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Animal Planet names new VP of production; The BBC loses an exec producer to Tiger Aspect Productions; NHNZ welcomes a new filmmaker.
November 29, 2001

Justin Albert has been named VP of production for Animal Planet. Albert was previously VP of production and development for Discovery Digital Networks. His other posts have included president of L.A.-based Mandalay Media Arts and managing director of Transatlantic Films.

Ruth Davies is leaving her post as executive producer for BBC entertainment. Davies will join independent Tiger Aspect Productions as editor of entertainment, with a brief to develop entertainment and factual entertainment programming.

Steve Talley has joined Natural History New Zealand as executive producer. The award -winning filmmaker has filmed throughout the world for broadcasters including TLC, Travel Channel, A&E, The History Channel, NBC and PBS.

Maj-Britt Kirchner is retiring from her post as managing director of Pathe Distribution, the U.K. distributor owned and operated by French company Pathe Entertainment. Ian George, Pathe Distribution’s deputy managing director, will replace Kirchner, who will leave at the end of this year.

Channel 4 International has restructured its marketing department with three new appointments. Sylvia Jaeger-Blyth has been promoted to the post of press and marketing manager; Steve Quirke joins C4 International as publicity manager from Granada Media, where he held a similar post; and Emma Flood joins C4 International as marketing assistant.

Charles Dalfen has been appointed chairman of the Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC), effective January 1. Dalfen is currently a telcom lawyer in Toronto, and was vice chair of the CRTC from 1976-1980.

Trina McQueen is leaving her post as president and chief operating officer of Canadian Television (CTV). Her departure is effective January 7, 2002, but she will stay on at CTV as deputy chair for a period of six months.

Laurens Drillich has become creative director for Endemol Mexico, a Mexico City-based television production enterprise to start up in January under a 50-50 joint venture with Mexico’s Grupo Televisa. Drillich is currently director of television at Dutch public broadcaster BNN.

Three media professionals have joined the Independent Television Service (ITVS) board of directors: Larry Irving, president of Irving Information Group and former assistant secretary of commerce for communications and information at the U.S. Department of Commerce; Chon Noriega, professor in the UCLA department of film, television, and digital media; and Lee Ann Tallbear, planner, Pinoleville Indian Reservation and program development consultant to L.A.-based Eyapaha Institute, a film and video training program serving Native people.

Jane McNaughton has been named VP of finance and administration at Canada’s VisionTV. McNaughton was previously VP, finance and chief financial officer for post-production company Command Post and Transfer Corporation.

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