Time Warner Cable hired Mark Shuken to launch its 2 planned Lakers RSNs in L.A. (one in English, one in Spanish), reports Sports Business Daily. Shuken, who will report to David Rone, was pres/CEO of DirecTV Sports nets, which includes RSNs in Seattle, Denver and Pittsburgh. ? Michael Thornton is joining Starz Ent as evp, business and legal affairs – programming, digital and worldwide distribution. Starz Ent’s svp, biz affairs & programming Richard Turner will be leaving this summer after 12 years with the company. Thornton most recently served as evp, biz & legal affairs at Disney/ABC Domestic TV. ? Former Outdoor Channel marketing evp Denise Conroy-Galley has joined HGTV as svp, marketing and creative services.