December 16, 2013
Former “Saturday Night Live” cast member Adam Sandler is teaming up with fellow “SNL” alum Andy Samberg once again. Sandler has signed on to guest on Samberg’s Fox comedy “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” playing himself in an episode to air following the Super Bowl in February. Sandler and Samberg previously worked together in the 2012 movie “That’s My Boy.”
Univision has expanded the role of Mehul Nagrani, naming him senior vice president and general manager of digital. Nagrani had been senior vice president of digital operations.
Former “Friends” star Matthew Perry is returning to TV once again. Perry has signed on to star in, write and produce a new version of “The Odd Couple” at CBS, playing the slob Oscar Madison. Perry most recently starred in NBC’s “Go On,” which was canceled after one season.
NBC has signed Portia de Rossi to guest on “Sean Saves the World,” playing the ex-wife of Sean Hayes‘ character across three episodes. De Rossi most recently appeared in “Arrested Development,” and before that she had appeared on “Better Off Ted.”
Actress Cheryl Hines is set to guest on CBS’s “The Crazy Ones,” playing a single mother who throws a bar mitzvah for her son. Hines also appears on ABC’s “Suburgatory,” which returns Jan. 15.
Rock star Prince has agreed to guest on the post-Super Bowl episode of Fox’s “New Girl,” playing himself in the Feb. 2 episode. This will be the singer’s first-ever appearance on a TV sitcom.
Los Angeles agency 180LA has brought in Pierre Janneau, naming him a creative director. Janneau was most recently group creative director at Wieden + Kennedy Amsterdam.
Ad agency Erwin Penland has made three hires in its New York office, naming Con Williamson chief creative officer, John Cornette senior vice president and executive creative director, and John Dunleavy New York managing director and director of account management. All three previously worked at Saatchi & Saatchi.
Per-Mikael Jensen, chief executive officer at the newspaper publisher Metro International, is leaving the company, although he will stay on to help during a transitional period. Anders Kronborg, chief operating officer of Metro parent company Investment AB Kinnevik, will take over Jensen’s responsibilities.
HLN has made three hires, naming Keith Brown senior vice president of programming, Kari Kim vice president of program development, and Adrienne Lopez director of special projects. Brown joins from Perez-Brown Media Group and Kim from Worldwide Biggies, while Lopez is a former vice president at Nickelodeon.
WE tv has added Nia Long to the cast of its upcoming drama “The Divide,” the network’s first scripted series. Long, who most recently appeared in the movie “The Best Man Holiday,” will play the wife of a district attorney, played by Damon Gupton.
Hearst Magazines Digital Media has named William Gibbons director of marketing strategy, reporting to senior vice president and chief revenue officer Todd Haskell. Gibbons had been integrated marketing director and brand director for Forbes Magazine and Forbes.com.
Lou Bridda has been named vice president of sales at Are You a Human, which handles online security verification. Bridda had been regional director for the East and Midwest at Appsnack.
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