Susan Shipsky, former vice president of business development at MaxMedia, has been named vice president of production at Turner Broadcasting's Animation, Young Adults and Kids Media's Creative Group. Shipsky's duties include oversight of video, print, special event and digital production and post-production of sponsorship and collateral materials for Cartoon Network, Adult Swim and Boomerang, as well as TV branding, promotion production and post-production for Cartoon Network and Boomerang.
Gospel Music Channel has hired Leslie Chesloff as executive vice president of programming, a position in which she will oversee scheduling, acquisitions, original content and on-air promotion. Chesloff joins GMC after stints at Ion Media Networks and Lifetime Entertainment Services.
A group of private investment firms reportedly is considering a joint offer to take control of Adelphia Communications. Investment powerhouses including Thomas H. Lee Partners, Providence Equity Partners and Kohlberg Kravis Roberts may raise as much as $18 billion and launch the largest leveraged buyout since KKR bought RJR Nabisco in 1989. The impetus behind the consortium is Adelphia itself, which is seeking to organize alternatives to an expected joint bid by Time Warner and Comcast.
Despite a last-minute plea by Sen. John McCain, a number of ABC affiliates, including eight stations owned by the Sinclair Broadcast Group and four owned by Belo, declined to carry last night's broadcast of "Saving Private Ryan." The R-rated World War II film, which featured harsh language and scenes of graphic violence, was aired unedited. Some broadcasters said they feared FCC fines if they carried the movie.