April 22, 2014
Actor John Turturro has joined HBO’s upcoming miniseries “Criminal Justice,” replacing Robert De Niro, who exited due to scheduling reasons. De Niro had stepped in for late actor James Gandolfini, who remains an executive producer of the seven-hour project.
Cable network BabyFirst has named Nancy Cohen senior vice president of sales and sponsorship, reporting to executive vice president of ad sales Mary Jeanne Cavanagh. Cohen joins from UP, where she was senior vice president of ad sales.
Cable network VH1 has let go of more than 10 members of its New York-based development staff, including vice presidents Brad Abramson and Kari McFarland. Many of the positions are expected to be fulfilled, according to Deadline, but the new development staff will focus more on cross-platform programming.
MEC has named Jason Lee senior partner and senior director of digital, working with the agency’s Marriott International account. Lee was previously group director for digital at OMD in Los Angeles.
Entertainment Weekly has made a handful of moves, including promoting Kristen Baldwin from executive editor for integrated content to deputy editor. The title has made two other promotions as well, moving Meeta Agrawal from assistant managing editor to executive editor for TV and Sean Smith from Los Angeles bureau chief to executive editor for film. Finally, EW has hired Danielle Nussbaum, naming her senior West Coast editor. She had been entertainment director at Clique Media.
Richard Turley, creative director at Bloomberg Businessweek for the past four years, is leaving the magazine to take a content creation position at MTV. Turley wrote on his Tumblr page, “It’s time for me to learn something new and work with different content for a different audience.”
Reuters finance and news media writer Felix Salmon is leaving the news organization after five years to take a new digital position. He hasn’t said yet what the new position is, despite a lot of queries on Twitter, but in an email to colleagues he wrote he is “off to do exciting things on the Internet.”
The Washington Post has brought in Steven Petrow as a manners advice columnist, in charge of writing the bi-weekly Civilities column. Petrow has previously written for Parade and Everyday Health magazines, and he’s also written five etiquette books.
ABC has signed Craig Zadan and Neil Meron to produce next year’s Academy Awards telecast, the duo’s third straight year producing the ceremony. Next year’s Oscars will air on Feb. 22.
Yahoo has named Susan Kittenplan executive editor of media initiatives, putting her in charge of the web site’s editorial strategy. Kittenplan is a former executive editor at Allure magazine, and she also founded the company Kittenplan Catalyst.
MediaAlpha, an advertising technology company, has named Keith Cramer vice president of business development. Cramer was most recently vice president at Vantage Media.
Tom Quinn has been named general manager at YieldexDirect for Advertisers, a digital advertising analytics company. Quinn was previously chief revenue officer at Merkle.
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