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Maura J. Regan has been tapped director of Asia licensing for Children’s Television Workshop.

Regan will manage all licensing and merchandising for “Sesame Street,” as well as new Workshop business and brand initiatives throughout Asia.

Regan joins CTW from Scholastic Entertainment where she served as director of international licensing.

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NewsNet Central Networks has tapped Victoria Lynn Quoss as senior VP of distribution and Estie Todtman as VP and director of sales planning.

In her newly created post, Quoss will supervise all of NewsNet’s North American distribution efforts.

As VP and director of sales planning, Todtman will oversee advertising sales and marketing, monitor ongoing trends and act as a client liaison on behalf of NewsNet.

Also, NewsNet Central has named Marc Brody VP of distribution, East Coast, and Jeff Apodaca VP of distribution, West Coast. Both will report to Victoria Quoss, senior VP of distribution.

Brody and Apodaca will be in charge of product distribution within each of their respective territories and oversee contact with NewsNet’s station partners.

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Pearson Television has upped Gregory Calvosa to director of worldwide marketing. Calvosa, who has been with Pearson since 1994, had been manager of marketing and visual communications.

In his new position, Calvosa will help develop worldwide marketing campaigns for programs distributed internationally by Pearson, which produces more than 150 programs around the world.

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Twentieth Century Fox Intl. has upped Steven Kydd to exec director of Internet marketing. Kydd, who joined Fox Intl. in 1996, most recently served as the company’s Indonesia marketing manager.

In his new position, Kydd will supervise all Internet marketing for the company’s feature films in foreign markets, oversee the use of new-media technologies and coordinate Fox Web sites to promote new releases.

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Jenifer Hosack has been tapped VP of Western region sales for cabler Lifetime. In her new post, Hosack will oversee development and management of all West Coast ad sales efforts.

Previously, Hosack was an account exec for cabler’s Gotham office.

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USA Networks has promoted three execs in its original programming division. Tim Krubsack has been upped to VP, alternative programming. Krubsack, who joined USA Networks in February from MTV, is currently overseeing development of the one-hour reality game show “Last One Standing,” and half-hour relationship shows “Crush” and “Friends and Lovers,” in addition to primetime specials and a late night game show. Krubsack had been an associate producer for MTV’s “Road Rules.”

Rachel Bendavid has been upped to director, comedy series development. Bendavid came to USA Nets as manager of series development in October 1998 and is overseeing development of the USA series “Brown Parcels of Land” and “Road Hogs.” She was previously creative exec at Joel Silver’s Silver Pictures.

A. J. Morewitz has been upped to director, dramatic series development. Morewitz, who previously worked at the White House, is overseeing the development of the upcoming USA original series “Just Act Normal” and “Under Contract.”

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Jennifer L. Turner has been appointed associate director, business and legal affairs, for the MCA Records.

In her new post, Turner is responsible for negotiating and drafting artist agreements, with MCA’s various partners. Turner is based at MCA Records’ Universal City headquarters.

For three years she served as a mergers and acquisitions attorney with the law firm of Shearman and Sterling in New York City.

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Vicki Applegate has been tapped VP, business and legal affairs, Fox Family Worldwide.

Applegate will oversee business and legal affairs for the consumer products division, which includes merchandise licensing, homevideo and consumer promotions.

Most recently, she was VP and assistant general counsel for the Viacom Retail Group.

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Laurie Don has been tapped controller for Lucas Digital. Don will be responsible for all finance, accounting and planning activities and act as a key liaison with Lucasfilm.

Most recently she was a production controller for the company.

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Maggie Wang has been upped to the position of senior publicist at the Mitch Schneider Organization.

Wang will work on national accounts in addition to continuing her post as tour press director. Wang recently coordinated regional campaigns for clients Art Garfunkel, the Backstreet Boys, TLC and the Offspring.

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Cabler Nickelodeon has upped George Cheeks to the post of veepee, biz and law affairs.

Cheeks will direct legal and biz affairs for Nickelodeon’s theatrical and direct-to-video movies in addition to various television projects. In the past, Cheeks has negotiated and executed deals for features “Rugrats in Paris” and “Snow Day.”

Prior to joining Nickelodeon, Cheeks served as an entertainment associate for Hansen, Jacobson, Teller & Hoberman.

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Patricia Langer has been tapped as executive veep of legal and biz affairs and human resources for cabler Lifetime.

Langer moves to Lifetime from NBC, where she served as veep, employment law and deputy general counsel.

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Encore Intl., an affiliate of Encore Media Group, has tapped Mai S. Arnold as VP and general manager.

Arnold will oversee day-to-day operations of Encore Intl., focusing on its publishing and advertising divisions. She will report to Michelle Sie Whitten, prexy of Encore Intl.

Most recently, Arnold was at Encore Media Group, where she was instrumental in negotiating the exclusive output deals with October Films and Destination Films.

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