April 13, 2014
NBC has named “The Amazing Spider-Man” star Andrew Garfield host of “Saturday Night Live” for its May 3 episode, his first time hosting the long-running sketch comedy show. Garfield will be joined by musical guests Coldplay.
PBS has made a pair of promotions, naming Michael Kelley senior vice president of programming and business affairs and Bill Gardner vice president of programming and development. Both will continue to report to chief programming executive and general manager for general audience programming Beth Hoppe.
BBDO has named Drew Panayiotou president and chief executive officer, in charge of the agency’s Atlanta office. Panayiotou is a former chief marketing officer at Best Buy, and he’s also previously worked at Coca-Cola and Disney.
Time Inc. has named Sid Evans editor in chief of Southern Living magazine, taking over for the departing Lindsay Bierman. Evans will also retain editorial oversight of Cooking Light, Coastal Living, Sunset and This Old House.
Real Simple magazine has named Gizelle Lugo assistant marketing manager, working with consumer marketing at the title. Lugo was previously integrated marketing and social media rep at Disney Interactive.
Newspaper publisher Digital First Media has named David J. Butler editor in chief, officially replacing the outgoing Jim Brady on May 1. Butler was most recently editor of the San Jose Mercury News.
Brian Robillard has joined Cartoon Network Studios, becoming vice president of content business operations. Robillard joins from NBCUniversal, where he was director of product strategy and development for content distribution.
Cable network Pivot has promoted Belisa Balaban, naming her executive vice president of original programming. Balaban had been in charge of alternative programming at the network.
Actress Linda Hamilton has joined the cast of Syfy’s “Defiance” for its second season, in a recurring role as the separated wife of Graham Greene’s character. Others joining the series this season include James Murray, William Atherton and Anna Hopkins.
The Interactive Advertising Bureau has named Scott Cunningham vice president of technology and ad operations, beginning on April 28. Cunningham was previously senior vice president of product at sovrn.
Social games developer Zynga has brought in David Lee, naming him chief financial officer at chief accounting officer. Lee was most recently senior vice president of enterprise finance at Best Buy.