Alliance Atlantis' VP of factual networks exits; Cineflix International welcomes new MD; Pan-European broadcaster SBS appoints a CEO
August 15, 2002

Sydney Suissa is leaving Toronto, Canada-based Alliance Atlantis at the end of August. The senior VP of programming for factual networks will become vice president of production at Toronto-based Barna-Alper Productions.

Cineflix, Canadian producer of international non-fiction programming, welcomes Paul Heaney as managing director of Cineflix International, the company’s new London-based distribution arm. In his new post, Heaney will handle international sales and pre-sales for both Cineflix productions and third-party productions.

Pan-European broadcaster SBS has named Markus Tellenbach CEO. The former president/COO was promoted last week, after Michael Finkelstein (former CEO) announced his retirement.

Two members of the Sydney, Australia-based pay TV channel Foxtel, are moving into management positions. Les Sampson, who is currently with XYZ Entertainment (a joint venture between Foxtel and Austar that provides the two networks with five channels) will oversee the management of the History Channel, Fox 8, women’s channel fx, Fox Kids and Fox Classics, come September 1. Ross Crowley, who has served as head of acquisitions for the Fox channels since 1995, is now head of programming for Foxtel.

On September 3, Scot Safon will begin his new role as senior VP of marketing at CNN News Group. Safon steps into his new post from sister company TNT, where he worked for 10 years in advertising and marketing.

Steven Schiffman, former executive VP of marketing at Atlanta-based Weather Channel, has been appointed executive VP of marketing and new media at Washington, D.C.-based National Geographic Channel. He replaces Hilda Chazanovitz, who has returned to her original position as marketing consultant.

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