People on the Move

ORF appoints first female chief; Discovery Digital names new GM; Tele Images loses Olivier-Rene Veillon.
January 10, 2002

Monika Lindner has been appointed head of Austrian pubcaster ORF, the first woman in this role. Lindner, who will serve for five years and succeeds Gerhard Weiss, has been with ORF since 1974.

Lori McFarling was named general manager of Discovery Digital Networks. McFarling, previously senior VP of distribution and marketing strategy, succeeds Charlie Humbard and will report to content group president John Ford. McFarling will be responsible for developing internal and external marketing strategies in support of Discovery’s affiliate distribution efforts.

Olivier-Rene Veillon is quitting his post as exec VP international at Paris-based producer/distributor Tele Images to join the indie French cinema group MK2. Prior to joining Tele Images, Veillon was managing director of TV France International.

William R. Grant has been elected chairman of the Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival board of directors. Grant, the director of science, natural history and feature documentary programs at New York-based pubcaster WNET, has served on the festival’s board of directors since its inception in 1991.

Anders Geertsen has been named managing director for distribution and marketing at the Danish Film Institute. Geertsen, CEO of the Munksgaard publishing house, replaces Peter Wolsgaard.

Marc Juris, former exec VP and GM of American Movie Classics, has been named president of MuchMusic USA.

Johanna Samuel joins New York-based BNN as VP of foreign sales and coproductions. She will be responsible for international sales and coproduction relationships for the company’s TV division and the newly launched film unit, CameraPlanet Pictures.

Sabrina Sanchez has been named director of program marketing (Latin Programming specialist) at CABLEready, a Stamford, U.S.-based international development and distribution company. Sanchez, who joined the company a year ago as a program sales associate, will be responsible for CABLEready’s sales in Latin America, Spain and Portugal.

Dave Warner has been named director of sales and business development for Atlanta-based Crawford Post Production. Warner rejoins Crawford after having served as manager of DESIGNefx from 1993 to 1995, a former subsidiary of Crawford Communications.

Veteran TV exec Dave Kenin has been named executive VP of programming for The Hallmark Channel. Kenin previously worked as executive VP for the USA Network and its sister Sci Fi Channel for 12 years in the 1980s and early 1990s.

Two veteran executives at U.S.-based King World will be taking early retirement. Kingworld domestic TV sales president Stuart Stringfellow and King World International president Fred Cohen will be replaced, respectively, by King World senior VP general sales manager of domestic syndie and cable sales Joe DiSalvo and CBS International president/CBS Enterprises exec VP ,b>Armando Nunez, Jr.

Top creative exec at ABC in the U.S., Stu Bloomberg, is leaving his post as co-chairman of the entertainment division. Susan Lyne, who will replace Bloomberg, was named president for entertainment. Lyne will report to Lloyd Braun, who was made chariman from his co-chairman post. Bloomberg was involved in program selection at ABC for 23 years.

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