April 24, 2014
NBC has named new “Late Night” host Seth Meyers host of the Primetime Emmys, which will air on the network on Aug. 25. This year’s ceremony will air on a Monday rather than a Sunday, so it doesn’t interfere with the network’s “Sunday Night Football.”
Kevin Clash, the former puppeteer and voice of the “Sesame Street” character Elmo, has been cleared of sex abuse charges brought against him after the U.S. Court of Appeals upheld an earlier ruling. Multiple men claimed they were abused by Clash over 10 years ago, and last summer a New York judge dismissed the cases because they were outside of the state’s statute of limitations. The U.S. Court of Appeals has agreed with that ruling, since state law requires suits be filed within six years of the abuse or three years after a plaintiff turns 21. Clash resigned from “Sesame Street” in 2012 but has always denied he did anything wrong.
Mike Goller has been named group brand director at 72andSunny, working in the Amsterdam office on Google’s EMEA account. Goller has previously held positions at BBDO Germany, Wieden + Kennedy, Modernista!, Atletico/Grey and VICE.
TLC has made a pair of additions, naming Jack Tarantino vice president of production and Elvia Van Es Oliva vice president of development, both for the West Coast. Tarantino joins from Style Network, Van Es Oliva from Fly On The Wall Entertainment.
Cable network Fusion has brought in Felix Salmon as a senior editor, working on the network’s digital team. Salmon spent the previous five years at Reuters, and he’s also previously written for Portfolio, Politico and Wired.
The Wall Street Journal has named Christopher Mims technology columnist, working with the newspaper as well as WSJD.com. Mims joins from Quartz, where he was lead technology reporter.
Bloomberg has brought in Chris Rovzar to build its editorial for the luxury category, including developing a new luxury news product and contributing content to Bloomberg’s web site. Rovzar was previously digital editor at Vanity Fair.
Johnson Publishing has named Mitzi Miller editor in chief of Ebony magazine, replacing the departing Amy DuBois Barnett. Miller had been editor of the company’s JET magazine, and managing editor Wendy Wilson will take over day-to-day operations of that title.
Jane Keltner de Valle has joined Glamour magazine has fashion news director, effective May 19. Keltner de Valle joins from Teen Vogue, where she was senior fashion news director.
Atlantic Media has promoted two in its government executive media group, naming Constance Sayers Witherspoon president and Tom Shoop executive vice president and editor in chief. Sayers Witherspoon had been publisher of the group, while Shoop was editor.
David Ebersman, chief financial officer at Facebook, is leaving the social network by the end of September to pursue a career in healthcare. Facebook vice president of corporate finance and business planning David Wehner will take over the CFO title on June 1.
Francis Pizzani has been named director of sales for direct response at Yangaroo, which runs a cloud-based digital media distribution platform. Pizzani was most recently a senior account executive at Revshare.
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