Crosland promoted to executive vp at ASCAP


Phil Crosland has been promoted to executive vp at ASCAP. Crosland heads ASCAP's newly created marketing business group, which is designed to expand and grow ASCAP's core business operations as a performing rights organization representing more than 250,000 composers, lyricists and music publishers. Crosland, an eight-year ASCAP veteran, reports to ASCAP CEO John LoFrumento.

Kevin Forester has been named vp finance and controller and Craig Kessler has been named vp business and legal affairs at Myriad Pictures, an indie production and distribution company. Both execs will report to Myriad president and CEO Kirk D'Amico. Forester, who joins Myriad from the Bubble Factory, where he was vp finance and operations, will oversee day-to-day financial and administrative functions. Kessler, who most recently was vp business affairs at New Films International, will handle all aspects of legal and business affairs for film financing, production and distribution agreements.

Steve Herbst has been named senior vp broadcasting and general manager of NBA TV, the league's cable/satellite channel. Herbst, who reports to NBA deputy commissioner Adam Silver, most recently was vp and general manager of NBA TV.

Will Flannery has been named vp advanced services at Fox Cable Networks. He oversees day-to-day distribution activities for the division's high-tech operations, including high-definition, interactivity and video-on-demand operations. He also works closely with other Fox Cable units on new production development and copyright-protection issues. Flannery joined Fox Cable Networks in August 2000. He most recently was director of business development at DirecTV.

Heather Rim has been promoted to vp communications at ABC Inc. She oversees internal communications for the network, its O and O stations and radio holdings, reporting to ABC Inc. senior vp Jeffrey Rosen. Rim joined the Walt Disney Co. last year as director of communications.

Ethan Goldman as been named vp current series and development at New York-based production outfit Original Media. Goldman, who was director of production development at MTV, will be in charge of developing scripted and reality projects for TV and new media for the company that is home to TLC's "Miami Ink."

Ron Pomerantz has been named executive creative director at Disney Channel. Pomerantz is responsible for the creative direction and management of on-air promotion and branding, including interstitial development and production for Disney Channel in the U.S. Pomerantz, who reports to Disney Channel senior vp marketing Matt Palmer, had been executive director of creative at sister channel SoapNet since 2002.

Eric Robinson has been promoted to vp production and development at the Weinstein Co. In his new role, Robinson will report to co-president of production Michael Cole and help support the company's production department and focus on developing and producing animated features. Robinson was director of production.

Leslee Sherrill has been promoted to vp affiliate news relations at ABC News. Sherrill, who has been with ABC News since 1994, will focus on joint projects with ABC affiliate stations and marketing and promotional campaigns.