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February 1, 1998

- North America

Alliance Communications (Toronto, Canada, 416-961-1174): Rose Mangone to VP, publicity and promotions.

Atlantis Communications (Toronto, Canada, 416-462-0246): Derek McGillivray joins as VP, sales for North America. (New York, New York, 212-633-3300): Jill Yablon joins as VP, marketing. Yablon will be responsible for strategic marketing efforts and the presence of the Barnes & Noble brand in on-line environments.

Buena Vista Pictures Marketing (Burbank, California, 818-560-1000): Jim Gallagher to VP, creative film services. Gallagher will oversee the creation of audiovisual materials for all live-action motion pictures. John Sabel to VP, creative print. Sabel will be in charge of designing and executing all creative print elements.

Discovery Networks (Bethesda, Maryland, 301-986-0444): Donna Thomas to director, digital distribution, affiliate sales and marketing.

Discovery Communications (Bethesda, Maryland, 301-986-1999): Jay Schneider joins as VP, engineering and technical development.

Disney Interactive (Burbank, California, 818-543-4300): Anne Gates to VP, business planning and development. Gates is responsible for overseeing strategy and business development initiatives in pursuit of new strategic alliances.

Hallmark Entertainment (New York, New York, 212-977-9001): Liz Sheppard to senior VP, marketing and ancillary rights. Sheppard will be responsible for domestic and international marketing and licensing efforts as they pertain to the company’s event programs.

Harvey Entertainment Company (Los Angeles, California, 310-789-1990): Carole Postal to specialty retail consultant. Postal will be responsible for developing retail operations for Harvey classic characters, including Casper, Richie Rich, Hot Stuff, Baby Huey and Wendy The Witch.

Hearst Entertainment (New York, New York, 212-455-4000): Leslie M. Levine to licensing consultant, based in Los Angeles.

LIVE Entertainment (Van Nuys, California, 818-908-0303): Steve Beeks assumes the position of president, LIVE Home Entertainment. Glenn Ross to president of Family Home Entertainment, a LIVE Entertainment subsidiary. John Hegeman joins as executive VP, theatrical marketing. C. J. Laycheck to senior VP, operations. Laycheck’s duties will include managing creative services, post-production, trailer and video operations. Bryan Ellenburg to VP, post-production. Ellenburg will oversee all aspects of feature post-production for theatrical releases.

Lyrick Studios (Richardson, Texas, 972-390-6000): Sue Bristol to VP, marketing. Robert Boss to senior VP, with responsibility for overseeing worldwide operations, including warehousing, shipping and purchasing. Carla Lorenz Stock to VP, international. She will spearhead the distribution and promotion of Lyrick’s properties internationally.

MTV (New York, New York, 212-258-8000): Brian Graden to executive VP, programming. Graden will oversee all aspects of MTV programming including music, news and specials, production, talent and artists relations, animation, scheduling and series development.

Nelvana Communications (Los Angeles, California, 213-954-4563): Toper Taylor to president. Taylor will be responsible for creative development and sales in the areas of television, feature film, merchandising, interactive and direct-to-video in the U.S. Sidney A. Kaufman to executive VP, worldwide merchandise licensing. Kaufman will represent merchandising and licensing of the company’s library of proprietary characters, its new original programming and third-party properties. Sarah Maizes joins as VP, development. Nelvana Communications is the programming and merchandise licensing subsidiary of Toronto-based animation and family entertainment studio, Nelvana Limited.

Nickelodeon (New York, New York, 212-258-7500): Debbie Back to VP, international program sales. Back is responsible for program, format and channel block sales in most of Europe, the Middle East, Southeast Asia, Australia, New Zealand and Japan. Jennifer Liang to director, international program sales. Liang is responsible for program, format and channel block sales in Latin America, Africa, Scandinavia, Canada, France and Spain. Crystal James to manager, international program sales. James is responsible for all contract administration. She will serve as the liaison to the legal department in managing rights, clearances and residuals for international sales.

Paramount Home Video (Hollywood, California, 213-956-5000): Andrew Balzer to brand manager. Balzer will be responsible for creating and implementing marketing programs for the Peanuts, Oz Kids, Corduroy, Star Trek and Showtime Comedy video lines.

Peter Engel Productions (Burbank, California, 818-840-7780): Andrew Barrett-Weiss joins as VP, creative affairs. Kerry Holmwood to manager, creative affairs. Holmwood will work on the development of new projects while overseeing the production of current programs.

PBS (Alexandria, Virginia, 703-739-5000): Tiffany Morrison joins as senior manager, PBS Co-Branding Initiative. Morrison will be working with four pilot stations to develop co-branding models that can be adapted by other stations throughout the system.

Sony Corporation of America (New York, New York, 212-833-6800): Kimberly Till to senior VP, strategic planning and marketing. Till will focus on strategic planning and the creation of marketing opportunities among the company’s varied business interests.

Sony Pictures Entertainment (Culver City, California, 310-280-8000): Bob Nafius to senior VP, strategic communications.

Sony Wonder (New York, New York, 212-833-8100): Howard Nelson to director, integrated marketing. Nelson will be responsible for creating strategic alliance partnerships with outside companies and developing cross-promotions with licensors and licensees of acquired and in-house properties.

Toymax (Plainview, New York, 516-391-9898): Maggie Marchese to director of marketing.

Turner Broadcasting Sales (Atlanta, Georgia, 404-827-2664): Kim McQuilken to senior VP, licensed promotions and presence marketing. McQuilken will oversee marketing and sales of all licensed promotions and will develop future licensed promotional opportunities for all Turner properties.

Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment (Beverly Hills, California, 310-369-3900): Mike Dunn to senior VP, European unit. Dunn will oversee all home entertainment activities conducted in Europe, including business development, marketing, sales, distribution and finance.

Twentieth Century Fox Licensing & Merchandising (Los Angeles, California, 310-369-1000): Michael Malone to senior VP, licensing and merchandising. Malone will supervise the merchandising, publishing and retail departments on a worldwide basis for all of Twentieth Century Fox’s film, television and third-party properties. Steven M. Ross to executive VP, worldwide promotions and product placement. Ross is responsible for motion picture product placement, worldwide cross-promotions and general corporate partnership marketing efforts for commercial features and television output.

Universal Pictures (Universal City, California, 818-777-1000): Nadia Bronson to president, international marketing. Bronson will be responsible for all aspects of international marketing, including creative advertising, media, research, publicity and promotion.

Universal Studios Consumer Products Group (Universal City, California, 818-777-1000): Helen Jorda to senior VP, business and legal affairs. Jorda will oversee business affairs and legal work for licensing, merchandising, book publishing and retail store development. Norman Becker to VP, business and legal affairs. Becker will be responsible for merchandising, promotions and interactive licenses. Paul Landau to VP, business and legal affairs. Landau will be responsible for publishing, animation, apparel and toy licenses.

Viacom Productions (Los Angeles, California, 310-234-5000): Beth Klein to senior VP, talent and casting. Klein is responsible for overseeing talent and casting for television series, movies and pilots.

Walt Disney Pictures and Television (Burbank, California, 818-560-1000): Stephanie Harris to VP, credit and title administration. Harris will be responsible for all aspects of screen credit, advertising, ratings and title administration for motion picture projects produced by The Walt Disney Studios.

Warner Bros. (Burbank, California, 818-954-6000): Chris Adelmann to executive VP, international theaters. Adelmann will oversee all aspects of the development, establishment and operations of Warner Bros.’ exhibition venues in overseas territories. Joseph M. Meck to VP, park development, international recreation enterprises. Meck will oversee the development of a theme park in Madrid, Spain, as well as other new business opportunities in Europe.

YES! Entertainment (Pleasanton, California, 510-847-9444): Len Ciciretto to executive VP, sales.

YTV (Toronto, Canada, 416-534-1191): Peter Moss to VP, programming and production. Moss will oversee programming acquisitions and scheduling and supervise the expansion and development of programs for YTV’s in-house production arm. He will also be responsible for developing international production partnerships.

- Europe

Alltime Entertainment (London, England, 44-171-323-0070): Simon Vaughan to managing director. Alltime Entertainment is a new development and executive production company focused on high-quality projects for children’s and family audiences. Backed financially by Power Television, Alltime will develop publishing-based or branded properties for the international marketplace.

BKN International (Paris, France, 33-1-53-77-2888): Leslie D. Nelson to senior VP, sales. Nelson is responsible for securing television and home video sales for all BKN International programs in all territories worldwide, excluding the U.S.

PolyGram Licensing International (London, England, 44-181-995-3394): Dominic Furey to account manager.

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