Shaink named senior development executive at HQ Pictures

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HQ Pictures has hired Rock Shaink Jr. as senior development executive and Omar Shamout as director of development. Shaink is a writer-director working on the thriller "Alter Ego" for Beltran Prods. Shamout was development executive at Catchphrase Entertainment.

Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment has promoted Todd Rowan to senior vp brand marketing, Jennifer Chai to vp brand marketing and Sven Davison to vp worldwide DVD production. Rowan has spearheaded marketing for Fox's film catalog and TV-DVD since joining the studio in 2000. Chai, who also joined the company in 2000, has led DVD campaigns including "Star Wars Trilogy" and "Walk the Line." Davison has overseen production on DVD releases including "Fight Club" and "24."

Monika Wagenberg has been named senior programmer, Ibero-American programming, for the Miami International Film Festival. She is director of programming and acquisitions at Cinema Tropical, which she co-founded and co-manages.

Music

Eleanor Grier has been promoted to executive director of writer administration and research at BMI. She was senior director.

MySpace Records has tapped Jon Pikus as director of A and R. He handled A and R for bands including the Ataris and Kill Radio at Columbia Records and was an A and R scout at Interscope Records.

Allied

Classic Media has tapped Andrew Perlman as vp digital media. He was a consultant for the firm in its launch with Google Video and MobiTV.

Mayo Communications vp George McQuade has been elected president of the Entertainment Publicists Professional Society, replacing Scott Pansky. Other Los Angeles-based elected board members include Henri Bollinger of Henri Bollinger Associates as vp and president-elect; Sandy Padnos of Scoop Seminars as vp; publicist Bob Werden as treasurer and Sue Procko of Sue Procko Public Relations as secretary.

David Reid has joined GameTap as vp marketing. He was director of Xbox worldwide platform marketing at Microsoft.

Ron Harris has been named general manager of video postproduction at Manhattan Center Studios. He was director of sales at Image Group Post/Blink.fx.

Television

Norsemen Television Prods. has named Cindie Zimmerman director of development. She was director of current programming and talent relations at SoapNet.

Playboy Enterprises Inc. has appointed Steve Smith as managing director of Playboy Television International. He was managing director of Comcast's International Networks/AZN.

Thanda Belker has been promoted to senior vp pay television at Sony Pictures Television. She was vp licensing domestic hotel and residential pay-per-view and video-on-demand at Buena Vista Television.

A and E Television Network has hired Mary Heed as vp sales research and Jason Villar as director of ad sales research. It also promoted Matt Stueland to director of programming and marketing research. Heed was vp ad sales research at E! Networks. Villar was, senior manager of ad sales research for VH1, MTV and MTV2. Stueland joined AETN in 2002 as manager of programming research.

CableReady has named Boni Osmani director of program development and sales. She was a production coordinator at Actuality Prods.

Discovery Channel has named Daniel Bragg vp creative at Discovery Channel, Discovery Times Channel and the Science Channel. He ran Bragg Creative, working on brand development and program campaign development for FX, Court TV, Scripps Networks and Discovery Channel.
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