October 15, 2012
CBS Sports Network has named Allie LaForce and Doug Gottlieb co-hosts of "Lead Off," a new live late-night show premiering Oct. 22. The show will feature sports news commentary and look ahead to the following day's events. LaForce and Gottlieb are also appearing this week as contributors on "Rome."
Viacom International Media Networks has promoted Marisol Amaya to senior director of programming acquisitions, giving her responsibility of the Hispanic cable network Tr3s. Amaya was previously director of programming acquisitions for MTV, VH1 and Comedy Central Latin America.
Crown Media Family Networks has named Todd McNulty senior vice president of creative services, reporting to executive vice president of marketing and creative services Susanne McAvoy. McNulty was previously vice president of marketing at TV Guide Network.
National Geographic Channels has made two additions, naming Lynda Chen director of consumer marketing and Chad Sandhas director of talent and media relations. Chen joins from Food Network, Sandhas from SSG Communications.
Stein+Partners Brand Activation has promoted Ted Kohnen to chief marketing officer, a new position at the agency. Kohnen joined the company in 2007 and was most recently vice president of integrated marketing.
TV Guide Magazine has brought in Doug Brod, naming him executive editor. Brod is a former editor in chief at Spin, which laid him off last year.
Liz Coughlin has been named senior vice president of business operations at Young Hollywood, a web site featuring celebrity video clips and interviews. Coughlin joins the company from Yahoo, where she ran the omg! and Yahoo TV sites.
The Guardian U.S. has named Heidi N. Moore finance and economics editor, leading its financial coverage for the U.S. audience. Moore had been New York bureau chief and Wall Street correspondent at Marketplace.
The Baltimore Sun has made a few moves, including shifting higher education reporter Childs Walker to the sports department, covering the city's pro teams. Replacing Walker as higher education reporter is former city hall reporter Julie Scharper, and replacing her is former general assignment reporter Luke Broadwater.
Mitch Kline has been named vice president of radio sales at TargetSpot, which runs an online radio advertising network. Kline joins from Univision Radio, where he was executive vice president and director of sales.
Out-of-home advertising company Pearl Media has named Joe DePreta chief marketing officer, a newly created position. DePreta was most recently chief marketing officer at Wharton Innovative Products.
CBS chief executive officer Leslie Moonves has signed a contract extension through June of 2017. The network has been No. 1 among households for more than a decade. Said CBS executive chairman Sumner Redstone in a statement, "I look forward to all Leslie will continue to do as the genius that he is."
Lindsay Lohan is set to appear in an ABC interview with Barbara Walters in the coming weeks, according to TMZ, pushing her upcoming Lifetime movie "Liz & Dick," in which she portrays Elizabeth Taylor. There's no word yet on when the interview will air.
"Law & Order" creator Dick Wolf is developing a new drama at NBC called "The Church," about a family who finds out the group they belong to is a cult. Wolf will executive produce the project with movie writer and director Howard Franklin, as well as Peter Jankowski and Danielle Gelber. Wolf and Franklin will also write the script.
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