October 27, 2013
Marcia Wallace, the Emmy-winning actress who voiced the teacher Edna Krabappel on Fox’s “The Simpsons,” died over the weekend of complications from pneumonia at age 70. Wallace also starred on “The Bob Newhart Show,” and made a number of appearances on game shows, including “Hollywood Squares,” “The $25,000 Pyramid,” “To Tell the Truth” and “Match Game.”
Marketing research company Phoenix Marketing International has hired Dennis Syrkowski, naming him president of its Phoenix Automotive Group arm. Syrkowski was previously in charge of global accounts for the automotive sector at Maritz.
Colorado agency TDA has named Samantha Johnson media director, working out of its Boulder office. Johnson was previously communications director at Saatchi & Saatchi is Los Angeles.
Hulu has brought in Elaine Paul as chief financial officer, replacing the departed Tom Fuelling. Paul is a former senior vice president of corporate strategy at Disney.
Time has made a handful of moves, including promoting Kelly Conniff from social media editor to special projects editor. The magazine has also made two hires, naming Laura Hibbard audience engagement editor and Michael Lester associate video producer. Hibbard joins from The Huffington post, Lester from Talking Points Memo.
Condé Nast has named Nilou Motamed editor in chief of Epicurious, as the title plans to expand its video offerings. Motamed was previously features director and senior correspondent at Travel + Leisure.
National Journal has made three promotions, naming Kristin Roberts managing editor, Alissa Swango director of operations, and Sarah Micheli director of digital engagement. All three will work alongside editor in chief Tim Grieve.
The Los Angeles Times has made a pair of promotions, naming Rich Nordwind film editor and Julie Makinen Beijing correspondent. Nordwind had been calendar editor, while Makinen was film editor.
Cable network Starz has promoted two, moving Melissa Harper to senior vice president of programming and Richter Hartig to senior vice president of production. Both Harper and Hartig have been with the network since 2006.
BBC America has added Eddie Marsan and Bertie Carvel to the cast of its upcoming drama “Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell,” which will air in the network’s Supernatural Saturday block. Marsan most recently appeared in “Ray Donovan,” Carvel in “Restless.”
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