executive suite


Billy Cogar has been elevated to director of development at Here! Networks, where he will be the point person for identifying new talent and projects for development. Cogar, who joined Here! Networks in 2005, has worked for David LaChapelle, Bryan Singer and in the television department at WMA.

Athena Ashburn has been named vp production at Fuel, where she will develop new projects for the network and help guide the company's expansion toward original content for the global marketplace. Ashburn was an independent film producer on various projects, including "Bobby" and "Mini's First Time."

Natalie Zimmerman has joined Xoom Entertainment as vp operations and manager of acquisitions. She will be responsible for making key decisions on the direction of the company's projects. Zimmerman, who has been with Xoom since April, was producer and office manager at Dept. 13 Films.

MTVU's Ross Martin and Chris McCarthy have been promoted to senior vp and vp, respectively. Martin has served as head of programming since 2004 and has been responsible for the development and production of the network's programming. McCarthy joined the network in 2004 as director of marketing, a position in which he launched new products and implemented marketing programs. Also at MTVU, Andrew Federici has been appointed to the newly created position of vp online properties and will be responsible for the development and growth of the network's online portfolio. He most recently was director of proprietary portals, IAC consumer applications and portals at InterActiveCorp.

James Anderson has been upped to senior vp public relations at Turner Animation Young Adults & Kids Media. Anderson, who most recently was vp public relations at Cartoon Network, will manage public relations and publicity efforts for Cartoon Network, Boomerang, Adult Swim, Cartoonnetwork.com, AdultSwim.com, Toonami Jetstream, Cartoon Network Video, GameTap and Super Deluxe.

Lynelle Kerstine has been elevated to sr. vp creative services at New Line Home Entertainment, where her responsibilities will expand to include coordinating the development of materials specifically for the electronic sell-through/VOD arena. Kerstine most recently was vp creative advertising, a position in which she led the division's creative department in developing key art, packing and advertising elements for various outlets.

Ken Wilkey has been named senior vp at Telemundo Networks Broadcast Operations. Wilkey will oversee all network broadcast operations and productions services, including scenery and program editing. Wilkey was senior vp technology at NBC and Telemundo Television stations and led technology efforts for all of the network's stations.