People on the Move

Film exec Liz Manne takes a hike from the Sundance Channel; Nat Geo Channel fills some spots; and French satellite platform TPS loses a few good men.
September 6, 2001

Independent film executive Liz Manne has left the Sundance Channel to pursue other interests. Manne was executive VP of marketing for Fine Line Features which she co-founded, prior to joining Sundance in January 1998 as executive VP, programming and marketing.

Patrick LeLay, chairman and CEO of French web TF1, is stepping down as president of French satellite platform TPS. Gerard Mastrallet, head of TPS shareholder Suez, has left his post as administrator. TF1 executive and TPS board member Emmanuel Florent will replace LeLay, who founded the platform, while TPS’s managing director, Jacques Espinasse, will fill Mestrallet’s post.

Michael Heasley is now director of new media for the National Geographic Channel. Other additions to the channel: John Fletcher (director of editing and operations), Darcy Tomlin (director of programming) and Johanna Miller (manager of communications).

Alix Tidmarsh has taken the newly created post of director, intellectual property management, operating within the consumer publishing division of BBC Worldwide. Previously, Tidmarsh was brand manager, natural history and susbsequently became factual marketing and business development director for BBC Worldwide.

The Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) has appointed Rhys Kelly to the post of head of marketing for the content rights management division.

Craig Heyl, VP, production for Turner Studios, Atlanta, was named senior VP.

Chris Sanagustin was promoted to VP from the post of executive director, creative affairs at Viacom Productions, Los Angeles.

Erika Grenadier, of CanWest Entertainment Company Fireworks Television, has been promoted to the position of director of development. She previously held the position of development staffer with Fireworks.

Mark Dvornik, senior VP of Paramount Domestic Television, has moved up to the post of executive VP and general sales manager. Dvornik joined Paramount in 1985 as a sales trainee and became senior VP/general sales manager in 1999.

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.