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Exec Shuffle For 12/6/13: Legendary Entertainment, Electus, APA, Vice Media



Company Launches

Outpost Entertainment: Jodi Flynn has been named President of this new joint venture with Leftfield Entertainment.  She will be based in Leftfield’s Los Angeles offices. Warehouse 51 Productions: Carl Hall has started this production company, based in London.  

Studios, Networks, and Media Conglomerates

Fox International Channels: Francis Chang has joined as Senior Vice President, Legal & Business Affairs and General Counsel, Asia Pacific and the Middle East, based in Hong Kong. NBCUniversal: Raquel “Rocky” Egusquiza has joined as Vice President, Community Affairs, Hispanic Enterprises & Content, in New York, beginning December 9th. News Corp.: Jim Kennedy has joined as Chief Communications Officer, based in New York. Walt Disney Imagineering: Valerie Van Galder has joined as a Franchise Management executive.  


Legendary Entertainment: Emily Castel has been named Chief Marketing Officer. Imagine Entertainment: Michael Rosenberg has been promoted to Co-Chairman. Rentrak: Laurie Kaman has joined as Senior Vice President, Branded Entertainment. Suretone Pictures: Lauren Pettit has been named Vice President, Film and Television. Screen Australia: Sally Caplan has joined as Head, Production.  


Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (ATAS): Rob Swartz has been elected to serve a two-year term as Secretary, beginning January, 2014. Channel Four (UK): Nick Mirsky has been promoted to Head of Specialist Factual Programming. Channel Four (UK): David Glover has been promoted to Head of Documentaries. Electus: Jessica Sebastian has joined as Vice President, Unscripted Television. FremantleMedia International: Angela Neillis has joined as Director, Non-Scripted Content, in London. Rive Gauche Television: Cindie Nemes has joined as Vice President, Development. Ryan Seacrest Productions: Jeff Refold has expanded his Chief Financial Officer role to include Chief Operating Officer.  Kelly Mullens Brown has taken the new title of President, Strategy, Marketing, Communications, at Ryan Seacrest Enterprises. Sky Vision Productions: Jane Millichip has been promoted to General Manager, while Niki Page will join as Head, Acquisitions, Factual, as of January 2014, both in London. Tricon Films & Television: Jeffrey Hevert has joined as Vice President, U.S. Factual Development. Veria Living: Eric Sherman has joined as Chief Executive Officer.  

Agencies, Management Companies, Public Relations, and Law Firms

APA: Montana Artists’ Matt Birch and Ralph Berge have joined as Senior Vice Presidents and Co-Heads, Physical Production. APA: Montana Artists’ VP Brady Torgeson, agents Julian Savodivker and Amanda Pecora-Sutphen, and business affairs executive Larry Sheffield have also joined APA. The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD): Sarah Kate Ellis has been named President and Chief Executive Officer, effective January 2014. WME: Alix Gucovsky has joined as Agent, Commercial.  


E! Entertainment: Lauren Celinski has joined as Director, Programming & Development. El Rey Network: Chad Blankenship has joined as Vice President, Consumer Marketing El Rey Network:  Clarissa Colmenero has joined as Executive Director, Public Relations. El Rey Network: Jose Antonio Hernandez has joined as Vice President, Trade Marketing, based in Miami. Food Network and Cooking Channel: Andrew Schechter has been promoted to Vice President, Programming & Development, in New York. Outdoor Channel: Jason Brist has been promoted to Executive Vice President, Advertising Sales. Scripps Networks Interactive (SNI): Julie Taylor has been promoted to Senior Vice President, Program Planning. Scripps Networks Interactive (SNI): Cindy Brown has been promoted to Vice President, Program Planning. Scripps Networks Interactive (SNI): Carrie Regan has joined as Director, Programming and Development. Shaw Communications: Peter Bissonnette, President of Shaw Communications, has postponed his previously announced retirement until December 2015. Shaw Communications: Jay Mehr has been promoted to Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President. Shaw Communications: Jim Little has been promoted to Chief Marketing Officer. Spike TV: Jeff Savaiano has been promoted to Senior Director, Original Series. Tori Socha has joined as Senior Director, Original Series. Turner Broadcasting System Asia Pacific: Ricky Ow has been named President.  He will be based in Hong Kong.  


AOL: Brian Balthazar will join as Vice President, Head of Programming and Executive Producer, AOL.com, beginning January 6th 2014. Crackle: Anil Kurian has joined as Manager, Digital Development. Facebook: Michel Protti has been named Director, Emerging Business. Twitter: Marjorie Scardino has joined the Board of Directors. Vice Media: James Murdoch has joined the company’s executive board.  


 The Hollywood Reporter: Kimberly Speight Nordyke has been promoted to Deputy Editor, THR.com  


AEG Live: In a restructuring, Jay Marciano has been appointed Chairman, Paul Tollett has been named to the Board and assumed the title of Chief Executive Officer and President, Goldenvoice.  John Meglen has been named President, Global Touring, Shawn Trell has been promoted to Chief Operating Officer, and Rick Mueller has been named President, AEG Live North America.  


Mindshare: David Lang has been promoted to Chief Content Officer, North America, Mindshare and President, Mindshare Entertainment, in New York.  

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