April 21, 2014
BET has signed actress Keke Palmer to host “The Keke Palmer Project,” a daily afternoon talk show executive produced by syndicated court show judge Greg Mathis. The talk show will premiere in July and run for an initial four-week test period.
Spike TV has promoted Matt Califano, naming him vice president of program scheduling. Califano had been senior director of program scheduling.
First Lady Michelle Obama will guest on Disney Channel’s “Jessie” on May 16, and she’ll appear in a public service announcement airing that night as well. The episode is meant to support the U.S. Armed Services and the White House’s Joining Forces initiative.
Darlene Tipton, vice president of standards and practices at Fox Cable Networks, has been fired after she reportedly used her company email account to try to raise funds for the families of victims of missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. A spokesperson for Fox didn’t go into details but told the Associated Press Tipton violated company policy. Tipton’s husband told the AP she plans to sue Fox for wrongful termination.
Lowe Campbell Ewald has made two additions, naming Paul Taylor and Nigel Rahimpour group directors. Taylor joins from MediaCom, Rahimpour from Saatchi & Saatchi.
JWT has named Amy Avery head of analytics for North America, taking over for retiring chief analytics officer Ira Helf. Avery was previously senior vice president and head of data and analytics for North America at Proximity BBDO.
Guardian News & Media has named Sam Coleman head of client development, where he will help the newspaper company with its multi-channel strategy. Coleman was most recently a group planner at Yahoo.
Digital magazine OZY has made two hires, naming Dwayne Shaw creative director and Steven Butler senior editor. Shaw was most recently at Entertainment Weekly, while Butler has previously worked at U.S. News & World Report and Knight Ridder Newspapers.
Apparently ABC wants to keep Lara Spencer happy after losing another key part of the “Good Morning America” team, Josh Elliott, to NBC. The network has promoted Spencer to co-anchor on “Good Morning America,” joining Robin Roberts and George Stephanopoulos. Spencer recently signed a new contract with ABC to remain on “GMA.”
Actor Blake Anderson will appear on this week’s season finale of NBC’s “Parks and Recreation,” playing the founder of a tech startup. Anderson appears on Comedy Central’s “Workaholics.”
Musical artists Yandel, Diana Reyes and Kany Garcia will join Telemundo’s reality competition “La Voz Kids” this week, appearing as guest mentors. Those three will help the show’s coaches, Prince Royce, Roberto Tapia and Natalia Jimenez.
Actress and reality TV personality Shannon Tweed will appear on an episode of CW’s upcoming comedy “Seed,” playing a judgmental mother. Tweed is the wife of KISS’s Gene Simmons, and the pair stars in A&E’s “Gene Simmons: Family Jewels.”
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