People on the Move

Five shortlists eight candidates to replace Airey; Nat Geo Ventures appoints a new president; Canada's Rogers Cable appoints a new chairman
December 19, 2002

The search for someone to replace former head of the U.K.’s Five (formerly Channel 5) Dawn Airey has been narrowed down to a shortlist of roughly eight names, according to The Guardian. At the top of the list is David Frank, RDF’s founder and chief executive. (RDF is the prodco responsible for the popular Channel 4 format Faking It). Airey left Five in September to head up BskyB’s Sky Networks. The position is not expected to be filled before the new year.

Washington, D.C.-based National Geographic Ventures, a subsidiary of the National Geographic Society, has announced the appointment of Dennis Patrick as its new president. Formerly the president of AOL Wireless and CEO of Time Warner, Patrick will be responsible for Nat Geo’s television and feature-film production, as well as the cable channels.

The board of Toronto, Canada-based cablecaster Rogers Cable Inc. announced the appointments of John H. Tory to the position of chairman and Edward Rogers as president and chief operating officer. Tory is currently the CEO of the cable company, a position that he will maintain. Both appointments will take effect in January 2003.

Robert S. Lemle has resigned from his position as general counsel to Cablevision Systems and will leave at the end of the year. Lemle will remain on the company’s board of directors and will act as a senior legal advisor.

About The Author
Senior staff writer Frederick Blichert comes to realscreen with a background as a journalist and freelance film critic. He has previously written for VICE, Paste Magazine, Senses of Cinema, Xtra, Canadian Cinematographer and elsewhere. He holds a Master of Arts in film studies from Carleton University and a Master of Journalism from the University of British Columbia.