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Mar 17, 2003  •  Post A Comment

Broadcasting
Patricia Murphy to director, corporate communications and speechwriter, Public Broadcasting Service, from communications director and speechwriter, the office of Sen. Max Cleland.
Tom Cury to director of sales, WBFS-TV, Miami, from director of station sales, New York, Viacom.
John Sears to VP, news, WOFL-TV and WRBW-TV, Orlando, Fla., from news director, KPTV, Portland, Ore.
Ron Romines to general sales manager, WCCO-TV, Minneapolis, from general sales manager, KOCO-TV, Oklahoma City.
Carlos Fernandez to general manager, KXAN-TV and KNVA-TV, Austin, Texas, from consultant and VP, Frank N. Magid Associates.
Julia McDonald to account executive, KDFW-TV, Dallas, from account executive, KNVA-TV, Austin, Texas.
Andre Patch to director of research, The WB 100+ Station Group, from manager of research.
Traci O’Neill to research director, WJWB-TV, Jacksonville, Fla., from marketing specialist, KB Home.
Sandi Resendi to director, affiliate ad sales, West, Scripps Networks, from affiliate ad sales manager. Also, Vanessa West to director, affiliate ad sales, East, from affiliate ad sales manager.
Cable
Marc Zand to senior VP, business affairs, ABC Family Channel, from senior VP, business affairs and development, Playboy TV International. Also, Dotty Ewing to senior VP, marketing and promotion, Playboy TV Networks, from president, The Ewing Group. Also, Mark Rudolph to managing director, Playboy TV International, and executive VP, Playboy Entertainment Group, from Chairman and CEO, Flycode Inc.
Kevin McFeeley to senior regional manager, TechTV, from corporate video product manager, RCN. Also, Stephen Tibshrany to regional manager, from technical operator, CNN Sports Illustrated.
Michael Dagnery to VP, production, MTV Latin Networks Latin America, from independent producer.
Richard Yelen to corporate VP, marketing, Charter Communications, from chief marketing officer and senior VP, marketing, ACTV.
Deirdre O’Grady to VP, pricing and operations, TWC Media Solutions, from VP, pricing, sales planning and traffic, Court TV.
Lisa Shoemaker to local account executive, New England Sports Network, from account executive, Interep Radio, Boston.
Charlie Tabesh to senior VP, programming, acquisitions and new media, Turner Classic Movies, from VP.
John Beyler to senior VP, technology operations, Starz Encore Group, from VP, tech. Also, Ray Millius to VP, technology, from VP, production and operations; Jim Porter to executive director, post-production and broadcast operations, from director, post-production; Tom Mikkelsen to VP, production and operations, from senior director, broadcast technology and facilities, AT&T Digital Media Center; Rebecca Lim to director, interactive television technology, from co-founder, Chosun Group; Tim Sweeney to VP, business affairs/marketing and intellectual property, from director, business affairs/intellectual property; and Karen Falzone to director, business affairs/production, from senior manager, business affairs/production.
Diane Rubin to senior trial producer, Catherine Crier Live, Court TV, from producer.
Brad Oleshansky to VP, associate general counsel, business and legal affairs, Game Show Network, from executive director associate general counsel.
Judy Currier to general manager, Monterey Bay operation, AT&T Media Services, from regional sales director. Also, John Vera to national sales manager, from local sales manager.
Bhupender Kaul to VP, commercial sales, New York and New Jersey, Time Warner Cable, from director. Also, Suzanne Giuliani to director, public relations, from public relations manager; Frank Mickeon to director, production, creative services, from creative services manager; and Wayne Patrick to director, technical training, learning and development, from manager, technical training.
Jim Kurtz to VP, business development, QVC, from president, Poetry.com.
Convergence
David Hiller to senior VP, publishing, Tribune Co., from president, Tribune Interactive.
Distribution
Taylor Fuller to VP, Western region, Tribune Entertainment Co., from director, Western region sales. Also, Cindy Donnelly to VP, advertiser sales, from director, advertising sales.
Mike Palmer to director of broadcast digital distribution systems and strategy, in addition to director of technology.
Journalism
Tram Mai to weekend anchor, KPNX.TV, Phoenix, from weekend anchor, WSYX-TV, Columbus, Ohio.
Claudia Coffey to 4:30 p.m. co-anchor and reporter, WTMJ-TV, Milwaukee, from reporter and anchor, WVUE-TV, New Orleans.
Melanie Henry to assistant news director, KOKI-TV, Tulsa, Okla., from acting news director, KJRH-TV, Tulsa.
Kelly Wright to general correspondent, Fox News Channel, from 10 p.m. co-anchor, WVBT-TV, Virginia Beach, Va.
Lori Waldon to managing editor, KPIX-TV, San Francisco, from executive producer.
Blake Olson to sports anchor/reporter, KWGN-TV, Denver, from reporter and host, KUSA-TV, Denver.
Robert Lyles to nightside general assignment reporter, KCTV, Kansas City, Mo., from reporter and anchor, KOB-TV, Albuquerque, N.M.
Christi Paul to anchor, CNN Headline News, from anchor/reporter, KTVK-TV, Phoenix.
Jill Sochacki to assignment editor, KBAC-TV, Charlotte, N.C., from consultant.
Brad Stone to news director, KVOA-TV, from news producer, Good Morning America.
Jinah Kim to general assignment reporter, KUSA-TV, Denver, from reporter, KSWB-TV, San Diego.
Peter Barnes to bureau chief, Washington, Hearst-Argyle Television, from Washington bureau chief and chief Washington correspondent, TechTV.
Casey Clark to assistant news director, KYW-TV, Philadelphia, from executive producer.
Production
Kurt Schneider to executive VP, marketing, World Wrestling Entertainment, from president and CEO, Asimba.
Michael Steinberg to VP, business affairs, licensing, BMI, from assistant VP.
Rick Mischel to CEO, Mainframe Entertainment, from president and chief operating officer, The Harvey Entertainment Co.
John McMahon to senior executive VP and managing director, Europe, Sony Pictures Television International.
Ross Shimabuko to weekend sports anchor, KTVK-TV, Phoenix, from sports reporter.
Technology
J. Curt Hockmeier, president and CEO, Arbinet-theexchange, named to the board of directors of Cedar Point Communications.
Other
Barbara Rubin has opened a law office in Century City, Calif., to represent entertainment talent. Ms. Rubin was head of business and legal affairs for A&E Television Networks.
Jason Chappelle to head writer, Studio City, from senior writer/producer.
Ray Dundas to senior VP, group director, national broadcast, Initiative Media N.A., from group director, national broadcast, OMD New York.