February 5, 2014
Former “American Idol” runner-up Clay Aiken is now looking for votes from more than just “Idol” viewers. In a YouTube video Aiken says he will run for U.S. Congress in the Democratic primary on May 6, with the eventual goal of unseating Republican U.S. Rep. Renee Ellmers in November. In the video Aiken says he feels Washington is dysfunctional, and that he doesn’t consider himself a politician.
Telemundo has named Paola Pedroza digital reporter for the reality competition “La Voz Kids,” contributing content to its web site. Pedroza previously hosted mun2’s “Off the Roof” and “La Conexión.”
Actress Judy Davis has left Fox’s upcoming limited-run series “24: Live Another Day,” citing personal family matters. Davis had been slated to play the widow of a terrorist.
Richard Bull, a character actor who played Nels Oleson on the drama “Little House on the Prairie,” died earlier this week at age 89 of complications from pneumonia. Throughout his career Bull appeared in many other movies and TV shows, including “Amazing Stories,” “Hill Street Blues,” “Highway to Heaven” “ER” and “Boss.”
Scripps Networks Interactive has promoted Shannon O’Neill to president at Travel Channel, effective immediately. O’Neill was previously the network’s senior vice president and chief financial officer.
Hasbro Studios International Distribution has named Rob Kirby senior attorney, replacing the retired Kevin Healy. Kirby was most recently head of legal and business affairs at DRG.
CNN has named Brianna Keilar senior political correspondent, as well as primary fill-in for Wolf Blitzer on “The Situation Room.” Keilar joined the network in 2006 as a general assignment correspondent.
SpinMedia Group has named Tom Morrissy chief revenue officer, reporting to chief executive Dale Strang. Morrissy had been executive vice president and chief revenue officer at Selectable Media, where he will now be a board member. He is also a former publisher of OK! and Entertainment Weekly.
Anna Bross has been named senior director of communications at The Atlantic, working with the magazine and its three web sites. Bross will join the company on Feb. 20 from NPR, where she is director of media relations.
Teen-focused media company AwesomeTV has brought in Kelly Day as chief digital officer, a new position at the company. Day is a former chief executive officer at Blip Networks.
Jennifer Van Hook has been named vice president of Western sales at GumGum, which embeds advertising in digital images. Van Hook joins from Undertone, where she was director of sales.
Mobile advertising company Airpush has named Matt Shaw chief revenue officer, in charge of growing ad revenue. Shaw was previously global head of mobile display at Google.
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