People on the Move

Murphy takes control of BBC3; the FFC readies for Hughes' exit; TVO returns to Bassett
December 12, 2002

The BBC has named Stuart Murphy, currently controller of BBC Choice, controller of BBC3, the new digital channel aimed at young adults that is due to launch in February.

When Catriona Hughes steps down from her post as CEO of the Film Finance Corporation in Australia at the end of December, the position will be alternately handled by senior investment managers Terry Jennings and Chris Oliver. The search for a full-time successor to Hughes is ongoing.

Isabel Bassett has been reappointed head of TVOntario, a provincial pubcaster in Canada’s Ontario, for a second three-year term. The move was preceded by some speculation, as Bassett is the ‘life partner’ of Ontario Premier Ernie Eves. He has said he will excuse himself from discussions regarding the station while she is chairman and CEO.

BBC Worldwide, the commercial consumer arm of the BBC, has promoted Sandra Braun to the newly created position of head of new business development for Europe, Middle East, India and Africa (EMEIA). She will oversee business development initiatives across TV, publishing, new media and channels in the region. Braun was previously new business development manager, BBC Worldwide.

U.K. prodco FremantleMedia has promoted Indriena Basarah to the position of general manager for FremantleMedia Productions Asia, effective January 1, 2003. Basarah was previously director of business development for FremantleMedia’s production operation in Asia.

Giulia D’Agnolo Vallan and Roberto Turigliatto have been chosen as directors of the Torino Film Festival for the four year period spanning 2003 to 2006. Their appointment becomes effective on January 1st , after which details on their programming plans for the festival are expected. The Italian film event celebrated its 20th edition in November.

Women in Film, Los Angeles, U.S., has elected Iris Grossman as its president. Grossman begins her three-year term at the non-profit organization in the new year. She replaces Hollace Davids.

The U.K.’s Independent Television Commission has extended the terms of appointment for two non-executive board members of Channel 4 by two years. Barry Cox, who is deputy chairman of the board, and Robin Miller were due to conclude their service in January. They were first appointed in January 1999.

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