Exec Shuffle

Peter Frangie has been tapped associate producer of CNBC’s “Power Lunch.”

Frangie will write and produce the show and be responsible for managing news content. He will report to Elyse Weiner, executive producer of Market News for CNBC.

Formerly Frangie was the morning producer at WBZ-TV in Boston, and a producer for WGME-TV in Portland.

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Asimba.com has tapped Kurt Schneider as CEO and president.

In his new post, Schneider will focus on building and expanding the brand to reach audiences beyond its current following and to include athletes, target authors, advertisers and alliance partners.

Schneider joins Asimba.com from FOX Sports Net, where he is VP of marketing.

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Brian Bowman has been tapped by ABC.com as president and G.M.

In his new post, Bowman will supervise all major operational functions of ABC.com, and will manage staffs in both the Gotham and Los Angeles offices.

Prior to joining ABC.com, Bowman was director of new media for the Disney Channel. He served as the chief architect of Disney/ABC Cable Network’s Internet and enhanced programming strategy, and oversaw Zoog Disney.

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Ken Dubow has been tapped senior veep of worldwide sales at film, TV and homevid distributor MTG Media Properties.

Dubow will oversee all the company’s international sales efforts and direct its film acquisitions.

Most recently, Dubow worked as VP of cable sales at MGM Domestic Television, crafting MGM’s syndie film package “MGM 75th Anniversary” and helping acquire the company’s Orion and Polygram pic libraries.

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Frank Petrone has been upped to national director of creative affairs for peermusic.

Based in Los Angeles, Petrone will manage the company’s roster of pop writers. He will also oversee writer signings, development and song placement.

Petrone joined peermusic in 1994 as West Coast creative director, placing songs from the company’s pop catalog, and signing artists including Stacey Piersa and London Jones.

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Flat Earth Productions, a Burbank-based visual f/x and post company, has tapped Ken Voss as a CGI artist.

Voss will be involved with CG effects work, such as digital compositing, on several Flat Earth projects, including the “Xena” TV series.

From 1987 until earlier this year, Voss ran Lazer Type, his own desktop publishing, graphics and Web design business.

He has also worked as a freelance graphic artist, doing TV animation for Hanna-Barbera and Filmation projects.

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Larry Kurzweil has been upped to prexy and chief operating officer of Universal Studios Hollywood theme park.

In his new post, Kurzweil will oversee management of Universal Studios Hollywood, as well as the Universal CityWalk entertainment complex.

Since early 1997, Kurzweil has served as senior VP and G.M. of Universal CityWalk, helming the complex’s extensive expansion efforts.

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Keiko Aoki has been upped to the post of marketing manager for Sony Pictures Entertainment Japan.

In her new position, Aoki will be responsible for creating and helming marketing campaigns for all Columbia TriStar films in Japan. She will oversee media planning and purchase, publicity and promotions.

Aoki joined Sony in 1983 in the portable audio product marketing division, and from 1984 to 1987 served as secretary to Sony chairman Akio Morita. In 1994, she became product planning manager for car audio/navigation equipment, and most recently served as marketing manager for cellular phones.

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DVD Express, the Internet’s leading video retailer, has tapped Victoria Piper as VP and chief information officer.

In her new post, Piper will be responsible for the overall technology of DVD Express, including applications development, Web page production, data mining, tech support, quality assurance and telecommunications.

Piper comes to DVD Express from U.S. Sales Corp., where she served as director of market development and information systems. She oversaw development, implementation and maintenance of the intranet, Internet and Web presence of the company.

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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 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 executive veepee for Paramount home entertainment.

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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Universal has tapped Steven D. Shaiken as senior veep of merchandising for the studio’s recreation group.

Shaiken will be responsible for merchandising, product development, retail operations, distribution centers, visual merchandising and inventory for all of U’s theme park stores and kiosks.

Prior to joining U, Shaiken served as senior VP, retail and leasing for Starwood Hotels and Resorts.

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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 as director of sales planning and commercial operations.

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Holly Wallace has been tapped executive director, creative services for U homevideo.

Wallace will manage all aspects of creative services relating to the development and production of packaging, point-of-purchase materials, online advertising and DVD menus.

Wallace joins Universal from Warner Bros. homevideo, where she was director of creative advertising.

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