People on the Move

Five shortlists eight candidates to replace Airey; Nat Geo Ventures appoints a new president; Canada's Rogers Cable appoints a new chairman
December 19, 2002

The search for someone to replace former head of the U.K.’s Five (formerly Channel 5) Dawn Airey has been narrowed down to a shortlist of roughly eight names, according to The Guardian. At the top of the list is David Frank, RDF’s founder and chief executive. (RDF is the prodco responsible for the popular Channel 4 format Faking It). Airey left Five in September to head up BskyB’s Sky Networks. The position is not expected to be filled before the new year.

Washington, D.C.-based National Geographic Ventures, a subsidiary of the National Geographic Society, has announced the appointment of Dennis Patrick as its new president. Formerly the president of AOL Wireless and CEO of Time Warner, Patrick will be responsible for Nat Geo’s television and feature-film production, as well as the cable channels.

The board of Toronto, Canada-based cablecaster Rogers Cable Inc. announced the appointments of John H. Tory to the position of chairman and Edward Rogers as president and chief operating officer. Tory is currently the CEO of the cable company, a position that he will maintain. Both appointments will take effect in January 2003.

Robert S. Lemle has resigned from his position as general counsel to Cablevision Systems and will leave at the end of the year. Lemle will remain on the company’s board of directors and will act as a senior legal advisor.

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.