According to The Guardian, Keith Scholey, head of the BBC’s Natural History Unit, is about to step down in order to become full-time controller of the BBC’s specialist factual department.
The TriBeCa Film Festival announced the appointment of Peter Scarlet as its executive director. Scarlet headed the San Francisco International Film Festival for 18 years, ending in 2001, and was most recently the director of Paris-based Cinémathèque Française.
Discovery Networks, U.S. has a new VP of program planning: Dan Salerno. Salerno has been with Discovery for 16 years and was most recently VP of programming for the Discovery Channel. He now presides over programming content for all of Discovery’s U.S. channels.
E! Networks has established a new entertainment division that will be headed by Jeff Shore, the current VP of development for the new E! Studios, which includes E! Entertainment Television and Style Network. Shore will be responsible for original internal production. In addition, Kary McHoul has been appointed head of development.
After 23 years at the helm of Filmfest Munich, Eberhard Hauff plans to retire next September, following the 2003 edition of the event he founded. His replacement will be Andreas Max Stroehl, who will take over the position in October 1, but will join the staff in April as deputy managing director. Stroehl is currently with the Goethe Institute.
Welsh broadcaster S4C International has announced the promotion of Wyn Innes to acting executive chairman of its digital terrestrial television operator SDN. He is currently the managing director of S4C International, a role he will continue to fulfill.
The U.S. Public Broadcasting Service has announced the appointment of Lea Sloan to the newly created position of VP, media relations. Sloan was previously the senior VP of cable marketing and PR for Paxson Communications’ PAX TV.
PBS also announced the promotion of Deron Triff to the new position of VP, digital ventures. His main responsibility will be to develop digital TV and interactive media opportunities. Triff is currently the senior director of digital content strategy and interactive television.