March 6, 2013
Valerie Harper, the actress who played Rhoda Morgenstern on “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” and its spinoff “Rhoda,” has revealed she has terminal brain cancer in an interview with People magazine. Harper previously battled and beat lung cancer in 2009. The actress most recently guested on two episodes of Lifetime’s “Drop Dead Diva.”
CBS has made two promotions, naming Sarah LaBrache and Anne de Vega vice presidents of on-air promotion. Both were previously directors of on-air promotion.
Sarah Cooper has been named chief operating officer at NBC Universal International Television Production, effective March 11. Cooper had been chief operating officer at BBC Worldwide.
It appears “Late Night” host Jimmy Fallon will replace “The Tonight Show’s” Jay Leno when Leno’s contract is up next year, but who will replace Fallon? The answer could be Howard Stern, according to The New York Post. The newspaper reports the radio personality and “America’s Got Talent” judge is being groomed to replace Fallon, although nobody on either side has confirmed anything. The story says Stern has made a number of late-night pilots over the years, but obviously none of them have made it to series.
Actress Alexis Bledel has joined the cast of Fox’s comedy pilot “Family & Friends,” starring alongside Jason Ritter. The former “Gilmore Girls” actress most recently appeared on three episodes of AMC’s “Mad Men.”
Tom Cullen has joined the cast of PBS’s “Downton Abbey” for its upcoming fourth season, playing a potential love interest to Michelle Dockery’s character. Cullen most recently appeared in the miniseries “World Without End.”
Actor and comedian Rob Huebel is set to guest on CW’s “Hart of Dixie,” playing the father of Nicholas Podany’s character who is set up on a date with Rachel Bilson’s character. Huebel appears on Adult Swim’s “Children’s Hospital.”
Ernie Del Toro has been named media director at Ad Leverage, the agency formerly known as Natural Concepts Marketing Group. Del Toro joins from Media Design & Marketing, where he was also media director.
Discovery Communications has promoted Eric Phillips to president of domestic distribution, effective immediately. Phillips has been executive vice president of domestic distribution.
TV production company Shine America has brought in Leslie Belzberg, naming her senior vice president of scripted production. Belzberg’s first duty will be to oversee production of FX’s upcoming drama “The Bridge.”
Time magazine has named Zeke Miller a political reporter, beginning on March 12. Miller was most recently a White House and political reporter at BuzzFeed.
Fortune magazine brought in Brandon Kavulla, naming him creative director. Kavulla was previously creative director at Wired, and he has also previously done design work at Vibe and Men’s Health.
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- Marianne Gambelli becomes chief investment officer at Horizon Media
- Andy Grant becomes associate creative director at CP + B
- Shashi Seth becomes president at Tribune Digital Ventures
- Julie Piepenkotter rises to EVP of research at FX
- Cherie Cohen becomes SVP of cable ad sales at NBCUniversal
- Andrew Leisner rises to motorcycle group publisher at Bonnier
- Dominic Laval becomes director of business development at Capablue
- Paul Barford becomes chief scientist at Broadcast Interactive Media
- Mia Maestro joins FX drama pilot 'The Strain'
- Giuliana Rancic and Nick Jonas hosting NBC's 'Miss USA'
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