Turner execs flew up from Atlanta to make the announcement Oct. 23, which had been in the works for at least two weeks.
Art Bell formerly led CourtTV, but after the network was acquired by Turner he was part of an exodus that also included Chairman-CEO Henry Schleiff; head of ad sales Charlie Collier; and research chief Debbie Reichig, along with other members in administration, communications and affiliate relations.
Marc Juris has up until now been a somewhat unofficial network head. Mr. Juris is the general manager of programming and marketing, handling the network's prime-time schedule. Marlene Dann is the exec VP-daytime and news programming. At TCM, Tom Karsh is the exec VP-general manager. All now report to Mr. Koonin, who is based in Atlanta and reports to Mark Lazarus, president of Turner Entertainment Group.