People on the Move

A reality vet leaves the BBC; ITV appoints a new director of programs; Alliance Atlantis Entertainment promotes from within
October 17, 2002

Conrad Green has left his position as the BBC‘s head of new entertainment to join Simon Fuller‘s 19 TV in Los Angeles, U.S., which is behind the enormously successful Pop Idol. Green had been with the BBC for only a year, and contributed to Diners (in which viewers eavesdrop on conversations in restaurants) and Celebdaq (a celebrity stock market show). He previously helped produce such reality shows as Big Brother for Channel 4 ,and Popstars for ITV.

Nigel Pickard has been appointed ITV‘s new director of programs, replacing David Liddiment, who will depart at the end of the year. Pickard, who was behind the launch of the new BBC children’s channels CBBC and CBeebies, is currently the controller at CBBC, responsible for children and youth programming.

Alliance Atlantis Entertainment Group announced the promotion of Stéphanie Rockmann-Portier and Philippe Renouard to vice president of international television distribution. Their responsibility will be to oversee sales activities for fiction, factual and children’s programming from the London, U.K., office.

The Australian Film Commission appointed Tom Kennedy to its board of commissioners for a three-year term, ending August 7, 2005.

Endemol USA has announced the appointments of Robert Smith as director of development and Caroline Baumgard as manager of development and talent. Smith’s main responsibility will be project development, while one of Baumgard’s tasks will be the recruitment and hire of hosts for such reality programs as Big Brother and Fear Factor.

Rhoda Macdonald, head of public affairs for U.K. media conglomerate SMG, is leaving the television industry behind to take up an appointment as special adviser to Helen Liddell, the U.K.’s secretary of state for Scotland. Macdonald, a former TV producer, was once the head of factual programs at ITV’s Scottish TV. Her replacement has not yet been announced.

The William Morris Agency announced the appointment of Chris Petrikin as senior VP of corporate communications as of October 21. Petrikin is a former journalist who was most recently the executive editor of publications for the Writers Guild of America, west.

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