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Walt Disney Co. promotes Mucha

After little more than a year as head of ABC’s public relations operation, Zenia Mucha has been promoted to senior vice president of corporate communications for The Walt Disney Co. The announcement was made by Disney Chairman Michael Eisner and Disney President Bob Iger.

Ms. Mucha’s longtime predecessor, John Dreyer, is leaving the company but will have a role as a consultant. Ms. Mucha is a no-nonsense veteran of the world of political hardball — she was a key member of the staff of New York Gov. George Pataki before she was named senior vice president of communications for the ABC Broadcast Group and Television Network in February 2001.

She will oversee communications policies and strategic positioning of all Disney’s businesses, from its broadcast and cable networks and studio entertainment to parks and resorts and consumer products. She also will be Disney’s chief spokesperson and continue to be based in Burbank.

There was no word on who will replace Ms. Mucha in the top ABC communications job.

Jon Voight’s her uncle … and she’s Court TV’s ‘Anchor for a Day’ winner: If the name of the winner of Court TV’s first “Anchor for a Day” contest rings a bell, that’s because Kelly Voight of Milford, Conn., and the Yale Law School is in fact the niece of actor Jon Voight. And that makes her the cousin of Angelina Jolie.

Viewers will be able to assess both the family resemblance and Ms. Voight’s anchoring abilities when she appears on Court TV this summer during the network’s daytime trial coverage.

Ms. Voight, who works with the Yale Law School Career Development Office, was picked from among 10 finalists by an online vote at CourtTV.com. Those finalists were chosen by a panel that included Regis Philbin, John Miller (“20/20”), attorneys Roy Black and Mark Geragos, actor Ron Silver and talent agent Richard Leibner of N.S. Bienstock. To enter, contestants were required to be a licensed attorney and submit a two-minute on-camera audition tape. The contest was co-sponsored by the National Law Journal.

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