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Applause Inc. (Woodland Hills, California, 818-992-6000): Mel Harner was promoted to senior VP of marketing, and will be responsible for all product development, marketing and licensing activities for licensed characters including Looney Tunes, Teletubbies and the Rugrats....
January 1, 1999

Applause Inc. (Woodland Hills, California, 818-992-6000): Mel Harner was promoted to senior VP of marketing, and will be responsible for all product development, marketing and licensing activities for licensed characters including Looney Tunes, Teletubbies and the Rugrats.

Artisan Home Entertainment (Santa Monica, California, 310-449-9200): Lori Nahama has been promoted to manager of Family Home Entertainment. She will coordinate the production and development of all original children’s and family films for direct-to-video release.

BBC Worldwide (New York, New York, 212-705-9300): Anthony Utley is the new director of TV distribution for the BBC.

Behaviour Communications (Montreal, Canada, 514-879-3339): Claude Thibault has been upped to VP of corporate development. Filling Thibault’s post is Matthew Carson, who takes over as CFO and VP of finance. Also, Ghislain St-Pierre is now director of business development and special projects in Behaviour’s new media division, Francois Garcia has been named the general manager of Behaviour Studio and Clark Petersen becomes VP, creative affairs.

BKN Kids Network (New York, New York, 212-213-4675): Cindy Coughlin joins as VP, domestic licensing and merchandising. She will develop licensing and consumer product programs for Pocket Dragon Adventures and RosWell Conspiracies, as well as a branding campaign for the net’s August 1999 launch.

Cartoon Network (Atlanta, Georgia, 404-885-2263): Laurie Goldberg has been appointed president of public relations.

Children’s Television Workshop (New York, New York, 212-595-3456): Paul Crystal is the new group VP of finance and administration for CTW’s International Television and Products Group. Jeneane Fountaine Murray has been named VP of legal and business affairs.

Columbia TriStar Home Video (Culver City, California, 310-277-4000): Janet Cummings joins as regional sales manager for Columbia TriStar. Prior to the appointment, Cummings was distributor sales manager for Major Video Concepts.

Copyrights America (Morristown, New Jersey, 973-292-5077): David Buckley has been named executive VP at Copyrights America. Elisa A. Feeney has been assigned the post of VP, licensing, responsible for creating and maintaining relationships with key licensees and retailers.

Davidson Marketing (Chicago Illinois, 312-527-3900): Bonnie Bell is the new director of premium/sweepstakes, managing premium administration for DMI’s clients, including Kraft, Campbell’s Soup and Oscar Mayer.

Discovery Communications (Bethesda, Maryland, 301-986-1999): Moss Kardener has been hired as product development manager and will be responsible for orchestrating the growth of the Discovery Channel Retail kids division. Also, George Stephanopoulos has been named director of business affairs. He previously served as VP, business and legal affairs at Golden Books Family Entertainment, and is not a White House advisor.

Disneyland Paris (Paris, France, 33-1-60-30-6030): Tamara Grimwood has been named head of marketing for the U.K. and Ireland. She was formerly the European marketing manager for Disney Interactive.

Disney Online (North Hollywood, California, 818-623-3434): Ken Goldstein has been appointed senior VP and general manager, and will oversee content development, marketing, production and technology.

Film Roman (North Hollywood, California, 828-761-2544): Eric Radomski has joined as executive producer, and will manage the restructuring of the company’s animation division and production program.

Fox Entertainment Group (Los Angeles, California, 310-369-1000): Doug Herzog has been named president of the group. As the CEO of Comedy Central, Herzog was responsible for picking up late night ratings phenom South Park, and will now oversee Fox’s development, marketing, scheduling and promotion.

Fox Family Worldwide (Los Angeles, California, 310-235-9700): Adam Chesnoff joins as VP, business development, responsible for cultivating opportunities in the areas of acquisitions, joint ventures and worldwide expansion. Michael Kadenacy has been named VP, worldwide technical services and feature post production at Fox Family Post Production.

Fox Kids (Los Angeles, California, 310-444-8543): Helen Lerberg has been named managing director of Fox Kids Poland and director of development for Fox Kids Central Europe. Simon Gate has been appointed managing director of Fox Kids Scandinavia. Gate was formerly VP, affiliate relations and business development for the Sci-Fi Channel Europe. Also, Canal Fox and Fox Kids Latin America have appointed Flavio Rocha as VP, programming and acquisitions, and Martin Irusta as director of programming and acquisitions.

Jim Henson Productions (New York, New York, 213-960-7000): Heather Hanssen has been promoted to marketing coordinator, responsible for overseeing marketing efforts for home videos, the Muppet Babies line, marketing materials and packaged goods.

Kraft (Northfield, Illinois, 818-646-2000): Jill Rahman is the new director of ethnic marketing at Kraft. She heads a 12-person marketing team responsible for agencies like Bravo Group and Uniworld.

Lyrick Studios (Richardson, Texas, 972-390-6000): Noel Resnick joins as senior VP, development and acquisition. Prior to the appointment, Resnick was senior VP, development at Lancit Media Entertainment.

Marvel Enterprises (New York, New York, 212-696-0808): Eric Ellenbogen has been named Marvel’s president and CEO. He is the former president of Golden Books Family Entertainment.

Nickelodeon (New York, New York, 212-258-7500): Mark Offitzer has been appointed VP and general manager of Nickelodeon in New York. He was formerly VP, special event programming at Broadway Video Entertainment.

Nickelodeon Latin America (Miami Beach, Florida, 305-604-5339): Bethany Bunnell has been named VP of creative services. In her newly created position, Bunnell will oversee Nick’s on- and off-air graphic design projects.

Paramount Pictures (Los Angeles, California, 323-956-5000): Lisa DiMarzio has been upped to senior VP, worldwide marketing partnerships. Since joining Paramount 11 years ago, DiMarzio has spearheaded many key promo initiatives, including the marketing tie-in featuring Lincoln Mercury Villager and The Rugrats Movie.

PolyGram Video (New York, New York, 212-333-8113): Joe Amodei has been promoted to VP, video distribution sales, while Billy Northup becomes VP, national sales accounts. Also, Karen Daniel was upped to VP, nontraditional sales.

Saban International (Los Angeles, California, 310-235-5100): Julie Wineberg joins as VP, international sales management. In her new position, Wineberg will be responsible for overseeing the division’s TV sales efforts overseas.

Scholastic Entertainment (New York, New York, 212-343-6100): Karin Joseph Carson is Scholastic’s new international rights director.

Sony Signatures (San Francisco, California, 415-247-7400): Susan Valero has been brought aboard as director of licensing and marketing. Also joining the Sony team is Mary Hyink, as director of retail sales and promotion. Hyink was previously manager of retail development at Lyrick Studios.

Sony Wonder (New York, New York, 212-833-8100): John Phillips is the new VP of marketing. He will help develop marketing strategies for Sony Wonder product lines, including Sesame Street and Golden Books.

United Media (New York, New York, 212-293-8500): Debra Fletcher has been named executive director of international licensing, with a focus on Europe and Israel. She will manage all of United Media’s properties in Europe, including Fido Dido, Peanuts and Dilbert.

Universal Pictures (Universal City, California, 818-777-2100): Adam Fogelson has joined as VP, creative advertising. Prior to the appointment, Fogelson served as senior VP of worldwide marketing at Trimark Pictures. Also, Romy Kaufman has been promoted to VP, story department from executive story editor.

Walt Disney Television International (London, England, 44-181-222-1000): Tom Wszalek has been promoted to senior VP, digital television development.

WGBH International (Boston, Massachusetts, 617-492-2777): Nanci Barker has joined the company’s sales team and will help push sales and licensing for all WGBH programming, including the broadcaster’s kids slate.

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