Exec Shuffle

Stephanie Grossman has been named director of the newly launched West Coast media sales arm for Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution. Grossman comes to WB after serving as veepee of West Coast advertising sales for the Court TV cabler.

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Syndie newsmag “Inside Edition” has promoted Esther Pessin and Philip Tangel to senior show producers for its weekend show, “Inside Edition Weekend.” Pessin is also managing editor of the daily edition, while Tangel is senior coordinating producer and associate director.

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RKO Pictures has made Ron Gell veepee of production. Gell’s new responsibilities include expanding the base of RKO’s current domestic distributors. Most recently, Gell was chief operating officer of Catalyst Prods.

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American Movie Classics (AMC) has made a number of key exec appointments. Linda Schildkraut has been upped to veepee, eastern region, for AMC and Romance Classics; Laura Bonington Masse has joined as veepee, marketing; Jacqueline Majers has been named director of marketing; and John R. Harran has joined as regional director, southeast region.

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MY-CD, the Gotham-based Internet site that allows consumers to create their own customized digital entertainment, has appointed several top execs. Denise Shapiro has been named chief marketing officer; Tyler Peppel has joined as chief technical officer and West Coast business developer; Joanne Weiss has been named veepee of finance and administration; Kenny Miller has joined as creative director and veepee of site development; and Jeremy Drosin has been named director of marketing, media and public relations.

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David Vogler has been named veepee of creative at Nickelodeon’s online division. In his new role, Vogler will oversee the design, creative direction and content development for Nickelodeon’s online presence. Vogler led the development and launch of Nickelodeon Online in 1995, and most recently served as veepee of kids’ content for Disney Online.

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VH1 has named Michael G. Larkin to the new position of VP of motion pictures for television. Larkin’s new responsibilities will include overseeing development and production of VH1’s original TV movies. Larkin most recently had an exclusive production agreement with Von Zerneck-Sertner Films.

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Henninger Prods. has hired Douglas S. Pasternak as an associate producer. Previously an associate editor with the investigative unit at U.S. News and World Report magazine, and a two-time national magazine award finalist, Pasternak’s new responsi-bilities will include applying his research, writing and producing skills to various projects already under development at the company.

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Ellen Ginsburg has been upped to VP, music clearance, of Fox Music, where she will be responsible for both music and soundtrack clearance for all Fox films and TV shows. Ginsburg joined Fox last year as exec director of music clearance. Prior to joining Fox, Ginsburg was head of West Coast music in business affairs at HBO in L.A.

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Dennis Prechtl has joined NBC Cable Networks as director of affiliate research and will report to Mark Hotz, VP of consumer and affiliate marketing. Based in CNBC headquarters in Fort Lee, N.J., Prechtl will be responsible for supporting the affiliate sales and marketing efforts for both CNBC and MSNBC. Prechtl was most recently manager of sales resources devel-opment for Fox Family Channel in N.Y.

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As part of its ongoing transformation, Fox Family Channel has tapped Beth Schroeder for the newly created position of director, TV movie development. She will be responsible for developing and producing TV movies for the channel. Schroeder is currently the exec in charge of production for “Silver Wolf,” a Fox Family Channel premiere movie starring Roy Scheider. Schroeder joins Fox from O’Hara-Horowitz Prods., where she was VP of development.

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Tony Potts has signed on as a correspondent for Paramount’s syndie magazine show “Entertainment Tonight.” Potts comes to “ET” after serving as an entertainment reporter and morning show co-host for Fox O&O WNYW New York.

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Larry Emsweller has been named director of program development for Meredith Broadcast Group, producer of the syndie lifestyle series “Better Homes and Gardens Television.” Emsweller had been program director for Meredith’s NBC affiliate WSMV Nashville.

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Mark Litvack has been promoted to the position of director of legal affairs, worldwide antipiracy at the Motion Picture Assn. and the Motion Picture Assn. of America. The MPA is the international arm of the MPAA. Also promoted at the MPAA was Ken Jacobson to the position MPAA veep and director, U.S. antipiracy.

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UPN has tapped Lucia Cottone as director, drama development. Cottone joins UPN from Rysher Entertainment where she served as director of creative affairs. She was part of the team that oversaw production on “Nash Bridges,” “Highlander” and “Oz.” She was previously employed in that studio’s feature film post production department.

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