in the consumer products and marketing department. Choi works closely with the product development department to aid in the review of product submissions, communicates product development issues with licensees and facilitates approvals. She also coordinates trademark and copyright details for all properties.

- Turner Broadcasting Sales (New York, New York, 212-596-6318): Phyllis Ehrlich to VP, strategic marketing for kids, teens and young adults. Ehrlich is responsible for creating innovative marketing ideas and strategies for major advertisers across all Turner Broadcasting properties, including Cartoon Network, TNT and TBS SuperStation.

- Turner Broadcasting System (Atlanta, Georgia, 404-827-1700): Ronnie Gunnerson to VP, corporate affairs.

- Twentieth Century Fox Licensing and Merchandising (Los Angeles, California, 310-369-1000): Marc Bruderer to director of marketing.

- Universal Pictures (Universal City, California, 818-777-1000): Thomas Castañeda to VP, international publicity. Barbara Hermes Hannegan to director, international publicity.

- Universal Studios (Universal City, California, 818-777-1000): Sandy Climan to president, worldwide business development. In addition to continuing in his role as executive VP, which involves overseeing worldwide pay TV and TV business development, consumer products, Spencer Gifts, new media and strategic marketing, Climan will work with all of the company’s divisions to accelerate the global growth of products and operations.

- Universal Studios Consumer Products Group (Universal City, California, 818-777-1000): Timothy E. Rothwell to senior VP, sales. Rosalind Nowicki to VP, apparel and home furnishings. John Dumbacher to VP, retail. Mark Rhodes to manager, licensing.

- Walt Disney Feature Animation (Burbank, California, 818-560-8000): Marjorie Randolph to VP, human resources. Randolph oversees all aspects of contract negotiations, recruiting, human resource administration and employee relations.

- Warner Bros. (Burbank, California, 818-954-6000): Kathleen Helppie-Shipley to senior VP, classic animation. Gary LeMel, president, Warner Bros. Music, will also run the newly created Warner Sunset Records, which produces soundtracks from Warner Bros. films. Doug Frank to executive VP, Warner Bros. Music. Ellen Schwartz to director of development for Warner Bros. Music film projects.

- Warner Bros. Consumer Products (Burbank, California, 818-954-7980): Russell Hicks to VP, marketing for Cartoon Network and Turner Properties. Hicks oversees the strategic marketing planning and implementation for Cartoon Network and Turner properties, including Scooby-Doo, The Flintstones, The Jetsons, Jonny Quest and the Wizard of Oz. Brenda Guttman to VP, creative services. In addition to continuing to oversee the daily management of the creative services staff, Guttman also works closely with the division’s retail and promotional partners and domestic and international licensees in developing art programs based on Warner Bros.’ animated, theatrical and television properties and Turner’s classic theatrical and animation library. Kelly Gilmore to director, U.S. sales.

- Warner Bros. International Theatrical Distribution (Burbank, California, 818-954-6000): Ivan Cheah to senior VP, Asia. Cheah continues to oversee the marketing and distribution of films released theatrically through Warner Bros. in Hong Kong, China, India and the Asian subcontinent, Indonesia, South Korea, the Philippines, Singapore, Malaysia, Taiwan and Thailand, as well as in the developing markets of Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos. Cheah also remains active in the acquisition and distribution of selected Asian films to be released in Asia under the Warner Asia banner, which he helped to create.


- BBC Worldwide Publishing (London, England, 44-181-576-2000): Rob Wijeratne to international licensing manager. Wijeratne is responsible for international merchandising in all territories, through BBC Worldwide Overseas offices and a team of appointed agents.

- Interactive Television Entertainment (ITE) (Copenhagen, Denmark, 45-33-26-5600): Tom Vedel to managing director. Vedel assumes responsibility for ITE’s head office. Jesper Helbrandt to director, sales and marketing. Helbrandt supervises ITE’s sales and marketing activities worldwide, excluding North and South America, and continues as managing director for IBS A/S, a separate company within the ITE group. Kim Ritzau to international sales manager, with responsibility for TV formats. Ritzau focuses on developing contacts with television stations, broadcasters and major production companies. President and CEO Ivan Solvason has relocated to the U.S. to set up ITE’s Los Angeles office. Also relocating to L.A. is Carlos Zalve, who holds responsibility for business developments throughout Latin America.

- Warner Bros. (Paris, France, 33-1-44-01-4999): Francis B’espflug to managing director, theatrical. B’espflug is responsible for expanding and strategically improving the distribution of Warner Bros. films in France. He will also nurture relationships with writers and filmmakers and will develop properties for Warner Bros. in France.

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