SBD/April 5, 2012/People and Pop Culture

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  • Executive Transactions

    Univision named ROB THUN Exec VP/Business Operations for the net's distribution sales and marketing team. Thun was previously with AT&T U-Verse, where he had been Senior VP/Content, responsible for negotiating carriage deals with cable nets. Univision also named ESPN VP/Digital Distribution RENEE PLATO Senior VP/Digital Distribution for the distribution sales and marketing team. Both execs will be based in N.Y. and will report to Univision President of Distribution Sales & Marketing TONIA O'CONNOR (John Ourand, THE DAILY).

    EXECS: ISC promoted VP & CMO DARYL WOLFE to Senior VP & CMO. Wolfe will continue to oversee all corporate and consumer sales, partnership management and integrated media sales (ISC)….The San Diego Bowl Game Association BOD elected JOHN WERTZ President of the ’12 Bridgepoint Education Holiday Bowl and San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl. Wertz succeeds CHUCK WASKER, who becomes BOD Chair. Other elected officers include President-Elect BILL GEPPERT, Secretary RENEE DAVIES and Treasurer SHANNON RIMMEREID (San Diego Bowl Game Association)….The ’22 Lake Tahoe Winter Games Exploratory Committee named Squaw Valley Ski Holdings LLC President & Chief Exec ANDY WIRTH interim Chair (AP, 4/5)….KemperSports named Heritage Golf Group Founding Partner & Exec VP ANDY CROSSON VP/Business Development (KemperSports)….The Univ. of Montana named Associate AD & Senior Woman Administrator JEAN GEE interim AD (BOZEMAN DAILY CHRONICLE, 3/31)….Churchill Downs Track Superintendent RAYMOND LEHR is retiring July 1. Lehr is the track’s “longest-tenured full-time employee,” having started at Churchill in ’67 (COURIER-JOURNAL.com, 4/4).

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  • Names In The News

    CRAIN'S N.Y.'s Adrianne Pasquarelli looks at the state of the New York Road Runners, and writes that while it is "growing by Olympian proportions,” some runners and retailers "complain that as it expands and brings new participants into the fold, NYRR is alienating its core New York membership by shortening the length of races in the boroughs, and by failing to communicate adequately in an environment where social media can amplify every snafu" (CRAIN'S N.Y., 3/31 issue).

    NAMES: FX Networks President & GM JOHN LANDGRAF (programming) and ESPN Exec VP & Chief Technology Officer CHUCK PAGANO (science & technology) will each receive a Young Leadership Vanguard at the NCTA's awards lunch May 23 in Boston (CABLEFAX DAILY, 4/5)....Cleveland Indians Charities donated $1M to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Cleveland in support of the community organization's "Save Our Kids" capital campaign (Indians)....NBA Commissioner DAVID STERN, Suns Managing Partner ROBERT SARVER, President of Basketball Operations LON BABBY and GM LANCE BLANKS all attended last night's Suns-Jazz game at EnergySolutions Arena (ARIZONA REPUBLIC, 4/5)....Dolphins CEO MIKE DEE joined Twitter yesterday with the handle @MikeDeeFins, one day after former Dolphins coach DON SHULA joined the social media site with the handle @DonShula. Dee garnered 1,114 followers in his "first few hours" (SUN-SENTINEL.com, 4/4)....Wild investor PHIL FALCONE said that he "may consider voluntary bankruptcy for LightSquared Inc., the broadband wireless venture majority owned by his hedge fund that has been derailed by regulators." Falcone mentioned that he would "maintain control" of the Reston, Va.-based company if it filed (BLOOMBERG NEWS, 4/5).

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