MICHAEL RUSSELL has ankled his post as executive director of national publicity at Paramount to join Orion Pictures as v.p. of publicity.

MICHAEL SMITH has been named to the new post of v.p. of creative advertising at Warner Bros., effective Feb. 4. Smith most recently was senior v.p. and creative director at Chiat/Day/Mojo in New York.

AL OVADIA has been promoted senior veep, licensing and merchandising, at Fox Broadcasting Co. He was vice prez. MARY BARELA, formerly director of licensing and merchandising, takes the v.p. post.

ANDREW FOSTER joins New Line as v.p., creative services. He was a senior v.p. of marketing at Epic Prods.

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