December 3, 2012
Sirius XM shock jock Howard Stern is staying on TV. Stern will once again serve as a judge on NBC's "America's Got Talent" next summer, his second season on the reality competition. NBC still needs to replace Sharon Osbourne, who left her post as a judge following last season. Stern’s future had seemed in question several times last season after he made comments critical of NBC “Tonight Show” host Jay Leno, irking the network’s executives. "Talent" didn't receive a ratings boost with Stern as a judge last season, but it did finish as the top non-sports program on the Big Four broadcast networks among total viewers in 12 of its last 14 weeks on the air. Auditions for the new season of "Talent" kicked off last week in Seattle.
Twentieth Century Fox Television has promoted Stephanie Herman to vice president of casting, reporting to executive vice president of talent and casting Sharon Klein. Herman has been with the company since 2006.
Actor Alec Baldwin has signed a new two-year deal with Universal Television, under which he will develop and produce TV projects, possibly to star in. Baldwin has starred in NBC's "30 Rock" since 2006, and he's been a producer on the show since 2008. “Rock” ends its run next month.
Dow Jones has promoted Gerard Baker to editor in chief, as well as managing editor at The Wall Street Journal, taking over for Robert Thomson, who has been named chief executive of News Corp.'s publishing business. Baker had been deputy editor in chief at the Journal.
Brandon Loomis has joined The Arizona Republic, becoming a reporter covering natural resources and the environment. Loomis had been public lands and environment reporter at The Salt Lake Tribune.
Harper's Bazaar has made two moves, including naming Kimberly Cutter executive editor, effective Jan. 2. Cutter was most recently executive features director at Brides magazine. Harper's Bazaar has also promoted Laura Brown, moving her from features and special projects director to executive editor for special projects.
MPA, the Association of Magazine Media, has named Meredith Wagner executive vice president of communications, effective Jan. 7. Wagner was previously chief marketing officer at Women for Women International.
Sophia Kelley has been promoted to senior vice president of programming at GMC TV, up from her previous position as vice president. Kelley joined the cable network in 2010, and before that she was at Turner Broadcasting.
Film and TV production company Electric Entertainment has brought in Jeff Gonzalez, naming him chief financial officer. Gonzalez was previously at the movie production and distribution company Maya Entertainment Group.
TNT has added Kevin Shinick to the cast of "Monday Mornings," its upcoming medical drama from David E. Kelley. Shinick will have a recurring role on the series, which stars Ving Rhames, Alfred Molina and Jamie Bamber.
Steven Babat has been named chief executive officer at Peeq Media, a digital and print production company. Babat was most recently vice president of information technology for retail information services at Avery Dennison.
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