March 10, 2014
CBS News has parted ways with investigative reporter Sharyl Attkisson. She and the network have come to an agreement that allows her to leave before her contract expires as she pursues “other endeavors,” according to a statement from the network. Attkisson had been at CBS News for more than 20 years, but in recent years she became frustrated with the network for a number of reasons, including a perceived liberal bias and disinterest in investigative reporting, according to Politico. The reporter is working on a book that looks at the challenge of covering the Obama administration and writing about it critically. Attkisson was at CNN before joining CBS in 1993.
Univision has named Marshall Cohen executive vice president of corporate research, reporting to president of digital and enterprise development Kevin Conroy. Cohen joins from the private equity firm Pilot Group, where he was a partner.
Twentieth Century Fox Television Distribution has promoted Kristen Finney, naming her senior vice president of worldwide pay television and subscription on demand. Finney has been with the company for more than 10 years, most recently as vice president.
Devin C. Johnson has been named senior vice president and head of digital media at Tribune Broadcasting, working with social media, content and digital sales strategy, among other responsibilities. Earlier in his career Johnson worked at Tribune Interactive, and since then he’s held positions at NBCUniversal and Studio One Networks.
Ira Bahr has been named chief marketing officer at TiVo, based in the company’s San Jose office. Bahr was previously chief marketing officer at Inspirato, and he’s also a former CMO at Dish Network.
Nielsen has promoted D. Sangeeta to chief diversity officer, reporting to chief executive Mitch Barns. Sangeeta was previously executive sponsor of the Asian American Advisory Council at Nielsen.
CBS News has named Bill Whitaker a correspondent on “60 Minutes,” beginning this fall. Whitaker has previously appeared on a number of other CBS News shows, including “Evening News,” “Sunday Morning” and Showtime’s “60 Minutes Sports.”
Former “Dawson’s Creek” actress Katie Holmes has joined an untitled drama pilot at ABC, from “Behind the Candelabra” writer Richard LaGravenese. Holmes joins actor Rufus Sewell in the project.
Gabourey Sidibe, who was nominated for an Academy Award for her role in the movie “Precious,” has joined Fox’s upcoming hip-hop drama “Empire,” which stars Terrence Howard. Sidibe will have a recurring role in the drama from Lee Daniels, who directed “Precious.”
Fox has added Amy Sedaris to the cast of its comedy pilot “Dead Boss,” which stars former “30 Rock” actress Jane Krakowski. Sedaris will play a co-worker of Krakowski’s character.
Ad agency Zeus Jones has named Neil Robinson founding partner in its new San Francisco office, alongside fellow founding partner Gareth Kay. Robinson was previously executive creative director at AKQA.
Rosetta has named Clare McDonald executive creative director for Europe, a new position at the agency. McDonald was most recently executive creative director at BSkyB.
Diane Neal has joined the cast of Starz’ upcoming drama “Power,” from executive producer Curtis Jackson, better known as the rapper 50 Cent. Neal’s most recent TV roles include parts on “NCIS” and “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.”
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