February 27, 2014
NBC has a big guest lined up for the season finale of “Parks and Recreation.” First Lady Michelle Obama will appear on the hour-long season six finale, which was recently shot in Miami. Obama joins a number of other politicians to appear on the sitcom, including Joe Biden and John McCain.
Eugene Young has been named president at Ryan Seacrest Productions, beginning in early March. Young was previously managing director at A. Smith & Co. Productions.
Jim Lange, the first host of the game show “The Dating Game,” died this week at age 81 after suffering a heart attack. Lange hosted “The Dating Game” for more than a decade after it premiered in 1965. He later went on to host “Hollywood Connection,” “$100,000 Name That Tune” and “The Newlywed Game.”
Southwest Media Group has named Eric Schaefer chief of digital strategy, where he will work to grow the agency’s programmatic strategy team. Schaefer was most recently general manager at ScreenShot Digital.
California agency Cord Media Co. has named Kevin Reuter brand development specialist, effective immediately. Reuter previously held positions at Trump Hotels and Quadrant Homes, among other companies.
Discovery Communications has reorganized its leadership, in the process promoting three to group presidents: Eileen O’Neill for Discovery Channel, Science Channel and Velocity, Marjorie Kaplan for TLC and Animal Planet, and Henry Schleiff for Investigation Discovery, Destination America, American Heroes Channel and Discovery Fit & Health. All of the changes are effective immediately.
Comedy Central has promoted Brooke Posch to senior vice president of original programming and development for the East Coast, reporting to president of content development Kent Alterman. Posch was previously vice president.
A&E Networks has made two moves, promoting Don Robert to senior vice president of research and analytics and hiring Lisa Mallen as senior vice president of ad sales for the upcoming network FYI. Robert was previously senior vice president of program research, while Mallen was vice president and national sales manager at OWN.
Fox Sports has brought in Colleen Dominguez as a reporter and feature contributor, working with shows including Fox Sports 1′s “Fox Sports Live.” Dominguez had been at ESPN for the past 10 years.
Miles O’Brien, a former anchor and correspondent at CNN and current science reporter for PBS, had his left arm amputated after a case holding TV equipment fell on the limb while he was reporting overseas. O’Brien didn’t seek immediate medical attention, which led to complications. In a blog entry, O’Brien wrote, “Life is all about playing the hand that is dealt you. Actually, I would love somebody to deal me another hand right about now — in more ways than one.”
Entercom has promoted Stacy Cunningham to operations manager for its San Francisco stations, up from her previous position as director of marketing. Cunningham joined Entercom in 2012, and before that she was at Clear Channel.
Marketing technology company Tapad has named Ben Regensburger president of Tapad Europe, working out of both Frankfurt and London. Regensburger previously founded his own company, RollUp Media, and he has also worked at DoubleClick and Google.
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