FILM ROMAN INC. has announced that veteran entertainment industry executive
LEONARD J. GROSSI has joined their board of directors and SIDNEY CLIFTON
has been promoted to director of television development. Currently, Grossi
is a partner in LSLG Associates, which owns a 49% interest in WHPN-TV, a
Madison, WS-based UPN affiliate. Grossi has recently formed and serves as
chairman and CEO of both Baseline Media and Entertainment Inc., a media,
communications and entertainment consulting firm, and Mile Square
Entertainment, which develops and produces film and television projects.
Grossi will also be a minority owner of KDI Channel 17, a low-power
television station in San Diego being purchased by a local tribe of Native
Americans. Previously, Grossi served as the senior executive vice president
at United Paramount Network (UPN), functioning as its founding chief
operating officer. Prior to that, Grossi spent eight years at Twentieth
Television, serving first as executive vice president of administration and
operations for the domestic and international distribution divisions, and
then as executive vice president, managing all aspects of Twentieth
Television's worldwide production, marketing and distribution activities.
Clifton will oversee all the company's television development in addition
to pitching projects to potential co-producers and networks. She will also
help acquire material for possible future Film Roman productions. Since
September 1998, Clifton has served as manager of television development at
Film Roman. She had joined the company in March of that year as development
coordinator. Previously, Clifton was a features columnist for Exodus
Magazine in San Jose and has been published in Essence Magazine.