December 3, 2013
Comedian and actor Louis C.K. isn’t leaving FX anytime soon. The “Louie” star has signed a deal with FX Productions, under which he will produce new projects through his company Pig Newton. Under the deal he will executive produce new projects and also have the option to write and direct them.
Cable network El Rey, which launches later this month, has named Chad Blankenship vice president of consumer marketing, Jose Antonio Hernandez vice president of trade marketing and Clarissa Colmenero executive director of public relations and communications. Blankenship joins from ESPN, Hernandez from La Comunidad and Colmenero from Summit Entertainment Studios.
Actress Halle Berry has signed on as executive producer of “Hannibal,” a miniseries in development at History. The project is a historical drama set during the Second Punic War between Carthage and Rome.
Actress Olivia Holt is set to star in Disney Channel’s upcoming comedy series “I Didn’t Do It,” which premieres on Jan. 17. Holt previously appeared on Disney XD’s “Kickin’ It.” Joining Holt in the new comedy are Austin North, Piper Curda, Peyton Clark and Sarah Gilman.
Mindshare has made two promotions, including moving David Adelman from executive director of Mindshare New York to head of the agency’s Chicago office. In Chicago Adelman replaces Mary Carpenter, who on Jan. 1 will become head of Mindshare’s performance marketing practice in North America.
Boston ad agency Mullen has promoted Alex Leikikh to chief executive officer, taking over for Joe Grimaldi, who will remain on as chairman through 2015. Leikikh had been president at the agency.
Ad agency 72andSunny has made two hires in its Amsterdam office, naming Simon Summerscales director of communication strategy and Caroline Britt group brand director. Summerscales joins from Rebel Alliance, Britt from TBWA\Chiat\Day in Los Angeles.
Tribune Co. has named David Giambruno senior vice president and chief information officer, reporting to executive vice president and chief financial officer Steven Berns. Giambruno was previously chief information officer at Revlon.
Steve Petran has joined Newspaper National Network as West Coast sales director, based in Santa Monica, Calif. Petran has previously worked with ESPN, The Tennis Company, News Corp., Time Inc. and Meredith.
The New York Times has promoted three, naming Janet Elder and Larry Ingrassia deputy managing editors and Rebecca Corbett assistant managing editor. Elder and Ingrassia were previously assistant managing editors, while Corbett was senior enterprise editor.
Online video company NDN has brought in John Vilade, naming him executive vice president of ad sales. Vilade was previously vice president of national advertising sales for the eastern and central regions at Hulu.
Food-focused lifestyle brand Edible Media has made a handful of moves, including naming Varanya Vadakan chief operations officer and chief financial officer, and Brian Quinn chief revenue officer. Vadakan joins from Welcome Wagon, Quinn from Scripps Networks Interactive. The company has also named Susan Wyland chief content officer, in charge of the web site EdibleFeast.com. Wyland most recently worked as an editorial consultant.
Precision Health Media has made two hires, naming Peter Fontana vice president of advertising sales and Richard O’Connor chief financial officer. Fontana joins from AMC Networks, O’Connor from Prime Visibility Media Group. Precision Health has also added Andy Chapman to its board of advisors. He most recently served as managing director at Mindshare NY.
CBS Radio has named Jennifer Morelli vice president of integrated marketing, effective immediately. Morelli had been director of integrated marketing and events for CBS Radio in Chicago.
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