People in new jobs

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

-U.S. and Canada

ABC (New York, New York, 212-456-1000): Steve Burke to president, broadcasting. Preston Padden to president, ABC Television Network.

Acclaim Comics (New York, New York, 212-366-4900): Fabian Nicieza to president and publisher. Nicieza oversees all development and strategic planning worldwide.

Acclaim Entertainment (Glen Cove, New York, 516-656-5000): Stephen W. Jackson to VP, sales planning and administration.

Blockbuster Entertainment (Dallas, Texas, 214-854-3000): John Antioco to chairman and CEO.

Burger King (Miami, Florida, 305-378-3000): Jim Watkins to senior VP, North America marketing. Watkins leads marketing programs for the chain’s restaurants in the U.S., Canada and Mexico.

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

Cactus Animation (Montreal, Canada, 514-284-6040): Ann Picard to line producer. Picard is responsible for the development of new productions such as Zark, and will complete the production of Fennec and Blake & Mortimer.

CBC (Toronto, Canada, 416-205-3311): Adrian Mills to creative head, children’s and youth programming. Mills is responsible for such programs as Sesame Park, Jonovision, Street Cents and Wimzie’s House, as well as developing new children’s and youth programming for the Canadian schedule.

Cartoon Network (Atlanta, Georgia, 404-885-2263): Jeff Blanc to VP, advertising and promotion. Blanc works closely with Cartoon Network’s strategic marketing division to develop advertising for all target audiences, including consumer, cable trade, advertising trade and the animation and entertainment industries. He is also responsible for conceptualizing, selling and implementing brand-consistent off-channel and on-air promotions.

CBS Entertainment (Los Angeles, California, 213-460-3000): Jack Parmeter to VP, on-air promotion.

Children’s Television Workshop (New York, New York, 212-595-3456): Nina Shelton to line producer for Big Bag. Shelton supervises the day-to-day production activities of the weekly preschool series, including budgeting and scheduling. Daniel Victor to executive vice president, legal and business affairs and general counsel. Victor oversees all the company’s legal and business affairs and the human resources department. Victor also assumes more responsibilities for CTW’s legislative and regulatory matters in Washington, D.C., and acts as the company’s corporate secretary, working directly with the CTW board of trustees. Jodi Nussbaum to VP, production.

Columbia TriStar Interactive (Los Angeles, California, 310-840-8000): David Lee Hankin to VP, business affairs.

Discovery Networks International (Bethesda, Maryland, 301-986-1999): Donald D. Wear Jr. to president. Wear has direct responsibility for overseeing cable and satellite distribution of Discovery Channel in all countries and territories outside of the U.S. Wear also directs the program sales function for Discovery Communications, with responsibility for moving several hundred units of company-owned product to an array of clients, primarily broadcasters, who are also outside of the U.S.

The Disney Channel (Burbank, California, 818-569-7500): Susette Hsiung to VP, production.

Hsiung is responsible for monitoring and controlling production expenses and supervising physical production of Disney Channel’s growing slate of movies, series and specials.

DreamWorks SKG (Universal City, California, 818-733-6000): Bob Cooper to head of feature film production. Cooper is responsible for overseeing development and production of theatrical motion pictures. Ann Daly to head of feature animation. Wendy Ferren, Philippe Maigret, Christine Lawton and Lisa Kramer to the sales and marketing team responsible for distribution. Ferren oversees business development, strategy and all sales activity. Maigret oversees pay and free television sales activities in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Australia/New Zealand, and will be based in Los Angeles. Lawton heads up business and legal affairs. Kramer is responsible for operations and marketing for the division.

Fisher-Price (East Aurora, New York, 716-687-3000): Gary Baughman to president.

Fox Broadcasting (Los Angeles, California, 310-369-1000): Jason Haikara to VP, on-air planning and marketing administration.

Fox Kids Networks Worldwide (Los Angeles, California, 310-444-8652): Lisa Steinfeld to VP and assistant general manager, Canal Fox and Fox Kids Latin America. Los Angeles-based Steinfeld assists in overseeing the daily operations of the general entertainment and children’s channels. Her responsibilities include overseeing broadcast and technical operations, on-air promotions, production, budgeting and forecasting.

Gramercy Pictures (New York, New York, 212-333-8562): Cynthia Parsons McDaniel to VP, East Coast publicity.

GT Interactive Software (New York, New York, 212-726-6500): Alan Behr to VP, legal affairs. Behr is responsible for directing the company’s in-house staff of attorneys and overseeing legal activities related to rights acquisitions; advertising, merchandising and promotional agreements; software development and distribution negotiations; and trademark and copyright issues. David I. Chemerow to executive VP and COO. Chemerow oversees the company’s finance, operations, information management and investor relations activities.

Hanna-Barbera (Hollywood, California, 213-851-5000): Davis Doi to supervising producer, production.

Hasbro Interactive Worldwide (Beverly, Massachusetts, 508-927-7600): Kevin Gillespie to associate VP, product development.

The itsy bitsy Entertainment Company (New York, New York, 212-989-3660): Eileen Potrock to communications manager.

Jove Film Distribution (Studio City, California, 818-506-0550): Trish Gardner to executive VP. Melissa Wohl to head of sales. Jove Film Distribution is the new foreign sales distribution arm of Films by Jove.

Juntunen Video (Minneapolis, Minnesota, 612-341-3348): Tan Mayhall to general manager, post-production. Mayhall manages the work of 22 editors, assistant editors, designers, graphic artists, librarians and schedulers. Debra Bauer to editor.

LEGO Systems (Enfield, Connecticut, 860-749-2291): John F. Tobin to VP, sales. Robert M. Mincarelli to senior director, supply chain planning and logistics. Katherine Lee to associate public relations manager.

Leo Burnett (Chicago, Illinois, 312-220-5959): Wally Petersen to senior VP. Joseph A. Silberman to VP. Silberman also continues as associate director, public relations.

LIVE Entertainment (Van Nuys, California, 818-908-0303): Mark Roche to VP, marketing. Roche creates and implements all home video marketing campaigns, as well as developing promotional opportunities for the company’s theatrical division.

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (Santa Monica, California, 310-449-3000): Randy Smith to VP, national promotions and corporate sponsorships. Smith is responsible for identifying and developing national marketing and promotional opportunities across all MGM divisions and for negotiating related agreements.

MGM Home Entertainment/Consumer Products Group (Santa Monica, California, 310-449-3000): Linda Berman to executive VP, consumer products.

MGM Distribution (Santa Monica, California, 310-449-3000): Following restructuring of its publicity operations to accommodate the increased theatrical development and production activity from the studio’s two film units, MGM Pictures and United Artists Pictures, Lamya Souryal has been named executive director, field operations, and Christine Benarroch has been promoted to executive director, special events. Souryal is responsible for developing and implementing field publicity and promotions campaigns for the U.S. and Canada, and supervises the planning and execution of press junkets. Benarroch is responsible for the planning and execution of special projects, including premieres, benefits and national press events. She also continues to oversee all publicity and press screenings and to supervise the MGM Academy office and other awards activities.

MTV Animation (New York, New York, 212-654-3600): Abby Terkuhle to president.

MTV Networks (Santa Monica, California, 310-752-8000): Harriet Shultz to VP, West Coast operations.

New Line Cinema (New York, New York, 212-649-4900): Cheryl Boone Isaacs to president, theatrical marketing. Dana Laufer to executive director, national promotions.

New Line Television (New York, New York, 212-649-4900): Randi J. Goodman to director, domestic licensing and merchandising. Goodman is involved in developing the domestic licensing programs for New Line’s film and television properties.

Nickelodeon (New York, New York, 212-258-8000): Diane L. Robina to senior VP, programming, for Nick at Nite’s TV Land and Nick at Nite. Robina oversees program acquisitions and is responsible for scheduling and programming TV Land.

Nicktoons Animation (Santa Monica, California, 310-752-8000): Mark Taylor to VP and general manager.

Parachute Consumer Products (New York, New York, 212-691-1421): Nancy Overfield-Delmar to retail consultant.

Paramount Home Video (Hollywood, California, 213-956-5000): Jeff Radoycis to VP, new business development.

Smoby/Monneret (Fullerton, California, 714-774-8091): Sal Pizzo to VP, sales and marketing.

Theatrix Interactive (Emeryville, California, 510-658-2800): Kim Marder to VP, marketing. Theatrix develops and markets children’s educational software.

Toymax (Plainview, New York, 516-997-9060): Carmine Russo to COO.

Toys ‘R’ Us (Paramus, New Jersey, 201-262-7800): Stephanie Klein Peponis to VP, strategic planning and business development. Peponis oversees planning for all of the company’s divisions and works with external consulting firms.

Trimark Home Video (Santa Monica, California, 310-314-2000): Barbara O’Sullivan to senior VP, video marketing and sales.

Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment (Beverly Hills, California, 310-369-3900): Jeffrey Yapp to president, worldwide, following the resignation of Bob DeLellis as president of the domestic unit. In this newly expanded position, Yapp oversees both domestic and international units and worldwide marketing and distribution of Fox Interactive.

Twentieth Century Fox Licensing and Merchandising (Los Angeles, California, 310-369-1000): Rosanna McCollough to executive director, marketing. McCollough directs all areas of licensee and brand marketing campaigns supporting properties such as The Simpsons, King of the Hill and Fox Sports. She is also responsible for developing and overseeing the licensee marketing campaigns for upcoming 1997 films, including Doctor Doolittle. McCollough also plays a critical role in the growth and development of the studio’s licensing and merchandising marketing department. Sylvia Graham to manager, international licensing. Graham works with the studio’s international film and video offices and with Fox’s network of agents in Asia-Pacific and Latin America to coordinate local territory-focused retail and promotional programs for the studio’s film and television properties.

Universal Pictures Distribution (Universal City, California, 818-777-1000): Nick Carpou and Mark Gaines to executive VP, general sales manager. Carpou is responsible for all domestic sales activities in the eastern half of the U.S. and Canada, while Gaines supervises the west.

USA Networks (New York, New York, 212-408-9100): Catherine Rocco to manager, consumer products. Rocco is responsible for licensing efforts on behalf of both USA Network and the Sci-Fi Channel.

VH1 (Los Angeles, California, 310-752-8000): John Kelley to senior VP, communications.

The Walt Disney Company (Burbank, California, 818-560-1000): Adam Kriger to VP.

Warner Bros. (New York, New York, 212-636-5000): Don Buckley to senior VP, theatrical marketing and new media. Buckley continues to head the company’s New York office, supervising all New York-based national publicity, advertising and promotion activities. He also continues to create interactive marketing for Warner Bros. films.

Warner Bros. (Burbank, California, 818-954-6000): David Tetreault to manager, stations marketing.

Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution (Burbank, California, 818-954-6000): Julie Kantrowitz to senior VP, media sales.

YTV (Toronto, Canada, 416-534-1191): Suzanne Carpenter to VP, sales. Carpenter’s responsibilities include enhancing YTV’s customer relationships and developing innovative strategies to increase airtime and sponsorship revenues. Susan Ross to VP and general manager, TreeHouse TV, a national preschool specialty service owned by YTV Canada and recently licensed for digital carriage on cable systems. It will launch in fall 1998.

-Europe & Latin America

The Abril Group and Abril/Controljornal (Sao Paulo, Brazil, 55-11-236-4004; Lisbon, Portugal, 351-1-416-8711): Anthony Seadon to managing director, the Abril Group, Brazil. Fernando Vicente to managing director of the Portuguese subsidiary, Abril/Controljornal. The Abril Group is the largest magazine publisher in Latin America; Abril/Controljornal is the largest magazine publisher in Portugal. Both have licenses to publish properties from Disney, Marvel Comics, DC Comics, and Mattel Publishing in the Portuguese language.

MGM Telecommunications Group (North Sydney, Australia, 61-2-9966-1711): James B. Hurlock to VP, sales planning and business development, Asia-Pacific. Hurlock oversees both free and pay television sales throughout Asia and manages the development of international channel investments, including MGM Gold and MGM’s stake in Australia’s Optus Vision.

Walt Disney Television International (London, England, 44-171-605-2550): Selby Hall to senior VP, marketing and research. Hall oversees all marketing and research activities, including publicity, promotions, advertising and strategic marketing support.

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