Veep to run L.A. publicity office

HOLLYWOOD — MTV Networks has named Janet Hill senior VP of West Coast communications, succeeding Linda Alexander, who is now running communications for MTV Networks in Latin America.

Hill, who will be based in Santa Monica, was most recently exec VP at Miramax Films, running the mini-major’s L.A. publicity office.

In her new role, Hill will be responsible for all internal and external communications for MTV Networks — a Viacom group that includes MTV, VH1, Nickelodeon/Nick at Nite, TNN, TV Land and CMT — in its West Coast offices.

She’s in charge of business, trade and consumer publicity in the Hollywood entertainment community.

Hill also will manage the media relations and community outreach for programming, production, ancillary businesses, events and feature films for MTV Films and Nickelodeon Movies, as well as promoting West Coast-based annual MTVN events, such as Nick’s “Kid’s Choice Awards,” “The My VH1 Music Awards” and “MTV’s Icon.”

Hill reports to Gotham-based Carole Robinson, MTV Networks exec VP of communications.

In eight years at Miramax, Hill handled a broad range of motion picture, TV, corporate and Academy publicity jobs. She managed West Coast and, later, national campaigns on such films as “In the Bedroom,” “Shakespeare in Love,” “Scream,” “Good Will Hunting” and “Pulp Fiction.” She also represented Miramax television projects, including “Wasteland,” “Clerks” and “Project Greenlight.”

“I’m incredibly excited to expand my TV experience at MTV Networks, while still keeping my toe in the film waters at MTV and Nick Films,” she said.

Hill began her communications career at TriStar Pictures in 1987 as a publicist. She then moved to PMK as senior account exec. Later, she was a partner at the Yorke & Hill Public Relations firm, where she handled campaigns for clients such as New Line Cinema and Twentieth Century Fox, as well as film and TV talent.

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