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).