Company Launches

FilmLondon Micro-Market: FilmLondon has launched a new UK-wide micro-budget finance market that will run alongside London’s Production Finance Market.

Lakeshore Entertainment: Lakeshore has launched a new television division, which will be headed by ABC and Hearst Entertainment vet Chad Hoffman.

Studio, Networks, and Media Conglomerates

20th Century Fox Television: Mark Ambrose has been promoted to Vice President, Drama Development and Shari Rosenblum has been promoted to Vice President, Publicity.

ABC Studios: Andrew McQuinn has been promoted to Coordinator, Comedy Development.

Amazon Studios: Morgan Wandell has joined as Head, Drama Development.

CBS Corporation: John Orlando has joined as Executive Vice President, Government Affairs.

CNN: Pete Janos has been promoted to Vice President, Western Region Bureau. Mary Lynn Ryan has been promoted to Vice President, Southeast Region Bureau. Eric Sherling has been promoted to Vice President, Washington, D.C.- Based Programming. Darius Walker has been promoted to Vice President, Northeast Region Bureau.

Global Eagle Entertainment: Jay Itzkowitz has joined as Senior Vice President and General Counsel.

Film

Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences: Three members of the newly created Casting Directors Branch, David Rubin, Bernie Telsey and Lora Kennedy, have been elected to the Board of Governors.

Cinephil: Heather Wyer has joined Cinephil’s sales team to boost the company’s international sales reach.

Edinburgh International Television Festival: Melanie Leach has joined as Advisory Chair.

Endemol North America: Cris Abrego and Charlie Corwin have been promoted to Co-CEO and Co-Chairmen.  They will replace departing CEO David Goldberg.

Embankment Films: Sara May joins as Executive, European Sales, Co-Productions & Acquisitions.

Entertainment One: Harold van Lier will join as President, International Film Division effective January 2014.

European Film Market: Andrea Kaul has joined as Co-Director.

Exclusive Media: Sarah Perlman Bremner has joined as Director of Development.

Good Films: Kate Fasulo has joined as Head of Production.

National Association of Theater Owners: S. David Passman, III was re-elected as Chairman; Amy E. Mileswas elected as Vice-Chairperson; Byron Berkley was re-elected as Treasurer; and George Solomonwas elected as Secretary.

Open Road Films: Current Chief Executive Officer Tom Ortenberg’s contract has been extended through 2018.

Radiant Films International: Mike Dougherty has been hired as an executive in Acquisitions and Distribution.

Rentrak: Paul Dergarabedian will join as Senior Media Analyst, effective October 13, 2013.

StudioCanal: Anna Marsh has been promoted to Head, International Film Sales.

UIP Norway: Simen Rognerud was appointed General Manager.

Walden Media:  Naia Cucukov has joined as Vice President, Development & Production.

Television

Borderline Amazing Productions: Irving Azoff has joined as a Key Advisor.

Fusion: Isaac Lee has been promoted to Chief Executive Officer at the new network, a joint venture between Univision Communications Inc. and the Disney/ABC Television Network.  Lee will also continue to serve as President, Univision News.

Hoff Productions: Kathryn Porter has been promoted to Vice President, Production.

Jupiter Entertainment: Matthew Fitzgerald has joined as Director, Production.

Kino Lorber: Alan Fergurson has joined as Senior Vice President, Home Entertainment.

Pilgrim Studios:  Nicholas Caprio has been promoted to Executive Vice President, Production & Current Programming. Johnny Gould has been promoted to Executive Vice President, Original Programming & Development.

Pilgrim Studios: Brian Hunt has been promoted to Chief Financial Officer.

Pilgrim Studios: Gretchen Stockdale has been promoted to Chief Operating Officer, General Counsel.

Agencies, Management Companies, Public Relations, and Law Firms

ICM Partners: Patrick Feldman has been promoted to Agent, International Television, based in the agency’s London office.  Alex Saks has been promoted to Agent, International and Independent Film.

Kasowitz, Benson, Torres & Friedman, LLP: John V. Berlinski and Mansi Shah have joined as Partners.

Authentic Talent and Literary Management: Meg Mortimer has joined as a Manager.

Resolution: Ian Greenstein has joined as a Literary Agent.

Cable

Disney Channel & Disney XD: Andy Hinshaw has been promoted to Coordinator, Casting & Talent Relations. Maria Perez has been promoted to Coordinator, Original Series Development.

National Hockey League Network: Eric Eisenberg has been promoted to Director, Programming & Operations.

National Hockey League Network: David Proper has been promoted to Executive Vice President, Business Affairs. Bob Chesterman has been promoted to Senior Vice President, Programming & Production.  Ivan Gottesfeld has been promoted to Senior Vice President, Broadcasting. Emily Natsis has been promoted to Vice President, Events.  

QVC: Former Lonely Planet CEO Matthew Goldberg has joined as Senior Vice President, Global Market Development.

TBS: Thom Hinkle has joined as Vice President, Comedy Development.

The Weather Channel: Kevin Doerr was named Senior Vice President, Digital Products. 

Digital

Colorfront: Bill Feightner has joined as Chief Technology Officer.

Facebook: David Lawenda has joined as Vice President, Global Sales, U.S.

Groupon: Robbie Schweitzer has joined as Senior Vice President of Operations. He was formerly with Amazon Prime. David Kerr also joined as an Executive in the Home-Services division.

Publishing & Radio

NPR: Tampa Bay Times journalist Eric Deggans has joined NPR as a TV Critic. (He remains at Tampa Bay Times)

Music

BMG/Primary Wave Label Services: Ira Sallen has joined as Chief Operating Officer.

 

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