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newsmakers/jb/21″/mike1st/mark2nd NEWSMAKERS Banking/Finance William A. Shroeder has been appointed as senior vice president for the Bank of Granada Hills. Shroeder was previously with Granite State Bank in Monrovia. In his new position, Shroeder will focus on credit administration. Entertainment/Media Roy Atlas has been named president and chief executive officer for Shotmaker Co. of North Hollywood. Atlas previously owned and operated two Miller/Coors and Pepsi Cola distributorships in California. Shotmaker rents and sells camera vehicles pick-up trucks outfitted with cameras, cranes and other equipment used to film movement scenes in movies. Phillip Muhl has been promoted to the position of senior vice president in charge of business and legal affairs for Walt Disney Motion Pictures Group. In his new capacity, Muhl will oversee the business side for films released by Touchstone Pictures and Hollywood Pictures. He was previously vice president of business affairs for Disney. David Sameth has joined DreamWorks SKG as head of creative advertising. He was previously vice president of creative affairs for MCA/Universal Pictures Production. He has worked on development on several projects including “Carlito’s Way,” “CB4,” “Timecop” and “Golddiggers,” as well as creating the marketing campaign for “Jurassic Park.” Sameth will be based in Burbank. Janice Meagher has been appointed senior vice president of marketing for Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal CityWalk. In her new position, Meagher will oversee advertising, promotions, broadcast development and publicity. She previously served as senior director for Pepsico’s Taco Bell Division. Health Care Neil M. Sorrentino has been named senior vice president and chief executive officer of Calabasas-based Tenet HealthSystem. Sorrentino is responsible for facilities generating about $2 billion in annual revenue. Most recently, he was senior vice president for Tenet’s northern region that covers Northern California and other markets. High Technology Photobit Co. announced the naming of Dr. Eric Fossum as chief scientist and Charles Watson as senior systems engineer. The company develops active pixel sensor technology, which brings video capabilities to computers. Fossum previously worked as the principal inventor of the CMOS technology while working at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena. He will spearhead Photobit’s research group. Watson was previously a senior scientist at Texas Instruments Inc. He will be in charge of the company’s camera system development. Real Estate Larry Hazzard was named senior vice president of Carter-Burgess’ newly created Construction Management Division. Hazzard was formerly an executive vice president with O’Brien-Kritzberg & Associates. He will be based in Carter-Burgess’ new Encino office. The company handles engineering, architecture and planning for construction projects. Newhall Land and Farming Co. announced that Donald L. Kimball has been promoted to vice president of finance. Kimball joined Newhall Land as director of internal audits in 1986. He was promoted to controller in 1990, then vice president/controller in 1994. Prior to joining the company, Kimball was an audit supervisor at Coopers & Lybrand. Bob Reynolds has been named vice president of land acquisition for The AMCAL Group of Companies. Reynolds has previously worked for Monarch Homes, Nevada Griffin Homes, and the Antelope Valley Building Industry Association. AMCAL, based in Westlake Village, manages more than $100 million of real estate in Southern California and Arizona. Retail Spencer Gifts Inc. has promoted Gene E. Carey to president and chief operating officer of the retailer. Carey joined the Universal City-based gift store in 1988 as regional manager of operations, and was promoted to executive vice president in 1991. Spencer gifts a division of Universal Studios operates 525 retail stores nationwide.

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