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Artisan promotes three exex

Fournier, Grossman, Sellars upped to boost homevid

HOLLYWOOD — Reflecting the growth of DVD and catalog video sales, Artisan Home Entertainment has promoted three executives under Jeff Fink, president, sales and marketing.

In the continuing shift of management structure away from division being divided into sales and rental groups, Tim Fournier has been promoted to executive VP, retail and brand development, from his post as senior VP, sell-through sales and distribution.

Fournier, who has been with Artisan for more than 10 years, will work with marketing and sales to create promotional concepts for Artisan-distributed brands and will manage relationships with Artisan-distributed lines, including Discovery Networks, Baby Einstein and Scholastic.

Jed Grossman — promoted from senior VP, sales and distribution to executive VP of the same — is responsible for managing field sales divisions and acting as a liaison between license distributors, including Wal-Mart and Kmart, and revenue-sharing customers, such as Blockbuster and Hollywood Video. Grossman has been with Artisan seven years.

Michael Sellars, based in New York, is promoted to executive director, VMI West, from his post as sales director, Western Region. Sellars is responsible for direct retail, vendor-managed and club accounts in the western region.

“As our home library grows, we are increasing the output of our video and DVD product, and a strong sales division is key to our continued success,” Fink said.