Rick Olshansky has been named head of business affairs at AMC, based in Los Angeles. He formerly worked as a business-affairs consultant at Microsoft Xbox Entertainment Studios.
Wayne Thomas was tapped as MSO manager at Old Bridge, N.J.-based cable technology vendor Blonder Tongue Laboratories. He comes from CommScope, where he directed sales for the company’s edgeQAM product line.
Benjamin (BJ) Elias advanced to senior vice president, distribution, at Fox Networks. He had been VP, distribution, advanced services.
Jack Rotherham was named chief marketing officer of New York-based Freewheel. He comes from RichRelevance, where he was general manager.
Wuppertal, Germany-based Riedel Communications has tapped Jake Dodson as director of product management. He comes from Vitec Videocom, where he was VP of product management, responsible for global product management and technical publications.
Joe Germsheid has joined Simulmedia as senior director of business intelligence and outcomes, a new post based in Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minn. He comes from ad agency Carmichael Lynch in Minneapolis, where he was director of consumer engagement and a senior partner.
Los Angeles-based production company Tremendous! Entertainment has added Andy Meyer as a New York-based vice president of development, responsible for leading the company’s new East Coast operation. He comes from Jarrett Creative Group, where he developed series projects for such networks as Bravo, E!, MTV, History Channel and Esquire Network.
Also, Barron Whittet has joined Tremendous! as Minnesota-based creative director of development. He was a freelance producer and editor.
Turner Broadcasting System has elevated John Harran to the new role of senior vice president, business and product developlement, Turner Network Sales. He had been VP, business development and multiplatform distribution at TNS.
Also, Michael Quigley was promoted to senior vice president, brand distribution at TNS, up from VP, business development and multiplatform distribution.
Separately, Turner Sports’s Bleacher Report unit has promoted Dorth Raphaely to general manager of the division from VP of programming, analytics and quality control; and Rory Brown to chief content officer from VP, content operations.
Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution has upped David Decker as executive vice president of cable and subscription video-on-demand sales. He had been executive VP, business and legal affairs, at Warner Bros. Worldwide Television Distribution.
Current WBDTD executive vice president, cable sales, Tom Cerio will retire at the end of March and remain with the company as a sales consultant.
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