DDE shakes things up after buyout; BBC1 gets new head of scheduling; Discovery makes changes in ad sales
June 27, 2002

Devillier Donegan Enterprises (DDE) has made some changes to its Washington, U.S. team, following the company’s recent buyout of interest in DDE from Disney/ABC. Greg Diefenbach has been named VP of production and development. Diefenbach joined DDE in 1996 as director of development and was made VP of program development in 1998. Rebecca Goldfield, who joined DDE as senior manager of program development from National Geographic Television in 1999, has been named director of development. Tawanda Morris, previously production manager for National Geographic Television, joins DDE as production manager. William Larkin has been appointed director, sales administration and ancillary distribution. Larkin was formerly director of business affairs for ABC/Kane Productions International. Mahmoud Bah has taken the post of controller. Bah was formerly an independent auditor for KPMG LLP, where he specialized in financial reporting for brokers and dealers of securities.

Liam Keelan has taken the post of head of planning and scheduling for BBC One. Keelan is currently channel editor, UK Horizons at UKTV. Prior to that, Keelan was head of planning and scheduling for BBC Two.

Amy Baker has been named VP of Discovery Solutions, part of Discovery Networks U.S. Discovery Solutions is the new ad sales division targeting advertisers for large-scale, cross-platform partnerships. Baker was previously VP/national sales manager for TLC, the Travel Channel and BBC America. In other Discovery news, Harold Morgenstern has been made VP, advertising sales, eastern region for Discovery Networks U.S. Most recently, Morgenstern was group VP, advertising sales for The Excite Network.

Jason Miller has been promoted to the post of VP of advertising sales for the eastern region for U.S.-based Outdoor Life Network (OLN). Miller was previously the region’s director of ad sales.

Mark O’Connor has been named director of public relations for Food Network in the U.S. O’Connor was previously director of public relations for MSNBC.

Artisan Entertainment in Los Angeles, U.S. has promoted Erin Austin to the post of executive VP, business and legal affairs. Austin was formerly senior VP of the same department. Meanwhile, Jim Gladstone, VP/deputy general counsel, has been promoted to senior VP, business and legal affairs.

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