Jason Brooks has been tapped director of business development for TV Guide Intl. He will be responsible for expanding TV Guide’s interactive and channel guide products internationally and managing existing operations in Latin America and Canada.
Previously, Brooks managed channel and platform partnerships at Warner Bros. Intl. Television. Prior to that, he worked in the corporate and studio planning departments at Disney.
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Novocom has announced two senior executive promotions. Barry Smith has been tapped VP, business development and Gil Haslam named VP, design.
Smith joined Novocom in 1996 as director of promotions. He will now be responsible for the oversight of sales and marketing of the company’s Los Angeles, London and Singapore operations. He was, most recently, director of business development, where he additionally managed advertising, PR and promotional activities of the company worldwide.
Haslam will now oversee and guide the entire design production process of all the company’s projects. He was previously director of design. Before joining Novocom in 1997 he worked at Disney as senior designer and at ABC Video Design Group.
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CNBC has tapped two for early morning key appointments. Gary Kanofsky has been upped to senior producer and Joel Franklin has been tapped producer for “Today’s Business.”
Kanofsky has 20 years of network and local television and independent production experience. Franklin joins CNBC after 10 years with WABC-TV in Gotham.
Additionally, the net has named Andrea Manfredonia to the position of associate producer for “The Edge.” She returns to CNBC after two years at Fox News Channel.
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Monica Alexander has been upped to senior account exec at PR firm Rogers & Cowan, where she will continue to develop and create publicity campaigns for recording artists, entertainment and film companies. Additionally, she will oversee public relations for various music awards shows, and mount awards campaigns for recording artists, producers and film studios.
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Buena Vista Television has named several people to key executive positions.
Jed Cohen has been upped to senior VP, western regional sales, Christopher Oldre has been upped to VP, eastern regional sales, Barbara Warren has been named executive director, publicity and Dan Cohen has been tapped senior VP for Buena Vista pay Television.
Jed Cohen’s new duties include overseeing broadcast and cable sales of all BVTV product on the West Coast. Based in Gotham, Oldre will oversee sales of all BVTV product on the East Coast. Warren will now develop and implement national publicity campaigns for the company’s current slate of projects, and oversee publicity for the division’s special projects, such as pay-per-view events. Dan Cohen will continue to oversee the day-to-day operations of the pay-per-view and domestic pay television areas.
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Comedy Central has upped John Cucci to executive VP, chief financial officer. In his new post, Cucci will be responsible for the net’s finances and the information technology area, where he will oversee the management of the company’s computer networks and management information systems and administration He is also overseeing the strategic planning and investment spending management for the company.
Cucci has been with Comedy Central since its inception in 1991, when he served as VP and controller. He was previously with Time Warner as director of financial reporting, and spent six years at HBO as director of financial planning and programming finance.
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Michael Elliot has been named prexy of The Source Entertainment, the entertainment production arm of The Source Enterprises. He was formerly VP of the company.
In his new post, Elliot continues to oversee the company’s growth, in addition to managing all areas of development and production of entertainment vehicles, including The Source Hip-Hop Music Awards and The Source Magazine Radio Network syndicated radio program.
Prior to joining The Source, Elliot was prexy of Bad Boy Films.
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Arista Records has tapped two for its executive ranks. Hillary Suskind has been named director, publicity for the label, and Michael Newman has been tapped associate director, business and legal affairs.
In her new post, Suskind will handle publicity campaigns for developing artists as well as maintain relationships with national and regional rock and alternative publications. She joins the company from Tommy Boy Music, where she served as publicity director. She also served a stint at EMI Records.
Newman will now be responsible for drafting and negotiating artist and producer agreements, and researching legal issues and coordinating litigation matters. He joined Arista in 1997.
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Lawton Fitt, managing director at Goldman Sachs, has been elected to the board of directors at interactive TV service provider Wink Communications.
In her new post, Fitt will extend Wink’s content offerings by adding new e-commerce options. Wink currently programs show-synchronized games and enhanced advertising.
A 20-year Goldman Sachs vet, Fitt started financing Internet companies in 1995 during the IPO of Uunet. Since then, she has spearheaded the IPOs of Yahoo, Ebay, Ivillage, Etoys and Jupiter Networks.
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Cynthia Spence has been tapped chief marketing officer for Scout Electromedia, a company that provides entertainment through wireless devices.
Spence will oversee all of Scout’s marketing activities, including branding, advertising, promotion and public relations.
Previously, Spence was director of broadcast marketing at Intel Corporation, where she managed all of Intel’s studio relationships. Prior to Intel, Spence was exec VP for Apple Marketing.
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Crown International Pictures has upped Wilfredo P. de Leon as VP, finance.
De Leon joined Crown in 1987 as controller and will continue to be responsible for the supervision of all financial accounting functions of the company. He will also be involved in the company’s plans for new productions, acquisitions and distribution.
Prior to joining Crown, de Leon was staff accounting manager at Compact Video. He has also served as controller at Four Star International and chief accountant at Gold Key Entertainment.
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B. Quentin Lilly has been upped to prexy of video media services at Technicolor.
Lilly will oversee the development of the company’s video operations for theatrical and non-theatrical products, including video duplication, packaging and distribution.
Most recently, Lilly worked as Technicolor’s chief operation officer. First teaming with the company in 1994, he has also served as its senior veep of corporate development.
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Former White House and Congressional staffer Mary Dixon has been tapped veepee, public affairs for cabler Lifetime.
In her new post, Dixon will be responsible for the implementation and development of Lifetime’s public affairs efforts, as well as overseeing affiliate outreach and public service announcements.