Central Independent TV names Jones to top spot

Clive Jones has been named managing director of Central Independent Television, the ITV station recently taken over by Carlton Communications.

Monday’s announcement came the same day that Central axed its special projects division, headed by Richard Creasey, which was responsible for several unique international joint ventures including the East West Creative Assn., the theatrical distributor of UIP movies in Russia.

Jones, currently head of the London News Network, will step into the shoes vacated by Andy Allan, who has been promoted to oversee Carlton TV, as well as Central.

Jones will be responsible for Central’s production arm and its regional broadcasting activities in the English Midlands. However, the international distribution company CTE (formerly Central Television Enterprises) has now become a direct subsid of Carlton, reporting to Allan.

Future in question

With the departure of Creasey and his four-person team, a question mark hangs over the future of the East West Creative Assn., which is currently posting impressive numbers with “Schindler’s List” in Russian theaters.

Carlton chairman Michael Green will meet with Creasey later this week to decide whether the company wants to continue its role in the venture, a partnership with Russian media firms.

The EWCA is one of the foremost providers of production services to Western companies; recently it handled the production of “The Big Race,” a project developed by Creasey for Central, in which two teams mixing explorers and celebrities raced overland from London to New York via Siberia.

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