People on the Move

Banff TV Foundation appoints 13-member board of governors; Victoria Valius moves up the ladder at Igel Media.
January 31, 2002

Thirteen new members have been appointed to the Banff Television Foundation‘s Board of Governors. Composed of industry professionals from around the world, the new governors are: Dominique Baudis, president, conseil superieur de l’audio-visuel, France; Peter Bazalgette, creative director, GMG Endemol Entertainment, UK; Rudy Buttignol, creative head, documentaries, drama and network, TVOntario, Canada; Robert Chua, founder/chairman, China Entertainment Television Broadcast,; Wayne Clarkson, executive director, Canadian Film Centre; John Ford, president, content group, Discovery Networks, U.S.; Ted Lingard, general manager, Sonic Foundry Media Services, U.S.; Mary Hofstetter, president and CEO, The Banff Centre, Canada; David Kessler, directeur general, Centre National de la Cinematographie, France; Peter Matlare, CEO, South Africa Broadcasting Corporation; Elizabeth McDonald, president and CEO, Canadian Film & Television Production Association; Glenn O’Farrell, president and CEO, Canadian Association of Broadcasters; and Georg von Habsburg, member of the Board, MTM-SBS Televizio Rt (TV2), Hungary.

Victoria Valius has been appointed head of distribution for Germany’s Igel Media. Valius will head up the company’s international television distribution division in London, and will oversee all international sales. Valius joined Igel Media in October 2000 as VP of international sales.

Christina Miller has been promoted to VP, licensing for the Americas from her post as head, brand and licensing development for Gullane Entertainment in New York. In other Gullane news, Ian Castello-Cortes has been named VP of the Gullane-owned Guinness World Records brand. Castello-Cortes most recently served as VP, media.

Oege Boonstra has been appointed executive director, international operations for Endemol. Boonstra has held numerous management positions in the Netherlands, South Africa and Germany and worked most recently as an independent management consultant.

Sandra Keser has been appointed senior VP of international television distribution for Myriad Pictures. Based in Myriad’s California office, Keser will be responsible for international television sales and distribution activities. Keser previously held the post of senior international sales executive at CLT-UFA International.

Theodore Allyot has been appointed senior VP and general counsel for AOL Time Warner Europe. Allyot will be based in London and New York.

Some promotions at MTV: Antoinette Zel has been made president of MTV Networks Latin America and Lisa Hackett has been named senior VP of programming, marketing and operations for MTV International.

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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.