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The 1991-92 International Council of NATAS Membership Directory.

The 1991-92 International Council of NATAS Membership Directory


Biagio Agnes (Director) is ceo/chairman of STET, the Italian Telecommunications company. Before this, from 1982-1989, he was director general of Italy's RAI (Radiotelevisione Italiana). He joined RAI in 1958 following a successful career in journalism. He worked on daily radio and TV news programs before being named editor-in-chief of the nightly news program, Telegiornale. In 1969 he became deputy director of RAI and co-director three years later. In July 1976 he was appointed general manager of the Naples regional office of RAI, where he increased considerably the number of radio and TV productions. He returned to Rome the following year as director of the regional radio and television services, where he was responsible for starting RAI's Third Channel television news service, TG3. In October 1980 he was named deputy director general, in charge of the three RAI national radio networks and in this capacity proposed a restructuring project for radio.

Kenji Aoki (Director) is managing director of the NHK Japan Broadcasting Corporation in Tokyo. After graduating from Tokyo University in 1957, Aoki joined Nippon Hoso Kyokai (Japan Broadcasting Corporation) and was assigned to NHK Kushiro Broadcasting Station. In 1961 he was assigned to the current affairs program division, news department, general broadcasting administration and, ten years later, was appointed senior director, current affairs programs, news department. A year later he was promoted to manager, current affairs program division and the following year to deputy director, news department. In July 1986, he was appointed senior executive vice president NHK Enterprises, Inc. and in July 1988 appointed managing director and director general, general broadcasting administration, NHK.

William F. Baker (Director) has served since April 1987 as president of the largest US public TV station, WNET/Thirteen in New York. Previously Dr. Baker served as president of Group W Television, Inc. and chair of Group W Satellite Communications. He joined Group W as vice-president and general manager of WJZ-TV in 1978. He was named president of Group W TV in 1979 and chair of Group W Satellite Communications (GWSC). Baker began his broadcasting career while still a student at Case Western University, where he received his B.A., M.A. and Ph.D. degrees and is presently a member of the Board of Trustees. He is also a recipient of an honorary doctorate from St. John's University. Dr. Baker is married and has two children.

Carlos Barba (Director) is president and chief executive officer of Venevision International, a producer/distributor and broadcaster of Hispanic television programming in Latin America. In addition, he serves as Vice President of the parent company, Organization Diego Cisneros (ODC). Prior to joining Venevision International in April 1991, Barba was senior vice president of programming and promotion at Telemundo, the Spanish-language television network for the Hispanic population of the US. Barba joined Telemundo when WNJU-TV, Channel 47 in New York, the station at which he worked for over 16 years, was sold to the Telemundo owned and operated group. His television career began, however, in his native Cuba and in Venezuela where among his writer, producer and general manager positions, he was executive producer for Venevision, Radio Caracas Television and CVTV, Channel 8, a CBS affiliate.

Julius Barnathan (Director) is the senior vp TV technology and strategic planning for CC/ABC. In this position Mr. Barnathan oversees the Company's long-range planning for future applications of existing and emerging technologies. Barnathan had been president in charge of broadcasting operations and engineering for ABC since April 1965. Prior to joining ABC in 1954, he was a director at Kenyon and Eckhardt Advertising, Inc. He has been honored for his contributions to the industry on numerous occasions, having received the NAB's 1982 Engineering Award, an honorary Doctor of Science from Gallaudet College and Emmy Awards for both 1976 Summer Olympics and 1980 Winter Olympics. He holds a B.A. degree in mathematics and statistics from Brooklyn College and an M.A. degree from Columbia University's School of Mathematical Sciences. He is married and has three children.

Ralph M. Baruch (Director/Fellow) was a founder of Viacom International Inc. He served as its president and chief executive officer from 1971 to 1983, and as chairman and a member of the office of the chief executive from 1983 until July 1987, and is now serving as a consultant to the company. In the late 1940's, Baruch began his communications career in radio and joined the DuMont Television Network in 1950. He moved to CBS in 1954, progressing from account executive to CBS group president, prior to the inception of Viacom. Baruch is a co-founder and former chairman of the National Academy of Cable Programming, and in January 1988, received the first "Governor's Award," presented by the Board of the Academy in recognition of his contributions in the development of cable programming. Baruch is past president of the International Radio & Television Foundation. In 1985 the IRTS honored Baruch, a former president of the organization, with its Gold Medal -- one of the most prestigious awards in communications -- for his outstanding contributions to the industry. He is also a founder of the International Council and the recipient of an Emmy.

Silvio Berlusconi (Director), is president and owner of the Fininvest Group, a highly diversified corporation in the field of communications in both Italy and Europe. Involved in housing and commercial construction developments. Berlusconi's Fininvest is also active in motion pictures, and entertainment broadcasting, advertising, publishing, finance, insurance and retail distribution. Silvio Berlusconi owns and is president of A.C. Milan, Italy's soccer team. Berlusconi was founder of a closed circuit television station in 1969 which he expanded into a regional network. In 1979 he created Canale 5 and later acquired Italia 1 and Rete 4, thus becoming the owner of Italy's three premier commercial television networks. European television network interests include Telecinco in Spain, La Cloq in France and Telefunt in Germany. Silvio Berlusconi Communications is the motion picture and entertainment division of the Fininvest Group and is responsible for acquiring, developing, producing and distributing mini-series, television series and feature films. Silvio Berlusconi is a founding member of ACT (Association of Commercial Television in Europe) and was honored as Mipcom's Man of the Year in 1991.

Edward Bleier (Director/Fellow) is president of the Pay-TV & Network Features division of Warner Bros., Inc., as well as president of Warner Bros. Animation. He has been with this film company and its parent, Time Warner, Inc., over 22 years and has been in the forefront of many developments in programming, cable, pay-TV, home video and pay-per-view. Previously he held extensive senior management positions with the American Broadcasting Company as ABC-TV vice-president in charge of, variously, Daytime Sales & Programming; Network Sales; and Marketing/Public Relations/Advertising/Long-Range Planning. His early experience was as a newspaper and broadcast journalist. Mr. Bleier also heads the steering committee of the Aspen Institute/Broadcast Industry Conference; he is a director and past-president of the International Radio & Television Society; and a trustee of the Keystone Center of Science and Environmental Policy; and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He also teaches extensively in professional and academic forums.

Herve Bourges (Director) has been president/director general of the French public broadcasting companies Antenne 2 and FR3 since December 1990. Between 1956 and 1980 he held many academic posts, including lecturer at the University of Paris and founder and director of the international school of journalism in Cameroon, among others. In 1980 he became spokesman for the director general of UNESCO and director of the public information office. In 1982 he became director of Radio France International and later director general. Between 1983 and 1987 he was appointed president/director general of TF-1. During the next four years he held senior posts at CIPAC S.A., Canal Plus Afrique, Radio Monte Carlo and SOFIRAD. He has been published many times and received several honorary mentions and awards.

Lee de Boer (Director) is executive vp for Home Box Office, Inc., a position he took up in 1990. Before that he was in charge of HBO's business development efforts and HBO Int'l. He joined HBO as director of research and development in 1977, after working for two-and-a-half years as research director for TeleRep, Inc., a New York TV representative firm owned by Cox Broadcasting. In March 1979 he became director of programming for tiered services; at the same time he was involved in exploring the creation of new pay services for HBO, and helping to develop a business plan for Cinemax. In 1980 he became director of Cinemax programming; he was promoted to vice-president of Cinemax programming in 1982, when he also assumed responsibility for HBO family programming. He became vice-president of Cinemax in November 1983 and was promoted to senior vice-president of Cinemax programming in April 1984. De Boer has a degree in radio, television and film from the University of Wisconsin. He lives in Manhattan with his wife, a son and a daughter.

John Cannon (Director) has been president of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences since 1976, having previously served as chair and vice-chair of the board and as president of the New York chapter for two terms. During his career, Cannon has been involved in all phases of TV production, as well as films and theatre, as a performer, producer and creator. Trained a an actor/newscaster and commercial spokesman, his broadcasting career spans the Golden Age of Television to being chosen by the State Department as narrator of presidential visits to foreign countries and reciprocal visits of foreign dignitaries to the United States. He has been a premier interviewer on both network radio and TV, as well as in national syndication. An international broadcasting figure, Cannon is fluent in five languages.

Richard Carlton (Director, Ex-Officio) was named executive director of the International Council of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences in June 1983. His career started at Columbia Pictures, then National Screen Service. His move to television began at Sterling Television, where he held the position of operations vice-president. Later at Trans-Lux Corporation he became vice-president of the Entertainment Division, where he was responsible for TV production and syndication, motion picture distribution and theatre chain operations. In 1973, he became the first deputy director of the American Film Institute in Washington, DC. In 1980, he returned to New York to form his own company producing career seminars. Carlton is a graduate of Pace University in New York. He is married, has four children and resides with his wife in New York.

John M. Cassaday (Director) was appointed president/ceo of the CTV Television Network in Canada in 1990. Born in Ontario in 1953, Mr. Cassaday had spent the previous six years working for Campbell Soup Company. He started his career as senior vice president, sales & marketing, Campbell Soup Company Ltd. in Toronto and was swiftly promoted to president of the company. His last position was as president/ceo Campbell Foods in the UK. Prior to working at Campbells, he was with General Foods from 1977-1984, his last position with the company being international category director, beverages, in New York.

Leo Chaloukian (Director) is president of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (ATAS) in California, a position he was elected to by the Academy's board of governors in fall 1989. He is also owner/president and sound director of Ryder Sound Services, a company he has been with since 1955. Ryder Sound has had over 53 Emmy nominations, 39 Emmy Awards and from the Motion Picture Academy three scientific and technical awards and, most recently, an Oscar Award for Best Achievement in Sound for Platoon and an Emmy Award for Cross of Fire from the Academy.

Murray Chercover (Fellow) is an independent broadcast consultant, engaged in development, packaging and production of film and video features and series. He remains a consultant to CTV TV Network Ltd., of which he was the chief operating officer from 1966 and president and ceo for 21 years from 1969-1990. Before joining CTV he was vp programming for Baton Broadcasting, a senior producer director at the Canadian Broadcasting Corp., and worked in the legitimate theatre, film and television in New York. He was educated at the Academy of Radio & Television Arts in Toronto and The Neighborhood Playhouse, School of the Theatre in New York. His career has spanned over 40 years. He was a founding director of The Children's Broadcast Institute, The Ronald Michener Foundation, The Eye Research Institute and The Canadian Center for Substance Abuse, among others. He is married and has two children.

Giraud Chester (Director) is executive vice-president of Mark Goodson Productions. His more than thirty years in the television business has included serving as president of the International Radio & Television Society and as programming vice-president at both the ABC and NBC television networks. Chester also served for many years as chair of the National Association of Independent Television Producers and Distributors. He is the author of several books, including a leading college text on broadcasting which has been in use for over thirty years. Chester holds a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin and an honorary doctorate from St. John's University. Giraud Chester lives in New York with his wife and two children.

Bruce L. Christensen (Director and Vice Chairman) is the third president and chief executive officer of PBS. Elected unanimously by the board of directors in 1984, Christensen came to PBS after two years as president of America's Public Television Stations, the industry's lobbying organization. He began his media career in 1965 as a reporter for KSL-TV in Salt Lake City. In more than two decades of professional and management posts in broadcasting, Christensen has managed public TV stations, focusing special attention on local program production. In 1979, he was elected to a three-year term on the PBS Board of Directors and was also a member of both its executive and nominating committees. He has been named president of the 1991 Prix Italia, the international competition for radio and television programs. Christensen holds degrees in journalism from the University of Utah and from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. He and his wife Barbara and their four children reside in Arlington, Virginia.

Bert Cohen (Director) is executive vice president and chief operating officer of Worldvision Enterprises, responsible for all the company's international sales activities as well as its day to day operations. A native New Yorker, Cohen's career began as an administrative assistant at Film of the Nations, D.P.M. Productions. From there he became an account executive for Medallion Pictures Corporation, then in 1969, joined ABC Films as director of operations. In 1973 he was named vice president, operations for Worldvision. That was followed in 1974 by a promotion to vice president, international sales administration. In 1981 Cohen was named senior vice president, international sales. Cohen, who attended City University of New York, has served on the Board of Directors of the New York World Television Festival and is a member of the International Radio and Television Society. His civic activities have included serving on the Citizen's Advisory Committee of Spring Valley; Rockland County Drug Counseling Hotline; Ramapo Athletic Association; and the Board of Directors, Rockland County Jewish School.

Fred M. Cohen (Director) became president of the newly formed international division of King World Productions in January '89. Prior to this he was executive vice president of Sunbow Productions, Inc. He was also president of Home Box Office International (a subsidiary of HBO, Inc.) and senior vice-president of HBO Enterprises and president of Time-Life Films, Inc. Cohen was responsible for managing HBO's participation in international cable programming and satellite ventures. He oversaw HBO's enterprise activities, including all domestic and foreign co-productions and worldwide program syndication. Before joining HBO in 1980, Cohen headed his own international television distribution and consulting firm, representing US and European broadcasters. A graduate of the University of Michigan, he also holds a master's degree in film from Stanford. He is married with two sons.

Mark H. Cohen (Fellow) is a broadcasting consultant. He was most recently president and general manager of DLT Entertainment from March 1990 to June 1991. Prior to this, he was executive vice president of ABC Television Network Group and vice president of Capital Cities/ABC, Inc. In March 1987, he became responsible for all ABC daytime, early morning and children's programming. Previously, he had been senior vice president of ABC, Inc. Since joining ABC in 1958, Cohen has served in a vice presidential capacity in the areas of finance and development since 1967. He was elected president of The International Council of NATAS in Jan. 1984 for a two-year term and now serves on its Executive Committee. Cohen also serves as a member of the Development Council for the University of Maine and its Executive Committee. A business administration graduate of the University of Maine, Cohen also holds a master's degree in television from Syracuse University. He is married, resides in Armonk, New York and has three children.

Michael Collyer (Director) is chairman of The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences in New York. He is one of television's most important and respected negotiators, and has been a participant in many of the industry's milestone agreements. For the Academy, he has been a key representative for a decade-and-a-half in all its legal affairs. In addition to acting as legal counsel of NATAS, Collyer has served as treasurer and as a trustee for five terms. Collyer is a partner in the law firm of Kay Collyer and Boose of New York. He taught Business Law at Columbia University and has practiced law in New York since 1966, specializing in television, motion pictures, publishing and other media. He is the author of "Motion Pictures and Television Under the New Copyright Statute," published by the Practicing Law Institute and the television chapters of the New York Bar Association Treatise on Entertainment Law.

Paddy Conroy (Director) is director of television at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) and has over 30 years of experience in radio and television production and management. He started his career in radio and then joined ABC TV as a stage hand in 1960. After a spell as a IV presenter and a two-year period working for the BBC in the UK, he returned to the ABC where he was involved in a range of programs before being appointed head of ABC Radio NSW in 1975. A year later he returned to ABC TV as head of the network's Children's Department. In 1984 Conroy was appointed controller of TV programs at the ABC and two years later he joined multicultural network SBS as its head of television. He returned to the ABC in 1988 as controller of TV programs before his appointment as the network's director of television that same year. In 1991 Mr. Conroy was the recipient of membership of the Order of Australia.

Kassaye Demena (Director) is the secretary general of the Union of National Radio and Television Organizations of Africa known as URTNA. He is based in Dakar, Senegal. Before being elected to his present post in 1988, Mr. Demena was director of URTNA's Program Exchange Centre in Kenya, where he worked for over ten years. Previously, in 1964, he was one of the key persons who started Ethiopian Television where he worked as a producer/director until 1974. Following a year as the general manager of the Ethiopian National Theatre in 1975, during a turbulant time in the country's history. Mr. Demena was later appointed by UNICEF as the national communications consultant for the Ethiopian Educational Mass Media Centre where he worked for a year and a half. He is a graduate of the University of Denver Colorado and the Thompson Foundation Television College.

George Dessart (Fellow and Secretary) formed his own company, Dessart Communications, in August 1988 after serving as vice president of program practices, CBS. He formerly assisted in overall supervision of CBS Entertainment and CBS TV network divisions. From 1981-1984, he held a similar position with respect to CBS' radio, TV stations, cable and international divisions. Dessart began his broadcasting career with WCAU-TV in Philadelphia as assistant director. He joined CBS in 1965 and was appointed vice-president of the CBS TV stations division in 1977. Dessart graduated from Trinity College and the Neighborhood Playhouse and attended the University of London as a Fulbright Scholar. The author of "Television in the Real World," he has received many awards including the Golden Eagle. Dessart serves on local theatre boards and is a member of the NYC Council on Motion Pictures, Radio & TV.

Fernando Diez Barroso Azcarraga (Director) has been president and ceo of Univisa, Inc. since September 1986. In January 1991 he was also appointed Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors of Televisa. Univisa, a diversified media/communications/entertainment firm, reaches the growing Spanish speaking community in the U.S. Diez Barroso began his broadcast management career as a sales marketing analyst for Telesistema Mexicano. Two years later he was promoted to assistant director of sales for XHGC-Channel 5, as well as assistant director of the network's film division. Diez Barroso was a founding principal of Televisa, S.A. in 1973. From 1982 to 1986 he served as president of Televisa's videocassette production and sales interest and vice-president of international relations. Born and raised in Mexico City, Diez Barroso attended the Instituto Tecnologico de Mexico, earning a Business Administration degree. He also has a Bachelor of Science in Philosophy from the Instituto Patria of Mexico City. He and his wife Maria Lucia live in Los Angeles.

Charles F. Dolan (Director) is chairman and chief executive officer of Cablevision Systems Corporation. His company, which he organized in 1973 to provide cable to a small area of Long Island, is now the largest system in the USA, operating in eleven states. Cablevision also operates CNI, the nation's largest cable TV advertising representative. Mr. Dolan established the company that is now Manhattan Cable, the nation's first urban system, in 1961. Ten years later he founded Home Box Office, the first premium service in the cable industry. Mr. Dolan is on the Board of Directors of St. Francis Hospital and is a Trustee of Fairfield University. He resides on Long Island.

Richard Dunn (Director and Vice Chairman, International) has been managing director and chief executive of Thames Television since 1985. Mr. Dunn is chairman of Thames Television International and Cosgrove Hall Productions, deputy chairman of ITN and a director of SES (Astra). He is also chairman of Thames Television Inc, which owns Reeves Entertainment in the USA. Since graduating from Cambridge, he has spent his working life in the film and television industry, including five years as executive producer of Swindon Viewpoint, the cable television service. Having joined Thames in 1978 as personal assistant to the then programme controller, Jeremy Isaacs, he next became director of production responsible for planning and servicing the company's productions, joining the board as an executive director in 1982.

Vincent Finn (Director) is director general of Radio Telefis Eireann, Ireland, a position he has held since 1985. Born in Dublin and educated at Belvedere College and University College, Dublin, where he graduated in Arts and Commerce, he first came to RTE as an accountant. In 1972, he was appointed director of finance and in 1976 became director of broadcasting resources. A year later he was named deputy director general of the firm. Finn has also served as honorary auditor for the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) for seven years until 1985. He is married and has two children.

Sonny Fox (Director/Fellow) is currently president of Sonny Fox Productions. A producer of several acclaimed PBS, cable and network programs, Fox has received Emmy nominations in the field of children's programming on four occasions. In addition, he was the recipient of the Distinguished Service Award for his "outstanding work" with minorities in TV. He served as a telecommunications consultant for the Asia Society and the Department of Justice. Fox has been chairman of the board of NATAS, chairman of the International Emmy Awards Committee, president of the New York chapter of NATAS and advisor to the New York University School of Arts. Fox is a graduate of New York University. He is currently on the Board of Directors of Population Communications Int'l.

Ralph Franklin (Fellow), was former president of MCA TV International, responsible for worldwide TV operations. Under his supervision were sales, dubbing and co-production operations in 11 MCA international offices. His career with MCA TV spanned over 20 years. In addition, he has been involved with the International Executive Corp., an organization formed by David Rockefeller to assist in the transfer of technology to underdeveloped countries. A past vice-chairman of both the International Council of NATAS and president of the New York World TV Festival, he started as a sales executive in the TV business in 1956 at the Cincinnati-based ZIV-TV International where he was considered a pioneer in the Latin American TV industry. Franklin holds a B.A. degree from the University of Cincinnati and an M.S. degree from Columbia University Graduate School of Business. He is married and has four children.

Jordi Garcia Candau (Director) is director-general of RTVE Spain, a position he was appointed to in February 1990 by the Spanish Government. After graduating from University in Madrid in Law and Journalism, Garcia Candau entered Radio Nacional de Espana (R.N.E.) in 1977 where he became deputy director of the daily news, Espana a las 8.00 (Spain at eight A.M.), and director of the Fourteen Hours News Service. He was also director of the program, Horizonte-Europa (European Horizon), and for R.N.E. he covered the trial of the implicated in the "Twenty-three February 1981" coup d'etat. In December 1982 he was nominated deputy director of News Service of Radiocadena Espanola. From September 1983 up to October 1986 he was director of Radiocadena Espanola and in December of the same year, he was elected by the Spanish Parliament member of the Administration Council of Radiotelevision Espanola (R.T.V.E.).

Larry Gershman (Director/Fellow) is president and ceo of World International Network. In his last position as president of the MGM/UA Entertainment Group, he expanded sales and profits. He began his broadcasting career with National Telefilm Associations in New York, later moving to CBS, RKO General, NBC, Don King Productions and Viacom Enterprises before joining MGM/UA in 1980. A native of Brooklyn, New York, Gershman received both his B.S. and M.S. from Pennsylvania State University and later completed his Doctor of Law degree while attending Fordham University School of Law at night. He now resides in Los Angeles.

Bruce Gordon (Director) has been president of Paramount TV International Services Ltd. since 1981 and is responsible for all worldwide TV sales and acquisitions. Born in Australia, Gordon began his career in the entertainment industry in 1952 with the Tivoli Circuit theatre chain. After gaining a broad base of experience by working in a number of positions, he was promoted to business manager of the chain in 1958. Two years later, Gordon became a member of the management board controlling the group until 1962, when he joined the Hollywood-based Desilu Studios where he was responsible for developing Far Eastern territories. In 1968, Paramount Pictures Corporation acquired the Desilu Studios and Gordon was promoted to managing director of Paramount's Far Eastern operations. In 1969 he was appointed to the board of the TV corporation and in 1974 became international president.

Herbert A. Granath (Director and President) has been president of Capital Cities/ABC Video Enterprises, Inc. since February 1982. Before that he was vice-president in charge of the division since its establishment as a subsidiary of American Broadcasting Companies, Inc. in July 1979. He joined ABC in 1960 as a radio network account executive; before this he was with NBC where he served in a variety of sales specialty areas for the NBC Television Network. In 1963 he was appointed the ABC Radio Network's Eastern Sales manager; three years later he became vice-president and director of sales for the ABC Radio Net work. In January 1970 he was named vice-president for sports sales for the ABC Television Network; five years later he became vice-president of program development and marketing for ABC Sports. After spending a year away from the company as senior vice president of Trans World International, he returned to ABC as vice-president and assistant to the president. Granath is a graduate of Fordham University where he received a B.S. degree from the College of Arts and Sciences.

Klaus Hallig (Director) is chair of the company he founded in 1966, International Television Trading Corp., which represents the Beta/Taurus Group of Leo Kirch. He produced some 20 shows for Great Performances in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Nominated for numerous Emmy Awards, he captured one for Bernstein and the New York Philharmonic and his second for Bernstein's 70th Birthday, A Celebration at Tanglewood. Born in Potsdam and raised in Berlin, he was six years old when he fled the ravages of war in December 1944. After settling in Bavaria, he returned to West Berlin to complete high school; there he attended the Technische Universitaet and completed his MA degree in business administration and Ph.D. in economics. In 1965, he moved to the United States and began work for J.W. Thompson on the Reader's Digest account. Hallig resides with his wife and son in Massachusetts.

J.B. Holston III (Director) was appointed senior vice president and general manager of NBC International in 1988. Prior to this he was vice-president of strategy and international development, corporate planning and business development at NBC, a position he had held since October 1987. Previously he served as managing director in the same department. Holston began his career in 1979 at the Boston Consulting Group, Inc. in Boston, Massachusetts. He held the post of senior associate until 1981, when he became an independent consultant in Paris. He then joined NBC, serving as a consultant for strategic planning. In 1982 he was named to the staff of the senior vice-president for corporate planning at RCA. He held that post for two years before returning to Stanford for his MBA. Holston spent the summer of 1985 at Salomon Brothers, Inc., in New York, where he was an associate in the mergers and acquisitions group. Prior to returning to NBC, he was staff associate for strategy and development at the General Electric Company. Holston is a graduate of Stanford University in California, where he received both his Bachelor of Arts and Master of Business Adminstration degrees. He resides in Rye, New York.

Karl Honeystein (Fellow) is president of KH Strategy Corporation, a management company for independent motion picture and television companies. Prior to this he was executive vice-president and chief operating officer of the Taft Entertainment Company. Previously Honeystein had been executive vice-president of the Sy Fischer Company, a management company acquired by Taft Broadcasting in 1974. A graduate of Yale University and Columbia Law School, he served as an officer in the Navy after his graduation from Yale. Beginning his professional career in 1959 as an attorney with Greenbaum, Wolff and Ernst in New York, he left that firm in 1962 to join Ashley/Steiner, Inc., a talent and packaging agency. When the agency was sold by its parent company, Warner Communications, Honeystein stayed for two years as head of the TV department in New York. In 1971, he left to become a partner in the Sy Fischer Company. A resident of Beverly Hills, California, Honeystein has one daughter.

Norman Horowitz (Director/Fellow)) has formed his own company, called The Norman Horowitz Company, to explore projects both in the US and overseas. Prior to this he was president and chief operating officer of MGM/UA Telecommunications from 1986-1989, a position he took after four years as president and chief operating officer of Polygram Television and two years with his own company. From 1970 to 1980, he was president of worldwide distribution for Columbia Pictures Television. During all this time, he racked up an impressive portfolio of accomplishments, including establishment of Polygram Television, where he was responsible for the acquisition of independently produced programming for distribution, including over 25 network projects and several TV series, as well as the sale of Polygram Pictures' theatrical releases to networks and in syndication. Horowitz resides in Beverly Hills.

Huang Huigun (Director) is the director of China Central Television. She graduated from Shanghai Institute of Russian Language in December 1952 and then worked as an interpreter in the China Central Broadcasting Administration. She was the secretary section chief and deputy head of the foreign language department of Beijing Broadcasting Institute. She was also section chief of Romanian language in Radio Beijing. After February 1983, Ms. Huigun was appointed deputy head, deputy director of the personnel bureau of the Ministry of Radio, Film and Television and then later deputy director of China Central Television.

Paul Isacsson (Director) is executive vice president and director of broadcast programming and purchasing at Young and Rubicam, New York. His responsibilities include the supervision of Y&R's national television buying. A recognized authority on network advertising, he is a sought-after spokesman on industry matters. Prior to joining Y&R in 1984, Isacsson was senior vice president for CBS Broadcast Group Enterprises. In that position, he was responsible for the worldwide syndication of CBS programs and the network's involvement in the new electronic media. Previous to that, he had been vice president of sales for the CBS Television Network for five years, in addition to holding several other positions in CBS Network sales management. Isacsson began his career in NBC's Research Department, followed by a tour with Y&R's Radio & Television Department prior to joining CBS.

Gene F. Jankowski (Director) formed his own company, Jankowski Communications Systems, in August 1989. Prior to this he was chair of the CBS Broadcast Group. Formerly he served as president since 1977 and before that was executive vice-president of the Group and vice-president of administration of CBS, Inc. respectively. Jankowski began his career with CBS in 1961 as an account executive with its Radio Network Sales Division, becoming an eastern sales manager five years later. A native of Buffalo, NY, Jankowski received a B.S. from Canisius College and an M.A. in radio/television and film from Michigan State University. In March 1979, he received an honorary Doctorate of Humanities degree, also from Michigan State. In February 1983, Jankowski received the Distinguished Communications Medal, the highest honor bestowed by the Southern Baptist Radio and TV Commission. Jankowski is chairman of the American Film Institute and a vice-chairman of the Business Committee of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Arthur F. Kane (Fellow) has been director of coproduction and distribution, WNET/13 in New York since October 1991. Before this he was chief executive of Excalibur Productions, a company which engages in international coproductions. As Excalibur Worldwide, Mr. Kane also counseled U.S. independents on the overseas scene and vice-versa. Prior to this he was vice-president of programs for CBS Broadcast International. Kane started with CBS as a production supervisor and held many positions with the network, including director of operations for CBS News. He joined CBS Enterprises in 1971 as director of international marketing. In June of that year the division spun off to form Viacom International, Inc., where Kane was appointed vice-president of international marketing. He returned to CBS in 1978 at the behest of the sports division in order to organize an international sports sales department and serve as its director. Kane is currently co-chairman of the International Emmy Awards Committee.

William H. Kobin (Director) has been president and ceo of Community TV of Southern California, KCET, since January 1983. Prior to joining KCET, he was president and general manager of Twin Cities Public TV, KTCA in Minneapolis, for six years, after gaining nearly 25 years' experience in both commercial and public broadcasting as a programmer in news, public affairs and arts programming. At KCET Kobin undertook a major drive to upgrade the television station's overall operations and rapidly enhance its image and visibility, locally as well as nationally. Since 1983, KCET has nearly tripled its budget, increased its audience by 1 million households and expanded its membership by over 70 percent. Kobin received a B.A. degree from the University of California. He attended the Sorbonne and the New York University Graduate School of Government. He is married and has four children.

Kay Koplovitz (Director/Treasurer) was appointed president and ceo of the USA Network when it was formed in April 1980. Previously she was vice-president and executive director of UA-Columbia Satellite Services, Inc. In both positions she has been responsible for the production and distribution of programming for a nationwide cable TV network. Prior to her involvement with the cable TV network, she formed and operated her own communications management and public relations firm. Koplovitz holds a master's degree from Michigan State. She has received many awards, including the Chairman's Award for Leadership from the Cable Advertising Bureau in 1987, was voted the "Outstanding Television/CATV Executive" and received the seventh annual John R. Miller, Jr. Award from The Gallagher Report in 1988. In 1989, she received an Honorary Doctor of Commercial Science degree from St. John's University. In 1991, she became the first member of the cable industry to be named Chairman of the Advertising Council, Inc.

John Laing (Director) has been president of Orion Television International since March 1990. Prior to this he was senior vice president, international television, of the Orion Pictures Corporation. Before working for Orion, Mr. Laing had spent six years with Warner Brothers Television Distribution, becoming assistant to the president in 1985. After graduating from Yale University he began his career in the Bertelsmann/US Book Club Division and launched "American Circle," a new book club, out of Chicago. Mr. Laing was born in Belgium and attended Harrow School in England before coming to the US.

Georges Leclere (Director) is currently director of the Information Products Division for the Department of Public Information at the United Nations in New York, in charge of Press, Publications, Radio, Television, Films and Photos. Previously he headed the Radio and Visual services for the same department at the UN since 1986. During 1985 and early 1986, he was producer of 3-2-1 Contact for FR3 (France) and CTW (USA) in Paris and producer of Canal Fit for TF1 (France). During 1984 and 1985, he was head of computer TV programs of TF1, producer and anchor of a half-hour weekly program about new technology and an anchor figure on TIFY, a weekly prime-time show dealing with computers and celebrities. From 1975 to 1984, he was head of the science news department at Antenne 2 and, before that, a science reporter on French TV and journalist on French national radio. His longest stint (1969-1986) was as producer-moderator at France Culture (French Radio) for Les Grandes Avenues de la Science Moderne, a weekly science program.

Pierre Lescure (Director) is general manager of Canal Plus in France, a position he has held since May 1986. He started his career in radio as a reporter and anchorman, switching to television and becoming anchorman of the Antenne 2 late evening news in 1972. A year later he returned to radio and became assistant news editor at Europe 1. In 1980 he joined Radio Monte Carlo as director of programs and served as advisor to the general manager for news and programming. He returned to Antenne 2 a year later as head of entertainment and later chief news editor. Then in 1983, in close collaboration with Andre Rousselet, he participated in the creation of the first European pay television channel, Canal Plus. He was made director of Canal Plus that year, supervising scheduling and programs as a whole.

Robert F. Lewine (Fellow) was vice-president of Cine-Television Studios, Inc. in New York City. Prior to his affiliation with Cine-Television, he was vice-president at the Hirshow-Garfield Advertising Agency, also in New York. Before working in the advertising business, he served for many years in a vice-presidential capacity in the programming departments with all three television networks, as well as at Warner Bros. Lewine holds a B.A. from Swarthmore College and a Doctor of Humane Letters from Los Angeles' Columbia College. He is founder of both Television Quarterly and Emmy Magazine and founded the New York chapter of NATAS, acting as governor before being named president of NATAS from 1961 to 1963 and from 1970 to 1976. Until 1984, he was president of the NATAS Foundation for 20 years. Lewine is a trustee of Columbia College, the AWRTS Foundation, NATAS and ATAS.

James L. Loper (Director) has been executive director of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences and the ATAS Foundation since 1984; he has also been adjunct professor at the University of Southern California's School of Cinema/Television for three years. Before that he was an independent communications consultant from 1982 to 1983. He began his career in the media in 1953 as assistant and acting director at the Bureau of Broadcasting at Arizona State University. He held this post for six years before becoming director of educational television at California State University's Broadcast Service Center for four years. In 1963 he joined Community Television of Southern California, the licensee of KCET-Channel 28, where he spent 19 years in a number of positions, starting as director of educational services and progressing to president and general manager, a post he was appointed to in 1971. Loper holds a Doctor of Philosophy in Communication, an M.A. in Radio and Television from the University of Denver and a B.A. in Journalism from Arizona State University.

Enrico Manca (Director) is chairman of the board of RAI Radiotelevisione Italiane, a position he took up in October 1986 following three years of being in charge of the Economic Department of the Italian Socialist Party. He has held many political posts during his career and spent many years as a journalist. Between 1961 and 1972 he worked for RAI, starting in the radio news department and then moving across to television news. Between 1968-1972 he was head of RAI's cultural department. In 1972 he was elected Member of the Parliamentary Chamber of Deputies and was re-elected four consecutive legislatures. After his fourth re-election he resigned from parliamentary office to continue his work as Chairman of RAI.

Roberto Marinho (Director) is president and chief executive of Brazil's Globo TV network, president of O Globo Empresa Jornalistica Brasileira Ltda., publisher of the O Globo newspaper and president of Globo Radio Systems. Marinho began his journalistic career at the age of 21 on O Globo which was founded in 1925 by his father, a top journalist who died only three weeks after starting the newspaper. Marinho continued his father's work and created what is considered the largest and most important communications system in Latin America. For his outstanding record in journalism and community service, he has been given top honors by UNESCO and UNICEF, received the Directorate Award from the International Council of NATAS in 1983, was named Brazil's delegate to the UN in 1952 and awarded both the Maria Moors Cabot Gold Medal and Citation from Columbia University. He is also Chancellor of the Brazilian National Order of Merit.

Ken-Ichiro Matsuoka (Fellow) is president of Japan Cable Television and president of Sun Telephoto, positions he has held since 1971 and 1952 respectively. Matsuoka began his media career with the newspaper Sun Telephoto and in 1957 was appointed programming director of Nippon Educational Television (now the Asahi National Broadcasting Company). One year later, he was elected to the board of directors of Asahi TV news. In 1965 he became executive vice-president of Nippon Educational TV, before assuming his current presidential post with Japan Cable TV. Matsuoka attended the Law Department of Tokyo University and graduated with a degree in political science in 1941. Matsuoka serves as an advisor to the board of Art Agency Tokyo and is on the board of All Kansal Cable Television.

Leonard A. Mauger (Director) is managing director of Nine Network International Pty Ltd., chairman of the Consolidated Broadcasting System, Radio, vice chairman of National Institute of Dramatic Art in Australia, chairman of Federation of Australian Commercial Television Stations, chairman of Media Council of Australia, chairman of Foundation of International Council of NATAS, director of Worldwide Television News Corporation. Before joining Nine Network in 1970, he was managing director of ABC's office in Australia where he served for ABC Films and ABC International in Australia, South East Asia and Japan. Mauger began his television career in 1956 as a staff member of ATN Channel 7 in Sydney, having previously worked as a journalist, radio reporter and announcer. In 1960 he was appointed director of international operations for Channel 7 and the Macquarie Broadcasting Service in New York.

Sam Nilsson (Director) has been director general of Swedish Television since 1981. He started his career as a journalist employed by the Information Service of the Conservative Party, becoming head of this service in 1960. In 1963 Nilsson became editor-in-chief of the party's periodical organ and a year later held the post of head of public relations of the party. In the years 1966-69, he was first secretary of the party. Nilsson came to television in 1969, when he began working for the television news department. He was deputy head of the Central News Department in 1970, and head of news of Channel 1 in 1972. Nilsson accepted the post of director of programs of Channel 1 in 1979.

Kosuke Ohashi (Director) is president of Dentsu Inc. New York, a subsidiary of Dentsu Inc. which is the world's largest advertising agency headquartered in Japan. He began his career in his native Japan as a researcher for Toyota Motors and Max Factor Between 1969-1983 he was account executive for Max Factor, S.C. Johnson, Helene Curtis and Suntory. He became manager of corporate strategy and planning division in Dentsu's Tokyo headquarters before moving to New York to become executive vice president, Dentsu Inc. He was appointed president in 1986. He is also a board member of the Japanese Chamber of Commerce in New York.

Richard A. O'Leary (Fellow), as former president of the ABC Owned Television Stations, was responsible for the operations of the five company-owned stations; and as former president of ABC International Television, Inc., held responsibility for its operations worldwide. O'Leary joined ABC in 1954 as an account executive for KABC in Los Angeles. In 1966 he was named vice-president and general manager of WLS-TV in Chicago. A University of Southern California graduate, O'Leary is past president of the International Council of NATAS, past chairman of the Prix Italia and a former director and officer of the Television Bureau of Advertising (TVB) and the International Radio and Television Society (IRTS). He is retired and resides with his wife, Jeanette, in his native state of California.

Kevin P. O'Sullivan (Fellow) is currently president and ceo of Kenmare Associates. He previously served as chair and chief executive officer of Worldvision Enterprises, Inc. which was established as a privately owned company in 1973. Until April 1988 he was president of the Entertainment Division of Great American Broadcasting Company. O'Sullivan held the position of president of both ABC Films, Inc. and ABC International Television. In one fashion or another, he has been associated with TV for 40 years. O'Sullivan's sojourn into the entertainment world followed his winning first prize in an Arthur Godfrey Talent Scouts competition in 1949. A Queens College graduate with a B.A. degree in political science, he has served the International Council since its inception as a board member, chair of four International Emmy galas, treasurer and vice-chair of the Council. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of The International Council of NATAS Foundation.

Renato M. Pachetti (Director/Chair/Fellow) has been president of RAI Corporation since 1980, where he also served as a correspondent and executive for over 25 years. His career started in 1955 as a foreign news editor for Telegiornale, RAI's TV news. In 1968 he joined RAI's top executive staff as special consultant to the director-general. In 1970 he became executive vice-president of the RAI Corporation. He has been chair of the International Council of NATAS since 1975. Pachetti is also director of the Italy-America Chamber of Commerce, vice-president of the America-Italy Society, president of the Gruppo Esponenti Italiani, a member of the advisory group of Casa Italiana at Columbia University and the department of romance languages at New York University and Princeton University. Educated in Italy, he resides in Manhattan with his wife and three sons.

Gianni Pasquarelli (Director) is the president of RAI Radiotelevisione Italiane. Born in 1928, he has a distinguished career as a manager, journalist and as an expert on economic issues. He began his career as a print journalist and between 1966-1974 made regular appearances on RAI television news as commentator on economic and labor issues. After a year as editor of II Popolo, he joined RAI and swiftly rose through the ranks. Between 1977 and 1986, he was president/ceo of SIPRA and ceo of the affiliate, Publicitas. He left in 1986 to be president of the Autostrade Company.

Robert Phillis (Director) was appointed chief executive of Independent Television News (ITN) in February 1991. In addition, he is chairman of the Royal television Society and a trustee of the Television Trust for the Environment. Between 1976 and 1979, he was director of personnel and industrial relations and then managing director of Sun Printers at Watford. He then joined Independent Television Publications Ltd. (publisher of the TV Times) as managing director in 1979 before being appointed managing director of Central in 1981. During his time with Central, he served as director of ITN, ITP, ITCA and was the first chair of Zenith Productions Ltd. (1984-91). He was chair of the ITV Network Programming Committee (1984-86) and chair of the ITV Network Film Purchase Committee (1985-87). He was appointed group managing director of Carlton Communications in 1987 and continued as a non-executive director of Central until taking up his current appointment.

David Plowright (Director) has been chair of Granada Television since March 1987, having been managing director since 1975. He was chair of the Independent Television Companies Association (now the Independent Television Association) from July 1984 to July 1986. He was appointed to the board of the Granada Group in 1981 at the age of 50, in his 23rd year with the company, and is also director of Granada Film Productions and of British Screen Finances Ltd. Plowright was chair of ITV's Network Programme Committee from 1980 to 1982. He was made vice-president of the Royal Television Society in 1983 and is a member of the board of Independent Television News. In December 1987, he was elected to the board of the International Council of NATAS. Plowright joined Granada in 1957 from newspaper journalism to run the regional news service. He worked as an on-screen reporter, as chair of current talk shows and as news editor.

Lee Polk (Fellow) is former vice-president of family programs at Revcom, Inc. and now has his own consulting and production company, Polk Communications. As executive producer of WonderWorks, his production of Anne of Green Gables brought Emmy, Peabody and Christopher awards. From 1966 to 1970 he served as director of news and public affairs for WNET, New York. In 1970 he became director of children's programming for National Educational Television; two years later he moved to ABC Television Network, where he was responsible for the multi-award-winning series. The ABC Afterschool Special. He has been active in NATAS for the past 20 years, including service as chairman of the board and president of the New York chapter. In 1986 he was named a fellow of the International Council.

Al Rush (Director) was named chair of the MCA Television Group in October 1986. The group is comprised of all the firm's television activities, including Universal Television, MCA TV, MCA Television Ltd., MCA TV International and MCA TV Enterprises. He was appointed president of the newly-formed group in June 1981. Prior to this, he served as president of MCA TV Program Enterprises, which he created in 1978, after 5 years with the NBC Television Network. This was his return to MCA, having begun a 12-year association in 1956. During that period, he was vice-president of MCA Artists Ltd. and was involved in packaging and network sales for Revue Productions-Universal Studios, the forerunner of Universal Television. During his years with NBC, he was executive vice-president in charge of talent and program negotiations and executive vice-president in charge of NBC Sports. In addition, he was responsible for the purchase of theatrical motion pictures for the network.

Henry S. Schleiff (Director) has been chairman and chief executive officer of Viacom's Entertainment and Broadcasting Groups since August, 1987. He oversees the operations of the Entertainment Group, which includes Viacom Productions; Viacom Enterprises, the world's leading independent distributor of television programming; Viacom World Wide; and the Licensing and Merchandising Department. He also oversees the operations of the Broadcast Group, which is comprised of five network affiliated television stations and 14 radio stations in major U.S. markets. Prior to joining Viacom, he served as senior vice-president of business affairs and administration, as well as head of HBO Enterprises at Home Box Office, a subsidiary of Time Inc., since 1985. He joined HBO in 1981 as director of business affairs. Previously he served as associate general counsel and assistant secretary at Viacom for two years. Earlier, he was an associate at the law firm of Davis, Polk & Wardwell.

Dietrich Guenther Schwarzkopf (Director) has been director of programs for West German television since 1978. He was previously deputy director general of the North German Network (NDR) from 1974 to 1978. He began his career in 1952 as a journalist for Der Tagesspiegel in West Berlin. Three years later he was appointed Bonn correspondent for the same publication. In 1962 he moved to German radio and four years later entered the television field as director of programs for NDR. Schwarzkopf studied law at the Freie Universitaet of West Berlin for six years before attending the University of Minnesota as an exchange student where he received his M.A. degree in 1951. Schwarzkopf is married and resides in Starnberg, West Germany. In 1991 he became vice president of the Franco-German Cultural TV Channel in Strasbourg.

James T. Shaw (Fellow) is president of Scrimshaw Ltd., a domestic and international consulting and development firm serving the broadcast and video fields. He is retired from ABC, where he served as vice-president in charge of sales, television network; assistant to the president, American Broadcasting Companies, Inc; and as vice-president, marketing and international development, ABC Video Enterprises. He developed television network and subsequently, cable and satellite businesses worldwide, which continue as successful enterprises. Mr. and Mrs. Shaw reside in Sagaponack, New York.

Shaw Yu-Ming (Director) is director general of the Government Information Office in Taiwan. He came to the US in his early twenties to study and later pursue a teaching career, which included teaching history at the University of Notre Dame in Indiana. In 1982 he returned to the Republic of China, served as director of the Asia and World Institute and then became dean of the Graduate School of International Law and Diplomacy at the National Chengchi University. Dr. Shaw has served as director-general of the Government Information Office and Government spokesman since 1987. He is an enthusiastic supporter and initiator of various reforms to do with the media, including the establishment of a public television station.

Pedro Simoncini (Director) is president of the board of TELEFE (Television Federal S.A.) in Argentina, which operates Channel 11 in Buenos Aires. He began the operation of private television in Argentina in the early 1960s as founder of Channel 11 and later became involved in Channel 5 in Rosario where today he also holds the post of president of the board. In 1974 the Peronista Government confiscated all three stations in Buenos Aires and only in 1989 did the new Government decide to resell the channels to private groups, one of which was Television Federal S.A. under the leadership of Mr. Simoncini. In the past, he has been president of the Argentine National Association of Broadcasters between 1974-80; former vp of the International Broadcasting Association; past world board member of the International Advertising Association.

Michael Jay Solomon (Director) is president of Warner Bros. International Television Distribution. Solomon began his career in 1956 with United Artists and by 1962 had become manager of UA's Latin American TV division. Two years later, MCA hired him to build their Latin American TV division. In 1977, he formed Michael Jay Solomon Films International. A year later, Solomon co-founded Telepictures Corp, which flourished under chairman and ceo Solomon, and in 1985, merged with Lorimar to become Lorimar-Telepictures. When Lorimar-Telepictures was acquired by Warner Bros. in 1989, he assumed his present position. Solomon attended Emerson College, from which he received an honorary Doctor of Law in 1991, and New York University's Stern School of Business, where he presently serves as a member of the board. He is chairman of NATPE's International Committee, founding chairman of the Jerusalem Foundation (West Coast), and chairman of the Entertainment Industry Council of Los Angeles. Solomon is a resident of Beverly Hills, California, where he lives with his wife, Italian born actress Luciana Paluzzi, and their two sons.

Dieter Stolte (Director) is director general of ZDF, West Germany and professor of the University for Music and Performing Arts in Hamburg. Professor Dr. h.c. Stolte began his career as head of the Science Department of Saarlaendischer Rundfunk, Saarbruecken in 1961. Since then, he has served in several top executive positions as TV-director and deputy director general of Suedwestfunk, Baden-Baden, as well as personal advisor to the director general, controller of the Program Planning Department and programming director of ZDF in Mainz. Prof. Stolte is honorary freeman of the State of Tennessee, USA, and bearer of the Officer's Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany and the Bavarian Order of Merit, chairman of the Administrative Council of Trans-Tel, Cologne, and member of the Administrative Council of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU).

Howard Stringer (Director) was named president, CBS Broadcast Group, in August 1988, with responsibility for all broadcast activities of CBS Inc. Previously he had been president of the News Division, promoted from his position of executive vp with CBS News in 1986. Between 1981 and 1984 he was executive producer of the CBS Evening News With Dan Rather. Stringer started his career with CBS News in 1968 as a researcher and worked on a series of interviews conducted by Walter Cronkite with former President Lyndon B. Johnson after he left office. He went on to produce, direct and write several documentary broadcasts and in 1976 became executive producer of CBS Reports, the unit which, under his leadership for five years, won virtually every major award in TV journalism, including 31 Emmys. Stringer made the US his home after arriving in America from his native Great Britain in 1965.

Suh, Kiwon (Director) was appointed president of the Korean Broadcasting System on April 9, 1990. He comes to KBS after a distinguished career in journalism and government -- beginning in 1956 as a reporter for the Dong-Hwa News and culminating in his post, from 1988, as president of the Seoul Shinmun (daily). Suh served as press secretary to the President of the Republic of Korea, 1979-1980.

Donald L. Taffner (Director/Fellow) is president of his own company, D.L.T. Entertainment Ltd. in New York. The company has grown into an organization that produces and distributes programming for the US television market, with an international division involved in the development of co-production projects as well as representation of programming for overseas TV, satellite and home-video markets. Taffner began his career at the William Morris Agency, advancing to selling its programs to overseas markets. In 1959 he went to Paramount's television division; four years later, he left Paramount and established his own firm. He is particularly well-known for his successful transfer of Thames TV (UK) formats into ABC TV network hits, such as Three's Company and Too Close for Comfort. In recent years Taffner has become active in legitimate theater production, initially in London's West End and more recently on Broadway.

Kazumi Takagi (Director) was elected chair of the Mainichi Broadcasting System, Inc. in 1985 and currently serves as its advisor. He previously served as president for five years. Takagi joined the Mainichi Broadcasting System as manager of the finance department in 1958, a year before the company started television broadcasting. Since then he has served in many areas of the company's operations. He was general manager of the administrative division and then of TV sales before becoming a member of the board of directors in 1963. A series of promotions followed and in 1979 he was named executive vice-president. In April 1984, as president of MBS, he was awarded a Blue Ribbon Medal by the Japanese Government for his distinguished services and long-time dedication to the national broadcasting industry.

R.E. "Ted" Turner (Director) is chairman of the board and president of Turner Broadcasting System Inc. (TBS). Based in Atlanta, his company includes CNN, Superstation TBS and Turner Entertainment Inc. Turner began his business career as an account executive for Turner Advertising Company and became president/ceo in 1963. In 1970 he purchased Channel 17, an Atlanta independent UHF television station; six years later he originated the Superstation concept, transmitting the station's signal to cable systems nationwide via satellite. In 1980 he inaugurated CNN, now seen in over 60 countries, and six months later formed Turner Program Services. Headline News debuted in 1982 and Turner Network Television in 1988. In 1985, Turner conceived the Goodwill Games with the inaugural Games held in Moscow in 1986 and Seattle in 1990. Turner is active in numerous civic causes and sits on the boards of organizations including the Martin Luther King Center for Nonviolent Change.

James Warner (Director) was appointed president, CBS Enterprises Division, a newly created division of CBS Inc., in December 1989. CBS Enterprises oversees CBS Broadcast International, CBS Video and a number of other domestic and international program distribution areas of the company. Warner joined CBS from Home Box Office, Inc., where he had been vice president, HBO Enterprises, since 1986, responsible for the distribution and sale of HBO programming to worldwide ancillary markets. He also directed the negotiation of domestic and foreign co-production agreements for HBO, guided the company's involvement in international joint ventures and oversaw the marketing of Selecciones en Espanol and the library of Time-Life Films. Warner joined HBO in 1981 as manager, program acquisition, for the Cinemax pay-television service, and was named manager, HBO Enterprises, in 1982. In 1983 he was promoted to director, HBO Enterprises, and six months later was named executive director of HBO International. He came to HBO from Time-Life Films, where he was manager, film acquisition.

Patrick Watson (Director) is chairman, board of directors, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. During his 35-year broadcasting career, he has been recognized as a distinguished television journalist, film-maker and writer, who counts among his many successes This Hour Has Seven Days and The Struggle for Democracy (1989). Watson has been associated with some of the most prestigious productions in the history of television, notably: Venture (1985-1986); Lawyers (1983); Live from Lincoln Center (1982 to present); The Chinese (1982); The CBS Cable Network (1981-1982) and The Watson Report (1975-1981). He is also the author of "The Struggle for Democracy" (1988 and "Alter Ego" (1978). In 1983 Watson adapted The Book of Job for the stage, as a one-man performance. Some of his other acting credits include Countdown to Looking Glass and Terry Fox: The Movie (feature films 1982-1983).

Donald D. Wear (Director) joined the Washington law firm, Wiley Rein & Fielding, in winter 1989. Before that he was senior vice-president and general manager of CBS Broadcast International, where he was responsible for all CBS Broadcast Group's international program sales and marketing, videocassette and new venture activities. He was previously vice-president for Washington affairs at CBS, Inc. from 1981 to 1984. Prior to that, Wear was vice-president of program and talent negotiations at NBC Sports. A graduate of Harvard College with a B.A. in economics, Wear earned his J.D. degree from the University of Virginia Law School.

David Webster (Fellow) is a senior fellow of the Annenberg Washington Program in Communications Policy Studies and a resident associate of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington, DC. He joined the BBC's external services' news department in 1953, moving to BBC TV in 1959. For eight years he was a member of the board of management at the BBC and most recently US director. In addition to his role as a member of the board, he oversaw all the BBC's activities and interests in the US and had the particular task of assessing the impact of new communications technology. A founding director of the Broadcasting Audience Research Board (BARB), Webster has been a member of the program committee of the Ditchley Foundation since 1977. In 1975 and 1975 he was chair of the International Council of NATAS. He serves on the National Advisory Committee for the William Benton Fellowships in Broadcast Journalism at the University of Chicago.

Robert G. Weeks (Director) is senior vice president and director of the Mobil Corporation. A graduate in Chemical Engineering from Drexel University, he began his career with Mobil in 1954 as an engineer at the Paulsboro Refinery. In 1974 he was appointed manager, Economic and Business Environmental Studies in the Corporate Planning Department and later became vice president, planning for US Marketing & Refining, assuming additional responsibility for Finance and Public Affairs the following year. In 1978 he moved to METS as manager, Planning & Marine Sales, and then became executive vice president, US Marketing & Refining. He was elected a vice president of Mobil Oil Corporation in 1985, and the following year was named, president, Mobil Chemical Company and elected to the Board of Mobil Oil Corporation in 1987. In 1988 he was elected senior vice president, Mobil Corporation, with responsibilities for Mobil's Chemical & Minerals Operations and the added responsibilities for Public and Government Relations as well as Investor Relations.

Robert C. Wright (Director) is president and chief executive officer of NBC, a position he has held since September 1986. He has worked for General Electric, NBC's parent company, intermittently for more than 20 years. He joined GE as a staff lawyer in 1969 and in the mid-seventies served GE Plastics as manager of Strategic Planning and general manager of the Plastic Sales Organization. In 1980 Wright left GE to become Executive VP of Cox Communications and president of Cox Cable Communications Inc., but returned to GE three years later as VP and general manager of the Housewares & Audio Business Division, where he negotiated the merger of GE Cable TV operations with UA Columbia Cable Corporation. In 1984 he was named president and ceo of GE Financial Services, Inc. Wright was born in New York and is a graduate of Chaminade High School, Holy Cross College and the University of Virginia Law School.

Robert J. Wussler (Director) is president and ceo of COMSAT Video Enterprises, Inc., a position he took up in 1989. Prior to this he was executive vice-president of the Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a position he held since 1980. He was also president of SuperStation WTBS and served as executive producer for several SuperStation productions. Prior to joining TBS, Wussler spent 21 years at CBS, producing and eventually becoming president of two separate divisions of the company. In 1978 he formed his own TV production company to develop a number of television and closed circuit programs in the areas of sports, variety and special events. A former chair of the National Cable Television Association and of NATAS, Wussler holds five Emmy Awards, four Awards for Cable Excellence (ACE) and two international Sports Awards. He is currently serving on the board of governors of the National Academy of Cable Programming and the Board of Advisors of the Cable Television Public Affairs Association.

Will Wyatt (Director) is managing director, BBC Network Television in London, a position he assumed in April 1991. He is also on the board of BBC Enterprises. He began his career with the BBC in 1965 with BBC Radio News. He soon switched to television and became a producer of documentaries and factual programs. In 1977 he became head of presentation programs and three years later, head of documentary features. In 1987 he was appointed head of features and documentaries group, Television and the following year became assistant managing director. Mr. Wyatt also chaired the group considering Violence on Television in 1983 and 1987.
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