February 12, 2014
Actor Donal Logue has joined the cast of Fox’s Batman prequel project “Gotham,” playing the partner of rookie detective James Gordon, who of course goes on to become Commissioner Gordon. Logue has appeared on a number TV shows throughout his career, most recently FX’s “Sons of Anarchy.” He’s also had roles in “Copper,” “Vikings,” “Terriers,” “Life,” “The Knights of Prosperity” and “Grounded for Life.”
Greta Gerwig has been cast in the lead role at CBS’s pilot “How I Met Your Dad,” a spinoff of “How I Met Your Mother.” This will be Gerwig’s first regular on-screen TV role, although she did previously voice a character on Adult Swim’s “China, IL.”
CBS has named Hugh Jackman host for its Tony Awards telecast, which will air Sunday, June 8. Jackman hosted the ceremony from 2003 to 2005 and won an Emmy for his performance on the 2004 edition.
“Today” co-host Matt Lauer once again is filling in for Bob Costas on NBC’s primetime Olympics coverage Wednesday as Costas continues to deal with an eye infection. Costas has said that he physically feels fine but his blurry vision and watery eyes make it nearly impossible to work. And as viewers have noted on social media, the eye looks gross on TV.
Longtime newsman Tom Brokaw has been diagnosed with bone marrow cancer, although he has continued to work on NBC News projects and says doctors are encouraged with his progress. Brokaw was diagnosed last August. In a statement he wrote, “I am very optimistic about the future and look forward to continuing my life, my work and adventures still to come. I remain the luckiest guy I know.”
Mindshare has named Joan Colletta-Sapp head of North American communications planning, a new position at the agency. She was previously senior vice president and co-director of brand planning at Cramer Krasselt in Chicago.
BBC America has named Ricky Kelehar vice president of unscripted programming, working out of the network’s New York office. Kelehar had been head of factual entertainment and U.S. formats at IWC Media.
The new El Rey Network has made a handful of hires, including Renée Mizrahi as vice president of integrated marketing and ad sales. Mizrahi was most recently vice president of integrated marketing and account services at Viggle. El Rey has also brought in Melissa Viele Kearney and Chris Owen, naming them account executives. Kearney joins from Screenvision, Owen from ESPN.
Catholic TV network EWTN has named Brian Patrick executive producer of “EWTN News Nightly with Colleen Carroll Campbell,” in addition to his role as host of the weekly series “Crossing the Goal.” Patrick has also been working as interim anchor for Campbell, who’s on maternity leave.
National Newspaper Network has launched three regional sales hubs, prompting the promotion of Steve Petran to vice president of integrated sales for the West and hiring Kevin Smith in the same position for the Midwest and Mike Medwig for the East. The company has also hired Carol Ann Sherman from SFGate.com to work alongside Petran. Smith joins from Van Wagner, Medwig from ALM.
Elizabeth Baker Keffer, president of Atlantic Media’s live-events division AtlanticLIVE, is leaving the company next month to become managing director of the Chicago investment firm BDT & Co. Keffer also previously served as The Atlantic’s chief marketing officer and publisher.
Lon Otremba has been named chief executive officer at Bidtellect, a real-time bidding native advertising technology company. Otremba is a former founding chief operating officer and president at Mail.com and founding executive vice president at CNET.
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