October 17, 2012
Former wrestler Hulk Hogan, whose real name is Terry Bollea, has sued radio personality Todd Clem, aka Bubba the Love Sponge, and his ex-wife Heather Clem over the release of a sex tape involving her and Hogan. The former WWE man has also filed suit against Gawker.com, which published a story on the tape and ran an edited version of it on its web site. Hogan claims the tape was recorded secretly, while Clem says all three involved knew what was going on. He claims that neither he nor his ex released the tape.
MEC has named Gian LaVecchia managing partner and digital lead, reporting to MEC North America digital president Jack Bamberger. LaVecchia was most recently executive vice president of digital media at Story Worldwide.
Tampa agency Ad Partners has made two promotions, naming Nicole Bruno media buyer and Andrea O'Brien account executive. Bruno had been a junior media buyer, while O'Brien was an account coordinator.
Chicago agency TRIS3CT has named Jeremy Van Ek executive vice president of finance and operations, reporting to president Tim Nelson. Van Ek joins from Edelman, where he was senior vice president of global business solutions.
SHC Direct, a brand loyalty marketing agency, has named Debbie Ramsay vice president of business development. Ramsay has previously held positions at Web Decisions, The Allant Group and Experian.
Katz Television Marketing has named Luis Duarte and Matt Tune directors of sales and marketing, Duarte in Los Angeles and Tune in Chicago. Duarte has previously worked for Seltel, which is now Millennium Sales & Marketing, while Tune joins from WCIU-TV in Chicago.
Another day, another talk show booking for First Lady Michelle Obama. She has agreed to appear on ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live" on Thursday, Oct. 25, her first appearance on the late-night show. Obama also recently scheduled a spot on "Live! with Kelly ad Michael."
AMC/Sundance Channel Global has named Keith Mak head of distribution for Asia, based in Hong Kong. Mak was previously senior director of TV network distribution at Celestial Tiger Entertainment.
Actress Polly Walker has signed on to guest on Syfy's "Warehouse 13," appearing in a five-episode story arc. Walker has previously appeared on "Sanctuary" and "Caprica."
Media auditing organization BPA Worldwide has brought in Stephanie Ferrara, naming her director of digital audit services. Ferrara was previously online marketing manager and acting director of the collegiate division at CampusFood.com/GrubHub.
Teala Bailey has been named local sales associate at StopTips, a digital out-of-home media company. Bailey joins from US Bank, where she was also a sales associate.
Ed Kelley, editor of the Washington Times, is leaving the paper as it reorganizes its leadership team. Under the reorganization John Martin becomes chief operating officer, Keith Cooperrider chief financial officer and Thomas Culligan chief revenue and marketing officer. A new editor will be selected soon.
The New York Observer has named Michael Albanese president, replacing the departed Christopher Barnes. Albanese is a former editor at Spin magazine.
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- Andy Grant becomes associate creative director at CP + B
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- Cherie Cohen becomes SVP of cable ad sales at NBCUniversal
- Andrew Leisner rises to motorcycle group publisher at Bonnier
- Dominic Laval becomes director of business development at Capablue
- Paul Barford becomes chief scientist at Broadcast Interactive Media
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