March 19, 2014
Actresses Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin have signed to star in Netflix’s “Grace and Frankie,” a 13-episode comedy from “Friends” creator Marta Kauffman. The duo will play enemies who form an unlikely bond when their husbands fall in love and decide to marry each other. Fonda and Tomlin starred together in the 1980 movie “9 to 5,” along with Dolly Parton.
Salon Media Group has named Laura Bennett culture editor, taking over for the departed Anna North. Bennett was previously a culture writer and online culture editor at The New Republic.
The upcoming online streaming sports network 120 Sports has made a number of additions, including former ESPN host Michael Kim and sports personality Dave Ross as hosts. Former NFL players Bryant McFadden and Ovie Mughelli have joined as co-hosts, while other contributors include Tim Doyle, Dylan McGorty and Ro Parrish.
Mukund Ramachandran has been named vice president of marketing at Krux, a cloud-based data management technology company. Ramachandran was previously general brand manager at DataXu.
Discovery Networks International has promoted Doug Baker to chief operating officer, in addition to his role as executive vice president and chief financial officer. Baker has been with Discovery since 2005.
Actor Hugh Jackman will guest on Spike TV’s reality tattoo competition “Ink Master,” which will air an X-Men-themed episode on March 25. Jackman plays Wolverine in the X-Men movie franchise and is the only actor to appear in all six films.
The voices of actors Christian Slater and Fred Armisen will both appear in FX’s animated comedy “Archer” next week, with Slater playing a drug smuggler and Armisen the dictator of a Central American country. Slater currently appears in “Mind Games,” Armisen in “Portlandia.”
David Frum is joining The Atlantic as a senior editor, beginning on March 31. Frum is an author and has previously worked on the editorial page at The Wall Street Journal, and he’s also written for National Review and the Weekly Standard.
Town&Country magazine has brought in Jay McInerney as wine critic, with his first column to appear in the June/July issue. McInerney most recently covered wine for The Wall Street Journal, and he’s also written a number of books on the subject.
Magazine publisher Niche Media has brought in Jeff Nicholson, naming him national account director. Nicholson joins from Playbill, where he was manager of integrated ad sales.
Reuters has made a pair of moves, hiring Jessica Resnick-Ault as energy markets editor for New York and promoting Josephine Mason to deputy editor in charge of commodities. Resnick-Ault joins from Bloomberg, while Mason was previously commodities editor.
Gannett has named Christina Pierce general manager and advertising director at the Daily Town Talk in Alexandria, La., replacing the retiring Ed Humphrey. Pierce was previously ad director at The News-Star in Monroe, La.
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- 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
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- Former CBS News executive Emerson Stone dies at 86
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