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David Kovacs has joined production outfit 3 Ring Circus as chief operating officer. In his new role, Kovacs will have direct responsibility for all the company’s financial, operational and general corporate matters. Kovacs hails from similar positions at Pittard Sullivan and GRB Entertainment.

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Theater L.A., the consortium of more than 150 legit theaters in Los Angeles, has elected its 1998-99 Board of Governors. James Thomas Bailey was elected to represent educational theaters; Michael Kalisiki will represent independent producers; Charles Dillingham and Lars Hanson were re-elected to represent larger nonprofit theaters; Joan Stein will represent mid-sized for-profit theaters; Brian Kite and Jon-White Spooner will represent smaller non-profit theaters; and Peter Ellenstein, Lee Wochner, Hilary Genga, and Jon Lawrence Rivera were elected as representatives at large. Alisa Fishbach is the new exec director and Bradley M. Burlingame is president of the board.

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Universal has upped Michele Stratton to VP and controller of its filmed entertainment accounting group. In the newly created position, Stratton will be responsible for accounting processes and systems in the film, television, video and TV licensing divisions. Previously, she served as group controller for the Universal Television Group. Three other promotions were also announced in U’s accounting department. Janice Etzkorn has been upped to controller for feature film and video, Debbie Stratz to controller for TV and Fernando Enriquez to assistant controller for feature film. All three move from other accounting positions at Universal.

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Stephanie Grossman has been named director of the newly launched West Coast media sales arm for Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution. Grossman comes to WB after serving as veepee of West Coast advertising sales for the Court TV cabler.

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Syndie newsmag “Inside Edition” has promoted Esther Pessin and Philip Tangel to senior show producers for its weekend show, “Inside Edition Weekend.” Pessin who also is managing editor of the daily edition, while Tangel is senior coordinating producer and associate director.

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RKO Pictures has made Ron Gell veepee of production. Gell’s new responsibilities include expanding the base of RKO’s current domestic distributors. Most recently, Gell was chief operating officer of Catalyst Prods.