Eric Ober, president and general manager of U.S.-based Food Network, is leaving the channel to take on new responsibilities at parent company E.W. Scripps. Judy Girard, former senior VP of programming and content development, will be Ober’s replacement.
Long-standing coordinator of docs at France 3, Elizabeth Couturier, will leave the channel at the end of January. Couturier will be replaced by Patricia Boutinard Rouelle. During her time with France 3, Couturier made a significant contribution to the development of documentary programming, with responsibility for commissioning in areas as diverse as investigative journalism, creative docs, science and history. Docos.com
In a change which could have major implications for documentary makers, Simon Shaps is to move to the managing director’s post at Granada Media Productions (GMP). Previously head of programs at Granada Television, Shaps replaces joint-MDs Andrea Wonfor and Jules Burns. A significant part of Shaps’ role will be to further develop GMP’s expanding international production presence and its new media and internet interests. Docos.com
Bravo Networks in the U.S. is boosting its production departments with several additions. Shari Levine will join Bravo as executive producer of Bravo Profiles. Levine has served with CBS and ABC News. Nicholas Psaltos (Discovery Multimedia/A&E) will be added in the newly-created position of director of acquisitions and program administration. Christian Barcellos, who joined Bravo parent company Rainbow Media in 1995, has been named director of packaging and productions. Debbie DeMontreux has been promoted to the position of director of development and production. Christine Lubrano is the new manager of packaging and production.
The History Channel has appointed Carl Meyer to the position of regional managing director for the Asia Pacific territory, a position based in Hong Kong. Meyer most recently served as the managing director for Marigot Communications in that same city.
NVC Arts in London has appointed Elfyn Morris as senior sales executive for Scandinavia, Germany, South Africa, Ireland and English Canada. Morris joins nvc from Mayfair Television, where he served as senior sales executive since July, 1999.
Christina Thomas, president of Primetime Entertainment for the last seven years, has left to form Jigsaw, a venture which will help partner producers with financing opportunities in the U.S., Canada and the U.K. Thomas’ initial focus will be in the genres of factual and music programming.
American Movie Classics has promoted Nancy McKenna to VP of production. Prior to joining AMC, McKenna worked at ABC in the U.S., in various production positions. One of McKenna’s new responsibilities will be documentary programming.
Julius Cain has been promoted to vice president of coproductions and sales at BBC Sales in New York. Cain has served as director of BBC Sales since he joined the company in 1985. Prior to that, Cain served at WYES, PBS’ New Orleans outlet.
Cawthra Burns has been named head of marketing and communications at Toronto’s Catalyst Entertainment. Burns recently served as communications manager for Alliance Atlantis Broadcasting.