People on the Move

Reed Midem loses its chief; the BBC names a news arts editor; NatGeo Asia appoints a VP of broadcasting
May 23, 2002

Xavier Roy is stepping down as chief executive of Reed Midem after 13 years at the helm. Paul Zilk, who has been working closely with Roy for about a year, will take over the position effective January 1, 2003. Roy will work in a part-time capacity during 2003 to guide Zilk in the transition.

Kim Thomas has been named editor of arts series for the BBC. Thomas was previously deputy channel director of the digital channel Artsworld.

David Gunson has been appointed VP of broadcasting for National Geographic Channel Asia. Gunson is currently creative director for the channel. Meanwhile, Wei Jingyi, has been named VP of China business development for National Geographic Channel Asia.

Barbara Fisher, has been named executive VP, entertainment for Lifetime Entertainment Services in New York, which includes Lifetime Television, Lifetime Movie Network and Lifetime Real Women. Fisher will oversee all scheduling, programming and production for Lifetime. She is currently president of Universal Studios Network Programming.

Jennifer Buzzelli has been named acquisitions executive for Crown Media International in New York. Buzzelli was previously VP, international sales, for Beyond Distribution in New York.

Kathy O’Hearn, executive VP of CNN‘s American Morning with Paula Zahn, has resigned. O’Hearn, who was previously exec VP of CNNfn and CNN Business News, has left to pursue other career opportunities. No replacement has been named.

Jeff Zucker will expand his role as president of NBC Entertainment to include NBC Studios and NBC Enterprises, which were previously the responsibilities of NBC West Coast president Scott Sassa. Sassa’s position will be formally incorporated into the role of the entertainment president. Sassa will remain with NBC to pursue strategic projects. Zucker has been president of entertainment since December 2000, and developed series such as Fear Factor in the summer of 2001. Sassa became president of NBC West Coast in May 1999.

Beth Wolfe is leaving her exec VP of corporate services post at PBS. Wolfe, who oversaw financial operations, joined the network in 1985 as controller. She was named chief financial officer in 1988 and executive VP in 1999.

About The Author
Daniele Alcinii is a news reporter at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joins the rs team with journalism experience following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.