ABC Television Network (New York, New York, 212-456-7777): Daniel Barnathan promoted to sales manager in charge of daytime, news and kids programming.
Alliance (Toronto, Canada, 416-961-1174): Jean Michel Ciszewski promoted to president of Alliance International Television. Ciszewski will oversee global distribution for Alliance properties, including Citadel Entertainment.
Artisan Entertainment (Santa Monica, California, 310-449-9200): Live Entertainment has changed its name to Artisan Entertainment and has appointed John Josephson to its board of directors. Former Live Entertainment CEO Roger Burlage resigned from the board, but will continue as a
Big Dog Sportswear (Santa Barbara, California, 805-963-8727): Jacqueline Blum promoted to senior VP, entertainment and licensing. Big Dog distributes a logo-branded collection of gifts, apparel and accessories in 160 stores in North America and England. Blum will head an initiative to popularize the Big Dog label through TV, books and other media.
Buena Vista Home Entertainment (Burbank, California, 818-560-1000): Robert Chapek promoted to senior VP, marketing. Chapek is responsible for strategic planning and creative development of all domestic sell-through and rental marketing plans for Disney, Touchstone Pictures, Hollywood Pictures, Miramax Films and Dimension Films product lines.
Children’s Television Workshop (New York, New York, 212-595-3456): Gary Knell rejoins as executive VP, operations. Knell recently returned to the U.S. from overseas, where he was managing director of a print and multimedia publishing company with offices in Bangkok, Hong Kong and Singapore. He will now manage the daily operations of CTW’s divisions, including TV programming and production, products, the international television group, publishing and new media. Sue Ward promoted to director, international licensing, Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Risa Nelson promoted to director, international licensing, Asia.
DIC Entertainment (Burbank, California, 818-955-5400): M.J. Chisolm joins as VP, merchandising. She is responsible for worldwide merchandise licensing of DIC’s character licenses and series properties, including Madeline, Carmen Sandiego, Archie and Mummies Alive.
Discovery Networks (Bethesda, Maryland, 301-986-0444): Robert Cooper promoted to director, southern region, affiliate sales and marketing, and Douglas Harbert to director, northern region, affiliate sales and marketing. Cooper and Harbert will be responsible for securing the distribution of Discovery Channel, Animal Planet, Travel Channel and The Learning Channel in their respective regions. Bruce Lefkowitz promoted to VP, national sales. Lia Tysdal promoted to VP, network distribution of affiliate sales and marketing for Discovery Networks, U.S. She will manage the Canadian sales of Discovery Channel, The Learning Channel, Animal Planet, Travel Channel, Discovery Kids Channel, Discovery Science Channel, Discovery Home and Leisure, Discovery Civilization Channel and Discovery Wings Channel. Jo Ann Burton promoted to senior VP, operations and administration. Deborah Stewart appointed director, programming operations. Prior to the appointment, Stewart was director of Discovery Channel Australia for three years. Moji Adejuwon promoted to director, national accounts and network development for affiliate sales and marketing, Discovery Networks, U.S. Adejuwon will be responsible for negotiating affiliate agreements for all Discovery Network
Disney Channel (Burbank, California, 818-569-7500): Sandy Wax joins as VP, research and planning. His responsibilities will include managing all consumer, programming and trade research for Disney Channel and Toon Disney.
Equity Marketing (Beverly Hills, California, 310-887-4315): Edward T. Boyd joins as senior VP, worldwide operations. Boyd will be responsible for global manufacturing, vendor operations, shipping and warehousing.
Golden Books Family Entertainment (New York, New York, 212-547-6700): Joanne Singer promoted to VP, marketing, home video and audio. Jovi Crooks promoted to marketing manager, home video and audio. Kathleen Makrakis joins as VP, corporate communications. John C. Ferrera promoted to executive VP and chief financial officer.
Hasbro Interactive (Beverly, Massachusetts, 508-921-3700): Gale Steiner and Richard Cleveland join as directors of marketing. Steiner is responsible for marketing consumer programs for family, strategy and adult computer and video games. Cleveland will lead Hasbro’s marketing
efforts for its action games, children’s games and girls games lineup.
Hollywood Ventures (Los Angeles, California, 310-275-8090): Sofia Elias promoted to director of station relations. Elias’ responsibilities will include expanding the company’s education and outreach programs, fundraising and publicity efforts, as well as communications on behalf of the station’s programs. Hollywood Ventures is a children’s entertainment company that finances, produces, distributes and markets kids programming.
Kmart (Troy, Michigan, 248-643-1000): Lorna Nagler, VP of Kidsworld division, appointed brand director of Sesame Street.
Mainframe USA (Los Angeles, California, 310-551-0804): Dan DiDio promoted to VP, creative affairs. DiDio left his position as executive director of ABC Television Children’s Entertainment to join Mainframe USA as script writer and story editor for the children’s series ReBoot. He will now oversee the development, production and U.S. distribution of its television properties.
McDonald’s Corporation (Oak Brook, Illinois, 630-623-3000): Jack M. Greenberg promoted to president and CEO.
NBA (New York, New York, 212-407-8000): Gary Jockers will be the general manager of the NBA store that is scheduled to open its Fifth Avenue doors in September. The store will be the first retail establishment to be owned, operated and merchandised by a North American sports league. Jockers will be responsible for all store operations. He was formerly the general manager of the FAO Schwarz store in New York City.
Nelvana (Toronto, Canada, 416-588-5571): Barry L. Levy promoted to director of development of the company’s U.S. subsidiary, Nelvana Communications Inc.
Noodle Kidoodle (Syosset, New York, 516-677-0500): Alan Sausner promoted to divisional merchandise manager. In his new position, Sausner will oversee the infant, preschool, music, construction, electronic learning, junior sports, impulse and computer software departments.
Parachute Properties (New York, New York, 212-337-6759): Michael Hobson joins as president. Prior to Parachute, Hobson was executive VP of Byron Preiss Multimedia Company. He will oversee worldwide development, sales, marketing and licensing for Parachute’s publishing, entertainment and consumer products divisions.
PorchLight Entertainment (Los Angeles, California, 310-477-8400): Aurora Winter promoted to VP, development and production, PorchLight Pictures. Stephanie Slack promoted to director, worldwide sales. PorchLight Entertainment produces animated and live-action children’s series, telefilms, documentaries, CD-ROMs and Web sites.
Saban Entertainment (Los Angeles, California, 310-235-5100): Emme Kosloff joins as VP, retail development for Saban’s licensing and merchandising division. Kosloff will be responsible for building and managing all relationships with retailers, as well as designing retail promotions strategies for Saban licensed properties.
Sony Pictures Entertainment (Culver City, California, 310-280-8000): Columbia Pictures has merged with TriStar Pictures to create a single production unit that will retain the Columbia name. Amy Pascal continues to serve as president of the division, and TriStar’s Chris Lee will join her team as president of production.
Sony Signatures (Culver City, California, 310-244-7788): Ewa Martinoff promoted to VP, marketing and brand planning. Martinoff will be responsible for managing the merchandising and marketing campaigns for all Sony properties, including the upcoming feature film Godzilla.
USA Networks (New York, New York, 212-408-9100): Kay Koplovitz, chairman and CEO of USA Networks, has announced that she will be leaving the company that she founded in 1977. Stephen Chao joins as president, programming and marketing, and Stephen Brenner has been promoted to president, operations, overseeing advertising sales, affiliate relations, finance and administration.
The Walt Disney Company (Burbank, California, 818-560-1000): Hilary Merserole promoted to senior VP, corporate brand management. Merserole will be responsible for brand strategy worldwide and will oversee promotional activities. Laurie Lang, senior VP, strategic marketing, will lead a new Disney initiative to develop programs for the education community, including Disney’s American Teacher Awards. Thomas F. Park promoted to senior VP, Walt Disney art classics and Disney direct marketing.
Walt Disney Television Animation (Burbank, California, 818-560-5151): Sharon Morrill promoted to executive VP. Morrill will oversee the development and production of Disney Premiere Video films, Movietoons and network TV specials. Barry Blumberg promoted to executive VP. He will continue to guide Disney’s animated television series for network and syndication.
BBC Worldwide (London, England, 44-181-576-2339): Rupert Gavin promoted to chief executive. Gavin will oversee the departments of publishing, program sales and new channel development.
Copyright Promotions Licensing Group (London, England, 44-171-580-7431): Kirk Bloomgarden promoted to president, entertainment division. Bloomgarden will have global responsibility for entertainment licensing.
Pearson Television International (London, England, 44-171-691-6000): Joe Abrams joins as executive VP. Abrams was president of ABC Distribution Company from 1990 to 1996 and, established his own production company just prior to joining Pearson.
Redibra (Sao Paulo, Brazil, 55-11-288-9011): David Diesendruck rejoins Redibra Marketing and Licensing Services, a marketing and licensing company in Brazil. Diesendruck served as VP of Disney consumer products licensing, Latin America, for 14 years.
Telemagination (London, England, 44-171-828-5331): Anna Home, OBE, joins as non-executive director. Home has been at the BBC for more than 30 years. most recently as head of BBC children’s programs. She continues to serve as chief executive of the Children’s Film and Television Foundation.