October 3, 2013
NBC may soon be sending people to space. The network has ordered “Space Race,” a reality competition produced by Mark Burnett in which the contestants will compete for a trip on Virgin Galactic, Sir Richard Branson’s commercial spaceline. This isn’t NBC’s first potential space project with Burnett. In 2000 the network bought a series that would have sent the winner to the Mir space station, but it was scrapped when the space station was removed from space the following year.
CBS Corp. has promoted John Orlando to executive vice president of government affairs, reporting to president and chief executive Les Moonves. Orlando joined the company in 2006 as senior vice president.
CBS has promoted actress Amber Tamblyn to series regular on its sitcom “Two and a Half Men,” after what was originally planned as a five-episode arc. Tamblyn plays the daughter of Charlie Sheen’s character.
Actor David Tennant has joined the cast of “Broadchurch,” Fox’s upcoming limited series. Tennant, who is best known as the 10th doctor in “Doctor Who,” also appeared in the UK version of “Broadchurch.”
Doner has named Rob Palmer executive vice president and executive creative director, working out of the agency’s Los Angeles office. Palmer was previously at Razorfish, and before that he ran his own agency.
Fox Sports Media Group has promoted Chris Hannan, naming him executive vice president of communications and integration. Hannan was most recently senior vice president.
Cable company Charter Communications has named Alex Hoehn-Saric senior vice president of government affairs, based in Washington, D.C. Hoehn-Saric had been policy director in the office of FCC commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel.
Jay Shaylor has joined CNN, becoming executive producer of “Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer.” Shaylor joins from ABC, where he had been senior producer at “Good Morning America” since 2006.
ABC Family has added R.J. Mitte to the cast of its drama “Switched at Birth” for its upcoming third season, playing a paralyzed pre-med college student. Mitte most recently appeared on AMC’s “Breaking Bad.”
HBO has added Patrick Kennedy, Dominique McElligott and Laila Robins to its upcoming drama pilot “The Money,” joining Brendan Gleeson in the cast. The project focuses on corruption among a group of super-rich U.S. businessmen.
Colin Hanks has joined the cast of FX’s upcoming series “Fargo,” an adaptation of the 1996 movie. Hanks joins Billy Bob Thornton and Martin Freeman in the cast.
The FADER magazine has made three additions, naming Jessica Robertson executive editor, Eavvon O’Neal senior video producer, and Steven Aguiar social media manager. Robertson and Aguiar join from MTV Hive, O’Neal from Pitchfork TV.
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