WASHINGTON, June 8 /PRNewswire/ -- Devillier Donegan Enterprises (DDE) announced today the promotion of two of its key executives. Greg Diefenbach has been named Senior Vice President, Development and Production, and Joan E. Lanigan has been named Senior Vice President, Legal and Business Affairs. The promotions are effective immediately. Since joining DDE in 1996, Mr. Diefenbach has supervised the development and production of over 120 hours of distinguished documentary programming, including David Grubin's 'Napoleon,' for which Mr. Diefenbach received a Peabody Award, and the highly acclaimed 'Empires(R)' historical strand. Prior to joining DDE, Mr. Diefenbach served as a producer, director, researcher and writer for National Geographic Society's 'Explorer' television series. "Greg's commitment to excellence and his creative collaboration with both filmmakers and broadcasters has enabled DDE to become a leading documentary supplier," says DDE President and CEO Ron Devillier. "The global success of DDE's programs is a testament to his fine storytelling skills and his tireless efforts to propel all elements of a production to the highest level. His talents will continue to shape the future of DDE's program output." Ms. Lanigan is responsible for DDE's production, co-production, television licensing, and related ancillary market agreements. "Joan's knowledge of both producer and broadcaster needs places her at the center of DDE's business," says Devillier. "Her ability to examine alternatives and consistently offer clear and equitable solutions to complex issues has earned her the trust and respect of all our partners in production and broadcasting." Ms. Lanigan is presently completing a major co-production deal for 'Marie Antoinette,' a David Grubin production with Cineteve co-produced with PBS, ARTE and DDE in association with ORF and the BBC. Ms. Lanigan joined DDE in 1987 from the law firm of Sanford, Adams, McCullough & Beard. She received her law degree with honors from Georgetown University in 1984. DDE's Executive Vice President Brian Donegan comments: "These promotions recognize the great strengths that Greg and Joan bring to meet the needs of producers and broadcasters in today's complex worldwide documentary business." About DDE Devillier Donegan Enterprises (DDE) is a leading program development, production, and distribution company serving independent producers, cable networks, and broadcasters worldwide. DDE's award-winning library includes programs covering subjects from ancient history and natural history to science, technology, and exploration. For further information, visit http://www.ddegroup.com.
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