April 9, 2013
Showtime has added actor Michael Imperioli to the cast of “Californication” for its seventh season, which begins production later this month, playing a TV producer. Imperioli’s most recent regular TV role was on “Detroit 1-8-7,” and before that he was on “Life on Mars” and “The Sopranos.”
TLC has promoted Andrew Strauser to vice president of talent development and casting, reporting to senior vice president of production and development Howard Lee. Before joining TLC Strauser was a freelance casting director.
Brand Connections has made two moves, including naming Suzanne La Forgia senior vice president of sales. La Forgia has previously worked at HGTV, Oxygen and Hallmark, and she was also president of the Digital Place-based Advertising Association. The company has also promoted Kristin Mattimore, moving her from director to vice president of client services.
Bloomberg has named Timothy L. O’Brien publisher of Bloomberg View, the news organization’s op-ed service. O’Brien was previously executive editor at The Huffington Post.
Thomas Heslin, executive editor at The Providence Journal, is retiring on April 25 following a leave of absence due to health reasons. Karen Bordeleau has been serving as acting executive editor in Heslin’s absence.
McCandlish Phillips, a former New York Times reporter who wrote a famous story outing a senior Ku Klux Klansman as an Orthodox Jew, died on Tuesday at age 85 of complications from pneumonia. Phillips worked with The Times from 1952 to 1973.
Starrett Berry has joined the broadcast network MundoFox, becoming vice president of broadcast distribution. Berry was most recently senior adviser and consultant at Una Vez Mas.
Michael Mahan has been named president at DC Media, the parent company of Dick Clark Productions. Mahan was previously president at TV Guide.
The Atlantic has promoted Kasia Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg, naming her executive producer for Atlantic Video. She joined The Atlantic in 2011, and before that she held positions at Urgent Content and Current TV.
Roya Wolverson has been named deputy global news editor at Quartz, The Atlantic’s business brand. Wolverson joins from Time, where she was global business editor.
Mobile advertising technology company Celtra has brought in Deborah Szajngarten, naming her vice president of marketing communications. Szajngarten is a former global communications director at Vimeo.
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