Pittman leaves AOL Time Warner; September Films brings in three fresh faces; Samford named Jackson Hole exec. director
July 25, 2002

A management shuffle at AOL Time Warner sees the resignation of Robert Pittman as COO and the movement of several top people. Jeff Bewkes, former chairman and CEO of HBO, will become chairman of the new entertainment and networks group, which comprises HBO, New Line Cinema, The WB, Turner Networks, Warner Bros. and Warner Music. Chris Albrecht, former president of HBO original programming, will succeed Bewkes as chairman and CEO of HBO. Don Logan has been named chairman of the new media and communications group, which includes America Online, Time and Time Warner Cable. Logan was formerly chairman and CEO of Time. Ann Moore will replace Logan as chairman and CEO of Time. Moore was formerly executive VP of Time.

London-based September Films has three new appointments: Catherine Welton as head of popular documentaries, Lisa Edwards as head of factual entertainment and Donna Clark as head of youth entertainment. Welton was previously freelancing, Edwards comes from Carlton Television and Clark was most recently at ITN-owned indie Visual Voodoo.

Lisa Samford is the new executive director of The Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival. Samford, a doc-maker, has served as director of the festival for the past six years. Samford replaces Mary Ford, who is retiring as exec director.

Fireworks Television has appointed Michael Weisbarth as president of the L.A.-based prodco. Weisbarth was formerly West Coast head of drama programming at A&E. Meanwhile, Daniel Tibbets, VP of entertainment for Fireworks, has left to become VP, production of Twentieth Television.

Mike Morley has been named executive director of the licensing unit within Endemol International in Hilversum, The Netherlands. Morely succeeds Peter Langenberg, who was interim exec director for the past few months, and Gary Carter, who left the formats company earlier this year. Morley was previously managing director of Warsaw, Poland-based television prodco Endemol Neovision.

Ruth Williams has been appointed sales director of U.K.-based distributor Iskra Television. Williams was most recently sales director for Bullseye Television.

Some appointments at Hallmark Channel: Pam Slay has been promoted to the post of executive director of communications and publicity; Paulette Song, formerly manager, corporate communcations and publicity for MTV Networks in New York, replaces Slay at Hallmark; and Francisco Ochoa joins as photo manager, communications and publicity.

About The Author
Senior staff writer Frederick Blichert comes to realscreen with a background as a journalist and freelance film critic. He has previously written for VICE, Paste Magazine, Senses of Cinema, Xtra, Canadian Cinematographer and elsewhere. He holds a Master of Arts in film studies from Carleton University and a Master of Journalism from the University of British Columbia.