People on the Move

Lifestyle changes at Fine Living and Lifetime TV.
June 28, 2001

Scripps’ new cable network, Fine Living, which is set to debut in early 2002, has named Charles Segars Jr. (former vice president of primetime specials for CBS) senior vice president of programming, production and network strategy. The cable network has also scooped Twentieth Television’s John MacDonald, senior vice president of business operations; Disney’s Robyn Miller, senior vice president of marketing; Fox Family’s Greg Neal, director of creative services; and Carol Hicks, former exec from Scripps’ HGTV, vice president of communications.

Bill Brand, VP of programming and production at New York-based VH1 has been named senior VP of reality programming for Lifetime Television in New York. Lifetime Television has also appointed Alan Sternfeld, former chief content officer at EVEO, senior VP of planning, scheduling and acquisitions. Finally, Lynn Costa left NBC as director of staffing and recruiting to be named Lifetime’s VP of Human Resources.

Producer Elizabeth Porter has joined USA Networks as VP of alternative programming. Porter will be developing reality shows, including late night programs and specials.

Patrick Scott, former executive VP and general manager, has been appointed president of the Weather Channel Networks. In his new position, Scott will report directly to Decker Anstrom, president and CEO.

NATPE has done some reorganizing: Nick Orfanopoulos has been promoted to senior VP, conference operations and sales. He will be taking over the duties of ex-senior VP of marketing Ron Gold who left in the spring. Beth Braen has been upped to senior VP of marketing, and Beth Collins has been named manager of conference and exhibitor services.

Toronto-based AAC Fact is expanding with the appointment of two new producers, Cheryl Knapp and Stephen Milton; a new production manager, Jennifer Horvath; and a new researcher, Alan Wallace.

Bree Ann Murdock has joined San Rafael-based Indigo Films as series producer. Murdock formerly produced docs for the Discovery Channel, and will now be producing Indigo’s mini-series, Out of this World for the Travel Channel.

David Reese, president of ACTV has been given the additional title of CEO, succeeding William Samuels. Samuels, ACTV chairman and CEO since 1994 remains chairman of the interactive TV company.

Ilyse Zeman, production manager at ZM Productions and Brad Lachman Productions in L.A., has moved to Studio City-based Gurin Co. as executive in charge of production.

L.A.-based Hearst Entertainment Productions has appointed Paul Amirault – former producer/research director at L.A.’s LMNO Productions – senior director, development. Alisha Serold – former executive director, production & acquisitions for L.A.’s Harvey Entertainment – has also joined Hearst as director, development.

The Extreme Group, the holding company for the Extreme Sports Channel, appointed William Kelly CEO for the Asia-Pacific region. He comes from NBC Internet in San Francisco, where he served as VP of business development for Entertainment, E-Commerce and Core Products.

New York’s MTV Networks has promoted Alex Ferrari – who has been with MTV for 19 years – to the position of executive VP and CFO.

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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.