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NEW YORK-Lawrence Oliver today starts in the new post of associate publisher at Multichannel News and Cablevision.

The cable TV trade publications are part of Capital Cities/ABC's Chilton Communications Group.

Mr. Oliver, who reports to Publisher Joel Berger, left the same post at Cahners Publishing Co.'s Broadcasting & Cable.

Earlier, Mr. Oliver was publisher of Adweek and the now-defunct Marketing & Media Decisions and advertising director at Advertising Age.

Other people moving:

Talal Dhulaymin to senior VP-marketing and sales, a new post at ARA Group International, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, from CEO, Tihama al-Mona International, a J. Walter Thompson Co. affiliate. In his new post, he will be responsible for the marketing activities of the group's subsidiaries. They include Middle East Broadcasting Center, an Arab-language TV network telecasting in Europe and the Middle East; United Press International; the newly established MBC-FM radio network covering Saudi Arabia and the Persian Gulf countries; and ARA Cable Co. The company is also establishing a division to handle MBC-FM's ad sales. Mr. Dhulaymin also is VP-area director, Middle East/Africa, of the International Advertising Association.

Brian McAdams to chairman-CEO, National Media Corp., Philadelphia, from the same title at McAdams, Richman & Ong. He succeeds John J. Turchi Jr., who resigned amid the company's continued financial troubles.

Strauss Zelnick to president-CEO, North American operations, a new post at BMG Entertainment, Los Angeles, from the same title at Crystal Dynamics, a Palo Alto, Calif., videogame company.

Rich Marino to president-publishing division, a new post at PC World, San Francisco, while remaining publisher and chief operating officer. Also: Jonathan Epstein to president, a new post in the New Media division, from publisher, Multimedia World. Greg Masucceeds Mr. Epstein, from Southwest ad sales director, PC World; Bob Carrigan to Western ad sales director, a new post, from Northwest ad sales director. He assumes Mr. Mason's responsibilities.

Paul Hoffman, 38, to president-editor in chief, a new post at Discover, New York, from VP-editor in chief.

Laura Cherensky, 35, to associate publisher, a new post at New Woman, New York, from ad director. Her former post won't be filled.

Leslie Tunney to associate publisher, Sporting Goods Dealer, New York, from national sales manager. She succeeds Greg Finn, who left.

Hal Drake to senior VP-sales and marketing director, a new post at the Magazine Consultancy, New York, which handles ad sales for Bauer Publishing, Englewood, N.J., from VP-western ad director. He will be based in Chicago.

Mary Beth Wright to ad director, US, New York, from national sales manager. She succeeds Susan Gold, who left.


NEW YORK- Lowe & Partners/SMS, as part of creative amplification under Vice Chairman-Chief Creative Officer Lee Garfinkel, has tapped award-winning copywriter Jay Taub, 42, as exec VP-creative director.

Mr. Taub's appointment is the first move by Mr. Garfinkel to consolidate agency accounts under several strong creative heads.

"If my goal is to make Lowe the best creative agency, Jay is one of the first major people I'm bringing in," Mr. Garfinkel said.

Mr. Taub was senior VP-creative director at Ammirati & Puris/Lintas, a Lowe sister agency.

Other people moving:

Steve Norcia, exec VP-business development director, Ammirati & Puris/Lintas, New York, is leaving after almost 30 years with the Interpublic Group of Cos. Mr. Norcia is the second senior-level Lintas executive to leave since its merger with Ammirati this summer.

Jack Supple, 42, to president, Carmichael Lynch, Minneapolis, from managing partner. He remains executive creative director. Mr. Supple succeeds Lou Bacig, 56, now in the new post of vice chairman-managing partner.

David Dixon, 34, to exec VP-deputy creative director, a new post at McCann-Erickson Worldwide, New York, from senior VP-deputy creative director.

Ed Aroyan and Rick Cusato to senior VP-group management supervisors, new posts at Grey Advertising, New York, from VP-group management supervisors.

Orson D. Munn III to senior VP-group account director, a new post at Burkhardt & Christy, New York, from general manager-marketing, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, Lyndhurst, N.J.

Pat McEachern to senior VP-group account supervisor, a new post at Ross Roy Communications, Bloomfield Hills, Mich., from Midwestern division VP, Ryan/CSI, Chicago.

David Baldwin, 32, to senior VP-creative director and partner, Leonard/Monahan, Providence, R.I., from senior copywriter, Cole & Weber, Portland, Ore. He assumes the duties of David Lubars, now president-executive creative director, BBDO West, Los Angeles.

Nick Scordato and Gordon Hasse to senior VP-senior creative directors, new posts at FCB/Leber Katz Partners, New York, from VP-group creative director and VP-creative supervisor, respectively, N W Ayer. Also: Rich Gagnon and Tyler Schaeffer to senior VP-associate media directors, new posts, from VP-associate media directors.

Scott Nelson to VP-group creative director, J. Walter Thompson USA, Atlanta, from associate creative director, Foote, Cone & Belding, Santa Ana, Calif. He succeeds Norm Grey, who left.

Jodi Kramer, 29; Betty A. Comerford; Christopher Clarke, 32; and Catherine Porter Conrad, 29, to VP-account directors, new posts at D'Arcy Masius Benton & Bowles, New York, from account directors.

Edward Stapor to VP-management supervisor, a new post at Lally, McFarland & Pantello Canada, Montreal, from account group supervisor.

Molly A. Badgett, 30, to VP-public relations, a new post at Pringle Dixon Pringle, Atlanta, from account supervisor.


LOS ANGELES-Mattel has named advertising veteran Liz Nickles to the new post of senior VP-creative development.

Ms. Nickles formerly served 15 years at agencies, as exec VP-executive creative director with both Ketchum Advertising and D'Arcy Masius Benton & Bowles, New York, and in management positions at Warwick Advertising, J. Walter Thompson Co. and Marsteller.

Author of seven books, she most recently was creative director-partner of Direct Dialogue, a consultancy.

Other people moving:

Michael K. Lorelli, 43, to exec VP and president-North America/Latin America, a new post at Tambrands, White Plains, N.Y., effective Oct. 17, from president of PepsiCo's Pizza Hut International, Wichita, Kan. Mr. Lorelli's post in part combines the responsibilities of two executives who have resigned since Edward T. Fogarty, 57, was appointed president-CEO in April: Charles Chapman, exec VP and president-North American operations, and Alain Strasser, senior VP-international.

Joanna Jacobson resigned as senior VP-marketing, research and development at Converse, North Reading, Mass.

Mary T. Gold, 32, to VP-director of juices and juice beverages, a new post at Tropicana Products, Bradenton, Fla., from director of Tropicana's Season's Best brand.


LOS ANGELES-James T. Aubrey Jr., 75, president of CBS Television from 1959 to 1965, died Sept. 3 at UCLA Medical Center after suffering a heart attack.

While heading CBS, his widely publicized cost-cutting measures and sales talents earned him the sobriquet "The Smiling Cobra."

After leaving CBS, Mr. Aubrey served at ABC-TV, and in 1969, was recruited by a debt-saddled Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer as president.

There, he also cut costs, selling off the studio's back lots and other property. On resigning in 1973, he could boast MGM had again become profitable.

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