October 31, 2013
“The Office” actress Ellie Kemper is returning to NBC. The network has ordered 13 episodes of a new comedy from former “30 Rock” executive producers and showrunners Tina Fey and Robert Carlock, starring Kemper as a woman who has escaped from a doomsday cult. Fey and Carlock will write and produce the still-untitled project.
Grey Group has named Tor Myhren worldwide chief creative officer, taking over for the retiring Tim Mellors. Myhren will also hold onto his role as president and chief creative officer at Grey New York.
Tanya Jensen has been named director of communications at Syndicate Media Group, a marketing and communications agency. Jensen joins from JCPenney, where she was manager of publicity.
Slack & Co., a business-to-business agency based in Chicago, has named Lance Baird vice president of global business development. Baird was previously senior vice president of business development at the agency Godfrey.
Digital marketing technology company 24/7 Media has promoted Max Jaffe to vice president of media development, a newly created position. Jaffe had been director of real time trading and optimization.
Tony Ortega has been named executive editor at The Raw Story, an online news site. Ortega is a former editor in chief at The Village Voice, and most recently he wrote a book about Scientology.
Cable network Ovation has brought in Randy Rovegno as vice president of content distribution marketing, based in the company’s office in Santa Monica, Calif. Rovegno was most recently at the agency Longboard Marketing, which he founded.
Actor Morris Chestnut has joined the cast of TNT’s upcoming spy drama “Legends,” playing an FBI agent. Chestnut’s most recent TV role was on Showtime’s “Nurse Jackie.”
Elsewhere at TNT, the network has added Juan Pablo Di Pace to the cast of “Dallas” for its third season, playing a self-made billionaire. Di Pace most recently appeared on the NBC summer show “Camp.”
Bravo’s “Real Housewives of New Jersey” is bringing back one of its former cast members. Dina Manzo has signed on for the show’s upcoming sixth season, after she left the show during season two. Manzo’s sister Caroline, who appeared in the show’s first five seasons, won’t be back for season six.
Jim Miller has joined The Sacramento Bee as a reporter and editor in its capitol bureau, covering state politics. Miller previously reported on politics for The Press-Enterprise, which covers Riverside County in California.
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