Staffers flow to Current

Meil, Allen earn VP stripes at network

Current, the youth-oriented news and entertainment network created by former Vice President Al Gore and entrepreneur Joel Hyatt, has added six staffers to its programming department in anticipation of its Aug. 1 launch.

Net has handed senior VP stripes to Jason Meil and Gayle Allen and tapped Laura Ling and Herndon Graddick as producer-managers. In addition, Mike Bunnell will become director of production and scheduling and Rawley Valverde will serve as lead producer, Los Angeles. Announcements were made by programming prexy David Neuman.

As senior VP, original programming and acquisitions, Meil will be responsible for all licensing and acquisitions of third-party content, as well as developing original programming concepts. He recently served as veep of program development and sales at National Geographic Television & Film and previously worked at CBS and DreamWorks.

Allen will oversee programming and scheduling, heading up the network’s San Francisco and L.A. studios as well as on-air promotion and design efforts. Before her Current post, she was director of integrated programming and development at 20th Television and also had positions at TV Guide Channel and King World.

Ling will serve as producer and manager of Current’s Vanguard Journalism division. She was previously a producer for Channel One news, where she worked on stories about Sri Lanka’s civil war and the AIDS epidemic in China.

Graddick will serve as producer and news division manager for the net’s “Google Current” segment. He was previously based in New York, where he helped launch CNN’s “Paula Zahn Now” and “Live From the Headlines.”

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