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ABC Enterprises (Sydney, Australia, 61-2-9950-3999): Robyn Watts has left her CEO post at Southern Star to join the Aussie pubcaster as director of content rights management.

ABC Television Network (Los Angeles, California, 310-557-7777): Beth Preminger has been given a new kids...
November 1, 2000

ABC Enterprises (Sydney, Australia, 61-2-9950-3999): Robyn Watts has left her CEO post at Southern Star to join the Aussie pubcaster as director of content rights management.

ABC Television Network (Los Angeles, California, 310-557-7777): Beth Preminger has been given a new kids remit as director of children’s research. Preminger previously served as director of national broadcast research.

Chorion (London, England, 44-207-434-1880): Seeking to boost its marketing presence in the U.K. and Europe, the Enid Blyton rights-owning group has made several key hires: Mark Bleathman comes aboard as head of marketing, leaving his senior account manager position at haircare company Wella; Joanne Reynolds joins as marketing manager for Europe, Middle East and Africa, previously serving as marketing coordinator for soft drink company Soda-Club; and Emma Whittard has been named publishing sales manager for Europe. Whittard used to serve as senior rights manager for kids publisher The Watts Publishing Group.

Columbia TriStar International Television (Culver City, California, 310-244-4000): Ann Harris has come aboard as VP of U.K. production, after advising CTIT-as well as Channel 4, A&E and Southern Star Circle-in a consulting capacity. Harris was also a key player in launching Channel 4 in 1982, building a solid acquisition and production knowledge base in the process.

Disney Channel Germany (Ismaning, Germany, 49-89-9969-0300): Michael Kreissl has been promoted from director of programming to VP and managing director of Disney Channel Germany. In addition to managing the pay-TV Disney Channel on the PremiereWorld service, Kreissl will also oversee the production of all branded cable TV offerings, including Disney Club, Filmparade and DisneyTime on RTL.

Film Roman (North Hollywood, California, 818-761-2544): Peter J. Schankowitz has been named president of television programming and development and will use his expertise in game show and reality formats to diversify Film Roman’s lineup of live-action and animated projects. Schankowitz previously did a two-year stint as a senior development exec for Jonathan Goodson Productions.

Griffin Bacal (New York, New York, 212-415-2900): Richard Flier has joined as management supervisor in charge of overseeing the Hasbro Interactive account. Flier has a wealth of experience in vid game marketing, most recently serving as director of game marketing at Sony Online Entertainment, and as marketing director at DreamWorks Interactive before that.

Marvel Enterprises (New York, New York, 212-576-8522): To beef up its on-line presence, the ubiquitous comic company has hired Steve Milo to take over as president of Marvel New Media. Milo comes with five years of web experience, serving recently as founder and president of toy and collectible site During this stint, Milo helped rack up a 300% increase in year-on-year on-line sales, as well as building a database of more than 300,000 customers.

Lucas Learning (San Rafael, California, 415-444-8000): Getting out of the webtoon biz, Craig Southard has left on-line entertainment company Mondo Media to join Lucas Learning as director of development. Prior to the move, Southard served as executive producer for Mondo, and was responsible for both creating animated web series and drumming up partnerships.

NBC (Burbank, California, 818-840-7500): Ed Wilson has been named president of NBC Enterprises and Syndication, and will be responsible for ferreting out ancillary business opps for NBC-owned product, as well as establishing the division’s entry into the first-run syndication biz. Wilson hails from CBS, where he held the president and COO post.

Neptuno Films (Terrassa, Spain, 34-93-784-1622): Ex-M6 consultant Rebecca Barrois has come aboard to head up the prodco’s new office in Madrid as director. In her new position, Barrois will hunt for co-pro partners and sell Neptuno’s catalog of programming.

Nickelodeon International (New York, New York, 212-258-8000): Christine Leo-McKerrow and Katrina Southon have been promoted to VP of channel operations and brand management for Nickelodeon Asia and Europe respectively. The positions were created as part of Nick International’s establishment of regional centers for Europe and Asia-complementing the one in Latin America. Leo-McKerrow and Southon will be responsible for managing all creative, programming and marketing for Nick in the respective regions. Leo-McKerrow will work out of Singapore and Southon in London.

Nickelodeon UK (London, England, 44-207-462-1044): Eddie McKendrick has been upped from head to director of new media. Having played a key role in the launch of the website and NickActive on Telewest Active Digital Platform, McKendrick will initially focus on finding berths for the latter service on other enhanced TV platforms. He will also be developing web and interactive series.

Porchlight Entertainment (Los Angeles, California, 310-477-8400): William T. Bauman has been promoted from executive VP to COO, which seems well deserved since he co-founded the family TV and film production/distribution house in 1995 with president and CEO Bruce D. Johnson.

Saban International (Paris, France, 33-1-41-19-7030): Olivier Dumont ( has left his head of acquisitions post at Canal J to join the Saban team as VP of European production and business development for Saban International Paris. Dumont will now be responsible for triggering co-production and overseeing the financing and creation of new animated series. At Canal J, he spearheaded pick-ups like Godzilla and Big Guy and Rusty the Boy Robot. In addition, Chris Zhang has defected from her VP of Asia position at Universal International Television to take the same job at Saban.

Sesame Workshop (New York, New York, 212-595-3456): Jennifer Chrein has joined the Workshop as VP of global media and will manage international television sales. Chrein previously served as senior VP of Telescene Film Group in New York.

SloaneVision (New York, New York, 212-922-0555): Tina Morris has come aboard the licensing agency as executive director of sales and marketing. Prior to joining, Morris did a 10-year stint at Major League Baseball Players Association, most recently serving as category manager for novelties and school products.

Sony Pictures Consumer Products (Culver City, California, 310-244-7788): Michael Riley has come aboard as VP of marketing and will focus on brand planning for upcoming properties including Spiderman: The Motion Picture, and Stuart Little 2. Prior to joining, Riley served as director of marketing for Mattel’s licensed and character brands division. Paige Brown has also made the jump from Mattel to SPCP. Brown joins as director of marketing, previously serving as product manager of licensed brands at Mattel.

The Licensing Company (London, England, 44-207-368-0066): Antonia Cuming joins as marketing manager and will initially concentrate on developing European brand marketing blueprints for all of TLC’s clients. Cuming hails from Del Monte, where she served as European marketing manager.

Viacom Consumer Products (Hollywood, California, 213-956-5000): Sandi Isaacs has joined as executive director of international licensing, leaving her director position at Activision, where she oversaw licensing and distribution for Latin America and Japan. On the homefront, Juanita Palomino has come aboard as director of domestic licensing and will be responsible for the soft goods categories like apparel, housewares and accessories. Palomino hails from MGM, where she served as director of domestic sales.

Warner Bros. Online (Burbank, California, 818-977-7900): Jordan Sollitto has been upped to chief marketing officer for both WB Online and Entertaindom and will be responsible for branding activities around both sites. Sollitto has served in a WB marketing capacity for the past seven years, most recently as senior VP of promotions and studio store marketing.

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