February 3, 2014
Scott Bakula is returning to TV. The former “Quantum Leap” actor is set to star in CBS’s latest spinoff of “NCIS,” with the newest edition set in New Orleans. A pilot of the spinoff will be part of a two-part episode of “NCIS” airing this spring. Bakula’s most recent roles were on “Desperate Housewives” and “Men of a Certain Age.”
ABC News has made two moves, naming Mara Schiavocampo a New York-based correspondent and Bill Kristol a contributor. Schiavocampo joins from NBC, while Kristol is editor and publisher of The Weekly Standard.
Fox has added Colin Salmon to the cast of “24: Live Another Day,” its upcoming limited-run version of “24.” Salmon has previously appeared on “Arrow,” “Strike Back” and “Law & Order: UK.”
Christopher Jones, an actor who starred in the ABC series “The Legend of Jesse James,” died last week at age 72 of complications from cancer. Jones also appeared in a handful of movies during his career, including “The Looking Glass War,” “Ryan’s Daughter” and “Wild in the Streets.”
Arthur Rankin Jr., the animator behind TV specials including “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” and “Frosty the Snowman,” died last week in his home at age 89. Along with Jules Bass, Rankin also worked on a number of other TV shows and specials, such as “Thundercats,” “Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town,” “The New Adventures of Pinocchio” and “The Ballad of Smokey the Bear.”
Rosetta has named Robert Hartt senior vice president of business development, a new position at the agency. Hartt had been client partner and group account director at AKQA New York.
Matt Hassell has been named chief creative officer at kbs+ Toronto, working with the Target Canada and Bank of Montreal accounts. Hassell was previously chief creative officer at OgilvyOne.
Ad agency Pitch has made a couple of moves, including promoting Xanthe Wells from executive creative director to chief creative officer. The agency has also brought in Gage Clegg, naming him group creative director. Clegg was previously at TBWA/Chiat/Day in Los Angeles.
The Associated Press has named Steve McMillan news editor for Virginia and West Virginia, beginning on Feb. 24. McMillan was previously public policy and digital publications editor at The Denver Post.
Fabiola Pomareda, editor and publisher of the Chicago Spanish-language newspaper La Raza, has stepped down from her position. Pomareda had held the position since 2012; there’s no word on what she’ll do next.
The Miami Herald has moved Glenn Garvin to its local news desk, where he will cover the transportation beat. Garvin had been the paper’s TV critic for the past 12 years.
Deborah Blackwell, a former general manager at SOAPnet, died last week at age 63 following a battle with the rare neurodegenerative disorder Pick’s disease. Blackwell ran SOAPnet from 2001 to 2007, and before that she was at the site MyHome.com. Earlier in her career Blackwell was in charge of the movie and miniseries department at William Morris Agency.
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