October 24, 2012
ABC has added actress Jane Fonda to the cast of its comedy pilot "Now What?," playing a mother whose daughter publishes a blog entry about how much she hates her mother. Fonda's most recent TV appearance was a guest role on HBO's "The Newsroom."
Actress Charlize Theron is developing a project at ABC called "The Clan," a Viking drama set in medieval Scotland. Theron has been pushing into the TV business of late, recently selling a modern-day Hatfields and McCoys project to NBC.
Ashley Singh has joined the media agency KSL Media, becoming marketing supervisor in the company's Los Angeles office. Singh had been senior marketing manager at Briabe Mobile.
Discovery Networks International has promoted Deena Edwards to senior vice president of global branded solutions, working with the company's international sales team. Edwards joined the company in 2003 as manager of program development.
ReelzChannel has made two hires, naming Andy Morris vice president of research and Glenne Spell research manager. Morris has previously held positions at Lifetime, TV Guide Channel, Fuse, TLC and WE tv, while Spell has worked at AMC and WE tv.
Turner Broadcasting has named Howard Shimmel senior vice president of ad sales and sports research, working with both TV and digital. Shimmel is a former executive vice president at Nielsen.
Showtime has added Larenz Tate and Nia Long to the cast of "House of Lies," in recurring roles for the show's upcoming second season. Production on the new season begins next month, with the season premiere airing Jan. 13.
Actor David Conrad has joined the cast of Lifetime's drama pilot "The Secret Lives of Wives," based on the Iris Krasnow novel. Conrad is best known for his role on "Ghost Whisperer," and since then he's appeared on "CSI: Miami," "The Good Wife" and "The Firm."
Vanity Fair magazine has named filmmaker Judd Apatow guest editor for the January 2013 edition, the magazine's first-ever comedy issue. U2 lead singer Bono and Tom Ford are the only others who have guest-edited the magazine in the past 20 years.
USA Today Sports Media Group has added Patrick Scanlon to its staff, naming him general manager for USA Today High School Sports. Scanlon was most recently vice president and director of digital strategy and business development at The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
Susan Carpenter has joined The Orange County Register as an auto critic, covering the latest in cars and motorcycles. Carpenter was previously a senior feature writer at The Los Angeles Times.
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