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House of Blues Entertainment has tapped Jim Mallonee talent buyer for the Myrtle Beach, S.C., and Or-lando, Fla., outlets. Mallonee joins HOB after a five-year stint at Cellar Door Entertainment.

Rick Rogers has been named VP, development, at Lynch Entertainment. He comes to the newly created slot from Rogers Entertainment, his personal-management and production company.

Lucasfilm Ltd.’s THX division has named Kurt Schwenk director of operations. Schwenk, a former VP of film applications with Dolby Laboratories, will report to THX general manager Monica L. Dashwood in the new posi-tion.

Singer/White Entertainment has tapped Eric Poticha director of development. Poticha will oversee development and production of TV movies for network and cable outlets. He joins the production company after a stint at Spy-gaze Pictures.

Rysher Entertainment has upped a pair of execs, moving Gwen Gale to VP, international finance, from her direc-tor’s post, and slotting George Majewski as senior director of international legal and business affairs. Gale is re-sponsible for handling all foreign receivables for film and TV contracts, royalties and overall management contract administration. She has been with Rysher since 1993; Majewski joined the company in 1994.

Deborah Scott-Spera has joined Showtime Networks as VP, motion picture development. She’ll be responsible for supervising the net’s original films, from development through production. Scott-Spera comes to the premium ca-bler from Craig Anderson Prods., where she was VP, feature productions. Also, Bryan Byrd has been upped to public relations director. Her takes on responsibility for PR and publicity for Showtime and the Movie Channel. Byrd joined the company in October 1995.

Idea shop the Spark Factory has named Gail Gillman VP, creative affairs. Burdened with bringing feature and TV projects into the company, Gillman joins from de Passe Entertainment, where she was a story editor.

EMI-Capitol Music Group, North America, has named Karen Coe VP, human resources. Coe will manage compa-nywide compensation and benefits plans and will handle employee relations. She comes to the company from Technology Services Solutions.

Animation and special-effects house Blue Sky Studios has bumped Amy Jupiter to executive producer/VP, produc-tion. Before joining Blue Sky last year, Jupiter spent time at Digital Domain, where she was a digital effects pro-ducer; before that, she was with the Walt Disney Co. for 10 years.

John T. Mazzola has joined Metropolitan Entertainment Group as G.M. of the Darien Lake Performing Arts Cen-ter and director of upstate New York operations. Mazzola comes to the company from his manager’s post at the Sun Dome Arena in Tampa, Fla.

America’s Health Network has named James Higgins VP, marketing. He’ll oversee development and promotion of the cabler’s marketing and publicity programs. Higgins joins from Greater Media.

Bob Mastronardi has been tapped sales & marketing manager for the Southeastern region of Eastman Kodak Co.’s professional motion imaging unit. Based in Atlanta, Mastronardi has been with Kodak since 1992.

The Harvey Entertainment Co. has appointed Stefanie Tier Friedman director of domestic licensing, consumer products division. Joining from Marvel Characters, Tier Friedman will license the Harvey character portfolio for the domestic marketplace.

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