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-U.S. and Canada...
June 1, 1997

-U.S. and Canada

Bohbot Entertainment (New York, New York, 212-213-2700): Michael R. Carlisle to director, licensing, consumer products. Sharon Hughes to creative services manager, consumer products. Hughes handles all marketing and creative affairs for the division. Kim Schuster continues as director, licensing, but now concentrates exclusively on sales.

Buena Vista Home Video Worldwide (Los Angeles, California, 818-295-5200): Michael O. Johnson to president. Buena Vista Home Video Worldwide, which was formed by merging Buena Vista Home Video and Buena Vista Home Entertainment, manages all facets of Disney’s home video business and distributes Disney interactive products.

Buena Vista Television (Burbank, California, 818-560-1000): Janice Marinelli to executive VP, sales.

Cabin Fever Entertainment (Greenwich, Connecticut, 203-863-5200): Ann Everett to southwest regional sales manager.

Columbia TriStar Home Video (Culver City, California, 310-280-8000): Tracy Colona to executive director, marketing and advertising.

The Disney Channel (Burbank, California, 818-569-7500): Adam Sanderson to VP, marketing. Sanderson is responsible for creating branded consumer and trade promotions and events, and for developing programs and events that leverage synergy opportunities for The Disney Channel, including on-line content activities.

The Disney Store (Glendale, California, 818-265-3435): Sondra Haley to VP, publicity/promotions.

Film Roman (North Hollywood, California, 818-761-2544): Regis Brown to VP, international television and video.

GRB Entertainment (Studio City, California, 818-753-3400): Michael Rose to COO. Rose is responsible for all daily operations of the company, including production, distribution, business affairs and corporate staff functions. Rose will also develop strategies to meet specific long-term financial goals, including expanding domestic, international and ancillary sales, such as home video.

Hallmark Home Entertainment (Los Angeles, California, 213-634-3000): Stephen Ponce to director, national accounts.

Hearst Entertainment (New York, New York, 212-455-4000): Russell A. Brown to VP, entertainment licensing. Brown focuses on Eerie, Indiana and oversees all licensing and merchandising of Hearst programming, including the upcoming television series Popular Mechanics For Kids.

Imaginarium Toy Centers (Saddle Brook, New Jersey, 201-291-2525): Connie Van Epps to executive VP, director of merchandise.

International Playthings (Riverdale, New Jersey, 201-831-1400): Tammy Watkins to product manager for toys and girls products.

JP Kids (New York, New York, 212-242-1120): Tina Peel to executive VP, creative operations of the kids multimedia company. Peel heads up the New York-based content studio, where she oversees the TV/multimedia development, educational/research and distribution/sales groups.

Learning Curve Toys (Chicago, Illinois, 312-654-5960): Polly MacIsaac to senior director, marketing and product development. MacIsaac is responsible for the strategic direction of all Learning Curve Toys brand marketing and product development. Lynn Miller to manager, international marketing and sales coordinator. Wendy Garrett and Kim Kelly to brand managers.

LEGO Systems (Enfield, Connecticut, 860-749-2291): Katherine Lee to associate program manager.

Leo Burnett (Chicago, Illinois, 312-220-5959): Cheryl R. Berman to chief creative officer.

LIVE Home Video (Van Nuys, California, 818-908-0303): Kristen Schneider to northeast regional sales manager. Lisa LaFaire to midwest regional sales manager

Mattel (El Segundo, California, 310-252-2000): Francesca Luzuriaga to executive VP, worldwide business planning resources.

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (Santa Monica, California, 310-449-3000): Charles E. Cohen to executive VP, finance and corporate development. Cohen’s responsibilities include developing business strategies for new markets as well as developing new partnerships and alliances. In addition, he continues to supervise the areas of financial analysis, treasury, business planning and budgeting.

MGM Consumer Products (Santa Monica, California, 310-449-3000): Doug Gleason to senior VP, marketing. Gleason is responsible for overall marketing of all MGM licensed properties, including establishing the positioning and target demographics for each property, developing the design style and product concepts, creating trade and consumer marketing campaigns and developing cross-promotions with other MGM divisions. He is also responsible for the marketing of the MGM Studio Store’s planned future expansion. Beth Bornhurst to senior VP, merchandising and business development. Bornhurst is responsible for overseeing merchandising and business development, including direction of MGM’s direct marketing campaigns, developing and expanding the MGM Studio Store into the retail marketplace, supervising new lines of merchandise that support the MGM properties and discovering new opportunities within licensing and merchandising areas for MGM’s consumer products.

MGM Distribution (Santa Monica, California, 310-449-3000): Tom Kennedy to senior VP, creative advertising.

MGM Home Entertainment/Consumer Products Group (Santa Monica, California, 310-449-3000): John Reagan to executive VP. Reagan is responsible for business affairs for both segments of the group.

MTV Latin America (Miami Beach, Florida, 305-535-3700): Alfredo Richard to director, media relations. Richard oversees the network’s programming, business and trade media relations strategies, as well as the network’s community relations programs and public relations agencies. Gayle De Poli to executive in charge of production. De Poli serves as a liaison between the network’s production, production management and operations departments. She also oversees the production management of MTV Latin America’s studio, location shoots and special projects.

National Geographic Television (Washington, D.C., 202-857-7680): Constance Bruce to associate director, acquisitions. Bruce is responsible for identifying new high-quality documentary and wildlife programming for acquisition from leading independent filmmakers and TV producers from around the world to appear on Explorer, NGT’s flagship program, and for the newly launched National Geographic Channel. She will also acquire programming for NGT specials, children’s series and home video.

New Line Home Video (New York, New York, 212-649-4900): Beth Gunderia to director, sell-through marketing. Michele Bell to VP, rental marketing.

Nickelodeon Latin America (Miami Beach, Florida, 305-535-3700): Donna Friedman to VP, marketing and associate creative director. Friedman is responsible for all advertising sales support and spearheads the creation of all off-air creative materials and promotions. In addition, she supports all advertising-related activities and co-manages the network’s consumer initiatives in the region. She also works with the on-air team to develop the creative strategy and vision for Nickelodeon Latin America. Valerie McCarty to VP, marketing and communications. McCarty is responsible for all affiliate marketing, including trade shows, advertising plans and cable operator support, as well as continuing her previous duties overseeing all communications activities for Nickelodeon in Latin America. She also works with Friedman to co-manage consumer initiatives in the region. Annie Salas to director, on-air promotions. Salas is responsible for the creation of all on-air promotions for the channel, reflecting the Nickelodeon philosophy and customized with a locally relevant perspective. She also works closely with the marketing, programming and advertising sales departments to create promotional campaigns, interstitials and stunts that support the network’s objectives.

Paulist Productions (Pacific Palisades, California, 310-454-0688): Barbara R. Nicolosi to director, children’s programming division. Nicolosi develops programs for TV and direct-to-video release.

PolyGram Television (New York, New York, 212-333-8000): Deana Elwell to executive VP. Elwell is responsible for the company’s day-to-day operations, overseeing all divisions including finance, acquisitions, sales, marketing and production, and is involved in all aspects of strategic and corporate planning.

Saban Entertainment (Los Angeles, California, 310-235-5100): Sharon Markowitz to senior director. Markowitz oversees development of major licensing category opportunities, starting with multimedia publishing and apparel. Frank Keating to marketing director, licensing and merchandising. Keating develops strategic long-term marketing focus and additional support materials for each of Saban’s licensed properties.

SPI International (New York, New York, 212-673-5103): Meri Chermak-Hassouni to VP, co-productions. Chermak-Hassouni heads up SPI’s newly created co-production department, developing and overseeing animation co-productions for the company. Clifford Tendler to VP, Far East sales.

Teletoon (Toronto, Canada, 416-956-2060): Hillary Firestone to VP, network marketing and promotions. Firestone oversees the management and consumer marketing of the TELETOON brand through advertising, communication and promotional initiatives as well as the day-to-day functioning of the traffic department. She also works with YTV in the management of network advertising sales as well as Family Channel. Madeleine Lévesque to director, original production and French-language programming market. Lévesque, working from the Montreal office, oversees the development and production of all original programming for TELETOON as well as monitoring trends and programming initiatives within the French-language marketplace.

Turner Entertainment Group (Los Angeles, California, 310-788-6902) Lisa Atkinson to manager, public relations. Working from the L.A. office, Atkinson is responsible for publicizing all TBS Superstation and Turner Network Television special-event programming in all California media outlets and within the West Coast entertainment community.

Turner Original Productions (Atlanta, Georgia, 404-885-4315): Tracy McArdle to talent and development executive. McArdle is responsible for developing non-fiction programming and seeking potential acquisitions for Turner Original Productions on the West coast. She is also responsible for recruiting talent for behind and in front of the camera, and will work with producers to develop future TBS specials.

Uncle Milton Industries (Westlake Village, California, 818-707-0800) Frank G. Adler to VP, sales and marketing. Eric P’esch to director of design.

Universal Studios Home Video/MCA Home Entertainment Group (Universal City, California, 818-777-4300): Kim Johnson to director, licensing administration.


France Animation (Montreuil, France, 33-1-48-70-4444): Giovanna Milano to president.

Nickelodeon International (London, England, 44-171-478-5200): Karen Flischel to managing director, Europe.

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