People on the Move

CNN creates a new post within the News Group and shuffles its execs; NYT Television appoints a new senior VP; MTV2 names a new exec in charge of programming and production.
February 21, 2002

The Cable News Network continues to shake things up. CNN general manager Sid Bedingfield, executive VP for CNN/U.S, has been promoted to the newly created post of CNN News Group executive editor. CNN Headline News general manager Teya Ryan will fill Bedingfield’s post at CNN/U.S. Rolando H. Santos, current president of CNN en Espanol, will replace Ryan at Headline News. Meanwhile, William Bennett, former Reagan administration cabinet member, has been hired by CNN to contribute to American Morning with Paula Zahn. Paula Zahn has been tapped to host CNN’s weekend magazine show, People in the News.

Over at CNN Newsource, Jason Meucci has been named supervisor of the Chicago bureau, while Tracy Vasquez becomes director of marketing of CNN Newsource sales.

Christian C. Gwinn has been appointed senior VP of NYT Television, The New York Times‘s television production unit. Gwinn will oversee international distribution, co-productions and the development of nonfiction programming. Gwinn joined NYT Television in 1997 and has been managing director since 2000.

Tracey L. Beeker has been promoted to the post of VP, strategic partnerships and licensing for Virginia-based PBS. Beeker joined PBS in 1996 and was most recently director, licensing and marketing.

David Karp has been appointed senior VP and general manager, Discovery Digital Networks and New Media Ventures. Karp has been with the company for nine years and recently served as senior VP of New Media Ventures for Discovery Networks, U.S.

MTV2 has named Alex Coletti as its first executive in charge of programming and production. Based in New York, Coletti has been with sister network MTV for 14 years and has produced The MTV Music Video Awards.

Marla Newborn has been appointed vice president of program operations for USA Network. Newborn has been with the company for 13 years and helped launch the Sci Fi Channel.

Peter O. Price has been named president of New York-based National Academy of TV Arts & Sciences. Price’s past posts include president of Television USA, president of Liberty Cable TV and publisher of the New York Post.

At VH1, Lee Rolontz has been named VP, original music production, while George Moll becomes senior VP, production and programming, upped from his post as VP, West Coast production.

Diane Donohue has been named senior VP of advertising sales for the eastern region for A&E Networks, while Melinda McLaughlin has been named VP of research and sales strategy.

Philip Livingston, VP for technical liaison at Panasonic Broadcast, has been elected chairman of the board of directors of the Advanced Systems Committee (ATSC). Livingston has worked for Panasonic for 20 years and has been working with the ATSC, a non-profit organization that develops standards for advanced television systems, since 1987.

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.