CNN has upped Keith McAllister from VP and New York bureau chief to senior VP and national managing editor of domestic news gathering, with responsibility for the network’s 10 U.S. bureaus.McAllister, now based in Atlanta, joined CNN in 1986 as a production assistant and rose to weekend assignment editor, field producer, futures editor, assignments manager and managing editor before becoming bureau chief in 1997. Additionally, Earl Casey shifts from managing editor of domestic news gathering to VP of public relations for CNN/U.S. Casey is a 34-year veteran of the news business, the last 18 of them at CNN, which he joined in 1981 as managing editor.
* * *Darren Davis has joined Wizard Entertainment Group as account manager. His responsibilities include handling ad sales for the comic magazine giant. Davis joins Wizard from Wildstorm Prods., a division of Warner Bros.’ D.C. Comics, where he served as manager of new business development.
* * *Josh Resnick has been tapped director of business development at interactive services firm <kpe>. In his new post, Resnick will recommend new investment opportunities for the company. Most recently, Resnick worked within Fox TV’s business development group, reviewing mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures and investments. Deals included News Corp.’s 50% asset purchase of Fox/Liberty, the sale of American Sky Broadcasting to Echo Star Communications and the forged partnership between the National Geographic Channel and NBC. Resnick has also worked at investment banking firm Bear, Stearns & Co. in its media and entertainment unit.
* * *Kevin S. McKean has been tapped executive editor of Forbes.com. In his new post, McKean will develop new strategic products and services to be made available on Forbes’ online site. He will also be responsible for developing relationships with new content providers for the company. Previously, McKean was the founding editor of Money magazine’s Web site. He was also the assistant managing editor at Time Inc.’s New Media division and worked as a senior editor for Money and Discover magazines.
* * *Sam Rosenwasser has been tapped as prexy and general manager of KXTV Sacramento. In his new post, Rosenwasser will manage and search for growth opportunities for KXTV. Previously, Rosenwasser was president and general manager of KVUE. Prior to joining KVUE, he was the local sales manager for KXAN-TV in Austin, Texas and an account executive for WFAA-TV and KDFW-TV in Dallas. He also served a stint as station manager for KNTU Radio in Denton, Texas.
* * *Robert R. Newman has been promoted to vice president of finance and accounting at the American Film Marketing Assn. In his new post, Newman will be responsible directing the association’s financial activities, both for the association and the American Film Market, in addition to overseeing AFMA’s banking and investment operations. Newman joined AFMA in 1990 and served in several executive positions.
* * *Joshua Kislevitz has been named senior VP of domestic licensing for United Media. His new post entails managing United Media’s property partnerships, developing promotions and launching products. Previously Kislevitz was VP of business development for University Games and president of Colorforms. He was also a partner at Kiscom and served as VP/finance of Consolidated Capital.
* * *Diana Schultz has been tapped director of special markets for Intertainer, an interactive net providing on-demand entertainment programming to the cable and telecommunication industries. As director, Schultz will helm the implementation of Intertainer tech into the specialized markets of airlines, hotels and cruise lines. Previously, Schultz was manager of entertainment services at Sony Trans Com. She’s also consulted for IBM and AT&T on new media projects.
* * *Jenny Harris has been upped to exec producer of CNN’s “Moneyline News Hour With Lou Dobbs.” Harris, who had been senior broadcast producer of the program, will report to CNN Financial News exec VP Jeff Gralnick, who will remain the exec in charge of the broadcast. Harris, 29, is the youngest person to assume the exec producer title for “Moneyline,” CNN’s flagship biz news broadcast. In other CNN Financial News appointments, Mia Haugen has been named exec producer of daytime programming for CNNfn, while Eric Gonon has been tapped to exec produce primetime programs for CNN’s biz news sister net.
* * *Scott Hillier has been tapped by Image Group Entertainment as director of production. Based in the company’s New York office, Hillier will report to Michael Schlossman, IGE’s VP of production and development. Currently Hillier is producing a one-hour special for the Discovery Channel with Schlossman. Prior to joining IGE, Hillier was a producer at BBC TV’s foreign affairs unit where he covered the Gulf War. He also served as producer and director on the documentaries “The Bushman Trail” and “The Wild West Bison Drive.”
* * *Jennifer Burak has been promoted to regional director of East Coast sales for the Image Bank, a growing stock image service company which is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Entertainment Imaging division of Eastman Kodak Co. Currently general manager of the N.Y. office, Burak will continue in her current capacity while assuming responsibility of overseeing sales operations in the eastern time zone. Burak joined the Image Bank in 1990 as a film account exec with the launch of that division. Prior to that, she worked in commercial production.
* * *Roger Lefkon has been named senior VP of entertainment operations at Merv Griffin Entertainment. The former prexy of DIC Enterprises will be responsible for all day-to-day operations of MGE and will oversee MGE’s business affairs. “We are expanding activities in the areas of feature films and broadcast TV with the objective of becoming a major supplier of quality entertainment programming,” said Lefkon, who will report to prexy Merv Griffin.
* * *Adam Bialow has been tapped as director of business affairs for Semaphore Entertainment Group, a television production company that conceives, develops and markets entertainment programming. Bialow will now be responsible for all domestic and international satellite, cable, broadcast and pay-per-view distribution. Prior to joining SEG, Bialow was a legal and business affairs consultant for clients such as Court TV, CNBC, MSNBC and Hallmark Entertainment.
* * *Edd Griles, creator of the ESPY and MTV Music Awards programs, has been tapped as the prexy and CEO of Kaleidoscope’s entertainment division. Griles’ new duties include expanding Kaleidoscope’s involvement in network and cable television, Broadway, the Internet, new media and music. He will also provide hands-on creative direction for the company’s current and future entertainment properties and clients. Prior to joining Kaleidoscope Sports & Entertainment, Griles worked for four years as an independent producer, director and creative consultant. He also founded People & Properties, a sports marketing company which recently merged with Kaleidoscope.