Exec Shuffle

Castle Rock Entertainment has upped Jess Wittenberg from VP to senior veep for business and legal affairs. Before joining Castle Rock in 1988, Wittenberg was in charge of biz affairs at Fox Broadcasting Co. He also ran West Coast biz affairs for Home Box Office.

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Joel Millikin has been upped to veepee of media and co-op advertising for 20 th Century Fox, moving up from exec director of that department. He joined Fox in 1990 as director of media and co-op. Before that, he was an assistant media director at Foote, Cone & Belding Advertising, working on the Orion Pictures account from 1986 to 1990.

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Buena Vista Home Video has named Diana C. Rivera VP, international operations, giving the veteran biz affairs exec responsibility for the planning, development and implementation of BVHV’s manufacturing activities in Europe, Asia and Latin America. Previously she was veep of business and legal affairs.

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Mark Rosch has been named VP at public relations firm Weissman/Angellotti. Rosch will continue to oversee and coordinate various publicity campaigns. Following a stint at Malibu Bay Films, he joined the company in 1991, and has worked on such accounts as the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences and the feature “Like Water for Chocolate.”

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Nan Shipley has been promoted from story editor to director of development for Barbra Streisand’s Barwood Films.

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Polygram Music Publishing has named David Simone president, filling the void left by the resignation last June of Colin Cornish. Simone will focus on acquiring new talent as well as developing exploitation opportunities for PMP’s catalog. Previously, Simone was senior veep of business affairs for Capitol Records.

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Lenny Bart has been promoted to senior vice president, administration, Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution from VP. Bart oversees finance, contracts and clearance validation.

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Graff Pay-Per-View named Elizabeth Dowd president of subsid Graff Marketing Corp. She will be responsible for developing transactional-based products and services including infotainment programming. Dowd joins Graff from E.M. Dowd & Associates Inc., a technology consulting firm.

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NBC has announced three VP appointments in its sales department: Gary Wold, overseeing day and latenight sales; Perri Stein, sales director, day and latenight sales; and Marianne Gambelli, sports sales. Stein, formerly an account exec, assumes Wold’s previous title. Both are network veterans, having started at NBC in 1979 and ’68, respectively. Gambelli joined the network in 1989.

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Live Home Video has upped Beth Bornhurst to VP of sales, sell-through and new technology. She was previously director of sales and marketing for general interest and special products. Parent Live Entertainment named Debra Stein VP of public relations to oversee the company’s corporate, theatrical and homevideo publicity. Previously, Stein operated her own PR shingle following her departure as veep for Epic Prods.

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Warner Music Group has named Vallery Kountze to VP of video marketing development, a newly created position. Her duties will include the expansion of video marketing and distribution opportunities for the music group. Kountze, who will be based in L.A., joins WMG from ITC Home Entertainment, where she was executive VP/general manager.

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Sony Software has named John F. Kelly as director of marketing, with responsibility to expand software opportunities for its Magic Cap hand-held computers. He will also work with Sony Electronics and its electronic publishing arm to cultivate third-party software developers. Kelly joins from Prodigy Services, the on-line information network.

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Nicole Ungerman has joined NBC Entertainment as director, business affairs, handling program acquisitions and talent agreements. She was previously an entertainment lawyer with the Toronto-based firm of Goodman & Goodman.

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Home & Garden Television Network named Ken Lowe president and Susan Packard executive VP. Launch of the 24-hour cable channel, to originate from Knoxville, Tenn., is expected by year’s end in estimated 8 million homes. Lowe remains a VP in the E.W. Scripps Co.’s broadcasting division. Packard was VP, affiliate relations, for CNBC.

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