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RDF Int'l expands its sales team; Nat Geo TV & Film hires former C4I exec; Canada's CHUM announces more appointments
May 22, 2003

U.K. distrib RDF International announced the appointment of Emily Kripps to the position of head of acquisitions, and Lilla Hurst as head of coproductions. Kripps joins RDF from Buena Vista International Television.

Washington, D.C., U.S.-based National Geographic Television & Film (NGT&F) announced the appointment of Barbara Bellini as executive director of its international distribution company, Explore International, in London, U.K. Bellini will head up the expansion of the distrib’s international sales, coproduction and co-financing activities. Her previous experience includes director of coproduction and sales at U.K. distrib Channel 4 International.

Toronto, Canada-based CHUM continues to overhaul its executive staff. Ellen Baine is now vice president of programming, CHUM Television, and will be responsible for overall programming strategies, planning and acquisitions for CHUM’s local and specialty TV channels. Baine was formerly director of programming for Citytv, Star!, SexTV: The Channel and FashionTelevision Channel. Marcia Martin is now VP of production, CHUM Television, a newly created position. Martin will oversee original programming produced by CHUM’s local TV stations. She was most recently VP of production for Citytv.

Silver Spring, U.S.-based Discovery Networks has promoted Laura Reimers to the post of vice president of communications for the Discovery Health Channel. Reimers was most recently director of communications for the channel, a position she had held since 2000.

Reed MIDEM announced the appointment of William Morris as director of marketing. In his new position, Morris will be responsible for the marketing of Paris, France-based Reed MIDEM’s international exhibitions, including MIPTV, MIPCOM and MILIA. Morris was most recently the VP for marketing and brand at Disneyland Resort, also in Paris. Discovery Networks Latin America/Iberia (DNLA/I), the Miami, U.S.-based arm of Discovery Communications, has appointed Guillermo Sierra to the position of VP, programming and production. Sierra will oversee all programming, production and development for Discovery’s six networks based out of the Latin American headquarters in Miami. Sierra was most recently the VP of networks for three LAPTV (Latin American Pay Television Service) brands. (LAPTV is a joint venture between movie studios Twentieth Century Fox, MGM, Universal Studios and Paramount Pictures that provides movie services to Spanish-speaking Latin America.)

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