January 22, 2013
Telemundo Media has named Mike Rosen executive vice president of ad sales and integrated marketing, reporting to chief operating officer Jacqueline Hernandez. Rosen was most recently president of investment and activation at Starcom MediaVest Group, and he’ll be replaced in that role by Amanda Richman.
Spanish-language broadcast network Estrella TV has brought in Judy Kenny, naming her executive vice president of network sales and marketing. Kenny has previously worked at BBDO, ABC, Fox and Univision.
Actress Toni Collette has signed on to star in CBS’s drama pilot “Hostages,” from producer Jerry Bruckheimer. Collette’s most recent TV role was in Showtime’s “United States of Tara.”
Digitas has promoted Dave Marsey to executive vice president and managing director, in charge of the agency’s San Francisco office. Marsey was previously senior vice president and media practice lead.
Ad agency Trailer Park has named Leila Amirsadeghi vice president of client engagement, a new position at the agency. Amirsadeghi has previously held positions at Fabric Interactive, Blitz and iChameleon Group, among others.
Digital management consultancy The 614 Group has made two additions, naming Julia Smith and Eric Urdahl partners. Smith most recently worked as an independent digital consultant, while Urdahl has worked with companies including madvertise, United Internet Media, Pricerunner and Sony Europe.
Cable network VH1 has named Caralene Robinson senior vice president of its creative group and consumer marketing, based in the network’s New York office. Robinson was most recently vice president of brand strategy and marketing communications at Sprint Nextel.
BBC Worldwide has named Alessandro Stroscio vice president of consumer products, based in Miami and focusing on the Latin America region. Stroscio is a former market development director at Lonely Planet.
GSN has added Kirk Franklin as a co-host of the second season of “American Bible Challenge,” which premieres on March 21. Franklin will join original host Jeff Foxworthy.
Jurnee Smollett and Amelia Rose Blaire have joined the cast of HBO’s “True Blood” for its upcoming sixth season, Smollett in a regular role and Blaire in a recurring role as the daughter of Arliss Howard’s character. Smollett recently appeared in Fox’s “The Mob Doctor,” while Blaire has appeared in “90210.”
Actress Rosemarie DeWitt has left the cast of HBO’s “The Newsroom,” where she was scheduled to appear in a recurring role in season two. DeWitt’s exit has been attributed to scheduling conflicts.
Heather Menery has been named director of mobile sales at PubMatic, the digital advertising technology company. Menery was previously sales director at Velti.
National Journal has brought in Amy Sullivan as a correspondent, where she will also lead the “Next Economy Project” from The Atlantic and National Journal. Sullivan is a former nation editor at Time magazine and editor of The Washington Monthly.
Hearst Corp. has elected William R. Hearst III chairman, after previously serving as a director and trustee of the Hearst Family Trust. A grandson of William Randolph Hearst, he succeeds his cousin George R. Hearst Jr.
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