MTV Network’s VH1 channel has promoted Todd Schwartz to VP, original programming. Schwartz is now responsible for developing 30-minute, reality-based programs as well as continuing to oversee the ‘current programming’ department. The VP joined VH1 after leaving his post as director, series and specials, East Coast at Lifetime Television.
Discovery Networks Asia president Manny Ayala has resigned her post to join an internet upstart in Hong Kong, and Mark Lay, VP of affiliate sales and relations is taking a year-long hiatus to travel. Judy Harris has joined Discovery as senior VP and GM of the consumer & educational products group. Previously, Harris was involved with marketing and product management at Binney & Smith Crayola Brand, a division of Hallmark.
CineNova Productions’ director of development Tom Perlmutter has been succeeded by Kari Cullen, who leaves her position as executive director with U.K.-based production house Double Exposure to join the company. Perlmutter has joined Toronto-based Primitive Entertainment along with executive producer Ian Kelso of MediaLinx to create multi-media factual programming.
Programmer Hugh McGowan of ABC has resigned. McGowan’s exit comes only a few days after he accepted a newly created position with the Australian pubcaster that would have placed him in charge of its television division.
Heidi Diamond, senior VP of strategic network development and marketing at Food Network, has resigned, effective the end of June. Diamond, who has worked in marketing for both Ameritech and Nickelodeon, leaves during ongoing restructuring at the network which will result in marketing, sales and promotions activities consolidated at the corporate level of parent company Scripps Networks.
Natural History New Zealand has added Andrew Waterworth to its team of executive producers. Waterworth, a science journalist, has worked as a series producer for Beyond Productions, ABC Australia and The Learning Channel/DCI.
Seattle pubcaster KCTS has appointed David Rabinovitch VP of production. In his new role, Rabinovitch will liaise with indies to develop regional, national and international productions, as well as handling program marketing, multimedia efforts and outreach initiatives. Rabinovitch worked as a producer for a variety of broadcasters including NBC, CBS, and Fox.
KCET, PBS’ California-based member station, has hired Debbie Hinton as executive VP of business and development and chief financial officer. Hinton is leaving her post as executive VP of creative ventures at Oregon Public Broadcasting to help KCET develop business opportunities in new and conventional media. She will also oversee the company’s financial operations.