May 20, 2015
Bob Saget, Tom Bergeron and now Alfonso Ribeiro. The former “Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” actor has been named host of ABC’s “America’s Funniest Home Videos,” taking over for Bergeron when it returns for season 26 in the fall. Ribeiro is no stranger to ABC–he won season 19 of the network’s “Dancing with the Stars,” which Bergeron also hosts. Saget hosted the show early in its run.
Wendi Trilling, executive vice president of comedy development at CBS Entertainment, is leaving her position when her contract expires in June after 24 years with the network. She’s expected to take some time off before looking for a new position. A replacement hasn’t been named.
California agency David&Goliath has made 12 new hires, including Brandon Davis, Nick Hine and Rick Utzinger as creative directors. The rest: David Sullivan as associate creative director; Rob Casillas and Sheldon Melvin as senior art directors; Brett Westnedge as art director; Dan Hass and Nicole Lague as junior copywriters; and Austin Ho, Henry Hsu and Steven Pham as junior art directors.
Time Inc. has named Ellie Duque publisher of Entertainment Weekly, replacing Melissa Mattiace, who has stepped down from the position. Duque has been with Time Inc. since 2003, most recently as West Coast advertising director for both People and Entertainment Weekly.
Josh Swade has joined Rolling Stone as executive producer for film and video, effective May 26. Swade was previously a senior producer at production company MaggieVision, where he was behind ESPN’s ESPY Awards and the documentary series “30 for 30.”
Jessica Lussenhop is joining BBC News Magazine, becoming a senior writer based in Washington. Lussenhop was previously managing editor at The Riverfront Times in St. Louis.
Marc Frons, senior vice president and chief information officer at The New York Times, is leaving the newspaper. Frons plans to take time off before deciding what he does next.
The Associated Press has promoted Marjorie Miller, naming her director of global news and enterprise. Miller was previously regional editor in Latin America.
Melissa Bell has been promoted to vice president of growth and analytics at Vox Media, which owns sites including Vox.com, The Verge, SB Nation and Polygon. Bell co-founded Vox.com last year with Ezra Klein and Matt Yglesias.
Bloomberg Digital has brought in Emily Banks, naming her deputy mobile editor. Banks joins from The Wall Street Journal, where she was news editor for mobile content.
TLC yanks ’19 Kids and Counting’
‘Late Show’ finale hits 21-year high
‘Modern Family’ falls to low in finale
Once again, ABC wins May sweep
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‘Late Show With David Letterman,’ bravo
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Weekend TV: Indy 500 revs up
Cable overnights: NBA stays hot
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Buyouts coming at Wall Street Journal
A record season for Telemundo
- Twelve join California agency David&Goliath
- Ellie Duque becomes publisher at Entertainment Weekly
- CBS Entertainment EVP of comedy Wendi Trilling exiting
- New York Times chief information officer Marc Frons exiting
- Marjorie Miller rises to director of global news at the Associated Press
- Melissa Bell rises to VP of growth and analytics at Vox Media
- Josh Swade becomes executive producer for film and video at Rolling Stone
- Jessica Lussenhop becomes senior writer at BBC News Magazine
- Emily Banks becomes deputy mobile editor at Bloomberg Digital
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