People on the Move

Bryan Smith gets a promotion; Fine Living finds a programming manager.
July 26, 2001

Angela Morton, COO of National Geographic Channels International has announced the appointment of Bryan Smith (former senior VP of global production), to the position of executive VP of programming and production. The new post gives Smith full responsibility over all aspects of NGCI’s global programming.

In other NGCI news Geoff Daniels, former director of development and supervising producer for National Geographic Television, has been named NGCI’s VP of development and regional production.

CNBC has named Pamela Thomas-Graham CEO. She replaces Bill Bolster, who will head international operations in his new role as CEO of CNBC International.

After serving for five years as Channel 5′s controller of entertainment, Alan Nixon has decided to step down.

Stephanie Eno has been appointed to the position of manager of programming for Scripps Networks’ new cable network, Fine Living. Eno will be responsible for supervising the production and development of original series, as well as programming specials.

Mark LutherMark Ewing Luther, former national accounts director of content, sales and distribution for Laurel-based streaming media company Cidera Inc., has been hired as account director for the affiliate sales and marketing division of Discovery Networks.

Turner Broadcasting veteran Douglas Orr will join TViFusion as executive VP of distribution. Orr’s new position will entail securing cable and DBS distribution agreements on behalf of the company’s new gamut of digital channels, as well as opening four affiliate sales offices in the U.S.

New York-based TNN: The National Network has named Michael Berkman VP, creative director.

Catherine Kerr was promoted to VP of operations for VH1. She had formerly been director.

ESPN is really shaking things up: Sean Bratches, former senior VP of affiliate sales and marketing was promoted to executive VP. Mark Shapiro, former VP and GM of ESPN Classic and ESPN Original Entertainment was named senior VP and GM of programming. John Walsh, former executive editor was appointed senior VP and executive editor. Artie Bulgrin, former VP of research and sales development was promoted to senior VP. Tony Tamburo, former VP of Excite@Home was named senior VP, MIS. Chris Hjelm, former chairman and CEO of Zoho Corporation was named executive VP of broadband network services. Finally, Matthew J. Hart, executive VP and CFO of Hilton Hotels Corporation was appointed to the company’s board of directors.

After serving for four years as executive director of the Screen Producers Association of Australia (SPAA), a producers’ lobby group, Nick Herd has decided to step down.

Marin Karmitz, head of French film group MK2, has replaced Gaumont chief Nicholas Seydoux as president of France’s National Federation of Film Distributors (FNDF).

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