Crown Intl. Pictures has upped Wilfredo P. de Leon to VP, finance.
De Leon joined Crown in 1987 as controller, and will continue to be responsible for the supervision of all financial accounting functions of the company. He will also be involved in the company’s plans for new productions, acquisitions and distribution.
Prior to joining Crown, de Leon was staff accounting manager at Compact Video. He has also served as controller at Four Star Intl. and chief accountant at Gold Key Entertainment.
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The Entertainment Publicists Professional Society has named Kelly Bennett prexy for a two-year term, taking over for Henri Bollinger. Bennett, a managing partner in PR-promotion fulfillment house P3, has served the org as president-elect for the past year.
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Janet Tsai Dargan has been tapped VP, business planning and analysis for Universal Studios Recreation Group.
Dargan will be responsible for leading the business planning process and providing analytical services to the recreation group’s theme parks, retail and hotel operations. She will also serve as leader in the strategic planning process for the group and its business units, identifying, analyzing and tracking competitive product offerings as well as business opportunities worldwide.
Prior to joining Universal, Dargan served as VP, business planning and development, worldwide video for Paramount Pictures.
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Warner Home Video has named Pamela Godfrey VP, worldwide publicity.
In her new position, Godfrey will be responsible for public relations for the division as well as developing and implementing publicity programs for all Warner Home Video product, including DVD, for the U.S. and international territories.
Godfrey has served in several key marketing posts during her career, overseeing international advertising and publicity for both Orion Pictures and Lorimar Motion Pictures, as well as marketing and distribution for Don Bluth Entertainment.
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Jennifer Cowan has been tapped account director of sports and entertainment consulting at ko/Envision. She will be responsible for new business development a well as management of the company’s client base.
Formerly account supervisor of the division, she brings to her post four years of sports and six years of entertainment marketing experience. Most recently, Cowan served as supervisor of sports and entertainment marketing at the Los Angeles offices of Haworth Marketing & Media.
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The board of directors of Kaleidoscope Media Group has extended the contract of chairman Henry Siegel and has brought in Richard Kostyra, president and founder of Media First Intl., as a member of the board.
Prior to founding Media First, Kostyra was exec VP and director of media services of J. Walter Thompson.
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Nancy Knutsen has been upped from VP to senior VP of film and television repertory for the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers.
In her expanded role, Knutsen will continue to oversee all of ASCAP’s film and television membership activities worldwide.
Knutsen joined ASCAP in 1988. During her tenure, she has been a driving force in developing a full service film and TV music department.
Knutsen serves on the advisory board of the Young Musicians Foundation. She is also a member of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and the Recording Academy.
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Sidney Clifton has been upped to director of television development at Los Angeles-based animation studio Film Roman.
Reporting to prexy of TV programming Mark Lieber, Clifton will oversee all of the company’s television development projects. Her duties will include pitching projects to network execs and prospective co-producers, and acquiring and soliciting literary properties in the live-action category.
Clifton joined Film Roman in 1998, serving first as development coordinator and then as manager of TV development. Before that, she worked as an executive assistant at Fox Sports Net and as a freelance journalist writing for magazines such as Essence.
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Nancy McKenna has been upped to veep of production at American Movie Classics.
McKenna will oversee the production and business operations for all of AMC’s programming, including original series, docus and live event shows.
Most recently, McKenna produced the cabler’s first live broadcast of Christie’s Marilyn Monroe auction.
Prior to joining AMC, McKenna worked at ABC, holding down various posts including network production exec. She has also served as production manager for “Good Morning America” and unit manager for “World News Tonight.”
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TV Guide Networks has upped Amy Buckingham-Bates to VP of marketing and Suzanne Meeks to VP of promotions and publicity.
In her new post, Buckingham-Bates will oversee all marketing efforts for TV Guide’s Internet products and services. She will also be responsible for strategic development of consumer, affiliate and advertising communication and develop cross-promotions strategies.
Formerly Buckingham-Bates was director of marketing for TV Guide Networks, and, prior to that, she was VP of affiliate marketing for E! Entertainment Television.
As VP of promotions and publicity, Meeks will handle external/internal promotions and publicity for TV Guide Networks.
Meeks, who joined the company in 1998 as director of promotions and publicity for TV Guide Networks and Prevue Networks, was previously VP at the Toppino-Bozell advertising agency.
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B. Quentin Lilly has been upped to prexy of video media services at Technicolor.
Lilly will oversee the development of the company’s video operations for theatrical and non-theatrical products, including video duplication, packaging and distribution.
Most recently, Lilly worked as Technicolor’s chief operation officer. First teaming with the company in 1994, he has also served as its senior veep of corporate development.
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Bill Stutzman has been named to the newly created position of director of Entertainment Weekly Online.
Stutzman will work with the magazine’s various departments to integrate its print news online. He will also be responsible for generating new revenue opportunities and developing partnerships.
Most recently, Stutzman worked as Entertainment Weekly’s associate consumer marketing director, overseeing online subscription acquisitions.
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Rogers & Cowan has upped Monica Alexander to senior account executive.
In her post, Alexander will continue to develop and create publicity campaigns for recording artists, entertainment and film companies. In addition, Alexander will continue to mount awards campaigns for recording artists, producers and studios.
Prior to joining Rogers & Cowan, Alexander held exec assistant posts at Giant Records and EMI Records Group.
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Former White House and Congressional staffer Mary Dixon has been tapped as veepee of public affairs for cabler Lifetime.
Dixon will be responsible for the implementation and development of all of Lifetime’s public affairs efforts, as well as overseeing affiliate outreach and public service announcements.
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King World Prods. has tapped Mark Severino manager of program development. Severino will be involved in all current programming as well as new program development for the company.
Severino joins King World from KCAL-TV, where he served as a producer of nightly sportscasts, sports specials and promotions. He has also held positions at Fox Sports News, KABC-TV, Prime Ticket Network, Paramount Studios and Weintraub Entertainment.
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A&E Television has named David Zagin as senior VP of affiliate sales. In his new post, Zagin will oversee all domestic and local sales activities for A&E, the History Channel, the Biography Channel and History Channel Intl.
Prior to joining A&E, Zagin was VP of affiliate sales, local sales and alternate technology at NBC Cable, where he oversaw the distribution of CNBC and MSNBC. Before that, he was regional VP of affiliate sales for FX Networks and worked in the affiliate sales and marketing departments at MTV Networks.