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Discovery U.S. president Johnathan Rodgers will leave at the end of March; Endemol staffers branch out with a format company of their own.
February 28, 2002

Johnathan Rodgers, president of Discovery Networks U.S., has announced his decision to leave the Bethesda-based cable company by the end of March.

ScreenWest, Western Australia’s film funding and development agency, has appointed Tania Chambers as chief executive for a 12-month term. She has previously worked with RT Films Entertainment and Wildfire Films International.

Endemol creative staffers Mark van Berkel and Kirsten van Nieuwenhuijzen have left the Dutch format giant to seek their fortunes independently. The pair have formed a new format company called Intellygents, which will concentrate strictly on development, not production.

Diane Donohue has moved up to the post of senior vice president of ad sales for A&E Television Networks.

In other A&E news, Luis F. Casas has been named VP of marketing A&E Mundo and The History Channel in Latin America. He was previously Disney‘s managing director for business segments in Venezuela, Ecuador and Colombia.

The National Geographic Channel has hired Stephanie Fleming to be its senior VP, marketing and new media. Prior to joining Nat Geo, she was VP, marketing for Virginia-based Road Runner High Speed Online.

Lachlan Murdoch, deputy chief operating officer of News Corp, has won a spot on the board of directors for the Fox Entertainment Group. News Corp is Fox’s parent company. He is the son of News Corp top gun Rupert Murdoch.

Italian pubcaster RAI has a new board: Antonio Baldassarre, Marco Staderini, Lombardy Ettore Albertoni, Carmine Donzelli and Luigi Zanda.

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.