executive suite


Cameron Blanchard has been named senior vp communications at Bravo, where she will oversee the cable network's strategic communications outreach as well as publicity campaigns for its slate of series, longform and alternative programs. Blanchard most recently worked as NBC Entertainment vp publicity, East Coast. In that role, she was responsible for East Coast programming publicity, including such series as the "Law & Order" franchise, "30 Rock," the upcoming "The Black Donnellys," "The Apprentice" and "Law & Order: Trial by Jury." She also oversaw the late-night daypart as well as East Coast-based specials, longform and alternative programs. Blanchard also has served as senior director of sports communications at NBC Sports and director of media relations at MSNBC, among other positions.

Spencer Klein has been promoted to senior vp and general sales manager of domestic distribution at the Weinstein Co. Klein will oversee domestic sales for the Weinstein Co.'s genre arm, Dimension Films, and expand his work in exhibitor settlement deals and services. He will continue reporting to chairman of domestic distribution Steve Bunnell in the company's New York office. Before joining Weinstein Co. in October 2005, Klein was a film buyer at Loews Cineplex Entertainment for six years.

Derek Broes has been named senior vp worldwide business development at Paramount Digital Entertainment. He will spearhead efforts to find new business opportunities for Paramount Pictures content on broadband and mobile platforms. Broes joins Paramount from Microsoft Corp., where he was senior director of global wireless strategy and business development.

Mauricio Duran has been appointed vp distribution and marketing Latin America at Universal Pictures International. Duran, who will report to Duncan Clark, exec vp international distribution, will oversee the theatrical marketing and distribution strategies and activities for all titles under the Universal banner throughout Latin America. He joins UPI from Buena Vista Columbia Tri-Star Films de Mexico, where he spent two decades.

Nathan Powell has been appointed vp marketing at Samuel Goldwyn Films and Roadside Attractions, overseeing theatrical campaigns for both companies. Powell will be based in the New York headquarters of the companies' marketing and distribution arm, Independent Distribution Partners, and report to IDP president Michael Silberman. Powell most recently was vp management supervisor at Terry Hines & Associates.

Jennifer Geisser has been named vp corporate communications at Hallmark Channel and Hallmark Movie Channel, joining her former boss at Court TV, Henry Schleiff, who in October was named president and CEO of Crown Media Holdings, which owns the two networks. Geisser will develop and execute strategic public relations campaigns targeting trade and consumer media. At Court TV, Geisser oversaw publicity efforts and oversaw talent relations, special events and publicity efforts for original and acquired programming as well as daytime trial coverage. She also has held positions at Rainbow Media's WE: Women's Entertainment and AMC as well as CBS.