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Bell joins TCI’s Encore as prexy of Ent. Group

Veteran broadcast and studio exec Steve Bell is joining Tele-Communications Inc.’s pay-cable arm Encore Media as president of its new Encore Entertainment Group.

Bell – who most recently was president of Foxstar Prods, after a stint as president of the network TV unit at Fox – will be in charge of programming, promotion packaging and production for Encore’s 10 pay-cable services and its firstrun movie channel, Starz!

He is expected to be replaced at Foxstar by second-in-command Kevin Burns. Burns looks to be in line for a promotion from veep to senior VP at Foxstar, which has produced biographical programs and specials for the A&E Network as well as the telepic “Alien Nation: Dark Horizon.”

Splitting his time between Encore’s Denver headquarters and offices in Los Angeles, Bell reports to Encore chairman John Sie. In a statement, Sie calls Bell “the ideal person to lead the Encore networks to the next stage of their development and guide them into more original programming and production in the years ahead.”

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