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Michael Forman has been upped to senior veep of programming at UPN.

Forman will supervise all the netlet’s current programming. He will report to UPN entertainment prexy Tom Nunan.

Most recently, Forman was VP of UPN’s programming division. Previously, he worked as veep of primetime series programs at NBC Studios and as director of television at Brillstein-Grey Communications.n

Dallas-based Lyric Studios has named L. Spencer Humphrey VP of publishing and tapped Anne Fagan as director of international licensing.

Humphrey comes to Lyric from Rocky Hill Group, an L.A.-based book packaging and marketing firm she founded. Prior to that, she was an associate publisher at Disney’s publishing division. In her new position, Humphrey will oversee Lyric’s entire publishing operation, including such brands as Barney, Wishbone and the newly acquired Humongous line.

Before joining Lyric, Fagan had her own Dallas-based consulting firm and was a marketing manager at Warner Bros.

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Discovery Networks Intl. has named Cathleen Pratt senior VP of worldwide integrated advertising sales. Pratt has been with Discovery since 1991, most recently as a VP of advertising sales for their Latin America/Iberia division.

Pratt will oversee development of multimedia marketing and advertising for the company’s international clients. Under her direction, all of Discovery’s advertising sales groups around the world will be linked.

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Fox Broadcasting Co. has upped Charles Kennedy to VP of programming.

Kennedy, who has been with Fox since 1989, most recently served as VP of program and market research, overseeing testing and gathering audience feedback for Fox pilots, series and on-air marketing campaigns.

In his new position, Kennedy will helm the creative administration of programs on the Fox schedule and support development of made-for-TV movies for the network.

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Franchise Pictures has named Hans Turner senior veep and chief financial officer and Andrew Kramer executive veep of business and legal affairs.

Turner will oversee all day-to-day financial, accounting and administrative matters for Franchise, while Kramer will supervise productions as well as its domestic and international distrib pacts.

Turner recently served in various financial executive capacities, including chief financial officer of the Samuel Goldwyn Co.

Kramer was most recently a principal of the entertainment law firm Troop, Steuber, Pasich, Reddick and Tobey.

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Fox Searchlight has upped creative executive Lisa Fragner to head of East Coast production.

Based in Gotham, Fragner will oversee the company’s East Coast productions and be on the lookout for New York-based talent and material.

Fragner will be taking over the duties of production veep Michael Stremel, who is leaving the company to pursue other interests.

Before joining Fox Searchlight three years ago, Fragner worked the production side of independent films, eventually becoming a production coordinator and second assistant director. Fragner has also worked as the inhouse production coordinator and bid researcher for the commercial division of Atherton and Associates.

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Comedy Central has upped Cathy Tankosic to senior veep, marketing.

Tankosic will head all of the cabler’s marketing efforts, including strategic direction, off-air creative, promotions and corporate affairs.

Previously, Tankosic served as veepee, marketing.

In another move, Comedy Central has upped Lynne Levey to VP, director of advertising sales, Chicago.

In her new post, Levey will establish long-term business relationships with national advertisers.

Levey, who has been with the network for more than five years, became Chi’s office director in 1997.

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Fox Family Worldwide has upped Donna Mitroff from VP to senior VP of educational policies and program practices.

In her newly expanded role, Mitroff will oversee educational and public affairs for Fox Kids Network and Fox Family Channel, including assuring that FCC educational programming standards are met and consulting with program executives on program content. She will also be involved in planning and development for Boyz, Girlz and Parentz channels (which bowed Oct. 31) and supervision of Standards and Practices for Fox Family Channel primetime.

Mitroff will represent Fox Family Worldwide on conference panels with educational organizations and professional associations.

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David Downs has been tapped senior veep of sports programming at Spanish-language broadcaster Univision Communications.

Most recently, ABC’s senior VP of network operations and development at ABC, Downs will now report to Univision sports prexy Stephen Solomon.

A 21-year programming vet at ABC, Downs’ sports-related duties have included spearheading the net’s soccer coverage, televising many Major League Soccer games and broadcasting both the 1994 and 1998 World Cups.

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