Fates & Fortunes: August 2021

Jeff Simpson

Jeff Simpson (Image credit: BYU Broadcasting)

Jeff Simpson
was named managing director of BYU Broadcasting,
overseeing day-to-day operations of its BYUtv cable channel. He had been president and publisher of the Salt Lake City-based newspaper The Deseret News

Adrienne Roark

Adrienne Roark (Image credit: CBS)

Adrienne Roark
was named president, CBS Stations, tasked with work directly with general managers and their teams at the ViacomCBS-owned stations across the country. She comes from Meredith-owned KPTV-KPDX in Portland, Oregon, where she was GM.

Kia Painter

Kia Painter (Image credit: C2HR)

Kia Painter
has been named to the board of directors of the Content & Connectivity Human Resources Association (C2HR). A 23-year Cox Communications veteran, she is  senior VP of business partnerships for the Atlanta-based cable operator.

Jennifer Soltesz

Jennifer Soltesz (Image credit: Cinedigm)

Cinedigm has named Jennifer Soltesz as VP of business development and strategy, the primary business lead for new partnership engagements for the Digital Networks group. She had been director of content distribution at Epix. 

Kaylin Hove

Kaylin Hove (Image credit: Comcast)

Comcast Cable has elevated Kalyn Hove to regional senior VP, Twin Cities region, overseeing cable operations in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Kansas and Missouri.
She had been VP of enterprise unit Comcast Business in the Twin Cities region.

Steve Handler

Steve Handler (Image credit: Crown Media )

Steve Handler
has joined Hallmark Channel parent Crown Media Family Networks in New York as senior VP, pricing and planning. The ad-sales veteran most recently worked at Infinitive, where he had been business development lead. 

Fox Entertainment marketing president Darren Schillace

Darren Schillace (Image credit: Fox Entertainment)

Darren Schillace
was promoted to president, marketing at Fox Entertainment, overseeing the Fox broadcast network, Tubi, Bento Box, Fox Alternative Networks and Blockchain Creative Labs. He was executive VP, marketing.

Jeff Martin

Jeff Martin (Image credit: Hotwire)

Jeff Martin
has joined telco and internet service provider Hotwire Communications as VP, sales, working with multiple dwelling units in the Tampa Bay, Florida, region. He comes from Comcast, where he had been an account executive.

Ken Reiner

Ken Reiner (Image credit: INSP)

Ken Reiner
has joined INSP as VP, content acquisition, leading the team responsible for acquiring licensed programming for the network and associated brands. Most recently a consultant, Reiner has been an executive at Raycom Media, Newport Television and Tribune Media.  

Russell Jay-Staglik

Russell Jay-Staglik (Image credit: JJP)

Russell Jay-Staglik
has joined Los Angeles-based studio Jeff Jenkins Productions as senior VP of development and current programming. He comes from Bunim/Murray Productions, where he had been VP of current and development. 

John Lee

John Lee (Image credit: NBCUniversal)

NBCUniversal has named John Lee to the new position  of chief data officer within its Global Advertising & Partnerships division. He had been global chief strategy officer at customer experience management firm Merkle. 

Donna D'Amico

Donna D'Amico (Image credit: Nexstar)

Donna D’Amico
was elevated to VP and general manager of Nexstar Media Group’s Colorado Springs, Colorado, operation, overseeing KXRM, KXTU and Fox21News.com. She had been director of sales at KXRM and KXTU since 2016.

Divya Ghatak

Divya Ghatak (Image credit: Samba TV)

Divya Ghatak
has joined the board of directors of omniscreen advertising and
analytics firm Samba TV. The Silicon Valley talent and human resources veteran currently works as chief people officer at SentinelOne. 

Superna Kalle

Superna Kalle (Image credit: Starz)

Superna Kalle
was elevated to president, international networks,
at Starz. She had been executive VP of international digital networks, having joined in 2018 to lead the international expansion of digital platform StarzPlay.

Christy Moreno

Christy Moreno (Image credit: Tegna)

Tegna has tapped Christy Moreno as president and general manager of its NBC affiliate station KING Seattle. She comes from Tegna-owned ABC affiliate WHAS in Louisville where she had been president and GM since 2018.

Noah Drake

Noah Drake (Image credit: Telstra)

Noah Drake
has joined Telstra as VP, customer solutions, based in
Denver and leading the company’s customer solutions group for the Americas. He had been VP of product management at fiber solutions provider Zayo Group in Boulder, Colorado. 

Charnelle Anderson

Charnelle Anderson (Image credit: TV One)

Charnelle Anderson
has joined TV One and Cleo TV as senior VP of marketing and creative services. She comes from dfree Global Foundation, where she was head of marketing, branding communications and business partnerships for the  non-profit financial education firm.

Peter Wyrwich

Peter Wyrwich (Image credit: TVU Networks )

Peter Wyrwich
has joined Munich, Germany-based IP video solutions provider TVU Networks as sales director for the DACH region, which consists of Austria, Germany and Switzerland. He is a 19-year veteran of direct and indirect sales across Europe.

Briefly Noted

Other industry execs making moves

Patrick Butler, president and CEO of America’s Public Television Stations (APTS), and Hilton Howell, chairman, president and CEO of Gray Television and Atlantic American Corp., were named board members of the Broadcasters Foundation of America. … Broderick Johnson has joined Comcast as executive VP of public policy and digital equity. He comes from law firm Covington & Burling, where he was senior of counsel. … Mattoon, Illinois-based fiber provider Consolidated Communications has elevated Greg Flanagan to VP of carrier sales and business development and Travis Graham to VP of commercial and carrier products. … David Rawlinson II was named president and CEO of Qurate, parent to QVC and HSN, effective Oct. 1.
Rawlinson was hired by Nielsen in 2020 to run its Global Connect Business, which was renamed Nielsen IQ.