The European Broadcasting Union has named Bjorn Erichsen to the post of director of TV. Erichsen, currently the head of TV for Danish pubcaster DRTV, replaces Gaetano Stucchi, who left the EBU in June 2001.
David Ellender is now managing director of London-based Fremantle International Distribution (formerly Pearson TV Intl.). Ellender was previously the European managing director for Universal Studios TV Distribution.
Enrique Martinez has been named executive vice president and managing director of Discovery Communications for Latin America/Iberia. Martinez joined the Latin American division of Discovery in 1994 and became senior VP and GM in 1999. Discovery Latin America has also restructured by appointing four network group directors for its six regional channels: Kelley Nichols becomes network group director for Discovery Channel; Ariella Midolo is group director for Discovery Health and Discovery Travel & Adventure; Darcy Tomlin becomes group director of the BBC joint venture channel People & Arts; and Peach Gibson will oversee Discovery Kids and Animal Planet (also a BBC joint venture).
Paul de Silva, current VP of programming for Canada’s VisionTV, is expanding his horizons. De Silva will become special executive in charge of production for series, including the 13-part documentary Sex and the Sacred, and will also serve as spokesperson on cultural diversity and independent production issues for the Canadian pubcaster. Chris Johnson, chief strategist for VisionTV, takes on the post of VP of programming.
Ann Blakely joins The National Geographic Channel, Washington, as VP, business development. She was previously VP, marketing and distribution for WomensNewsLink.com.
ABC Entertainment‘s Glen Adilman takes on the newly created post of VP programming. Adilman joined the U.S. network broadcaster in 1998 as VP of comedy series and previously worked for CBS.
Angelika Merkl has been appointed to the newly created post of head of acquisitions, television, for German distrib Peppermint. Merkl previously worked in television acquisitions for German media outfit KirchGruppe.
Kristin Peace has been named VP, development, domestic television division for Paramount Television Group, Los Angeles.
AOL Time Warner has named former White House official Susan Brophy as the company’s senior vice president for domestic policy. Brophy served as deputy assistant to the President and deputy director of legislative affairs at the White House from 1993 to 1998 and later advised Hillary Clinton during her Senate campaign.