People on the Move

A weekly update of who has shifted places in the global doc industry.
March 21, 2001

The Travel Channel has elevated Douglas DePriest to VP, production and development from his previous post as director of production.

Oskar von Preussen will step down from his post as general manager of Discovery in the German-speaking territories, effective March 31, 2001. He will be replaced by Patrick Hoerl, who is presently head of programming. Alexander Schwartz will also move from head of marketing to deputy general manager.

RTL’s group director of strategy and content, Richard Eyre, has vacated his post. Eyre joined Pearson TV in January 2000 as chief executive, but was given his most recent title after Pearson merged with CLT-ufa.

Pierre Lampron, president and CEO of Canadian distrib TVA International, has been appointed to the Banff Television Foundation board of directors.

National Geographic Channel’s exec VP of marketing and new media, Dennis Patton, will be leaving the network at the end of March. He will remain as a consultant for the channel and other clients after his departure.

Michael Silberman of has been elevated from executive editor at the Redmond, U.S. office to managing editor, East Coast. Relocating to the Secaucus, New Jersey bureau, Silberman will now oversee’s programming and news gathering efforts with MSNBC cable and NBC News, as well as managing broadband and interactive programming projects.

Henninger Media Services has posted John McCullough in the newly created position of corporate VP of sales and business development.

New York’s Sekani has appointed Laurence Rebich chief sales and marketing officer.

Frank DeFina has been named president of Panasonic Broadcast and Television Systems. He will serve concurrently as president of the Panasonic Security & Digital Imaging Company.

About The Author
Managing editor with realscreen publication, an international print and online magazine that covers the non-fiction film and television industries. Darah is an award-winning journalist who has spent over two decades covering a wide range of issues from real estate and urban development to immigration, politics and human rights, primarily with The Vancouver Sun. Prior to joining realscreen, she was editor of Stream Daily, realscreen's sister publication covering the dynamic global digital video industry. She also served a stint as a war reporter in Afghanistan for television and print, and was a national business blogger with Yahoo Canada.