Cox Enterprises has named Duncan O’Brien senior vice president and general manager of corporate strategy and investments. He comes from TIAA-CREF in New York, where he was senior managing director of M&A transitions.
Natty Romera has joined Eclipse Marketing Services in Morristown, N.J., as vice president of multicultural marketing. She has worked as an executive at such advertising agencies as GlobalHUE, La Agencia de Orci and Leo Burnett.
ITV Studios-owned Leftfield Entertainment has named Heath Banks as chief operating officer of realityshow producer Leftfield Pictures. He had been executive vice president, production.
Also, Joe Weinstock joined Leftfield Pictures as head of West Coast development, based in Los Angeles. He had been a member of Discovery Channel’s West Coast development team.
And Brenna Eckerson was added as Leftfield’s senior director, development. She was director of development at SundanceTV.
Phil Sharpe has joined New York-based sports, entertainment and media consultancy Omnigon as senior vice president, client strategy and engagement. He comes from Turner Broadcasting System, where he was senior VP, digital strategy and competitiveness.
OVATION Arts network Ovation TV has added Mike Pons as senior vice president, content distribution, responsible for managing key relationships with such national accounts as DirecTV, Dish Network, AT&T and Charter Communications, as well as overseeing international and digital content distribution strategies. He comes from Cox, where he was general manager, business development.
Also, Scott Woodward advanced to executive vice president of programming and production.
Shenae Grimes-Beech has joined Pop TV’s POPSUGAR Now entertainment-news series as a co-anchor and entertainment correspondent. The actress, TV personality and lifestyle blogger is a cast member on The CW’s drama series 90210.
Marielle Zuccarelli has joined Sonar Entertainment as executive vice president, international distribution, responsible for the international sales team in London, Munich, Madrid and Sydney. She was managing director, international content distribution at A+E Networks.
Suzanne Sell was upped to senior vice president, research at Starz, based in Englewood, Colo. Sell was VP, research. Starz also promoted Neal Massey to vice president, business and consumer research. He was executive director, business and consumer insights.
Andreas Lermann has Work Microwave in Holzkirchen, Germany, as director of sales and marketing. He was senior manager of business development and strategic customers in the aerospace and defense division at Spinner.
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