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May 1, 1997

U.S. and Canada

AnyRiver Entertainment (San Mateo, California, 415-372-2772): Daniel S. Brooking to VP, sales/marketing.

Blockbuster Entertainment (Dallas, Texas, 214-854-3000): John McDowell to executive VP, merchandising. Mark T. Gilman to executive VP, development and database utilization. Richard Ungaro to executive VP, domestic retail operations.

Bohbot Entertainment & Media (New York, New York, 212-213-2700): Elisa Feeney to senior VP, domestic consumer products.

Cabin Fever Entertainment (Greenwich, Connecticut, 203-863-5200): Marylou Bono to manager, marketing sell-through. John Brescia to programming and distribution administrator.

Cartoon Network (Atlanta, Georgia, 404-885-2263): Jennifer Davidson to director of operations. Davidson oversees the operations and production departments.

Cloud 9 Interactive (Los Angeles, California, 310-448-8118): Peter Yunich to the board of directors.

DC Comics (New York, New York, 212-636-5400): Dorothy Crouch to VP, licensed publishing and associate publisher of MAD Magazine. Crouch is responsible for all published appearances of DC Comics properties outside of comic books, including international rights, novelizations of movies and television properties, original fiction, nonfiction, audio books, CD-ROMs and on-line material. She continues to work with the editors at MAD on business issues.

The Disney Channel (Burbank, California, 818-569-7500): Curt Sharp and Lee Gaither to directors. Jill Casagrande to VP, scheduling and program planning. Shirley Powell to VP, media relations.

Disney Licensing (Los Angeles, California, 818-560-1000): Nicole Kristensen to senior VP. Kristensen is responsible for Winnie the Pooh and Disney’s family of standard characters, including Mickey Mouse.

FAO Schwarz (New York, New York, 212-644-9400): Bill Miller to executive VP, marketing and planning. Miller’s responsibilities include supervision of the Fifth Avenue New York flagship, planning and distribution, marketing, catalogue and public relations. David Niggli to executive VP, merchandising. Niggli’s responsibilities are expanding to include all of merchandising; he also oversees the FAO buying team.

Griffin Bacal (New York, New York, 212-337-6300): David Weiss and Jill Bazos to group directors. Weiss handles the Milton Bradley and Hasbro Interactive accounts. Bazos, who heads up the Hasbro Toy Group and Tonka Toys accounts, takes on Hasbro girls and activity toys, plus Topps trading cards and confections.

GT Interactive Software (New York, New York, 212-726-6500): Peter White to senior VP, operations.

Hasbro (Pawtucket, Rhode Island, 401-431-8697): Sharon Hartley to general manager, global marketing development for Hasbro. Margaret C. Whitman to general manager, Playskool brand.

Infinity Multimedia International (Sherman Oaks, California, 818-981-4950): Thomas G. Petit to president, worldwide commercial entertainment. Infinity is preparing to globally market a patented 3-D viewing technology that d’es not require special glasses or headgear.

Jim Henson Productions (Hollywood, California, 213-960-4096): John Wilson to general manager, operations and business development for the interactive division. Wilson is responsible for managing Jim Henson Interactive’s general operations, as well as developing new interactive media partnerships for the company. He will also oversee the creation of the Jim Henson Productions Web site and on-line store, scheduled to launch this summer.

Kraft Foods (Northfield, Illinois, 847-646-2000): Michael C. Alexander to director, corporate contributions. Louis Bart, director, direct marketing. Wendy Kritt, director, corporate and consumer promotions. Boris Oglesby, director, ethnic marketing and external relations.

Lancit Media Entertainment (New York, New York, 212-977-9100): Susan Solomon to CEO/chairman of the board.

Lyrick Studios (Richardson, Texas, 214-390-6000): Cecilia Anzaldúa to director, Barney brand management worldwide. Jackie Dunn to director, licensing for Barney.

MGA (Micro Games of America) Entertainment (North Hills, California, 818-894-2525): David Schwartz to VP, marketing. Schwartz oversees all product development, licensing and marketing services functions associated with MGA. Roger Rambeau to VP, operations and manufacturing.

MGM Distribution (Santa Monica, California, 310-449-3000): Jeff Killingsworth to senior VP, media. Killingsworth oversees all aspects of media placement for upcoming MGM and United Artists films in the North American markets.

MGM Home Entertainment/Consumer Products Group (Santa Monica, California, 310-449-3000): David Bishop to president, MGM Home Entertainment, a division of the newly merged MGM Home Entertainment/Consumer Products Group. Bishop oversees worldwide operations for the studio’s home video, laser disc and DVD product, plus distribution and marketing of MGM’s interactive product and music catalogue.

MGM Telecommunications Group (Santa Monica, California, 310-449-3000): Marilyn Slominski to VP, marketing and research of a new full-service marketing, promotion and research department to support international and pay-television sales and programming operations. Slominski works with the division’s management team on a distribution strategy for the increased output of MGM and United Artists feature films and television programming.

Moovies (Greenville, South Carolina, 864-213-1700): Charles Tate to VP, marketing. Moovies operates 251 video specialty stores in 17 states.

MTV Networks Latin America (Miami Beach, Florida, 305-535-3700): Rita Herring to senior director, affiliate sales. Herring oversees the selling of both MTV and Nickelodeon to cable operators, MMDS and direct-to-home providers in South America, Central America, Mexico and the Caribbean. Herring also supervises the network’s regional sales force in Miami, Argentina and Mexico from the Mexico City office. Lynn Fainchtein to director, music programming. Fainchtein manages all aspects of the network’s pan-regional and regional music programming, including scheduling, rotations and operations. Harry Neuhaus to VP, advertising sales. Rebecca Bearden to VP, research and strategic planning.

MTV Networks (New York, New York, 212-258-8000): Jason Malamud to national director, affiliate advertising sales. Sandy Ashendorf to senior VP, affiliate sales and marketing.

National Geographic Television (Washington, D.C., 202-857-7680): Andrew Wilk to senior VP, programming and production. Sam Millstone to VP, business development and planning. Sandy McGovern to president of a joint venture between NGT and NBC that will lead to the launch of an international natural history channel. McGovern is responsible for start-up operations in Latin America, Europe and Asia.

NBC (New York, New York, 212-664-4444): Larry Hart to VP, electronic publicity, production.

Nickelodeon (New York, New York, 212-258-8000): Marjorie Cohn to VP/executive producer, current series, Nickelodeon. Cohn supervises the company’s executives in charge of production and oversees all current series production, including live action and animation. Kevin Kay to VP/executive producer, development, Nickelodeon. Kay is responsible for all live-action and animation development and is charged with identifying original properties for Nickelodeon. Brown Johnson to senior VP, Nick Jr.

Nickelodeon Latin America (Miami Beach, Florida, 305-535-3700): Emily Zubizarreta to VP, advertising sales. Based in New York, Zubizarreta is responsible for managing all advertising sales for the network and oversees Nickelodeon’s sales force in Latin America. Claudia Santoni to senior publicist. Santoni works on all consumer and trade media relations on behalf of the network and will also serve as the primary liaison with Nickelodeon’s public relations agencies in Argentina and Mexico.

Paramount Home Video (Hollywood, California, 213-956-5000): Syrinthia D. Wilks to director of promotions. Jeff Radoycis to VP, new business development.

Paramount Pictures (Hollywood, California, 213-956-5000): Christine Essel to senior VP, planning and development, public affairs, for Paramount Pictures’ Studio Group.

Paramount Television Group (Hollywood, California, 213-956-5000): Eric Steinberg to VP.

Plan B Entertainment (Burbank, California, 818-954-2461): Dennis Shue to VP, development of the Warner Bros.-based production company.

Point-Of-Purchase Advertising Institute (POPAI) (Washington, D.C., 202-530-3000): David W. Schultz to chairman of the board for a one-year term. Schultz will promote adherence to legal and ethical standards among P-O-P professionals. Richard R. Winter to vice chairman.

Pressman Toy (New York, New York, 212-675-7910): David Shapiro to VP, marketing.

Scholastic Canada (Richmond Hill, Canada, 905-883-5300): Christina Young to publicity manager.

Schulberg Productions (New York, New York, 212-673-4700): K.C. Schulberg departs from Hallmark Entertainment to join sister Sandra Schulberg as a producer.

Sony Signatures (Culver City, California, 310-280-7788): Mitch McDiffett to VP, business development and administration. McDiffett is responsible for analysis and development of all new business related to Sony Signatures, and oversees finance and administrative functions.

Sony Wonder/Sony Music Video (SMV) (New York, New York, 212-833-8000): Sandie Minasian to senior director, sales. Minasian serves as the primary liaison between Sony Wonder and Sony Music Distribution and works with Sony Music Special Products and alternative, third-party and specialty market accounts. She also helps coordinate and execute retail promotions and analyzes and identifies opportunities for specific Sony Wonder and SMV lines.

Turner Broadcasting Sales (New York, New York, 212-596-6318): Judy Hettler Grune to VP, strategic marketing.

Turner Sports (Los Angeles, California, 310-551-6308): Jerry Canning to director of sports sponsorships. Canning creates integrated sales packages for Turner properties, including the 1998 Goodwill Games, Turner’s figure skating and golf telecasts, and its NBA schedule.

Universal Pictures (Universal City, California, 818-777-1000): Alan Sutton to senior VP, distribution and marketing. Jeffrey Sakson to VP, national publicity. Elizabeth Gengl to executive director, national publicity.

Universal Studios Consumer Products Group (Universal City, California, 818-777-1000): Nancy Harkness to VP, business and legal affairs. Harkness oversees business affairs and legal work for licensing, merchandising, book publishing and retail store development. Her work involves the exploration of new properties, contract negotiations, rights acquisition and litigation. Gina Raphael to senior director, hardlines and toys, theatrical properties. Raphael is responsible for the sales and merchandising of toys, sporting goods, electronics, phone cards, mass-market collectibles, stationery, gifts and health and beauty aids. Romi Taylor to senior manager, softlines. Taylor is responsible for all home furnishings, housewares, domestics and baby products for Universal’s Theatrical, Television and Classic Properties.

Universal Studios Florida (Orlando, Florida, 407-363-8000): Blaise Mercadante to executive VP, marketing. Mercadante oversees strategic planning, alliances, research, product development, advertising, promotions and publicity.

Universal Studios Florida Production Group (Orlando, Florida, 407-363-8000): Paul Meena to VP/general manager of the new unit, which combines studio operations and production. Pamela Tuscany Warren to senior director, marketing and business development.

Universal Studios New Media Group (Universal City, California, 818-777-1000): Lisa Crane to VP, marketing. Crane oversees divisional and on-line marketing and publicity activities for the group, as well as managing promotions, sponsorship and sales activities for the Universal Studios Web site.

Universal Television Group (Universal City, California, 818-777-1000): Loly Hlade to VP, strategic planning and business development. Diane Castro to manager, publicity. Matthew Herman to executive VP, production.

Walt Disney Pictures (Los Angeles, California, 818-560-1000): Gregg Hoffman to VP, production. Hoffman oversees development and production on films produced under the Disney banner.

Warner Bros. International Theatrical Distribution (Burbank, California, 818-954-6000): Veronika Kwan-Rubinek to senior VP. Kwan-Rubinek serves as senior adjunct to Edward E. Frumkes, president, Warner Bros. International Theatrical Distribution. She continues to supervise the international sales division, and works with regional supervisors and the marketing group to analyze and strategize the release of upcoming product in territories around the world. Sue Kroll to senior VP, marketing. Kroll oversees the development of marketing strategy and the conception, creation and media placement of campaigns for overseas motion-picture releases.

Warner Bros. International Television Distribution (Burbank, California, 818-954-6000): Isis Moussa to director, publicity, promotion and research.

Warner Bros. Feature Animation (Glendale, California, 818-977-7600): Andre Clavel to director of production. Clavel supervises all aspects of physical production of animated features.

Warner Bros. (Burbank, California, 818-954-6000): Diane Nelson to director, worldwide corporate promotions. Nelson facilitates cross-divisional marketing support of key company initiatives, which provides a link between the many divisions of Warner Bros. and allows for a concerted marketing support of feature animated releases and live-action event-type films.

Will Vinton Studios (Portland, Oregon, 503-225-1130): Tom Turpin to CEO. Turpin replaces Vinton, who remains chairman.


Copyright Promotions Group (London, England, 44-171-580-7431): Copyright Promotions Group has merged its three subsidiaries-Copyright Promotions Ltd. (CPL), Copyright Promotions Europe BV (CPE) and Copyright Promotions International Ltd. (CPI)-under a single umbrella organization, Copyright Promotions Licensing Group. CPE and CPL are now the European division, and CPI the international division, of CPLG.

Promotions following the restructuring include: Claire Atherton to managing director, CPL; Ian Downes to manager, sales and marketing, European division; Angela Kraft to manager, sales and marketing, international division; Angeles Varela-Blanco to sales and marketing coordinator.

In the Copyright Promotions European offices: Marina Narishkin to managing director, France; Grazia Caimi to managing director, Italy; Sofia Noguera to managing director, Spain; Elsa Gomes to managing director, Portugal; and Monique Beck to managing director, Benelux.

The newly formed CPLG board consists of David Cardwell and Richard Culley (joint CEOs), Philip Whitecross (finance director), Kirk Bloomgarden (promoted to marketing director) and Gary Sh’efield (promoted to director, sales and development).

The Fremantle Corp. (London, England, 44-171-284-6500): Veronique Heim to managing director.

Fox Kids UK (London, England, 44-171-753-2873): Rod Henwood to managing director. Henwood oversees all operations of the recently launched channel, including programming, on-air promotions, marketing and technical operations, and will support the launch of future European ventures.

ITEL (London, England, 44-171-491-1441): Dominic Rayner to international video sales manager. Rayner develops worldwide video opportunities for ITEL programming.

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