March 11, 2014
Fox has reorganized its programming department and made five promotions, naming Terence Carter executive vice president and Charlie Andrews senior vice president for drama development and programming, and Suzanna Makkos executive vice president, Lauren Levy Neustadter senior vice president and Samata Narra vice president for comedy development and programming. The comedy and drama programming and development teams will report to chief operating officer Joe Earley.
Actor Josh Duhamel has joined the cast of CBS’s upcoming drama “Battle Creek,” from “Breaking Bad” creator Vince Gilligan. The former “Crossing Jordan” and “Las Vegas” actor will play an FBI agent in the new series.
ABC’s Tom Bergeron is looking to cut back his hours. Bergeron said on Tuesday that the next season of “America’s Funniest Home Videos,” the show’s 25th on the air, will be his last as host. In 2012 Bergeron won an Emmy for his other ABC gig, hosting “Dancing with the Stars.”
Dottie Sandusky, the wife of former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky, is set to appear on NBC’s “Today” on Wednesday in a taped interview with Matt Lauer. It will be her first TV interview since her husband was convicted of child sex abuse. In one part of the interview released in advance, Sandusky continued to deny her husband’s offenses, saying, “I know he did not do the horrible crimes that he’s convicted of.”
Havas Worldwide has named Rich Rosenthal head of content for North America, reporting to global chief content officer Vin Farrell. Rosenthal was previously senior vice president of content development and production for the global media group at Time Warner.
AMC Networks has made a pair of personnel moves at SundanceTV, naming Drew Pisarra vice president of digital media and marketing and Mark Zadroga director of online content. Pisarra has been with the company since 2007, Zadroga since 2011.
Cable network Fusion has named Hong Qu chief technology officer, helping the network reach audiences through digital platforms. Qu was most recently vice president of product at Upworthy, and he’s also previously worked at YouTube.
HGTV and DIY Network have made two promotions, naming Shannon Jamieson Driver senior vice president of marketing and creative services and Kendra Rudder vice president of Media Strategies. Driver has been with the networks since 2004, Rudder since 2001.
Jeff DeLoach has been named publisher at The Abilene Reporter-News, effective immediately. DeLoach will also remain publisher of the Standard-Times in San Angelo, Texas, a position he’s held since 2009.
Rick Cotton has been named chief revenue officer at Ampush, a social advertising technology company. Cotton was previously head of global advertising for the digital radio app TuneIn.
Intent Media, and online advertising company, has brought in Noreen Henry as vice president of business development. Henry joins from Travelocity, where she was senior vice president of global partner services.
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