People on the Move

Bill Graff fills a new role at Animal Planet; Kevin Bennett takes on programming at Discovery Civilization; John Cooper advances at the Sundance Institute
October 31, 2002

At Animal Planet, Bill Graff, the former VP of programming, has been appointed to the newly created position of VP, program partnerships. In his new role, Graff will work with the Discovery Networks’ ad sales team to develop revenue-generating projects. Replacing Graff as programming VP is Doug Craig, who was previously the director of programming.

The Discovery Civilization Channel has a new director of programming: Kevin Bennett, who was most recently the director of scheduling for Discovery Health. He has been with Discovery since 1996.

The Sundance Institute announced the promotion of John Cooper to director of film festival programming from associate director. Cooper has been with the institute since 1990.

According to The Guardian, Grant Mansfield is leaving his post as director of programs at Granada to work for RDF Media, the prodco that has developed such shows as Banzai and Junkyard Wars.

CBS has appointed JoAnn Ross as president of network ad sales, taking over for Joe Abruzzese, who departed for Discovery Networks (as reported in last week’s Plus) after 11 years in the position. As executive VP of sales, she was responsible for, among other things, advertising and product placement for the reality series Survivor.

TechTV has appointed Gaynor Strachan Chun to the newly created position of VP, marketing and communications. Strachan Chun’s previous experience includes a stint as the senior VP for strategic alliances at Oxygen Media.

Liz Ogilvie, the former managing editor of Filmmaker magazine, has joined New York-based doc-maker support organization DocuClub as its program manager.

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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.