K.K. Chua, one of Southeast Asia’s best-known distribs, is leaving United Intl. Pictures. Chua, UIP’s VP sales for Southeast Asia for 3 1/2 years, confirmed that he handed in his notice last November and is departing in June.

His successor, starting May 1, is Steve Ashmore, formerly the manager of UIP’s Mexico operation.

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Mel Swope has been named senior VP of production at MGM/UA Worldwide TV, overseeing all production and reporting to recently installed president John Symes. A producer whose credits include “Fame” and “Miami Vice,” Swope most recently was VP of production at Wilshire Court Prods., a division of Paramount, where Symes had been exec VP, creative affairs.

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Merrill Brown, senior VP of corporate and program development for Courtroom Television Network, was named president of the information services division of Kagan World Media.

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