The Hollywood Entertainment Museum has tapped David Massey as director of education for the Education Center for the Entertainment Arts.
Prior to his appointment, Massey had taught photojournalism, film and video with the Los Angeles Unified School District since 1996. He was also the first black producer nominated for an Academy Award in 1992 in the Live-Action Short Film category. He also received an NAACP nom for his docudrama “Men of Courage,” served as fest director for the NAACP and Motown Records’ Short Film Festival and has co-produced commercials and music videos.
Massey’s most recent project is a docu on the 31st December Women’s Movement in Ghana.
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FOXSports.com has tapped Rick Jaffe executive producer. In his new role, Jaffe will concentrate on expanding FOXSports.com’s newsgathering and news breaking efforts, as well as providing original content for the site. He will also be in charge of overseeing the New York and Los Angeles news operations.
Prior to joining FOXSports.com, Jaffe served as executive sports editor at the Los Angeles Times. Prior to that, he was deputy managing editor at the Chicago Sun-Times where he oversaw the sports, photo and art departments. He also served stints at the National Sports Daily, the Atlanta Journal/Constitution and the Detroit News.
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Rick Rodriguez has been tapped exec director of finance for Sony Pictures Family Entertainment. Rodriguez will now be responsible for the accounting and financial operations of the company. Prior to his appointment, Rodriguez was director of budgeting/forecasting, Television Group for Sony Pictures Entertainment, where he was responsible for financial planning and coordination. He was also a member of the international finance department, which monitored and managed all financial activities for the International Television Division. Previously, Rodriguez served as assistant manager for television finance for Columbia Pictures Television and Turner Entertainment.
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Dominique Leguern has been tapped director of MIDEM at the Reed MIDEM Organisation. She will replace Christophe Blum. Previously, Leguern was artistic director at MIDEM. Prior to that she served as a producer at the French youth TV channel M6. She also spent 11 years at VIRGIN France, first as promotional director , moving to marketing director and later managing director.
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Gary Kurtz has been upped to exec veep of UNAPIX Prods. in Culver City, CA. Kurtz will be responsible for the development, production and sale of a broad range of programming. Prior to joining UNAPIX Prods., Kurtz served as VP, development, at Tri-Crown Prods.
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Freelance publicist Mira Tweti has joined integrated marketing agency Kaiser McEuren, as VP in charge of their public relations division. Agency provides online and offline marketing solutions.
Tweti, has done publicity work on more than 75 feature film campaigns. She also worked as director of international publicity at Turner Pictures Worldwide and Turner Pictures.
Tweti has also written for the L.A. Weekly and Redbook, and has been published by St. Martin’s Press.
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Alan King, Abbot of the New York Friars Club has announced two new producers. John Schreiber and Mark Krantz has been tapped to produce the Club’s annual Roasts.
Schreiber and Krantz are partners in the John Schreiber Group, a Gotham-based entertaiment firm. The Group exec produced “The Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize,” among other event productions.
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Discovery Kids has tapped Laura Sullivan, VP, marketing; Bilai Joa Silar, director of programming and operations and Travis Pomposello, director of on-air promotion.
In her new post, Sullivan will be responsible for creating and implementing a broad based marketing strategy. Silar will now be in charge of the programming, scheduling and the operation areas. Pomposello will now handle the on-air look of Discovery Kids as well as the look of the brand off-air.
Previously, Sullivan served as senior director, marketing at Sony Music. Silar served as a production supervisor at Discovery Latin America/ Iberia based in Miami and Pomposello most recently worked at CBS as a writer in the advertising and promotions department.
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Robert J. Wynne, former co- prexy and chief operating officer of Sony Pictures Entertainment, has been named to Netro Corp. ’s board of directors.
As a member of the board, Wynne will bring Netro a viewpoint on the opportunities given by the concurrence of media and technology, including future broadband content application.
Previously, Wynne played a key role in the successful operating performance of Sony Pictures during the past five years and in positioning the company as an important part of Sony’s global broadband strategy.
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Lifetime has named Paul Jennings as senior VP of finance for Lifetime Entertainment Services.
In his new position, Jennings will be responsible for Lifetime’s accounting operations, finance, treasury and strategic planning.
Most recently VP of strategic planning, Jennings joined Lifetime in 1990 as director of financial reporting and budgeting. Prior to that, Jennings worked at PriceWaterhouse as an audit manager in the entertainment division.
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Todd Tarpley has been upped to VP of A&E Television Network Interactive.
In his new post, Tarpley will be responsible for managing AETN Interactive and its six Web sites, which just launched last month. In addition, he will be in charge of expanding A&E’s broadband and interactive television initiatives.
Previously director of AETN Interactive, Tarpley joined the cabler in 1993 helping to develop and launch the History Channel.
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Al Fong has been upped to director of advanced broadcast technologies for Tribune Broadcasting.
Fong will play an instrumental role in the launch of the Zap2It on-air products. He will be responsible for technical development of new technologies for products to enhance and meet the needs of cable operators, cable programmers, digital broadcasters, consumers and emerging markets.
Prior to joining Tribune, Fong spent five years as director of operations and engineering at Time Warner.
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Capitol Records has tapped Dave Sholin as VP of pop promotion. Sholin will be part of Capitol’s overall radio game plan including scheduling of releases, single selection and format strategy.
Sholin began his career as an on-air personality at KFRC San Francisco, where he was part of the programming team that led KFRC to “Station of the Year” for seven consecutive years.
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Universal has tapped Brian Rogers VP, finance and administration, Universal Creative. Rogers formerly served as senior director, finance, and will now be responsible for the oversight of financial control and reporting; estimating and scheduling functions; cost tracking and administrative policies for the company.
Before joining U, Rogers was a member of the finance team at Sony Development.
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Steve Beswick has been upped to senior VP at Promark. In his new position he will be responsible for planning Promark’s yearly production schedule, developing the projects from a production standpoint, casting; and overseeing actual production and post- production on Promark projects.
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Jan Cox has been tapped as VP of business development at Quickband Networks. In her new role, Cox will oversee the licensing, development and distribution of short-form entertainment across digital and traditional channels and manage day to day operations of the company.
Prior to signing with Quickband, Cox served as director of the animation division for Palm Pictures.
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John Bryan has been upped to senior veep, general sales manager, East at Buena Vista Television. Bryan previously served as a senior VP of sales, Southeast. Based in New York he will oversee the sales force in the New York and Atlanta regional offices and supervise all East Coast syndication and cable sales.
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Suzan Jenkins has been tapped senior VP of marketing at RIAA. Jenkins will be responsible for coordinating a new series of industry-wide marketing campaigns that showcase the quality and value of recorded music.
Jenkins comes from the Smithsonian Institution where she was the exec director of America’s Jazz Heritage, A Partnership of the Lila Wallace-Readers Digest Fund and the Smithsonian Institution established in 1992.