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CLOSE-UP: Richard Fisher

In January, Thomson Premier Retail Networks tapped Richard Fisher as president of PRN Worldwide, an in-store programming division whose retail partners include Wal-Mart, Best Buy and Circuit City. Most recently, before his arrival at PRN, Mr. Fisher founded his own company, ZDTV, now G4/Tech TV. Mr. Fisher began his media career at Chronicle Broadcasting and HBO, then later served as president of interactive service provider RespondTV and as CEO of eMotion, a digital asset management company.


BROADCASTING

Todd Ackley to VP, national long-form sales, Ion Media Networks, from paid program team leader, CBS Television Sales.

Jack Alfandary to senior VP, licensing and new business development, FremantleMedia Enterprises, from VP, same.

Jackie Bradford to president and general manager, KNSD-TV, San Diego, from finance director, WRC-TV, Washington, D.C.

Christopher Flynn to general sales manager, KBWB-TV, San Francisco-Oakland-San Jose, Calif., from western regional manager, Spot Runner.

Henry S. Ford to general sales manager, FSN Detroit, from senior director, San Francisco Chronicle.

David Hillman to VP, reality programming, Lifetime Networks, from senior director, reality programming, same.

Angela Hunter to senior VP/executive producer, Channel One News, from independent cable programming producer.

Bill Lane to VP/general sales manager, WHBQ-TV, Memphis, Tenn., from general manager, WRHL-TV, Richmond, Va.

CABLE

Ken Baker to executive news editor, E!, from editorial director, Web site, US Weekly.

Debra Balamos to VP, affiliate and advertising sales marketing, OvationTV, from principal, Debra Balamos Entertainment Marketing Consulting.

Ted Black to senior VP/general manager, FSN Pittsburgh, from VP, business and legal affairs, Pittsburgh Penguins.

Christine Bragan to VP, marketing and communications, Rainbow Media Holdings, from director, same.

Rob Canter to VP, production and creative services, OvationTV, from executive, same.

Steve Driscoll to VP, sales and marketing, Comcast, from senior director, same.

James G. Gallagher to executive VP/general counsel, Rainbow Media Holdings, from executive VP/general counsel, Tommy Hilfiger Corp.

Jennifer Goodman Linn to senior VP, brand marketing, Nickelodeon/MTVN Kids, from VP, marketing, Ann Taylor Corp.

Laura Lipson to VP, marketing and promotion, TV One, from director, same.

Peter Moore to VP, special projects, DIY Network, from director, special projects, DIY Network and Fine Living Network.

Kim Norris to senior VP, business development & strategy, Cablevision, from president, OVAB.

Max Raven to senior VP, U.K., U.S. and Scandinavia, CNN International Ad Sales, from VP, same.

David Sartori to VP, finance and business operations, Comcast, from senior director, business operations.

Suzanne Sell to VP, programming analytics, Starz Entertainment, from director, program research, same.

Eric Shain to VP, production finance, Disney ABC Cable Networks Group, from executive director, same.

Gaynor Strachan Chun to senior VP, marketing, OvationTV, from same, G4.

Brandii Toby-Leon to director, press and public relations, DIY Network, from manager, same.

Steven Vincent to VP, music and soundtracks, Disney Channel, from director of production and executive in charge of music, same.

Lisa Walsh to VP, human resources, Comcast, from director, same.

Michelle Zajic to VP, programming, OvationTV, from director, acquisitions and programming, Hallmark Channel.


DISTRIBUTION

Keith Agabob to VP, product management, Cablevision, from director, product management and operations, same.

Jennifer Boudreaux to VP, sales business development, digital distribution, NBC Universal TV Networks, from director, same.

John Heffron to senior VP, networks distribution, Ion Media Networks, from VP, affiliate relations, eastern region, Univision Communications.

Michael Schreiber to VP, sales business development, digital distribution, NBC Universal TV Networks, from director, same.

Chico White to VP, traffic, Comcast Entertainment Group, from director of traffic, E!/Style Network.

JOURNALISM

Charles Billi to weeknight co-anchor, WSVN-TV Miami, from weekend anchor.

Juliette Goodrich to noon co-anchor, KPIX-TV, San Francisco-Oakland-San Jose, Calif., from breaking news anchor, same.

Elizabeth Hur to reporter, KYW-TV, Philadelphia, from same, KTVX-TV, Salt Lake City.

Chris Jansing to correspondent, “NBC Nightly News With Brian Williams,” continuing as same, MSNBC.

Christina Loren to morning traffic anchor, WFOR-TV, Miami, from morning weather anchor, KERO-TV, Bakersfield, Calif.

Craig Lucie to general assignment reporter, WESH-TV, Orlando, Fla., from same, KTBC-TV, Austin, Texas.

Jenna Maloney to weekday anchor, WXIN-TV, Indianapolis, from weekend anchor, same.

Nicole Manske to NASCAR anchor-reporter, ESPN, from co-host, “Speed Report,” the Speed Channel.

Tom Matheson to assignment editor, KPIX-TV, San Francisco-Oakland-San Jose, Calif., from senior regional sales manager, Reply.com.

Antonio Mora to co-anchor, “CBS4 News,” WFOR-TV, Miami/Fort Lauderdale, Fla., from anchor, WBBM-TV, Chicago.

Amanda Rosseter to weekend morning anchor, WSB-TV, Atlanta, from reporter, same.

Dr. Jim Siebert
to chief meteorologist, KRIV-TV, Houston, from meteorologist, same.

Shannon Spake to NASCAR pit reporter, ESPN, from reporter, same.

Anne State to weeknight co-anchor, WBBM-TV, Chicago, from anchor-reporter, KNSD-TV, San Diego.

April Warnecke to morning weather anchor, “Good Morning Arizona,” from weekend weather anchor, KTVK-TV, Phoenix.

Wilson Walker to producer, “Eyewitness News,” KPIX-TV, San Francisco-Oakland-San Jose, Calif., from weekend producer, same.

ADVERTISING

Chris Chung to art director, online advertising, AvatarLabs, from art director, online advertising, Trailer Park.

Richard Cooperman to editor, Crush Editorial, from freelance editor.

Will Funk to senior VP, sports sponsorships and sales, Turner Sports, from VP, same.

David Hershey to VP, creative services and online promotion, KTVT-TV and KTXA-TV, Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas, from VP, creative, EDGE Creative.

Shelby Mason to VP, western region sales, Disney-ABC Domestic Television, from director of sales, Midwest region, same.

Mark Melvin to VP, national advertising sales, Music Choice, from director, same.

Curtis Pace to VP, Midwest region sales, Disney-ABC Domestic Television, from executive director, southwest region, same.

Jennifer “JP” Patterson to executive producer, Shelter, from freelance producer, Beast, Cake, Crunch.

Jennifer Purtan to VP, sales, WWJ-TV/WKBD-TV, Detroit, from VP sales, ABC Radio Networks.

Vincent Sollecito to VP/general sales manager, WLS-TV, Chicago, from senior VP, ABC National Television Sales.

Matt Turner to VP, eastern region sales, Gospel Music Channel, from VP, advertising sales, Music Choice.

Christopher Willoughby to partner and lead editor, Shelter, from co-owner, ARTiFACT and Space Division.


MARKETING

Alan Amman to executive VP/chief operating officer, mPRm Public Relations, from VP, home enterainment, television and corporate entertainment.

Pauline Bohm to senior VP, marketing, NBC Universal International Television Distribution, from VP, marketing, same.

Sonia Borris to senior VP, marketing and operations, Warner Bros. Worldwide Television Marketing, from VP, marketing and promotions, same.

John Ko to affiliate marketing director, qubo, from marketing director, Wizard Entertainment.

Rachel Mansson to VP, marketing, NBC Universal International New Media, from marketing director, same.

Brian Nelson to VP, talent marketing, 16W, from senior director, same.

Bob Philp to VP, talent marketing, 16W, from senior director, same.

PRODUCTION

David Bubis to executive VP, JTN Productions, from independent fundraising consultant.

Peter Cole to president, Before Noon Post Production Sound Services, from audio specialist.

Mike DeWitt, to VP, nonfiction production, JTN Productions, from freelance documentary filmmaker.

Morgan Hertzan to senior VP/general manager for LX.TV, NBC Local Media Division, from co-founder, LX.TV.

Brent Jeong to senior producer, AvatarLabs, from digital producer, Jack Morton Worldwide.

John Keenan to writer/producer/editor, creative services department, KPIX-TV, San Francisco-Oakland-San Jose, Calif., from nightside promo producer, KFMB-TV, San Diego.

Erica Lewis to VP, production, G4, from VP, development, GoTV Networks.

Joseph Varet to consultant, NBC Local Media Division, from co-founder, LX.TV.

TECHNOLOGY

Chip Canter to VP, wireless platform development, digital distribution, NBC Universal TV Networks, from director, same.

Chuck Dages to executive VP, emerging technology, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, from executive VP, emerging technology, Warner Bros. Technical Operations.

Eric Levitan to chief operating officer, Argo Systems, from VP, operations, same.

Philip Manwaring to VP, digital media, Gospel Music Channel, from chief technology officer/head of digital media, Integrity Media.

Mark McGuire to VP, solutions delivery, Cox Communications, from director, enterprise applications, same.

William Stratton to chief operating officer, Digitalsmiths, from VP, business development, Turner Broadcasting System.

Jan M. Strock to director of engineering, WHTM-TV, Harrisburg, Penn., from owner, Signals Unlimited.

Petra Weishaupt-Smith to chief financial officer, Digitalsmiths, from same, A4 Health Systems.

Chris Zanyk to VP, North American regional sales, Cedar Point Communications, from managing director, Latin American sales.

OTHER

Marlene Meraz to director, media relations, BMI, from manager of publicity, Virgin Records.