March 5, 2014
Paige McCrensky has been named senior vice president of marketing at Martini, a publishing network that targets the affluent market through relationships with niche publishers. She previously held senior marketing positions at Time Inc., Bloomberg and American Express Publishing.
Peter S. Goodman has been named editor in chief at The International Business Times, which is owned by IBT Media, the company that bought Newsweek last year. Goodman was previously executive business editor and global editor at The Huffington Post.
Nerdist Industries, which creates online content, has made two moves, naming Adam Rymer president and Jack Herrguth head of development. Rymer joins from Lava Bear, Herrguth from Comedy Central.
Teen-focused YouTube channel AwesomenessTV has brought in T.J. Marchetti, naming him chief marketing officer. Marchetti is a former senior vice president of digital marketing at Walt Disney Studios.
Peter Oppenheimer, chief financial officer at Apple, is retiring from the company at the end of September. Vice president of finance and corporate controller Luca Maestri will replace Oppenheimer when he leaves.
Ben Davis has been promoted to senior vice president of scripted programming at AMC, reporting to senior vice president of scripted development and current programming Susie Fitzgerald. Davis joined the network in 2005, and he has worked on shows including “Breaking Bad,” “Mad Men” and “The Walking Dead.”
SundanceTV has made two promotions in its creative services department, naming Mark Williams senior vice president of brand creative and Jessica Gleason vice president of production. Williams has been with the network since 2006, Gleason since 2003.
USA has named Kevin Pereira host of the “Psych After Pshow,” a live hour-long special airing after the series finale of “Psych” on March 26. Pereira is a former co-host of G4’s “Attack of the Show.”
Journalist Jorge Ramos has signed a new deal with cable network Fusion, which will keep him there through the 2016 presidential elections. Ramos currently hosts “American with Jorge Ramos” on the network, which is a joint venture between Univision and ABC News.
TNT has named Ty Pennington host of its upcoming cooking competition series “On the Menu,” while Emeril Lagasse will serve as the show’s “menu master.” The project is executive produced by Mark Burnett.
MTV has named Conan O’Brien host of this year’s MTV Movie Awards, which air on April 13. This will be O’Brien’s first time hosting the ceremony. He hosted the Primetime Emmys in 2002 and 2006.
Mark Rosenthal has been named chief executive officer at Katz Media Group, in addition to his role as chief executive of Katz Radio Group. The move puts him in charge of the company’s TV rep arm, Katz Television Group.
Fox has added two more to the cast of its upcoming Batman prequel “Gotham,” David Mazouz and Camren Bicondova. Mazouz will play a preteen Bruce Wayne, while Bicondova will play a teenage orphan who’s a thief and pickpocket.
CBS has signed actress Patricia Arquette to star in its latest “CSI” spinoff, which will be set in the FBI’s Virginia-based cyber crime division. Arquette’s most recent regular TV role was on NBC’s “Medium.”
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