January 29, 2013
CNN has brought in Chris Cuomo for its upcoming morning news show, which the network hopes will compete with the likes of NBC’s “Today” and ABC’s “Good Morning America.” Cuomo, who had been co-anchor of ABC’s “20/20” as well as the network’s chief law and justice correspondent, will also serve as an anchor and reporter for other shows on the network.
Disney Channel has added Rowan Blanchard to the cast of “Girl Meets World,” its upcoming spinoff of the ‘90s/’00s sitcom “Boy Meets World.” Blanchard will play the daughter of Ben Savage and Danielle Fishel, who played Cory and Topanga on the original series.
Spike TV has signed on magician Criss Angel to star in an upcoming series, which has yet to be titled. The network has ordered 11 episodes of the series, which will begin production this spring in Las Vegas.
Boston-based media agency Yellin/McCarron has made a pair of promotions, naming Melissa Noyes vice president and media director and Terry Morrissey vice president of finance. Noyes has been with the agency since last year, while Morrissey joined seven years ago.
Time Inc. Branded Solutions has made two additions, naming Stephanie Vautravers executive director of digital sales and Barbra Leung associate director of sales development. Vautravers joins from Turner, Leung from Condé Nast.
Trade magazine publisher Penton Media has promoted three, naming Cary Blake editor of Western Farm Press, Sarah Lockyer editor in chief of Nation’s Restaurant News and Garrett Schemmel director of industry group data products. Blake had been associate editor, while Lockyer was online executive editor. Schemmel will also continue as brand director for Equipment Watch and Price Digest.
Jennifer Morgan has been named president at Time Out North America, replacing Aksel Van Der Wal, who became chief executive officer last year. Morgan joins from Collective Media, where she was chief operating officer.
NPR News has named Robert Little senior editor for investigations, effective March 4. Little has spent the past 15 years at The Baltimore Sun, most recently as investigative and enterprise editor.
The Los Angeles Times has added Daniel Miller to the staff of its Company Town blog, where he will cover Hollywood studios. Miller, who will report to entertainment news editor Claudia Eller, was previously at The Hollywood Reporter.
Eric Mortensen has been named director of programming and acquisitions at My Damn Channel, a new position at the comedy web site. Mortensen was previously senior director for content and network programming at Blip.
Assaf Alster has been named vice president of operations at Medialets, a mobile advertising technology company. Alster was most recently at Visible Measures, and he’s also held positions at DoubleClick and Google.
ABC News has named David Muir co-anchor at “20/20,” working alongside Elizabeth Vargas. Muir will also continue as weekend anchor for “World News,” as well as serving as Diane Sawyer’s substitute for the weekday version of the newscast. He replaces Cuomo.
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