Jon Silk has joined Benderspink as director of development



Jon Silk has joined Benderspink as director of development. He was creative executive at Gold Circle Films, where he helped develop "The Puritan" and "White Noise 2."

Concrete Pictures has named Laura Gillespie broadcast producer, Mike Yoon art director and Tom Schiro designer-animator. Schiro was a designer-animator at NBC, Unisys Corp. and Modern Video Prods. Yoon has held executive positions at Telenium, Element, Film-East and WPHL-TV.

Jimi Simmons has joined Brickyard VFX in compositing and visual effects. He has worked for Francis Ford Coppola, George Lucas and at creative studios including Western Images, where he was vp and director of visual effects.


Stephanie Lopez has been promoted to vp urban adult promotion at J/Arista Records. She joined J upon its inception in 2001 as a national director and was promoted to senior national director in 2003.

Angelo Bruno has been tapped as vp treasurer and financial planning at BMI. He was vp financial planning and audit.


Priority Public Relations has promoted Melissa Ford to senior account executive. She was an advertising production assistant at the Disneyland Resort.

Shoolery has launched its first New York office, led by Athan Stephanopoulos as vp new business development and head of East Coast operations. He was an independent business development executive in the nonprofit arena.

Rose Marie Vega has added U.S. sales to her duties as vp sales, U.S. and Latin America, international content distribution, at Alliance Atlantis Content Distribution. She has headed Latin American sales for six years.

Ryan Nord has joined Hirsch Wallerstein Hayum Matlof + Fishman. He most recently worked in the legal department at NBC Universal Television Group.

Jonathan Finn joins Nickelodeon and Viacom Consumer Products as vp communications. He was senior director of public relations at Old Navy.

Mike Weetman has been tapped as head of operations, finance, at Yahoo! Media Group. He was head of finance and business development at DreamWorks Worldwide Home Entertainment.

Shauna Krikorian has been named Los Angeles music director at 615 Music. She founded the music management company SLK Entertainment.


Current TV has tapped Madeleine Smithberg as a creative consultant and executive producer. She was a producer and showrunner of "The Daily Show With Jon Stewart," winning Peabody and Emmy awards for the show in 2001.

Slate of Eight has named Robin Green vp television. She headed the TV division at 40 Acres and a Mule.

Deborah London-Harrington has been named director of production management at Discovery Communications' networks in the U.K., Europe and Asia. She was with National Geographic Channels International for the past four years.

Court TV has tapped Chris Goveia as vp network graphic design. He was senior director. Court TV also has brought aboard Rich Williams as vp creative services. He was creator director of promotion and marketing at ABC Sports.

CMT has upped Lewis Bogach to vp program development and production. He was senior director.

ReelzChannel has hired Ian Valentine as senior vp, Michelle Holt as vp production and Paul Haddad as director of development and acquisitions. Valentine was senior vp programming at GSN. Holt was executive in charge of production at E! Entertainment. Haddad was executive producer of new media at E! Entertainment.