SBD/June 20, 2013/People and Pop Culture
Published June 20, 2013
ESPN 3D LAYOFFS: ESPN has let go of its 3D TV personnel, including VP/Strategic Business Planning BRYAN BURNS, as part of its recent round of layoffs. Burns had been a prominent champion of ESPN's push into 3D TV, and as recently as January said the company's affiliate agreements for the 3D TV channel were still tracking ahead of the initial acceptance of HD TV a decade ago. But ESPN last week announced it will shut down its 3D TV channel by the end of the year as consumer adoption of the technology remains quite limited (Eric Fisher, Staff Writer).
EXECS: NFL Network yesterday named Outdoor Channel Senior VP/Marketing LOREY ZLOTNICK to the same position. Zlotnick will report to NFL CMO MARK WALLER (NFL)....The Raptors named BOBBY WEBSTER VP/Basketball Management & Strategy (Raptors)....Nuggets Player Personnel Dir MIKE BRATZ and Scouting Coordinator DAN TOLZMAN are "leaving the organization." Tolzman will join former Nuggets Exec VP/Basketball Operations MASAI UJIRI with the Raptors (DENVERPOST.com, 6/19). YAHOO SPORTS' Adrian Wojnarowski cites sources as saying that Bratz today is "flying to Sacramento to finalize deal" to become Kings Assistant GM (TWITTER.com, 6/20)....The Jazz yesterday named former coach JERRY SLOAN Senior Basketball Adviser (Jazz)....Alpine Canada President & CEO MAX GARTNER said that he "plans to step down once a successor can be found." The 54-year-old had "planned to leave when his contract expires after the 2014 Sochi Olympics, but decided to tender his resignation early in order to ensure a new president and CEO is in place" for the '13-14 season (CP, 6/19)....The Univ. of South Florida named Ohio Univ. Senior Associate AD/Development JIM HARRIS Senior Associate AD and Associate VP/Development (TAMPABAY.com, 6/18)....Adelphi Univ. named DANNY MCCABE AD, effective July 8 (NEWSDAY.com, 6/19).
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