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The Academy of TV Arts and Sciences appoints a new COO; Australia's Film Commission extends the term of its chief exec; Scottish Screen gets a new chair
September 5, 2002

Todd Leavitt, the former managing director of film financing and television packaging for boutique Tulip Media, has been appointed president and COO of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (ATAS). In his new role, Leavitt will supervise ATAS’ staff and oversee day-to-day activities of the Academy, the non-profit organization that produces the Emmy Awards along with Emmy Magazine, the Archive of American Television, the ATAS Foundation Library and the College Television Awards.

Kim Dalton will return as chief executive of the Australian Film Commission for a further three years. Dalton joined the AFC in the summer of 1999; her new term finishes at the end of 2005.

Ray Macfarlane has been appointed to a three-year term as the new chair of Scottish Screen, a Glasgow-based organization that encourages and promotes film, television and new media in Scotland. Macfarlane succeeds James Lee, whose four-year term ended in May. Macfarlane is a senior director of business banking at the Bank of Scotland.

DirecTV Latin America has named Jose Rocha VP of operations and productions. He will oversee programming operations and creative services, and will be responsible for network operations and regional broadcast centers in Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, Venezuela, and the California broadcast center in Long Beach.

Former senior manager of business integration at AOL/Time Warner in Brazil, Carla Affonso Barletta has been appointed managing director of Endemol Globo, a television prodco that sprung from a joint venture between TV Globo and Edemol.

Scott Lewers has joined Oxygen Media in New York as director of programming, scheduling and planning. He was previously with Lifetime Entertainment as manager of programming, scheduling and acquisitions.

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Managing editor with realscreen publication, an international print and online magazine that covers the non-fiction film and television industries. Darah is an award-winning journalist who has spent over two decades covering a wide range of issues from real estate and urban development to immigration, politics and human rights, primarily with The Vancouver Sun. Prior to joining realscreen, she was editor of Stream Daily, realscreen's sister publication covering the dynamic global digital video industry. She also served a stint as a war reporter in Afghanistan for television and print, and was a national business blogger with Yahoo Canada.