SHING KWONG FUNG, general manager of TVB Intl. in Hong Kong, has been tapped president of NBC Asia Ltd.
Fung will be responsible for the overall management and strategic direction of NBC’s programming services in Asia. He will report to Tom Rogers, president of NBC cable and business development and exec VP of NBC. Fung, who will take up his new position Aug. 1, will continue to be based in Hong Kong.
Beginning this month, NBC will produce live business news through the startup of CNBC Asia. The Asian service will include more than 11 hours of live Asian business news produced by bureaus in Hong Kong and other key financial centers, as well as business news from the U.S. (from CNBC) and from Europe (from the European Money Wheel on NBC Super Channel).
In the fall NBC will launch NBC Super Channel Asia, a general programming service for the region.
NBC began broadcasting into the Asian region in September 1994 with a preview service (ANBC) of business news and general news programming.
ERASMUS BOELTE, currently managing director of Erasmus Films, has been named senior VP, light entertainment, for the German production arm of Grundy Worldwide.
QVC Inc. has named FRANCIS EDWARDS senior vice president, international. Before joining QVC, Edwards was senior vice president, sales & marketing, with Garden Way Inc., a manufacturer of garden power products.
Former Home Box Office Asia programming planning and scheduling director KATHY CORCORAN has been named general manager of Australian feevee operator Optus Vision’s two-channel movie service. Reporting to the yet-to-be appointed movie service CEO, Corcoran will be responsible for programming, promotions, acquisitions, channel positioning, branding, marketing and finance.
PAOLA FERRARESI is stepping down from her position as head of the promotion and corporate image department at Sacis, the sales and distribution arm of Italo pubcaster RAI. A veteran Sacis representative at film festivals and markets worldwide, Ferraresi has announced her retirement date as July 31. Replacing her will be former RAI exec NICOLA CONA.