Carol Melton, Viacom's senior vice president for government affairs, will assume responsibility for the Washington operations of the new Viacom, including CBS Corp. "I'm happy to be continuing my role overseeing government affairs for Viacom and, after we close the merger, for the new Viacom, including CBS," Melton said. Viacom's Washington office will remain intact and will include Vice President of Government Affairs Dede Ferrell and Vice President of Regulatory Affairs Anne Luce. Melton will report directly to Mel Karmazin, who will be president and COO of the new company. CBS'lobbying outfit will be dismantled. CBS Senior Vice President Martin Franks will continue to work for Karmazin but will no longer head up CBS'lobbying efforts or corporate communications. "I will keep doing what I've been doing for the past year and a half, which is whatever Mel tells me to do," Franks said. Gil Schwartz, senior vice president of communications at CBS, and Dana McClintock, vice president, will continue to represent CBS, while Carl Folta will head up all corporate communications for parent company Viacom. John Orlando, CBS vice president, Washington, will no longer handle Washington affairs for CBS or Viacom, but Franks says Orlando is considering other options within Viacom. Gail MacKinnon, vice president of federal relations, may transfer to Viacom's Washington office.
David Rabinovitch has been named vice president of production at KCTS-TV Seattle.
He is a partner in Moving Pictures Production Group, a San Francisco production company.