Dawn Airey, chief executive for Channel 5, will become chair of the executive committee for the Guardian Edinburgh International Television Festival (GEITF), effective this September. Airey replaces John Willis, who is leaving the U.K. at summer’s end to go to PBS’ WGBH in Boston, U.S. As reported in RealScreen Plus April 25, 2002, Willis will assume the post of head of programming for WGBH. Airey has been involved with the GEITF for several years and was the advisory chair for the festival in 2000.
Stefanie Ziev has been appointed director of development for New York-based Oxygen Media. Ziev is currently producer with The SteFPHanies in Los Angeles. In her new role, Ziev will be responsible for developing new scripted series, as well as reality, talk and hybrid programming.
New York-based prodco Atlas Media has named Maria Lane senior VP of programming. Lane has been VP of programming for Atlas since 1996. In her new role, Lane will add strategic positioning and industry relations to her roster of production and development responsibilities. She joined Atlas in 1993 as a writer/producer.
Lisa Fischer has been named VP, advertising sales eastern region, for Discovery Networks U.S. Fischer was previously director, ad sales eastern region, Discovery Networks U.S.
Larry Aubrey has been named sales director, library sales for New York-based BBC Worldwide Americas. Aubrey was previously director, new business development, for National Geographic Film Library.
Gregory Harrigan has been named director of ad sales for Temecula, California-based Outdoor Channel. Harrigan was formerly ad sales manager for Comcast in Los Angeles.