AMC and SundanceTV tapped Kristin Jones as senior vice president of international programming. Jones will oversee the creation, development and production of scripted programming from overseas for both networks.
Also, Chris Loveall was named VP of international programming. Loveall, previously with Pivot, will report to Jones. He will be responsible for the development and acquisition of international programming and co-productions for the networks.
COX MEDIA GROUP
Kim Guthrie was named president of Cox Media Group, which owns TV and radio stations, newspapers and digital brands across the country. Guthrie will assume the role on Jan. 1, 2017, and will succeed Bill Hoffman, who will retire at the end of the year after 38 years in the media industry. Guthrie currently serves as Cox Media’s executive vice president of national ad platforms and president of Cox Reps, the company’s TV advertising rep firm.
Kathleen Charapata was named vice president of legal for Crown Media Family Networks. In her new role, Charapata will structure, draft and negotiate distribution agreements for Hallmark Channel and Hallmark Movies & Mysteries across all platforms. She will also work on contract administration and compliance efforts and be counsel the company on a broad range of issues.
Discovery Communications named Kelly Kane senior vice president of partner marketing and national accounts. The 17-year Discovery veteran will lead the tactical efforts behind the company’s Field Sales and Partner Marketing teams in Silver Spring, Md., New York and Los Angeles offices. She will also oversee Discovery’s content distribution strategy for the company’s portfolio.
Mariana Flynn was promoted to senior vice president of unscripted development and programming for Lifetime. Flynn’s appointment completes network executive VP Liz Gateley’s programming team.
National Geographic Global Networks named Dennis Camlek executive vice president of strategy and consumer marketing. Camlek will lead U.S. programming-specific marketing efforts and will work to ensure consistency across Nat Geo networks worldwide.
Turner sports has added former Major League Baseball star Jimmy Rollins as a studio analyst for MLB on TBS for the 2016 MLB Postseason. Rollins joins Pedro Martinez and Gary Sheffield in the studio.
Viacom promoted Christian Kurz to senior vice president of global consumer insights. Kurz will add oversight of corporate and consumer research and insights for Viacom domestically, with a focus on exploring new technologies and consumer behaviors, while continuing to lead projects across Viacom’s international portfolio.
The company also elevated a number of executives in the Viacom Marketing & Partner Solutions group. The moves include: Valerie Bischak, Karen Phillips and Amy Hyland to executive VPs, ad sales; Ellen Dominus to executive VP of brand sales; Kalina Nikolova to executive VP of ad sales strategy; Mike Tedone, executive VP of regional sales and digital products, adds regional sales groups, Digital and Viacom Products Group to his purview; John Halley, executive VP and COO of ad sales, adds oversight of the Direct Response Ad Sales team; Jim Balbirer, executive VP of ad sales, adds new business efforts to his responsibilities; and Dario Spinato executive VP of marketing and branded content and Niels Schuurmans to chief creative officer/executive VP for Viacom Velocity.
Wiley Rein named Kathleen Kirby and Ambassador David Gross to lead the firm’s Telecom, Media & Technology practice. Gross served in the Department of State as the U.S. Coordinator for International Communications and Information Policy from 2001 to 2009. Kirby, who serves on the firm’s Executive and Management Committees, has been with Wiley Rein for nearly 20 years.
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