January 23, 2013
Nickelodeon has named actor Josh Duhamel host of its 26th annual “Kids’ Choice Awards,” which will air on March 23. Duhamel appeared in the “Transformers” movies, and he also starred in NBC’s drama “Las Vegas.”
Comedy Central has promoted Kent Alterman to president of content development and original programming, based in Santa Monica, Calif., and reporting to network president Michele Ganeless. Alterman’s title had been head of original programming and production.
Production company PSG Films has named Bridget Hunnicutt managing director in charge of its new office in Washington, D.C., where she will work to expand the company’s unscripted TV offerings. Hunnicutt is a former vice president of global development and production at National Geographic Channels.
Charlie Anderson has been named senior vice president of shopper marketing at Project: WorldWide, an independent agency network. Anderson was most recently North American chief executive at Saatchi & Saatchi X.
Marketing agency McClenahan Bruer has named Elise F. Burke director of marketing and sales, effective immediately. Burke was most recently at ISITE Design.
Jurgen Muller-Nedebock has joined the ad agency gyro as a creative director, working in its Munich office. Muller-Nedebock was previously senior creative director at Action Impact GCC in Dubai.
New York Observer parent Observer Media Group has named Joseph Meyer chief executive officer, putting him in charge of the company’s business operations. Meyer is the brother-in-law of Observer chairman and publisher Jared Kushner.
Nicole Charky has been named web producer at Los Angeles Times Community News, which publishes a handful of local newspapers and web sites. Charky was previously editor at Montrose-La Crescenta Patch.
The Houston Chronicle has brought in Sarah Rufca as a senior reporter, covering home and design. Rufca had been an associate editor at Culture Map Houston.
Rodale has named Bobby Chowdhury chief technology officer, a new position at the magazine publisher, reporting to general manager and senior vice president of digital and new brand development Anthony Astarita. Chowdhury joins from Condé Nast, where he was vice president of engineering and digital technology.
“Rules of Engagement” writer and executive producer Mike Sikowitz is working on a comedy pilot at NBC called “Welcome to the Family,” about a blended white and Hispanic family. Sikowitz has also previously worked on the shows “Grounded for Life” and “The Class.”
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- Marianne Gambelli becomes chief investment officer at Horizon Media
- Andy Grant becomes associate creative director at CP + B
- Shashi Seth becomes president at Tribune Digital Ventures
- Julie Piepenkotter rises to EVP of research at FX
- Cherie Cohen becomes SVP of cable ad sales at NBCUniversal
- Andrew Leisner rises to motorcycle group publisher at Bonnier
- Dominic Laval becomes director of business development at Capablue
- Paul Barford becomes chief scientist at Broadcast Interactive Media
- Mia Maestro joins FX drama pilot 'The Strain'
- Giuliana Rancic and Nick Jonas hosting NBC's 'Miss USA'
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