Discovery Networks (Silver Spring, U.S.): Jane Root has replaced Clark Bunting as EVP and GM at Discovery Channel US, leaving her former post as controller of BBC2. Bunting has been upped to evp for Discovery Networks in the u.s. At Discovery Networks International, Rebecca Batties takes over as svp of creative development and brand management for Discovery’s 10 international networks.
BBC (London, U.K.): Roly Keating, controller of BBC4, has been appointed controller for BBC2, starting in June. Ex-C4 doc commissioner Alan Hayling, most recently with Mentorn, was named head of docs in the factual and learning unit. Newsnight editor George Entwhistle has been promoted to exec editor of the new topical arts unit. Meanwhile, the much-lauded choice of Michael Grade as chairman commences May 17.
Food Network (New York, U.S.): Brooke Johnson is the new president of the Scripps-owned net, replacing Judy Girard, who moves on to the new Shop At Home Network. Johnson joined Food Network in May 2003 as senior VP and GM.
Granada International (London, U.K.): Laura Burrell, previously head of sales for format distrib Action Time (which was absorbed into the Granada fold under the Carlton merger), is the new head of formats for the converged catalog.
Talent TV (London, U.K.): Alexandra Henderson has been tapped to take charge of the UK indie’s events and special programming. She remains series producer for BBC1′s interactive show Test the Nation.
FremantleMedia North America (Santa Monica, U.S.): In further efforts to jump on lifestyle and reality opportunities in the u.s., Tracy Verna has been named the new SVP of lifestyle, while Michael Katz takes over as director of development for the reality division.
Atlas Media (New York, U.S.): Craig Coffman has been promoted to vp of doc programming, and Emi Macuaga steps up as director of development.
talkbackTHAMES (London, U.K.): Charles Furneaux, formerly ce specialist factual at Channel 4 (where he commissioned Touching the Void), has crossed over to the UK’s largest indie as head of specialist factual and documentaries.
Five (London, U.K.): Ian Dunkley has been promoted to deputy ce of factual entertainment, and Lilla Hurst left her copro post with RDF International to join Five as the channel’s first head of copros.
Canal+ (Paris, France): Philippe Lornac has been tapped as director of programming; his previous program director gigs include stints at France 5 and M6.