* Greg Meidel has been named president of programming for Paramount Domestic Television, reporting to Joel Berman, the head of the group. Meidel, who will develop new shows for syndication and oversee existing programs, such as "Entertainment Tonight," has a long history in syndication.
Meidel was chief executive of Studios USA and Universal Television Group, where he oversaw such programs as "Law & Order" and "Xena." Before that, he was president of Twentieth Television, which created "A Current Affair" and "Cops." When industry consolidation reduced the number of top jobs in traditional media, Meidel jumped to new media, heading up Massive Media Group, a now-defunct digital rights management company. (Sallie Hofmeister)
* Ilana Porat Koch has been named senior vice president and general manager of Universal CityWalk. She will be responsible for all aspects of the entertainment and retail complex, including operations, leasing, marketing, sales and finance. Koch joined CityWalk in 1997 from Price Waterhouse, where she was a strategic consultant.
* Wherehouse Music has promoted Larry Gaines to president and chief operating officer of the Torrance-based music and home entertainment retailer. Gaines previously was executive vice president and COO for the 497-store chain. He replaces Hugh Hilton, who will step down from his post to return to duties with Alvarez & Marsal, a New York-based corporate turnaround firm. He will be the managing director of Alvarez & Marsal's Southern California office.