January 9, 2014
Former “The Practice” actress Camryn Manheim has joined the cast of CBS’s “Extant,” its upcoming summer mystery drama starring Halle Berry. Manheim will play the best friend of Berry’s character. Her most recent regular role was on “The Ghost Whisperer.”
Telemundo is bringing back Daisy Fuentes and Jorge Bernal to host the second season of its reality competition “La Voz Kids,” which will premiere sometime this spring. The network is still finalizing the coaches for the coming season, with singer Natalia Jimenez the only to join so far.
Los Angeles agency Ignited has named Stacy Sanchez and Rich Kim group media directors, working with the agency’s NBCUniversal account. Both Sanchez and Kim join from Initiative in Los Angeles.
BBH has named Gerard Caputo group creative director in its New York office, reporting to chief creative officer John Patroulis. Caputo has previously held positions at Mullen, Fallon, Crispin Porter Bogusky, Ogilvy, BBDO and DDB.
The Barbarian Group has named Robert Lund creative director, working with the agency’s Pepsi business. Lund had been a creative director at McCann in New York, and before that he was at Forsman & Bodenfors.
Bravo Media has made two hires, naming Rachel Smith vice president of current production and Joseph Ferraro vice president of development. Smith joins from BBC America, Ferraro from Ryan Seacrest Productions.
Actress Drea de Matteo has been promoted to series regular on FX’s drama “Sons of Anarchy” for its seventh season, which will be its last on the air. De Matteo has had a recurring role throughout the series except seasons two and three.
Syfy has signed Luke Tipple to host its upcoming reality competition “Opposite Worlds,” which premieres Jan. 21. Tipple has previously hosted the shows “Capture” and “U-Verse Buzz.”
Gary Nafus has been named managing director for the Americas at Kenshoo, a digital marketing technology company. Nafus was most recently vice president of sales for North America at Oracle.
Marketo, which runs a cloud-based marketing platform, has promoted Bill Binch to executive vice president of worldwide field operations. Binch had been senior vice president of North America sales.
Black Eyed Peas front man will.i.am has been named chief creative officer at 3D Systems, a 3D printing company. In a release 3DS says the musical artist will “inspire, shape and drive all of 3DS’ initiatives to mainstream the use of 3D printing through major collaborations with creative brand partners, innovative global campaigns and educational grand challenges designed to grow the popularity of 3D printing.”
Anthony Weiner, the former congressman who has made more of a name for himself via ill-advised social media moves than for his political acumen, is set to guest as himself on the season finale of Amazon’s “Alpha House,” which will be released online on Friday. Others appearing in the episode include Bill Murray, Tom Brokaw and Michael Steele.
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