February 7, 2013
“Good Morning America” co-host Robin Roberts is set to return to the ABC morning show on Feb. 20, exactly five months after undergoing a bone marrow transplant to treat the blood disorder myelodysplastic syndrome, or MDS. Roberts received the go-ahead from doctors to return after her most recent tests showed no abnormalities. She will likely show few signs of rust–the anchor began a series of “dry runs” in the “GMA” studio last month.
Telemundo has made two additions, naming Jesús Torres Viera executive vice president of programming and content and Daniel Cubillo vice president of non-scripted content development. Torres Viera joins from Jtvmedia and Ploptv, Cubillo from Univision Studios.
“The Office” may be ending, but actress Ellie Kemper is staying at NBC. Kemper has been cast in the lead role of the network’s comedy pilot “Brenda Forever,” from executive producers David Lampson, Andrew Leeds, Peter Tolan and Michael Wimer. Kemper currently plays Erin Hannon on “The Office.”
Robin Sachs, the actor who played Ethan Rayne on the show “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” died earlier this month at age 61. No cause was given. On the actor’s web site a message read, “It is with great sadness that we have to announce the sudden and unexpected passing of Robin Sachs.” Sachs also appeared in the miniseries “Dynasty: The Reunion” and the shows “Babylon 5,” “Star Trek: Voyager” and “Torchwood: Miracle Day.”
Ad agency INNOCEAN USA has named Debra Wurzel new business director, reporting to president and chief executive officer Tony Kim. Wurzel has previously held positions at External View Consulting Group and Select Resources International.
The Weather Company has named Denise Chudy vice president of local platform sales strategy, reporting to general manager of local platform and business development Matthew Corbin. Chudy joins from Viewpoints, where she was general manager.
Cable network Veria Living has named Andrew Struse vice president of creative services, a newly created position. Struse most recently ran his own consulting firm, Switched-On Inc.
Distribution and development company CABLEready has brought in Jessica Ahoubimas, naming her a sales and acquisitions executive. Ahoubimas previously worked as the assistant to the producer and creative executive at Cine Mosaic in New York.
Rich Battista has been named chief executive officer at Mandalay Sports Media, which produces sports-themed TV shows and movies. Battista is an 18-year veteran of News Corp., including a stint as president of Fox National Cable Networks.
The New York Times has named Rebecca Howard general manager of video production, effective Feb. 18. Howard was previously head of video development at AOL Huffington Post Media Group.
Bernard Wolfson has returned to The Orange County Register, where he will work as a healthcare reporter. Wolfson was previously continental European editor at Market News, following a previous stint at the OC Register.
Condé Nast has named Patty Newburger vice president of special projects, a new position at the company. Newburger joins from the Tribeca Film Festival parent Tribeca Enterprises, where she was senior vice president.
Penton Media has named Joe Territo senior vice president of content and user engagement, reporting to chief executive officer David Kieselstein. Territo had been executive director of content at Advance Digital.
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