April 23, 2014
CBS has signed actress Meg Ryan to narrate its upcoming comedy “How I Met Your Dad,” the spinoff of “How I Met Your Mother.” Ryan will voice the future version of Greta Gerwig’s character, just as Bob Saget did for Josh Radnor’s character in the original.
Syndicated TV company Debmar-Mercury has brought in Karen Bonck, naming her senior vice president of branded partnerships. Bonck has previously held branded entertainment roles at NBCUniversal and Disney/ABC Television Group.
Sam Register has been promoted to president at Warner Bros. Animation and Warner Digital Series, in charge of the company’s new live-action digital content production unit. Register was previously executive vice president of creative affairs for Warner Bros. Animation.
Charlize Theron and former cast member Andy Samberg are set to host NBC’s “Saturday Night Live,” with Theron appearing on May 10 and Samberg on May 17. Musical guests The Black Keys will join Theron, while St. Vincent will perform on the Samberg episode.
Eric Hill, a contestant on the upcoming season of ABC’s “The Bachelorette,” has died at age 31 after a paragliding accident in Utah on Sunday. The new season of “Bachelorette” premieres on May 19; ABC hasn’t said how it will address Hill’s death.
John Wolfe, managing partner and director of communications at GroupM, is leaving his full-time job at the company, though he retain a consulting role. Wolfe had been at GroupM for eight years.
Cosmopolitan magazine has named Theresa Griggs creative director for the U.S. edition, beginning May 12. Griggs was most recently design director at Women’s Health, and before that she was at Glamour.
Hearst Magazines has turned to Esquire for its new leadership at Popular Mechanics, naming Ryan D’Agostino editor in chief and David Granger editorial director. D’Agostino had been articles editor at Esquire, while Granger will also continue as Esquire’s editor in chief.
Curtco Media has named Jeanne Fontana president of Robb Report Health & Wellness, a new quarterly spinoff of the luxury lifestyle magazine. Fontana is a health researcher and has served on the boards at Sanford-Burnham Institute for Medical Research and the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine.
American Media Inc. has named Christopher Dolan publisher of Muscle & Fitness, after he previously served as digital director and group publisher at Scout. Dolan has also previously held positions at Reader’s Digest, Meredith, JM Associates and Time 4 Media.
Spanish-language cable sports network Fox Deportes has brought in former soccer player Luis “El Matador” Hernandez as an analyst, appearing on the show “La Última Palabra,” among others. Hernandez is a former member of the Mexican national team, and he also played professionally in Mexico, Argentina and the U.S.
Actress Jennifer Garner has signed with Bravo to executive produce “All the Pretty Faces,” a murder dramedy focusing on two battling families. The drama project is still in the development phase.
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