Exec Shuffle

CNBC Primetime has tapped Bret Marcus senior executive producer.

Previously an executive producer of “Upfront Tonight,” Marcus succeeds the recently resigned Bob Reichblum. In his new post Marcus will supervise all NBC News programming that airs on CNBC.

He brings 25 years of broadcast news experience to the table, having begun his career with WNBC-TV New York, where he served as show producer, managing editor, exec producer and news director. He also served stints at WRC-TV Washington, D.C., and at ABC News as broadcast producer.

In another move, CNBC has named Charles MacLachlan director of marketing and Barry Fitzsimmons director of on-air promotions.

MacLachlan’s duties now include off-channel marketing, brand advertising, brand extension communications and coordination of marketing activities. He was previously with BBDO in New York.

Fitzsimmons will now lead the day-to-day tune and topical promotion needs for both CNBC Business Day and Primetime. He was formerly a senior consultant for the on-air promotion department.

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Trimark Pictures has promoted creative exec Alex Sanger to director of development.

In his expanded role, Sanger will oversee Trimark’s story department while spearheading its development slate. He will report to senior veep of production Robin Schorr.

Sanger, who has been with Trimark since November 1998, has played a role in a number of projects, including “Stalk,” now in post-production, the Jennifer Jason Leigh starrer “Skipped Parts” and the Wachowski brothers’ “Carnivore.”Prior to joining Trimark, Sanger worked in development at Caravan Pictures/Spyglass Entertainment.

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James 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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Carsey-Werner has tapped Gregg Barson director of creative services. He joins the company from Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution, where he had been manager, marketing and advertising, since 1996. In his new position, Barson will oversee the creative management of marketing efforts for several Carsey-Werner shows and special projects. He will also be responsible for the development and execution of promotional initiatives incorporating marketing strategies with new technologies.

Barson has also held positions as senior writer-producer, marketing and advertising, and writer-producer, marketing and advertising, with Warner Bros.

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The WB 100+ Station Group has upped Lynn Stepanian to senior VP, programming and distribution. Stepanian will now oversee programming and acquisitions, research, technical operations and distribution for the station group. She joined the WB 100+ as veep of programming in 1998. Prior to that, she was director of programming and promotion at WOFL-TV Orlando and WOGX-TV Gainesville, Fla.

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Crown Intl. Pictures has upped Wilfredo P. de Leon to VP, finance.

De Leon will continue to supervise all financial accounting functions of the company. He will also be involved in its plans for new productions, acquisitions and distribution.

Prior to joining Crown in 1987 as controller, de Leon was staff accounting manager at Compact Video. He has also served as controller at Four Star Intl. 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 nontheatrical 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, while overseeing affiliate outreach and public service announcements.

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