Alicia Hirsch has been named senior VP of technical services and distribution at Universal Studios Operations Group. Joining from MTM Enterprises/Family Channel, Hirsch will handle coordination of the manufacture of video masters for homevideo, TV, nontheatrical and airline customers.
Request TV has brought Jane Shanley back as regional VP-Northeast region for the sales and affiliate relations department; upped Maribel Maldonado to senior director, mid-Atlantic region; and moved Shannon Cook to sales coordinator. Also, Lori Connolly has been ramped up to research manager and Heidi Petersen has been made marketing manager.
Media buyer the Media Edge has tapped Sandy Aronowitz VP and manager of local broadcast buying. Aronowitz had been at Paragon Media and also did a turn at Broadcast Marketing Corp.
Red Ant Entertainment has named James Elliott senior VP of A&R. Handling the label’s full A&R department, Elliott had been with Gasoline Alley/MCA Music.
The Fox Television Stations Group has appointed Laureen E. Ong VP and G.M. for its Washington O&O station WTTG. Ong comes to the post from Fox-owned KSAZ Phoenix. She also had been senior VP and G.M. for Prism/SportsChannel in Philadelphia.
Universal Pictures has named Lauren Greenwade executive media director and has upped Leigh Haikin to director of media ops.
New Wave Entertainment has named Nina Saxon VP and creative director at New Wave Design. Leading the company’s efforts in graphics and title design, Saxon will divide her time between New Wave’s Burbank headquarters and her office in Santa Monica.
Kevin Gore has been tapped senior VP and G.M. of Polygram Classics & Jazz. Handling U.S. marketing, sales, promotion and publicity efforts at the label, Gore joins Polygram from Sony Music, where he was a VP with the company’s Columbia arm.
Edmonds Entertainment Group has brought Debra Baum on board as executive VP and G.M. Responsible for interfacing operations at the company’s various business interests, Baum previously ran her own management company.
Lisa Kaye has been named senior VP-human resources at E! Entertainment Television. She’ll handle all HR functions for the cabler, including recruitment and staffing, employee training and relations, and benefits and compensation. Kaye moves up from her VP slot.
Myers Media has appointed Susan Burkat senior VP, responsible for campaigns on behalf of the company’s music, entertainment and corporate clients. Burkat joins Myers after running her own PR outfit.
Kenneth Abrams has joined Marvel Entertainment Group as VP-consumer products. He’ll concentrate on domestic licensing of the company’s TV and film properties, which include Spider-Man and the X-Men. Abrams had been with Viacom Consumer Products.
Nancy McLachlan has been appointed VP and associate broadcast director for Western Intl. Media. McLachlan comes to the ad buying agency after stints with Carat/ICG, Asher & Partners, Blair Television and Media & Marketing Affiliates.
Buena Vista Television has promoted Tom Cerio to senior VP and general sales manager of its Eastern division. Cerio has served as BVTV’s Eastern division VP and general sales manager since 1990.
Karen Danaher-Dorr has joined Polygram Television as senior VP of TV movies and miniseries. Based in L.A., she’ll handle all pic and mini development and production for the Polygram unit. Danaher-Dorr had been with Citadel Entertainment, where she was senior VP-motion pics & miniseries.
Weddington Prods. has named Marc Vanocur managing director. He will handle budgeting, operations and all business affairs for the company.
Ticketmaster has tapped Timothy J. Wood executive VP of the Western region and director of European development, and has upped Claire L. Rothman to exec VP. With the ticketer 14 years, Wood will oversee the nine-state Western area and will help push the company into Europe. Rothman will rep the outfit’s profile in the entertainment and biz communities.