March 31, 2014
NBC’s “The Voice” has found a new coach. Pharrell Williams has joined the reality competition for its seventh season, serving as one of four coaches. Williams replaces Cee Lo Green, who said last month that he wouldn’t be returning to the show. NBC says the rest of the season-seven coach lineup will be announced later. Williams, a Grammy award winner, has previously served as an adviser to Usher’s team on “The Voice.”
Telepictures has named Donna Redier Linsk executive vice president of business operations and programming, reporting to Warner Bros. president of unscripted and alternative TV Mike Darnell. Redier Linsk most recently worked on Fox’s “American Idol” as a consultant. Before that she held positions at FremantleMedia North America and Fox, where she also worked with Darnell.
Former New York City police commissioner Ray Kelly has joined ABC News as a consultant, contributing across the network’s platforms. Kelly was with the NYPD for 43 years.
The New York Times Magazine has a new editor in chief, naming Jake Silverstein to the position. Silverstein was most recently editor in chief at Texas Monthly. He will take over for Hugo Lindgren, who left in December and later landed at The Hollywood Reporter.
Outside magazine has brought in Abbe Simmons, naming her New York advertising manager and travel director. Simmons was most recently sales director at OK! magazine.
InterMedia Advertising has named Michael K. Lyons vice president and media director, effective immediately. Lyons was previously senior director of direct response at ESPN.
Shopper marketing agency the Integer Group has made three additions in its Retail Arts Lab, naming Laura Davis-Taylor senior vice president of omnichannel experience, Rebecca Walt vice president and director of retail strategy, and In Lee vice president of creative technology. David-Taylor joins from BBDO, Walt from Harris Corp. and Lee from Allure Fusion Media.
Hulu has named Craig Erwich senior vice president and head of content, effective April 7. Erwich was most recently in charge of development, production and business operations at Warner Horizon Television.
Online video site Vimeo has named Sam Toles vice president of content acquisitions and business development, reporting to general manager of audience networks Greg Clayman. Toles joins from Gaiam Entertainment, where he was vice president of content strategy.
Winona Meringolo has been promoted to vice president of development at Investigation Discovery, up from her previous position as senior director of development for ID and American Heroes Channel. Meringolo has been with Discovery since 2005.
Actor Michael Chiklis has joined FX’s “American Horror Story: Freak Show,” the upcoming season of its horror anthology series. Chiklis will play the ex-husband of Kathy Bates‘ character.
Lifetime has signed actress June Squibb to guest in the upcoming second season of “Devious Maids,” playing the mother of Susan Lucci’s character. Squibb was nominated for an Oscar for her role in the movie “Nebraska.”
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