March 26, 2014
Oprah Winfrey is hitting the road. This fall the woman behind the Oprah Winfrey Network will appear at “Oprah’s The Life You Want Weekend,” a series of two-day events staged at arenas in eight U.S. cities. The tour will kick off in Atlanta on Sept. 5, before heading to Auburn Hills, Mich., Washington, D.C., Newark, N.J., Houston, Miami, Seattle and ending in San Jose on Nov. 15. A handful of Oprah’s well-known buddies will appear on the tour as well, including life coach Iyanla Vanzant, “Eat Pray Love” author Elizabeth Gilbert and Pastor Bob Bell.
Cable network INSP has brought in Candace Hicks as director of digital strategies, a newly created position. Hicks was previously director of digital marketing at World Triathlon Corp.
Fox Sports 1 has named Molly McGrath news anchor for “America’s Pregame,” which premieres on April 7. McGrath joined Fox Sports in August after previously serving as in-arena host for the Boston Celtics.
AMC has named two directors for a pair of its upcoming pilots, Brian Percival for “Knifeman” and David Mackenzie for “Galyntine.” Both pilots will be considered for the network’s 2015 lineup.
TNT has added Matthew Modine to its medical drama pilot “Proof,” joining Jennifer Beals in the cast. Modine’s most recent TV role was a recurring role on Showtime’s “Weeds.”
Filmmaker Morgan Spurlock will host Showtime’s upcoming documentary series “Seven Deadly Sins,” which he will also executive produce. The new series is scheduled to premiere on June 19.
Colin Myler has been promoted to president at The New York Daily News, in addition to his role as the paper’s editor in chief. Myler joined the newspaper in 2012 from the UK’s News of the World.
Gail Kerr, a longtime columnist at The Tennessean, died on Tuesday at age 52 of an apparent blood clot as she battled cancer. Kerr began working for the newspaper as a copy girl 1978, then joined for good after graduating from college in 1983. She became a columnist in 2000.
Entercom has promoted Chuck Sullivan and Ed Schulz to vice presidents and market managers, Sullivan for Milwaukee and Schulz for Madison. Sullivan previously worked the Mobile, Ala., market, while Schulz had been director of sales.
Hearst Magazines International has named Cécile Narinx editor in chief of Harper’s Bazaar Netherlands, which will roll out in September. Narinx had been editor of the Dutch version of Elle.
Marketing technology company Tapad has hired Dave Fall, naming him general manager and senior vice president of operations. Fall joins from Syncapse, where he was chief product officer.
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