AMPAS grows its board of governors by two; AOL hires a new chief; Tiger Aspect changes its management structure
August 8, 2002

The documentary branch of AMPAS (Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences>) in Beverly Hills, U.S. has elected Michael Apted and Arthur Dong to the organization’s board of governors.

Jonathan F. Miller, who resigned from his post as president of USA Networks’ information and services division in June, has been hired by AOL Time Warner as chief executive of the company’s America Online division.

U.K.-based indie Tiger Aspect has done some reshuffling: former joint managing director Charles Brand is relinquishing his management duties to return to the company’s production sphere, where he will head a new department seeking commissions for features and history programs. Andy Zein is left the sole MD.

After 10 years as head of foreign program acquisitions, Kees Oversier has quit the Holland Media Group (parent company of Dutch broadcasters RTL4, RTL5 and Yorin) due to changes in HMG’s program acquisition policy.

Bob Massie, ex-head of entertainment at Granada Media’s LWT, will join U.K.-based indie TWI as head of their newly established entertainment division.

Finland-based Freemantle Entertainment Oy, the light entertainment production arm of Freemantle Media – one of Europe’s largest producers/international distributors of television programming – has just gained a new managing director. Caspar Klaus Sonvis Berntzen, former managing director at Switzerland’s Oy Boxer TV Ab, left for Freemantle after establishing Boxer’s Finnish subsidiary.

Mitch Levine, former production director for the IFP/West Los Angeles Film Festival and the AFI International Film Festival, has been appointed executive director and CEO – responsible for roster selection and scheduling — for the Palm Springs International Film Festival (January 9 to 20, 2003) and the Palm Springs International Festival of Short Films (August 6 to 12, 2002).

Janet Hill, former EVP, publicity, for L.A.-based Miramax Films has been picked to head up West Coast communications for MTV Networks.

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