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WGBH promotes Drain to VP of programming; TiVo poaches NBC exec; founder and ex-president of CHUM has a new role
May 1, 2003

Boston, U.S.-based PBS affiliate WGBH announced the appointment of Margaret Drain as vice president of national programming. Drain will be responsible for overseeing WGBH’s current slate of strands as well as developing new programs and establishing new copro relationships. Drain fills the void left by John Willis, who is returning to the U.K. in June to begin his job as director, factual and learning, at the BBC (see RealScreen Plus, April 10, 2003).

WGBH also announced the promotion of Mark Samels to Drain’s former position as executive producer of PBS’s ‘American Experience’ history strand. Samels has been the series’ senior producer since 1997. Both appointments take effect June 1.

TiVo, the San Jose, U.S.-based creator of TV services for digital video recorders, has appointed Martin J. Yudkovitz as president of the company. Yudkovitz left his position as executive VP at New York-based broadcaster NBC to join TiVo. He had been at NBC for nearly 20 years, creating new programming and contributing to the creation of CNBC, MSNBC Cable and

Silver Spring, U.S.-based Discovery Networks International (DNI) has appointed Nathan Fong to the position of senior VP and division chief financial officer, DNI. Fong comes to DNI from Twentieth Century Fox International, where he was a divisional VP responsible for Europe, Latin America and Asia.

Jay Switzer, president and CEO of Toronto, Canada-based CHUM Limited, announced that CHUM has entered into a new services agreement with founder Moses Znaimer, who resigned earlier this year from his positions as VP, corporate development, CHUM Limited and president/executive producer of 17 of CHUM’s TV stations (see RealScreen Plus, January 30, 2003). Znaimer will remain as director, chairman and executive producer of Learning and Skills Television of Alberta, which owns and operates the province’s educational station ACCESS, Canadian Learning Television, BookTelevision: The Channel and CourtTV Canada. Znaimer will also act as an advisor to CHUM on international business development.

Miami, U.S.-based Discovery Networks Latin America/Iberia has promoted Tom Keaveny to the new position of senior VP and general sales manager for the Latin American and Iberia Peninsula regions. Keaveny was previously the senior VP of sales and revenue for Discovery Networks, Asia.

London, U.K.-based Southern Star subsidiary Oxford Scientific Films announced the appointment of Christopher Gibson as sales executive in its film and stills libraries. Gibson will be responsible for promoting footage and photos to OSF’s advertising, design and production clients. He was most recently a sales and marketing executive at British International Television.

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