Patrick J. Purcell, 45, has been named president and chief executive of News American Publishing, which will give him oversight over its magazines, TV Guide and Mirabella; its newspaper, the Boston…
Michael Jackson has been the victim of widely published defamatory and false statements, according to a spokesman who also vowed the singer plans a more active role in combating rumors.
Gerald Lincoln Dolin, a composer, arranger, conductor and pianist, died Dec. 31 of respiratory complications. He was 79.
Mitchell Stern has been upped to prexy and chief operating officer of Fox Television Stations.
Sir John Winnifrith, brother of actress Anna Lee, died Jan. 1 after a long illness at Appledore, Kent, England.
Bill Lee has rejoined MGM Intl. TV Distribution as VP of worldwide pay TV. He returns after a two-year stint as the London-based director of sales and new business development for UIP Pay TV, a…
Louis Mattioli, a publicist for the Arts & Entertainment Network, died Dec. 1 in New York City following a sudden illness.
Nick Winslow has been named exec VP at Warner Bros. Recreation Enterprises, overseeing daily operations in that area and expansion of its theme park activities outside the U.S.
Frank M. Capacchione, 81, film editor, died Dec. 23 in L.A. of heart and respiratory disease.
As expected, Paul Friedman has been elevated to executive VP at ABC News, replacing Stephen Weiswasser, senior VP of Capital Cities/ABC, who had been serving as the No. 2 exec in the news division…
George Minami Jr., dancer, choreographer and instructor, died Dec. 28 of an aneurism and heart failure at Saint Rose Hospital in Hayward, Calif. He was 53.