April 3, 2014
Former “7th Heaven” actress Haylie Duff will host Cooking Channel’s “Real Girl’s Kitchen,” a new cooking show premiering in June. The show is based on Duff’s blog of the same name.
Turner Broadcasting has named Ian McDonough senior vice president and managing director for Northern Europe, based in London. McDonough was previously executive vice president for Central Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Africa at BBC Worldwide.
TV content distribution company Cineflix Media has brought in Brandon Killion, naming him executive vice president of programming and development for North America. Killion was most recently at Gurney Productions.
Cable network Fusion apparently intends to cover marijuana so much, it needs a chief cannabis correspondent. The network has named author Ryan Nerz to the position, and he’ll also host a half-hour limited-run series called “The Cannabusiness Report.” In addition to books Nerz has written for Esquire, NPR and History.
Emmanuelle Skala has been named vice president of sales at Influitive, a business-to-business marketing company. Skala was most recently vice president of global channel sales at Sophos.
Chicago promotions agency SLANT has named Christopher McGuire vice president and general manager, effective immediately. McGuire was previously business development manager at MRI.
Entertainment Weekly has laid off three staff members, including film critic Owen Gleiberman, who had been with the title since it launched in 1990. Also leaving are music critic Nick Catucci and staff writer Annie Barrett.
Scott Bland has been promoted to editor in chief at The Hotline, National Journal’s daily campaigns and elections tip sheet. Bland was previously a senior analyst covering the House, Senate and gubernatorial races.
The Los Angeles Times has promoted Joe Bel Bruno, naming him editor of its Hollywood business blog Company Town. Bel Bruno had been deputy business editor at the newspaper.
Kevin DeMarrais, a business columnist at The Bergen Record, has retired after 27 years with the newspaper. His final column will run this Sunday, April 6. DeMarrais’ column has run every Sunday since he started in March of 1994.
Here’s betting there will be more than a few softball questions: Former president George W. Bush is set to be interviewed by daughter Jenna Bush Hager on NBC’s “Today” Friday morning. Bush will unveil 24 portraits of world leaders that he painted for an art exhibit at the Bush Presidential Library and Museum in Dallas.
Lucy Hood, president and chief operating officer at the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, died of cancer on Wednesday at age 56. Hood had been at the academy for less than a year, following a stint as executive director of the Institute for Communication Technology Management at USC. She also was founder and former president of Fox Mobile Entertainment.
Sandy Grossman, a longtime TV sports director who won eight Sports Emmys, has died at age 78 after battling cancer. Grossman directed 10 Super Bowls during his career, as well as 18 NBA Finals and five Stanley Cup Finals. He also spent 21 seasons with the football announcing team of Pat Summerall and John Madden at both CBS and Fox.
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- Rob FitzGerald becomes U.S. president at We Are Social
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- David Duncan becomes chief strategy officer at BBDO Minneapolis
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- Jim Belushi joins the cast of Fox's pilot "Urban Cowboy'
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