Shawn Papazian has been upped to the newly created post of veepee, studio manager of Ray-Art studio.
In his new capacity, Papazian will work with all production companies housed at Ray-Art, including Fiddlers Bay entertainment, Medina post-production and Arthur Axelman productions.
Previously, Papazian served as director of studio operations.
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David Rudolph has been upped to the newly created position of VP and general manager, Turner South.
As director of business development for TBS Superstation, Rudolph oversaw the development of Turner South, which launched Oct. 1. In his new post, he will be responsible for all daily operations of the new network, including programming, budget and personnel. Based in Atlanta, Rudolph will report to Bradley Siegel, TBS’ prexy of general entertainment networks.
Rudolph joined TBS in July 1996 as an analyst in Turner Entertainment Group’s strategic planning unit.
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MTV has upped Todd Cunningham to senior veep of research and planning. In addition, the music cabler has named Jeff Kaufman and Betsy Rella as veeps of research and planning.
In his new post, Cunningham will oversee all research for MTV in the United States as well as lead international prospects in consumer products and in new channel development.
Cunningham joined MTV in 1996. Prior to that, he worked for ad agency Houston Effler.
In his new post as VP of research and planning, Kaufman will focus on MTV’s day-to-day operations and continue to expand research for long-form and music programming and MTV News. He was formerly director of research and planning at MTV. Before that, he worked at Random House in the children’s media department, expanding the publishing group’s CD-ROM and homevideo divisions.
In her new role, Rella will maintain ratings analysis for MTV. Prior to joining the channel as director of research and planning, Rella was director of primetime audience analysis and a senior research analyst at ABC.
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Sandy Smallens has been tapped executive VP of programming and content for GetMusic.
Smallens will be responsible for the development and production of GetMusic’s online programs, channels and products. He will also handle long-range content planning and supervise GetMusic’s online executive producers and product managers in the creation of Internet content.
Previously, Smallens was senior VP of programming at SonicNet. Prior to that, he was VP and G.M. of content at Prodigy.
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Post-audio group The L.A. Studios has named veteran mixer Wouter van Herwerden senior engineer for its Margarita Mix Hollywood facility.
Wouter has worked in audio engineering for more than 20 years, most recently mixing sound for commercials for Capital Records and Universal Studios. His audio mix for music group TLC’s song “Waterfalls” garnered him an MTV Video Music Award.
At Margarita Mix, Wouter will oversee audio engineering for all projects mixed at the facility.
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International TV exec Andrea-Manuela Seibert has been tapped VP, European Sales for Rive Gauche International TV. Based in Germany, Seibert will be responsible for European sales and marketing of Rive Gauche’s expanding programming catalog, handle acquisition of European-produced specials for worldwide distribution by Rive Gauche and coordinate the company’s European co-production efforts.
Most recently, Seibert served as a lead acquisitions exec and special project exec at RTL.
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Mjuice.com, has tapped Fred Davis, top entertainment lawyer and founding partner of Davis, Shapiro & Lewit, to the company’s board of directors. He will be responsible for the continued development of the company as the leading secure-MP3 retailer, and will help determine Mjuice.com’s future distribution, partnership and business strategies.
Prior to joining the board, Davis was exec VP of EMI Records, where he helped to oversee the careers of D’Angelo, Arrested Development and Jon Secada.
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Molly Montgomery has been tapped director of sales and marketing for the Santa Monica-based commercial production house Gun For Hire.
Montgomery will be responsible for working with advertising agencies to identify projects for newly signed directors Debbie Allen and Tony Dow.
Most recently, Montgomery was a staff representative for the former Michael/Daniel Productions and then subsequently established her own independent firm representing such clients as R/Greenberg Associates, Santiago Suarez, and Michael Schrom and Eric Saarinen of Plum Productions.
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David Cuyler has been tapped as executive veepee for Paramount home entertainment.
In his new post, Cuyler will oversee acquisitions, new business development, planning, operations and finance for all home entertainment properties.
Cuyler joins Paramount from London-based The Rank Group, where he served as director of special events.
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Giant Records has upped Susan Markheim to head of communications.
Markheim joined Giant in 1989 as U.S marketing manager. Prior to joining Giant, she was a VP at MCA.
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Frank Sorace has been upped to veep of sales planning and commercial operations for Fox News Channel.
In his new capacity, Sorace will oversee the commercial operations department.
Previously he worked in the same capacity as director of sales planning and commercial operations.