CNET has tapped Richard J. Marino as its first prexy, while co-founder and chief operating officer Shelby Bonnie has been upped to vice chairman.

In his newly created position, Marino, former prexy and CEO of PC World Communications, will oversee CNET’s online publishing and TV units, as well as sales and marketing and human resources.

Marino became CEO of PC World in 1996, expanding PC World Communications, including PC World Online. Most recently, Marino was appointed exec VP to lead IDG’s new Global Solutions unit.

Marino has also worked for Ziff-Davis Publishing, where he headed up the sales staff for PC magazine, and for ABC/Cap Cities Publishing Corp., where he served as senior veep of advertising and marketing.

As vice chairman, Bonnie will report directly to Minor.

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Scott Martin has been upped to senior VP of intellectual property and associate general counsel for Paramount Pictures.

Martin will now be responsible for all intellectual property matters for the studio, including clearance, protection, enforcement and legislative issues. He reports to Rebecca Prentice, senior VP and general counsel.

Martin joined Paramount in 1992 as a senior attorney for the Motion Picture Group. Before that, he was an attorney with the intellectual property-entertainment law group of Richards & O’Neil in New York. He has also served in a similar capacity at Zavin, Sinnreich & Wasserman, beginning in 1986.

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F/x shop Foundation Imaging has tapped former Cutting Crew band member Andrew Mutter to head the company’s newly launched sound design, editorial, music and effects division.

The new division will service both inhouse works and outside projects, as well. The new sound studio will be housed inside Foundation’s Valencia facility.

Prior to joining Foundation, Mutter freelanced as a studio producer and musician. He performed with “Cutting Crew” in the 1980s.