Executive Shuffle

Michael Russo, after four years with the ITC Entertainment Groupdomestic syndication sales force, has been upped to executive VP, domestic television. Based in Studio City, he’ll oversee sales and marketing of programming, including firstrun weekly half-hours “MotorWeek” and “George Michael Sports Machine.”

Russo earlier worked at Hal Roach Studios.

Robert Apter has been upped to senior VP, finance and administration, at ABC Sports. Apter joined the network in 1968 and moved to the sports division two years later.

Quinn Taylor has been promoted to director of development at Hearst Entertainment. He will be responsible for the story department and acquiring and developing material for longform programming.

Alan H. Nichols Jr., former exec VP and chief financial officer at Black Entertainment Television, fills the long-vacant post of senior VP/CFO for the Chronicle Publishing Co. The company owns the San Francisco Chronicle, three broadcast TV stations (including KRON in San Francisco), and seven cable TV systems.

Bob Finlayson has joined the Video Software Dealers Assn. inthe newly created post of director, public relations. He had been VP, marketing and public relations, at Ventures in Media, a Westlake Village TV and media firm.

Pierre Salinger, former press secretary for Presidents Kennedy and Johnson and a foreign correspondent for ABC News, has been named vice chairman of international praisery Burson-Marsteller. Salinger, based in D.C., will remain a consultant to ABC.

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