(December 12, 2005 – Burbank, CA) – Pam Ritchie has been promoted to Senior Vice President, Sales Planning & Program Inventory, and Libby Kauper has been promoted to Vice President, Sales Planning & Acquisitions, Warner Bros. Domestic Cable Distribution, it was announced today by Eric Frankel, President, Warner Bros. Domestic Cable Distribution. In their new positions, Ritchie will oversee and manage the applicable rights to Warner Bros.’ entire domestic filmed-entertainment library (over 7,000 titles), while working with WBDCD’s clients, including a dozen broadcast networks, 30 pay and more than 100 basic channels, HD networks to create customized programming packages. Kauper will continue to create, manage and price WBDCD’s numerous TV Sales proposals as well as grow the Acquisitions area which she has successfully spearheaded for the Division over the past four years. “Today’s ever-changing media environment has created the need for more intricate deal structures involving multiple licensees, shorter windows and multi-channel scheduling scenarios that Pam and Libby handle with an alacrity that is unrivaled in the industry,” said Frankel. “As the way we do business continues to rapidly evolve, we’ll look to their expertise to help us fully exploit our titles, while delivering our clients the best programming available anywhere.” Prior to her promotion, Ritchie served as Vice President, Inventory & Sales Planning, the position in which she joined WBDCD in 2000. Before WBDCD, Ritchie spent more than 20 years in the television industry and was instrumental in the core management teams that launched two successful industry leaders. At DirecTV, she spent seven years as director of program planning and scheduling; at the The Disney Channel she was a programming consultant at for two years and a senior supervisor of program scheduling for eight years. Kauper has supported WBDCD’s efforts since 1996, most recently as Director, Sales Planning & Product Inventory where she spearheaded the creation of the Division’s Acquisitions area that has added over 100 titles to the inventory including: "When Harry Met Sally," "Amadeus," "One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest," "Billabong Odyssey," "Hometown Legend" and "Heartworn Highways." Prior to that, she was Production Administrator, Original Programming, Warner Bros. Domestic Pay-TV, Cable & Network Features (WBDCD’s New York-based predecessor). Kauper began her entertainment career as a sales coordinator for Warner Vision Television, a part of the Warner Music Group. Prior to joining the industry, she was an editor at G.K. Hall Publishers, Boston, a division of Macmillan Publishing. Warner Bros. Domestic Cable Distribution is one of the leading suppliers of programming to the pay television and basic cable marketplaces. WBDCD is responsible for sales, marketing and distribution of already-produced product from the Studio's vast library, including feature films, television series, mini-series, television movies and specials to basic cable and pay television. WBDCD is also a major licensor of feature films to the broadcast networks.
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