November 26, 2012
Actor Angus T. Jones may have made a good deal of money as the "Half" in CBS's "Two and a Half Men," but it appears he no longer wants any part of the show. In a testimonial video for Forerunner Christian Church that’s getting lots of attention on the internet today, Jones says, "I’m on 'Two and a Half Men,' and I don’t want to be on it. Please stop watching it, and filling your head with filth." The actor later says, "You cannot be a true God-fearing person and be on a television show like that. I know I can’t." Neither CBS nor the show's producers have commented on Jones' video. One of the show’s full-sized men, Charlie Sheen, famously left in an ugly dispute with Warner Bros. and CBS nearly two years ago.
Telemundo has named Peach Gibson senior vice president of creative services, based in Miami effective immediately. Gibson was most recently head of creative at Fox Channels.
REVShare, which runs a TV advertising network, has promoted Shannon Nelson to senior vice president of ad sales and sales development and Sean King to senior vice president of network sales, media operations and distribution. Preston Haglin has also been promoted to chief operating officer for REVShare's parent company, Media Properties Holdings, as well as to president of its company Lead Generation Technologies.
Young Broadcasting has named Jenny Renfrow vice president of human resources, based in the company's Nashville office. Renfrow was most recently senior director of human resources at Broadcast Music Inc.
Emily Squires, a longtime director of PBS's "Sesame Street," died last week of unknown causes at age 71. Squires, who also wrote and directed episodes of PBS's "Between the Lions," won six Daytime Emmys for her work on "Sesame Street."
SK+G Advertising has made two hires, naming Rachel Everett and Brian Gibson associate creative directors. Everett joins from Cramer-Krasselt, Gibson from McCann-Erickson.
Brooke Runnette has been promoted to president at National Geographic Television, replacing the departed Maryanne Culpepper. Runnette was previously vice president of development and special projects for National Geographic Channels.
Actress Sienna Guillory has joined the cast of BBC America's "Luther," playing a love interest to Idris Elba's character in the upcoming third season. Guillory's most recent TV roles were guest appearances on "CSI" and "Covert Affairs."
Singer Beyonce will star in a new documentary to air on HBO in February 2013, and she will also direct the project. The timing of the documentary's premiere is likely no coincidence–it will bow on Feb. 16, less than two weeks after she performs on the Super Bowl halftime show.
Source Interlink Media has made two additions at Automobile magazine, naming Todd Lassa executive editor and Michael Jordan senior editor. Lassa joins from Motor Trend, Jordan from Edmunds.com.
Jenna Bush Hager, the daughter of former president George W. Bush, has joined Southern Living magazine as an editor at large. She will write The Daily South blog and contribute to the monthly Paper Napkin Interview column. Hager also works for NBC as a correspondent on "Today."
Road & Track magazine has named Alex Nunez site director, in charge of RoadAndTrack.com. Nunez had been senior editor for automotive at ConsumerSearch.com.
AOL has named Jack Bamberger head of agency and industry relations, reporting to senior vice president of AOL Advertising Jim Norton. Bamberger joins from MEC, where he was president of digital for North America.
Another magazine bids farewell to print: Complex
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- ABC ad sales president Geri Wang retiring
- 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
- Julie Ginches and Glenn Kiladis join ViralGains
- Stephan Horbelt becomes executive editor at Hornet
- Tony Rock hosting TV One's 'The Game of Dating'
- New York Times Vietnam guide Nguyen Ngoc Luong dies at 79
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