executive suite


John Ankwicz has been named senior vp production at Telepictures Prods., where he will head production and oversee the production staffs on all of the company's TV series and content initiatives. Ankwicz has been at Telepictures since 1994, starting out as an associate producer on "Extra." During the past 12 years, he has been the production executive and then the executive in charge of production, overseeing nearly 4,000 episodes. He reports to Telepictures president Hilary Estey McLoughlin.

Rob Tuck has been named executive vp sales and planning at the CW, overseeing the network's sales and planning operations, which include revenue projections, establishing inventory pricing and marketplace forecasting as well as oversight of audience projections. In addition, he will continue to manage the CW's sales forces in Chicago and Detroit and will oversee ad sales on the network's Web site. Tuck, who reports to CW head of sales Bill Morningstar, had been senior vp national sales at WB Network since 2002. He joined WB in 1995.

Peter Risafi has been promoted to senior vp brand marketing and executive creative director at Comedy Central. Risafi is responsible for all brand creative and strategic marketing for the network, reporting to Michele Ganeless, executive vp and general manager of Comedy Central. He joined Comedy Central in 2000.

IPTV provider Dave Networks has appointed Douglas Fulton president of entertainment. Fulton will be in charge of establishing and managing relationships with studios, TV networks, record labels and content providers for the IPTV social broadcast network. Fulton was executive vp at Jump TV in Europe and Canada and senior vp at SBS Broadcasting S.A. Europe.

Internet broadcaster Veoh Networks has named John MacDonald president of content and programming. MacDonald will oversee content acquisition and programming functions for the company and will report to founder and CEO Dmitry Shapiro. MacDonald was general manager of Fine Living Network and president and CEO of InnovaTV.com.

Mary Herne has been named executive vp international television and home entertainment at Peace Arch Entertainment Group. Herne joins the Toronto-based distributor from Myriad Pictures, where she was senior vp domestic and international TV sales for the past five years. Herne held senior distribution posts at Playboy Entertainment Group and at Public Television International in New York.

Alexandra Jewett has been named vp programming and development at King World Prods. Based in New York, Jewett oversees day-to-day matters on King World's daytime talk show "Rachael Ray" and will develop new programs for the company. She has worked as a producer on a range of talk shows and held executive posts at Pearson Television and TLC. She reports to Terry Wood, president of creative affairs and development at King World and CBS Paramount Domestic TV.