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Action Time (London, England, 44-171-323-0503): Caroline Beaton leaves MTV Networks to join the indie prodco as head of international and new business. Beaton will concentrate on worldwide format sales and will be responsible for managing Action Time's international sales team....
January 1, 2000

Action Time (London, England, 44-171-323-0503): Caroline Beaton leaves MTV Networks to join the indie prodco as head of international and new business. Beaton will concentrate on worldwide format sales and will be responsible for managing Action Time’s international sales team.

AOL (Dulles, Virginia, 703-448-8700): Chris Douridas has been named VP of music programming for AOL’s Spinner, Winamp and SHOUTcast brands.

Australian Broadcasting Corporation (Sydney, Australia, 61-2-9950-4410): In March, Jonathan Shier will take over from Brian Johnson as managing director of the ABC. Most recently the managing director of TV3 in Scandinavia, Shier plans to increase funding for ABC programming and to strive towards maintaining the pubcaster’s independence.

Blue Sky Studios (Harrison, New York, 212-633-2755): Chuck Richardson moves over from his spot as VP of physical production at Twentieth Century Fox Animation to its subsidiary Blue Sky Studios as GM and senior VP.

Cartoon Network (Atlanta, Georgia, 404-885-2263): Former pro-football quarterback Kim McQuilken has been upped to executive VP of sales and marketing and will take on the added responsibility of selling and marketing

Children’s Television Workshop (New York, New York, 212-595-3456): Jodi Nussbaum has been upped to group VP of production and will assume responsibility for Sesame Street, in addition to working with cable network Noggin. Nussbaum was most recently VP of domestic television at CTW. Terry Fitzpatrick was also promoted to group VP of business development from his previous position as VP of finance, television, film and video. Michelle Amlong has been named VP and associate publisher of CTW’s Sesame Street Parents magazine, and Cassandra Magzamen joins the magazine as promotions director. Suzanne Harwood comes on-board the publishing division as VP of integrated marketing, handling marketing programs for the five CTW magazines, books, on-line applications, CD-ROMs, videos, products and television.

Columbia TriStar (Los Angeles, California, 310-244-4000): Stuart Williams has been named marketing director for Columbia TriStar Films U.K., and Lori Goldklang Furie has been upped to senior VP of production at Columbia Pictures.

Destination Films (Santa Monica, California, 310-434-2700): With Thomas and the Magic Railroad in production for a July 2000 release, the indie studio is undergoing a management shuffle after the recent departure of founding chairman and CEO Steve Stabler. Marketing and distribution president Barry London steps in as CEO, while COO Brent Baum, who co-founded the company with Stabler less than a year ago, will take on the title of president.

Disney Consumer Products (Burbank, California, 818-567-5401): Andrew P. Mooney has been named president of Disney Consumer Products Worldwide. Mooney hails from Nike, where he was head of its global marketing and apparel business.

DVD Express (Los Angeles, California, 323-465-1183): The Internet video retailer has promoted Victoria Piper to VP and chief information officer responsible for all things technological on its e-com site (

Film Roman (North Hollywood, California, 818-761-2544 ): John Hyde has been named president and CEO, and Sherrie Ward has been promoted from manager to director of international distribution.

Flextech TV (London, England, 44-171-299-5000): Jane Lighting takes on the role of COO of TV and content following the pay TV programmer’s acquisition of London’s Minotaur International. Lighting will also remain at the head of Minotaur.

Fox Licensing & Merchandising (Los Angeles, California, 310-369-3900): Rita Prosyak has become director of feature film promotions, leaving her national promotions director post at Universal Pictures Marketing.

Fox Family Channel (Los Angeles, California, 310-235-9739): Janice Arouh jumps ship from TV Guide to join as VP of affiliate sales.

Fox Family Worldwide (Los Angeles, California, 310-235-5100): Patricia La Vigne has been promoted from VP to senior VP of on-air promotions.

Fox Kids Europe (London, England, 44-171-554-9000): Natalie Hugh has been named managing director of Internet and new media. Hugh will oversee the development of a European on-line strategy and interactive TV applications associated with Fox Kids channels.

GoodTimes Entertainment (New York, New York, 212-951-3000): Brian McNeese has been named VP of acquisitions and new business development. McNeese will handle deals for the GT Direct division of GoodTimes.

Hasbro (Pawtucket, Rhode Island, 401-431-8697): In the aftermath of the toyco’s synergistic restructuring initiative in September, Tom McGrath takes the reigns of Hasbro’s Toy Sector as Sector Head and GM. He will be responsible for all U.S. toy development, marketing and sales. McGrath has been with Hasbro for 15 years, most recently serving as Group Executive overseeing the boys business.

HIT Entertainment Consumer Products (Beverly Hills, California, 310-724-8979): Marlene Cuesta has left Sony Pictures Consumer Products to join the HIT team as director of licensing sales, USA. In her new position, Cuesta will focus on extending properties like Kipper, Bob the Builder and Angelina Ballerina into the categories of gift and stationery, domestics, housewares, branded foods and candy.

Interactive Learning Group (Bloomington, Minnesota, 612-820-0600): Molly Lagermeier has come on-board as director of marketing.

The Jim Henson Company (New York, New York, 212-794-2400): Pete Coogan has been upped to VP of physical production for Jim Henson Television. Based out of the London office, Coogan will manage all global productions, excluding the U.S. Coogan has been with the company for 16 years, most recently as production executive. He was a producer on Farscape and Jim Henson’s Secret Life of Toys.

Kids’ WB! (Burbank, California, 818-977-5000): Jessica Pinto has been upped to director of current series and scheduling from her position as programming executive.

The Licensing Company (London, England, 44-171-368-0066): Jeremy Saul comes aboard to fill the newly created post of licensing manager.

New Line New Media (Los Angeles, California, 310-854-5811): Jim Rosenthal has been promoted to president from his previous position as executive VP of business development.

Nine Network (Sydney, Australia, 61-2-9965-2727): Hugh Marks has been upped to director of Nine Films & TV, the production division of the network. Marks was most recently business affairs manager.

Nickelodeon Movies (Los Angeles, California, 310-752-8000): In an effort to bulk up its production and development of toon flicks, Nick Movies has named Share Stallings to the new post of VP of animated features. Stallings will work with the arm’s new producer of animated features, Ramsey Naito, to speed up animated film output to one movie a year. Ricki Spector has also been named executive director, replacing recent departure Joe D’Ambrosio.

RAI Corporation (New York, New York, 212-468-2507): Rita Carbone Fleury has been named head of new business development and will be responsible for helping to launch RAI International into Canada.

The Reagan Group (Los Angeles, California, 310-842-3776): Elizabeth Greene has been promoted from manager to director of marketing.

Saban Consumer Products (Los Angeles, California, 310-235-5454): Ashley Duffy-Maidy has been upped to director of licensing and merchandising.

Sci Fi Channel (New York, New York, 212-413-5000): Bonnie Hammer has been promoted to executive VP and general manager.

Southern Star (Sydney, Australia, 61-2-9202-8555): Alison Baker has been named head of European sales with Southern Star Primetime. Claire Taltas has been appointed sales executive for Eastern Europe, Greece, Cyprus, Gibralter and Malta.

Turner Broadcasting Sales (New York, New York, 212-852-6644): John J. O’Hara has been named VP and New York sales manager for Cartoon Network.

Universal Cartoon Studios (Universal City, California, 818-777-1000): Tom Ruzicka has been upped to senior VP and will supervise all TV and direct-to-video production. Ruzicka joined the division in 1998 as VP of production, and has been involved in projects like The Land Before Time and The Woody Woodpecker Show.

Universal Pictures (Universal City, California, 818-777-1000): Three-year Uni veteran Holly Bario has been upped from director of development to VP of production. Bario will continue to work on the upcoming feature The Adventures of Rocky & Bullwinkle.

Walt Disney Television International (London, England, 44-181-222-1000): David Hulbert has been upped to president of Walt Disney Television International, Europe and will be responsible for managing TV production and distribution in the region. Hulbert will also oversee new channel launches in Scandinavia and Central Europe. He was most recently managing director and senior VP of European broadcasting.

Warner Bros. Consumer Products (Burbank, California, 818-954-7890): Claudio Ludovisi has been promoted to VP of Latin American licensing from his previous post as director of promotions and business development for Latin America. Michelle Sucillon has also been upped to VP of studio licensing and will oversee sales and marketing for the licensing and merchandising of live-action and animated series including Friends and feature films. Additionally, she will oversee retro properties from the Lorimar/WBTV catalog, including Gilligan’s Island and The Dukes of Hazzard.

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