Accounting & Consulting

Norm Tamkin has been named partner in the tax practice of the West Los Angeles office of Holthouse Carlin & Van Trigt LLP. He provides tax and consulting services to high-net-worth individuals, closely held businesses, professional service companies, post-production companies, telephone communication companies, real estate professionals and entertainment industry personnel. Most recently Tamkin was a senior tax manager with the firm.


Robert B. Spiker has been elected corporate vice president and controller at Northrop Grumman Corp. in Los Angeles. In his position, Spiker has corporate-wide responsibility for financial reporting, financial planning, benefit analysis and corporate accounting functions, including developing and administering all corporate policies related to these areas. He was previously vice president of finance, and controller for the company's Electronic Sensors and Systems Sector.


Dana Bromley has been appointed director of marketing and client relations at Raleigh Studios in Manhattan Beach. She will be responsible for managing and coordinating all sales and marketing operations and her duties will include new business development within the entertainment and non-entertainment industries. Prior to her promotion, Bromley served as lot manager at the Manhattan Beach studio.

Stephanie Denton has been named president of Lakeshore International, a film distribution company in Los Angeles. She will now oversee the division, head its sales and distribution operations, procure co-production opportunities, evaluate potential acquisitions and seek licensing opportunities for Lakeshore's feature film library. Denton joined the company in 1996 and was most recently senior vice president of sales.

Janet M. Gagnon has been promoted to vice president, collections and European policy, at the American Film Marketing Association. She will become the focal point in Los Angeles for AFMA's policy development and lobbying activities related to European matters. Gagnon was previously director of AFMA collections.

Nina Guralnick has been hired as a senior director responsible for all online marketing promotions spearheading new-media and marketing initiatives at DreamWorks Records in Los Angeles. Guralnick most recently was a project manager at Electric Artists.

Chandra Years has been promoted to executive director, marketing promotion and publicity at Twentieth Century Fox International Television. She will work with international broadcasters in an expanded role to promote and publicize such award-winning series as "The X-Files," "NYPD Blue," "Ally McBeal" and "Malcolm in the Middle" in overseas markets. Years previously held the title of director, marketing promotion and publicity, international television.


Charles W. Cox, J. Scott Hodgkins, Gary A. Kashar, Jeffrey L. Kateman, Daniel S. Schecter, and W. Alex Voxman have all been named partners at the Los Angeles office of Latham & Watkins. Cox and Schecter practice in the firm's litigation department while Hodgkins, Kashar, Kateman, and Voxman are all members of the corporate department.

Robert A. Darwell, Rick Toulon and Benjamin R. Mulcahy have joined the law offices of Katten Muchin Zavis as partners in its entertainment practice. All three were formerly members of the entertainment and media department at the recently shuttered law firm of Troop, Steuber, Pasich, Reddick & Tobey.

Scott L. Grossfeld, Robert M. Haight Jr., James M.A. Murphy, Jonathan Sears, Timothy M. Truax and Adam B. Weissburg have all been named partners at the Los Angeles office of Cox, Castle & Nicholson. Grossfeld's practice involves real property matters, with a concentration in shopping center development and commercial leasing. Haight focuses on real estate and public finance matters, with particular expertise in public/private project finance, real estate secured municipal obligations and troubled asset resolution. Murphy is a practitioner in the area of estate planning, individual and foreign income tax planning and ERISA matters. Sears' practice encompasses a broad range of real estate finance transactions for a diverse clientele, including the office, commercial, hotel and leisure industries. Truax focuses on construction law, with an emphasis on litigation and alternative dispute resolution, contracting, and public works for commercial, industrial, project infrastructure, residential and mixed-use projects. Weissburg specializes in real estate-secured financing transactions.

Peter J. Gurfein has joined the offices of Los Angeles law firm Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld LLP as a partner in the financial restructuring practice group. Most recently he was head of the Los Angeles restructuring group at Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal.

David L. Huard has joined the Los Angeles office of law firm Manatt, Phelps & Phillips LLP as a partner in its government and international trade and policy unit. His practice focuses on the energy and natural resources industry, particularly in the administrative and regulatory area. Huard was most recently with Jeffer, Mangels, Butler & Marmaro.

Sonia J. Ransom has been named president of the Los Angeles chapter of Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW-LA). Currently, she is a partner at Allen, Matkins, Leck, Gamble & Mallory LLP, and specializes in all areas of real estate law, with a special focus on land use, administrative, municipal financing and redevelopment issues.

New Media

Charlie Mitchell has been appointed vice president of sales and marketing of Picture PipeLine LLC, a video solutions and data transfer technology provider in Carson. In his new role, Mitchell will be responsible for establishing Picture PipeLine's brand identity within the entertainment industry, along with building its sales channel and driving revenues. He was most recently vice president of sales for 3 Point Digital in Burbank.


David H. Charlson has been appointed senior managing director of Cornerstone International Group, a retained executive search firm in Los Angeles. He will be responsible for primary client relationships with client firms ranging from startups to Fortune 500 companies. Charlson most recently served as managing director for Foster Partners in Chicago.

M. Scott Morris has been named director of human capital consulting at PeopleSupport Inc. He is based in Los Angeles and will lead consulting engagements designed to assist organizations in structuring and staffing Web-enabled customer contact centers. Morris will manage the development of an organization's technology customer service training curriculum, as well as recruiting and hiring requirements for customer service agents, IT staff and management. Prior to joining PeopleSupport, Morris served as director of training and operations at Executrain.

Real Estate

John A. Morales has been promoted to partner at MaguirePartners, a real estate developer in Los Angeles. In his new role, Morales will continue to spearhead leasing efforts for the firm's portfolio of properties and will assume added responsibilities in the areas of development, equity transactions and acquisitions. Prior to being named partner, he served as senior vice president.


Bob LaBant has been promoted to vice chairman at Candle Corp. in Los Angeles. He will be responsible for overseeing strategic growth, specifically focusing on directing strategic planning and the company's global alliance strategy. LaBant was most recently president and chief operating officer. Andy Mullins has been promoted to fill the president and chief operating officer role. He will be running Candle's day-to-day core business operations and will be responsible for executing Candle's strategy, delivering on tactical business plans and achieving annual financial targets. Previously he was senior vice president of Candle's e-business group.


Mark J. Coleman has been named chief operating officer at Mercury Air Group Inc., a provider of air cargo space logistics in Los Angeles. In his new position, Coleman will be responsible for overseeing the company's policies, operations and sales, which include cargo handling, space logistics and, through its Hermes Aviation division, representation of carriers around the world as their general cargo sales agent. He previously served as senior vice president, marketing and sales, for Midway Airlines Corp.

Barbara Yamamoto has been appointed community relations director at Los Angeles World Airports. She is responsible for developing and implementing department-wide community relations programs designed to enhance two-way communications with neighbors about the four airports' efforts in mitigating impacts on neighboring communities. Yamamoto has held similar positions at the Port of Los Angeles and the Department of Water and Power.

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