Richard C. Leach has been appointed vice president at PSI. Based at the Woodland Hills regional office, he will be responsible for overseeing environmental and facilities operations in the California region. Leach formerly was chief engineer for Law/Crandall, a division of Law Engineering Environmental Services.
Robert Billeci has been named executive director of worldwide satellite operations at the digital studios division of Sony Pictures Entertainment. Based at the Culver City headquarters, Billeci will provide technical support for overall SPE corporate development plans as well as new channel launches for Columbia TriStar International Television.
Brady Craine has been promoted to the newly created position of senior director of trade events for the Los Angeles-based American Film Marketing Association. In her new position, Craine will continue to be responsible for the day-to-day operations of AFMA. In addition, she will oversee AFMA's regional markets program as well as the association's participation at major TV markets and other trade events. Craine formerly was an account coordinator for Boardman, Braun & Farrow Inc., a San Francisco advertising agency.
Grace Newman has been promoted to vice president of national field marketing for Windham Hill Group, one of the core labels of BMG Entertainment North America, a unit of BMG Entertainment. He will help manage the overall marketing of each artist as well as the corporate direction of the company. Newman previously was senior director of field marketing.
Marcy Ross has been promoted to senior vice president of creative affairs for Los Angeles-based Jim Henson Television. She will oversee all aspects of prime-time television programming, including the conceptualization, development and production of new series, movies for television and specials. Based in Los Angeles, she will also be responsible for the oversight of children's programming. Ross previously was vice president of creative affairs. In addition, Halle Stanford Grossman has been promoted to vice president of creative affairs. She will be responsible for the creative oversight of direct-to-video children's programs. Grossman previously was director of creative affairs.
Peter Strauss has been named president of Lions Gate Entertainment Inc., a newly formed U.S. subsidiary that will serve as the parent company to all of Lions Gate Entertainment's U.S. corporations. Strauss will have corporate oversight responsibility for Lions Gate's U.S.-based motion picture activities. Previously, Strauss served as chairman, CEO and president at International Movie Group.
Paul Provenzano has been promoted to vice president of production and development at Beverly Hills-based Fox Interactive. In his expanded role, he will oversee the production and development of all Fox Interactive and Fox Sports Interactive titles. In addition, Scott Marcus has been promoted to the newly created position of vice president of worldwide promotions and strategic alliances. He will be responsible for all third-party promotions and strategic business relationships supporting all Fox Interactive releases. Also, Dave Rech has been appointed vice president of interactive sales for Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment. He will oversee the interactive sales staff and be responsible for developing customer relationships and driving all of the company's North American sales efforts.
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