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*North America...
December 1, 1997

*North America

Alliance (Toronto, Canada, 416-967-1174): Chloe van den Berg to director of children’s and family programming. Van den Berg will focus on the sales of the company’s growing library of children’s and family television programs.

Amberwood Entertainment Corporation (Ottawa, Canada, 310-275-9244 (U.S.)): Jane McGregor joins the advisory council.

Bandai America (Cerritos, California, 714-816-9500): Brian D. Goldner to executive VP, sales and marketing.

Bohbot Entertainment (New York, New York, 212-213-2700): George Baratta to president, BKN Kids Network. BKN Kids Network is a consolidation of Bohbot’s four U.S. entertainment operations. William Stauffer to CFO for Bohbot Entertainment. Bruce Kravetz to president, Quantum Media International. Quantum is the company’s media buying, planning and research organization. Nadia Nardonnet to president, international division, which has been renamed BKN International.

Buena Vista Home Entertainment (Burbank, California, 818-295-5200): Robyn Miller to senior VP, worldwide marketing. Miller will continue to oversee international marketing strategy while assuming responsibility for worldwide product development.

Buena Vista Pictures Marketing (Burbank, California, 818-560-1000): Howard Green to VP, studio communications.

Cartoon Network (Atlanta, Georgia, 404-885-4118): Rob Sorcher to executive VP. In addition to overseeing day-to-day operations of the channel in the U.S., Sorcher will assume responsibility for expanding Cartoon Network into the on-line arena.

Dick Clark Productions (Burbank, California, 213-849-6361): Bill Simon to chief accounting officer.

Discovery Enterprises Worldwide (Bethesda, Maryland, 301-986-4444): Maggie Pianpiano-Trujillo to director, licensing sales and marketing. Philip Clark to director, brand and product development.

Disney Channel (Burbank, California, 818-569-7500): Michael Healy to VP, original movies. Healy will be responsible for supervising the development and production of all original movies. Adam Bonnett joins as director, original programming. Bonnett will be responsible for administering all production aspects of the channel’s American Teacher Awards, Disney’s Young Musicians Symphony Orchestra and original series.

Disney Online (North Hollywood, California, 818-623-3200): Scott Schiller to VP, advertising and sponsorship sales. Schiller will be responsible for leading all advertising and sponsorship efforts and creating on-line media and marketing opportunities for consumer marketers.

Film Roman (North Hollywood, California, 818-761-2544): David Niles White to the newly created position of executive producer, digital animation.

Foote, Cone & Belding (Los Angeles, California, 212-885-3000): Rob Maresca to senior VP, management director on Mattel.

Fox Kids Network (Los Angeles, California, 310-444-8543): Rich Cronin to president and CEO of the Fox Kids Network and The Family Channel. Cronin will oversee the day-to-day operations, as well as programming, marketing, publicity, affiliate relations and advertising sales of both.

Fox Television (Los Angeles, California, 310-369-1000): Paul F. Haggerty to executive VP and chief financial officer.

General Mills (Minneapolis, Minnesota, 612-540-2311): Jeffrey R. Rotsch to senior VP, sales and distribution. Kendall J. Powell to president, Big G Cereals unit. Ian R. Friendly to president, Yoplait-Colombo unit.

Golden Books Family Entertainment (New York, New York, 212-753-8500): Anne Pitrone to executive VP and general manager, sight and sound division. Pitrone will be the head of a team that will develop and implement interactive technologies designed to enhance the reading experience. Richard K. Collins to executive VP, sales and retail marketing, publishing group.

HarperCollins Publishers (New York, New York, 212-207-7000): Jane Friedman to president and CEO.

Hasbro (Pawtucket, Rhode Island, 401-431-8697): Wayne S. Charness to senior VP, corporate communications. Kevin Mowrer to senior VP of design, boys toys. Mowrer will be responsible for the design of all Hasbro toys for boys, including Batman, Nerf and Star Wars. Tim Hall to VP, marketing. Hall will be responsible for the brand management of Hasbro’s total portfolio of Star Wars toys and games. Chris Connolly to VP, marketing. Connolly will oversee a large segment of Hasbro’s boys action business, including the Batman and Jurassic Park franchises.

The itsy bitsy Entertainment Company (New York, New York, 212-989-3660): Kimberly Schuster to senior marketing manager. Schuster will be responsible for character licenses. Fred Paprin to senior marketing manager. Paprin will be responsible for the company’s brands.

King World (New York, New York, 212-315-4000): Pamela R. Miller to VP, legal and business affairs, West coast.

Kmart (Troy, Michigan, 810-643-1000): Kurt Thompson to VP, merchandise controller. Thompson will be responsible for planning, tracking and analyzing the financial results of the company’s merchandise divisions. David Fielding to VP, special projects. Fielding will focus on initiatives aimed at improving productivity and store performance. Marisha Geraghty joins as divisional VP, electronic commerce. Geraghty will be responsible for the coordination and development of commerce through the World Wide Web.

The Learning Channel (Bethesda, Maryland, 301-986-0444): Martha Conboy joins as executive producer.

Lego Systems (Enfield, Connecticut, 860-749-2291): John G. Bassilakis to director, supply chain planning. William F. Woods to director, information services. David H. Krall to director, enterprise-wide systems implementation.

Mainframe Entertainment (Vancouver, Canada, 604-681-3595): Brett Gannon to chief financial officer. Gannon will be responsible for all financial operations, investor relations and public reporting.

Miramax (Los Angeles, California, 213-845-4200): Mark Gill to president, Miramax/Los Angeles.

Nelvana (Toronto, Canada, 416-588-5571): Sally Moyer Kent to chief financial officer and VP, finance.

Nickelodeon (New York, New York, 212-258-7500): Albie Hecht has been given the newly created title of president, film and TV entertainment. The channel has moved its feature film production unit to Los Angeles and combined it with the TV production unit. Hecht will retain the title of senior VP, worldwide production and development. Cyma Zarghami to executive VP and general manager. Zarghami is responsible for programming, scheduling, acquisitions and the day-to-day management of Nickelodeon. She adds responsibility for the marketing of the channel, with franchise marketing, affiliate marketing and promotions marketing reporting to her on the Nickelodeon brand. Ann Sarnoff to executive VP, consumer products and business development. Sarnoff will continue to lead the company’s strategic planning, business development, research and finance areas and will assume responsibility for Nickelodeon’s recreation and live tour business. Scott Webb to executive VP, creative and media works. Webb will oversee the creative team that develops and creates Nickelodeon’s overall brand identity, including on-air promotion and off-air creative. Marva Smalls to executive VP, public affairs and chief of staff. Smalls will be responsible for coordinating and directing the company’s resources in support of its New York, Los Angeles, Orlando and international employees. Bruce Friend to VP, worldwide research and planning. Friend will continue to be responsible for research and planning efforts that support Nickelodeon’s overall business plan domestically while assuming responsibility for developing and implementing research strategies and structures for Nickelodeon’s international business ventures.

Northbridge Programming (Toronto, Canada, 416-205-3690): Kirstine Layfield as general manager and VP, programming.

NTN Network (Carlsbad, California, 619-438-7400): Gerald Sokol, Jr. to CEO. Stan Kinsey appointed to the board of directors. NTN is a leading producer and programmer of interactive television, on-line and Internet entertainment.

Parachute Consumer Products (New York, New York, 212-691-1481): Lee Ann Taylor to director, international licensing. Nel Yomtov to creative director. Eve Silverman to senior director, licensing. Lina Pagano to product development manager.

Paramount Pictures (Hollywood, California, 213-956-5000): Jeffrey Freedman to director, business affairs. Freedman will be responsible for negotiating the services of producers, directors, writers and actors working on Paramount’s motion pictures. He will also take part in rights acquisitions. John Ferraro to senior vice president, worldwide acquisitions and co-productions. Ferraro will be responsible for overseeing the company’s feature film negative pickups.

Party City (Rockaway, New Jersey, 201-983-0888): David E. Lauber to the newly created position of executive VP. Lauber will oversee finance, store operations, franchise operations and human resources.

Paxson Television (West Palm Beach, Florida, 561-659-4122): Dean Goodman to president, Paxson Television Network. Jay Hoker to president, Paxson Television Stations.

PBS (Alexandria, Virginia, 703-739-5000): Linda M. Taira joins as VP, station relations. Taira will serve as ombudsman for PBS’s member stations, and will facilitate communication between the stations and PBS staff. Colin G. Campell elected chairman of the board of directors.

Reebok International (Stoughton, Massachusetts, 617-341-5000): John Wardley to director, worldwide advertising.

Saban Entertainment (Los Angeles, California, 310-235-5100): Julie Ashton to VP, casting. Ashton will oversee casting for all feature films, television movies and live-action series for the company.

Simmons Market Research Bureau (New York, New York, 212-373-8900): Geoff Wicken to CEO.

Sky Latin America (Miami Lakes, Florida, 305-816-5000): Mark Goldman to president and chief operating officer. Goldman will oversee the launch and operations of distribution platforms in Latin America and Caribbean countries outside Brazil and Mexico.

Sunbow Entertainment (New York, New York, 212-886-4900): Glenn Weber to VP, licensing and merchandising.

Telescene Film Group (Montreal, Canada, 514-737-5512): Chris Dalton to head of production. Diane Arcand to associate head of production. Jennifer Chrein to senior VP, sales and marketing in New York.

Thompson Target Media (Chicago, Illinois, 312-573-3800): Steve Hartley and Christopher Gray to art directors of the Curiocity line. Hartley and Gray will responsible for solidifying and branding the multiplatform Curiocity line.

UPN (Los Angeles, California, 310-575-7000): Layne Leslie Britton to executive VP, business operations. Britton will be involved in all aspects of UPN’s business strategy as well as the negotiation and acquisition of properties and talent.

Value City (Columbus, Ohio, 614-471-4722): Joseph Garbarino to senior VP, marketing and advertising.

Walt Disney Company (Burbank, California, 818-560-1000): Diane Medina joins as director, diversity programs.

Walt Disney Consumer Products (Burbank, California, 818-567-5401): Anne Osberg to president.

Walt Disney Network Television (Burbank, California, 818-560-1000): Walter O’Neal to senior VP, television production finance. O’Neal will continue to oversee the accounting and finance areas of all videotaped and filmed television production for all Walt Disney Network Television and Touchstone Television network series.

Warner Bros. (Burbank, California, 818-954-3821): Paul Montoya to VP and East Coast sales manager. Cliff Brown to director, sales planning and business development. Roseann Cacciola to director, media sales. Eric Shih to general manager, Taiwan branch.

Warner Bros. Consumer Products (Burbank, California, 818-954-7890): Mark Matheny to senior VP, international licensing.

WB Network (Burbank, California, 818-977-5000): Ken Werner to executive VP, network distribution. Werner will be responsible for overseeing affiliate relations with broadcast and cable affiliates.


CTE (London, England, 44-171-224-3339): Louise Sexton to director of sales. Sexton will be responsible for all international and U.K. program sales. Anthony Utley to head of development and acquisition. Utley will be working with producers and production companies to acquire new programming. Rupert Dilnott-Cooper to managing director. Philip Jones to director, international relations.

Energee Entertainment (Sydney, Australia, 61-2-9906-6800): Sarah Woodcock to international distribution manager. Woodcock will be responsible for securing Asia-Pacific sales of the company’s current animation catalogue as well as sourcing new children’s product for distribution in the region.

Fox Kids France (Paris, France, 33-1-5566-8585): Marc-Antoine d’Halluin to managing director.

Southern Star (North Sydney, Australia, 61-2-9202-8555): Kaye Warren joins as manager, licensing and merchandising.

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