People on the Move

A weekly update of who has shifted places in the global doc industry
June 7, 2001

Danielle Lux has left her post as controller of entertainment at the BBC to become head of entertainment at Channel 4. She will also assume the duties of controller for C4′s digital channel E4, replacing Kevin Lygo. Lygo is now director of programs for the U.K’s Channel 5.

The International Documentary Association (IDA) in Los Angeles, U.S., has announced Sandra Ruch as its new executive director.

France’s Canal+ has announced two new appointments: Jean-Francois Jezequel is now senior VP of technology for the Canal+ Group distribution platforms, and Isabelle Parize has accepted a post as COO of Canal+ Distribution. She will oversee distribution efforts in France and coordinate international marketing initiatives.

Alan Sternfeld has joined Lifetime Television as senior VP of planning, scheduling and acquisitions.

Scheduling and program planning at WE: Women’s Entertainment will be handled by Elizabeth Doree, who has been hired as VP of program planning.

London’s Explore International has hired Isabelle Helle as sales manager for Germany, Austria & Switzerland. She will be based in Bonn, Germany.

New York-based Oxygen Media has promoted Michelle Niven to director, local ad sales.

BET Interactive has welcomed Leyla Turkkan as VP, music development.

Stephen Doerr has been named senior VP of news, programming and creative development for the NBC Television Stations division.

CNBC Business News has elevated Bruno Cohen from senior VP to executive VP.

Warner Bros. Television has appointed Christina Smith to the newly created position of senior VP of financial administration.

Diane Keating has joined Crown Media Holdings as senior VP of worldwide distribution.

New York’s USA Networks has appointed Laura Rubin director of corporate communications.

Susan Whiting will succeed John Dimling as president and COO of Nielsen Media Research in the U.S. Dimling has been made chairman and CEO.

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.