March 4, 2014
Olympics gold medalists Meryl Davis and Charlie White are going from teammates to rivals. The ice dancers are set to compete on the 18th season of ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars,” which revealed the coming season’s competitors on “Good Morning America” Tuesday morning. Also appearing this season are “Star Wars” actor Billy Dee Williams, “Full House” actress Candace Cameron Bure, former “Amazing Race” contestant Amy Purdy, “The Wonder Years” actress Danica McKellar, Australian singer Cody Simpson, long-distance swimmer Diana Nyad, “Price is Right” host Drew Carey, “Big Time Rush” actor James Maslow, “Real Housewives” cast member NeNe Leakes and former NHL player Sean Avery.
Spanish-language broadcast network Azteca America has named Manuel Abud president and chief executive officer, and he will also lead its new station group that includes 25 local stations. Abud was most recently president at Telemundo Station Group. The network has also made three other moves, naming Martin Breidsprecher chief operating officer, Court Stroud executive vice president of network sales, and Enrique Pérez executive vice president of the station group.
Starcom USA has made two hires to work on its Novartis account, naming Daniel Ryback vice president and director of over-the-counter businesses and Rich Schneider vice president and director for Alcon. Ryback joins from Zenith Media, Schneider from Direct Advantage.
Gian Carlo Lanfranco and Rolando Cordova have joined Havas Worldwide’s New York office, becoming creative directors. The duo join from the French agency Fred & Farid Group.
Milwaukee agency Bader Rutter has named Amy Sonnenberg learning and development leader, working with manager training and leadership development. Sonnenberg was previously a training consultant at Empire Education Group.
Los Angeles agency Omelet has named Victoria Guenier partner and head of production, working with broadcast and integrated marketing. Before Omelet, Guenier was senior vice president and director of broadcast production at Deutsch LA.
WE tv has promoted Theresa Patiri to senior vice president of production and business affairs, reporting to general manager Marc Juris. Patiri had been vice president of production management and operations.
Starz has made a pair of promotions, naming Lauren Ruetz vice president of media strategy and planning and Jen Mintz executive director of originals marketing. Ruetz had been executive director of media strategy, while Mintz was director of originals marketing.
Hearst Magazines has promoted Kate English, naming her associate publisher for marketing at HGTV Magazine. English was previously executive director of integrated marketing.
About.com has named Pearl Collings senior vice president of sales operations, a newly created position. Collings joins from Everyday Health, where she was also senior vice president of sales operations.
Bob Lonigro has been named executive vice president at Social Ingot, a casual gaming advertising platform. Lonigro was previously vice president of advertising sales at SocialVibe.
NPR’s quiz show “Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me!” will soon have a different sound. Scorekeeper Carl Kasell is retiring this spring after 30 years at NPR. He spent much of that with the newscast “Morning Edition,” which he had already left. Kasell’s final broadcast will air this spring, and before then NPR will air celebration shows from its home city of Chicago, as well as from Washington, D.C. Kasell won’t be going too far–he will become Scorekeeper Emeritus of “Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me!,” and he will also continue to record custom voice mail greetings for the show’s winners.
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