January 7, 2014
If NBC was counting on American Lindsey Vonn to help boost ratings for its Olympic skiing coverage, the network is out of luck. The winner of the 2008 to 2010 World Cups revealed on her Facebook page on Tuesday that she won’t compete next month in Sochi, saying the knee injuries she’s suffered over the past year were too much to overcome. The skier wrote, “I did everything I possibly could to somehow get strong enough to overcome having no ACL (anterior cruciate ligament), but the reality has sunk in that my knee is just too unstable to compete at this level.” She says she plans to have surgery and hopes to be back for the world championships next year.
Fox has made a handful of moves, including hiring Lisa Levenson as senior vice president and Alex Piper vice president of alternative entertainment, reporting to executive vice president Simon Andreae. The network has also promoted Amy Cohen, naming her executive director of alternative entertainment.
Tribune Broadcasting has named Lynda King chief operating officer, reporting to president Larry Wert. King was most recently senior vice president of operations at Local TV Holdings.
Mike Chico has joined Telemundo, becoming senior vice president of sales for its Telemundo Station Group division. Chico had been senior vice president of national sales at Clear Channel Outdoor.
Tony Malcolm has joined the Chicago office of DDB as executive creative director, working on the agency’s McDonald’s account. Malcolm was previously a creative director at Leo Burnett in the UK.
Ed Moss has been named publisher at the Las Vegas Review-Journal, in addition to his role as president and chief executive of the paper’s parent company, Stephens Media. Moss replaces Bob Brown. Also, Ed Lasak has been named chief operating officer and Mark Ficarra chief revenue officer at both Stephens Media and the Review-Journal. Lasak joins from Press Enterprise Co., Ficarra from Digital First Media.
Bloomberg has named Edward Greenspon editor at large for Canada, working alongside Canada managing editor David Scanlan. Greenspon was previously vice president at Torstar Corp.
The Boston Globe has brought in John Allen as an associate editor, in charge of the paper’s coverage of Catholicism and the Vatican. Allen was formerly a senior correspondent at the National Catholic Reporter.
Sean Finnegan has been named chief strategy officer at true[X], an interactive advertising technology company. Finnegan previously founded the consultancy The C4 Group, which true[X] acquired.
Former “Saturday Night Live” cast member Jim Breuer has been named a consulting producer on “Gotham Comedy Live,” which airs on AXS TV. Breuer was on “SNL” for four years and has also appeared in a number of movies.
Dennis Johnson, a longtime TV executive whose roles included senior vice president of programming at Showtime, died late last month at age 68 after suffering a heart attack. During his career Johnson also held positions at NBC, ABC and Osmond Television.
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