January 21, 2014
The cast of AMC’s “The Walking Dead” is hoping to build some buzz ahead of its upcoming midseason premiere. On Feb. 6 series regulars Andrew Lincoln, Norman Reedus, Lauren Cohan, Steven Yeun, Danai Gurira and Melissa McBride will all appear on TBS’s “Conan,” marking the cast’s first joint late-night interview. “Walking Dead” returns three days later on Feb. 9.
Comedy Central has promoted Susie Kricena, naming her senior vice president of program acquisitions. Kricena had been vice president of program acquisitions.
Starz has brought in Kevin Kasha as head of acquisitions, working with movie, TV series and digital programs. Kasha joins from Anchor Bay Entertainment, where he was executive vice president of worldwide acquisitions.
Interpublic Group has named Karen Kaplan chairman, in addition to her existing role as chief executive officer. Kaplan has been chief executive since last May, and before that she was president at Hill Holliday.
Out-of-home agency C2C Outdoor has named Ahmad Sayar group director for digital strategy, effective immediately. Sayar was previously client relations and account supervisor with Macdonald Media.
Nathan Lump has been promoted at Condé Nast, rising to director of branded content. Lump was most recently digital director for Condé Nast Traveler.
The New York Times has named Molly Wood deputy technology editor, working with product reviews and consumer technology coverage, among other things. Wood most recently covered technology at CNET.
Yahoo has named Garance Franke-Ruta Washington editor, contributing to the site’s political coverage. Franke-Ruta joins from The Atlantic, where she was a senior editor for national politics.
Cross channel digital ad provider Adconion Direct has brought in Nathan Jokinen, naming him vice president of strategic development. Jokinen was previously at Target, where he worked with digital media and new business development.
Mary Kennon has been named vice president of customer experience at magicJack, a VoIP phone service provider. Kennon has been with the company since it launched in 2008, most recently as director of operations and compliance.
ZGS Communications has named Gilberto Companioni news director, working with its Telemundo station in Orlando. Companioni has previously held positions at Univision and HBO Productions.
Ben Starr, co-creator of the 1980s sitcom “The Facts of Life,” died on Sunday in his home at age 92. Starr also co-created “Silver Spoons” and worked as a writer on a number of shows, including “Diff’rent Strokes,” “Mr. Ed,” “The Brady Bunch” and “Petticoat Junction.”
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