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ITN bumps chair to CEO position; 3DD exec joins Discovery Networks Europe; CFTPA announces board election results
June 12, 2003

ITN has appointed Mark Wood, the current chairman of its board, as chief executive. Wood replaces outgoing CEO Stewart Purvis, who recently announced his retirement (as reported in last week’s RealScreen Plus). ITN has not yet said who the new chairman will be.

Charlotte Parton, formerly director of sales for U.K. distrib 3DD Entertainment, has been appointed manager, acquisitions & business affairs for Discovery Networks Europe as of June 30. Parton’s territory will include the nine Discovery channels in the U.K., EMEA (Europe, Africa and Middle East), Germany, Asia and India.

The Canadian Film and Television Production Association (CFTPA) announced the results of its board elections. Laszlo Barna, executive producer of Toronto-based Barna-Alper Productions, will serve a two-year term as the association’s new chair. Barna replaces Julia Keatley, executive producer of Keatley Film. The other newly elected board members include Daniel R. Cross of Eye Steel Film, Montreal; Christine Haebler of Crescent Entertainment, Vancouver; and Alexandra Raffé of Savi Media Inc., Toronto.

Burbank, U.S.-based prodco Telepictures Productions, the makers of reality format The Bachelor, announced the promotion of David McGuire to VP, development. McGuire, who will be based in Los Angeles, previously worked on various Telepictures programs, such as elimiDate.

Kevin Reilly has vacated his post as president of entertainment at Los Angeles, U.S.-based FX Networks for U.S. network NBC. Reilly has been appointed president, primetime development, for NBC Entertainment. His appointment will take effect later this summer.

About The Author
Senior staff writer Frederick Blichert comes to realscreen with a background as a journalist and freelance film critic. He has previously written for VICE, Paste Magazine, Senses of Cinema, Xtra, Canadian Cinematographer and elsewhere. He holds a Master of Arts in film studies from Carleton University and a Master of Journalism from the University of British Columbia.

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