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Headline News Pope New NBC Universal Television Studio President

Katherine Pope has been promoted from evp, NBC Ent., to president, NBC Universal Television Studio, and will head one of the country's largest and most successful television production companies, it was announced today by NBC Ent. and NBC Universal Television Studio co-chairmen Marc Graboff and Ben Silverman.

Headline News Meyer to Head Worldwide Publicity for Disney Studios Motion Picture Marketing

Teri Meyer has been promoted to the newly created position of evp of worldwide publicity for Walt Disney Studios Motion Picture Marketing. She will be responsible for formulating and executing worldwide publicity campaigns for all live-action and animated features released under The Walt Disney Pictures (live action and animation), Touchstone Pictures and Hollywood Pictures banners.

Headline News Fine New EVP/Chief Marketing Officer of Marvel Characters

Alan Fine has been appointed to the newly created position of evp/chief marketing officer of Marvel Characters Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Marvel Ent., which owns and licenses Marvel's intellectual property library. Fine will be responsible for directing and coordinating Marvel's efforts to support and strengthen its brands.

Fine, who joined Marvel in 1996, will retain his current title of ceo of Marvel's publishing and toy divisions.

Headline News LAIKA Gains New Marketing Head in Rabe

LAIKA Inc. has appointed Cynthia Barton Rabe to the position of vp/cmo, entertainment division. Rabe is a 20-year marketing veteran who has held management positions with consumer product and technology companies, including Intel and Ralston Purina. She is also a business consultant, author and guest lecturer specializing in innovation and corporate strategy.

Headline News Universal Hires Grass as Int'l Pres, Pacts with Night Watch Director on Toons

Universal Pictures has confirmed that, beginning in October 2007, Christian Grass will become president of the studio's new international production arm at Universal Pictures International (UPI).

Headline News Adams New Cookie Jar Ent. Business Affairs & Sales VP

Ed Adams joins Cookie Jar Ent. in the newly-created position of vp, business affairs and sales. Based in Los Angeles, Adams will support Cookie Jar's legal team on entertainment matters and the sales team for U.S. video and publishing sales.

"Throughout Ed's career, he has distinguished himself as a dynamic and success-oriented entertainment industry professional," said Cookie Jar's president/coo Taylor, who he reports to. "With his broad experience and knowledge, Ed will be a tremendous asset to Cookie Jar as the company continues to grow."

Headline News Hill New Programming and Acquisitions VP for Cartoon Network U.S.

Rico Hill has been named vp of programming and acquisitions for Cartoon Network and Boomerang. Based in Atlanta, he will direct all aspects of programming for both Cartoon Network and classic cartoons network Boomerang, including scheduling, on-air event planning and program acquisitions.

Headline News Quinn New Marketing SVP for BabyFirstTV

BabyFirstTV, America's only 24/7 commercial-free channel offering quality, innovative child development programming specifically for infants, babies, toddlers and their parents, has appointed Jeffrey Quinn as svp, of marketing. Based in the Los Angeles headquarters of BabyFirstTV, Quinn will direct the channel's industry and consumer marketing, advertising and promotional operations.

Headline News Dugan New Head of Entertainment Rights North America

Entertainment Rights Plc. announced the appointment of Deborah Dugan to the position of ceo/president of Entertainment Rights North America. Dugan will report directly to Mike Heap, ceo, Entertainment Rights Plc,. She will be based at the company's U.S. headquarters in New York.

Headline News Tromel New TV-Loonland Head of Development

Damien Tromel joins TV-Loonland as its new head of creative affairs and development, based out of the company's Paris office. Tromel will be responsible for sourcing new projects, finding new talent and supervising all editorial matters regarding the development and production of all projects produced and co-produced by TV-Loonland.

Headline News Saperstein Joins Blueprint Ent. To Head New Blueprint Kids

Blueprint Ent., a leading creator, producer and financier of filmed entertainment based in Canada, announced today (May 10, 2007), the formation of Blueprint Kids, a new business unit dedicated to the development, production and rights management of family and children's programming. Industry veteran Frank Saperstein will head the new venture, as svp, animation and children's programming.

Headline News Cookie Jar's Snyder New VP, Original Movies, Disney Channel

Fonda Snyder has been named vp original movies responsible for supervising the development of all Disney Channel Original Movies.

She was Cookie Jar Ent.'s svp of creative development and U.S. sales, where oversaw the development of more than 50 properties for multiple platforms, selling preschool, comedy and boys action animated series to networks, including Disney Channel (for Playhouse Disney), Kids' WB! and Cartoon Network.

Headline News Portfolio Ent. Ups Rutherford to Director of Sales & Acquisitions

Portfolio Ent. has upped Jon Rutherford to director of sales and acquisitions, additionally responsible for sales in Europe, Latin America, the U.S. and Canada, as well as acquisitions for worldwide distribution.

"Jon is unstoppable," said Joy Rosen, founder/president, Portfolio Ent. "He has done a tremendous job cultivating new international relationships while conscientiously maintaining existing relationships with broadcasters and production companies."

Headline News Snyder to Lead Turner's Animation, Young Adults & Kids Media Division

Stuart Snyder will take the reigns of Turner Broadcasting System's newly aligned portfolio of cable networks, digital properties and entertainment businesses for kids and young adults.

Headline News Cookie Jar Education Ups Posacki & Purcell

Cookie Jar Education Inc., a leading publisher of educational materials and teaching aids, has promoted Roger Posacki to coo, while Tom Purcell comes on board as svp, finance.

Based in Greensboro, North Carolina, Cookie Jar Education is the educational arm of The Cookie Jar Group, owner of Carson-Dellosa Publishing and HighReach Learning.

Headline News Grossmann New Publicity Director for Taffy Ent.

Marc Grossmann is onboard Taffy Ent. as director of public relations, responsible for overseeing worldwide publicity, advertising and special events for Taffy Ent., in addition to similar responsibilities with other MoonScoop Group partners Mike Young Prods., MoonScoop Prods., Kabillion, Queen Bee and more.

He reports to Cynthia Money, president, Taffy Ent. worldwide consumer products and marketing.

Headline News Hawley Joins 808inc. as Design Director

Chris Hawley has joined award-winning creative and production studio 808inc as design director.

Prior to joining 808inc., Hawley led the creative team at A.D. Vision, the number one multimedia producer and distributor of anime content in the U.S. He was responsible for hiring and managing a team of 12 designers and assisted in the early stages of hiring, training and development of a manga design team.

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