Jana Bennett has been appointed as director of television for the BBC. She is currently executive VP and general manager with Discovery Communications in the USA and returns to the BBC in April. She formerly held the post of director of production at the Beeb.
In other BBC news, Rebecca Segal, the BBC’s Los Angeles-based senior VP for program acquisitions, will expand her role for the pubcaster to encompass coproduction activities with West Coast networks and producers. Segal joined the BBC in 1996.
Nicole Guillemet, co-director of the Sundance Film Festival, and director of the Sundance Institute’s Documentary Film Program, is leaving the organization this month. Geoff Gilmore, who shared the co-director title with Guillemet, has been named director of the Sundance Film Festival.
Jerry McIntosh has been appointed director of CBC Television‘s newly integrated documentary unit. McIntosh will be responsible for commissioning independent productions for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s documentary series and specials. He was previously the executive producer of documentaries at CBC Newsworld. Marie Natanson will serve as deputy director for the unit.
In related news, Mark Starowicz, executive producer of CBC Television‘s documentary unit, will lead a new documentary initiative called CineNorth – the CBC Documentary Production Unit. The unit will produce Canadian legacy programming and high-end international series.
Dominique Farrugia will take over the role of revamping Canal+‘s French pay TV channel. She replaces Michel Denisot and Alexandre Drubigny. Farrugia, currently head of theme channel Comedie, will take over Feb. 11. Drubigny is leaving the channel, while Denisot will return to Canal+’s sports service, where he will head up the launch of a sports channel.
Paul Roemer will become managing director of Endemol Nederland, effective Jan. 1, 2003. He will succeed Herman van der Zwan, who will step down as of that date. Römer is currently producer of entertainment for Endemol Nederland.
Amy Introcaso-Davis joins Bravo Networks as VP, production and development. Introcaso-Davis was previously VP, series, East Coast, for New York-based Lifetime Television Network.
Evan Sternschein has been appointed senior VP, national advertising sales for Discovery Networks. Sternschein was previously executive VP, sales and marketing solutions for the Excite Network.