October 17, 2013
Hulu has officially named Mike Hopkins its new chief executive officer, replacing the departing Andy Forssell. Hopkins, a Hulu board member since 2011, was previously president of distribution for Fox Networks Group.
MARC USA has brought in Jerry Thompson as executive vice president and director of public relations, a newly created position reporting to president and chief executive Michele Fabrizi. Thompson previously led Ketchum Energy, the energy industry arm of Ketchum Public Relations.
NBCUniversal has named Maggie McLean Suniewick senior vice president of strategic integration, in charge of exploring new opportunities between the company’s networks and Comcast. She certainly knows Comcast well. She was previously the company’s vice president of programming.
Neeraj Khemlani and George Kliavkoff have been named co-presidents at Hearst Entertainment & Syndication, working with the company’s cable networks and production companies. Khemlani will also remain in charge of Hearst Digital Studios, while Kliavkoff had been Hearst Corp.’s senior vice president and chief creative officer.
Mark Kroeger has been promoted to executive vice president and chief communications officer at Scripps Networks Interactive, effective immediately. Kroeger was most recently senior vice president of communications and investor relations.
Fox International Channels has named Christian Barcellos executive vice president of lifestyle and reality programming, beginning in November. Barcellos joins from Bravo, where he was vice president of production and an executive producer.
CNN has handed extra responsibility to Christine Romans, naming her the network’s chief business correspondent. Romans will also continue to host the show “Your Money.”
MSNBC has brought in Ronan Farrow to host a new hour-long weekday show on the network beginning early in 2014. Farrow, who worked with foreign policy during the first term of the Obama administration, will also contribute to MSNBC.com and other NBC News platforms.
Actress Lotte Verbeek has joined the cast of Starz’ upcoming series “Outlander,” which is currently taping in Scotland. Verbeek most recently appeared in Showtime’s “The Borgias.”
Nora Kirkpatrick, Joel David Moore and Jessica Walter have joined the cast of TV Land’s upcoming comedy “Jennifer Falls,” which stars Jaime Pressly. Walter will play Pressly’s mother, while Moore will play her brother and Kirkpatrick her sister-in-law.
Paramount Television has named Jennifer Howell head of comedy, according to Deadline, working alongside president Amy Powell. Howell was most recently in charge of the animation department at 20th Century Fox TV.
David Hoflin and Yasmine Al Massri have both joined the cast of NBC’s “Crossbones,” the network’s upcoming pirate drama. Hoflin most recently appeared on Fox’s “Touch,” while Al Massri was in the TV movie “The 404.”
Ed Lauter, a TV and movie actor who had a recurring role on NBC’s “ER,” died of cancer this week at age 74. On “ER” Lauter played Fire Capt. Dannaker. He also appeared in many other series throughout his career, including “Miami Vice,” “Cold Case,” “CSI,” “Charlie’s Angels,” “Kojak,” “The Rockford Files” and the original “Ironside.”
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