Mavens on the move

Guylaine Saucier, chairman of the Canadian Broadcasting Corp., has resigned her post at the Canuck pubcaster, and no replacement has been named.

Many observers believe Saucier’s departure four months before the end of her term is a sign that she lost a power struggle with CBC president Robert Rabinovitch. The two clashed publicly last year when the newly appointed Rabinovitch tried to cut all regional and local programming from the CBC TV network. There was widespread opposition to the radical plan, and Saucier successfully fought Rabinovitch to force him to water down his plans.

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Southern Star Sales has upped Victoria Baldock to head of sales for North America/Asia-Pacific and tapped Maria Papadopoulos as its sales exec in Asia (excluding Japan).

Baldock has been with Southern Star Sales for more than two years, working in territories including Africa, the Middle East, Asia and the Pacific.

Papadopoulos joined Southern Star in February from TV advertising.

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ESPN Star Sports has hired Bob Kemp as VP of production. Kemp played a key role in organizing the TV coverage of the Sydney Olympics.

At ESS, he reports to newly appointed managing director Rik Dovey, who succeeded Sandy Brown when the latter elected not to renew his contract.

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Latino TV producer and distrib Tepuy Intl. has tapped two sales execs.

Vicky Mendoza joined Tepuy from Spain’s Antena 3. She will remain in Madrid as VP for Europe and Asia.

Esperanza Garay has been named VP of sales and acquisitions. The Colombia native was an exec with Zebracom, which handled distribution in the Colombian market. Garay is based in Miami.

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Saban Intl., Fox Family Worldwide’s global distrib arm, has upped three key execs, naming Julie Wineberg senior VP, international sales management; Tony Howe veep of international business and legal affairs; and Maria Torregrosa vice prexy of sales.

Wineberg will spearhead all aspects of the division’s day-to-day television sales administration as well as liaisoning with Fox Kids channels globally. She previously served as veep, international sales management.

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