Oesterlin promoted to senior vp at RHI Entertainment

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Michael Oesterlin has been promoted to senior vp international sales at RHI Entertainment (previously Hallmark Entertainment). He was vp international sales at RHI's London offices, where he was responsible for the production-distribution company's free and pay TV sales. Oesterlin has been with RHI Entertainment since July 2002. Before that, he was with Warner Bros. International Television.

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment has promoted Tim Meade to vp Asian licensing, and Chris Dyde has been upped to vp Europe, Middle East and Africa licensing. Both report to SPHE vp international T. Paul Miller. Hong Kong-based Meade, who was executive director, will continue to oversee the management of all SPHE licensing business in Asia. Dyde, based in London, will continue to oversee licensing business throughout Europe, the Middle East and Africa. He was executive director.

Caleb Weinstein has been named senior vp strategy and business development at MTV Networks' Comedy Central, Spike TV and TV Land channels. Weinstein oversees business development, strategic analysis and long-range planning for the channels. Weinstein, who joined MTV Networks in 1999, was vp business and strategy development for the MTV Networks International unit as well as Nickelodeon.

William Bensussen and Laura Beedy Ritchie have been promoted to deputy general counsel at SAG. Bensussen focuses on the guild's collective bargaining and contract enforcement initiatives; Ritchie focuses on legal strategy and policy. Along with New York-based deputy general counsel Ray Rodriguez, they will continue to report to general counsel Duncan Crabtree-Ireland. Bensussen and Ritchie joined SAG in 2002.

Keith Watanabe has been named senior manager cinema sales in the entertainment solutions division of projection systems firm Christie. Watanabe oversees sales for North America in addition to identifying new business opportunities for Christie's digital cinema and onscreen advertising initiatives. Watanabe joins Christie after 25 years with Kodak Co., most recently serving as national accounts manager.

Dana Shelburne has been promoted to vp current programming at 20th Century Fox TV. She oversees day-to-day creative matters on the CBS drama "The Unit" and Fox drama "Standoff," among other shows. She joined the studio three years ago after working in development at Silver Pictures. Also at 20th, Alana Kleiman has been promoted to director of casting after two years as a manager in the department.

Lisa Herzlich has been named senior vp and managing director of L.A. Live, the $2.5 billion sports-and-entertainment project under construction in downtown Los Angeles. Herzlich, previously marketing director for Cherry Creek Shopping Center in Denver, will be responsible for the overall operation of the completed project, reporting to Tim Leiweke, CEO of project developer AEG, and Ted Tanner, AEG senior vp real estate.
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