People on the move

Granada loses its head; The Canadian Television Fund names a new CEO; Alliance Atlantis increases size of its factual team
August 29, 2002

Steve Morrison is quitting as head of Granada, The Guardian reports. The U.K. company has appointed George Russell, the former deputy chairman of Channel 4, as non-executive deputy chairman. Charles Allen remains chairman. Morrison’s position as CEO will remain vacant, as it will be redundant when Granada and Carlton merge in 18 months, the newspaper said.

Alliance Atlantis of Toronto, Canada has added three people to the Factual and BBC Channels team. Effective September 1, John Gill becomes the department’s senior VP of programming; he was most recently VP of programming for BBC Canada and BBC Kids. Cindy Witten moves up from being VP of programming for History Television to VP of original production for Factual and BBC Channels. And fulfilling the new position of VP, programming acquisitions for the department is Jody Read. Formerly, Read was director of programming for BBC Canada and BBC Kids.

The Canadian Television Fund has appointed Sandra Macdonald president and CEO. Macdonald was chairperson of the National Film Board of Canada from 1995 to 2001. The fund supports domestic TV programming with an annual budget of about CDN$250 million (US$160 million).

Arlington, U.S.-based Henninger Media Services has promoted Scott Witthaus to vice president, operations, as part of a re-organization of staff. He will wear several hats, as he also remains at the helm of the company’s District of Columbia operations, where his title was VP and GM. Additionally, Anthony Johnson, a former GM and director of business development at Henninger, has been named general manager of Henninger Richmond. Adam Kranitz has been hired as manager of business development, also at Henninger Richmond. Formerly he ran an independent creative shop called mediaDC.

Cristina Lowe has been named Explore International‘s senior sales executive responsible for the Americas, Iberia and Israel. The London, U.K. company lured Lowe away from CBC International Sales, were she was a senior sales executive.

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