February 9, 2014
Fox’s “American Idol” is bringing back a pair of very familiar faces. Adam Lambert and Chris Daughtry are set to appear on the show beginning next week as mentors, working alongside former judge Randy Jackson as he prepares the remaining singers for the live performance episodes. The pair will first appear in the Feb. 18 episode, according to Daughtry’s Twitter feed. Daughtry appeared on “Idol” in season five, Lambert in season eight.
David Luner has been promoted at FremantleMedia North America, rising to president of brand partnerships and franchise management. Luner was previously interim executive vice president of the company’s FremantleMedia Enterprises arm.
Actress Eloise Mumford has joined ABC’s drama pilot “Warriors,” playing a psychiatrist at a military hospital. Mumford’s previous TV credits include “The River,” “Lone Star” and “Crash.”
Former “The O.C.” actor Ben McKenzie is returning to Fox. McKenzie has joined the cast of Fox’s drama pilot “Gotham,” playing Commissioner James Gordon in the Batman prequel. McKenzie’s most recent TV role was on “Southland.”
NBC has added comedian Rob Riggle to the cast of its pilot “The Pro,” joining Rob Lowe in the comedy about reunited former doubles tennis champions. Riggle makes regular appearances on Fox’s NFL pregame show, and in the past year he’s also appeared on “Modern Family,” “New Girl” and “Drunk History.”
Digital agency Web Talent Marketing has named Justin Emig search engine manager, reporting to chief executive Mike Canarelli. Emig was previously product manager at RPM International.
Rodale Inc. has named Beth Buehler senior vice president of digital operations and strategy, a newly created position. Buehler was most recently head of digital ventures at Getty Images.
Hearst Magazines has made two promotions, naming Eliot Kaplan vice president of talent acquisition and Ellen Payne vice president of editorial operations. Kaplan has been with the company for 15 years, Payne for 12.
Advertising technology company Multimedia Plus has brought in Ellen Hoeffel, naming her vice president of content. Hoeffel has previously held positions at Saks Fifth Avenue and Brooks Brothers.
CNN has brought in Michelle Kosinski as White House correspondent, working alongside senior White House correspondent Jim Acosta. She was previously at NBC News. The cable network has also expanded the responsibilities of reporters Dana Bash and Pamela Brown, naming Bash lead reporter for the field of 2016 Republican presidential candidates and Brown justice correspondent.
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- ‘Simpsons’ producer Kevin Curran dies at age 59
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