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.
This month’s new media traffic data
The year that was: 2014 by the numbers
As other spending slows, digital surges
‘Galavant,’ ambitious but disappointing
As the year ends, Rachel reminisces
What will be the big media stories of 2015?
Best tube bets this weekend
Cable overnights: ‘Colbert Report’ surges
Networks: Hey, don’t let Aereo do that
Order from Amazon, get it in an hour
Survey: People trust the internet, for now
Vme TV airing Christmas marathon
‘Survivor’ paces CBS to a Wednesday win
- Justine Bloome becomes head of strategy at Carat USA
- Carol Duncan becomes SVP and CFO at Barker
- Bill Robinson becomes VP of partnership development at Home Team Sports
- Sharon Dastur becomes SVP of programming integration at iHeartMedia
- Tasneem Raja becomes senior digital editor at NPR
- Mike Wilson becomes editor at The Dallas Morning News
- Ian Bremmer becomes foreign affairs columnist at Time
- Dan Berman and Sacha Scoblic join National Journal
- Cosme Lopez rises to SVP and GM of pay-TV at Cisneros Media
- John Lambertus becomes VP of revenue operations at Vdopia
- Former CBS News executive Emerson Stone dies at 86
This month’s new media traffic data
This week’s cable ratings
This week’s broadcast ratings
This week’s top movies, songs and books
This week’s daypart ratings
This week’s younger viewer ratings
Media buyer opening in Memphis
Media planner/buyer wanted in Boston
Needed: Digital media coordinator in Roswell, Ga.
Media buyer/digital strategist job in Cedar Falls, Iowa
Broadcast media buyer wanted in Denver