Oz gig for former Variety bureau chief

Former Variety Asia-Pacific bureau chief Don Groves has been appointed manager of communications for Australia’s Southern Star Group.

Groves will coordinate publicity for the company’s production arm Southern Star Entertainment as well as the Endemol Southern Star joint venture and the international division.

Southern Star Group exec chairman Neil Balnaves said, “Don is an experienced entertainment journalist who brings a wealth of local and international industry knowledge, contacts and expertise.”

A division of Southern Cross Broadcasting, Southern Star produces and distributes TV programming and feature films.

Groves, a 19-year veteran of Variety, will start at Southern Star on June 14.

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