People on the Move

Rodgers resurfaces, Explore poaches C4I exec, and the Beeb acquires McGhee from Carlton
March 27, 2003

Johnathan Rodgers is back at the helm of a yet-to-be-named cable network. Nearly a year after his departure from Discovery Networks U.S. (see RealScreen Plus, March 1, 2002), Rodgers has been named president and CEO of a new TV network aimed at African-American viewers. The network, a joint venture between cable operator Comcast Corporation and broadcaster Radio One, will launch later this year.

Barbara Bellini has joined London, U.K.-based disrib Explore International as executive director. The former director of coproduction & sales at Channel 4 International will lead the expansion of the company’s international sales, coproduction and co-financing activities.

Explore has also appointed Farah Devji as head of marketing. Devji was most recently at BBC Worldwide, where she was head of marketing, channels.

The Beeb announced the appointment of George McGhee to the position of controller for BBC program acquisition, effective April. McGhee is currently at Carlton, where he is director of Carlton cinema.

American news anchor Connie Chung has left CNN. After the U.S. network cancelled her primetime program, Connie Chung Tonight, Chung was offered ‘another on-air opportunity’, which she turned down. Chung joined CNN just over a year ago (see RealScreen Plus, January 24, 2002).

The Icelandic Film Center, a new body that effectively replaces the Icelandic Film Fund, recently appointed Laufey Gudjonsdottir to a five-year term as its director. Gudjonsdottir is currently head of program acquisitions at the Icelandic National Television station. In addition, two other appointments were announced: Gudrun Edda Thorhannesdottir as head of international relations and Hjortur Gretarsson as producer. Kristin Palsdottir (of the now dissolved Film Fund) will remain as film consultant for short films and documentaries.

Earlier this month, Carole Field took the reins of CINE, the Washington, D.C., U.S.-based film and video organization known for its Golden Eagle awards. Feld’s predecessor was Dalton Delan, executive VP and chief programming officer of Washington’s local PBS outlet, WETA.

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