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Fates & Fortunes

11/23/2003 07:00:00 PM Eastern

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Cable TV

At Comcast Cable, Southfield, Mich.: David Williams, director, Detroit west area call center, Plymouth Township, Mich., named senior director, customer service, Internet protocol services support center; Jason Treganowan, technical supervisor, named area fulfillment manager, Detroit west area and Detroit; Leo D'Agostini, technical manager, Detroit east area, named area fulfillment manager; Mike Belling, sales representative, promoted to director of direct sales operations for the Midwest Division.

Broadcast TV

Tom Kane, president/general manager, WABC-TV New York, named president, Viacom Television Stations Spot Sales, New York.

Tina Silvestri, director, news digitization projects for NBC Television Stations Division, promoted to VP, research.

At NBC network, Burbank, Calif.: Grace L. Niu, senior manager, publicity and promotions, West Coast, Fine Line Features, Los Angeles, named senior press manager; Jamie French, press manager, promoted to senior press manager.

Robert M. Peterson, VP, business development, Young Broadcasting, New York, and general manager, WTEN-TV Albany, N.Y., named general manager, WRIC-TV Richmond, Va.

At KBHK-TV, San Francisco: Rob Genolio, promotion manager, TechTV, San Francisco, named promotion manager; Steve Bock, director, sales, WMAR-TV Baltimore, named director, sales.

At KPIX-TV/KBHK-TV San Francisco: Pat Cilia, senior designer, promoted to assistant design director; Michael Englehaupt, director, engineering, KABC-TV Los Angeles, named director, engineering.

Paul Simonetti, account executive, WUPW(TV) Toledo, Ohio, named retail sales manager WWJ-TV/ WKBD(TV) Detroit.

Vincent Giannini, station manager of WPIX-TV New York, named VP/GM, WPHL-TV Philadelphia.

Candy Crigger, local sales manager, WJWB-TV Jacksonville, Fla., named general sales manager, WSLS-TV Roanoke, Va.

At WJWB-TV, Jacksonville, Fla.: Mark Spencer, national sales manager, named local sales manager; Cheri Goetze, regional account executive, named national sales manager.


At Discovery Networks International: Laura Frankel, VP, programming, planning and promotions, named senior VP, content support services, Silver Spring, Md.; Luis Silberwasser, VP, business development, named senior VP, international strategic planning, Miami and Silver Spring.

Jon Sayer, VP, integrated sales, World Wrestling Entertainment, Stamford, Conn., joins ABC Cable Networks Group as VP, advertising sales.

At Fox News Channel, New York: Brian Jones, director, communications, McGraw-Hill Companies, New York, named VP, news; Bob Finnerty, radio consultant to FNC, Fox News Radio, named VP, radio.

Doug Yates, senior VP, marketing and creative services, ABC Family Channel, Los Angeles, appointed senior VP, marketing, TV Guide Television Group, Los Angeles.

Arminda Figueroa, account director, The Bravo Group, named project director, Scholastic Entertainment's multicultural, multimedia initiative for children.

Wayne Isaak, Isaak Entertainment, named executive consultant, music and talent, Country Music Television, Nashville, Tenn.

Valerie Mitchell-Johnston, senior counsel, legal and business affairs, Sesame Workshop, New York, promoted to VP, legal and business affairs.

At Sí TV, Los Angeles: Betty Gower, marketing and sales, TuTV, Los Angeles, named VP, marketing; Rita Morales, Patton programming consultant, named VP, programming; Albert Chavez, consultant, Los Angeles Community Development Bank, named VP, finance.

Richard Steiner, director of interactive, Turner Classic Movies, Atlanta, promoted to managing director of interactive.

Steve Cipolla, principal, theBRANDexperience, New York, appointed VP/GM, ESPN Consumer Products group, ESPN Enterprises, New York.


Josh Howard, executive editor, 60 Minutes, named executive producer, 60 Minutes II.

Stan Stovall, co-anchor, 11 News Today, adds co-anchor, 11 News at 5pm, WBAL-TV Baltimore.

Adaora Udoji, international correspondent, ABC News, London, joins CNN, New York, as correspondent.

Phil Landeros, news producer, WFLA-TV Tampa, Fla., named executive news producer, WISN-TV Milwaukee.

Alex Sanz, morning anchor/reporter, News 12 The Bronx, New York, joins WTHR-TV Indianapolis, as general assignment reporter.


At National Mobile Television, Somerville, N.J.: Michael Descoteau, director of sales, Dale Pro Audio, New York, named VP, broadcast sales; Stan Leshner, VP, sales, Southwest Mobile Television, has joined as account executive.

Bill Hendler, VP, media solutions group, promoted to VP, chief products officer, Chyron Corp., Melville, N.Y.

Joan M. Byrnes, chief operating officer, Loral Skynet, Bedminster, N.J., has joined Andrew Corp., Orland Park, Ill., as VP/general manager, satellite communications.

At Ascent Media: John Knowles, senior VP, customer technical support, Fotokem, Burbank, Calif., named senior VP, West Coast sales, media management services, Burbank, Calif.; Thomas Cameron, VP, East area, Vyvx, New York, named VP, sales, North America, Stamford, Conn.


At National Cable Communications, New York: CEO Tom Olson
has announced his retirement, effective Dec. 31; COO Greg Schaefer
appointed president effective Jan. 1, 2004; Andrew Capone, VP, sales and marketing, CNBC International, New York, named senior VP, business development; Gina Smith, senior VP, ad sales, Telemundo Station Group, NBC, New York, named senior VP, sales.

Tom Jordan, senior VP, strategic relations, Leitch Inc., Chesapeake, Va., joins Rohde & Schwarz as regional sales manager.

Chris Petersen, account manager, FirstFireworks Group Ltd., Los Angeles, promoted to senior manager.

Jonah Borris, director, Television & Digital Entertainment, Rogers & Cowan, Los Angeles, promoted to VP.

Melissa Russo, sales assistant, Eagle Television Sales, New York, named account manager.


At Clear Channel Entertainment: Ginger Kraus, senior director, promoted to VP, national sales and marketing, New York; Jill Vogel, senior director, research and sales development, promoted to VP, national sales and marketing, Washington.

Allied Fields

Christopher J. Manzella, director, marketing, Virginia Broadcast Solutions, Charlottesville, Va., promoted to senior VP.

Anthony Uro, executive producer and director of ancillary services, Banyan Productions, Philadelphia, named director of development, Stage 3 Productions, Philadelphia.

Gary Walrath, executive VP, operations, STAR Group, Hong Kong, named chief executive officer, STATS Inc., Morton Grove, Ill.

Jay Wyant, director, marketing and strategy, Cyrus InterSoft, Minneapolis, named marketing director, CaptionMax Inc, Minneapolis.


Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation names board members: Linda Hope, chief operating officer, Hope Enterprises; Mark Pedowitz, executive vice president, ABC Entertainment Television Group; Jerry Petry, executive vice president, NBC Enterprises and Syndication; art director John Shaffner.


Laurence Tisch, one-time chairman, president and CEO of CBS Inc., died of cancer in New York City on Nov. 15. He was 80.

"We are saddened by the loss," CBS said in a statement. "He was an important part of the history of CBS. He managed the company during a time of great transition, preparing us for the success we enjoy today. He will be greatly missed by his many friends at CBS."

In the mid 1980s, CBS founder Bill Paley was trying to stave off hostile takeover bids by Ted Turner and others. He dubbed Tisch his white knight, encouraging him to acquire a major stake in the company in September 1986. Tisch soon assumed management control, streamlining and restructuring the company. His moves included spinning off the book, magazine and music divisions.

But Tisch angered long-time CBS executives by slashing news budgets and upset affiliates by threatening to reduce or eliminate annual payments to them for carrying CBS programming. He also allowed Fox to outbid CBS for NFL rights in 1994. As a result, many CBS stations and viewers defected to Fox.

Tisch sold CBS to Westinghouse Electric for $5.4 billion in 1995. His family-controlled Loews Corp. netted $1 billion profit on its 10-year investment in CBS.

Along with his brother, Robert, Tisch had built Loews Corp. into a vast conglomerate whose holdings included hotels, movie theaters, insurance companies and oil tankers. He retired as CEO in 1998 but remained co-chairman of the company.

Tisch received a BS from New York University and an MS in industrial engineering from the University of Pennsylvania. He attended Harvard Law School and, in April 1994, received an honorary degree of Doctor of Laws from Skidmore College.

He is survived by his wife, the former Wilma Stein. They have four sons: Andrew, Daniel, James and Thomas.

Bob Smith, owner of Smith Broadcasting Co. and Smith Publishing Group (publisher of Santa Barbara
magazine), died at home in Santa Barbara, Calif., of cancer on Oct. 28. He was 59.

A philanthropist, Smith purchased KEYT-TV Santa Barbara from the Walt Disney group in August 1987 and donated airtime to local fundraisers.

Smith is survived by his wife of 32 years; their two children, Jennifer Smith Hale, who is president and publisher of Santa Barbara
magazine, and Michael Smith; and his mother, Sara.

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