February 23, 2014
ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars” has made an elimination before its 18th season has begun. ABC has decided not to bring back Brooke Burke-Charvet as a co-host, a role she held since the show’s 10th season. She was also a contestant and winner on the seventh season of the reality competition. On Friday Burke-Charvet tweeted, “Weird day….Shocking pre-season elimination #DWTS… ME.” In a statement executive producer Conrad Green said, “She’s been a wonderful part of the ‘Dancing with the Stars’ family since her triumphant win in season seven and will unquestionably be missed by our entire team. We’d like to thank Brooke for her years of great service.”
Nina Tassler has been promoted to chairman at CBS Entertainment, while also extending her deal at the network through 2017. Tassler is a former head of drama at the network, previously working on shows including the “CSI” franchise.
Hearst Television has named Eric Meyrowitz vice president of sales, effective March 1. Meyrowitz had been vice president and general manager at WPIX in New York.
Longtime TV newsman Garrick Utley died last week at age 74 after battling prostate cancer for two years. Utley worked at NBC News for much of his career, including as moderator of “Meet the Press” from 1989 to 1991. He also worked at PBS, ABC and CNN.
Adult Swim has promoted Jim Babcock, naming him vice president of consumer marketing. Babcock had been senior director of consumer marketing.
A&E Networks UK has named Viviane Paxinos senior director of advertising sales, a newly created position. Paxinos joins A&E from BBC Worldwide, where she worked on advertising for the EMEA region.
USA has added Jolene Purdy to the cast of its upcoming comedy “Benched,” joining Eliza Coupe, Jay Harrington and Oscar Nuñez. Purdy most recently appeared on CBS’s ‘Under the Dome.”
The New Republic has brought in Jason Zengerle as a senior editor, writing political profiles and feature stories. Zengerle joins from Politico, where he was a senior writer.
The Washington Post has named Alyssa Rosenberg pop culture blogger, working with the newspaper’s Opinions section. Rosenberg was previously features editor at ThinkProgress.org.
Jay Wolff has been named vice president of agency and brand partnerships at PulsePoint, a media technology and content creation company. Wolff was most recently national sales director at Jun Group.
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