November 4, 2013
Ghislaine Dupont and Claude Verlon, journalists with Radio France Internationale, were found dead over the weekend in Mali after being shot to death. Dupont and Verlon had just finished interviewing a separatist leader in the city of Kidal, according to The International Business Times, before reportedly being forced into a car at gunpoint. Their bodies were found later in an abandoned car about nine miles out of town. No one has taken responsibility for the killings yet. Dupont worked as a senior correspondent and Verlon as a production technician. Both had been with RFI since the 1980s.
BBDO has named Matt MacDonald executive creative director, working on the agency’s AT&T account. MacDonald joins from JWT in New York, where he was co-chief creative officer.
Lincoln Bjorkman has joined the agency Wunderman, becoming global chief creative officer. Bjorkman had been North American chief creative officer at Digitas.
History has named Julian P. Hobbs vice president of scripted and non-fiction development and programming, reporting to senior vice president of programming and development Elaine Frontain Bryant. Hobbs has been with the network since 2008, working on projects including “The Bible” and “Vikings.”
Cable TV network INSP has promoted Samantha Adorno to director of digital marketing, working with the web sites insp.com and moments.org. Adorno joined the network last year, and before that she was at Discovery Networks.
Al Jazeera America has named Ray Suarez host of “Inside Story,” beginning on Nov. 11. Suarez had been chief national correspondent at PBS’s “NewsHour,” where he worked from 1999 to 2013.
Actor Shane West has joined the cast of WGN America’s upcoming drama “Salem,” which is set in 17th century Massachusetts. West most recently appeared on CW’s “Nikita.”
Consumer Reports has brought in Gwendolyn Bounds as senior director of video, in charge of content for both online and TV. Bounds was previously deputy head at WSJ Live.
ABC has signed on Jesse Eisenberg and Jane Krakowski to guest on “Modern Family,” appearing in an episode airing next year. Eisenberg’s most recent TV appearance was an uncredited voice role on HBO’s “The Newsroom,” according to IMDb, while Krakowski was a regular on NBC’s “30 Rock.”
CBS has named Emily Wickersham a series regular on the drama “NCIS.” She first signed on for a three-episode arc following the departure of Cote de Pablo. Wickersham’s first appearance on the show will be in the Nov. 19 episode.
House of Representative Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi will appear on CBS’s “Late Show with David Letterman” on Election Day, reading the episode’s Top Ten list. Pelosi’s only other appearance on the show was in 2006.
TBS reaffirms the power of reruns
Layoffs hit Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia
Lots of surprises in Golden Globe nods
‘SNL’ hiring a black woman after complaints
Cable overnights: ‘Duck Dynasty’ soars
ABC takes the lead in C3 ratings
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- Pam Hamlin rises to global president at Arnold Worldwide
- Five join TBWA\Chiat\Day in New York
- Crispin Porter + Bogusky CCO Rob Reilly exits
- Chris Newton and Eran Aloni join marketing company Influitive
- Jennifer Sabatelle rises to SVP of communications at CBS Sports
- Ozzie Martinez becomes VP of news and standards at Telemundo
- Alisa Carroll becomes editor at San Francisco Cottages & Gardens
- Christopher J.W. Oswald joins Direct Marketing Association
- Rachel Maddow becomes columnist at The Washington Post
- Nick Jonas returning to guest on CBS's 'Hawaii Five-0'
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