Par ups Thomas, Linkenauger in TV

Exex to o'see print advertising, information technologies

Paramount has upped a duo of execs as the studio assesses its position heading into the fall.

David Thomas has been promoted to VP of creative services and design for Paramount Domestic TV, where he will oversee print advertising for all of the company’s firstrun properties, from “Entertainment Tonight” to “Judge Judy,” as well as the division’s six fall 2000 launches, including “Spin City.”

“David’s contributions over the years have been an invaluable asset to the division,” said Michael Mishler, exec veep of marketing. “He is a seasoned marketing executive who brings a wealth of creative talent to our department.”

Thomas has been with the company for 14 years. Prior to Paramount, he worked as a writer-producer at WNEV Boston.

Meanwhile, J.W. Linkenauger has been upped to VP of systems development for the Paramount Stations Group. Overseeing design, development and support of information technologies, he will also supervise Internet development and act as producer for PSG’s Web sites.

Linkenauger joined Paramount when the station group bought WDCA in 1990 and most recently served as director of systems development.

“J.W. is a highly regarded member of the PSG management team, and his understanding of broadcast, the Internet and technology mediums represents a unique concentration of knowledge,” said Tony Cassara, Paramount Stations Group prexy. “His continued contributions will be a great asset to the company.”