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A&E appoints a new head of docs and senior VP of programming; Five poaches prominent BBC presenter; former Extreme staffer joins Parthenon
January 9, 2003

New York-based A&E Network has hired Nancy Dubuc to head up documentary programming. She was poached from AETN’s History Channel unit. In other A&E news Robert DeBitetto has been appointed as senior VP, programming. He was most recently president of original programming at Turner Network Television.

U.K. broadcaster Five has lured investigative reporter Donal MacIntyre away from the BBC. According to The Guardian, MacIntyre will present a minimum of 12 hours of programming for Five this year. He is best known for the BBC1 series MacIntyre Undercover.

Doc producer/distributor Parthenon Entertainment in London, U.K. has hired Charlotte Cabrero to head up the company’s operations covering Latin America, Spain and Eastern Europe. She joins the company from distrib Extreme International.

Bethpage, U.S.-based Cablevision Systems has promoted Hank Ratner to vice chairman. Ratner was most recently vice chairman of Cablevision’s programming arm, Rainbow Media Holdings, which operates the Independent Film Channel. Additionally, Robert Lemle resigned as Cablevision’s general counsel in December, but retained his posting as vice chairman and board secretary.

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Justin Anderson joined Realscreen as senior staff writer in 2021, reporting and writing stories for the newsletter and magazine. During his 20-year career he’s filled a variety of roles as a writer and editor at a number of media organizations, covering news and current affairs as well as business, tech, the film and music industries and plenty in between. He’s also spent time behind the scenes in television production, having written everything from voiceover scripts for documentaries to marketing copy. He has a degree in Journalism from Toronto Metropolitan University (formerly Ryerson University).