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Probe puts Spinelli atop Warner unit

Rosenberg, Sollet suspended

HBO exec Michael Spinelli has been named acting manager of Warner Channel Latin America.

He replaces former topper Alejandra Sollet, who was suspended from the channel, along with HBO Intl. prexy Steven Rosenberg, pending the results of a surprise internal audit at the channel’s Miami base. Audit was prompted by allegations of self-dealing.

Ad sales VP Carmelo Difazio and operations exec Manuel Parilli have returned to their posts after being suspended two weeks ago. Marketing and finance execs Stella Martin and Pablo Leandro continue on administrative leave.

Rosenberg and Sollet face allegations they steered ad business to Venezuela-based company Advertising Services Group, which they set up. Probe will also seek to determine if they had an equity stake in the company.

Rosenberg is said to have terminated a contract with Sony Pictures Television Intl., which had managed ad sales for the net. He then allegedly transferred the business to Advertising Services Group.

HBO confirmed both Rosenberg and Sollet had been suspended but did not clarify if they would get their jobs back if cleared of the allegations. Rosenberg is a 14-year veteran of HBO Intl.

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