DDE Names Senior Vice Presidents

Jun 08, 2004, 01:00 ET from Devillier Donegan Enterprises

    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

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