People on the Move

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

Discovery Health Channel has named Kathy Quattrone executive VP and general manager. She will be the channel’s chief editorial executive, responsible for strategic development as well as programming and production strategies.

Betsy McLane, former publisher of the International Documentary magazine, has taken the post of executive director of the Backyard National Children’s Film Festival.

Succeeding Lorraine Heggessey as joint director of factual and learning at the BBC will be Glenwyn Benson. She will join the executive committee of the BBC and leave her current post as controller of specialist factual. Heggessey is presently controller, BBC1.

San Francisco-based cablecaster Tech TV has appointed Nancy Juliber VP of international production.

At Discovery Networks U.S., Christine Miller has been hired as executive VP of marketing. And, at Discovery Networks International, Amy Girdwood has been elevated to the newly created position of VP, international human resources.

Southern Star Entertainment chief executive Errol Sullivan has been promoted to director and will take a seat on the Board of the Southern Star Group.

Jeff Gaspin has left his post as executive VP of programming and production at VH1. His term saw the creation of Behind the Music, and he is reportedly looking for a creative position at NBC that will allow him to create programming unrelated to music.

Canal+ has welcomed William A. Sutman as executive VP, finance for the Canal+ Group – Vivendi Universal’s TV and Film division. Sutman was previously senior VP, chief financial officer at Universal Studios.

Leaving her post as VP, international sales at NBC International, Saralo MacGregor joins Fireworks International as VP, sales. MacGregor will be based in L.A. and will handle licensing for Latin America, Asia, Australia, New Zealand, Japan and Israel.

Steven Nalevansky has taken the title of senior VP at King World Productions and will oversee production development. Vanessa Coffey has been named VP of development.

Odyssey Network in the U.S. has appointed Alan Perris to the newly created post of senior VP programming.

Award-winning doc-maker Judith Curran has joined the team working on one of Natural History New Zealand’s latest series, Extreme Force (w/t).

Andre Barro will soon assume the position of V.P. and executive producer with Montreal-based prodco Cineflix, headed by Glen Salzman. Barro was formerly the VP of international affairs for Pixcom in Montreal.

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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.