CW Names Erin McIlvain SVP Of Affiliate Distribution & Marketing

She joins from Great American Media and will oversee the Nexstar network’s distribution as well as affiliate relations with station groups.

Disney Names Susi D’Ambra-Coplan SVP For Affiliate Relations

The former VP, station relations at Disney is promoted to succeed John Rouse, who retired this month.

Gray Television Renews CBS Network Affiliations In All 54 Existing Markets

Gray Television said that it reached a new deal with Paramount Global covering the renewal of the CBS affiliations at all 54 of Gray’s current CBS affiliates. The agreement covers stations in seven markets acquired from Meredith and 47 stations previously owned by Gray. (Pictured: Pat LaPlatney, Co-CEO of Gray)

Disney/ABC Head Of Affiliate Relations John Rouse To Retire After 33 Years

John Rouse, who has been with The Walt Disney Co. for the past 33 years, most recently as EVP of affiliate relations for the ABC Television Network, is stepping down at the end of July. Rouse announced his upcoming retirement Wednesday in a note to ABC affiliates and station group heads. The position, which reports to Justin Connolly, president, Disney Platform Distribution, will be refilled.

CW Names Rebekah Dopp Distribution EVP

She joins the Nexstar-owned network brings her in from Google to oversee negotiating and managing The CW’s distribution and overseeing affiliate relations with its station group partners.

Former CBS Affiliate Relations Exec Peter Schruth Dies At 69

Berlamino Is New CW Distribution Exec

Betty Ellen Berlamino will be responsible for all network distribution and affiliate relations at The CW as well as serve as the network’s primary liaison with its station groups and MVPDs. Affiliate marketing activities will be jointly managed by both Berlamino and Rick Haskins, president, streaming and chief brand officer.


NBC’s Dietze Leaves Legacy Of Net-Affil Unity

Jean Dietze, the retiring head of affiliate relations at NBC, has witnessed major changes in the network-affiliate relationship over the past 40-plus years. And she’s a big part of why that relationship continues to distinguish broadcasting, has survived rocky times and might just save the business.

Philip Martzolf New NBC Affiliate Relations Head

The Sony Pictures Television executive is chosen to succeed Jean Dietze, who ends her 46-year career at NBCU in January.

Padden: FCC Should Aid Ansin In NBC Fight

Former Fox and ABC network executive Preston Padden calls on the agency and Congress to pressure NBC to cancel plans to dump Ed Ansin’s WHDH as its Boston affiliate so that it can launch its own O&O there at the end of this year. “If this ‘experiment’ is successful, it almost certainly will be repeated in other cities,” Padden says.

CW, Tribune Renew 12 Of 13 Affiliations

The new agreement extends affiliations of all of Tribune’s CW outlets except WGN Chicago, which moves to Fox-owned WPWR. The deal covers 28 million television households across 25% of the U.S.

Fox Affiliate Exec Jon Hookstratten Leaving

He is said to be taking a voluntary buyout and will leave his position of EVP, broadcast distribution, Fox Networks Group in late May.


Davis Named New CBS Affiliate Relations EVP

Kurt Davis, the CBS News executive in charge of Newspath, is promoted to oversee day-to-day operations of CBS Affiliate Relations. He will work with Ray Hopkins, who oversees business affairs and affiliation agreements.


Affils At NAB To Focus On Primetime, Digital

Differences over reverse comp will for the most part be set aside next week during meetings of the Big Three networks affiliate boards at the NAB Show in Las Vegas, according to the chairmen of the boards. Rather than money, the meetings will concentrate on primetime programming and cooperative plans for distributing local broadcast signals on digital platforms, they say. Fox is the only one of the Big Four networks to schedule a full-affiliates meeting at NAB.

NBCU Ups Dietze To Affiliate Relations Prez

In addition, it promotes Rhonda Brockmann and Scot Chastain to EVPs in the department..

CBS Names Tumulty Affiliate Relations EVP

Former CW network distribution exec Elizabeth Tumulty will be the West Coast point person on affiliate issues including negotiating new affiliation contracts and coordinating with the CBS Affiliate Board.

CBS Names Wisnia EVP, Affiliate Relations

David Wisnia, the former Star TV executive, will work on negotiating new affiliation contracts while helping to oversee the department’s operations and personnel.

NBC Ups Jean Dietze To EVP, Affiliate Relations

Jean Dietze has been promoted to EVP, affiliate relations, NBC, it was announced by Ted Harbert, Chairman, NBC Broadcasting, to whom she reports. Jean is based in New York. In […]

‘Idol’: A Case Study In Affiliate Relations

Fox’s 10-year-old behemoth is trying to rediscover its voice, but it’s still a lesson in how a network and its affiliates can sing in unison.