Company Launches

BiFrost Pictures: Producer Daniel Wagner has launched this new film production and finance company, which will be officially announced at Cannes next week.

Blumhouse International: Blumhouse Pictures has launched this foreign sales division, which will handle sales for films that don’t fall under their first-look deal with Universal.

Real Fear Films: Terra Mater Factual Studios has launched this feature film division.  The aim is to produce five films over the next three years.  Anthony Buckner will oversee the division.

Vertical Entertainment: Founders Rich Goldberg and Mitch Budin have launched this indie film distributor and marketing company.  The company’s aim is to release two features each month for theatrical, home video, and digital release with a focus on $5M-10M budgeted family fare and genre films with A-list casts.

Studios, Networks, and Media Conglomerates

CBS Television Distribution: Eric Pankowski has joined as Senior Vice President, Programming and Development.

Comcast: Cathy Avgiris has been promoted to Chief Financial Officer.

NBCUniversal: Maureen Murphy has been promoted to Senior Vice President, E! & Esquire Network Advertising Sales.

Film

BFI: Libby Savill has been named Deputy Chair, after serving on the Board for two years.

BFI: Pat Butler, Charles Cecil and Oona King have joined the Board of Directors.

Evergreen Films: Alison Haskovec has joined as Vice President of Development.

IM Global: Jonathan Deckter has been promoted to President and signed a multi-year employment deal.

Leftfield Pictures: Kevin Duncan has joined as Senior Director, Development.

Motion Picture Association of America: Kate Beddingfield has been promoted to Vice President, Corporate Communications.

Motion Picture Association of America: Howard Gantman has been promoted to Vice President, Global Strategic Communications.

Motion Picture Association of America: TJ Ducklo has been promoted to Deputy Director, Corporate Communications.

Paulist Productions: Marybeth Sprows has been promoted to Vice President, Development & Production.

QED: John Friedberg has been promoted to Executive Vice President, International Sales.

Scott Free Productions: Alec Wells has been promoted to Development Coordinator.

Wild Bunch: Vincent Maravel has been promoted to Head, Co-Production, Acquisition and Financing.

Wild Bunch: Carole Baraton has been promoted to Head, International Sales.

Wild Bunch Distribution: Thierry Lacaze has joined as Head.

The Writers Guild Foundation: Katie Buckland has joined as the new Executive Director.

Television

BBC: Janice Hadlow will be Acting Director, BBC4 until a replacement is named for Richard Klein.

BBC: Roger Mosey has been promoted to Chief Editorial Director, Olympics.

Essential Media and Entertainment: Simonne Overend has joined as Vice President of Drama Development at their new LA Office.

Fox Television Studios: Andy Bourne has joined as Vice President, Programming.

FremantleMedia: Magnus Karlsson-Lamm has joined as Managing Director, Sweden, starting September 1.

Generate: Heather Johns has joined as a Content Development Executive.

ITV: Richard Klein has joined as Director, Factual.

ITV: Helen Warner has joined as Director, Daytime.

Pilgrim Studios: Semi Aboud has been promoted to Vice President, Talent Development & Casting.

Pilgrim Studios: Nicholas Caprio has been promoted to Senior Vice President, Production and Current Development.

Pilgrim Studios: Shaun Hoff has joined as Manager, Talent Development & Casting.

Pilgrim Studios: Leigh Purinton has been promoted to Vice President, Production.

Storyline Entertainment: Beatrice Springborn has joined as President of Television Development and Production.

Storyline Entertainment:  Mark Nicholson has been promoted to Vice President of Development.

Univision Communications: Marie Ann Dougherty has joined as Vice President, National Spot Sales, Television Group.

Viasat Broadcasting: Merrily Ross has joined as Vice President, Formats.

Agencies, Management Companies, Public Relations, and Law Firms

IMG Media: Hillary Mandel has been promoted to Head of Distribution, Acquisitions and Sales.

Resolution: Pamela Goldstein has joined as a Motion Picture lit agent.

United Talent Agency: Logan Eisenberg has joined as a talent agent.

WME Entertainment: Skip Chasey has joined as a Television Business Affairs Executive.

Cable

A & E Networks: Jim Agius, Amy Baker and Peter Olsen have been promoted to Executive Vice President, National Ad Sales.

A & E Networks: Michael Peretz has been promoted to Executive Vice President, Ad Sales Revenue Management & Operations.

Al Jazeera America: John Meehan has joined as Senior Executive Producer, Financial and Business Coverage.

Comedy Central: Steve Raizes has been promoted to Senior Vice President, Enterprises.

Disney Channel: Adam Bonnett has been promoted to Executive Vice President of Original Programming, Disney Channels Worldwide.

Starz Entertainment: Patrick McDonald has been promoted to Manager of Original Programming.

TNT/TBS: Drew Uhrig has joined as Manager, Current Programming.

Digital

Facebook: Nicola Mendelsohn has joined as Vice President, EMEA Region.

Intel: Renée James has joined as President.

Intel: Brian Krzanich has been promoted to Chief Executive Officer, effective May 16, 2013.

Maker Studios: Chairman Ynon Kreiz has been promoted to Executive Chairman.

MySpace: Monica Herrera has joined as Managing Editor.

Twitter: Cynthia Gaylor has joined as Head of Corporate Development.

Yahoo!: Tim Su and Jon Paris have joined as Executives. Su and Paris were the respective co-founder and CEO of Astrid, acquired by Yahoo! on May 3.

Publishing

Alfred A. Knopf Publishing: Robin Dessler has been promoted to Vice President, Editorial Director.

Alfred A. Knopf Publishing: Jordan Pavlin has been promoted to Vice President, Executive Editor.

Music

Pandora: Tommy Page has joined as Vice President, Artist and Brand Partnerships.

 

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