Trauma Records has announced the appointment of Linda Murdock as veepee of promotion. Her new responsibilities will include overseeing the development and growth of Trauma’s artist roster. Murdock comes to Trauma Records from Island Records, where she was VP of pop promotion.

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Publicity and promotion vet John Michaeli has joined soon-to-launch Pax Net as senior VP of publicity. Based at Pax Net’s L.A. office, Michaeli will be responsible for all trade and consumer publicity and oversee the web’s West Palm Beach, Fla., publicity dept. Michaeli arrives at Paxson Communications’ family-oriented web, which bows Aug. 31, from Fox Family Channel.

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Kathy Hornbuckle has been appointed director of drama programming for Studios USA Firstrun Television, where she’ll oversee the production of “Xena: Warrior Princess,” “Hercules: The Legendary Journeys” and the upcoming “Young Hercules.” Hornbuckle comes to Studios USA after spending the past two years as director of development for Metropolis Animation.

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Thomas A. Conway has been named senior veepee of corporate marketing for Univision, assisting in sales and marketing efforts for the Spanish-lingo broadcaster’s 13 O&O stations. Conway comes to Univision after 10 years with the Television Bureau of Advertising.

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