Liz Gateley, co-founder of ITV's DiGa production unit, has been named Lifetime's executive vice president and head of programming. Gateley, who served a stint at Lifetime more than a decade ago, will be in charge of developing movies, as well as scripted and nonscripted shows.
Linda Mancuso, head of programming at ABC Family Channel, died of cancer on Sunday in Los Angeles. Before Mancuso, 44, came to ABC she was with NBC for 20 years, where she helped develop programs such as "ER" and "Saved By The Bell."
Barry Diller's appointment as co-CEO of Vivendi Universal marks a strategy shift for the conglomerate, which is still finding its way after the departure of former CEO Jean-Marie Messier. Media insiders say Vivendi could be considering a spinoff of its Universal entertainment assets.
The FCC yesterday cleared the way for Comcast to acquire AT&T Broadband, a deal which would create the country's largest cable operator. The Justice Department said it had no antitrust objections to the deal.