October 24, 2013
TNT has ordered eight episodes of “Wake Up Call,” a reality series premiering next year starring actor and professional wrestler Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. In the show Johnson will help everyday folks overcome challenges in their lives. He previously hosted the network’s reality competition “The Hero.”
Epix has made a pair of moves, including hiring Monty Sarhan as executive vice president of programming, acquisitions, strategy and enterprises. Sarhan was most recently at the WWE. Epix has also promoted Keary Hanan to senior vice president of digital programming and production, up from vice president and executive managing editor.
Nicolas J. Valls has been named executive vice president of ad sales at Hemisphere Media Group, which runs the Hispanic cable networks Cinelatino and WAPA America. Valls is a former senior vice president of network sales at Univision.
Liberal talking head Sally Kohn has left Fox News Channel, where she had been working as a regular contributor. No reason for the move was given, but Fox News told The New York Times the departure was “gracious and amicable.” Kohn appeared on MSNBC this week, discussing her piece on FoxNews.com titled, “I was an ObamaCare Guinea Pig.”
Actress Kathryn Prescott will star in MTV’s pilot “Finding Carter,” joining Anna Jacoby-Heron, Zac Pullam and Nolan Sotillo in the cast. Prescott most recently appeared in the UK series “Skins.”
Media agency U.S. International Media has launched Patriot Media Group, a new division focusing on 10-second closed-caption sponsorships to be led by Steve Berger and Scott McHugh. The duo has previously run the companies TV10s and PIC Media Group.
Viacom Media Networks has promoted John Halley to executive vice president and chief operating officer for ad sales, working with networks including MTV, Comedy Central and TV Land. Halley joined the company in 2007 as senior vice president of ad sales finance.
CBS Television Distribution has brought in Hilary Estey McLoughlin as president of creative affairs, working with shows including “Judge Judy” and “Entertainment Tonight.” Estey McLoughlin is a former president at Telepictures Productions.
CBS has added Pierce Gagnon to the cast of its upcoming summer series “Extant,” playing the son of Halle Berry’s character. Gagnon previously appeared in the movie “Looper”
CBS has signed on model Adriana Lima for a guest appearance on its new comedy “The Crazy Ones,” playing herself. Lima will appear on CBS again later this year (Dec. 10) on the annual “Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show.”
Political web site Politico has brought in Rick Berke as executive editor, replacing Jim VandeHei, who was promoted to chief executive officer. Berke had been assistant managing editor at The New York Times.
Paul Ritter has been named creative director at Glamour magazine, effective Nov. 11. Ritter was most recently design director at Elle, and before that he was creative director at Vitals.
Yoga Journal has named Carin Gorrell editor in chief. She previously served as features editor at Self and has also held positions at Redbook, First for Women and Psychology Today.
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