USA TV shuffles biz affairs, legal team

Strum, Bartlett, others upped

USA Television Group has restructured its business affairs team, promoting four execs and making one new hire.

Department leader Neil Strum has been upped to executive vice president of business and legal affairs at the USA Television Group. Strum reports to Group prexy Robert Fleming.

“Neil has made extraordinary contributions at USA Television and Studios USA during the last year,” Fleming said. “With his broad experience and strong industry relationships, he has been instrumental in positioning Studios USA for great success.”

Strum was previously senior VP of business and legal affairs. He joined Studios USA in September 1999 before segueing to the studio’s newly formed umbrella USA Television Group.

Prior to Studios USA, Strum was senior vice president of business and legal affairs at MTM Entertainment before that company was absorbed by News Corp. in 1998. He then spent time consulting with Columbia TriStar Television and was a principal in Pyramid Records.

Under Strum, Kathy Bartlett has been promoted to VP of business affairs administration at USA Television Group.

Over at TV Group subsidy Studios USA Television, Juliana Carnessale has jumped from VP to senior VP; Monica Harris has joined the company as vice president of business affairs; and David Brown has been named manager of business affairs.

Harris replaces VP of business affairs James Brock, who has left the company. She joins Studios USA from VH1, where she was senior counsel, law and business affairs. She also was a director of legal affairs at Touchstone Television.

“It is with great sadness that we say goodbye to Jim,” Strum said. “He is a consummate professional with a reputation for being fair and effective.”

USA Television Group oversees subsidiary companies Studios USA, which produces and distributes firstrun programming for both network and cable, and USA Cable Entertainment, which handles product acquisition and financing for the USA Network and sibling cabler the Sci Fi Channel.

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