People on the Move

A weekly update on who has shifted places in the global doc industry.
February 7, 2001

A&E’s Carol Anne Dolan has been promoted from executive producer of Biography to VP of doc series.

3DD Entertainment in the U.K. has promoted Charlotte Parton to head of sales, a newly created position.

Michael Schmidt-Ospach, formerly head of culture and science at Westdeutscher Rundfunk (WDR) will be succeeded by Helfried Spitra, head of culture at Mitteldeutscher Rundfunk (MDR). Both stations are regional outlets of the German ARD public network.

Burton Jablin has been elevated from senior VP to president of the Home & Garden Television Network.

Do It Yourself Network senior VP and general manager Jim Zarchin has been named president.

Also jumping from senior VP to president is Judy Girard of the Food Network.

Fox News has moved Brian Lewis to senior VP of corporate communications, John Moody to senior VP of editorial, and Paul Rittenberg to senior VP of advertising and market research.

Roger Robinson has been promoted to VP of film services at Henninger Media Services. Robinson is the founder and former VP and general manager of Commonwealth Film Labs & Transfer.

Kim A. Roberts is returning to the American Federation of Television & Radio Artists as associate national executive director – the number two post.

Lifetime Television has announced several executive promotions: Kelly Abufov has moved to senior VP of programming, Marian Effinger is now VP of reality programming, and Paul Noble has been appointed VP of film acquisitions and scheduling.

Effective March 1st, Judy Harris will take the post of executive VP of PBS Businesses. She leaves Discovery Communications, where she was senior VP of consumer and educational products.

Canada’s Vision TV has announced that Chris Johnson has been awarded a one-year contract with the channel as its chief strategist. He will guide programming, presentation and scheduling for both Vision TV and Wisdom: Body, Mind & Spirit, the channel’s digital service planned for launch in September 2001. has hired Ona Karasa to be VP of development & design. She will oversee all technology groups and operations, as well as non-editorial components of the design team.

Jim Benson of Studios USA has been elevated to senior VP of communications.

Steven Whritner has taken the post of vice president of production and development at Big Chief, leaving his role as executive producer with Tim Miller Entertainment.

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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.