People on the Move

NATPE CEO resigns; Animal Planet Int'l names new VP; AOL agrees on a CEO
January 23, 2003

Bruce Johansen, president and CEO of the National Association of Television Program Executives (NATPE), has resigned from the top job. Johansen will remain in his current role until NATPE’s board of directors finds a successor, after which he will serve as an advisor to NATPE.

NATPE also unveiled its new board members and executive committee: Peggy Kelly, a senior vice president at New York City-based Universal McCann, has been appointed chairwoman; and Gary Marenzi, the president of Los Angeles, U.S.-based Paramount International Television, Gilles Meunier, the commercial director of Paris, France-based SmartJog and John Reardon, a regional vice president at Los Angeles-based Tribune Television, have been named to the board. All NATPE board members serve three-year terms.

Peter Weil has been appointed to the newly created position of senior VP and general manager of Animal Planet International and will be based in London, U.K. Weil’s responsibilities will include providing Animal Planet with editorial and creative direction. Weil was previously the VP, content, for Discovery U.K.

AOL Time Warner’s board of directors has elected Dick Parsons to the newly combined role of chairman and CEO. Parsons’ appointment will become effective in the spring at the annual shareholders’ meeting.

Starting February 10, BBC2 will have a new channel executive: Red Johnson, currently the interactive executive in factual and learning. Johnson will replace Charlotte Ashton, who left to become head of factual at UKTV.

Toronto, Canada’s Hot Docs (April 25 to May 4) has chosen the programmers for the 2003 edition of its Industry Program. Sarah Jane Flynn, a doc-maker and producer, will organize the producer seminars and Kickstart (a set of workshops and panels aimed at ‘emerging to mid-career documentary filmmakers’). Sean Farnel, who programs Doc Soup and the Real to Reel section of the Toronto International Film Festival, is slated to program Filmmaker Discussions (a series of moderated panel discussions) and The Innovators (featuring high-profile speakers).

Showtime Networks announced the appointment of Peter Keramidas to the position of executive VP, programming. Keramidas, who was most recently Showtime’s senior VP of programming and new media content, will be responsible for program distribution, strategic planning and content development.

Ellen Lovejoy has left Beyond International to join U.K.-based Target Distribution. Lovejoy will lead Target’s expansion into the U.S., which will include the launch of a new fund for developing entertainment and animation projects.

The founder and executive chairman of Winnipeg, Canada-based CanWest Global Communications, I.H. ‘Izzy’ Asper, has stepped down from the position of executive chairman, but will remain as chairman of the board.

Sony Pictures Television International has appointed Helios Alvarez Jr. to the position of director of sales for Brazil, Argentina and Chile. Alvarez, who was previously the sales director for South America for 20th Century Fox, will be based in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

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.