Debbie Brizendine to local sales manager, KHWB-TV, Houston, from general sales manager, KVDA-TV, San Antonio. Also, Debbie Kirsch to VP, operations, from direcotr, operations.
Tracey Beeker to VP, strategic partnership and licensing, Public Broadcasting Service, from, director, licensing and marketing.
Ralph Toddre to president and chief operating officer, Sunbelt Communications Co., from executive VP of operations.
Maura Cooney to account executive, WTIC-TV, Hartford, Conn., from account executive, Cox Cable.
Kerry Toland to local sales manager, WTTG-TV and WDCA-TV, Washington, from national sales manager. Also, Jim Roland to national sales manager, from regional sales manager.
Scott Brock to local sales manager, KPTV, Portland, Ore., from research director/account executive.
Harvey Saxer to VP and general sales manager, KRIV-TV and KTXH-TV, Houston, from general sales manager, KTXH.
Thomas Pappas to director of finance, WLVI-TV, Boston, and WEWB-TV, Albany, N.Y., from VP and market controller, Clear Channel Communications/AMFM.
Marc Henderson to retail development manager, KTVX-TV, Salt Lake City, from account executive.
Michael Granados to VP and regional director, Sinclair Broadcast Group, from regional director. Also, Steve Marks to VP and regional director, from regional director; and Craig Millar to VP and regional director, from regional director.
Brian Yamada to business manager, WHOI-TV, Peoria, Ill., from accounting manager, WYZZ-TV, Bloomington, Ill. Also, David Nicholson to operations manager, from producer/director and supervisor, WPIX-TV, Pittsburgh.
Ralph Toddre to chief operating officer, Sunbelt Communications Co., from VP.
Anne Schepp to human resources supervisor, Journal Broadcast Group, from employee relations representative, The Musicland Group.
Sam Schroeder to VP and general manager, Mid-Atlantic, Comcast SportsNet, from senior VP of programming and operations, Philadelphia.
Craig Simon to senior VP, sales and affiliate relations, Playboy Entertainment Group, from VP, affiliate relations, North America, CBS Cable.
Jim Holanda to VP of operations, Central region, Charter Communications, from VP of operations, Greater St. Louis Metropolitan area.
Brian Lambert to VP, Eastern division, Comcast Cable Communications, from VP of operations, Boston, MediaOne Northeast.
Steve Albani to VP, corporate communications, Comedy Central, from director.
Mike Unger, former president of optical networks, Sigma Systems has been named to the company’s board of directors.
Tess McGrath to coordinating producer, “It’s Your Call With Lynn Doyle,” CN8, from producer.
Michael Pohl to CEO, nCube, from president. Also, Kyle Christensen to VP of finance, from financial controller; and Clinton Tripodi to VP of workplace resources, from VP of human resources, Pacific Broadband Communications.
Liz Koman to senior VP, national advertising sales, AMC/WE: Women’s Entertainment, from senior VP and general sales manager, USA Network.
Melissa Cobb to VP of motion pictures for television, from senior VP, production, 20th Century Fox. Also, Kim Rozenfeld to VP, West Coast programming and development, from president, Half Full Entertainment; and Robert Weiss to VP, East Coast programming and development, from consultant, original programming, FX Networks.
Luis Casas to VP of marketing, A&E Mundo and the History Channel, from managing director, Venezuela, Colombia and Ecuador, The Walt Disney Co.
Tracey Wagner to sales manager, regional team, National Cable Communications, from account executive. Also, Joe Feldman to account executive, from VP and director of marketing, Effective Media Services, Los Angeles; Robb Rothfarb to account executive, from senior account executive, Katz Radio Group; Bob Allen to account executive, Detroit, from sales assistant; Patricia Aguirre to account executive, Dallas, from sales coordinator; John Cesa to account executive, Chicago, from sales planner; and Alexander Fiske to account executive, Atlanta, from sales planner.
Kathryn Ross to VP and Washington bureau chief, CNN, from deputy bureau chief and executive editor.
Stephen Alvarez to reporter, WSYX-TV and WTTE-TV, Columbus, Ohio, from free-lance reporter, KABC-TV, Los Angeles. Also, Lisa Colbert to weather anchor and reporter, from weathercaster and reporter, WGME-TV, Portland, Maine.
Pallas Hupe to weeknight 10 p.m. co-anchor and medical reporter, WKBD-TV, Detroit, from free-lance producer/reporter/anchor/weathercaster, WJBK-TV, Detroit.
Catt Sadler to entertainment reporter/anchor, WXIN-TV, Indianapolis, from entertainment reporter/anchor, KBWB-TV, San Francisco.
Laura Greene to co-anchor, “National Geographic Today,” National Geographic Channel, from correspondent and anchor, BBC Television. Also, Patty Kim to field correspondent, from producer and anchor, Discovery Channel.
Patricia Sabga to correspondent, London bureau, NBC News, from senior business correspondent, CNN Headline News.
Lynne Lai to anchor, WOIO-TV, Cleveland, from free-lance reporter.
Bob Sellers to general news reporter, Fox News Channel, from reporter and anchor, “Market Watch,” and “Today’s Business,” CNBC.
Andrea McCarren to anchor and reporter, “Good Morning Washington, WJLA-TV, Washington, from reporter. Also, Elliott Francis to anchor and reporter, from anchor and reporter, Orange County Newschannel; Julie Emry returns to KOIN-TV, Portland, Ore., as reporter and co-anchor of the early evening newscasts after spending time with her family.
Laura Schrock to executive VP, creative affairs, Big Ticket Television, from senior VP. Also, Paul Shapiro to senior VP, series development, from VP, series development.
David Stainton to president, television animation, The Walt Disney Co., from senior VP of creative affairs, feature animation.
Dr. Lewiston Bernstein to executive producer, “Sesame Street,” Sesame Workshop, from VP, global “Sesame Street” productions.
Paul Eskenazi to chief financial officer, The Jim Henson Co., from senior VP, corporate development worldwide.
Dan Baker to president and partner, Absinthe Pictures, from VP of product development, iFilm.
Jeff Jankens to animator, One Six Eight Design Group, from free-lance animator.
Rick Orlando to Avid editor, Creative Bubble, New York, from senior Avid editor, Penny Lane Studios.
Kevin Beggs to president, televison production, Lions Gate Entertainment, from executive VP, domestic television. Also, Judith Polone to president, television movies and miniseries, from executive VP, movies and miniseries.
Millee Taggart to head writer, “Guiding Light,” CBS, from story consultant, “Port Charles,” ABC.
Stan Koslowski, senior VP, retail marketing, Sirius Satellite Radio, had been named to the board of directors of the Satellite Broadcasting and Communications Association.
Barbara Latham to VP and market manager, Melbourne, Fla., cluster, Clear Channel Radio, from director of sales, Jacksonville, Fla., cluster. Also, Joe Cunningham to general manager, KSJO-FM and KUFX-FM, San Jose, Calif., in addition to general manager, KMEL-FM and KYLD-FM, San Francisco.
Lauren Mazzuca to director of advertising sales and marketing, Westwood One, from manager.
Scott Rogers to director of sports sales, WIBC-AM, Indianapolis, from senior account executive.
Barbara Rider to head of production, Autonomy, from independent project manager.
Richard Tunkle to manager, new business development, TV, cable and multimedia services, Arbitron, from manager of streaming media sales.
Jack Shoptaw to partner, The Brand Consultancy, from managing director.
Jon Dobbin to VP, group account director, MediaCom, from VP, account director, Mediaedge: CIA.
Scott Pansky to general manager, Los Angeles, Allison Partners, from VP.
Jerrold Brandt to West Coast media and entertainment development leader, Viant Corp., from national executive director, Digital Media Business.
Samuel Feder to legal adviser, wireless and international matters, fo
r Federal Communications Commission Commissioner Kevin Martin, from legal adviser for common carrier matters.
Marc Goodman to account executive, New York, PIC-TV, from senior VP, sales, Pearson Television. Also, Eugenia Koudanis to account executive, from account executive, United Television Sales.
The New York chapter of the National Association of Minorities in Communications announced its officers and board members for 2002. Officers are Daphne Leroy, president; Cherine Anderson, VP; Djuna Barnes, secretary; Katrina Monroe, treasurer; and Walter Oden II, assistant treasurer. Board members are Jerrie Calaunan and Christine Pagano, public affairs co-chairs; Susan Banks, Michelle Thorton and Angela Jackson, programming co-chairs; Joe Liverpool and Shaughn Dolcy, membership co-chairs; Fred Brown and Kim Collins, fund-raising co-chairs; and Mercedes Vizcaino and Tina Thompson, communications co-chairs.