People on the Move

A weekly update on who has shifted places in the global doc industry.
December 7, 2000

Nigel Baker, formerly head of news for APTN is now director of content. Sandy MacIntyre stepped into his vacated post.

Nigel Hancock is managing APTN’s Middle East Custom Coverage (MECC) business unit, in addition to his duties as international relations director.

Amsterdam Forum director Jolanda Klarenbeek announced at the November event that the 2000 forum was to be her last. She is set to move into her new role as finance director for the IDFA in 2001. Klarenbeek’s assistant, producer Fleur Knopperts will succeed her.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the International Documentary Association will host the fourth International Documentary congress in Beverly Hills in 2002. MacGillivray Freeman Films producer and Academy member Alec Lorimore has been appointed co-chair of the event, along with producer and IDA participant Mary Schaffer.

Canadian broadcaster CHUM Television has promoted Jay Switzer to president. Switzer now oversees all local TV stations and specialty channels and helms ChumCity Interactive and ChumCity International, the company’s distribution and development arm.

Effective January 2001, Kevin Byles becomes VP and general manager of ChumCity International. He replaces Stephen Tapp, who was made VP and general manager of Toronto TV station Citytv.

Ian Parmiter has joined Discovery Networks U.S. as VP, advertising sales marketing and partnerships.

Dan Russel has moved from his position as director of programming for Discovery Networks International to director of programming for the Travel Channel.

Travel Channel has also hired Louise M. Brown as director of program partnerships.

Pearson Television’s Joe Abrams has been promoted to president of Pearson Television International.

Two new appointments have been announced by RDF International: Anne-Marie Pardoe has moved into the new post of head of sales for the international sales division, and Julie Norman was named senior sales executive and is responsible for the U.K., U.S., Australia, New Zealand and Scandinavian territories.

PBS in the U.S. has brought Lesli Rotenberg on board as senior VP, brand management and promotion. Rotenberg was formerly a senior marketing exec with Animal Planet (Discovery).

The technological aspects of content delivery, media distribution and licensing at Sekani will now be managed by Oscar Lugay, who has taken the post of chief technology officer.

Yes Television’s Hong Kong office has announced three senior executive appointments. Lanny Huang has been named content director the company’s Asian service. Nigel Harper has joined the company as VP of technology, and Dan Buzzo has been appointed the new creative director for Yes Television Asia.

About The Author
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.