December 9, 2013
Sebastien Desclee has been named president of DraftFCB International, which runs agencies in 16 markets around the world, as well as 30 affiliate agencies. Desclee was previously managing director at Publicis Brussels.
Hawthorne Direct has promoted John Pucci to chief creative officer, a newly created position. Pucci, who will continue to work out of Los Angeles, had been senior vice president and executive creative director.
Bass Phillips has been promoted to vice president and executive creative director at nFusion, a digital marketing agency based in Austin, Texas. Before joining nFusion, Phillips was at Leo Burnett in Chicago.
ReelzChannel has made three moves, including hiring Gayle Allen as vice president of marketing solutions in advertising sales marketing. Allen had been vice president of program development and integration at Media 2×3. ReelzChannel has also made a pair of promotions, naming Jessica Trumble associate director of advertising sales marketing and Glenne Spell associate director of advertising sales research. Trumble has been with the network since 2010, Spell since 2012.
Actress Regina King has joined FX’s upcoming drama “Strain” in a recurring role, playing the manager of a rock star. King most recently appeared in “The Big Bang Theory” and “Southland.”
Former Alaska governor Sarah Palin has joined Sportsman Channel as host of “Amazing America with Sarah Palin,” which will premiere in April. The 2008 vice presidential candidate has previously appeared on Fox News Channel and TLC.
Trade magazine publisher Cygnus Business Media has promoted Blair Johnson, naming him executive vice president of digital and strategic business development. Johnson had been senior vice president of business development.
Political newspaper Roll Call has named Christina Bellantoni editor in chief, taking over for David Rapp, who is now chief content officer for parent company CQ Roll Call. Bellantoni had been political editor at “PBS Newshour.”
Darcy Antonellis has been named chief executive officer at the multi-platform video company Vubiquity, effective Jan. 2. Antonellis will join from Warner Bros. Entertainment, where she is president of technical operations.
Milton Olin Jr., former chief operating officer at the music-sharing web site Napster, died on Sunday at age 65 after being struck by a sheriff’s patrol car while riding his bike. Olin had most recently been working as an entertainment lawyer.
David Remnick, editor of The New Yorker, has joined NBCUniversal’s coverage of the upcoming Winter Olympics, which begin Feb. 6 in Sochi. Remnick will contribute to NBC’s coverage of the Opening Ceremony, and provide commentary for NBC News. Remnick is no stranger to Russia–he is a former Moscow bureau editor at The Washington Post.
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