People on the Move

TVNZ shuffles its execs; Discovery Networks Asia gets a new head; Beyond Distribution names a new general manager
June 6, 2002

Chief executive of Auckland’s Television New Zealand Ian Fraser is restructuring management within the pubcaster. Shaun Brown, head of television, will be let go and the post will be split into two parts: head of programming and head of new business development. Brown hasn’t said what he plans to do next. As well, Heaton Dyer, head of news & current affairs, will now report directly to Fraser.

Fang Chang will head up Discovery Networks Asia‘s new office in Beijing, which is being temporarily housed at the site of partner Encore International. Chang, who will become VP of operations, joins the company and will open the office July 1. Chang was previously business director for Zenith Media in Taiwan and deputy GM of Singapore broadcaster TCS‘ outlet in Taiwan.

In other Discovery news, Dea Connick Perez has been named VP of programming and operations for Discovery Kids in New York. Perez was previously VP of programming for the Cartoon Network. As well, Vera Buzanello has been promoted to VP of affiliate sales and relations for Discovery Networks Latin America/Iberia. Buzanello was previously regional director.

Aussie distrib Beyond International has appointed two new executives to be based in London. Liliana Lombardero has been named general manager of Beyond Distribution, while Hilary Davis will be head of film sales for Beyond Films. Lombardero will manage the staff in the television distrib division in London, New York and Sydney. Lombardero was most recently director of sales for RM Associates in London. Davis was most recently director of sales and marketing for Alibi Films International.

John F. Lansing has been promoted to senior VP for the 10 television stations within The E.W. Scripps Company, the media concern which owns Food Network, Fine Living, Do It Yourself Network and Home & Garden Television in the U.S. Lansing was previously VP.

Suzanne French has joined Toronto-based prodco Portfolio Entertainment as interim VP of development. French was formerly VP, TV production for Alliance Atlantis Communications.

Diana Sanchez has been named international programmer for the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). Sanchez, who has worked for the festival since 1998, replaces the late Ramiro Puerta. Sean Farnel remains the programmer for TIFF’s Real to Reel program.

The Miami Film Festival has named Nicole Guillemet as its new director. Guillmet was formerly co-director of the Sundance Film Festival. Guillemet succeeds Dave Poland, who was director of the 2002 Miami Film Festival.

J. Carter Brown, chairman of arts channel Ovation in the U.S., has resigned from his post due to health reasons. Brown co-founded the channel six years ago while he was director of the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.

Doug Ballin has been promoted to VP of affiliate relations for CNN Newsource Sales. Ballin will be responsible for affiliate relations in the U.S. and Canada.

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