NBC Ups Program Researcher

Sumithra Barry has been named senior vice president of NBC West Coast program research.

Previously, Barry was director of program research for NBC Entertainment.

She joined NBC in April 2000 as a manager of program research. Prior to that, she was senior research analyst at the Disney Channel from February 1998 to April 2000.

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.