People on the Move

WGBH's Willis walks; MIP appoints a new leader; Granada controller joins ITV
April 10, 2003

John Willis will be flying back over the Atlantic in June to take the position of director of factual & learning at the BBC. Willis’s appointment as the VP of national programming at PBS‘s Boston, U.S-based affiliate, WGBH, was announced a scant year ago (see RealScreen Plus, April 25, 2002).

Paris, France-based Reed Midem, a company that organizes professional markets, has finally found a replacement for Michael Weatherseed (see RealScren Plus, December 5, 2002). Paul C. Johnson has been appointed director of Reed Midem’s television division, a job that entails handling the company’s international TV events, including MIPTV, MIPCOM, MIPCOM Junior and MIPDOC.

U.K. broadcaster ITV has hired Bridget Boseley away from Granada, appointing her controller of factual programming. Boseley is presently controller of features at Granada’s Yorkshire Tyne Tees Television. Coincidentally, she replaces Dianne Nelmes, who departed in March to return to Granada as controller of daytime and regional programmes.

Sydney, Australia-based pubcaster ABC TV announced the appointments of Wendy Martin as head of arts and Courtney Gibson as head of entertainment. Martin is currently a producer at the Sydney Opera House and was formerly an arts programmer for Aussie broadcaster SBS. Gibson is currently an executive producer at SBS TV and was once deputy commissioning editor, documentary, at SBS Independent.

Jody Girgenti is leaving New York, U.S.-based ThinkFilm (distributor of Spellbound and Bus 174) to join cable channel AMC (formerly American Movie Classics) as junior development executive. David Fenkel will take on Girgenti’s former responsibilities.

Adrian Wootton, the current acting director of the British Film Institute, has been appointed the first chief executive of Film London, a new body responsible for representing and developing the film and media industry in the U.K.

Alexandria, U.S.-based Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) announced the appointment of Ellen Flahive as VP, sponsorship sales, effective May 1. Flahive, who is currently executive director of the PBS Sponsorship Group, will be based in New York. Her main responsibility will be developing national strategic partnerships with corporations and ad agencies in order to build revenue for the public television system.

Discovery Networks Latin America/Iberia, the Miami, U.S.-based arm of Discovery Communications, has appointed Tom Keaveny to the newly created position of senior VP and general sales manager for the Latin American and Iberia Peninsula regions. Among his many new duties, Keaveny will be responsible for commercial strategy, generating advertising and affiliate sales revenue and managing Discovery’s New York international ad sales office. Most recently, Keaveny was senior VP of sales and revenue for Discovery Networks, Asia.

London, U.K.-based Discovery Networks Europe has appointed Alexander Schwarz to the newly created position of director of marketing and creative services for Europe, the Middle East and Africa, as of early April. Schwarz will be moving over from his position as deputy GM of Discovery’s German-based operation. His main duties will include directing marketing strategy and media planning in support of Discovery’s channel brands in the territories he is now responsible for.

Toronto, Canada-based prodco Fireworks International has promoted Diana Zakis to the position of manager, sales and administration for Fireworks International Los Angeles. Zakis has been with Fireworks since May 2001, when she was hired as sales coordinator.

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