November 30, 2015
Longtime “American Idol” producer Nigel Lythgoe is returning to the Fox reality competition, although only for one episode. He is set to executive produce the show’s series finale, according to Variety, saying in a statement, “I am delighted and proud to rejoin the ‘Idol’ team in order to create what is sure to be one of the most memorable and spectacular finales in all of television history.” Lythgoe served as executive producer on the series during its first seven seasons, and again for seasons 10-13.
Al Markim, an actor known for his role as Astor in the 1950s series “Tom Corbett, Space Cadet,” died on Nov. 24 at age 88. No cause was given. Markim was also an early cast member on the CBS soap “Love of Life.” Later in his career, Markim was a pioneer in home video industry.
Out-of-home media company Kinetic Worldwide has named Christine Moore global chief operating officer, a newly created position. Moore was most recently chief operating officer at KBS+.
Multicultural agency LatinWorks has made a pair of promotions, naming Christy Kranik executive vice president and general manager and Gabriel Garcia executive creative director. Kranik has been with the agency since 2003, Garcia since 2008.
San Francisco-based agency Eleven has made two additions, naming Aaron Richard director of innovation and T.J. Tshionyi executive producer of digital. Richard joins from Heat, Tshionyi from ChapterSF.
CBS Radio has named Jeff Shultz senior vice president of business development, working in the company’s Los Angeles office. Shultz had been vice president of business development for CBS Interactive.
Fusion has named Laura Feinstein head of social stories, in charge of the team that works on the network’s social media channels. Feinstein was previously editor in chief at Vice Media’s The Creators Project.
“Dateline” correspondent Keith Morrison has been named host of “Dateline on ID,” to begin airing on Investigation Discovery in January. Morrison will also host a series of “Front Page” specials on the network, which will look at major headline-making cases and events.
Ellen Alperstein has joined Palm Springs Life magazine, becoming a senior editor. Alperstein will also remain in her role as a contributing writer for LAObserved.com.
Online video company Fullscreen has named Andy Forssell chief operating officer, and he has also joined the company’s board of directors. Forssell is a former senior vice president of content at Hulu, where he also served as interim chief executive.
Lee Adams has been named chief operating officer at Toon Goggles, an on-demand entertainment service targeting kids. Adams most recently worked at SeaWorld.
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- Christine Moore becomes global COO at Kinetic Worldwide
- Christy Kranik and Gabriel Garcia rise at LatinWorks
- Aaron Richard and T.J. Tshionyi join Eleven
- Jeff Shultz becomes SVP of business development at CBS Radio
- Laura Feinstein becomes head of social stories at Fusion
- Ellen Alperstein becomes senior editor at Palm Springs Life
- Andy Forssell becomes chief operating officer at Fullscreen
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- TV actor Al Markim dies at age 88
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