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ABC International (Sydney, Australia, 61-2-9950-3177): Elizabeth Paterson has joined the sales division of ABC as senior sales executive responsible for sales throughout the Asia Pacific region. She was previously a sales exec at Alliance Atlantis, Sydney....
August 1, 2000

ABC International (Sydney, Australia, 61-2-9950-3177): Elizabeth Paterson has joined the sales division of ABC as senior sales executive responsible for sales throughout the Asia Pacific region. She was previously a sales exec at Alliance Atlantis, Sydney.

Australian Broadcasting Corporation (Sydney, Australia, 61-2-9950-3999): Gail Jarvis has been promoted to director of television, Sue Howard becomes director of radio with Lissa McMillan as her deputy, and Lynley Marshall is the new director of new media.

Columbia TriStar Television (Los Angeles, California, 310-202-1234): Gabriela Mondragon has been promoted from director to VP of development and production at Columbia Studios Mexico, where she will oversee original programming for the Spanish-language entertainment lineup.

Crown Media (Englewood, Colorado, 303-220-7992): Lana Corbi has been appointed to executive VP, COO of Crown, whose holdings include Hallmark Entertainment Network and The Kermit Channel in Asia. Chris Moseley is the new executive VP of worldwide marketing.

Egmont Imagination (London, England, 44-207-761-3605): Karen Hunter has taken the position of sales executive for the new distribution arm of Egmont Imagination UK. She joins the company from BBCWW, where she specialized in the Scandinavian and Benelux markets.

Fireworks International (London, England, 44- 207-307-6300): Kathryn Rice has been appointed director of sales for most of Europe, Australia and New Zealand, the Middle East and Africa. She joins Fireworks from Minotaur, where she was head of sales for six years.

Fox Family Worldwide (Los Angeles, California, 310-235-9700): Brian Casentini ( has been promoted to VP of current programming for Fox Family Channel and Fox Kids Network, and Jonathan Rosenthal ( has joined the company as VP of development for Fox Kids Network. Doug Yates ( has been appointed to the newly created position of senior VP of marketing, Fox Family Channel and Fox Kids Network, taking over for former senior VP Tom Lucas. Barbara Bekkedahl ( has been upped to executive VP of FFWW’s ad sales department, with new executive VP of sales planning John Carrozza ( taking on more management responsibilities. Rick Sirvaitis, who was president of ad sales since 1995, has joined Phase 2 Media in New York, but will continue to serve as a consultant to the FFWW sales group.

Fox Kids Europe (London, England, 44-207-554-9000): Rene Boogaard has been promoted to a newly created position of general manager of on-line and interactive for Fox Kids Netherlands.

Humongous Entertainment (Woodinville, Washington, 425-486-9258): Andy Hieke has been appointed GM and senior VP. Heike hails from from Nintendo Software Technology Corporation, where he served as senior VP of product development.

Major League Baseball Players Association (New York, New York, 212-826-0809): Evan Kaplan ( has been promoted from his former position of manager of novelties to category manager of trading cards and memorabilia. In his new job, Kaplan will oversee the relationships with trading card licensees and develop the category of memorabilia. Tina Morris ( has been upped to category manager of novelties, which involves over 30 licensees.

Mattel (El Segundo, California, 310-252-2000): Holly Rawlinson has joined as VP of licensing acquisitions, from her former post at Paramount as VP of domestic licensing. Rawlinson will oversee aquisitions for all major entertainment properties, including Barbie, Fisher-Price and Hot Wheels.

National Geographic Channel International (Washington D.C., 202-828-8036): Janet Vissering ( steps into the newly created position of senior VP of programming and operations, overseeing program acquisitions and scheduling, as well as day-to-day operations for all National Geographic Channel outlets worldwide. Mark Green ( has been promoted to VP of programming from his former programming acquisitions duties.

Nelvana (Toronto, Canada, 416-588-5571): William Jenkins has been named VP of development for prime-time and kids action/adventure series and will work out of the prodco’s L.A. office.

Sesame Workshop (New York, New York, 212-595-3456): Karen Gruenberg has been upped from senior VP of strategic and project development to executive VP of operations. She will oversee many new areas, including domestic and international television, on-line, books and magazines. Roger Estrada has been named VP of creative products and the international television group. Formerly, Estrada was senior art director at Universal Studios Consumer Products.

Simon & Schuster (New York, New York, 212-698-2840): David Gale has been promoted from executive editor to editorial director of books for young readers.

Spiderdance Inc. (Venice, California, 310-396-0090): Rob Davis ( has joined the company as executive producer, with duties including developing new interactive television show concepts. Susan Clark ( has signed on as senior producer and will also work with interactive show concepts, as well as planning and executing projects. Karen Green ( comes on-board as VP of business affairs and general counsel, with duties including licensing and acquisition arrangements for television and on-line properties.

TEAM Entertainment (Munich, Germany, 49-892-444-0970): Andrea-Manuela Seibert has joined the company in the newly created position of VP of sales and marketing, from her previous job at Rive Gauche International TV. Her new responsibilities include selling programming to the German- and Italian-speaking territories.

The Jim Henson Company (Los Angeles, California, 323-802-1500): Angus Fletcher and Juliet Blake have been named executive VPs and co-heads of the company’s television group worldwide. Their former positions within the company were respectively senior VP of international production and distribution, and senior VP of creative affairs. Fletcher’s in the London office, while Blake’s located at the L.A. digs.

TLC (London, England, 44-207-368-0066): Rupert Waters has been appointed licensing manager as TLC expands its entertainment team. Waters will focus on publishing, interactive, games and accessories.

World Wrestling Federation (Stamford, Connecticut, 203-352-8600): Hailing from USA Networks, Stuart Snyder has moved into the WWF president/COO corner. He will head the company’s development and implementation of strategic operating plans.

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