January 31, 2013
President Barack Obama is returning to the Super Bowl pregame. The president will appear in CBS’s pregame coverage on Sunday in an interview with “Evening News” anchor Scott Pelley, to air at 4:30 p.m. Obama sat down with Matt Lauer last year for a pre-Super Bowl interview on NBC.
Disney-ABC is reportedly close to naming comedian and actor Cedric the Entertainer host of the syndicated game show “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire,” according to TVNewsCheck’s Kevin Downey. He would replace the departing Meredith Vieira on the show. Disney-ABC has yet to comment on the possibility.
MTV has named Mina Lefevre senior vice president and head of scripted programming, reporting to programming president Susanne Daniels. Lefevre joins from ABC Family, where she was vice president of development and programming.
Comedy Central has named Allison Kingsley vice president of digital development, working with the network’s new creative unit, CC Studios. Kingsley was previously vice president of digital at Ovation.
Oxygen Media has promoted Matthew Jarecki to vice president of advertising sales, based in the network’s New York office. Jarecki joined Oxygen last year as director of ad sales.
TV Guide Network has made a number of moves, including naming Lori West senior vice president of direct response ad sales. West previously held a similar position at GMC TV. TV Guide Network has also made four promotions, naming Paul Adler senior vice president of original programming, Karyn Adelstein senior vice president of marketing and ad sales, Michael Kanner senior vice president of planning, strategy and operations for ad sales, and Leslie Furuta senior vice president of communications and media relations.
Alexa Wilson has been named vice president of marketing at DailyCandy, a lifestyle web site targeting women. Wilson was most recently executive director of marketing at Hearst Design Group.
Yangaroo, which handles digital media distribution, has named Lee Salas vice president of sales for the West region. He joins from Deluxe Media, where he was director of TV syndication sales. Yangaroo has also promoted Todd Barkes, moving him from director of product development to vice president of advertising operations.
Warren Buffett has expanded his newspaper portfolio yet again. His BH Media Group has purchased the Greensboro News & Record in North Carolina, adding it to its roster of 26 daily papers. The News & Record has a weekday circulation of 58,331 and weekend circulation of 86,823, according to the Alliance for Audited Media. The paper had been owned by Landmark Media Enterprises.
Media research company Coleman Insights has brought in Katie Dombrowski, naming her communications manager. This is Dombrowski’s second stint at Coleman Insights; she was previously a field coordinator before leaving for 18 months to join the staff of a lieutenant governor candidate in North Carolina.
Professional wrestling’s WWE has named Monty Sarhan general counsel, replacing Michael Luisi, who was promoted to president of WWE Studios. Sarhan joins from Viacom Media Networks, where he was senior vice president of business and legal affairs.
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