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Bunny Hop: MGM President Leaves for Playboy

Jim Griffiths, president of MGM Worldwide Television Distribution, stepped down Monday to take a position at Playboy Enterprises.

Assuming Griffiths’ responsibilities are three MGM vets: Jim Packer, executive VP of North American television distribution; Simon Sutton, executive VP of international television; and Bruce Tuchman, executive VP of MGM Networks.

All three will work with Hank Cohen, president of MGM Television Television Entertainment, and report directly to Chris McGurk, MGM’s vice chairman and chief operating officer.

Contributing editor Paige Albiniak has been covering the business of television for nearly 25 years. She is a longtime contributor to Next TV, Broadcasting + Cable and Multichannel News. She concurrently serves as editorial director for entertainment marketing association Promax. She has written for such publications as TVNewsCheck, The New York Post, Variety, CBS Watch and more. Albiniak was B+C’s Los Angeles bureau chief from September 2002 to 2004, and an associate editor covering Congress and lobbying for the magazine in Washington, D.C., from January 1997-September 2002.