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Thornton Named Business, Legal Exec VP for Buena Vista TV

Sep 13, 2005  •  Post A Comment

Michael Thornton has been named executive VP of business and legal affairs for Buena Vista Television. The announcement was made Monday by Janice Marinelli, president of the company, to whom Mr. Thornton will report.

Based in Buena Vista’s Burbank offices, Mr. Thornton will provide legal oversight for the division’s syndication, video-on-demand, pay-per-view, pay TV and wireless businesses. His responsibilities will include negotiating licensing deals and strategic partnerships as well as production, talent and distribution agreements.

Most recently he was senior VP of programming acquisitions for DirecTV, where he was responsible for the satellite service’s overall programming strategy and its execution, and he managed the company’s relationships with local stations, cable networks, movie studios and professional sports leagues.

Before working for DirecTV Mr. Thornton was VP of programming for Media One. He also worked as an agent and an attorney early in his career.