February 2, 2014
Former “Friends” actor David Schwimmer is returning to TV. Schwimmer is set to star in and produce in ABC’s comedy pilot “Irreversible,” which is based on the Israeli comedy “Bilti Hafich.” In the project Schwimmer will play an author who conducts college writing workshops while pondering his next novel.
Cox Enterprises has promoted Bob Jimenez to senior vice president of corporate communications and public affairs, reporting to executive vice president of human resources Marybeth Leamer. Jimenez had been vice president.
MTV has brought in Elli Hakami as executive vice president of current series and programming, working out of New York and reporting to programming president Susanne Daniels. Hakami was previously senior vice president of programming and production at BBC Worldwide.
Cable network UP has brought in Lisa Fischer, naming her executive vice president of advertising sales. Fischer was previously senior vice president of network advertising at ION Media Networks.
Cable music network REVOLT has made four hires, naming James G. Brown senior vice president of content distribution marketing, Angela Bundrant Turner vice president of affiliate marketing, Kenny Burns vice president of marketing and Angela Northington vice president of content licensing and acquisitions. Brown has previously worked at Disney/ESPN, Turner at TNT and Fox, Burns at Roc-A-Fella Records and Northingon at Simmons Lathan Media Group.
New York mayor Bill de Blasio is set to guest on Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart,” appearing on Monday night’s episode. This will be de Blasio’s first late-night TV appearance as mayor.
The Boston Globe has made two moves, naming owner John Henry publisher and Mike Sheehan chief executive officer. Sheehan, a former chief executive at the agency Hill Holliday, had been working with the paper as a consultant.
Cathy Horyn, chief fashion critic at The New York Times, is leaving the paper to spend more time with her partner, who has had health issues. Horyn will continue to work on a book about how the paper has covered fashion since the 1850s.
Mobile advertising company Millennial Media has named Michael Barrett chief executive officer, taking over for the outgoing Paul Palmieri. Barrett joins from Yahoo, where he was chief revenue officer.
Myles Fuchs has been named vice president of North American sales at Aquafadas, a digital publishing company. Fuchs has previously held positions at NewsStand.com, CareerBuilder and Financial News Network.
Another magazine bids farewell to print: Complex
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- ABC ad sales president Geri Wang retiring
- Lydia Polgreen becomes editor at The Huffington Post
- Laura Henderson becomes SVP of marketing at BuzzFeed
- Erin McPherson becomes head of content strategy at Verizon
- Josephine Livingstone becomes culture writer at The New Republic
- Jessica Lichtenfeld becomes associate consultant at Coleman Insights
- Julie Ginches and Glenn Kiladis join ViralGains
- Stephan Horbelt becomes executive editor at Hornet
- Tony Rock hosting TV One's 'The Game of Dating'
- New York Times Vietnam guide Nguyen Ngoc Luong dies at 79
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