John Caffera, director of film and broadcast production for Bates USA, was promoted to executive vice president from senior vice president. In addition to handling all film, TV, and radio production done at the New York headquarters, Caffera also serves as director of broadcast business and director of talent affairs for Bates. Caffera oversees a production department of about 40 people and reports to John Fawcett, worldwide creative director. Caffera in turn has promoted the following members of Bates’ production department: executive producer Amy Sheldon, who rose from vice president to senior vice president; executive producer Bailey Weiss, who was elevated from vice president to senior vice president; Jennifer Mastrorilli, who was promoted from assistant producer to producer; Allison Nichols, who rose from assistant producer to producer; and Melissa Bemis, who was elevated from pro duction assistant to assistant producer.
Harrison Leifer Miller & Speyer in Rockville Centre has changed its name to Harrison Leifer DiMarco. Roy DiMarco, formerly president of KRS Communications, which merged with HLM&S last year, has become a principal of the agency. Concurrent with the name change, Guy Speyer, senior vice president, will retire on June 21. In addition, Harvey Miller, executive vice president and chief financial officer, is modifying his role at the agency. He will continue to be responsible for the accounts he oversees, such as Gurwin Jewish Geriatric Center and State Bank of Long Island, and retains his executive management duties, but he will adopt a modified work schedule and step back from his role as a shop principal.
Jason Wagenheim was named associate publisher of Dennis Publishing’s Blender magazine, a newly created position; he began his Dennis Publishing career as national sales director at Maxim Online in 1999 and most recently served as advertising director there. In addition, Andrea Parr, who joined Dennis Publishing in 1999, was named Blender’s associate marketing director; she most recently was associate marketing director for The Week magazine. Dennis Publishing is based in New York.
Taylor Gray, formerly president of Time. com and marketing director for Time magazine, was promoted to Time associate publisher/marketing. He is based in New York. The magazine is a Time Inc. publication.
Sutton Partnership named Jim Siegel senior director for strategy and integrated communications. He will be working out of the company’s offices in New York and Old Greenwich, Conn. Siegel most recently served as senior vice president/account director at Young & Rubicam in New York.
Chuck Chiocco was promoted to general sales manager of Univision Communications’ three New York-area Spanish- language TV stations, WXTV Channel 41 and Telefutura affiliates WFUT Channel 68 and WFTY Channel 67. He continues to be based in New York. Chiocco most recently was local sales and marketing manager of WXTV Channel 41; in his new role, he will be responsible for the local and national sales of all three Univision and Telefutura stations in New York. He continues to report to Michelle Liebowitz, Univision’s New York area vice president, director of sales, who has overall re sponsibility for sales, marketing, sales promotion and business development for the three stations. Univision is based in Los Angeles.
Joseph Haggerty was appointed vice president/Northeast regional manager/ newspaper relations for Parade magazine. He previously worked for three years as deputy circulation director for the St. Petersburg Times in St. Petersburg, Fla. Parade is based in New York.
The Geppetto Group in New York hired two staffers. Jennifer Goodman was named an account director; she previously served as marketing specialist, branding practice at McKinsey & Co. Laurie Karr joined as a strategic planner; she formerly was a brand planner at Kirshenbaum Bond & Partners West in San Francisco.
Sommer Hixson was named director of public relations of Mag Rack, a video-on-demand service owned and managed by Jericho-based Rainbow Media Holdings. She will be working out of the New York office. Hixson most recently was director of media relations for PALM PICTURES/sputnik7. Prior to that, she was senior manager, consumer public relations at Rainbow Media’s Bravo Networks. Rainbow Media is a subsidiary of Cablevision Systems Corp. and NBC.
The MWW Group promoted Alissa Blate to executive vice president and director of consumer marketing. Blate, formerly a senior vice president, will continue to direct the agency’s nationwide integrated marketing-communications practice, among other duties. MWW, based in East Rutherford, is an independent brand of Golin/Harris Inter national and part of Interpublic Group.
S3 hired Jennifer Peirce as account executive at its Irvine, Calif., office; she will manage S3’s new-business efforts in the Western region. Her most recent post was program manager at Lego Direct. S3 is based in Boonton.
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