People on the Move

Next chief exec arrives at Five; C4 shuffles staff; a new VP takes charge of Alliance Atlantis' lifestyle
February 13, 2003

The U.K.’s Five (formerly Channel 5) has confirmed Jane Lighting’s appointment as its new chief executive. As reported in Plus on January 30, Lighting is currently head of pay-TV firm Flextech. She takes on her new responsibilities in April.

U.K. broadcaster Channel 4 announced a number of internal changes following the departure of Sara Ramsden, the outlet’s former head of contemporary factual (see Plus, February 1). Peter Dale will now chair the contemporary factual group, which includes documentaries, features and factual entertainment, and news and current affairs; Ben Frow will replace Ramsden as head of the features and factual entertainment group; and Julian Bellamy has been promoted to head of factual entertainment.

Alliance Atlantis Broadcast Group announced the hire of Kirstine Layfield as senior VP, lifestyle programming for the broadcasting division. Beginning on February 24, Layfield will be responsible for cable channels Life Network, HGTV, Food Network Canada and Discovery Health Channel. Layfield was most recently a VP and group publisher at Brunico Communications, RealScreen’s parent company. Prior to her stint with Brunico, she was the senior VP of programming for Hallmark Entertainment’s international channels.

Boston, U.S.-based affiliate WGBH has appointed Julia LeStage as executive producer of international formats. LeStage will be responsible for seeking out suitable documentary programming from the international market. LeStage was previously Channel 4′s head of daytime programming in the U.K.

E! Networks has appointed Stephen H. Schwartz as senior VP, programming, and Heather Moran as VP of programming, Style Network. The two were lured over from TLC, where Schwartz was the executive producer of the popular series Trading Spaces. Moran was TLC’s director of programming.

Toronto, Canada’s doc festival Hot Docs has added four members to its international advisory council: Paola Freccero (Sundance Channel), Andrea Meditch (Discovery Channel U.S.), Catherine Olsen (CBC Newsworld) and Tom Perlmutter (National Film Board of Canada). The council is chaired by Rudy Buttignol, head of docs, drama and network at provincial pubcaster TVOntario.

Montreal, Canada-based prodco Cineflix announced the appointments of Anne-Marie Jean as the new director of productions for Cineflix Montreal, and Gail Gallant as staff co-executive producer at Cineflix in Toronto.

Sony Entertainment Television announced the appointment of Rajan Singh as executive VP for international business for Sony Entertainment Television Asia (SET Asia), Sony’s South Asian cable and satellite TV channel.

Jean Paul Broc Haro has been named CEO of Empresas Cablevision, Mexico’s largest cable operator. He replaces the outgoing CEO, Xavier von Bertrab Mestre. Broc Haro was formerly the GM of media company Grupo Televisa’s pay-TV division.

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