Founder and former executive vp of PBS Learning Ventures John Hollar has been appointed president of Pearson Broadband Education Television, a new venture that will deliver educational material on both wired and wireless networks.
Allen Sabinson has been appointed senior VP, programming at A&E, and will now manage documentary and reality series such as Biography and Investigative Reports. Sabinson – who has worked with Miramax Films, TNT, ABC and Showtime – joined the network two years ago as a consultant to A&E Original Movies. Sabinson replaces Michael Cascio, who joined NBC News as VP of cable programming development late last year.
The History Channel has promoted former VP of historical docs Charlie Mayday to senior VP of programming. Mayday, who helped launch the channel in 1995, now helms all elements of programming. Mayday joined A&E Networks in 1987 as a supervisor of doc projects.
News Corp. has formed a new enterprise, titled Fox Cable Networks, to house several of its cable channels, including Fox Movie Channel, The Health Network, and National Geographic Channel. Fox Sports Networks president Jeff Shell has been named president and chief executive officer.
Former executive VP and GM of The Travel Channel, Jay Feldman, is leaving to pursue internet opportunities. Feldman joined Travel in January 1998 as senior VP and GM.
KCTS/Seattle Public Television has appointed David Rabinovitch as VP for production. Rabinovitch – who has produced docs for CBS, NBC, PBS, NHK and CTV – will manage program production and liaise with indie producers to develop projects for regional, national and international audiences.
WPA Film Library’s former president Mathew White has joined Nat Geo Television as head of video/film archives and licensing. WPA is not replacing White, who acquired footage and developed projects with a team of three.
After less than two years as president of Fox Broadcasting, Doug Herzog has resigned from the post. Sandy Grushow, chairman of the Fox Television Group, will assume Herzog’s responsibilities until the post is filled.
Canadian broadcaster CHUM Television has promoted Stephen Tapp to the newly created position of VP and general manager, CityTV and CablePulse24. Tapp joined CHUM four years ago as VP and general manager of ChumCity International. Following Mark Rubinstein’s resignation as senior vice president and general manager, ChumCity, Jay Switzer was promoted to the post. Switzer will juggle his new duties with those of his current position as senior VP of programming, CHUM Television. ChumCity Interactive is now managed by Maria Hales, recently appointed as managing director.
After eight years with ABC International, senior sales executive Mark Slattery is leaving to join neighboring company Energee Entertainment.
Bob Storin, former VP marketing and promotion at America’s Voice Television, now joins Discovery Networks, U.S. as director of special events, affiliate sales and marketing.