People on the Move

A weekly update of who has shifted places in the global doc industry
May 31, 2001

Shane Danielsen has been appointed the next artistic director of the Edinburgh International Film Festival. He succeeds Lizzie Francke, who will step down after this year’s event, which takes place mid-August.

Court TV has promoted Marlene Dann to senior VP, daytime programming.

Pearson Television North America has named Cecile Frot-Coutaz executive VP, commercial and operations.

New Canadian specialty outlet the Independent Film Channel (IFC), has welcomed Johanna Lunn Montgomery as director of programming. The channel is set to launch in September.

Hamburg, Germany-based Me, Myself and Eye Entertainment (MME) has hired Stefan Wieduwilt to the new position of program director. He is charged with developing television formats for both the German and international markets.

Discovery Networks International has promoted Robert Perez to the newly created position of VP, international integrated advertising sales. He will be based in New York.

As a result of the recent people shuffle at NBC, Bret Marcus has accepted the post of executive producer for MSNBC’s The News with Brian Williams.

Mike Smith, chief executive of Hughes Electronics (parent company of DirecTV) has retired. He has been replaced by Harry Pearce.

Dick Ross of USA Cable has been elevated from senior VP, network operations to senior VP, operations and production.

Two new appointments have been announced at Bravo Networks: Michael Ruggiero has been appointed director, scheduling and operations for The Independent Film Channel; Cynthia Anderson has been named manager, scheduling and operations, Bravo and IFC.

Patricia Thomson has stepped down from her position as editor-in-chief of The Independent: Film and Video Monthly. The post, which Thomson occupied for 10 years, will now be held by Beth Pinsker.

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.