NBC Comedy Executive Jane Wiseman Joins Chernin Entertainment As SVP Comedy

By | Wednesday June 22, 2011 @ 4:45pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

With Chernin Entertainment expanding into comedy this past season with its first half-hour series orders for New Girl and the animated Allen Gregory, the company has hired a dedicated high-level comedy executive. Former NBC SVP Jane Wiseman is joining the company as SVP Comedy, reporting to President of Television Katherine Pope. Chernin already has a drama head, Lauren Stein, so Wiseman will be her comedy counterpart. Wiseman recently left NBC, where she served as SVP Comedy Development for the network and Universal Media Studios. This past season, she oversaw the development of such upcoming series as Up All Night starring Christina Applegate and Will Arnett; Whitney, from stand-up comedian Whitney Cummings; and Are You There Vodka? It’s Me, Chelsea. Wiseman’s departure, which I heard happened before the May exit of NBC and UMS’ EVP Comedy Development Jeff Ingold, is part of the network’s ongoing executive changes under new chief Bob Greenblatt, which include the hire of Tal Rabinowitz as new head of comedy. Read More »

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BET Taps Ex-Turner Exec As EVP Marketing

By | Tuesday June 21, 2011 @ 9:59am PDT

Vicky Free, who most recently led strategic marketing efforts at Turner Broadcasting System, has been named EVP Marketing at BET Networks, where she will oversee the strategy for BET, BET.com, BET Mobile and Centric. She will report directly to BET … Read More »

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Bloomberg Television Names New Topper

By | Thursday June 16, 2011 @ 10:25am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Bloomberg Media has found a replacement for David Rhodes, who left in the spring to become president of CBS News. Andrew Morse, executive producer of innovation and integration for ABC News Digital, has been named head of Bloomberg Television in the U.S., reporting to Andy Lack, CEO of the Bloomberg … Read More »

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CBS Films Hired Christine Batista To Beef Up Promotions And Publicity

By | Tuesday June 14, 2011 @ 9:34am PDT
Mike Fleming

LOS ANGELES, CA (June 14, 2011) – CBS Films has named Christine Batista Senior Vice President of National Partnerships and Publicity. It was announced today by President and CEO Amy Baer.

Batista will be responsible for the studio’s national and

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Cineflix Studios Names Prez Of Production

By | Monday June 13, 2011 @ 8:22am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Veteran production exec Vlad Wolynetz has been named President of Production for Cineflix Studios, the scripted division of international production and distribution company Cineflix. He will oversee production on the company’s scripted projects for broadcasters worldwide, reporting to Glen Salzman, … Read More »

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Weinstein Company Adds Leah Holzer As Production Exec

By | Monday June 6, 2011 @ 9:27am PDT
Mike Fleming

NEW YORK, June 6, 2011 – The Weinstein Company (TWC) announced today that Leah Holzer has joined the company as vice president of production, reporting to its president of production, Donna Gigliotti, in New York.

In her post, Holzer will help manage physical production of such TWC films as the

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Sony Pics TV Unit Hires Lucia Cottone As SVP Development & Current Programming

Lucia Cottone, who most recently worked at Lifetime developing such series as Army Wives, has joined Sony Pictures Television as SVP development and current programming, networks. In the newly created role, she will oversee global development for SPT’s growing channel portfolio worldwide as well as current programming, managing a slate of hundreds … Read More »

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Universals Ups Nicholas Carpou To Co-President Of Distribution

By | Tuesday May 31, 2011 @ 11:04am PDT

EXCLUSIVE: Universal’s legendary President of Distribution Nikki Rocco is promoting Nicholas Carpou from EVP/General Sales Manager in Distribution to Co-President of Distribution. “For recognition of his 25 years here and 34 years in the biz,” an insider tells me. “He’s a tremendous right hand to Nikki. It’s time.” Rocco, of course, has been President of Distribution at the studio since 1996 and remains the only top female in the male-dominated field (when she was appointed, all the guys said a woman wouldn’t last six months in the job). She’s been in the business for 44 years. You gotta love it. … UPDATE: Universal has issued a press release announcing the promotion:

UNIVERSAL CITY, CA (May 31, 2011) — Universal Pictures’ President of Distribution Nikki Rocco today announced that as of June 1, Nicholas Carpou will become Co-President of Distribution for the film studio.

Carpou, who currently serves as Executive Vice President of Distribution, has been with Universal for 29 years. In his new role, Carpou will become more involved in the day-to-day management and operations of the studio’s distribution division and at this time will remain responsible for oversight of Canada, the Eastern United States and Puerto Rico. He will continue to report to Rocco and work closely with Executive Vice President, General Sales Manager of Distribution, Mark Gaines and Universal’s sales team.

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ReelzChannel Taps SVP Of Programming

By | Tuesday May 31, 2011 @ 7:01am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

ReelzChannel, which is stepping up its original programming efforts, has appointed Matthew Singerman as SVP of programming. Singerman had been a consultant with the channel since January and assisted in the marketing and scheduling of The Kennedys miniseries. He previously worked for five years as SVP of programming at TV … Read More »

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IMAX Taps Marc De Grandpre For Top Marketing Post

By | Thursday May 26, 2011 @ 10:18am PDT

Marc de Grandpre has been named Chief Marketing Officer at IMAX Corp., where he will oversee the big-screen exhibitor’s global brand and marketing initiatives. Most recently the chief marketer for Qualcomm’s mobile commerce brand Firethorn, de Grandpre has spent the … Read More »

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Reveille Taps BBC Worldwide Prods. Executive as Head Of Production

By | Wednesday May 25, 2011 @ 3:13pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: BBC Worldwide Prods. SVP Linda Giambrone has joined Reveille as SVP and head of production. Reveille didn’t have anyone officially in the role, and tapping Giambrone — who has two decades of hands-on producing experience  on reality, variety, talk, … Read More »

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Time Warner Cable Appoints David Rone To Run Sports Division

By | Monday May 23, 2011 @ 1:58pm PDT

David Rone, a former co-head of CAA Sports, has been appointed president of TWC Sports, tasked with building sports content at the nation’s second-largest cable operator. He will oversee the company’s sports programming and existing sports channels and build and lead … Read More »

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Wonya Lucas Named CEO Of TV One

By | Monday May 23, 2011 @ 8:03am PDT

May 23, 2011, Silver Spring, MD — Wonya Lucas has been named President and CEO of TV One, effective Monday, August 8. The cable industry programming veteran succeeds Johnathan Rodgers, who has announced his retirement as of July 31. Most recently, Lucas was Executive Vice

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