Exec Shuffle

Tony Bates has been upped to group finance director at EMI. Based in London, he will report to chairman Eric Nicoli. Bates is currently exec VP and chief financial officer of EMI Recorded Music.

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Short film producer Nina Rappaport has been tapped to head up Wild Brain’s expanding computer graphics efforts. Rappaport was formerly a freelance producer for CG projects.

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Asimba.com has tapped Kurt Schneider CEO and president. In his new post, Schneider will focus on building and expanding the brand to reach audiences beyond its current following to include athletes, and target authors, advertisers, and alliance partners. Schneider joins Asimba.com from Fox Sports Net, where he is VP of marketing.

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Jennifer Geisser has been upped to VP of public relations for Romance Classics. For the past three years, Geisser served as director of public relations for both American Movie Classics and Romance Classics.

In her new post, Geisser will oversee public relations activities for the cable network and supervise publicity operations in the New York and L.A. offices. Prior to joining the company, Geisser worked in the media relations department at CBS Networks.

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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 was director of sales planning and commercial operations.n

Turner Studios has tapped Veronica Sheehan VP of operations. In her newly created post, Sheehan will oversee the operational management of the facility. Previously, Sheehan served as director of operations for the National Recording Studios.

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Steven Janas has been upped to president and CEO of Time Life. In his new post, Janas will oversee the development and marketing of all product lines. Janas, who has been with the company for 18 years, most recently served as prexy of Time Life Music and Video.

In another move, Time Life has upped Mary Davis Holt to senior exec VP and chief operations officer. Holt was most recently prexy of Time Life Kids and Time Life Education.

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The Tyee group has tapped David Woolson to head up its new Oregon-based entertainment company. Woolson will develop original programming and content for TV, Internet and emerging distribution mediums. He will also oversee Big Catch, Tyee’s talent service unit. Woolson joins Tyee from the Oregon Film & Video office, where he served as exec director.

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Michael Agulnek has been tapped director of worldwide operations for Imax. In his new post, Agulnek will oversee regional marketing activities for all large-format films being distributed by the company to Imax theaters. Previously, Agulnek served as senior publicist, field publicity for Warner Bros.

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De Laurentiis Cineplex has tapped Andrea Jachna managing director and Alessio Coppola deputy managing director to oversee multiplex development throughout Italy.

Jachna comes to De Laurentiis Cineplex from the Italian restaurant chain Autogrill, where he was a general manager. He will oversee all aspects of De Laurentiis Cineplex’s business, including real estate, finance, operations and marketing.

Coppola, who will oversee theater site development, was previously a development manager for the Italian division of United Cinemas Intl.

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Kerry Holmwood has been upped to VP at Peter Engel Prods. In her expanded role, Holmwood will oversee production for “Hang Time,” “City Guys,” “One World” and “Malibu, CA.” Previously, Holmwood acted as director, creative affairs.

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Barri Chattman has been named to the newly created post of director, daytime booking and talent development for Court TV.

Along with booking responsibilities, Chattman will identify high-profile talent for special projects.

Prior to joining Court TV in 1997, Chattman served in booking for “Prime Time Live” and “Good Morning America.”

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Viewer’s Choice has tapped HBO exec Susan Barnabeo senior veepee of business affairs, general counsel. Barnabeo will helm all of the company’s business and legal affairs, bringing expertise in the area of product acquisition. At HBO, Barnabeo served as veep, senior counsel.

In another move, Viewer’s Choice has named Mark Romano regional VP, affiliate relations. In his new post, Romano will oversee affiliate relations-related activities for the network’s Northeast region. Romano joins the company from Fox Channels Group.

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TBS Superstation has upped Jane Glasgow and Angela Cretegny to director of research positions.

Glasgow will manage the TBS movie research team, providing management with analysis and planning for all of the Superstation’s movies. She’s been with the research department since 1988; prior to that she was named senior project manager.

Cretegny will helm the network’s series and sports research team, overseeing research analysis for all series acquisition and original series development in addition to handling research for sports and special projects. Cretegny joined TBS research in 1993 and, like Glasgow, had been a senior project manager since last year.

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Award-winning producer/designer Jan Phillips has formed the 168 Design Group, a division of Realtime Video . The new company offers approaches to branding, design and special effects.

Phillips comes from Telezign Computer Animation/Design, a division of NY’s National Video Center. As a VP and exec producer at Telezign, she oversaw network image branding, packaging and promotion, and produced over 200 projects annually.

Designer/art director Brad Soderlund will head the company’s creative department. He comes from Novocom, Inc. where he served as senior art director/designer.

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