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Hilary Smith Appointed at USA Networks, Starz Promotes Theano Apostolou: Hitched, Hatched, Hired

Film Society of Lincoln Center named Dennis Lim as director of Cinematheque programming, Scot Finck is upped to senior vp promotion at the Disney Music Group and more.

Sundance Channel president and GM Sarah Barnett
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This story first appeared in the March 15 issue of The Hollywood Reporter.

CONGRATS

AOL hired Susan Lyne as CEO of its content brands (minus the Huffington Post group) on Feb. 28.

AMC Networks on Feb. 28 promoted Sarah Barnett to Sundance Channel president and GM.

Dirk Hoogstra was promoted to executive vp development and programming at History on Feb. 28.

Rosalind Norwicki was tapped as executive vp global sales and retail for 20th Century Fox Consumer Products on Feb. 27.

Univision Communications named Mehul Nagrani senior vp digital operations Feb. 26.

Hilary Smith was appointed senior vp communications at USA Network on Feb. 27.

STORY: AOL Names Susan Lyne CEO of Content Brands

FilmDistrict promoted Beth Lemberger to executive vp business affairs and general counsel and Brad Goldberg to executive vp media and digital and tapped Anjay Nagpal as senior vp finance and business development March 4.

Scot Finck was upped to senior vp promotion at the Disney Music Group on Feb. 28.

Film Society of Lincoln Center on March 4 named film critic and programmer Dennis Lim director of Cinematheque programming. He succeeds Robert Koehler, who resigned as director of year-round programming, citing family health issues.

Producer Frank Marshall was named co-chair of the board of directors for the nonprofit L.A.'s Promise on Feb. 26.

Starz elevated Theano Apostolou to executive vp communications March 4.

STORY: Renowned Pianist Van Cliburn Dies at 78

DEATHS

Pianist Van Cliburn, who became an American hero for his sensational triumph at the 1958 Tchaikovsky competition in Moscow at the height of the Cold War, died Feb. 27 of bone cancer at his home in Fort Worth, Texas. He was 78.

Stanley Snadowsky, a co-founder and the co-operator of The Bottom Line nightclub in New York's Greenwich Village during its eclectic three-decade run, died Feb. 25 of diabetic complications in Las Vegas. He was 70.

Dale Robertson, a veteran of movies and TV Westerns of the 1950s and '60s like NBC's Tales of Wells Fargo, died Feb. 27 of lung cancer and pneumonia in a San Diego hospital. He was 89.

Bobby Rogers, who co-founded The Miracles with Smokey Robinson, died March 3 at his home in Southfield, Mich., after a long illness. He was 73.

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