Levy resigns post at UPN

Media and talent relations veep ankles after a year on the job

Penelope Levey, UPN’s senior vice president of media and talent relations, has resigned from her post after nearly a year on the job.

Levey was originally hired by former UPN CEO Lucie Salhany to oversee all corporate press and public relations, as well as media and talent relations for the network.

Levey reported directly to the CEO — first Salhany and subsequently Dean Valentine — until last month, when Robert Rene was tapped as executive VP of marketing. Soon after she began reporting to Rene, she asked to be let out of her contract.

“It became a different job than the one I signed on for,” Levey said.

Valentine, who has not yet named a replacement, said, “I have great respect for Penelope, both personally and professionally. She has done a wonderful job, and I’m sorry to see her leave.”

Levey joined UPN after serving as VP of media relations at New World Entertainment, which was folded after News Corp. purchased the company. Prior to that, she was veep of publicity, advertising and promotion, as well as company spokesperson, for Stephen J. Cannell Prods. Inc.

She also worked as VP of publicity for Warner Bros. TV, and she held positions at Disney and Twentieth TV.

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