Bob Walker has been upped to EVP and GM of networks and content at the Weather Channel Companies, where he will be responsible for all live and original programming, including on-air and digital content as well as on the TWC Radio Network. “Bob’s leadership will enable our cross-platform content team to continue their successful effort to evolve our live programming, which has excelled with incredibly comprehensive coverage of the recent tornado outbreaks,” Weather Channel president and CEO Mike Kelly said. “His additional focus on the expansion of our original programming lineup will be an integral part of the future growth of our company.”
Back in May, we reported about rumblings that E! Entertainment marketing president Suzanne Kolb had emerged as the top internal candidate to replace Ted Harbert as the network’s president, after Harbert moved on to NBC to oversee stations, affiliates, and sales alongside Bob Greenblatt. NBC Cable chairman Bonnie Hammer took her time, but today she made it official about Kolb. Here’s the release:
Los Angeles, July 7, 2011 – Suzanne Kolb has been named President of E! Entertainment, reporting to Bonnie Hammer, Chairman, NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment and Cable Studios. Kolb previously served as President, Marketing, News and Online for E! and The Style Network and has played a key leadership role in driving the networks’ record-breaking growth over the past six years. As E! President, Kolb’s senior management team will include longtime E! executives Steve Dolcemaschio, Chief Operating Officer, Lisa Berger, President, Entertainment Programming, and Cyndi McClellan, Executive Vice President, Research & Program Strategy.
“As a member of E!’s leadership team, Suzanne has played a pivotal role in getting the network to the great place it is today,” said Hammer. “Her strong oversight of three areas key to E!’s success — news, online and marketing — makes her the perfect person to lead the brand through the important next phase of its evolution.”
“I am incredibly grateful to Bonnie for the opportunity to lead E! during this wonderfully exciting and unique time in the brand’s history and equally thrilled to do that in partnership with a management team I know and love,” said Kolb. “E! has enjoyed great success in the past but we’re just getting started.”
In her previous role as President, Marketing, News and Online, E! Entertainment and The Style Network, Kolb led all marketing, communications and brand alliances for both networks, and oversaw the networks’ popular non-linear destinations E! Online and mystyle.com. Most recently Kolb successfully unified and expanded E!’s news entities, including E! News, E! Online and E! News Now, and has helped to establish E! News as the top global entertainment news brand.
Dan Silberman has been promoted to SVP Publicity at A&E Network and Bio Channel, where he will be responsible for corporate and trade communication strategy and oversee all program-based consumer press efforts, talent relations and awards strategy for a portfolio of cable networks including A&E Network, Bio Channel and the Crime & Investigation Network, as well as the feature documentary unit A&E IndieFilms. He will continue to report to A&E Network and Bio Channel GM Bob DeBitetto.
BURBANK, CA, June 30, 2011 – Juli Goodwin has been promoted to Executive Vice President Domestic Publicity for Warner Bros. Pictures, it was announced today by Sue Kroll, President Worldwide Marketing.
As the head of the domestic publicity department, Goodwin will continue to oversee the creation and implementation of publicity campaigns, encompassing national and field publicity, special events and promotions, and liaising with filmmakers, talent, and other marketing executives in support of the studio’s wide-ranging slate. She reports directly to Kroll, who stated, “Juli is an invaluable member of our marketing group. She is a smart and inventive thinker, whose sharp, strategic instincts and great perspective are always key in helping to shape our campaigns.”
Beverly Hills, CA (June 20, 2011) – Relativity Media announced today the promotion of Kyle Davies to President, Worldwide Distribution, reporting directly to Relativity’s CEO Ryan Kavanaugh and President Steve Bertram. Davies previously served as President, Theatrical Distribution.
Davies has helped guide Relativity from being a financing and producing entity into a full-fledged studio by leading its distribution operation. Davies will continue to oversee all domestic theatrical distribution strategies and will work closely with Relativity’s foreign output partners. Davies most recently shepherded the box office hit Limitless and is currently working on the upcoming Shark Night 3D, Immortals, Act of Valor, Haywire, House At The End of The Street, Untitled Raven Project, Untitled Snow White, Untitled Farrelly/Wessler Project, and Safe Haven.
Davies has been President, Theatrical Distribution since he was promoted from Executive Vice President, Theatrical Distribution after Relativity acquired Overture Films’ marketing and distribution assets in 2010. While at Overture, Davies oversaw the distribution of such films as Law Abiding Citizen, Brooklyn’s Finest, The Visitor, and The Crazies.
Deborah Lincoln has been promoted to SVP Corporate Communications, International, at Warner Bros Entertainment. In the newly created position, she will work to manage press activities related to Warner Bros’ corporate business issues, executive changes, legislation, regulation and litigation in all Warners territories outside the U.S. She also will help devise and deliver internal and external communication strategies for the territories and regions she represents and work with the U.S.-based Public Affairs team to support those activities, including philanthropy and community engagement, in the international arena. The London-based Lincoln, formerly VP Corporate Communications, Europe, also serves as a company spokeswoman outside the U.S. She reports to Susan Fleishman, EVP Worldwide Corporate Communications & Public Affairs at Warner Bros Entertainment.
A&E Network has promoted Elaine Frontain Bryant to SVP of Non-Fiction & Alternative Programming. She most recently served as VP of Non-Fiction & Alternative Programming. In her new role, Frontain Bryant will be responsible for overseeing the A&E non-fiction programming team and the development and production of A&E’s real-life series. She will continue to report to David McKillop, EVP of Programming. Frontain Bryant joined A&E in September 2005 as Director, Non-Fiction & Alternative Programming and was elevated to VP in July 2007. She has served as executive producer on such series as Criss Angel Mindfreak, Paranormal State, Billy the Exterminator and, most recently, the network’s hit Storage Wars.
Univision has promoted Kevin Cuddihy to president of Univision Television Group, where he will oversee all advertising and local programming operations. He had been EVP Advertising Sales for the group. “Kevin’s three decades of local television sales experience, deep industry relationships and intimate knowledge of Univision’s markets, audience and content make him the ideal executive to take on this important role,” said Univision Local Media president Peter Walker, to whom Cuddihy will report. “Since joining Univision just under two years ago, Kevin has streamlined sales organization and processes at Univision Local Media.” The news comes the same week Univision unveiled that it will add three additional cable networks to its stable in 2012, making the announcement as part of its upfront presentation to advertisers in New York.
Many have been wondering just exactly what Dish Network would do with Blockbuster after it won an auction for the bankrupt video-store chain in April. Heck, even now-outgoing CEO Charlie Ergen was cryptic about Dish’s plan during an analyst conference call earlier this month, evading questions and saying plans will roll out like an episode of Seinfeld: “You’ll have to wait (for the last two minutes) to see how it all comes together.” OK, so today came the cold open: Dish announced that it will offer the Blockbuster By Mail service free for three months to new Dish Network satellite TV customers. The DVD-by-mail service, which was started by Blockbuster to fight then-upstart Netflix, offers unlimited access to more than 100,000 movies, TV shows and games — and new titles 28 days before Netflix or Redbox. The service also allows customers to return DVDs to Blockbuster stores (insert joke here about finding one that’s not boarded up) rather than via U.S. Mail. “Dish Network now offers more than twice as many movie choices as any other TV provider,” said Ira Bahr, Dish’s Chief Marketing Officer. ”If you love movies, you’re going to love Dish Network.
Rebecca Kearey has been promoted to EVP International Marketing and Distribution at Fox Searchlight International. She will continue to oversee international marketing and distribution for Fox Searchlight Pictures and recently took on the same duties at Fox International Productions. She will report to 20th Century Fox International Co-Presidents Paul Hanneman and Tomas Jegeus, as well as Fox Searchlight Presidents Stephen Gilula and Nancy Utley. “Rebecca has consistently raised the bar on our campaigns and box office results, and we are fortunate to have an executive of her caliber on our team,” Hanneman and Jegeus said in announcing the move. Since 2005, Kearey has shepherded overseas campaigns for such Searchlight films as Black Swan, (500) Days of Summer and Juno.
Following last week’s official appointment of Mark Pedowitz as president of the CW, the network’s EVP drama Thom Sherman today is being officially anointed his No. 2 creative executive with a promotion to EVP development. Sherman’s duties will be expanded to oversee the development of all programming, both scripted and unscripted, with the network’s drama and alternative development executives reporting to him. “A uniquely gifted executive, Thom possesses remarkable instincts in terms of great storytelling and character development, and he has cultivated tremendous relationships and earned the respect of the creative community,” said Pedowitz,
Sony Pictures Television announced that Eric Berger has been promoted to EVP digital networks. Formerly Senior VP, he will continue to supervise Crackle, the studio’s multiplatform video entertainment network, as well as now manage mobile games and applications based on television properties and, in conjunction with the general managers, the digital presence of the company’s channels worldwide. Berger also will manage ad-supported digital businesses and partnerships with companies such as YouTube and Hulu. “Eric is a respected member of the digital community, having successfully grown Crackle across multiple platforms,” said SPT networks president Andy Kaplan, to whom Berger will report. “With that expertise he will now guide our digital businesses, grow our channels’ digital presence and take us to the next level.”
Salil Mehta has been promoted to the newly created position of Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer of NBCUniversal’s Entertainment & Digital Networks and Integrated Media division (E&DN/IM). For the past three years, Mehta has served as President, Business Operations, Strategy and Development for NBCUniversal.
Stephen K. Friedman has been promoted to president of MTV. He had previously served as General Manager, a position he held since the fall of 2008. In this role, Friedman oversees MTV, MTV2, mtvU, MTV.com, MTV Hits and MTV Jams. “Since Stephen took over the helm at MTV 2½ years ago, he has done an incredible job helping spearhead the reinvention of the MTV brand for millenials,” said Van Toffler, President, MTV Networks Music & Logo Group. During Friedman’s tenure, MTV has posted five consecutive quarters of growth during which the network has launched such hit series as Jersey Shore, Teen Mom, 16 & Pregnant, The World of Jenks and Life as Liz, along with making a foray into scripted with The Hard Times of R.J. Berger. Before being named General Manager of MTV, Friedman was the GM of mtvU, the channel catering to college students that he helped launch in 2004. He joined MTV in 1998 to found MTV’s Strategic Partnerships and Public Affairs department, during which he created the Emmy Award-winning Fight for Your Rights campaigns, along with helping manage the political campaign Choose or Lose.
Jay Wallace, formerly VP of News Editorial Product, has been promoted to VP of News and Senior Executive Producer of News and Politics at Fox News Channel. As VP news, he will assist in strategic planning and managing the news division. In his other role, he will oversee special political programming in addition to being responsible for the daily production of all news shows and breaking news coverage.
NEW YORK (March 30, 2011) — Scott Koondel has been appointed Senior Vice President, Corporate Licensing and Distribution for CBS Corporation. In his new role, Koondel will work closely with CBS divisions across the Company to optimize the value of domestic distribution agreements for CBS-owned content, as well as content for which CBS has obtained format and distribution rights. He will report to Joseph Ianniello, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, CBS Corporation.
Koondel will also continue in his current role as President of Distribution for CBS Television Distribution, reporting to John Nogawski, President of CBS Television Distribution. In this position, Koondel leads the Company’s domestic sales of off-network programming to cable and digital media platforms. His efforts have encompassed programming assets from CBS Studios, CBS News, SHOWTIME and CBS Films, as well as a vast library of past series.
New York, NY (March 29, 2011) — News Corporation today announced the promotion of Julie Henderson to the role of Senior Vice President, Communications and Corporate Strategy. Henderson has served as Senior Vice President, Corporate Communications and Public Affairs, for News Corporation since 2007. In this new and expanded position, Henderson will continue to play a key role in the Company’s communications and public affairs activities, while adding new responsibility for driving greater value from the Company’s vast portfolio of businesses.
Turner has upped David Hudson, previously VP of alternative programming for the networks, to SVP late night and specials, where he will oversee a late-night slate that includes Conan and Lopez Tonight as well as continue to develop specials like the Screen Actors Guild Awards show and Christmas in Washington. He reports to Michael Wright, EVP and head of programming, TNT, TBS and Turner Classic Movies. “David has done a tremendous job supervising many key projects for TBS and TNT, including the high-profile launches of Conan and Lopez Tonight,” Wright said. “David will play a critical role in our late-night efforts on TNT and TBS, and this promotion is much-deserved.”
LOS ANGELES, March 22, 2011 – Following a year of significant global theatre network growth, the best box office results in company history and a record number of films, IMAX Corporation (NYSE: IMAX) (TSX: IMX) today announced it has promoted Phil Groves to Senior VP, Worldwide Distribution, Studio-Exhibitor Relations. In his expanded role, Mr. Groves will oversee IMAX’s global distribution operation in addition to managing the rapidly growing number of international relationships the Company maintains. Mr. Groves will continue to report to Greg Foster, Chairman and President, IMAX Filmed Entertainment.