People on the Move

A weekly update on who has shifted places in the global doc industry.
February 21, 2001

Alliance Atlantis (AAC) has promoted Phyllis Yaffe from president of Alliance Atlantis Broadcasting to CEO, and has hired Mark Rubinstein, formerly with Yahoo Canada, to be president and COO of its broadcasting group.

Jane Beaubien will join Café Productions (now wholly-owned by AAC) as managing director. Beaubien was previously with CTV Television in Toronto and will work alongside Steve Seidenburg, director of development, and Pat Footer, director of production.

Two new appointments have been announced at National Geographic Channels International: Helen Feinbloom has earned the newly created title senior VP of advertising sales and David Morton joins the organization as VP, global interactive development.

The National Geographic Channel in the U.S. has enlisted news correspondents Peter Standring, Kristin Whiting, and Eun Yang to cover stories for National Geographic Today.

Following The History Channel’s recent launch as a 24-hour network in Japan, it has appointed Asia Ireton to the post of general manager.

The newly elected board of Germany’s AG Dok includes: Thomas Frickel, Joerg Langer, Herbert Schwering, Kai Krueger, Bertram Verhaag, Claas Danielsen, Renee Gundelach and Kai Wesnick.

Fox News has elevated Sharri Berg to VP, news operations.

Leona Connell has left ITEL to join Trans World International (TWI) as director of sales and acquisitions for the features and entertainment division.

Soft News Syndicate has hired Paul Chapman as an editor and Rita Costantinou to head up sales.

At A&E: John Hartinger was promoted to VP, marketing and new business development for the interactive division. Barbara Rubin was named VP, legal and business affairs.

Stephanie Hartog has been hired to the newly created position of controller of light entertainment, acquisitions and resources, worldwide production at Pearson Television. Among her duties will be to handle worldwide format acquisitions.

Piotr Radzyminski has been named general manager of Pearson Television Poland.

Lifetime Entertainment Services has appointed Trevor Walton senior VP, original movies. Neil Hoffman was hired to the post of senior VP, planning, scheduling, and acquisitions.

Effective March 31, 2001, Ron Gold will leave his current position as senior VP of marketing for NATPE to form R.S. Gold Group, a tradeshow marketing and sponsorship organization. Gold will continue to serve NATPE and other events from his new post.

Rosie Ellison has stepped down from her post as director of Media Antenna in Scotland to join Screenbase Media Productions.

Carol Sinclair will succeed John McVay as director of The Research Center for Television and Interactivity in Glasgow, Scotland.

At MTV Networks: Michael Cole was appointed VP of MTV Films; Preston Kevin Lewis was named director, marketing and retail; and Andra Shapiro was promoted to exec VP, business affairs and general counsel for Nickelodeon, TV Land and TNN.

Indie prodco CineNova has named Gary Lang director of writing and research.

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