A&E (New York): The network’s flagship ‘Biography’ strand has a new VP and executive producer: Didi O’Hearn. O’Hearn was most recently director, programming, for the Biography Channel.
Channel 4 (London): Kevin Lygo has returned to Channel 4 as director of television. Lygo, who was most recently director of programs at Five, will replace Tim Gardam, who announced last month his plans to resign by the end of the year. A former head of entertainment for C4, Lygo is known for ‘broadening [Five's] program offering from a reliance on films, sport and acquisitions’ by bolstering U.K. productions, including popular factual and history programming.
The Danish Film Institute (Copenhagen): Lizette Gram has been appointed international relations/festival manager, feature films, effective July 21. In this role, Gram will help to launch Danish feature films, including documentaries, at international festivals.
Maryland Public Television (MPT) (Owings Mills, U.S.): Steven J. Schupak has been appointed VP of content enterprises for mpt. His duties will include TV programming development on national and regional productions. Schupak was formerly VP of strategic marketing and business development for Henninger Media Services in Washington, D.C.
National Geographic Channel (Washington, D.C.): John Ford, who left Discovery in February, has joined the ranks of his former competitors. Ford has been appointed executive VP, programming, for the Nat Geo Channel, effective August 18. His responsibilities will include development, production, acquisition and scheduling. Ford held a number of exec positions at Discovery, most recently as president of new media for Discovery Networks U.S. He first began working at the company in 1989.
S4C (Cardiff, U.K.): S4C announced the appointment of Iona Jones as the Welsh channel’s new director of programs as of September 1. Jones was S4C’s director of corporate affairs from 1995 to 2000 and was most recently group controller of corporate affairs at Carlton-owned ITV franchise HTV. She replaces Huw Eirug, whose six years with the company wraps up at the end of August.
Scripps Networks (Knoxville, U.S.): Bob Baskerville has been appointed senior VP and general manager for the DIY – Do It Yourself Network. Baskerville fills the role being vacated by Jim Zarchin, who has been head of DIY since its launch more than three years ago and is headed for the Shop At Home Network. Baskerville was most recently senior VP of production for Scripps Productions.
TLC (Silver Spring, U.S.): Discovery-owned tlc announced the hire of Joan Harrison as VP, programming and development. Harrison was most recently a television agent in Los Angeles.