August 27, 2015
Former NBA star Shaquille O’Neal will guest on ABC’s “Fresh Off the Boat” in season two, appearing in the third episode of the season titled, “Shaquille O’Neal Motors.” O’Neal’s most recent TV appearance was on “Southland.”
Actor Jim Belushi has joined the cast of Fox’s pilot “Urban Cowboy,” a new version of the 1980 John Travolta movie. Belushi most recently appeared in the miniseries “Show Me a Hero.”
TBWA Worldwide has promoted Kyla Jacobs to global business development director, a newly created position. Jacobs will also remain director of business development for TBWA\Chiat\Day in New York.
Social agency We Are Social has named Rob FitzGerald U.S. president as managing director of U.S. operations Leila Thabet leaves to pursue other opportunities. FitzGerald was most recently president at Big Fuel Communications.
M&C Saatchi has made two moves in its Los Angeles office, hiring Mandy Graham as director of strategic planning and promoting Maria Smith to creative director. Graham was previously a freelancer, while Smith had been a copywriter.
David Duncan has joined BBDO Minneapolis, becoming chief strategy officer. Duncan previously co-founded Smiths Communications in New York, and before that he was a Grey Worldwide.
Branding agency Chandelier has named Zan Goodman design director, working in the agency’s New York office. Goodman previously worked with the agency on a freelance basis.
Time Inc. has named Patty Hirsch vice president and general manager of digital, working with the company’s sports group. Hirsch was previously general manager at CBS Digital Media Services.
Poker-themed network Poker Central has brought in Bob Gold, naming him senior vice president of distribution. Gold was most recently vice president of domestic distribution for national accounts at Discovery Communications.
Comedy Central has brought in Baratunde Thurston as a supervising producer on “The Daily Show with Trevor Noah,” in charge of content for digital and social media. Thurston is president and co-founder of the comedic design and technology agency Cultivated Wit.
Alison Fitzgerald has joined NPR as a health policy correspondent, working on the radio network’s science desk. Fitzgerald joins from the Center for Public Integrity, where she was managing editor.
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- Kyla Jacobs rises to global business development director at TBWA
- Rob FitzGerald becomes U.S. president at We Are Social
- Mandy Graham joins and Maria Smith rises at M&C Saatchi
- David Duncan becomes chief strategy officer at BBDO Minneapolis
- Zan Goodman becomes design director at Chandelier
- Patty Hirsch becomes digital GM for sports at Time Inc.
- Bob Gold becomes SVP of distribution at Poker Central
- Alison Fitzgerald becomes health policy correspondent at NPR
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- Jim Belushi joins the cast of Fox's pilot "Urban Cowboy'
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