PBS has undergone an executive-level reorganization that sees Wayne Godwin elevated to executive VP and COO from executive VP of Member Affairs. He now manages the daily operations of all PBS divisions, except programming. Judy Harris adds Development to her current title as executive VP of PBS Business; and Beth Wolfe, a 16-year veteran of PBS, is now executive VP of corporate services, moving from her previous role as executive VP and chief administrative officer.
A&E Television has named Thomas Heymann senior VP and general manager of The Biography Channel. He will helm the Biography Channel brand. Also on board is John Hartinger, as VP of marketing; Deirdre O’Hearn, as director of programming; and Paulette McLeod, as VP, GM and editor-in-chief of Biography Magazine.
Zone Vision, a London-based thematic channel producer and distributor, has welcomed Discovery Network Europe‘s deputy managing director Dermot Shortt to the position of CEO. Shortt will oversee the company’s seven channels, and will be responsible for continued expansion into Western Europe and the U.K.
Jonathan Shier has left the Australian Broadcasting Corporation only 19 months after being hired into management. His departure ends a period of controversy in which key executives were dismissed, long-standing programs were terminated and the channel’s ratings dropped.
E! Networks has named Michelle Levesque VP of international channels. She was previously at Universal Studios as director of financial planning and analysis for the Universal Television Group.
Stephen Chao has resigned as president of USA Cable. His staff will now report directly to Michael Jackson, who was hired as president and CEO of USA Entertainment three months ago.
September Films has named Sam Brick, formerly head of entertainment and factual programs for Sky One, as director of programs.
Patrick Connolly, executive director of programming and development for Fox Family Worldwide in Los Angeles, U.S., has been appointed VP of Fox Kids.
Endemol has promoted Peter Langenberg, previously general manager of program affairs, to director of operations, Latin America. He will manage the company’s activities in Mexico, Brazil and Argentina, but will remain based at Endemol’s offices in The Netherlands.
Vision TV has announced that Mark Prasuhn has advanced to the post of COO, but will maintain his role as general manager of One: the Body, Mind and Spirit channel.
U.K.-based Zeal Television has appointed Barbara Lee head of development. Lee was previously a producer at Hat Tricks Productions and Tiger Aspect Productions. Ed Sharples also joins the company as international executive producer. He is currently producing for Pepsi Chart International.
Jim Hunn has joined Discovery Networks U.S. as VP of marketing for Animal Planet. He leaves his post as partner and chief creative officer at Earle Palmer Brown/Washington.
Henninger Media Services has promoted Steven Schupak to VP of strategic marketing and business development.
Marketing for Alliance Atlantis Interactive is now headed up by Sara Schlatter, marketing director, interactive.