April 7, 2014
It’s spring cleaning at Self magazine, which has a new publisher to go along with its new editor. Condé Nast has named Mary Murcko vice president and publisher at the title, taking over for the departed Laura McEwen. Murcko, who begins May 1, was most recently president of national sales at Gannett. The move came just a day after Self named Joyce Chang editor, replacing 13-year Condé Nast veteran Lucy Danziger. Danziger was booted just days after the magazine was embroiled in an online controversy. The magazine ran a disdainful caption with a picture of a woman wearing a tutu, only to find out the woman was a cancer survivor who sold the tutus to raise money for research. Running bloggers sharply criticized the magazine, and Danziger later apologized.
Hearst Magazines has brought in Amy Laine, naming her integrated marketing director at Cosmopolitan. Laine is a former marketing manager at Hearst, but most recently she was a partner at Hyperlaine.
Chicago magazine has named Terrance Noland executive editor, effective April 14. Noland, who takes over for the departed Cassie Walker, previously worked at Men’s Journal, Esquire and SmartMoney.
“Chelsea Lately” host Chelsea Handler is reportedly in talks with CBS for a new late-night show at the network, according to The Wrap, although she was apparently negotiating before David Letterman announced his plan to retire. Handler’s agent said last week that she plans to leave E! when her contract is up at the end of the year. She was apparently in talks to possibly take over the Craig Ferguson 12:30 a.m. timeslot, but The Wrap indicates she wants to replace Letterman in the “Late Show” slot instead. That might be a stretch. Though CBS is said to be interested in considering women for Letterman’s slot, Handler’s E! audience skews much younger than CBS’s primetime and late-night audience and so she might not be a good fit.
College sports marketing company Learfield Sports has named four regional vice presidents of national sales: Bill Hirsh for the northeast, Al Connor for the central region, Chris Sanders for the southeast, and Ceo Wimmer for the west. Hirsh joins from WWE, Connor from Screenvision, Sanders from Helios Partners, and Wimmer from CayRay Group.
Deirdre O’Hearn has been named senior vice president of programming and development at Food Network and Cooking Channel, in charge of both daytime and primetime programming. O’Hearn joins from WE tv, where she was vice president of development and talent.
AOL has named William Pence global chief technology officer, as well as a member of the company’s global operating committee. Pence had been executive vice president and chief technology officer at WebMD.
Online TV channel Evox Television has made two additions, naming Mary Beth Bambridge chief revenue officer and Andrew Mersmann executive vice president of synergy, strategy and engagement. Bambridge joins from Hasbro Studios, Mersmann from Passport magazine.
Michael Howerton has been named editor in chief at The San Francisco Examiner, as well as vice president of editorial for the paper’s publisher, San Francisco Print Media Co. Howerton was previously editor in chief at 1World Online.
Chuck Stone, a journalist who was a founder of the National Association of Black Journalists, died over the weekend at age 89 after suffering from congestive heart failure. In addition to an esteemed journalism career, Stone was a member of the Tuskegee Airman, and he wrote a number of books for both kids and adults.
Richard Black, a commercial artist who came up with the original Mr. Clean character, died last week at age 92. No cause was given. Black, who also painted the Smokey Bear character, was also a portraitist and landscape painter.
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