Fates & Fortunes: Sept. 28, 2020

Sara Pratley

Sara Pratley (Image credit: AlertMedia)


AlertMedia has added Sara Pratley as VP of global intelligence. She joins AlertMedia from CNN, where she had worked as VP of National News.

Annie Howell

Annie Howell (Image credit: Crown Media Family Networks)


Hallmark Channel parent Crown Media Family Networks named Annie Howell chief communications officer. Howell, formerly executive VP, corporate communications, returns after a five-year hiatus.


George Markley has joined Cox Enterprises as VP of risk management. A veteran of Cox Enterprises and Cox Communications, he most recently was chief financial officer for the Cox Family Office. 

Patricia Wilson

Patricia Wilson (Image credit: Entertainment Studios)


Entertainment Studios upped Patricia Wilson to executive VP of JusticeCentral.tv. She will continue as executive producer and showrunner of the five ES court shows in production.

Richard Zinn

Richard Zinn (Image credit: Gravity Media)


Richard Zinn has joined broadcast facilities and production services firm Gravity Media as an executive producer. He was an executive producer and senior coordinating producer at NBC Sports Bay Area.

Danielle DiStefano

Danielle DiStefano (Image credit: ITV Americas)


ITV Americas has elevated Danielle DiStefano to executive VP, post operations and technology, overseeing East and West Coast postproduction. Shewas senior VP, postproduction.

Tonko Soljan was upped to executive VP, business affairs at ITV Americas. He had been senior VP, business affairs at the studio and was executive in charge of production at Leftfield Pictures. 

Lyndon Campbell

Lyndon Campbell (Image credit: MarketCast)


MarketCast named Lyndon Campbell as corporate senior VP and general manager of MarketCast Sports, Live Events and Brand. He had been senior VP, head of leagues and rightsholders at Nielsen.

Darrick Li

Darrick Li (Image credit: Standard Media Index)


Standard Media Index has named Darrick Li as VP, sales and client services in Canada. The company’s second major executive hire in Canada, he was senior director of sales for Comscore. 

Richard Dyer

Richard Dyer (Image credit: Tegna)


Tegna has promoted Richard Dyer to senior vice president, overseeing CBS affiliates WLTX Columbia, South Carolina, and WFMY Greensboro, North Carolina. He will remain as president and GM of WUSA Washington. 

Kate Morris

Kate Morris (Image credit: Tegna)

Tegna also upped Kate Morris to president and general manager of NBC affiliate KPNX Phoenix. She had been president and general manager of Tegna-owned NBC station KTVB in Boise, Idaho. 

Todd Cohen

Todd Cohen (Image credit: Undertone)


Undertone has added Todd Cohen as VP, national video/connected TV sales, leading the company’s strategy across video and advanced TV. He comes from advertising technology firm Samba.


Other industry execs making moves

ITV Americas has added Sarah Poage as VP, production and Caroline Abaecheta as executive producer. Poage was executive VP at 44 Blue Productions; Abaecheta was a producer in the United Kingdom. … Los Angeles-based ad tech firm OpenX has named Mark Liao as chief financial officer. He comes from Amobee, where he was CFO for more than three years. … VideoAmp has hired Jonathan Steuer as executive VP of TV strategy and currency. He was chief research officer at Omnicom Media Group. … PremiumMedia 360 has added John Abraham as VP of sales; Larry Shiels as VP of sales, general market agencies; John Abraham as VP of sales, direct-response ad agencies; and Chhavi Saxena as VP of accounting and finance. … Warner­Media has hired Deanna Cadette as executive director of its new Canadian Development Team. She most recently led engagement and inclusion initiatives at the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. Also, Melanie Nepinak Hadley was named program director of the Canadian Develompent Team. She was an executive in charge of production at CBC.