Eileen Newman has been namedexecutive director of the National Board of Review, which traditionally kicksoff the awards season and will announce its winners on Dec 6.

Newman most recently servedas senior director of programming at IFP/New York and will work closely withthe board of directors in all matter, specifically in broadening membership,and creating more programming and scholarship opportunities.

Prior to IFP, Newman servedas executive director of Film/Video Arts and was formerly a programme officerat the non-profit educational body New Visions for Public Schools.

She has served on the boardsof New York Women in Film as vice-president of programming and membership, theNew York Production Alliance, the Film and Video Council, and on the AdvisoryBoard of DocuClub.