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May 1, 1998

North America

Atlantis Communications (Toronto, Canada, 416-462-0246): The company is forming a new division, Atlantis Management, to be based in Los Angeles. Stephen Pomerantz, formerly an executive at Walt Disney Television, will head the new division. Atlantis Management will manage the careers of creative talent, including actors, writers, directors and producers.

Best Film & Video (Beverly Hills, California, 310-274-9944): Jeff Miller to president BVF Home Video. Roy Winnick, president of Best Film & Video, will continue to work with acquisitions, productions and trademark licensing. Best Film & Video is a producer and distributor of special-interest, children’s and classic full-length features.

Buena Vista Pictures Marketing (Burbank, California, 818-560-1000): Karen Glass to VP, marketing. In her new role, she will be responsible for coordinating and overseeing a wide variety of marketing activities, including facilitating communication between the department’s respective groups and with other departments within the studio.

Campbell Mithun Esty (Minneapolis, Minnesota, 612-347-1000): Christine Fruechte to VP/general manager at CME KidCom, the kids marketing unit of CME, a marketing communications agency.

Cartoon Network (Atlanta, Georgia, 404-885-2263): Susan Ready to VP, programming and planning for TNT & Cartoon Network, Asia-Pacific. Ready is responsible for the programming, scheduling and annual planning for TNT and Cartoon Network. Ian Diamond to VP, creative director, TNT & Cartoon Network, Asia-Pacific. Diamond is responsible for the on- and off-air image of both TNT and Cartoon Network and for the management of the creative services department. Michael Ouweleen to senior VP/creative director.

Children’s Television Workshop (New York, New York, 212-595-3456): Kerry Novick to director of marketing and program development for Asia and Latin America. Novick assumes responsibility for international television program sales, program development and co-productions in Asia and Latin America.

Columbia TriStar Television (Culver City, California, 310-202-1234): Mark Lebowitz to senior VP, finance. Steve Mosko to senior VP of syndication. Mosko will oversee national sales of syndicated programming, in addition to basic and pay-cable sales and future distribution services.

Discovery Communications (Bethesda, Maryland, 301-986-1999): Tom Love joins as director, research and planning.

Discovery Enterprises Worldwide (Bethesda, Maryland, 301-986-0444): Ken Wells joins as VP, affinity marketing.

Disney Telefilms (Burbank, California, 818-560-1000): Leah Keith to VP, production. Peter M. Green to VP, production.

DreamWorks Consumer Products (Universal City, California, 818-733-7000): Rick Rekedal will head DreamWorks Toys. Rekedal will be responsible for developing comprehensive toy programs for DreamWorks’ feature film animation, television and interactive product and for developing original toy concepts for the studio’s consumer products division. He will also manage the studio’s strategic alliance with Hasbro.

Fisher-Price (East Aurora, New York, 716-687-3000): Gerald V. Cleary to executive VP of sales for Fisher-Price and Tyco Preschool. Cleary will be headquartered in East Aurora, where Fisher-Price is based, but will maintain an office in New York to continue overseeing the Tyco Preschool business.

Harvey Entertainment (Los Angeles, California, 310-789-1990): Tony Scotti, former CEO at All American Communications, and Mike Hope, former CFO at MGM, will replace Harvey’s former CEO Jeffrey Montgomery and CFO Greg Yulish for an interim six-month period. The company is creating a home video label, Harvey Home Video. The new division will be headed by senior VP Don Gold. Gold will focus on forging marketing and distribution alliances for Harvey’s video titles.

Hasbro (Pawtucket, Rhode Island, 401-431-8697): George Volanakis joins as president of European sales and marketing. Volanakis will lead Hasbro’s European sales and marketing operations for all of its toy and game brands, including Playskool, Play-Doh, Action Man, Star Wars and Monopoly. He will be based in the U.K.

The itsy bitsy Entertainment Company (New York, New York, 212-989-3660): David T. Levine to manager of business and legal affairs. Levine will supervise the execution of all license agreements, oversee intellectual properties, direct new acquisitions and manage general business matters.

JAKKS Pacific (Malibu, California, 310-456-7799): Jamie Wood, previously with Mattel, joins as VP of the company’s Road Champs/Remco division. She will oversee marketing and sales of the company’s Road Champs and Remco car, truck, plane and vehicle lines. Elaine Fugedy, also from Mattel, joins as VP of marketing, responsible for developing and launching advertising, merchandising and promotional programs for JAKKS World Wrestling Federation action figure and Child Guidance preschool toy lines, as well the Road Champs and Remco brands. Maureen Kassel, formerly VP, marketing and sales, is promoted to senior VP, marketing and sales.

J.C. Penney Company, Inc. (Plano, Texas, 972-431-1000): Gary Davis to executive VP, chief human resources and administration officer. Wynn Watkins to senior VP and director of investor and public relations. Jay Hundley to senior VP and director of personnel and special human resources initiatives.

K-B Toys (Pittsfield, Massachusetts, 413-496-3000): Tom Alfonsi to senior VP of merchandising. Alfonsi will oversee all buying and merchandising for the specialty toy retailer. Sal Vasta to executive VP. Vasta will be responsible for marketing and advertising, visual merchandising and inventory management.

Klasky Csupo (Los Angeles, California, 213-957-4010): Vicki Ariyasu to director of development at the animation studio. Ariyasu will oversee the development of all new television and feature film projects. Klasky Csupo is in production on its first animated feature, The Rugrats Movie.

Landoll (Ashland, Ohio, 419-281-1100): Rick Busby to VP, marketing and licensing. Landoll is a publisher and printer of children’s books.

Lucas Licensing (San Rafael, California, 415-662-1962): Julian Montoya to director of international licensing and sales. Montoya will be responsible for the overall management of Lucas Licensing’s international licensing activities for the Star Wars and Indiana Jones properties.

Marvel Entertainment Group (New York, New York, 212-696-0808): Kenneth Abrams joins as VP, consumer products division. Abrams will focus on domestic licensing for Marvel’s film and TV properties, such as Silver Surfer and The X-Men. Alex Holtz joins as VP, sales and marketing. Holtz will oversee newsstand sales, direct-market sales, mass-market sales and direct response/subscriptions for Marvel Comics Group.

Midway Home Entertainment (Corsicana, Texas, 903-874-2683): David Nichols to executive VP, operations. L.J. Territo Jr. to VP of manufacturing and distribution. Territo is responsible for distribution center manufacturing of all platform products and acts as the point person for the tracking of product development. Midway Home Entertainment designs, markets and distributes video games under the Midway trademark for home game platforms and personal computers.

Mountain Lake PBS, WCFE-TV/57 (Plattsburgh, New York, 518-563-9770): Ysabel Trujillo to director of development. Trujillo was most recently director of corporate communications at Cinar Films. She will focus on cultivating corporate support for the station.

Nelvana (Toronto, Canada, 416-588-5571): Sean M. Murch to director of Canadian sales and distribution.

Patch Products (Beloit, Wisconsin, 608-362-6896): Mark Schweiger to national sales manager. Mark Lutz to sales coordinator, with responsibility for sales of product from the new division, Patch Interactive. Frank Beres joins as promotions manager. His responsibilities include creating and implementing promotions for specific retailers and products on both a nationwide and regional level. Beres will also develop partnerships and cross-promotional opportunities. Lisa Compty to media coordinator. Compty’s responsibilities include gaining national publicity for Patch Products and its line of family products through radio, print and television media placement. Patch Products manufactures games, puzzles and toys.

Scholastic Entertainment (New York, New York, 212-343-7500): Scott J. Fuller to executive director of marketing. Fuller will oversee the strategic development of marketing activities with a special emphasis on consumer products. He will be responsible for national consumer promotions, strategic alliances, advertising, broadcast relations, on-line marketing, special events and public relations of core franchise properties. Fuller will also handle all marketing campaigns on behalf of consumer products, television and feature films.

Simon & Schuster (New York, New York, 212-698-7000): Brenda Bowen to VP, publisher, hardcover and paperback imprints, children’s publishing division. Bowen will be responsible for the Simon & Schuster, Atheneum, Margaret McElderry and Aladdin children’s imprints. Robin Corey to VP, publisher, novelty and media tie-in imprints, children’s publishing division. Corey will continue to oversee Little Simon and Simon Spotlight imprints. Carol Roeder to VP, subrights and international markets, children’s publishing division.

Telegenic Communications Corporation (Don Mills, Canada, 416-449-4844): Michael J. Taylor to president and chief operating officer. Michael R. Carlisle to president, Telegenic Licensing. Jeff Deverett to president, Telegenic Entertainment.

ToonWorks (Gaffney, South Carolina, 864-487-4911): Frank N. Jones to chief operating officer for all of the company’s business endeavors for this full animation house/digital ink and paint services provider.

Universal Family & Home Entertainment Production (Universal City, California, 818-777-1000): Bob Rubin to executive VP. Rubin will be responsible for all business and legal affairs for the division, which includes development and production of animated direct-to-video releases.

Universal Studios Home Video (Universal City, California, 818-777-1000): Bill Clark to executive VP and CEO.

Video Software Dealers Association (Las Vegas, Nevada, 818-385-1500): Nancy Gordon to member services representative.

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

Warner Bros. (Burbank, California, 818-954-6000): Diane Nelson to VP, worldwide corporate promotions. Nelson will facilitate cross-divisional marketing support of key company initiatives.


Fox Kids Europe (London, England, 44-171-872-5554): Francesco Nespega to consultant in preparation for the launch of a children’s channel in Italy.

Infogrames Entertainment (Lyon, France, 33-4-72-65-5011): Infogrames Entertainment Group has established U.S. headquarters. The U.S. company will be called Infogrames Entertainment. Ray Musci, formerly president of Ocean of America, is president of the new subsidiary. Yves Blehaut is chief operating officer. Mike Markey, formerly director of channel marketing at Sega of America, is VP of marketing. Infogrames Entertainment Group develops and publishes action/arcade, adventure, simulation and children’s and family titles for the PC and Sony PlayStation and Nintendo 64 video game platforms. Product lines include Ocean for teens and young adults, and Looney Tunes for children and families.

Neptuno Films (Barcelona, Spain, 34-3-784-1622): Roberto Mitrani joins the management team of the animation group. He will oversee international investments, co-productions and production services.

Nickelodeon (Buenos Aires, Argentina, 541-328-5055): Ariana Fernandez joins the Buenos Aires office as marketing manager for the southern zone. Paula Guerra joins the Buenos Aires office as manager of advertising sales for the channel in Argentina.

Scholastic Inc. (Hong Kong, 82-2722-6161): The company is opening an office in Hong Kong, to be headed by Linda Warfel as regional director. The subsidiary will promote Scholastic’s product line in the Asia-Pacific markets.

Southern Star (North Sydney, Australia, 61-2-9202-8555): Catherine Nebauer to children’s programming manager for Southern Star Sales. Nebauer was previously sales executive for Asia and the Middle East. Her new role will include seeking opportunities for presales and co-production monies for children’s production. She will be based in London.

Twentieth Century Fox International Television (London, England, 44-171-437-7766): Stephen J. Cornish to VP/managing director (Europe) and head of the London office. Cornish is involved in all aspects of sales and marketing activities for Fox’s international television product.

Universal Studios Networks (London, England, 44-171-837-0311): Tony Garland to president. Garland will oversee Universal’s interests in USA Latin America, USA Brazil and Sci-Fi Europe; the operation of the Universal Networks’ 13th Street channels, including France and the upcoming 13th Street channels in Spain and Germany; library movie channels in Italy and Germany; and additional channels that Universal will launch elsewhere in the world.

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