Longtime CBS Intl. exec JOSEPH DI CERTO is stepping down as director of communications after 18 years to pursue several film and TV-related projects. Di Certo came on board the network in the ’70s, when the Eye web’s international unit was set up, and he has been a fixture on the international TV scene ever since. In addition to handling press relations for the division, he regularly sang at trade show parties and social gatherings.
Di Certo, who has published nine books, has one film project sold to Savoy Pictures and another optioned by DreamWorks.
He’s shopping a children’s educational TV series called “The Land of Little Giants” to the networks.
CRAIG RANEBERG has been appointed South Australian Film Corp. corporate services manager, replacing Robert Hawke, who resigned after 12 years.
Raneberg was senior manager of corporate services for Sydney accounting firm Grant Thornton, where his client portfolio included Television & Media Services.
From 1983-94 he was a manager with Horwath & Horwath.
Former Radio New Zealand and 2UE Sydney chief executive NIGEL MILAN has been tapped as chief exec of Tony O’Reilly’s Australian Radio Network, replacing Gary Rice, who was appointed managing director of the Seven Network in August.
KATHERINE HABERKERN has been named director, marketing & promotions-Europe, Warner Bros. Intl. Television Distribution.
Haberkern, who previously was based in Burbank and served as manager of promotions for WBITD, has relocated to London, where she will be responsible for the creation and implementation of promotional and marketing campaigns for WBITD product in Europe.
She also will serve as a liaison between WBITD’s European marketing division and other Warner Bros. European marketing divisions, including theatrical, consumer products, homevideo and DC Comics. Haberkern will continue to report to Lisa Gregorian, VP of research & marketing, WBITD.
FRANCOIS POIRIER has been named director of strategic planning/Europe for the MGM/UA Telecommunications Group.
He will oversee financial planning related to the international television market and will be responsible for marketing strategy and audience and program research for Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Poirier also will provide negotiating support to the MGM/UA sales staff.
Based in Paris, he will report to Gilberte de Turenne, senior VP/Europe.
CARL OLSEN has been appointed Warner Home Video Australia managing director. He was chief exec of the Toys R Us chain Down Under.
SAM HAMILTON was named national marketing manager at United Intl. Pictures Australia, replacing Ian Sutherland, who moved to UIP London. Hamilton had worked for Network Ten and for Polygram Records.