People on the Move

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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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.