Rick Schlesinger has been promoted to VP of legal affairs for the Walt Disney Motion Pictures Group, involved in handling legal affairs and related transactions for a variety of high-profile motion picture projects being produced by the studio. He will report directly to Steve Bardwil, senior VP of legal affairs.
Schlesinger first came to Disney in 1993 as an attorney for Hollywood Pictures. He was subsequently promoted to director of legal affairs for the Walt Disney Group. Prior to joining Disney, he served six years with the Los Angeles-based firm of Latham & Watkins as a litigation attorney.
Brendan Clouston has landed the consolation prize of chief financial officer of Tele-Communications Inc. after losing his direct access to John Malone last month when Malone brought in Leo Hindery.
Hindery became president and chief operating officer of TCI on Feb. 7, a job that put him above Clouston, who was president of TCI Communications Inc., the cable division of TCI. With Clouston taking over as CFO of TCI, Hindery will assume the additional title of president of TCI Communications and run the company’s domestic cable operations.
TCI said that Clouston will have “primary responsibility” for @Home, the high-speed Internet link; Teleport, an “alternate-access provider” and the Sprint Wireless partnership.
Lynn Kesterson-Townes has been appointed to the newly created position of VP, strategic planning, for Universal Studios Recreation Group.
Kesterson-Townes, who reports to Steve Hansen, the division’s senior VP and CFO, will direct the multifaceted strategic planning and development efforts for the themed entertainment divisions of Universal Studios Recreation Group, including Universal Studios Hollywood and Florida and Universal CityWalk.
Prior to joining Universal Studios, Kesterson-Townes served as director, corporate strategic planning and development, for the Walt Disney Co. She also worked with the Times-Mirror Co.
Amy Gordon-Bawden has been named veepee of finance and planning, studios & facilities operations, for the Walt Disney Co.
Gordon-Bawden will oversee finance and planning functions related to the operation of the company’s facilities in Burbank, New York and London, as well as administration and compensation.
She also will have operational oversight for the company’s Library Preservation & Inventory Services group, which manages the studio’s library of film, sound and video.
Gordon-Bawden joined Disney in 1989 as an accountant, and was most recently director of finance, planning and administration for studios operations.
Bart Feder was upped to news director at WABC New York, from assistant news director. He reports to new station prexy and general manager Thomas Kane, and succeeds Henry Florsheim, who left to run ABC O&O KTRK Houston.
John Shea has ankled his post as MTV senior VP of marketing to join Sega GameWorks, the location-based company that’s a joint venture of DreamWorks, Sega and Universal Studios.
Shea will oversee all sales and marketing activities for the company, including strategy development, consumer and trade advertising, and global promotion and sponsorship programs.
Prior to joining MTV, Shea was an account supervisor at ad agency BBD&O. At GameWorks, he reports to president and chief operating officer Michael Montgomery.