Crown Media Family Networks has upped Laurie Ferneau to senior vice president, development. Charged with overseeing Hallmark Channel and Hallmark Movies & Mysteries original movies and series, she had been VP.
Nathaniel Brown has joined Discovery in New York as executive vice president of global communications. He had been senior VP of corporate affairs and media relations at 21st Century Fox, serving as deputy global communications chief.
Content acquisition and distribution company J2911 Media has added Amanda Rockwell as its U.S. sales and distribution executive. The veteran writer and producer’s credits include Food Network’s Dallas Cakes.
Katherine Gessner was named president of Massillon, Ohio-based cable operator MCTV. Formerly VP of strategic planning and policy, she succeeds her father, the retiring Robert Gessner.
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Unscripted executive Paul Malley has been named vice president of development at production company 3 Ball Entertainment. He comes from Authentic Entertainment, where he was VP of development.
Nora Zimmett has been elevated to executive vice president, chief content officer at The Weather Channel, overseeing live and original programming. She had been VP of content and programming.