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People - December 2002

Networks and Stations

>Larry Audas has been named president and general manager of KTHV, the Gannett-owned CBS affiliate in Little Rock, AR. Prior to his most recent assignment, Audas had been weekday anchor for KTHV. Before joining Gannett, he was an anchor/reporter at KPRC (NBC) in Houston.

Service Providers

>Match Frame has brought on Keith Lowry as art director. Lowry will provide graphic design and art direction on projects from Match Frame as well as from Revolve Motion and Design (Match Frame’s broadcast design company).

>Troika Design Group has named Reid Thompson senior designer. Thompson has conceived network identities, advertising campaigns, and main titles for many television entities throughout his career. He worked as a broadcast designer at Pittard Sullivan from 1994 to 2001, where he was a designer on projects for ABC, CBS, NBC, FX, and Discovery Health, among others.


> LARCAN has appointed Jeff Clarine sales manager for the Central USA Region. Clarine is a former employee of LeBlanc Broadcast. He is responsible for servicing existing LARCAN customers and developing new business in this market.

> OmniBus Systems has made several executive appointments. Joining as group executive, Products, is Ashley Barretto, who will be the senior executive in charge of the companyâs Stamford, CT office. Ian Hardacre is now the group executive, Services. David Parry-Jones joins the company as group executive, Sales. Dave Polyard has been appointed vice president, Sales and Marketing for the companyâs North American operation. He will assume responsibility for the sales team working out of the Connecticut office.

> Snell & Wilcox has appointed Simon Derry chief executive officer. Derry joins Snell & Wilcox from Vitec, where he was chief executive of the Broadcast Division following earlier stints at GEC Plessey Telecommunications, Nokia, and Ingersoll Rand. Derry will take up his new post later in the year.

> TANDBERG Television has announced that the former head of its segment business management group, Carl Furgusson, has become the companyâs new director of Business Development for the Americas. In this position, Furgusson will focus on the development of new business opportunities within the cable, broadband, and ATSC market segments.

> Dielectric Communications has appointed Jay S. Martin to the position of vice president, TV Product Management. Martin, who has been with the company since 1985, will focus on the engineering of new products.

>David Kahani has been named senior vice president, Engineering, at Teranex. Prior to joining the company, Kahani served as general manager and vice president of Research and Development for Etagon, a database appliance systems company. He has held executive engineering positions at ECI Telecom and Optibase.

>Marga McNally has joined Encodaâs senior management team in the newly created position of executive vice president of Strategic Planning. This position was created as part of managementâs recently developed three-year operating plan, which focuses on improved customer responsiveness and increased internal operating flexibility.

> Broadcast Technology has appointed Gilbert Viegas its key account manager. He has worked as a test engineer and international sales manager at Avitel, as a regional sales manager for Leitch, and as the U.K. broadcast sales manager at BarcoNet.

>Jim Mack has assumed leadership of TEAC Corporationâs TASCAM division. Mackâs promotion follows the recent resignation of Gene Joly, who left to accept a new career opportunity. Originally hired as TASCAMâs division manager in 2001, Mack has been responsible primarily for the successful restructuring of TASCAMâs worldwide product development process. In his new expanded role, Mack will also assume leadership duties for TASCAMâs sales, marketing, and business development efforts.

> iVAST recently announced the addition of Karen Willem as senior vice president of Finance and Operations and chief financial officer. In her new role, Willem will manage the internal and external financial affairs of the company and lend her business expertise to streamline the company’s operations.


> The New York Production Alliance (NYPA) has elected its 2002/2003 board of directors. Among the elected are Phil Dixson, senior vice president/managing director, Daytime Programs for TeleVest, re-elected for a fourth term as vice president/secretary; Jennifer Freed, founder and principal of Trevanna Post, a NYC-based production industry accounting firm, who has been elected vice president/treasurer; and Fred Kastner, Directors Guild of America and John Amman of the Cinematographers Guild, both elected to their first terms as NYPA vice presidents.