People on the Move

A weekly update of who has shifted places in the global doc industry.
April 19, 2001

The Walt Disney Company has named Steven Bornstein as president, ABC Television. He will oversee the ABC Television Network, its ten TV stations, and Buena Vista Television. Bornstein replaces Robert Callahan.

New York’s A&E Network has promoted Laura Fleury from supervising producer to director, documentary programming.

Yahoo! has tapped Warner Brother’s Terry Semel to become chairman and CEO, effective May 1. Semel succeeds Tim Koogle, who will remain with the internet portal as a member of the board.

The Eastman Kodak Company has appointed Patricia Russo president and COO.

The Canadian Television Fund – a private-public partnership between the Canadian government and the Canadian cable industry – has promoted Garry Toth to CEO. He now oversees the CTF’s License Fee Program and the Equity Investment Program (administered by Telefilm Canada). His previous post as director of the License Fee Program has been filled by Louise Baillargeon.

Hinz Thym is leaving his post as head of internal sales, marketing and acquisitions for CLT/Ufa, a subsidiary of the RTL Group. He will remain a consultant to the entity, but plans to establish a sales, production and financing company.

International reality and program development company CABLEready has named Louis Occhicone VP of program operations. He will oversee the sales staff as well as manage all contracts, creation of sales material and coordination of the company’s convention activities.

VH1′s Eddie Dalva has taken on new responsibilities as senior VP, programming, coproductions, and creative affairs for both VH1 and CMT: Country Music Television.

Liz Skoler has moved from VP, business affairs to VP, coproductions at MTV.

Fact-Based Communications has welcomed Mike Morrison as president of Fact-Based Communications Television, a newly created post. Previously with Bloomberg Television, he will now manage sales, marketing, distribution and production of FBC’s current television properties.

Scott Drake has moved into the post of VP of information technology at CNBC in the U.S, where he will help oversee digitization efforts.

The Sundance Channel has promoted Rob Sussman to executive VP, although he retains his title as chief financial officer.

Betsy Rella has left Viacom/MTV to join Lifetime Entertainment Services as VP, research. Also, John Doherty was appointed VP, advertising sales, Eastern region.

The Weather Channel has announced a number of new appointments: Lisa Chang to VP, human resources at; Sarah Davis to VP, strategy and development; Mardell Artis shares the title of director, corporate development with Harold Lewis; Sarah Davis was named VP, strategy and development; and Felicia McDade is director, business development.

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Jonathan Paul is a Toronto-based writer into creativity, content, advertising, tech, comics, video games, film, TV, time and space travel.