October 3, 2012
ABC has named Chris Harrison and Brooke Burke-Charvet hosts of "The 2013 Miss America Competition," which will air live on the network on Saturday, Jan. 12. The duo also hosted the 2012 event. Each of the co-hosts are familiar with ABC, of course, with Harrison hosting the network's "The Bachelor" franchise and Burke-Charvet serving as a co-host on "Dancing with the Stars."
NBC Owned Television Stations has promoted Lora Lesage, naming her senior vice president of digital media. Lesage has been with the company since 2010, most recently as vice president of digital media.
Armando Nuñez has been named president and chief executive officer at CBS Global Distribution Group, a new position that will combine the company's domestic and international TV distribution businesses. The move comes after CBS Television Distribution president John Nogawski was pushed out earlier this week. Nuñez had been president of CBS's international TV division.
ABC has ordered a comedy project from actress Julia Roberts and partner Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas called "The Taming of the Shrew." The show is about a group of officemates who attempt to tame their wild CEO.
M. Night Shyamalan, the director of "The Sixth Sense," is teaming with John Glenn, the writer behind "Eagle Eye," for a drama pilot at NBC. "Lost Horizon" will focus on a small fishing village where the overarching themes of "Moby Dick" play out, according to Deadline.com.
David&Goliath has named Kristen Knape strategic planning director, working with the agency's California Lottery account. Knape was previously planning director at mcgarrybowen in Chicago.
Marketing agency G2 USA has named Harvey Kipnis chief executive officer, based in the company's New York office. Kipnis was previously regional director at OgilvyOne North America.
Macias Media Group has named Mark Umbach vice president of public relations and marketing, based in the agency's Los Angeles office. Umbach was most recently director of publicity and corporate communications at Here Media.
Digital out-of-home advertising company Captivate Network has brought in Dan Levi, naming him chief marketing officer. Levi had been senior vice president of marketing and research at Zoom Media & Marketing.
Technology news site Ars Technica has added three to its staff, naming Lee Hutchinson senior reviews editor, Florence Ion reviews editor and Joe Mullin tech policy editor. Hutchinson has previously worked at The Boeing Company, EMC and Symantec, Ion at MaximumPC and Mac|Life, and Mullin at The American Lawyer and The Seattle Times, among others.
Online advertising technology company TruEffect has made two hires, naming Andre Padilla and Greg Jones QA software engineers. Padilla has previously held positions at Dish Network, ePlanServices, Catalyst Repository Systems, Subex Systems and Lightbridge, while Jones joins from Symantec.
Gina Balian has been named senior vice president of limited series at FX and FX Movie Channel, a new position at the cable networks. Balian makes the move from HBO, where she was senior vice president of drama series.
Rural Media Group, which runs the cable network RFD-TV, has named Michael LaBroad chief marketing officer. LaBroad has previously held CMO positions at Anheuser-Busch, Bass Pro Shops and the National Hockey League.
Chris Lee has rejoined The Los Angeles Times as a senior writer, covering film and pop culture and reporting to arts and entertainment editor Laurie Ochoa. Lee returns to the newspaper after a stint with Newsweek/The Daily Beast.
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