April 30, 2014
Oprah Winfrey could be adding Los Angeles Clippers owner to her lengthy resume. Winfrey has joined a group with music and movie producer David Geffen and Oracle chief executive Larry Ellison, who plan to bid on the basketball team should the NBA force owner Donald Sterling to sell the team. On Tuesday league commissioner Adam Silver banned Sterling from the league days after TMZ released a recording of him making racist comments. The league’s constitution says Sterling can be forced to sell the team if voted on by at least 75 percent of team owners.
Spike TV has promoted Iness Pleus, naming her senior vice president of operations, brand marketing and creative. Pleus had been vice president of operations for the network’s creative group.
Mark O’Connell has been named vice president of content distribution at the cable networks UP and ASPiRE, working out of New York. O’Connell was previously vice president of TV networks distribution at NBCUniversal.
Actress Rosie O’Donnell is returning to ABC Family’s “The Fosters,” reprising her role as a foster care worker in two episodes of the show’s second season in August. O’Donnell appeared in five episodes of the drama’s first season.
Ad agency Geometry Global has named Carl Hartman chief executive officer for North America, taking over for Sheila Hartnett, who becomes North American chairman. Hartman was most recently director of integration at MEC.
TBWA/Chiat/Day has promoted Stephen Butler to chief creative officer, working in the agency’s Los Angeles office. Butler, who had been an executive creative director, replaces the departed John Norman.
One Solution, the marketing unit of Radio One and TV One, has named Detavio Samuels president. Samuels joins from the multicultural agency GlobalHue-Detroit, where he was also president.
Mark Memmott, writer of National Public Radio’s blog The Two-Way, will no longer contribute to the blog and will become standards and practices editor beginning next week. The Two-Way started in May 2009.
The Associated Press has promoted David Scott to political editor, putting him in charge of the organization’s national political reporting. Scott was most recently a regional editor in charge of the Central region.
Lionsgate has named Peter Levin president of interactive ventures and games, a newly formed position at the company. Levin is co-founder of Nerdist Industries.
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