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John Willis has left his post as managing director for Granada Media's worldwide production. Willis joined Granada last year, after Granada acquired the TV assets of United News & Media, where Willis was chief executive of United Productions.
November 1, 2001

John Willis has left his post as managing director for Granada Media‘s worldwide production. Willis joined Granada last year, after Granada acquired the TV assets of United News & Media, where Willis was chief executive of United Productions.

Peter Worsley (pictured here) has been appointed managing director, international television distribution, for Toronto-based AAC Fact, Alliance Atlantis‘ factual-based programming label. He will work out of London. Worsley spent the last year and a half at his own company, Altitude Rights Consultancy, brokering deals with such broadcasters as C4, NHK, Discovery U.S. and Discovery Europe.

In other Alliance Atlantis news, Craig Merritt has been promoted to senior VP, business operations, television production, for Alliance Atlantis Television Production.

Thomas Heymann is the new senior VP and general manager of the newly formed Biography Channel brand group. Heymann joined A&E Networks, in 1992, and oversaw various new business ventures with A&E, The History Channel and The Biography Channel. Three other additions to the Biography Channel group are: Paulette McLeod, VP and general manager; John Hartinger, VP of marketing; Deirdre O’Hara, director of programming.

Thierry Schluck has been named senior VP, thematic channels at France’s CANAL+ Group. In this role, Schluck will also act as chief executive officer of Universal Studios Networks. He joined CANAL+ in 1987 as VP, finance, for the Group’s subsidiaries.

Vanni Treves has been reappointed chairman of the U.K.’s Channel 4, a post Treves has held since 1998. The new extension will run to the end of 2003.

Andrew Shaw has left his post as head of content at TVNZ. No word yet on his next plans.

Serge Adda has been elected president of France’s TV5 Monde. Adda, former president of CANAL+ Horizons, replaces Jean Stock, who becomes secretary general of the European Radiodiffusion Union.

Jose Manuel Pagani has left his position as executive director of the board of HBO Olé. Pagani was a founding member of HBO Latin America and was its first CEO.

Midi Stormont has been named sales manager current affairs and sport, for content sales at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Stormont previously worked in sales for TVNZ and most recently was an event consultant for Haymarket IPMG Events.

John Keeling becomes the new controller of UKTV, a joint venture between BBC Worldwide and Flextech Television. Keeling was previously European managing director of the Auction Channel.

Loren Mawhinney, VP of Canadian production at Global Television Network, has been elected chair of the Banff Television Foundation‘s board of directors. Mawhinney replaces three-term chair Trina McQueen, who will now become chair of the Foundation’s board of governors and will remain a member of the board of directors. Three new directors have also been appointed: Kathleen McNair, VP, Corus Entertainment Inc.; Jean Merriman, executive VP, White Iron Pictures; and Harold Tichenor, president, Crescent Entertainment Ltd.

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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.

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