People on the Move

Oxygen Media shuffles the ranks, and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences elects a new president.
August 16, 2001

Oxygen Media has made some changes: Elizabeth Cullen, former director of acquisitions and coproductions has been promoted to VP; executive producer Nicolette Donen has been appointed VP of development (West Coast); VP of on- air promotions Brigitte McCray has been named VP of programming; and former development rep at Panamort TV Jennifer Cunningham has joined Oxygen as VP of development.

Sarah Frank has joined U.S. public TV station Thirteen/WNET as VP and director of education.

Court TV has promoted Jennifer Randolph, former senior director of public and government affairs, to VP of public affairs and education.

Lions Gate Television Distribution has appointed Douglas Friedman, former president of Malibu Marketing, senior VP of worldwide television marketing for Lions Gate TV.

Universal Studios Television Distribution has announced three appointments: Marc Grayson has been named VP of basic cable sales; Chris Gerondale has been named VP of research; and Beth Minehart has been named senior VP of business development.

Nancy LaPerla, former director of marketing at AMC Networks, was promoted to senior VP of advertising and sponsorships sales.

Following the purchase of U.S. rights to Who Dares to Win (an Australian version of Fear Factor), Game Show Network president and CEO Rich Cronin announced the appointment of Bob Boden to the position of head of programming. Boden succeeds Jake Tauber, who left two months ago.

Writer/Director Frank Pierson has been elected president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, succeeding Robert Rehme who served the maximum four-year term. Alan Bergman has been elected president of the Academy Foundation, the educational and cultural arm of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

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