November 21, 2013
Current “Late Night” and future “Tonight Show” host Jimmy Fallon is set to host NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” on Dec. 21, which will also feature musical guest Justin Timberlake. On Dec. 7 Paul Rudd will host with musical guests One Direction, and on Dec. 14 John Goodman will host with musical guest Kings of Leon.
Elsewhere at NBC, a day after Howard Stern said on his radio show that he’d be back for the upcoming season of “America’s Got Talent,” the network says fellow judges Heidi Klum, Mel B and Howie Mandel will be back also. Auditions for the new season have already begun.
Lourdes Torres has been promoted to vice president of regional news and director of special projects at Univision News, a new position at the company. Torres has been with Univision since 1986.
ABC has named Barbie Kligman showrunner for its upcoming crime drama “Secrets & Lies,” according to Deadline, based on an Australian series. Kligman is a former executive producer of “Private Practice,” and she has also served as co-executive producer on CW’s “Vampire Diaries.”
Dan Dierdorf, a former NFL player who has worked as a broadcaster for the past 30 years, is retiring from CBS at the end of this football season. Dierdorf began with CBS Radio in 1984, moved to TV a year later and joined ABC’s “Monday Night Football” in 1987. He has been with CBS for 14 years.
Anthony Bajoras has been named vice president of customer development at iAcquire, a digital marketing agency. Bajoras was previously chairman at Elevate.org.
The Associated Press has moved Brian Carovillano to managing editor for U.S. news, based in New York beginning in January. Carovillano was previously news director for the Asia-Pacific region.
The Chicago Tribune has named Alison Bowen editor for its consumer sections, and she will also cover consumer electronics and technology. Bowen was previously senior features writer for Metro in Boston, New York and Philadelphia.
Glam Media has named Dan Lagani chief revenue officer and president, reporting to chairman and chief executive officer Samir Arora. Lagani was most recently North America president at the Reader’s Digest Association.
TNT has signed on Hugh Jackman to host “Christmas in Washington,” a special airing on the network on Dec. 20. Scheduled performers on the special include Backstreet Boys, Sheryl Crow, Anna Kendrick, Janelle Monáe and Pat Monahan.
Actress Leah Remini has joined TV Land’s upcoming sitcom “The Exes” in a recurring role, playing the sister of David Alan Basche’s character. The former “King of Queens” actress was recently eliminated from ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars.”
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- Lydia Polgreen becomes editor at The Huffington Post
- Laura Henderson becomes SVP of marketing at BuzzFeed
- Erin McPherson becomes head of content strategy at Verizon
- Josephine Livingstone becomes culture writer at The New Republic
- Jessica Lichtenfeld becomes associate consultant at Coleman Insights
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