Gary Hirsch has joined First Look Studios as executive vp acquisitions. Before joining First Look, he was senior vp acquisitions and business affairs at Screen Gems and Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. Also, Alana Crow and Brenda Anderson have been upped to vp business and legal affairs from their posts as director of legal affairs. … DIC Entertainment has promoted Leila Pirnia to vp global brand management. She was vp strategic planning and business development at DIC.


Chris Lacroix has been promoted to vp at Radio Disney. He transitions from vp marketing at Disney Channel. … Michael Williams has been named senior vp rhythm-crossover at the RCA Music Group. In his role, Williams will continue to promote the labels' artists at rhythm and crossover stations.


Elvis Presley Enterprises Inc., a subsidiary of CKX Inc. has named Paul Jankowski its first chief marketing officer. He most recently was president of Access Marketing Services, a company he founded that provides brand development services in the corporate, entertainment and sports businesses. … Carat Media Group Americas has announced the appointment of Jouette Travis as executive vp and managing director of Carat Dallas. Jouette joins Carat from OMD Dallas, where she was senior vp and managing director. … Chris Kramer has been named senior director of corporate communications at Capcom USA. He was director of public relations at Sony Online Entertainment. … Judith Saffer, assistant general counsel at BMI, has been elected president of the American Intellectual Property Lawyers Assn. … Cornerstone has announced the addition of Steven Justman as executive vp and general manager of Cornerstone and Cornerstone-owned Fader magazine. He was at the NBA, where he was vp global media. … Keep Me Posted has brought in Hawk Hamilton as vp sales at the Burbank facility. He was director of sales at another major facility in Hollywood.


Paul Levine has joined National Geographic Ventures as vp entertainment strategy and development. Levine is a former AOL digital media executive. … Jeremy Spiegel has been promoted to co-executive producer of "Extra." In his 10 years at "Extra," he has held numerous senior positions, most recently as senior supervising producer. … Qubo has announced the appointments of Rick Rodriguez as president and general manager and Kerry Hughes as senior vp advertising sales and sponsorships. Rodriguez managed the launch of Discovery Kids en Espanol and Discovery Travel & Living for the U.S. Hispanic market as well as the launch of Discovery's HD Channels in Europe and Asia. … Robin Radzinski has joined G4 as director of production. Radzinski most recently was show producer on HBO's "Best of the Fest," a half-hour special featuring stand-up performances and behind-the-scenes interviews with comics performing at HBO's first annual Las Vegas Comedy Festival airing on TBS. … American World Pictures has named sales and distribution executive Ted Bookstaver vp worldwide television. Bookstaver joins American World Pictures from his previous post as vp sales at Kingworld International Prods. … AMC has announced the appointment of Michele Solomon as vp ad sales marketing. Before joining Rainbow Media, she was the director of marketing solutions at Discovery Networks. … Fuse said that Joanne Freed has been named vp consumer public relations. Before Fuse, she was vp and group manager of brand practice at Ketchum.
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