Comcast SportsNet, the TV home for Chicago’s Blackhawks, Bulls, Cubs and White Sox, has added Siera Santos to its SportsNet Central roster. Santos will primarily cover Chicago’s professional, collegiate and high school sports stories, along with co-anchoring the program on occasion. She will also participate in a variety of digital initiatives that will be showcased on CSNChicago. com. Santos previously was a sports anchor and reporter for CBS affiliates KCBS/KCAL in Los Angeles.
Steve Elliott was named vice president of branded entertainment development. In the newly created position, Elliott will work closely with the content development and integrated marketing teams to produce long- and short-form branded content for advertising partnerships across Comedy Central’ s platforms.
Discovery Communications has named Karen Leever executive vice president and general manager of digital media. In this role, Leever will oversee the company’s digital brands and businesses in the United States, including Discovery Digital Networks and the newly launched virtual reality channel, Discovery VR. She also will be responsible for driving design and development for all Discovery apps and the company’s websites.
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Discovery Networks International named industry veteran Darcy Tomlin vice president of programming and operations. In her new role Tomlin will manage the content partnership between Discovery Networks International and the U.S. brand teams —Discovery Channel, TLC, Animal Planet, Science and Velocity — and have day-today operational oversight related to content investment.
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Donna Coleman was named executive vice president and chief financial officer at Madison Square Garden Co. Coleman had been serving as interim CFO since May, after former CFO Sean Creamer resigned. Coleman had previously served as executive vice president of corporate financial planning and control at Cablevision Systems for more than 15 years before retiring in December 2014.
Henry Ahn was promoted to president of content distribution and marketing at Scripps Networks Interactive. He had been executive vice president. Ahn will oversee all aspects of distribution with traditional linear partners and the rapidly increasing range of businesses seeking high-quality digital content. Ahn joined Scripps in 2011 after 17 years at NBCUniversal.
TruTV has tapped Bryan Terryas vice president of development and programming. The network also hired Rohit Sang and Tommy Cody as executive producers. Terry will be responsible for the procurement, development and management of original programming for the network’s slate of shows. Sang and Cody will oversee the production of original series and participate in the development of new projects.
Vimond Media Solutions named Christina Moe Hansen chief financial officer. Hansen, who joins the company from Ernst & Young AS, will be based at Vimond’s Bergen Norway, headquarters.
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