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Dorian Langdon has been upped to president of HIT Entertainment USA, the American branch of the European children’s and natural history programming producer, HIT Entertainment.

In his new position, Langdon will continue to oversee general management of HIT USA, which he established four years ago. He will also be responsible for North American licensing of HIT programming and local acquisitions, development, and new media business.

With 12 shows on U.S. networks, HIT USA sales account for 35% of the company’s overall revenues.

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Cynthia Luther has been tapped as director of promotions for Universal Studios Home Video.

Luther will manage national and retail promotions for all U Home Video releases. She will report to Barbara Watts, veep of promotions for U Home Video, who received her position earlier this month.

Luther most recently served as executive director, marketing for the Guild Group in Los Angeles, which merged with Barbara Watts & Associates last year.

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Nickelodeon has promoted Chris Linn to VP of production operations.

Linn will head physical production at Nickelodeon Animation Studios New York, the kids cabler’s soon-to-be-launched digital animation facility.

He will also supervise the production management staff for Nickelodeon at its production facilities in Orlando, Los Angeles and New York.

Linn, who has been with Nick for nine years, will continue to report to Alison Dexter, senior VP, production operations and planning for Nickelodeon.

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Cartoon Network has tapped James Porges veepee of off-channel commerce. In his new post, Porges will manage the business development of consumer products and off-channel presence for all of the Cartoon Network-branded multi-character efforts, as well as all original characters.

Previously, Porges worked as director of brand management at the network.

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Carole Baron, has been named president of Dutton, a Penguin Putnam imprint, while Clare Ferraro, the previous Dutton prexy, has been upped to president of Viking Penguin, Plume and Studio Books.

Baron has published and edited Danielle Steel, John Grisham, Elmore Leonard, Nicholas Evans and Thomas Harris.

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Diann Shaw has been named veepee of publicity and PR for the Carsey-Werner company.

In her new post, she will work on campaigns for current projects, “Cosby,” “3rd Rock From the Sun” and “That 70’s Show.” Shaw has been with the company since 1991, where she advanced from publicity assistant to manager of publicity in 1993.

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Stephan Shelanski has been named senior veep at Encore Media Group. In his new post, Shelanski will oversee program planning and scheduling for all 13 of EMG’s domestic pay TV channels. In addition, he will also continue his role as executive in charge of development and production of all film-based documentary programming, including the monthly series, “The Directors” and “Dial ‘H’ for Hitchcock.”

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Abrams Artists Agency has promoted Marni Goldman to agent in the theatrical department. After completing two years in the agent training program, Goldman will begin covering film and television.

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Lifetime television has tapped Aviva Bergman senior veep, business affairs, West Coast. Effective Sept. 7, she will be responsible for all of Lifetime’s West Coast business activities and strategies, including all affairs for the new Los Angeles-based inhouse production unit. Previously, Bergman was senior veep, television business affairs at ICM.

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DVD Express has tapped Jonas Gray veepee, business and strategic development. In his newly created post, Gray is expected to build the company music store, while creating partnerships to enhance its online presence and brand recognition.

Formerly, Gray was senior director of international marketing for CDNOW.

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Acclaim Entertainment recently appointed William G. Sorenson as exec veepee and chief financial officer.

In his new position Sorenson will handle both management of all internal financial functions and of new mergers and acquisitions. He joins Acclaim after recently serving as senior veepee, finance, for News Corp.

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Jason Sikes has been named veep of development for GRB Entertainment. In his newly created post, Sikes will oversee the development of a new slate of gameshows, talk and alternative programming in order to broaden the company’s reality-based programs. Previously, Sikes served as director of development for Late Night, Daytime, and Alternative programming for Fox Broadcasting Co.

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Erik Ross has been tapped VP of operations at online retailer DVD Empire.

In the newly created post, Ross will supervise the company’s expansion into a 13,000-square-foot facility, which will double DVD Empire’s inventory capacity. Ross will also be involved in the firm’s site design, promotion and marketing.

Most recently, Ross worked at Pro-Am Safety, handling technical operations, personnel training and Web site development.

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Michael Dellheim has been named Location Manager for the New Mexico Film Office. Dellheim has done location work throughout the United States. Dellheim’s projects have included “Selena,” “The Firm” and “Young Guns II.”

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Derrick Shore and Kris Sanchez have joined the Channel One News Staff. Sanchez and Shore will share anchor duties on the show, covering national and international stories.

Before joining Channel One, Sanchez was a weekday/weekend anchor at KVIA-TV, an ABC affiliate in El Paso, TX.

Shore was a co-host on SPIN, a local teen magazine for the CBS affiliate in Salt Lake City.

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Alliance Atlantis Motion Picture Distribution recently promoted four employees to VP status. Nelson Kuo Lee, former director of operations, is now the VP of operations, motion picture distribution, where he will oversee all systems of development and implementation with the company’s finance group.

David Partridge has been promoted to VP of homevideo for motion picture distribution, Canada, after four years as general manager of video.

Patrick Roy, who was most recently in charge of all TV sales in Quebec, has been promoted to VP of acquisitions and sales for Alliance Atlantis Vivafilm; the company’s Quebec-based motion picture distribution unit.

And Doug Smith has been appointed to VP of TV sales, English, Canada, where he will be responsible for all sales of feature films.