Banking & Finance

Mitchell W. Kitayama has been appointed first vice president of asset liability management for East West Bank in San Marino. He will be responsible for managing the interest rate risk exposure and overseeing the bank's investment portfolio. Kitayama comes to East West Bank from First American Bank in Texas.

Chicago Title and Trust Co. has named John Webster as a vice president. Webster is vice president of Chicago Title subsidiary, Ticor Title Insurance Co. in Chatsworth.

Lockton Co. has appointed Tim Noonan president of its Los Angeles-based subsidiary, Lockton Insurance Brokers Inc. Prior to joining Lockton Insurance Brokers Inc., Noonan served as senior vice president of Jardine Insurance Brokers.


Robert Cooper, former president of TriStar Pictures, was named head of production at DreamWorks SKG. Cooper will handle operations for the fledgling studio's live-action features.

Chris Lee has been named president of production for TriStar Pictures, one of Sony Pictures Entertainment's two major motion picture studios. Prior to his promotion, Lee served as executive vice president of production for TriStar. Prior to joining TriStar, Lee worked for ABC's "Good Morning America" in New York.

Bret Magpiong has been promoted to chief financial officer for The Bubble Factory, a Los Angeles-based multimedia company. Magpiong served as a vice president of finance and administration prior to his promotion. Before joining The Bubble Factory, he worked for Price Waterhouse LLP in Century City as a senior manager in the business management division.

Christina Kounelias has been named senior vice president of publicity and public relations for Fox Broadcasting Co. Prior to joining Fox Broadcasting Co., Kounelias served as senior vice president of marketing for New Line Cinema. She will be responsible for developing and directing all aspects of publicity and corporate public relations associated with the network.

Iris Grossman has been promoted to senior vice president of talent and casting for Turner Network Television. She will oversee all talent and casting issues related to TNT Original films and specials in the Los Angeles-based development and production offices.

Cheryl Boone Isaacs has been named president of theatrical marketing for New Line Cinema. Prior to joining New Line Cinema, Boone Isaacs served on the senior marketing team for the motion picture group of Paramount Pictures. Her duties include overseeing the marketing department as well as publicity, media-buying, co-op advertising, promotions and product placement.

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc. has announced the appointment of Linda Berman to executive vice president for MGM consumer products, a division of MGM Home Entertainment/Consumer Products Group. Prior to joining the Santa Monica-based entertainment company, Berman owned and operated Fig. 1, a products marketing company. Additionally, Charles E. Cohen was named executive vice president of finance and corporate development. His responsibilities include development of business strategies for new markets as well as development of new partnerships and alliances.


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