People on the Move

Endemol welcomes back past staffer; Lifetime appoints a new VP; Tyrone hires head to handle formats
March 7, 2003

A mere six months after leaving to join New Zealand’s Touchdown Television (see RealScreen Plus, August 22, 2002), Peter Van den Bussche has rejoined Endemol as senior licensing manager. Van den Bussche will head up the company’s further expansion into the U.S., Australia, New Zealand and the U.K. His rehiring follows other recent top appointments at the format-famous prodco, such as Peter Langenberg as executive director of operations, Latin America, and Julian Curtis as licensing manager for ready-made sales.

Val Boreland has been appointed VP, scheduling, planning and acquisitions, for Lifetime Entertainment Services. Boreland’s responsibilities will include overseeing Lifetime’s three cable channels (Movie Network, Real Women and Television).

Irish indie TV prodco Tyrone Productions has appointed veteran producer Mary Richmond as head of entertainment. Among Richmond’s responsibilities will be overseeing the development of new factual formats for the Irish, UK and international markets.

Brighton, U.K.-based factual distrib Electric Sky announced the appointment of former ITEL executive Chris Fletcher to the new position of head of sales.

Gerhard Zeiler has filled the vacancy at the RTL Group left by outgoing chief executive Didier Bellens (see RealScreen Plus, February 27, 2003). Zeiler will continue on in his current position of chief executive of RTL Television, but will take on his new responsibilities effective immediately.

Canada’s CHUM Limited has rejigged its management structure for the company. A newly formed management operating committee will head up CHUM’s day-to-day operations and report directly to the president, Jay Switzer. So far, the appointees to this team include Stephen Tapp, formerly VP and GM of CHUM’s Citytv Toronto to VP, television; and David Kirkwood, formerly VP, sales and marketing for CHUM Television to executive VP, sales and marketing, radio and television. Other committee members will be named at a later date.

Cable network The Discovery Times Channel, a joint venture between Discovery Communications and The New York Times, has chosen Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Sheryl WuDunn to anchor Page One, a new three-minute program that will debut on March 25. WuDunn will also be the principal writer. The show previews the next day’s front page of The New York Times and will also carry interviews with the newspaper’s editors and reporters.

The board of governors for the British Film Institute has appointed Amanda Nevill as its new director. Nevill will remain in her current position as head of the National Museum of Photography, Film and Television before assuming her new role in June.

Video, film and new media services provider Henninger Media Services has promoted Doug Miller to the new position of sales and marketing director. Miller worked as a sales director for a year, before which he was director of sales for Qwest Digital Media.

Toronto, Canada-based prodco Fireworks International has promoted Clare Caufield to the position of VP, marketing and communications. Caufield was previously the distributor’s director of marketing.

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