HANK CLOSE has been appointed executive vice president, ad sales, for MTV Networks' Music and Comedy Group. In his new role, Close will be responsible for managing the channels' on-air and online sales teams. Sue Danaher, Close's counterpart, will continue as executive vice president, sales of the MTVN Entertainment sales team, which includes all the Nickelodeon TV and online brands, including Spike TV, Nick at Nite, and TV Land. Close was most recently executive vice president, ad sales for Comedy Central. Prior to that, Close spent 12 years in a variety of sales positions at the Fox Network.