Ron Howard has been elected to the board of directors of the Jacob Burns Film Center, a nonprofit institution with a dual mission of independent film exhibition and century education.Spike TV has named Justin Lacob director of original series. Previously, Lacob was senior director of development at Intuitive Entertainment. Jeffrey Schneider has been appointed to a newly created post as exec VP of business affairs for entertainment and digital networks and integrated media at NBCUniversal. Most recently, Schneider served as senior VP of business affairs-deputy general counsel for Lifetime Television Networks. Entertainment One has tapped Tecca Crosby senior VP of creative affairs. Previously, Crosby was VP of drama for Temple Street Prods. Reed Smith has hired Tom K. Ara to the firm’s corporate and securities group in the Century City office. Previously, Ara was with Manatt, Phelps & Phillips in L.A. Asia TV USA, distributor of Zee TV in the U.S. — has named Tom Marsillo senior VP of advertising sales for the mainstream market. Leigh Rodwick has been appointed head of global partnership marketing at Five33. Previously Rodwick was marketing director for retailer Hot Topic. Josh Libitsky has been upped to exec producer for Stardust. Libitsky has been Stardust’s head of production for the past three years.
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