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Rebecca Whittington has been tapped as VP of development at Cosgrove/Meurer Productions, creators and producers of CBS’ “Unsolved Mysteries.” In her new position, Whittington will oversee the company’s current slate of movies for television. Prior to joining the company, Whittington was VP of development and production for Once Upon A Time Films. n

Jeff Imberman has been upped from account exec to VP of advertising sales at Speedvision. Prior to joining Speedvision, Imberman worked at E! Entertainment Television and at Turner Broadcasting Sales.

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Kevin Hale has been named VP and general manager of Fox-owned KSAZ Phoenix. Hale comes to KSAZ after spending the past year as general manager of Fox’s WHBQ Memphis.

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Thomas Ehlmann has been upped to veepee and general manager of Tribune Broadcasting’s KHTV Houston. Ehlmann had spent the past two years as KHTV’s director of sales.

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Michelle Bella has been promoted to VP of marketing and communications for cabler Galavision. Bella joined Galavision, owned by Spanish-lingo broadcast giant Univision, in 1995 as director of marketing.

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Serge Del Grosso has joined Fox Broadcasting Company as VP of research and marketing, announced Giles Lundberg, senior VP of that department. Del Grosso will be responsible for working with national sales management in positioning marketing issues to the advertiser and agency com-munity. Most recently, Del Grosso served as VP and director of market resources for CBS.

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Pat Pattison has been upped to VP of business development at marketing agency Strottman Intl. For the past decade, Pattison has been president of PromoToys, Inc., a designer and producer of entertainment-themed products that became a division of Strottman Intl. last year. Pattison’s new responsibilities for the parent company include developing new accounts and sales categories.

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Dennis Boser has been buoyed to VP of affiliate audit at Showtime Networks Inc., announced Jerry Scro, senior VP and chief financial officer of Showtime. Boser’s new responsibilities include identifying and developing the business strategy for Showtime’s affiliate audit teams. Boser most recently served as director of affiliate audit for the company.

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Sara Edwards has been upped to VP of DBS at Showtime, announced Gene Falk, senior VP and general manager of Direct-To-Home at Showtime Inc. In her new position, Edwards will oversee distribution, packaging, and promotion of Showtime’s brands. Most recently, Edwards served as director of DBS for the company.

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Ken Kay has been upped to VP of Direct-To-Home at Showtime Networks Inc. In his new position, Kay will oversee Showtime’s daily TVRO operations in addition to the Direct-To-Home financial operations group. Prior to his appointment, Kay worked as director of business planning for the company.

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Julie Piepenkotter has been promoted to veepee of syndication research for Buena Vista Television. Piepenkotter, who has been with BVTV since 1989, most recently served as executive director of research.

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Michele Ruiz has joined KNBC as a general assignment reporter. Ruiz, a three-time local Emmy winner, has spent the past seven years with KTLA, where she anchored the “KTLA Morning News: Early Edition” and co-hosted the weekly public affairs program “Making It! Minority Success Stories.”

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Kate Fishman-Cohen has been VP of development at Curious Pictures, the Gotham-based animation, special effects and commercial studio. Fishman-Cohen will be charged with expanding the company’s entertainment division and working with in-house directors. Prior to joining Curious, Fishman-Cohen was senior producer at the Gotham new media firm Avalanche Solutions.

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Janet Kerrigan Daily has been promoted to manager of publicity, primetime series at CBS Entertainment, announced Chris Ender, VP of media relations. Daily, who will continue to report to Terri Corigliano,VP of publicity of primetime series, currently serves as publicist on “Chicago Hope” and “Everybody Loves Raymond,” among other series. Daily joined CBS as a senior publicist in March 1995.

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Michael Kreig and Lisa Yasuda have joined weblet WB as account execs. Kreig was with ABC for nearly a decade, most recently as senior account executive, primetime sales. Yasuda has served at NBC since 1995, as account exec, daytime, late night and Saturday-morning sales. Both Kreig and Yasuda will be based in the WB’s New York office.

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J.J. Rosen has been upped to president of the Music Boulevard Network, formerly N2K Entertainment. Rosen’s new responsibilities include integrating content, community and commerce for the online music network’s sites. Prior to his appointment, Rosen served as senior VP/ general manager of the company.

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