Fates & Fortunes

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Broadcast TV

Matt Aaron, general sales manager, KMAX Sacramento, Calif., named general sales manager, KOVR Sacramento.

Cable TV

At Time Warner Cable, Stamford, Conn.: Landel C. Hobbs, executive VP/CFO, promoted to COO.

Roland Trombley, VP, Michigan region, Comcast, promoted to VP, Midwest division.

At Insight Communications: Brian Shirk, COO, Rapid Cable, Denver, appointed district VP, Columbus, Ohio; Scot Burris, VP, Grande Communications, Central Texas operations, Austin, named VP, commercial services, Louisville, Ky.; David Mothershed, VP, operations, Charter Communications, Northeast Michigan, appointed district VP, Southwest Indiana district, Evansville; Keith Hall, formerly with the administration of Gov. Ernie Fletcher, Louisville, returns to Insight as senior VP, government relations.


Frances Manfredi, senior VP, cable sales, NBC Universal Domestic Television Distribution, New York, named senior VP/general sales manager, cable and non-theatrical sales.

Kimberly Fitzgerald, VP, business affairs and legal, Paramount Domestic Television, Los Angeles, promoted to senior VP.

Sandi Stretch, VP, marketing and business development, Western region, San Francisco, Univision television group, named VP, national sales, Univision and TeleFutura networks, San Francisco.

Lori Openden, consultant and casting executive, UPN, Los Angeles, named senior VP, talent and casting.

Aileen Budow, director, corporate communications, Comedy Central, New York, promoted to VP.

Jaime Saberito, manager, corporate communications, Rainbow Media, named director, corporate communications, Hallmark Channel/Hallmark Movie Channel, New York.

Ken Lawson, VP, broadcast sales, central regional manager, Twentieth Television, Chicago, promoted to senior VP.

Mandy Orzo, manager, program planning, Spike TV, New York, named director, acquisitions and scheduling, OLN, Stamford, Conn.


Alison Rudnick, manager, public relations, CNN, New York, joins WNBC/WNJU New York as director, media relations.

Gloria Kestenbaum, manager, marketing communications, Arbitron Inc., joins Katz Media Group, New York, as director, corporate communications.

Lee Jones, VP/publisher, Inc. magazine, appointed VP, Eastern region sales, Tribune Media Net, New York, effective Aug. 17.


Joe Pequeno, weekend sports anchor, KARK Little Rock, Ark., becomes reporter/sports anchor, KPNX Phoenix.

Dray Clark, weekend anchor, WOOD Grand Rapids, Mich., named reporter, WJW Cleveland.

Rich DeMuro, reporter, KTAL Shreveport, La., joins Channel One, Los Angeles, as anchor/reporter.

April Warnecke, freelance reporter, Spokane, Wash., to KTVK Phoenix as weather anchor.

Game analysts added to Playbook on NFL Network: Butch Davis, head coach, Cleveland Browns; Brian Baldinger, game analyst, NFL on Fox.

Mike Ditka, former Chicago Bears head coach and game analyst, returns to WBBM Chicago as sports contributor, 10 p.m. news.


Jennifer Betka, VP, global marketing, Time Warner, New York, named VP, interactive, Sirius, New York.


Jeff Miller, senior VP, engineering, ICTV, Los Gatos, Calif., promoted to president/CEO.

Al Johnson, senior VP, Ipitek Inc., Carlsbad, Calif., named VP, technology and advanced architectures, Xtend Networks, Atlanta.

Allied Fields

J. Eric Braun, VP, news and convergence, Raycom Media Inc., named VP/managing director, international television, The Associated Press, London.

Jonathan Finn, senior director, public relations, Old Navy, named VP, communications, Nickelodeon and Viacom consumer products.

Gina Centoni, VP, product management, Macromedia, appointed senior VP, product management and marketing, MFORMA, San Francisco.

At IAG Research pharmaceutical division, New York: Scott Schappell, general manager, regional sales office, Catalina Health Resource, Philadelphia, joins as senior VP; Fariba Zamaniyan, VP, marketing and business development, Ipsos-Insight, Ipsos Health, named VP.