March 27, 2014
Jennifer Lopez f—ed up on Wednesday. The “American Idol” judge dropped the F-word on Wednesday night’s live performance episode, but luckily for Fox the show’s censors were quick on their feet and bleeped her slip-up. While critiquing a singer, Lopez became flustered by teasing from fellow judge Harry Connick Jr., then swore before immediately realizing her mistake and covering her mouth. Connick responded, “That’s Jenny from the block!” Lopez regained her composure and continued with her critique.
Entravision Communications has named Hilda Garcia vice president of multimedia content and community development, a newly created position. Garcia was previously vice president of multiplatform news and information at impreMedia.
Newswoman Cynthia McFadden is changing networks. The co-anchor of ABC’s “Nightline” is leaving the network for NBC News, where she will become senior legal and investigative correspondent, based in New York. She had been with ABC News for 20 years.
MEC has named Josh Berman head of digital product development, reporting to global chief digital officer Carl Fremont. Berman was previously director of brand strategy development at Kontera.
Entercom has promoted Joe Schembri, naming him vice president of corporate business development, sports sales and sponsorships. Schembri had been vice president of business development.
The Washington Post has added Matt O’Brien to its Wonkblog, where he will write about economic affairs. O’Brien joins from The Atlantic, where he was senior associate editor.
Billboard magazine has named Tasha Green fashion editor, after she previously served as men’s style editor at The Wall Street Journal. Green has also previously worked at Men’s Vogue and Departures magazines.
Borrell Associates has named Matt Baldwin senior research analyst, primarily working with ad agencies. Baldwin is a former corporate vice president of research at MediaNews Group (now Digital First Media).
The Network Advertising Initiative, a self-regulatory group for digital ad companies, has made two hires, naming Bruce Morris vice president of member services and business development and Ryan Cliche chief operating officer. Morris was previously at SourceMedia, while Cliche had been working with the group as a consultant.
Amara Walker has joined CNN International as an anchor, after previously working with the network on a freelance basis. Before that Walker was an anchor at the Fox affiliate WFLD in Chicago.
Actors Carmine Giovinazzo and Jon Sklaroff have joined USA’s police drama “Graceland,” both in recurring roles. Giovinazzo will play the head of the LAPD gang taskforce, while Sklaroff will play a human trafficker.
Also at USA, actress Perrey Reeves has joined the cast of “Covert Affairs” in a recurring role in the show’s upcoming fifth season. Reeves is best known for her role on HBO’s “Entourage.”
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- Kevin Dolak, Seung Lee and Helen Russell join Newsweek
- Karen DeFriez becomes affiliate sales manager at Westwood One
- Dick Costolo joins HBO's 'Silicon Valley' as a consultant
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- Melanie Liburd joins HBO's 'Game of Thrones'
- 'Sopranos' actor Frank Albanese dies at age 84
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