TBS has promoted STEVE HEYER to President & CEO. Heyer
was formerly President of TBS' Worldwide Sales, Marketing,
Distribution and Int'l Networks Group. He will retain those
duties and add "responsibility for the company's cost side"
(VARIETY, 1/29)....Texas Motor Speedway (TMS) has named
MICHAEL CARRANCEJIE VP/Real Estate and Sales. He had been
VP/Real Estate (TMS)....Pro Player announced the following
moves: JASON CAMP joins as Promotions Manager; ANTHONY
GIARDINA was named Associate Marketing Manager; and PAUL
LONGO was named Associate Merchandise Manager; STEPHANY
GREENE was named Merchandising Manager & Designer; and LISA
DEMARKIS was promoted to Merchandising Manager (Pro Player).
TARA LIPINSKI was featured on CBS' "Public Eye with
Bryant Gumbel." Gumbel called Lipinski and MICHELLE KWAN
"the new hot rivals in figure skating." Lipinski: "There is
no rivalry. We're just going for the same dream" (1/28).
Kwan and Lipinski were the subject of "ET"'s Cover Story.
Bob Goen noted that both endorse Campbell's Soup and Kwan
has deals with United Airlines and Yoplait Yogurt. Lipinski
reps Donna Karan and Barbie dolls. Goen: "Add a gold medal
and the stakes get really high" ("ET," 1/28).
PATRICK EWING will participate in the '98 NBA TeamUp
Celebration as part of the NBA All-Star Weekend. KOBE
BRYANT, TIM DUNCAN, and WNBA players SHERYL SWOOPES and
NIKKI McCRAY will also join in the festivities (NBAE). The
TeamUp broadcast will be co-produced by RUDY CREW JR., the
eldest son of NYC Schools Chancellor RUDY CREW (DAILY NEWS,
1/29)....YASMINE BLEETH of "Baywatch" will be the female
lead in the upcoming Universal project "BASEketball." The
film, based on a sport created by "Airplane!" director DAVID
ZUCKER which combines basketball and baseball "with all the
running taken out of the game," will also feature cameos by
BOB COSTAS and AL MICHAELS (REUTERS/VARIETY, 1/29).