BBC America has announced that Liz Barron will be the channel’s first vice president of programming. Barron, who will take up the position in February, comes from BBC Worldwide, where she headed the international factual marketing division.
Rex Jobe has announced he will leave The Image Bank, the company he and Eastman Kodak purchased in 1991. Jobe has served as CEO since that time. TIB was recently sold to Getty Images.
Mike Blair has been picked as Southern Star Circle’s new head of factual programming. Responsible for wildlife and factual programming in the U.K., Blair will also oversee the natural history production unit at Oxford Scientific Films. Prior to this appointment, Blair served as head of programs for Carlton’s Central Region.
Southern Star has also named Alison Baker as head of European sales for Southern Star Primetime. Baker comes to the company from Mayfair Television Entertainment, where she served as vice president of sales and programming. Previous to this, she worked with PolyGram Television International and Pavilion International in London.
Barbara Edols has become the head of business operations for Southern Star Sales. For the last two years, Edols has been general manager, commercial development with the Pacific Film and Television Commission in Brisbane. Prior to that, she served as manager of business development and acquisitions with Optus Vision, and as director of program purchasing and business affairs with SBS Television.
Jonathan Shier will become the new managing director of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation in March. Shier recently served as commercial director for Scandinavian broadcaster TV3, and is also notable for his time as deputy chief executive of Thames Television
GRB Entertainment has appointed Al Linton as chief operating officer. Linton recently served in the capacity of chief financial officer at Castle Rock Entertainment, and prior to that as executive VP at New World Entertainment.
Additionally, former director of development for daytime/late-night alternative programming at Fox, Jason Sikes, has been named to fill the position of vice president of development at GRB.
Peter Worsley has left Paris-based Europe Images to begin his own production consultancy business, specializing in wildlife, adventure and science programming. Bruno Le Sassier has taken on Worsley’s responsibilities at the distributor, and has been promoted to the position of director general.
Arlington’s Henninger Media Services has also undergone restructuring. Rob Henninger will remain in the position of chairman of the board and CEO, while Stewart Nazzarro has been appointed executive vice president and COE. Bob Wright, formerly general manager, will now serve as senior vice president of sales, while Spence Burton adds the title of vice president of internet services to his mandate as marketing manager.
London’s Fact Based Communications has named Nicholas Morgan to the newly created position of chief operating officer. Morgan joins FBC after a six-year engagement as regional director, Asia-Pacific, for Associated Press Television News.