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*U.S. and Canada...
November 1, 1997

*U.S. and Canada

ABC Television Network (New York, New York, 212-456-7777): Anne Marie Riccitelli to executive director, media relations.

Atlantis (Toronto, Canada, 416-462-0246): Marnie Sanderson to senior VP.

Blockbuster Entertainment Group (Dallas, Texas, 214-854-3000): Jim Notarnicola to executive VP of marketing and administration. Notarnicola will manage all marketing, human resources and corporate communications. Nigel Travis appointed president, international division.

Buena Vista Internet Services (Burbank, California, 818-623-3200): Jake Winebaum to president. Buena Vista Internet Services is a newly formed division of The Walt Disney Company, encompassing all of the company’s Internet businesses. Winebaum retains his current responsibilities as president of Disney Online. In his new position, he will be responsible for all of the company’s Internet initiatives.

Cartoon Network (Atlanta, Georgia, 404-885-4118): Michelle Allario to VP, marketing. Allario will be responsible for leading the network’s marketing across consumer, animation, advertising and cable trade audiences. Jodi Tull to director, promotions marketing. Tull will be developing and executing on-air and off-channel consumer promotions that support strategic network initiatives. Daryn Pustilnik to manager, trade marketing. Pustilnik will be supporting Cartoon Network’s expansion in the U.S. cable marketplace. Working with Turner Network Sales, Pustilnik will manage all components of affiliate and non-affiliate communications.

CBS (New York, New York, 212-975-4321): Theresa Corigliano to VP, communications department. Nancy Carr to VP, communications department. Carr will be responsible for publicity campaigns for the network’s Saturday morning lineup.

Children’s Television Workshop (New York, New York, 212-595-3456): Barbara Herzinger to assistant VP, international licensing, Asia and Latin America. Herzinger will oversee all product licensing, theme parks, publishing, retail stores and brand development for Sesame Street throughout Asia and Latin America. Dana Kuperman to associate director, international licensing, Latin America.

Cinar Films (Montreal, Canada, 514-843-7070): Mary Bradley to director of business and legal affairs.

Columbia TriStar Television (Culver City, California, 310-202-1234): Natalie Pratico to VP, sales planning and administration. Pratico assumes responsibility for worldwide administration of program rights, deal development and strategic sales planning.

Discovery Networks (Bethesda, Maryland, 301-986-1999): Marcos Obadia to VP, operations, Latin America Television Center. Obadia will guide the technical development and growth of the Miami-based center, which will provide television products to customers throughout Latin America.

Disney Interactive (Burbank, California, 818-543-4300): Dominique Bourse to VP, international. Bourse will be responsible for developing Disney Interactive’s software business throughout Europe, Latin America and Asia.

Fox Broadcasting Company (Los Angeles, California, 310-277-2211): Bob Huber to VP, casting. Huber will oversee casting for all comedies in development, as well as comedy and sketch comedy series on the Fox network. Lisa Berger to executive VP, creative affairs.

Fox Kids Network (Los Angeles, California, 310-444-8543): Mary Ann Halford to senior VP and general manager, Fox Kids Latin America.

Interplay Productions (Irvine, California, 714-553-6655): James C. Wilson to CFO.

Kmart (Troy, Michigan, 810-643-1000): William Ellis to divisional VP, Kmart Kids Race Against Drugs.

K’Nex Industries (Hatfield, Pennsylvania, 215-997-7722): Robert J. Iatesta to VP, sales. Iatesta will be responsible for the development, general management and implementation of strategic plans, sales policies and merchandising programs. Robert Sica to director, national accounts. K’Nex Industries manufactures a wide variety of plastic, color-coded construction sets.

Lego Systems (Enfield, Connecticut, 860-749-2291): David Lafrennie to head of marketing communications.

Leisure Concepts (New York, New York, 212-758-7666): Faith Wall to director, licensing. Wall will handle apparel and accessories for all of the company’s properties.

Manley Toy Quest (Los Angeles, California, 310-277-7855): Debbie Cohen to product manager. Cohen will be responsible for the development of licensed toys.

Mattel (El Segundo, California, 310-252-2000): Jill Elikann Barad, president and CEO, named chairman of the company’s board of directors. Barad succeeds John W. Amerman, who re-tired from his position as chairman of the board, while remaining a member of the board of directors.

MTV Networks (New York, New York, 212-258-8000): Christopher Daniels to director, global business, advertising sales, MTV Latin America. Catherine Houser to VP, human resources. Ellen Albert to VP. Enrique Perez to general manager, MTV Latin America. Brian Graden to executive VP, television programming.

NBC Enterprises (Burbank, California, 818-840-4444): Jerry Petry to executive VP. Petry will oversee the global distribution and exploitation of NBC-owned products. Petry will retain responsibility for NBC Studios’ production, finance and business operations, as well as finance and business operations for NBC Entertainment. Rhonda Troutman to VP. Troutman will be responsible for domestic and foreign syndication, home video and merchandising.

Nelvana (Toronto, Canada, 416-588-5571): Stephen Hodgins to senior VP, production. Patricia Burns to senior VP, production. Together, they will oversee the operations of four new divisions at Nelvana’s Toronto studio: animated television production, domestic production, 3-D animation production and feature film production. The television division will be headed by Jocelyn Hamilton. The domestic production division will be headed by Vince Commisso. Pamela Slavin will be in charge of the 3-D animation division, and Merle Anne Ridley will head the feature animation division.

Paramount Network Television (Los Angeles, California, 310-575-7000): Thomas Mazza to executive VP, creative affairs. Mazza will oversee all aspects of creative affairs, including comedy and drama series development, specials and current series.

Paramount Pictures (Hollywood, California, 213-956-5000): Sarah Halley Finn to director, features casting. Finn will be involved in the casting of all Paramount motion pictures.

Saban Entertainment (Los Angeles, California, 310-235-5100): Bruce Bridges to director, marketing, production and special events. Rosslyn Forrester to director, domestic marketing. Jan Diedrichsen to manager, promotions. Rita Prosyak to account executive. Edith Serna to director, legal affairs. Leonora Aixas joins as director, international creative services.

Scholastic Entertainment (New York, New York, 212-343-7500): Sharon Lisman to VP, product development. Lisman continues to be responsible for the creative direction of merchandising and licensing programs and will oversee the development of a corporate identity program.

UPN (Los Angeles, California, 310-575-7000): Tom Nunan joins as executive VP, entertainment. Nunan was formerly a senior VP at NBC and head of NBC Studios’ prime-time division. Dean Valentine named president and CEO.

Viacom (New York, New York, 212-258-6000): DeDe Ferrell to VP, government affairs. Ferrell will be responsible for the development and advocacy of public policy positions on legislative and regulatory matters.

Walt Disney Consumer Products (Burbank, California, 818-567-5401): Sean Mitchell to VP, marketing, Disney Licensing.

Walt Disney Television (Burbank, California, 818-560-1000): Charles Hirschorn to president and executive VP, production, Walt Disney Motion Pictures Group. David A. Neuman to president, Walt Disney Network Television and Touchstone Television.

Warner Bros. Online (Burbank, California, 818-954-7980): Jim Banister to VP and general manager.

YTV Canada (Toronto, Canada, 416-534-1191): Terri Perras to director, strategic partnerships. Scott Gibson to director, business affairs and legal counsel. Karen Fainman to marketing manager. Fainman will manage all off-air advertising and communications targeted to viewers, the advertising community and the program industry. John Lanthier to senior national account executive.


Disney Channel (London, England, 44-171-605-2830): Simon Amselem to managing director for Disney Channel in Spain.

Meridian Broadcasting (London, England, 44-171-839-2255): Catherine Kirkwood will oversee kids output for Channel 5.

National Geographic Channel (London, England, 44-171-705-3000): Jerry Glover to managing director for the U.K., Scandinavia and Australia. Glover will be responsible for the management of the National Geographic Channel in the U.K., Scandinavia and Australia, including affiliate sales, advertising sales, programming and acquisitions, and marketing.

3D Licensing (Middlesex, England, 44-181-744-6200): Peta Lemmon to account manager, Australasia.

Turner Entertainment Networks International Limited (London, England, 44-171-478-1000): Noel Gladstone appointed to the newly created position of VP, research and planning. He will be responsible for all aspects of research, including programming, ad sales and network distribution for Europe, Africa and the Middle East.

Walt Disney Television International (London, England, 44-171-605-2550): Jolie Nelson to VP, broadcasting and programming.

Warner Bros. Studio Stores (London, England, 44-171-432-7010): Peter Dickson joins as managing director for Warner Bros. Studio Stores U.K. Dickson will be responsible for overseeing all operational aspects of studio stores in the U.K., as well as future development for studio store locations within the territory.

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