People on the Move

BBC Worldwide has announced ceo Rupert Gavin will step down from the post in October.
August 1, 2004

BBC Worldwide has announced CEO Rupert Gavin will step down from the post in October.

Nat Geo Channel has appointed former Animal Planet VP and GM Michael Cascio senior VP, production. Cascio is also notable for time spent at A&A, MSNBC and ABC affiliate WPVI.

BBC4 has appointed Janice Hadlow channel controller. Previously head of specialist factual at C4, she replaces Roly Keating, now controller of BBC2.

Animal Planet has finally named a GM and exec VP – Maureen Smith joins the U.S. net from Fox.

Travel Channel loses exec VP and GM Rick Rodriguez at the end of July. He remains at the net as a consultant until November.

National Wildlife Productions bids adieu to president and CEO Chris Palmer in mid-August. A 10-year vet of NWP, Palmer is leaving to found the Center for Environmental Filmmaking at the American University’s School of Communication. Beyond running his own prodco, Palmer is also writing a book, Adventures in Wildlife Filmmaking.

CHUM Television has re-jigged its indie production unit to reflect the increasing importance of indies to the Toronto-based company’s program initiatives. Paul Gratton has taken the post of VP, while Diane Boehme has been promoted to senior director.

Tigress Productions in Bristol named Graham Booth its first creative director. Dick Colthurst also joins Tigress from BBC Bristol to spearhead a move into science and adventure.

ABCNews VideoSource in New York is now minus David Seevers, formerly director of sales and marketing.

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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.