People on the Move

CNN and Pearson reshuffle their decks.
June 21, 2001

Gail Evans, former executive VP of domestic networks for CNN News Group retired last week. CNN has reshuffled its management team to accommodate her departure. Kim Bondy, former executive producer of NBC News’ ‘Weekend Today,’ has stepped in as VP and senior executive producer for CNN. In her new role, Bondy will oversee daily newsroom operations and news coverage to enable senior VP Sue Bunda to take on CNN’s talkshows, one of Evans’ former duties.

CNN senior VP Judy Milestone will oversee the bookings department, a role previously handled by Evans.

NBC’s Susan Dutcher, senior producer of ‘Weekend Today’, will serve as interim executive producer until a replacement for Kim Bondy is found.

David Neuman, who previously held posts at the Digital Entertainment Network, NBC Entertainment, Disney and Channel One, will head CNN’s newly created program development operation.

Granada U.K. Broadcasting managing director Stewart Butterfield is the first senior executive to leave since parent company Granada Media announced plans for cutbacks and restructuring last week.

Sandra Ruch has been selected by the International Documentary Association (IDA), from a field of over 150 applicants, to fill the role of executive director of the L.A.-based non-profit organization.

George Lima, former manager of affiliate marketing for Discovery Networks, U.S. has been promoted to the position of director of marketing, affiliate sales and marketing for the division.

After being appointed to the Canadian Senate by Prime Minister Jean Chretien, Laurier LaPierre has quit as chairman of Telefilm Canada. LaPierre is the third Telefilm exec to announce a pending departure: executive director Francois Macerola steps down July 4, and director of Canadian operations Peter Katadotis leaves July 13.

Simon Spalding has been promoted from senior VP of worldwide merchandising for Pearson Television Enterprises to head of worldwide licensing for the newly created Pearson Television International Enterprises (the result of a recent merger between Pearson Television Enterprises and Pearson Television International).

Tony Stern, former Pearson Television Enterprises executive VP of legal and business affairs has been appointed commercial director of the new Pearson entity. Tara Buckwell, former head of legal and business affairs for Pearson Television International, will be reporting to Stern as the new executive VP of legal and business affairs.

Catherine Mackay is the newly appointed CEO of Pearson Television International Enterprises. Spalding and Stern will report directly to her.

Previously holding the position of CFO of HBO Latin America Group, Francisco H. Itriago has been named executive VP and managing director of A&E Mundo (a joint venture between A&E Television Networks, Ole Communications, Sony and Time Warner Entertainment) and The History Channel Latin America (a joint venture between A&E Television Networks, Ole Communications and Time Warner Entertainment).

Distraction Formats CEO Michel Rodrigue announced the appointment of Anne-Marie Lemay to the position of sales executive for Canada and Latin America. Prior to joining Distraction Formats, Lemay was sales exec for Latin American territories for Canadian distrib, Cinar Corporation.

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.