DiRienzo steps down as head of V-me

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Carmen DiRienzo, founding president and c.e.o. of the Spanish-language public TV channel V-me, has resigned her posts, effective Dec. 31, the network announced today (Nov. 28). She will continue to serve on its Board of Directors. Alvaro Garnica will assume the new position of general manager, with overall responsibility for daily operations. He is g.m. of Plural Entertainment, which V-me describes as its “sister company and primary production partner.” Garnica also spent nine years in programming at Grupo Prisa, a Spanish-language media conglomerate that purchased a significant stake in V-me Media Inc. in October 2009.

In today’s announcement, DiRienzo said: “I feel fortunate to have had the opportunity to lead a creative, dedicated team of professionals in such a worthwhile venture. V-me’s role in the Hispanic community is an important one and I am happy to continue to nurture it through my role on the Board of Directors.”

V-me launched in March 2007 as an initiative of WNET, where DiRienzo had been v.p. and managing director of corporate affairs. The 24-hour Spanish network is currently available in more than 10 million Hispanic homes via public TV stations’ multicast DTV channels and carriage by cable systems and satellite TV providers.

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