Melvin Flanigan has joined Digital Theater Systems as veep of finance and chief financial officer.
In the new position, Flanigan will be responsible for accounting, finance and reporting functions of the Agoura Hills, Calif. developer of digital sound systems for feature films. He will also participate in the company’s strategic planning and general management efforts.
Flanigan most recently served as chief financial officer and veep of operations at SensArray Corp. in Santa Clara, Calif.
Prior to that, he was corporate controller for Megatest Corp. in San Jose, and also held posts at Cooperative Solutions Inc., Hewlett Packard and PriceWaterhouseCoopers.
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Jeffrey Killeen has been tapped CEO of two-year-old business information Web site Forbes.com.
In the newly created post, Killeen will oversee all of Forbes.com’s strategic and operational growth, working to form new corporate alliances and create new products.
Most recently, Killeen was chief operating officer at online bookseller barnesandnoble.com, supervising the site’s development from its inception. Previously, Killeen was prexy and CEO of SBC Interactive Media, maker of ‘Net content for regional phone companies Pac Bell and SBC.
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TVN Entertainment Corporation has promoted Michele Donaldson to VP of marketing.
In her new position, Donaldson will oversee all aspects of consumer and trade marketing for the company’s digital near-video-on-demand (NVOD) and video-on-demand (VOD) pay-per-view networks, as well as for its new home shopping and e-commerce services for digital cable affiliates.
Donaldson joined TVN in 1998 as director of consumer marketing.
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DG Systems has tapped Matthew Devine as CEO and Omar Choucair as chief financial officer.
Devine will be responsible for developing and executing corporate strategy with the goal of improving operating results.
Choucair will manage the company’s financial functions to support goals for growth.
Prior to joining DG Systems, both Devine and Choucair worked at Chancellor Media. Devine served as chief financial officer, and Choucair was VP of finance.
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Nelvana has appointed Cathy Laughton managing director of its London-based operations. Prior to joining Nelvana, Laughton was director of international television distribution at the Jim Henson Co.
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Tommy Boy Music has promoted Michelle Bayer to director of creative business development.
In her new post, Bayer will be responsible for marketing and promoting the label’s catalog of music to film, television, advertising and new media companies.
Most recently, Bayer worked in Tommy Boy’s publishing department for three years. Prior to joining Tommy Boy, Bayer was a manager of tracking at EMI Music Publishing.
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Intl. Film Guarantors has appointed two veteran production experts as executives. Jake Jacobson has been tapped production executive for film and television. Michael Harker has been named director of post-production.
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TV Guide Networks has named David Merrill as VP of finance. He will report to Pam McKissick, president and CEO of TV Guide Networks. In his new post, Merrill will develop strategic plans and analyze mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures for TV Guide Networks.
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Ann (A.J.) Johnson has joined Granada Entertainment USA as VP creative affairs. She will be head of Granada Entertainment USA’s series development department, which includes all comedy, drama and light entertainment series projects. She will also oversee the adaptation and development of British formats to the U.S. marketplace.
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The WB 100+ Station group has promoted Juli Biondi to vice president of technical operations. She joined the WB network in 1995 as director of operations for post production services in on-air promotions.
In her new position, Biondi will oversee expansion of the company’s services and future development in addition to continuing to manage all technical operations at the station group’s central site in LA. Before coming to the WB, Biondi spent 17 years at Compact Video/4MC in various departments.
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Nickelodeon has promoted Sal Maniaci to VP, current series, East Coast. In his newly created position, Maniaci will manage Nick’s current series department and oversee all execs in charge of production. In addition, he will remain as supervisor to all Marquee Tollin/Robbins productions based out of Los Angeles.
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Alliance Atlantis Motion Picture Distribution recently promoted four employees to VP status. Nelson Kuo Lee, former director of operations, is now the VP of operations, motion picture distribution, where he will now oversee all systems of development and implementation with the company’s finance group.
David Partridge has been promoted to VP of homevideo for motion picture distribution, Canada, after four years as general manager of video.
Patrick Roy, who was most recently in charge of all TV sales in Quebec, has been promoted to VP of acquisitions and sales for Alliance Atlantis Vivafilm; the company’s Quebec-based motion picture distribution unit.
And Doug Smith has been appointed to VP of TV sales, English, Canada, where he will be responsible for all sales of feature films.