has risen to senior vice president of news and talent development at
Court TV. She will be responsible for new format development and
on-air talent cultivation. She will also supervise the production of
“Catherine Crier Live,” “Hollywood Heat” and other live news talk
Court TV, Joseph Alesi
has joined the marketing department as vice president of off-air
creative and Courtney Brown
as director of ad sales and marketing.
is stepping down from his longtime post as president of Liberty
Media by April 2006. But he will pass on the chief executive officer
title immediately to John Malone,
chairman of the Liberty and Discovery Holding Co. Malone recently
spun off Liberty's international operations and turned its 50 percent
stake in Discovery Networks into a separate publicly traded
is the new president of HBO International, responsible for
overseeing HBO’s worldwide TV ventures. Sutton was previously
executive vice president of international TV at MGM. He first joined
MGM in 1996 as director of business development for the
international TV group. Sutton was let go after Sony took over MGM
earlier this year.
AKA A.J., and Marie Wright,
AKA Free, are both out after five years hosting the popular BET show
“106 & Park.” The duo aired their last show last week. A.J. claims
that he was essentially pushed out when BET executive vice president
for music and entertainment programming
Stephen Hill told him
that they were looking to change the face of the network. Hill
denies the claim.
investigation into FSN host
Carolyn Hughes’ relationship with L.A. Dodger
Derek Lowe has put her
off the air. She co-hosts the Dodgers pre- and
post-game shows on FSN West 2. Lowe’s wife,
Trinka Lowe, has alleged
an improper relationship between the two. FSN West general manager
Steve Simpson announced the investigation July 25 and said that
Hughes would return as an anchor on “Southern California Sports
Fox News Channel's
and wife Erica Levy
welcomed a new baby girl Tuesday morning,
Solita Liliana Rivera.
She is Rivera’s fifth child. He and Levy, his fifth wife,
married in 2002.
Life Network is not gearing up to be ESPN’s rival, says Comcast
chief executive office Brian
Roberts, dismissing a Wall Street Journal article that
said that Comcast wants to use OLN to directly challenge ESPN.
Roberts admits that OLN is trying to raise its profile, especially
on the heels of another successful Tour de France coverage.
Recently, OLN has discussed bidding for rights to the National
Hockey League and a small piece of the National Football League
who was often called the godfather of rock journalism, died of
cancer Monday. He was 77. While covering the rock music scene for
The New York Post, Aronowitz befriended many of the top
acts from that era, including the Doors’
Jim Morrison and the
Rolling Stones’ Brian Jones.
He is best known for bringing together the Beatles and
Bob Dylan in 1964.
all the drama, it seems Lachlan
Murdoch’s departure from News Corp. will amount to a
pretty sizable pay day. A regulatory filing with the Securities and
Exchange Commission says the junior Murdoch will be subject
to a two-year non-compete clause and receive a separation payment
worth several million dollars, possibly as high as his salary for
the fiscal year that ended June 30.
Corp. president Peter Chernin
and “ER” producer John Wells
will be honored at The Museum of Television & Radio’s annual gala
Nov. 7. Chernin is being recognized for his contributions to the
television industry. Wells worked on “ER” and “The West Wing.” They
join the ranks of past MT&R honorees like
Alan Alda, Julie Andrews, Steven
Bochco, Carol Burnett, Mary Tyler Moore and
is no longer the editor in chief of Shape magazine, American Media’s
Active Lifestyle Group EVP and editorial director
Barbara Harris said today. Harris will oversee the search for the magazine’s new editor
in chief as well as an executive editor.
has been named design director at Popular Science magazine. He makes
the move after six years at Dennis Publishing, where he was
Stuff magazine’s creative director and Maxim’s deputy art director.
Syed was previously a freelance art director for FW magazine and F-1
Racing magazine. He has also worked with MacUser, PC Pro, Computer
Shopper and PC Zone.
Inc. veteran Carl N. Mehlhope
has been named publisher of Stack, a magazine launched early this
year for teen athletes interested in improving their performance
safely and effectively. In his 16 years at Time Inc. Mehlhope held several positions
including his most recent as group associate publisher and director of sales
at Time4 Media.
has been tapped to oversee Home Furnishing News’ editorial team, in
addition to his current responsibilities as Supermarket News and SN
Whole Health vice president and editorial director. He joined
Fairchild Publications in 1979, eventually rising to SN executive
editor and later editor-in-chief. Merrefield became editorial
director in 2000.
Supermarket News, Christopher
Warne has risen from advertising sales manager to
associate publisher. He joined the Fairchild Books division in
has been named vice president of development for Alta Loma
Entertainment, a wholly owned subsidiary of Playboy Enterprises. He will be responsible for developing mainstream feature film
and television opportunities.
Emmy-winning comedy writer
Gary Belkin died Thursday
of emphysema. He was 78. Belkin worked on sitcoms and TV shows
including Sid Caesar’s “Caesar's Hour,” “The Carol Burnett Show” and
“Sesame Street.” He won an Emmy in 1970 for his work on “Annie, The
Women in the Life of a Man,” and in 1974 and 1975 for “The Carol
Louis J. Briskman
has been named executive vice president and general counsel for CBS,
responsible for overseeing all legal activities for CBS, UPN, the
Viacom TV Stations Group, Paramount TV, King World, Infinity
Broadcasting, Viacom Outdoor, Simon & Schuster, Showtime and
Paramount Parks. After the planned Viacom split, Briskman will
become chief legal officer of the new CBS Corporation. Briskman was most recently was senior vice
president and general counsel at Aetna.
Jose Luis Padilla
has been named general manager of Univision Television Group’s
Arizona stations, responsible for KTVW and KFPH in Phoenix; KTVW and
KFPH in Flagstaff; KUVE, KUVE and KFTU in Tucson; and KFTU in Douglas.
Padilla was most recently the general sales manager of Univision and
TeleFutura stations in Arizona.
will indeed be changes on a NBC’s “Joey,” the first of them a
new character. Zack is another aspiring
actor around Joey’s age who thinks he’s going to be a big star
someday. The role has not yet been cast.
Me’s” Diane Farr is
joining the cast of CBS’s “Numb3rs,” where she will play a special
agent with the FBI. She is signed up for multiple episodes but is
expected to join the show full-time. Farr is currently wrapping up
production on Dennis Leary’s
“Rescue.” She played the show’s
first female firefighter. Farr’s other credits include “The Drew
Carey Show” and “The Job.”
fictional character have a birthplace? If you’re Star Trek’s Scotty,
yes, and not just one but four. Since last month's death of actor
James Doohan, who played
Montgomery Scott, four towns in Scotland have claimed that they are
the birthplace of the USS Enterprise engineer. Aberdeen, Linlithgow,
Elgin and Edinburgh all claim to have proof to support their claim
and each plans to erect a memorial.