March 13, 2013
Soccer player Brandi Chastain has joined ABC’s upcoming reality diving competition “Splash,” replacing Chuy Bravo after he fractured his heel. Bravo, who appears on E!’s “Chelsea Lately,” will still appear on the show but he won’t be able to compete.
Actor Dermot Mulroney has joined the cast of NBC’s untitled drama pilot from producer Rand Ravich, playing a CIA analyst. Mulroney joins former “The X-Files” star Gillian Anderson in the cast.
Story Worldwide has named Rob Rasmussen chief creative officer, a new position at the agency. Rasmussen was previously U.S. chief creative officer at Tribal DDB.
Discovery Communications has named William Jawando director of corporate and government affairs, reporting to senior vice president of public policy and corporate and government affairs Alexa Verveer. Jawando was previously deputy director of strategic partnerships and special assistant to the secretary at the U.S. Department of Education.
Hispanic cable network mun2 has promoted Jenny McNicholas, naming her vice president of production and operations. McNicholas had been director of production.
Veria Living has named Zovig Garboushian director of business development, a newly created position. Garboushian joins from Health magazine, where she was director of integrated marketing.
Actor John Stamos has joined USA’s “Necessary Roughness” for its third season in a recurring guest role as the founder of a sports and entertainment management company. Stamos is also set to star in the NBC pilot “I am Victor.”
Musician and actor Ray J has signed on to host Oxygen’s “Bad Girls All Star Battle,” which the network just greenlighted. Ray J has previously appeared on “Brandy And Ray J: A Family Business” and “For the Love of Ray J,” among other shows.
Retired football player Ray Lewis has officially joined ESPN as an analyst, appearing on the pre- and postgame shows for “Monday Night Football,” as well as other shows on the network. Lewis retired from the Baltimore Ravens after winning the Super Bowl last month.
Keith Olbermann has settled his $50 million lawsuit against Current TV, according to multiple reports, although the terms of the deal aren’t expected to be released. Olbermann claimed he was fired from Current without cause just one year into his five-year deal worth $50 million.
Ronen Mense has been elected to the board of directors at MEF Asia, the Asian arm of the trade association for companies looking to monetize goods and services via mobile. Mense is vice president of sales and business development for the Asia Pacific region at MassiveImpact.
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