Exec Shuffle

Saban Entertainment has tapped Julie Ashton VP of casting. Ashton had worked independently and with Mike Fenton & Associates as a casting director with studios and independent producers including the Walt Disney Co., 20th Century Fox, Miramax and Saban.

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Wink Communications has named Rita C. Dettore VP-people development. She’ll focus on recruiting, training, benefits and development.

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BRC Imagination Arts has named Tony Cruz veep of project development. Coming to the themed-entertainment company from Long Beach-based Jack Morton Co., Cruz will handle BRC’s marketing, promotion and PR activities.

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N2K Encoded Music has named Harry Anger executive VP-G.M. Most recently with AVI Entertainment Group, Anger will handle all label ops, with the exception of A&R.

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EMI Music Publishing has named Alison Witlin O’Donnell veepee of its film soundtrack division. Joining from Jobete Music, O’Donnell also has done turns at All Nations Music, Island Music and Warner Chappell Music.

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Kevin Svenningsen has been upped to VP of Nielsen Syndication Service. Svenningsen, who will be responsible for all sales and marketing of new services, joined Nielsen in 1996 as East Coast regional manager.

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BMG Video has named Mindy Pickard senior VP of marketing and has upped Chris Lynch to veep of business development. With BMG since 1995, Pickard has worked on marketing campaigns for “The Firm,” “The Cabbage Patch Kids” video series and the homevid release of “Heidi Fleiss: Hollywood Madam.” Lynch has been with the company since 1992. Also, Michelle Fiddler has been bumped up to marketing director, Jodi Rovin has been named creative services director, Carolyne Allen has been promoted to associate director of biz affairs and David Lawrence has been pushed to financial ops manager.

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Polygram TV has named Betsy Braun research veepee. Braun will oversee all aspects of research, including network, syndication and cable ratings.

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Pay-per-view service Request TV has staffed up, naming Susan Varra VP of finance & accounting and CFO, and upping Rob Hooke to veep, secretary and chief counsel. In the marketing department, the company has tapped Heidi Petersen and Zelda Nearen supervisors, moved Steve Collins to coordinator and added on-air duties to Mark Hessee’s manager shingle. Also, Arnie Kilk has been reslotted as director of information systems and Julie Martini has joined as creative services manager. Tracey McCormick comes on as sales coordinator.

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Richard Inouye has been named VP of finance and administration for Tribune Entertainment. Inouye comes to Tribune from Cannon Pictures, where he served as CFO.

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Dennis F. Hernandez has been named VP of legal affairs for Fox Television Stations. Before joining Fox, Hernandez was a partner in L.A. law firm Baker & Hostetler, where he served as senior legal counsel for the Univision Television Group.

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Harold R. Reynolds has been named veep of broadcast systems engineering for Fox Tape, the broadcast operations and engineering unit of News Corp. Reynolds, a 20-year industry veteran, most recently ran his own engineering consulting firm, HR Reynolds & Associates.

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Paula Krause has been upped to associate director of business affairs at Zomba Music Publishing. Moving up from her biz affairs manager post, Krause will oversee the company’s film and TV publishing department. Also, Steve Lunt has been tapped director of international A&R for Zomba Music Group.

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Interactive marketing outfit CyberSight has named Gretchen Almy account manager. Joining from Wieden & Kennedy, Almy will be responsible for account management and planning activities for the agency.

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