October 21, 2013
Another big name in media is moving from the agency side to the industry side. Tim Spengler has been named president of content marketing and revenue strategy at Clear Channel Media and Entertainment, reporting to chief executive John Hogan. Spengler was most recently chief executive officer at Magna Global, and he is also the former president of Initiative. In the newly created position, Spengler will help advertisers develop campaigns across the company’s platforms, including radio stations and iHeartRadio. Others in media have made similar industry-side moves, such as TVB president Steve Lanzano, who left Havas in 2009.
Marketing agency George P. Johnson has made two moves, including hiring Chris Meyer as chief executive officer. Meyer was previously executive vice president of enterprise business development at INEXPO. The company has also promoted Denise Wong to president, up from executive vice president of growth and business development.
Ricardo Landim has been named senior vice president and integrated creative director at Hudson Rouge, an agency based in New York. Landim previously held positions at BBDO and Goodby Silverstein & Partners.
Esquire Network has made three additions, naming Dave Serwatka vice president of current programming, Jamie French vice president of communications, and Marta Harmon vice president of marketing. Serwatka joins from Bravo Media, French and Harmon from Style Network.
Cable network Veria Living has named Eric Sherman chief executive officer, executive immediately. Sherman was previously manager for the singer Steven Tyler, and he previously worked at MTV Networks.
English-language Hispanic cable network NUVOtv has named Laura Masse executive vice president of marketing, a newly created position. Masse previously ran her own marketing consultancy, LBM.
Online video site Vimeo has hired Greg Clayman, naming him general manager of audience networks. Clayman is the former publisher of News Corp.’s tablet news publication, The Daily, which folded last year.
Yahoo has brought in David Pogue to lead its coverage of consumer technology, including columns, blog posts and video stories. Pogue previously worked as a tech columnist at The New York Times.
Mara Gay has joined The Wall Street Journal, writing for its Greater New York section. Gay, who begins on Nov. 5, previously covered City Hall and the mayoral race at The New York Daily News.
Actress Amanda Plummer has signed on to guest on NBC’s drama “Hannibal,” playing a hippie acupuncturist. Plummer most recently voiced Professor Poofenplotz on Disney Channel’s “Phineas and Ferb.”
Paula Abdul is returning to TV… in Australia. Abdul will judge the Australian edition of “So You Think You Can Dance,” beginning next year. Abdul most recently served as a guest judge on the American version of “Dance,” though she’s best known for being one of the original judges on “American Idol.”
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