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English Premier League Chair SIR JOHN QUINTON and CEO PETER LEAVER resigned "after failing to convince the 20 Premiership clubs ... that they had the authority" to hire BSkyB execs SAM CHISHOLM and DAVID CHANCE as Media Advisers. The two were hired to work on a new TV deal, but were named "without the knowledge of the clubs, angering several of the Premiership chairmen" (FINANCIAL TIMES, 3/12). ...SporTVision will create a new media division to develop Internet products and features, video sports games and an interactive Web site. RUSSELL QUY will head the new division as Exec Dir of New Media Development (SporTVision). ...DANIELLE MAGED was named MSG VP/Marketing, and will lead marketing and branding initiatives for MSG's assets. She will oversee MSG's Web site and new media development (MSG).
JOHN F. KENNEDY JR. visited MIKE TYSON in jail yesterday. Kennedy said he was "really here just as a friend" (WASHINGTON POST, 3/12).....Producer LARRY THOMPSON said that he is working on a two-hour bio film on the life of JOE DIMAGGIO and MARILYN MONROE and "is in talks" with two networks (REUTERS, 3/12)....OLIVER STONE's film "ANY GIVEN SUNDAY" is looking for "local extras to fill a stadium of spectators" at Miami's Orange Bowl. Film Publicist MARCY BERLOW: "The extras can do whatever they want. They can show enthusiasm in any way, but they need to wear black and white; the colors of the Sharks [the fictional team]." Extras won't be paid (Ft. Lauderdale SUN-SENTINEL, 3/12)....CA-based surfwear company QUICKSILVER President BOB MCKNIGHT was profiled in the ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER after the company announced "sterling" first quarter earnings "on the heels of a record" '98. Earnings last year rose 42%, to $18M, on sales of $316M. The company is in a "position to grow through acquisitions" (ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER, 3/11).
Legg Mason Wood Walker Managing Dir JOHN MOAG announced three additions to the Sports Industry Group he heads in the firm's Corporate Finance Dept. Joining the group as a Principal is MITCHELL ZIETS, a former partner of Public Finance Management in Philadelphia, and KAREN BATCHELDER as VP in Legg Mason's Philadelphia office. JOHN TENUTA, former VP/Business Affairs & Legal Affairs at ProServ, joins the firm as an Associate. With the additions, Moag said that Legg Mason "now offers an unprecedented level of experience and innovation for the rapidly changing and opportunity-rich sports industry. We have been there, we have done it, and we are constantly looking at new and creative alternatives for our clients" (Legg Mason Wood Walker).