January 28, 2014
She may not be competing, but Lindsey Vonn will still have a presence at the upcoming Winter Olympics in Sochi. Vonn has joined NBC’s coverage of the event, working as an Olympics correspondent on “Today” and contributing to other NBC Sports coverage. The gold medalist was forced to pull out of the Olympics due to injury.
TBWA\Chiat\Day has named Luis DeAnda general manager in its Los Angeles office, a new position at the agency. DeAnda was previously global managing director for TBWA\Media Arts Lab.
Out-of-home agency Pearl Media has brought in Jay Carella, naming him director of business development for the East Coast. Carella was most recently at Prism Media, which he founded.
Darren Davis has been promoted to president at Clear Channel Networks Group, putting him in charge of Premiere Networks, Total Traffic and Weather Network, 24/7 News Network and iHeartRadio. Davis was previously executive vice president and general manager for Clear Channel’s national programming platforms group.
Metro US has promoted Dorothy Robinson to editor in chief, replacing Tony Metcalf, who passed away last year. Robinson has been with the newspaper company for 10 years, most recently as managing editor.
The Boston Globe has made two moves, naming Doug Most deputy managing editor for special sections and new initiatives and Janice Page deputy managing editor for features, replacing Most. Page was previously film editor and director of book development for the paper.
Woman’s Day magazine has named Clinton Kelly contributing editor, writing a monthly column titled “Clinton Solves It” beginning with the March issue. Kelly is an author and co-host of “The Chew” on ABC.
TV production company Collins Avenue has made a number of moves, including hiring Melanie Moreau as senior vice president of development and Sandi Johnson as vice president of current programming. Moreau joins from CMT, Johnson from the show “Abby’s Ultimate Dance Competition.” Collins Avenue has also made a trio of promotions, naming Michael Hammond senior vice president of production, Lindsay Schwartz vice president of development and business affairs director, and Kamico Drakes director of development.
Comedy Central has promoted seven at “Daily Show with Jon Stewart,” naming Steve Bodow, Jen Flanz and Adam Lowitt executive producers, Tim Greenberg and Hillary Kun co-executive producers, Justin Melkmann supervising producer and Elliott Kalan head writer. The cable network has also promoted Emily Lazar, naming her co-executive producer for “The Colbert Report.”
Discovery Studios has signed producer Mary Pelloni to a new deal under which she will develop and produce new series and specials. Pelloni has previously produced shows including “DC Cupcakes,” “How Do I Look?” and “Bridezillas.”
AMC has added Jonathan Banks to the cast of “Better Call Saul,” its upcoming prequel to “Breaking Bad.” Banks will reprise his role as Mike Ehrmantraut, joining fellow “Breaking Bad” actor Bob Odenkirk in the cast.
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