Time Warner Cable has upped Robert Marcus to prexy and chief operating officer. Marcus has been with the cable operator since 2005, most recently serving as senior exec VP overseeing mergers and acquisitions, business affairs and programming.

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Jeff Lucas has been promoted to head of sales for MTV Networks’ music and entertainment groups. Lucas joined MTV Networks in 2005 as senior VP of ad sales and marketing for Comedy Central.

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Nickelodeon has upped three longtime staffers at its animation studio. Dina Buteyn rises to veep of animation production, Dean Hoff is veep of CG production and Jason Stiff is veep of post production.

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Annie Howell has been named senior veep of communications and media relations for Crown Media Holdings, parent company of the Hallmark Channel. Howell was previously senior veep of communications and public affairs at Discovery Communications.

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Eric Del Balso has joined Web tech firm ThisMoment as head of sales and business development. Del Balso comes to the company from Ignite Advisors. Also joining ThisMoment’s sales team are Chris Buchanan as West Coast VP of sales, Tim Smith as East Coast VP of sales and John Walliser as central VP of sales.

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