Friday, December 17, 1999

Shakers and Stirrers - published 12/17/99

Andrew Gelman has left the hallowed walls of NBC as a Senior Talent Attorney to assume the exciting role of Director of Business Development at Powerful Media Inc. In his new role he will be spearheading the effort to source and execute content, marketing and distribution partnerships. Founded by Kurt Andersen, Michael Hirschorn and Deanna Brown, the company is in the business-to-business entertainment information space and its flagship product will launch in the Spring of 2000.

Paul Kontonis will be the Director of Internet Solutions and Strategy at Bessen, Tully and Lee. He will be responsible for creating an interactive division, an internet services strategy and bringing in new business.

Loren Pomerantz has moved over to Middleberg + Associates, working with Rob Argento to develop a Media Strategy department that will work with most of the accounts in the agency, as well as serve as a training ground for new employees.

Lauren Giglio will be joining as their new Marketing Manager, beginning January 4, 2000.

Marni Kotak has assumed the role of Director, Business Development & Marketing at Black Hammer Productions in Soho.

HotSocket, Inc. (, the leading provider of direct response marketing on the Web, announced the appointment of John Ripa, formerly Senior Vice President of Sales of infoUSA (NASDAQ: IUSA), as Vice President of Sales.

TAHO Commerce Group announced the formation of its senior management team: Blake Henry - Managing Partner, Business Development (Co-Founder) Neal Ruskin - Managing Partner, Technical Development (Co-Founder) Robert Benkovitz - Chief Development Engineer Robert McNeice - Senior Product Specialist Phillip Moran - Senior Application Manager Vincent Petrillo - Quality Assurance Manager

Marking another expansion of the company's presence in the interactive marketplace, A&E Television Networks has created a new division, AETN Interactive. Thomas Heymann has been promoted to oversee its growth in his new role as Senior Vice President/General Manager, it was announced by Whitney Goit II, Executive Vice President, A&E Television Networks., one of the Web's original leisure magazine, named Gary Wagener as business manager, a newly-created post at the company. According to Jen Heck, Editor-In-Chief of, Wagener will oversee all advertising and marketing efforts for the Webzine, as well as cultivate new business relationships and sponsorships.