October 23, 2012
After eight years on the job, Mel Karmazin is bowing out as chief executive of Sirius XM Radio. He will leave on Feb. 1, upon the expiration of his contract, bringing to an end a long and at times tense battle with Liberty Media’s John Malone over control of the company. Liberty has gone to the Federal Communications Commission seeking approval to become majority stockholder of the company, and Karmazin has long said he would not stick around if that happened. Under Karmazin, the former No. 2 to Sumner Redstone at Viacom, Sirius and XM merged and the company now has more than 23.4 million subscribers.
Mirroring many newspaper stories in recent years, Clark Kent is no longer an employee at Metropolis newspaper The Daily Planet. In the latest issue of the comic book "Superman," the superhero's alter ego quits the newspaper, where he has worked since the comic debuted in the 1940s. No word yet on whether he’s starting a blog. Also in the latest issue, Clark sees a text message about Louis Lane and her new boyfriend and a storyline begins that will serve as a crossover with "Superboy" and "Supergirl." New writer Scott Lobdell told USA Today, "I wasn't going to test the waters. I was just going to do a cannonball in the Super-verse."
Tampa Bay agency Ad Partners has brought in Pam Phayoongsin, naming her art director. Phayoongsin previously worked as a freelance designer on accounts including The Melting Pot.
Digitas has named Matthew Jacobson vice president and group director, in charge of design strategy for the agency's San Francisco and Chicago offices. Jacobson had been head of design at Third Man Records.
Richard Eng has been named creative director and Mandy Novak executive producer at Loyalkaspar, working in the agency's new Los Angeles office. Eng joins from Digital Kitchen, Novak from Fish Eggs.
TV One has named Alfred Liggins chief executive officer, taking over for Wonya Lucas. Liggins will also remain president and chief executive of TV One corporate sibling Radio One.
Showtime has named Armen Keteyian a correspondent for "60 Minutes Sports," its upcoming sports newsmagazine. Keteyian, who has won 11 Emmys throughout his career, has previously worked for CBS Sports and HBO Sports.
Hearst Magazines has promoted Katie Brockman to associate publisher at Veranda, effective immediately. Since 2010 Brockman had been advertising director at the magazine.
Model Jenny McCarthy has been named a columnist at Splash, writing an advice column for The Chicago Sun-Times lifestyle publication. McCarthy will also write a Monday-Friday blog about being a single mother on the magazine's web site.
Leon Jaroff, a former science writer and editor at Time magazine and editor at Discover magazine, died last weekend in his home at age 85. No cause was given. During his career Jaroff wrote more than 40 cover stories for Time, and he also helped convince decision-makers at Time Inc. to launch Discover.
David Rice has been named senior vice president and general manager at CBS Interactive Games, which runs a number of gaming-related web sites. Rice was most recently vice president of global media properties and platforms at Yahoo.
NBC has named Louise Roe host of its reality design competition "Fashion Star" for its upcoming second season. Roe serves as fashion editor at large at Glamour magazine and hosts the U.S. and UK versions of "Plain Jane."
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