People on the Move

Telepiu's president steps down; Indigo Factual gets a new doc head; Henninger appoints a VP
September 19, 2002

Mario Rasini, has been promoted to president of Italian pay-TV outfit Telepiu. He was formerly managing director, and has been with Telepiu since 1990. Rasini replaces Emmanuel Gout, who stepped down from the post. Gout had been chief exec since the beginning of 2001.

Karen Dacey has resigned from her position as managing director of London, U.K.-based Indigo Factual. Nada Cirjanic, former head of TV and video sales for Film Four International, will be the new head of documentaries.

Henninger Media Services has announced the appointment of Brian J. Kelly to the position of vice president. Kelly will retain his positions of executive producer and general manager at Henninger Productions, but will now also be responsible for developing and overseeing Henninger Productions staff, developing and implementing new programming initiatives, and growing the division.

The National Film Board of Canada has hired Colette Loumede as executive producer for Studio A, formerly the Society and Science Documentary Studio. She replaces Eric Michel, who ran the studio since 1984. Michel had been wearing two hats since January, when he was promoted to head of the NFB’s International Co-Production Unit, a new department. Loumede, who comes to the NFB from SODEC, a cultural agency in Quebec, Canada, takes up the position on October 15.

Robert Hurst has been appointed president of CTV News. Hurst, a veteran journalist who has been with CTV News for over 28 years, will now be responsible for news operations CTV News, CTV Newsnet, CFTO News and Report on Business Television. Hurst succeeds Kirk LaPointe, who resigned to pursue other interests.

National Geographic Explorer has signed an exclusive agreement with primatologist Mireya Mayor, making her the series’ newest field specialist and on-air talent.

Claire Chapman has been appointed the new head of production at Scotland-based film development group Scottish Screen. She succeeds Steve McIntyre, who is now chief executive.

Beth Janson has been welcomed as the new programming director for the Newport International Film Festival in Newport, U.S. She replaces Maude Chilton.

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.