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Michael Madnick appointed to new position at Fox

BY Alaric DeArment

LOS ANGELES 20th Century Fox Licensing Merchandising announced Tuesday that it had appointed Michael Madnick to the newly created position of executive director of creative production.

Madnick’s job will be to manage Fox’s growing workload of creative projects, television commercials, content-heavy product development and special events, said Elie Dekel, executive vice president for licensing and merchandising for Fox L.

“As we continue to build synergies between our internal creative teams and those of our partners, it’s essential to have someone who can bridge that gap and represent our brands in the best creative sense,” Dekel said. “Michael is just the person to do this.”

Madnick, a graduate of California State University in Northridge, worked in several producer roles for shows in E!, NBC, TLC, Bravo, Comedy Central and the USA Network on shows such as “Fear Factor,” “The Man Show,” “Property Ladder” and “YO on E!.” For Fox, he has worked as vice president of special projects and live events for Fox Family Worldwide, where he worked on all special television products for Fox Family and Fox Kids.

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Winn-Dixie lets customers make donations for hurricane victims

BY Michael Johnsen

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. Winn-Dixie Stores on Monday announced that customers can help their neighbors affected by the 2008 hurricane season by donating at any neighborhood Winn-Dixie.

“Our neighbors face a long and difficult recovery process, and we want to do everything we can to help them,” stated Terry Grooms Derreberry, Winn-Dixie manager of corporate giving. “Our hearts go out to those who were impacted by these storms.”

Winn-Dixie is implementing its “Neighbors Helping Neighbors” program in all of its 521 stores as a way to assist the American Red Cross, which has seen its Disaster Relief Fund depleted after an active year of disasters, the company stated.

Winn-Dixie customers will find “Neighbors Helping Neighbors” donation sheets available at all registers, where they can donate an amount between 50 cents and $500 directly to the American Red Cross. The cashier will scan the Neighbors Helping Neighbors donation sheet, which automatically adds the amount designated by the customer to the total bill.

The Red Cross provided food, shelter, counseling and other assistance to the communities affected by the storms that battered Florida and the Gulf Coast during the past month. Similar efforts across the country have forced the Red Cross to launch a national drive to raise $100 million to keep the Disaster Relief Fund afloat.

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CVS’ Ryan to lead search for URI president

BY Antoinette Alexander

PROVIDENCE, R.I. CVS Caremark chairman, president and chief executive officer, Tom Ryan, will lead the search for the next president of the University of Rhode Island.

According to local news reports, Robert Carothers, president of URI, announced on Monday that he will step down at the end of the current school year after 18 years of service.

Ryan, a URI alumnus, will head the search committee to select the next URI president. An initial list of candidates is expected to be handed to the search committee at the beginning of 2009, with a final decision expected from the Board of Governors at its meeting in May or June.

According to reports, the search committee includes, besides Ryan, R.I. Board of Governors for Higher Education members Thomas Rockett, Brenda Dann-Messier and Daniel J. Ryan; Frank Annunziato, executive director of the URI chapter of the American Association of University Professors; Wendy Roworth, art professor; Celest Martin, associate professor in the writing program and chairwoman of the URI Faculty Senate; and Jim Miller, an ocean engineering professor. Also sitting on the committee are Brandon Brown, a student representative; Winifred Brownell, URI dean of arts and sciences; Thorr Bjorn, athletic director; Domingo Morel, academic adviser for URI’s talent development program; Michael Fascitelli, a URI alumnus; and Saul Kaplan, executive director of the R.I. Economic Development Corporation (EDC).

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