People on the Move

Mark Strickson heads programming at OSF; Dermot Short jumps from Discovery Europe to Zone Vision; Belisa Balaban joins Actual Reality Pictures.
November 15, 2001

Mark Strickson will join Southern Star‘s Oxford Scientific Films as head of programming. Strickson was previously producer in charge of presenter-led programming for United Wildlife.

Dermot Short, Discovery Networks Europe‘s deputy managing director, is now Zone Vision‘s new CEO. Starting in January 2002, Short will head up channel business across central and Eastern Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Latin America for U.K.-based producer-distributor Zone Vision.

Jack Kaufman has joined California-based Indigo Films as series producer. Kaufman previously produced documentaries for National Geographic and has currently produces episodes of History Undercover for The History Channel.

Belisa Balaban has been made VP of development and current programming for filmmaker R.J. Cutler‘s U.S.-based Actual Reality Pictures. Balaban was previously with the WB, where she worked on series such as Popstars and Grosse Pointe.

John Leach has been promoted to managing director of U.K.-based independent production company Sunset+Vine, part of the Television Company. Leach’s promotion follows the appointment of previous managing director Jeff Foulser to the role of CEO of TV Corp.

E! Networks has appointed Kary McHoul and Jeff Shore VPs of development. McHoul will focus on out-of-house programming, while Shore will concentrate on the cultivation of in-house programming. Meanwhile, Michelle Levesque has been made VP of international channels.

U.S.-based Granada Entertainment has named Wendy Nordstrom director of series development. Her responsibilities will include the creation of American series from British formats.

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Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.