Exec Shuffle

GRTV Network has tapped Brooke Thomas as VP of national advertising sales. In his new position, Thomas will be responsible for collecting advertisers into pods which focus on a specific category per programming block. Thomas joins GRTV from Paxson Communications.

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Gordon Peppars has been named national sales manager at KTLA. In his new role, Peepars will oversee all national sales and research. Prior to his appointment, Peepars served as account executive at the station.

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Scott Free Productions has buoyed Stephen Kent Foster to director of development and has upped Edwin Kasiba to story editor. Foster was previously a story analyst for the company; Kashiba served there as assistant to two senior veepees of production.

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Robert Hebenstreit has been named veepee of research for Paxson Communication’s PaxNet web, due to bow Aug. 31. Hebenstreit comes to Paxson after spending 16 years with station rep firm Petry Television, most recently as VP and director of research.

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KCRW (89.9 FM) has named Kyle McKinnon the new producer of “Which Way, L.A?” with Warren Olney, the station’s signature public affairs program. McKinnon has served as writer-producer for news and entertainment shows at television stations KTLA and KCAL, in addition to writing and reporting for Tribune New Media Development and The Orlando Sentinel.

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David Kneupper has been named president of Soundelux Hollywood. Kneupper is a founding partner of Soundelux Showorks, which specializes in show production and systems for theme parks and special venues. His new responsiblities include overseeing day-to-day operations and all editorial and administrative functions.

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Ken Kay has been upped to VP of Direct-To-Home at Showtime Networks Inc. In his new position, Kay will oversee Showtime’s daily TVRO operations in addition to the Direct-To-Home financial operations group. Prior to his appointment, Kay worked as director of businesss planning for the company.

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Julie Piepenkotter has been promoted to veepee of syndication research for Buena Vista Television. Piepenkotter, who has been with BVTV since 1989, most recently served as executive director of research.

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Kate Fishman-Cohen has been VP of development at Curious Pictures, the Gotham-based animation, special effects and commercial studio. Fishman-Cohen will be charged with expanding the company’s entertainment division and working with in-house directors. Prior to joining Curious, Fishman-Cohen was senior producer at the Gotham new media firm Avalanche Solutions.

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Janet Kerrigan Daily has been promoted to manager of publicity, primetime series at CBS Entertainment, announced Chris Ender, VP of media relations. Daily, who will continue to report to Terri Corigliano,VP of publicity of primetime series, currently serves as publicist on “Chicago Hope” and “Everybody Loves Raymond,” among other series. Daily joined CBS as a senior publicist in March 1995.

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