TVOntario has promoted Rudy Buttignol to creative head of docs, drama, network branding and membership...
September 1, 2000

TVOntario has promoted Rudy Buttignol to creative head of docs, drama, network branding and membership

- Charles Tremayne of Granada Television is relocating to New York as senior VP, GranadaFactual USA. Chris Pye, formerly of the BBC, has been hired as controller of commercial and business affairs (production) at Granada Media

- Dorian Langdon has been promoted to the board of directors for HIT Entertainment. Langdon previously held the title of president, HIT USA. Langdon will oversee HIT’s TV, home video, consumer products and new media initiatives in Canada, the U.S. and Latin America

- Promotions at National Geographic Channel International (NGCI) include Stephen L. Kabler to senior VP of business affairs and general council, and Paul Durbin to VP research and editorial. Kabler will negotiate program acquisitions and production deals, while Durbin will grow new media content. Former VP of international acquisitions Janet Vissering has moved to the new post of senior VP of programming and operations, and oversees program acquisitions and scheduling. Bryan Smith has filled another new post – senior VP, production. Mark Green has climbed from director of international acquisitions to VP of programming to manage program acquisitions, coproductions and commissions for NatGeo Channel outlets. Kim McKay has left her post as executive director, event marketing and communications at Discovery Communications to join NGCI as senior VP of marketing and communications. Andrew Wilk has been appointed executive VP of NGC’s programming and production, and National Geographic Channel Australia & New Zealand has promoted Amanda Farrar to managing director

- President of American Public Television since 1998, Joseph P. Zesbaugh will leave the company at the end of 2000

- A&E in New York has recruited Maria D. Komodikis as its senior VP and general manager for A&E Television Networks international division

- Three new exec producers – Mick Kaczorowski, Stephen Reverand and Jack Smith – have been added to Discovery Channel’s primetime programming unit. Deborah Stewart has been promoted to VP of programming for Discovery Digital Networks, while Bruce Lefkowitz and Ben Price were promoted to senior VP, national advertising sales Discovery Networks, U.S. At Discovery Networks Europe (DNE), Marian Williams was made deputy controller, programming; Joe Schneider and Kate Beswick were named to two of three new managing editor positions for Discovery U.K., Continental Networks and the Showcase Channels; Clare Laycock was appointed director of programs for Discovery Health, Discovery Kids and Discovery Wings; and Dee O’Brien has moved to Home & Leisure from her previous position as commissioning editor

- Kim Thomas, former director of TV sales at NVC Arts has joined Artsworld as deputy channel director. Thomas will be involved with commissions, coproductions, acquisitions, on-air promotion and scheduling

- Australia’s ABC International has hired Elizabeth Paterson as senior sales executive. Paterson will sell to the Asia Pacific region

- The Berlin Film Festival will be helmed by new artistic head Dieter Kosslick. Kosslick replaces Moritz De Hadeln, who held the post for two decades. Former secretary general Ulrich Eckhardts was also replaced; Joachim Sartorius now holds the position

- FootageNow has hired Sharon Geller as VP of finance, Deirdre Paige Silver as general counsel and Cathy Diana as director of human resources

Mike Phillips has been appointed the new chairman of the British Television Distributors’ Association, succeeding Andrew Macbean, CEO of ITEL

- Nick Evansky has been appointed director of technology & asset management for Associated Press Television News (APTN)

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Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.