TIME BUYING SERVICES NAMES MURATORE PRESIDENT BDDP SNAGS DUO FORM SAATCHI; SEAGRAM PICKS ABSOLUT TEAM

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MEDIA

NEW YORK-Frank Muratore, 45, has been named president of Time Buying Services, a leading independent media services company.

He remains ceo and succeeds 27-year veteran Stanley Leipzig, who is retiring.

Mr. Muratore led the company into a diversification strategy that includes last year's creation of Entertainment Media Investment Corp., a unit that handles financing, management, media buying and distribution of major motion picture releases.

In the 1970s, he was a senior broadcast negotiator at Ted Bates & Co., a forerunner of Backer Spielvogel Bates Worldwide.

Other people moving:

James Burnette to VP-sports sales, a new post at Fox, New York, from exec VP at sports marketing company Dorna USA. He is responsible for sales of the Fox network's National Football League package.

Cara Erickson to VP-strategic planning and development, a new position at Business Week, from VP-marketing as part of a shake-up of the marketing department by new Publisher David Fern, who opened searches for a new VP-marketing, research director and marketing services director at the magazine.

Chris McDonald to director of marketing, a new post at ESPN, Asia, Hong Kong, from an associate at investment banking company Morningside Asia.

AGENCY

BDDP snags duo from Saatchi

SYDNEY-Award-winning Creative Director Jon Iles and copywriter Craig Moore have left Saatchi & Saatchi here for similar posts at BDDP France, Paris, the creative hub of the international agency's network.

The resignations were a blow to Saatchi's Australian operation, which cut staff last year after several large losses including the $18 million Commonwealth Bank of Australia account.

Other people moving:

Tom O'Connor to VP-creative director, W.B. Doner & Co., Baltimore, from VP-associate creative director, DDB Needham Worldwide, Chicago. He succeeds Group Creative Director Andy Ellis, now associate creative director, Adworks, Washington.

Jack Brown to chairman, a new position at J. Brown/LMC Group, Stamford, Conn., a company formed by the merger of Grey Advertising units J. Brown Associates and Local Marketing Corp. Also: Jonathan Kramer to president, from exec VP-chief operating officer, Local Marketing Corp.

ADVERTISER

Seagram picks

Absolut team

NEW YORK-Jos. E. Seagram & Sons' House of Seagram has named Carl E. Horton to the new post of VP-marketing for Absolut vodka.

Judy Sherman was named VP-consumer marketing for Seagram's other brands.

Both had been group marketing directors, Mr. Horton for national brands and Ms. Sherman for the U.S. portion of Seagram's global brands.

Seagram took over marketing for Absolut Feb. 1.

Other people moving:

Michael Gribben, 40, to general manager, IBM de Venezuela, Caracas, from exec VP. He succeeds Wilmer Guecaimburu, 60, who becomes president-general manager, Andean Group of IBM Corp.

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