People on the Move

A weekly update on who has shifted places in the global doc industry.
December 20, 2000

Nick Comer-Calder has left his post as senior VP and U.K. general manager for Discovery Europe. He is reportedly planning to join a broadband venture.

Effective January 1, 2001, Gavyn Davies will take up his newly appointed position as vice-chairman of the BBC. Davies succeeds Baroness (Barbara) Young.

Discovery Wings has welcomed Walter Boyne, former director of the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum, as an aerospace expert-in-residence.

Carl Lindhal has been named VP programming for The History Channel.

The BBC’s Janet Lee is set to join Channel 4′s history, arts and religion department. Lee was the Beeb’s arts commissioning editor.

American Public Television has appointed Cynthia Fenneman president and CEO.

Sarah Singer Schiff of London-based distributor Target is leaving her position as senior sales executive to pursue a career in journalism.

Due to downsizing at Unapix Entertainment, Scott Hanock, managing director of international sales and marketing, has been let go. The move is a result of the company’s November filing of Chapter 11 Bankruptcy.

Chris White has been appointed coordinating producer for PBS’ P.O.V. He replaces Doug Chang, who is now in programming at L.A. pubcaster KCET.

Jeff Zucker, NBC’s Today show executive producer, has been promoted to president, NBC Entertainment. He replaces Garth Ancier.

Quebec, Canada’s TVA Group president Daniel Lamarre, has resigned from his post to become president of Cirque de Soleil’s new ventures business unit.

A&E Television Networks has promoted Robert Edney to VP, advertising sales planning from his former post as account executive.

After five years with CBS Broadcast International, Andi Sporkin is leaving to join Sony as senior VP, communications and talent relations for the U.S. domestic television division (Columbia TriStar Television Distribution).

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Daniele Alcinii is a news reporter at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joins the rs team with journalism experience following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.