NCTA hired Gail MacKinnon from CBS to be svp, govt relations, replacing Steve Berry. Before joining the media industry with TCI and Viacom, MacKinnon worked for Rep Jack Fields (R-TX) as a legislative dir. — Time Warner Cable hired Susan Waxenberg as vp, asst chief counsel. — Bob May gets our glutton for punishment award. After running Charter on an interim basis earlier in the year, May became CEO of Calpine Corp-a power merchant that is likely to head into bankruptcy. — Rainbow moved Kate Carr over to be vp, marketing of Mag Rack and sportskool. — Warner Bros. Domestic Cable Distribution named Pam Ritchie vp, inventory and sales planning and Libby Kauper vp, sales. — Randy Reynolds was named pres, Rogers Telecom. — Claire Zrimc was named svp, program planning, scheduling and acquisitions, SOAPnet. — TV One’s lured Paramount vp Rose Catherine Pinkney to be its evp, prog, prod and devo.

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