Castle Rock Entertainment has tapped a trio of VPs and a director, naming Wendy Saltzburg advertising VP for Castle Rock Pictures, appointing Lori Koravos VP-production controller at CRE and slotting Jean Wells as information technology VP at CRE. Also, Kerry Leary has been bumped to director of Castle Rock Television from her managerial post. A five-year company vet, Saltzburg handles creative advertising for all theatrical campaigns.* BRC Imagination Arts has boosted Jim Warren to VP, project development. In the newly created position, Warren will work in the development of new products and projects for BRC and its clients, and will direct the company’s project development team. He joined BRC in 1993. * Marc Bruderer was named executive director of marketing at 20th Century Fox Licensing & Merchandising, where he’ll oversee marketing support for merchandising campaigns behind Fox TV’s “The X-Files” and the upcoming “Anastasia” theatrical. Bruderer had been director of brand management for Disney licensees at toymaker Applause. * In consolidating its jazz A&R and marketing ops, Polygram has named Chuck Mitchell president of Verve Records. Mitchell takes control of worldwide A&R and marketing tasks for Verve, Antilles and Verve Forecast. He moves up from his senior VP-G.M. post at Verve Records U.S. * West Prods. has made some changes, tapping Douglas Turner VP, sales & marketing, bumping Eric Clopein to director of operations, naming Walter Lavash chief engineer and promoting Scott West to general manager. * Mark Bozek has been named exec VP, broadcast, at Home Shopping Network. Bozek most recently was senior VP, programming and broadcasting, at rival QVC’s now-defunct Q2 shopping channel. * Expanding its music department, Rysher Entertainment has named Dan Butler to the new position of VP, business and legal affairs, music, and has tapped Michelle Norrell director, music clearance and administration. Joining from MGM Music, Butler will negotiate and draft all music-related contracts. Norrell comes to Rysher after a nine-year gig at Sony Music. * Valerie Schaer has been upped to senior VP, production and reality programming, at ABC daytime. At ABC since 1995, Schaer most recently was senior VP, production and administration. In her new post, she continues to oversee physical production and operations for all daytime programming and will add reality programming and development, including the Daytime Emmy Awards. * Bravo and the Independent Film Channel have made some sales division appointments, tapping Krissie Gargaro Central region sales director, promoting Andrew Hunn to Eastern regional director and bumping Deborah Benson to Eastern region director, affiliate marketing, national accounts. Also, Brittany Griffin and Wendy Conrad have joined the cabler; Griffin as Western region sales manager, and Conrad as Southern region territory manager. * Liz Kalodner has been named VP of Walt Disney Records. She’ll be responsible for overseeing day-to-day operations of the label and its staff. Kalodner joined Disney in 1988, and most recently was new business development VP for Disney Consumer Products. * Blue Sky Studios has tapped Julie M. Haddon director of marketing. Haddon comes to the animation and visual effects house from Acclaim Entertainment, where she handles PR.
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