April 16, 2014
Actor Jeremy Renner has signed with History to narrate “The World Wars,” a three-part series looking at the wars from 1914 to 1945. The special will premiere on Memorial Day. Renner was nominated for Academy Awards for his roles in “The Hurt Locker” (leading role) and “The Town” (supporting role).
Cable network BabyFirst has named Mary Jeanne Cavanagh executive vice president of advertising sales, working in the company’s New York office. Cavanagh had been in charge of sales at UP, ASPiRE and Sportsman Channel.
MSNBC personality Lawrence O’Donnell and his brother, Michael, were injured in a car accident while riding in a taxi while on vacation last weekend, although it’s not clear where the accident took place. It’s also not known how badly O’Donnell was injured, but MSNBC says he’s expected to make a full recovery and return to the network after several weeks of recuperation.
Alcone, an activation and integrated marketing agency, has named Sarah Amatuzio vice president and creative director in its office in Darien, Conn. Amatuzio was previously a creative director at Story Worldwide.
Tim Nolan has joined the ad agency Huge, becoming group creative director. Nolan was most recently a creative director at BBH Labs.
Planning and buying agency The Media Kitchen has promoted Jonathan Kim to digital engineering director, a newly created position. Kim had been senior search strategist.
NBCUniversal has promoted Anand Kini to executive vice president of strategy and business insights, reporting to chief executive Steve Burke. Kini had been senior vice president of strategic planning and development.
The May 15 episode of ABC’s “The View” will be a historic one. On that day all 11 current and former co-hosts of the show will make appearances, including Meredith Vieira, Star Jones, Joy Behar, Debbie Matenopoulos, Lisa Ling, Elisabeth Hasselbeck, Rosie O’Donnell, Whoopi Goldberg, Sherri Shepherd and Jenny McCarthy. Those 10 will appear to honor co-host and creator Barbara Walters, who will make her final appearance the following day.
Country singer Brad Paisley will guest on the season finale of CBS’s “Two and a Half Men,” appearing alongside his wife, Kimberly Williams-Paisley, who has a recurring role on the comedy. The sitcom’s 11th season finale will air May 8.
Hearst Magazines has brought in Meaghan B. Murphy, naming her executive editor at Good Housekeeping. Murphy was previously deputy editor at Self magazine, where she wrote a monthly wellness column.
Reuters has brought in Howard Schneider as Federal Reserve reporter, based in its Washington, D.C., bureau beginning April 21. Schneider was most recently a staff writer at The Washington Post.
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- Dave Monk becomes ECD at Publicis London
- Tom Hamling and Tim Eger rise to group creative directors at GSD&M
- John Partilla becomes CEO at Screenvision
- Julian Zilberbrand becomes EVP of audience science at Viacom
- Jennifer Sarlin becomes SVP of marketing at TLC
- John Duff becomes director of business development at beIN SPORTS
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