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June 1, 2005

Hammersmith, U.K.-based indie September Films has named former Tiger Aspect EP and head of history Dunja Noack as its first ever head of specialist factual.

Christina Norman will jump from president of VH1 to take over the reins at MTV1 and MTV2. She succeeds Van Toffler, who became president of MTV Networks last year.

Changes are afoot at Toronto’s CHUM Television. Roma Khanna has been named senior VPof content (she formerly served as VP of Chum Interactive), Peter Palframan is now SVP of operations (ex-VP of finance and administration), and Marcia Martin has been pegged as VP of production (from previous management duties at Star!, FashionTelevision and SexTV, among others).

National Geographic Ventures promoted Lisa Truitt to the newly created position of president, giant-screen films and special projects. Truitt was formerly an ep in the department.

NGV also named William Weil EVP, strategy, marketing and entertainment at Nat Geo Television & Film. Patricia Najda moves to VP, domestic home entertainment.

Richard Lorber has been voted chairman of the board for Film Forum, a New York non-profit cinema. Lorber is chairman and CEO of N.Y.-based business development company Lorber Media.

Indie association PACT appointed Adam Minns head of policy development. Minns is U.K. film editor at Screen International.

London lifestyle prodco Reef Television has hired Paul Hanrahan as head of production. Hanrahan was recently unit manager at Leopard Films.

David Sheehan has been promoted to director of ABC News VideoSource. Sheehan was one of the original employees of ABC News VideoSource when it launched in 1995.

At Discovery Networks U.S., Sarita Smith has been promoted to SVP, research and planning. A 12-year vet of Discovery, Smith was most recently a VP in the same department.

Evergreen, Colorado-based Mammoth HD will represent the work of Emmy award-winning producer Steve Gibby.

London’s Distraction Formats appointed Victoria Baldock of Verve Entertainment to represent the company’s catalog in Australia and New Zealand.

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Managing editor with realscreen publication, an international print and online magazine that covers the non-fiction film and television industries. Darah is an award-winning journalist who has spent over two decades covering a wide range of issues from real estate and urban development to immigration, politics and human rights, primarily with The Vancouver Sun. Prior to joining realscreen, she was editor of Stream Daily, realscreen's sister publication covering the dynamic global digital video industry. She also served a stint as a war reporter in Afghanistan for television and print, and was a national business blogger with Yahoo Canada.