May 1, 2014
“Who Wants to be a Millionaire” host Cedric the Entertainer is leaving the game show after one season, and no replacement has been named. In a statement he cited a busy work schedule and the show moving its production to Connecticut. Deadline reports “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” actor Terry Crews could be in line as the show’s next host.
NBCUniversal has a new chief financial officer, naming Vasant M. Prabhu to the position. Prabhu, who officially begins on June 1, was previously chief financial officer at Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide.
ITV Studios America has named Tom Lane senior vice president of business and legal affairs, based in the company’s Los Angeles office. Lane previously held a similar position at CBS Studios International.
Univision Television Group has named Alberto Mier y Terán executive vice president, reporting to president Kevin Cuddihy. Mier y Terán will also continue in his role as general manager of the Los Angeles Univision and UniMás affiliates.
Susan Goldberg has been promoted to editor in chief at National Geographic magazine, replacing Chris Johns, who becomes chief content officer. Goldberg had been executive editor for news and features.
Al Feldstein, the longtime editor of Mad magazine, died earlier this week at age 88 in his home. No cause was given. Feldstein edited Mad from 1955 to 1984, and while he was in charge the title was sold to what would become Warner Communications. In a statement current editor John Ficarra said, “He took over Mad when it was transitioning from comic book to magazine and much of what the nation knows to be as Mad … The result of his work in Mad can be seen in a lot of comedy media today.”
Erich Wasserman has been promoted to global chief revenue officer at MediaMath, a digital marketing technology company. Wasserman was previously in charge of the EMEA and APAC regions.
Regina Taylor, David Costabile and Omar Metwally have joined USA’s six-episode drama “Dig,” all in recurring roles. Jason Isaacs and Anne Heche are set to star in the project.
Syfy has signed Tricia Helfer to star in “Ascension,” a six-hour limited drama to air in the fall. Helfer is no stranger to Syfy, previously appearing in the network’s “Battlestar Galactica.”
Disney Channel has added Kristin Chenoweth to the cast of its live-action movie “The Descendants,” about the teenage kids of various Disney villains. “High School Musical” director Kenny Ortega will direct this project as well.
AMC has added Michael McKean to its upcoming “Breaking Bad” prequel “Better Call Saul,” according to Deadline, joining Bob Odenkirk and Jonathan Banks in the cast. McKean most recently made appearances on “Family Tree” and “Happy Endings.”
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