LOS ANGELES, November 6, 2006 —
The Tennis Channel, the only 24-hour, television-based multimedia destination dedicated to tennis and the healthy, active lifestyle that surrounds it, today announced the promotions of four members of its distribution and production departments. They are (followed by their new titles): Eric Turpin, vice president of distribution, Eastern region; Laura Hockridge, executive producer, series and specials; Heath Woodlief, producer; and Michelle Hanchaikul, associate producer.
With more than 17 years of sales and marketing experience in cable broadcasting and music, Turpin has assisted in The Tennis Channel’s distribution agreements with Time Warner, Insight, Mediacom and Bresnan since joining the network as account director, Northeast region, in 2003. He was previously the director of national accounts for DMX Music, where he managed relationships with such media outlets as Comcast/AT&T, Cablevision and Cox Communications. He was also the director of national accounts for PlayNetwork and held various positions at The Box Music Network, Financial News Network and Television Food Network. He continues to report directly to Randy Brown, senior vice president, distribution.
Hockridge joined The Tennis Channel as senior producer in 2003, and since then has supervised original series and an assortment of internally produced specials. She continues to report to Larry Meyers, vice president of production and executive producer. Under Hockridge’s guidance the network has launched a number of new programs, including Open Access, Murphy’s Guide, Match Makers and Destination Tennis. She previously worked as a studio producer for USA Network’s coverage of the US Open, and as a coordinating producer for CNBC’s “Business Center,” based in New Jersey. Hockridge also was a producer for John McLaughlin.
Woodlief, who was promoted to producer from associate producer, will now co-produce one of the network’s signature series, Open Access. Prior to joining The Tennis Channel in 2004, Woodlief worked in freelance production, graphic design and editing for local and national news agencies. He also held positions at Red Hour Films and New Regency Productions in Los Angeles and at Seminole Productions in Tallahassee, Fla., where he worked as a videographer, editor and specialized reporter for its live news program. Woodlief continues to report to Hockridge.
Hanchaikul was promoted to associate producer from production assistant, a position she held at the network since 2005. She continues to report to Meyers. Prior to The Tennis Channel Hanchaikul spent time at KWID in Los Angeles and at E! Entertainment. At the latter she worked as an intern for the “The Howard Stern Show” and the network’s live events department.
The Tennis Channel ( www.thetennischannel.com ) is the only 24-hour, television-based multimedia destination dedicated to tennis and the healthy, active lifestyle that surrounds it, and forges the personal connection between the professionals on the court and the game’s millions of aficionados. The home for people who watch, play and live their passions through tennis, the network is a hybrid of comprehensive sports coverage, health and fitness programming, pop culture and entertainment access, and lifestyle and travel information. The Tennis Channel is the most concentrated single-sport network in television, with telecast rights to Roland Garros (the French Open), the US Open Series, ATP Masters Series, top-tier Sony Ericsson WTA Tour championship competitions, Davis Cup by BNP Paribas, Fed Cup and Hyundai Hopman Cup, the combination of which offer the compelling, ongoing story of the game’s most dramatic rivalries, energetic personalities and emotional, yearlong journey.