Discovery Health Media’s former director of production, Donald Thoms, has been promoted to VP of production. In his new post, Thoms will continue to oversee original productions, as well as manage all television content. Production plans for television, online and other businesses will also be his responsibility. Before joining Discovery, Thoms was VP for program management at PBS.
In the wake of Elizabeth Couturier’s departure, France 3 has set about re-organizing its magazine and documentary department. Patrick Charles will now helm social docs and magazines, Claude Couderc will head magazines, and Patricia Boutinard-Rouelle will manage culture and knowledge docs. The activities of the various sections will be choreographed by Bertrand Mosca, who will head the department, replacing Couturier.
The U.K.’s Channel 4 is shifting personnel. Alan Hayling will replace John Richmond as the documentary commissioning editor responsible for corresponding with regional independents. Richmond was promoted to commissioning editor for schools. The deputy commissioning editor, independent film and video post has been filled by Jess Search. Amongst her new duties, Search – formerly a producer and director with London-based Soul Purpose Productions – will be responsible for gay and lesbian production.
Alix Tidmarsh has been appointed general manager factual group for BBC Worldwide’s global marketing and brand development division. Tidmarsh is the former brand manager for natural history and science, BBC Worldwide.
Cable broadcaster Court TV has promoted Art Bell, formerly executive VP programming and strategic planning, to executive VP programming and marketing. In addition to managing Court TV’s programming and production, Bell now oversees consumer marketing initiatives and will help develop the brand through positioning initiatives.
The BBC has appointed Jane Scott controller, strategic marketing for BBC TV. In her new post, Scott will develop strategy and marketing for BBC1, BBC2, BBC Choice, and BBC Knowledge. Scott was formerly controller of TV strategy.
Tom Harbeck, previously with the Sundance Channel as executive VP of programming/creative director, and with Nickelodeon as senior VP of marketing and on-air promotions/creative director, is moving to L.A. to become IFILM’s senior vice president of programming, marketing and creative director.
Digital motion imaging venture Cinesite (an Eastman Kodak company) has appointed Colin Brown and Ruth Scovill to helm the business. Brown, the former head of London-based Cinesite (Europe) Limited, is now CEO of Cinesite, worldwide, and coo of Cinesite (Europe) Limited. Scovill leaves her post with corporate strategic planning at DreamWorks SKG to become president and coo for Hollywood-based Cinesite, Inc.
Leticia Estrada was appointed director of sales administration for Salsa Distribution’s Miami office. Estrada will manage contract administration and be involved with service and sales support. Estrada comes to Salsa from Worldvision Enterprises, where she was involved with sales to Latin America. At Salsa’s Paris office, Cathy Leclere, formerly operations coordinator, has been promoted to marketing manager.
Columbia TriStar International Television has appointed John Cuddihy senior VP sales, Latin America and Caribbean. Cuddihy’s new responsibilities include overseeing CTIT and Telemundo sales. Cuddihy previously held the post of VP and managing director for the international division of A&E Television Networks.