John Janisch has been named vice president of production finance for All American Television Production. In his new position, Janisch will supervise financial activities on behalf of the company's projects for network and cable. He previously was vice president and controller of production accounting for New World Television.
James F. Griffiths has been named president of international television distribution at MGM Networks. In this newly created position in the MGM Worldwide Television Group, Griffiths will oversee worldwide pay and free TV, including distribution, channel ownership, television co-producing and co-financing. He will work out of the company's Santa Monica office. Prior to MGM, Griffiths headed the Entertainment Ventures Group at Creative Artists Agency.
Times Mirror has promoted Horst A. Bergmann and Kathryn M. Downing to corporate senior vice presidents. They were previously corporate vice presidents. Bergmann has spent most of his professional career at Jeppesen Sanderson, joining that company in 1963. Downing was president and CEO of Lawyers Cooperative Publishing prior to joining Times Mirror. In addition, Edward L. Blood has been promoted to vice president of strategic planning. Before joining the company, Blood was senior vice president, investor relations and strategic planning at Darden Restaurants.
Michael Bolcerek has joined Spatializer Audio Laboratories Inc. in Woodland Hills as chief financial officer. Bolcerek has also been appointed an officer of the company being named secretary of Spatializer and its subsidiaries: Desper Products Inc. and MultiDisc Technologies Inc. He previously served as assistant treasurer with Next Computers.
Candle Corp. has named Tom Crummey worldwide director of Candle Direct, the company's new internal sales organization in Santa Monica. Crummey will oversee the company's sales force, and the development and implementation of its marketing strategy. Prior to joining the company, he served in management roles for both IBM Consumer Direct and IBM PCDirect.
Law firm Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy has named John A. Funk of counsel in the firm's Intellectual Property & Technology Group, which is based in Los Angeles. Funk will specialize in outsourcing and related intellectual property transactions. He previously was group counsel at Electronic Data Systems.
Christos Richards has been appointed principal at Staton Chase International, a Los Angeles-based executive recruitment firm. Prior to joining the company, Richards was founder, president and CEO of Nexium Inc. He has more than 15 years of executive recruitment experience.
Abacus Staffing for Accounting has named Michael Follin partner and manager. He will be responsible for opening and managing the company's new Cerritos location. Before joining Abacus Staffing, Follin served as area manager at Accountants Overload.
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