Exec Shuffle

Manfred Buchwald, chief of German web ARD affil SR, has been voted to serve another five-year term.

Joan Danto-Linden has joined Odyssey Entertainment as VP of business and legal affairs. She previously was at Live Home Video.

Attorney Michael Compton is the new manager of business affairs at Dick Clark Prods. He will oversee the company’s trademark and copyright registration, contract negotiations, title clearance, internal employment policy and biz affairs. Compton most recently was director of contract administration for Triad Artists.

Christie Allen has been named director of creative affairs for Savoy Pictures. Based in Savoy’s New York office, she will be working with Alan Greisman and Stacey Attanasio to bring acquisitions to Savoy. Previously, Allen worked at Columbia Pictures Entertainment Intl., where she was involved in the international marketing of such films as “Steel Magnolias,””Glory” and “Look Who’s Talking.”

BET Holdings Inc. has named William T. Gordon III chief financial officer. Gordon will also direct the company’s shareholder relations activities. Gordon replaces Alan H. Nichols Jr., who is leaving to assume a similar position with a large diversified media company, according to BET. Gordon was BET Holdings’ audit partner on behalf of Price Waterhouse.

Judy Girard was named senior VP, programming and production, and group VP at Hearst/ABC-Viacom Entertainment Services, a joint venture of Capital Cities/ABC Inc., Viacom Inc. and Hearst Corp. andparent of cable network Lifetime Television, New York. Girard was vice president of broadcasting for WNBC-TV in New York.

Bill Olson and Jim Ziegler have been named producers of Paramount’s “Entertainment Tonight.” Both joined the show in 1981, with Olson holding such posts as writer, associate director, post-production supervisor and weekend show producer; Ziegler served as a segment director, writer and weekend producer.

Carol Holdsworth has been upped to director of publicity for Saban Intl., after having served as publicity coordinator. Meanwhile, Roxsanna Mobley has joined Saban Entertainment as sales manager for domestic licensing. She previously was manager of licensing sales for Applause Inc. in Woodland Hills.

Saban Domestic Distribution has signed producer Karen Lee Copeland to oversee production of its new live-action/animated “Mad Scientist Toon Club” series. Copeland served as program director of WNBC-TV for eight years, worked on a number of kids series and helped launch “Hard Copy” into the syndication marketplace.

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