Networks & Stations

>Dr. Deborah Cross MacFarlane has joined public broadcaster Thirteen/WNET New York as director of development and membership. She will lead the station’s efforts to raise funds from individual donors and will be responsible for setting strategic directions and achieving budget and revenue goals.


>Jerry Whitaker has been named vice president of standards development at ATSC. He joined the organization in October 2000 to coordinate their growing number of technical activities. Prior to his work with the ATSC, he was the president of the consulting and publishing firm Technical Press. He also served as associate publisher of Broadcast Engineering and Video Systems magazines.

>Communications Engineering, Inc. (CEI) has added Ken Miller and Vince Forcier as senior managing engineers for the company. Miller has worked at Henninger Video, Discovery Communications, Capitol Video, and Flite Three Studios, among other post facilities. Forcier has come to CEI from post house Roland House, where he was vice president of engineering.

>DiGiCo USA has appointed Ivan Schwartz U.S. national sales manager to further organize their rep/ dealer structure within the U.S. and provide service to the regional markets. Previously, Schwartz has served as corporate director of product and market development with Mackie Designs, director of marketing at EAW, and general manager of Mark IV Pro Audio Group.

>James Bonfiglio has been named president and chief executive officer of Furman Sound. Previously, he served as president and CEO of Home America, an appliance and electronic retail operation; and in the same capacity at Texscan Corp., a manufacturer of cable television equipment. He has also worked in senior management positions with Rockwell International, Cenco, and the Paper Mate division of the Gillette Company.

>Isilon has named Mark Schrandt vice president of engineering. He will be responsible for growing and managing the company’s engineering team. He will also work closely with Sujal Patel, Isilon founder and chief technology officer, to expand the company’s network storage product line and their technologies. Most recently, Schrandt managed engineering for storage divisions at Cisco Systems, NuSpeed, and StorageTek.

>Kasenna has appointed Colin Dixon chief marketing officer. Prior to joining the company, he was vice president of applications and content at Liberate Technologies. He has also served as general manager of cable services for Microsoft’s WebTV division.

>Omneon Video Networks has appointed James Skupien midwest regional sales manager and Keith Andoos northeast regional sales manager. The new positions have been established to address growing market interest in Omneon SPECTRUM media servers. Skupien’s most recent position was with Swiderski Electronics. Andoos has served as a regional sales manager for the New York metropolitan and New England markets for Leitch.

>Tom Jordan has joined Rohde & Schwarz as a regional sales manager. He will support the company’s growing customer base as well as generate new business. He will analyze and evaluate customer requirements as well as develop strategies for responding to a rapidly evolving marketplace. His territories include the New York networks and the southeastern states reaching from Virginia to Florida.

>Patrick Whittingham and Larry Thorpe have retired from Sony. John Scarcella has been named the new president of the Broadcast and Production Systems Division (BPSD), replacing Whittingham. In addition to his new role, Scarcella will also maintain his current responsibilities as president of the company’s Business Solutions Division. Robert Willox has been named general manager of BPSD’s content creation unit, succeeding Larry Thorpe.

>Sportvision has hired Kellie McKeown as vice president, product management. She will work closely with the internal development group and clients to help lead the creation of broadcast products. She will also monitor workflow and deadlines of the product development teams and ensure client needs and requests are translated into product feature sets.

Service Providers

>Ascent Media Group has announced the addition of Thomas Fuelling as senior vice president and chief financial officer of Networks Services and the promotion of Jeffrey Casey to the new position of vice president of sales for Ascent Media Network Services, Asia. Fuelling joins Ascent Media from ARTISTdirect, where he served as executive vice president, finance and operations. Casey joins AMMS from Vyvx Broadband Media, where he was regional director of sales and business development for Asia.

>Ascent Media Services has promoted Robert Solomon president. He will oversee day-to-day services and long-term strategic planning for the Creative Services group, which includes 15 post-production facilities across North America. Previously, Solomon was executive vice president and chief operating officer of Ascent. Prior to his tenure at the company, he served as chief financial officer of MSCL.


>The Community Broadcasters Association (CBA) has appointed Andrew Bopp its new executive director.