Herbert promoted to senior vp, 20th Century Fox


John Herbert has been promoted to senior vp and chief information officer of 20th Century Fox Film Corp. He oversees all strategy, development and maintenance of IT matters for the studio, reporting to executive vp finance and chief financial officer Dean Hallett. Herbert has spent the past five years overseeing IT at 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment. Tom Tralongo also has been appointed vp IT television and digital distribution at 20th, reporting Herbert.

Edy Mendoza has been promoted to vp comedy development at CBS Entertainment. Mendoza, who reports to executive vp comedy development Wendi Trilling, has been closely involved in the development of "Two and a Half Men," "The New Adventures of Old Christine" and other hits during the past five years in her previous post as director of comedy development. She joined CBS as an intern in 1994 in its media relations department.

Dan Chinich has been promoted to senior vp Southern and Midwestern divisions at Warner Bros. Pictures. Chinich most recently was senior vp Southern division manager, working out of the Dallas office, which will close next month. Chinich will relocate to the Warner Bros. Domestic Distribution office in Encino1 and report to domestic distribution president Dan Fellman and domestic distribution general sales manager Jeff Goldstein. Chinich, who joined Warner Bros. in 1975, will continue to oversee the Southern division while acquiring responsibility over the Midwestern division. Ron MacPhee, vp southern division, domestic distribution, also will join the Encino office from Dallas.

Heather Krug has been promoted to senior vp at Rogers and Cowan. She has worked on marketing and publicity campaigns for a range of agency clients, including the NHL, Coca-Cola, General Mills and NASCAR. She joined Rogers and Cowan in 2000.

Bryan Seabury has been named vp drama development at CBS Paramount Network Television. Seabury comes to CBS Par from producer Mark Johnson's Gran Via production company, where he oversaw series development and served as a producer on the CBS drama "Love Monkey." Before Gran Via, Seabury was a development executive at Susanne Daniels' First Move Television banner.

Mark Mears has been appointed senior vp marketing and sales at Universal Studios Hollywood. He will oversee branding and marketing matters for the theme park and CityWalk shopping and entertainment complex. Mears comes to Uni Studios after serving as chief marketing officer at Blimpie International. He also has held marketing posts at Pizza Hut and JC Penney.

Lindsay Sloane and Michael Sluchan have been promoted to vp original scripted series programming at USA Network. Both will oversee production on current series and development of new projects. Sloane has been with USA since 2003, working on such series as "The Dead Zone" and "The 4400"; Sluchan joined USA in 1999 and most recently has overseen production on "Monk."

Producer Rick Benattar has joined Warner Bros. Pictures-based Thunde1r Road as a development executive. He had been executive vp at Angry Films, where he was a producer on the upcoming Clive Owen-Monica Bellucci feature "Shoot 'Em Up" and an associate producer on 2003's "The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen."

Robert Adelman has been promoted to vp affiliate sales, central region, at Fox Cable Networks. He oversees regional sales of Fox Cable Networks' portfolio of 27 channels in the Midwest and other territories. He has spent the past five years as director of affiliate sales, based in Atlanta.

Chelsye Burrows has been promoted to vp programming publicity at Starz Entertainment Group. Burrows will be responsible for publicity for all programming on the Starz and Encore premium channels and its on-demand outlets. She joined Starz in 1999 and has served as executive director of corporate communications since 2003.

Erik Arneson has been promoted to vp media relations at Fox-owned cable network Speed. Arneson joined the Charlotte, N.C.-based motor sports-oriented channel as director of public relations in July 2002.