People on the Move

A weekly update on who has shifted places in the global doc industry.
January 31, 2001

Carlton Television has restructured its factual department: Polly Bide is now director of the factual group and Nick Bullen, formerly Bide’s deputy, has been promoted to controller, factual entertainment. Eric Harwood has been appointed controller, factual (North), and Paul Trafford has been named managing director, reporting to Eric. Steve Hewlett remains Carlton TV’s director of programs and managing director of productions.

Optomen in the U.K. has named Gill Brown executive producer and Rachael Whalley head of legal and business affairs. Brown was formerly C4′s deputy commissioning editor for history, biography and religion.

Neil Hoffman has taken the post of senior VP, planning scheduling, and acquisitions at Lifetime.

The board of directors for France’s Multithematiques has appointed Pierre Lescure chairman. Lescure then named Bruno Thibaudeau COO.

Formerly president of TV for Unapix Entertainment, Rob Miller is now with N.S. Bienstock. In his new role, Miller will manage television packaging and distribution.

David McIntosh and Janice Tufford have accepted positions as Canadian programmers for the 2001 Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival. Gaylene Gould and Stephen Lan will program the festival’s seminars, symposiums and other industry events.

Discovery Networks International has announced several changes to the structure of its international program sales team. Rex Recka helms the new entity in the newly created role of VP, programming and sales operations, and Tony Harvin joins DNI as director of program sales. Michael Van Bergen was promoted to director, local advertising sales.

London’s Sportsworld Television has appointed Lesley Davies head of production, Europe.

At VH1, Mary Kallaher was made VP, business strategy and development, and Janet Rolle was appointed VP, program enterprises. Paul Gallagher, who was supervising producer of Behind the Music,is now exec producer, West Coast production.

Helen Jurado has been promoted from sales assistant, BBC Worldwide Americas, Latin America and New York, to sales executive, television sales.

Simon Pollock has joined A&E Television Networks International Division as managing director, Europe. He will oversee operations and development for The History Channel and The Biography Channel in Europe.

New York’s MTV has named Rich Eigendorff executive VP and COO. Michael Cole has been appointed VP of MTV Films.

Country Music Television in Nashville, U.S. announced several appointments: Paul Hastaba is now senior VP and GM; Stacey Killian Hagewood has moved to the post of VP, creative; Chris Parr has been promoted to VP of music and talent; and Dixie Weathersby joins the broadcaster as a publicist.

Business affairs and distribution for Turner Network Television will be handled by Susan Oman Gross, who has been tapped the unit’s executive vice president.

Miramax TV & Video has welcomed Mort Marcus to the post of chairman. Marcus’ previous titles include Walt Disney Internet VP of sales and development, and president of Buena Vista TV.

Gullane Entertainment has appointed Giannina Antola VP, group head distribution. She will lead the company’s international distribution, placing emphasis on Europe and Latin America.

Jonathan Shair has joined Starz Encore Group as VP, program scheduling and planning.

Jack Abernethy is now executive VP of Fox News.

Portman Entertainment in London, U.K. has recruited Clive Jordan as head of international sales.

Hallmark Entertainment Networks has appointed Mark Taylor VP, director of sales – Europe, a newly created position.

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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.