October 22, 2012
Tom Hanks got a bit too far into character during an interview on “Good Morning America” on Friday. Asked by interviewer Elizabeth Vargas to speak in the odd accent he uses in “Cloud Atlas,” his upcoming epic, Hanks warned her that the character used a lot of swear words. He went ahead anyway and, to Vargas’ shock as well as his own, sprinkled in the f-word during his short rant. “I want people to buy me f—ing book,” he said. Hanks quickly apologized to any kids watching the show, but the Parents Television Council was not placated. It issued a release criticizing “GMA” for airing the word, which was not bleeped.
NBCUniversal has promoted Cameron Blanchard to senior vice president of corporate communications, reporting to executive vice president Adam Miller. Blanchard had been head of communications for the company's entertainment, digital networks and integrated media division.
Former "Saturday Night Live" star Andy Samberg has joined an untitled comedy pilot at Fox from "Parks and Recreation" co-creator Mike Schur. Samberg will play the lead investigator at a police precinct in the outskirts of New York City.
Media Storm has promoted Andrea Kerr Redniss, naming her executive director and chief activation officer. Redniss was previously the agency's managing director in charge of digital.
Roger Ailes will be presiding over Fox News Channel through the next election. Following speculation that he might retire or move to another venture, Ailes re-signed with FNC on Friday for another four years. That will take him through the 2016 election. His contract had been up this coming summer.
Fox News Channel has named Peter J. Boyer editor at large, working with the TV network and its digital platforms. Boyer joins the cable news network from Newsweek.
Kate Schumaecker has joined Universal Cable Productions as vice president in charge of development and current programming. Schumaecker was previously vice president at ISBE Productions.
Rock singer Bret Michaels has joined Travel Channel, where he will host the new series "Rock My RV with Bret Michaels." The custom makeover show will premiere sometime next year.
Actor Brendan Fraser has joined the cast of TNT's "Legends," a drama pilot from "Homeland" co-creator Howard Gordon. The project is based on the book by Robert Littell.
Toby Harnden has been added to the staff at The Sunday Times, becoming a foreign correspondent at the newspaper. Harnden was previously U.S. editor at The Daily Mail.
Online video site My Damn Channel has brought in David Kaplan, naming him director of advertising sales. Kaplan joins from Demand Media, where he was an account executive.
Brian Tucker has been named vice president of national sales at Genesis Media, an online video advertising company. Tucker was previously vice president of sales at Clickable and Syncapse.
Angeline D'Balentine has joined the software development company Kyyba, becoming manager of marketing and public relations. D'Balentine also works as a freelance artist at Stan Lee Group.
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