March 17, 2014
Former “Star Trek” actor William Shatner is joining DIY for “The Shatner Project,” a home renovation series starring he and his wife premiering in October. Shatner’s most recent TV appearance was a guest role on “Hot in Cleveland.”
Warner Bros. Television has promoted Susan Rovner and Brett Paul, naming them co-presidents of its cable division Warner Horizon TV. Both will also remain executive vice presidents for Warner Bros. TV.
Travel Channel has promoted Brigitte McCray, naming her senior vice president of program planning and strategy. McCray joined the network in 2010 as vice president.
Actress Melonie Diaz has joined the cast of HBO’s drama project “Laughs Unlimited,” about a war veteran dealing with post traumatic stress disorder. Diaz most recently made a guest appearance on the network’s “Girls.”
MediaCom USA has named Archana Kumar chief strategy officer, working in the agency’s New York office. Kumar was previously executive vice president and global planning director at BBDO Worldwide.
David Landsberg, president and publisher at The Miami Herald, is leaving he newspaper after 30 years. He has taken a job as president as chief executive officer at Goodwill Industries, replacing the retiring Dennis Pastrana. The newspaper has already begun its search for Landsberg’s successor.
Essence magazine has made a number of moves, including three hires: Lauren N. Williams as news editor, Pamela Edwards Christiani as beauty and style director and Deena Campbell as beauty and hair editor. Williams joins from More, Christiani from People and Campbell was a freelancer. Essence has also promoted Charreah K. Jackson to relationships editor, up from associate editor.
Entercom Communications has promoted John Graefe to chief information officer, a new position at the company. Graefe has been with Entercom for 12 years, most recently as vice president of IT.
Bitly, which runs a URL shortening service, has made two hires, naming Rob Platzer chief technology officer and Melissa Wallace vice president of marketing. Platzer joins from AOL’s Patch, Wallace from Buddy Media.
Bryce Johnson has joined the cast of CW’s spinoff “Supernatural: Bloodlines,” which will air as a backdoor pilot on “Supernatural” on April 29. Johnson most recently appeared in ABC Family’s “Pretty Little Liars.”
CBS has added Nick D’Agosto and Andrew Santino to the cast of “How I Met Your Dad,” its upcoming spinoff of “How I Met Your Mother.” Those two join previously announced cast members Greta Gerwig, Drew Tarver and Krysta Rodriguez.
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Tell us, what was the big story of 2014?
Facebook: ‘Thrones’ was the year’s top show
Final tally: 190 new magazines launched in 2014
No duPont Awards for broadcast networks
Sony: We’ll be releasing ‘The Interview.’ Really.
The year that was: 2014 by the numbers
An up and down year for broadcast
The buzziest new cable shows of 2015
Our OOH outlook: More connectivity
Our newspaper outlook: Not good
Our magazine outlook: More upheaval
The ad outlook for 2015: Pretty decent
- Helen Prokos becomes group creative director at Publicis Hawkeye
- James Florez becomes Dallas GM at Allison+Partners
- Robyn Hurd, Michael Oesterlin and Lorenzo Bertolotti join A+E
- Nate Lanxon becomes senior editor at Bloomberg Media
- Marian Bull becomes associate digital editor at Saveur
- Byron Pitts becomes co-anchor at ABC's 'Nightline'
- Annie Wersching joins CW's 'The Vampire Diaries'
- Daniel Wu joins the cast of AMC's 'Badlands'
- Ashley Tisdale guesting on ABC Family's 'Young & Hungry'
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