October 10, 2012
Alex Karras, the former NFL player later know for his acting roles in the movie "Blazing Saddles" and the 1980s sitcom "Webster," died in his home on Wednesday of kidney failure at age 77. Karras also made a number of other TV appearances, including "The Odd Couple," "M*A*S*H" and "Arli$$," to name a few. He also hosted "Saturday Night Live" in 1985.
Katz Media Group's Continental Television Sales has promoted Caroline O'Shea to sales manager, working in the company's New York Gotham team. O'Shea joined the company as a sales assistant in 1997.
Kris Jenner, mother of reality TV stars Kim, Khloe and Kourtney Kardashian, is reportedly in talks with Twentieth Television to host her own syndicated talk show, which would air next summer on Fox-owned stations. Jenner previous talk show experience as an occasional guest host on CBS's "The Talk."
"Family Guy" creator Seth MacFarlane is the most influential man on TV, at least according to AskMen.com. MacFarlane came in at No. 4 overall on the site's annual list of the year's 49 most influential men, with Jimmy Kimmel at No. 6, Bryan Cranston No. 21, Howard Stern No. 37, Neil Patrick Harris No. 38 and Alec Baldwin No. 49. Topping the list is a fictional character, James Bond.
Crispin Porter + Bogusky has brought back Evan Fry as executive director of creative development, a new position at the agency. This will be Fry's second stint at the agency; he previously left in 2009 and co-founded Victor & Spoils.
RAPP has made three additions in its Dallas office, naming Scott Lindsey executive creative director, Eileen Kelley vice president of experience planning and Sachin Shroff vice president of decision sciences. Lindsey will work with the Bahamas, Rug Doctor and AMD accounts, Kelley with HP, Time Warner Cable and Mattel, and Shroff with Exxon, Famous Footwear and ARS.
Dominic Yacoubian has joined the digital direct response agency Clash Group, where he will lead the company's online advertising web portals. Yacoubian was previously founder and managing director at Vendari Limited.
Marie Claire magazine has made a few moves, including hiring Riza Cruz as executive editor and Tracy Shaffer as entertainment director. Cruz will join from Vogue, Shaffer from Cosmopolitan. Marie Claire has also promoted Lea Goldman, naming her features and special projects director.
Crown Media Family Networks, which includes Hallmark Channel and Hallmark Movie Channel, has promoted George Zaralidis to director of publicity and social media. Zaralidis joined the company in 2010 as manager of network program publicity.
Henry "Hank" Fore has been promoted to regional senior vice president for California at Comcast, reporting to West division president Steve White. Fore previously held a similar position for the company's Oregon/Southwest Washington region.
Lifetime has added Madchen Amick and Glenne Headly to the cast of its drama pilot "Witches of East End," based on the novel by Melissa de la Cruz. Amick previously appeared on "Political Animals" and "Drop Dead Diva," while Headly (Tess Truehart in “Dick Tracy”) guested on NBC's "Parks and Recreation."
Frank Pintauro, former executive vice president of Showtime's marketing agency Red Group, died on Sunday at age 61 following a long battle with cancer. Pintauro joined Showtime in 1989, and before that he worked at both NBC Entertainment and ABC News.
Annie Pastina has been promoted to senior vice president of service and operations at SpotGenie, which distributes digital TV and radio spots. Pastina had been vice president of service and operations.
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