May 6, 2014
NBC and CBS have both shaken up their late-night lineups, but ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel is staying at the network for the foreseeable future. The “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” host has signed a two-year contract extension that will keep him at ABC through at least January 2017. “Kimmel” is in the midst of its 11th season, though it’s only the show’s second year in the 11:35 p.m. timeslot. It used to air at 12:05 a.m., after “Nightline.”
Juan “JC” Acosta has been promoted at Viacom International Media Networks, becoming executive vice president, chief financial officer and executive in charge of production. Acosta had been senior vice president.
Weigel Broadcasting has named Will Givens vice president of network marketing, working with the Me-TV and MOVIES! networks. Givens was previously in charge of branding at the San Diego Fox affiliate KSWB.
Fox has promoted Damon Wayans Jr. to series regular on “New Girl” for its fourth season, after appearing in a recurring role this season. Wayans appeared in the sitcom’s pilot but couldn’t join the show after his ABC comedy “Happy Endings” was unexpectedly picked up for another season.
Telemundo has signed Mexican actress Blanca Soto to a multi-project deal, under which she will appear in the network’s telenovelas. Soto has previously appeared in a number of novelas, including “Porque el Amor Manda,” “Talisman” and “Eva Luna.”
Christophe Brossard has been named chief executive officer at MEC France, effective at the beginning of June. Brossard was most recently at Bestofmedia Group, and he also previously spent 21 years at Omnicom Media Group.
Ad agency INNOCEAN USA has named Doug Palmer director of creative technology and digital innovation, working across the agency’s clients. Palmer previously held a similar role at Saatchi & Saatchi in Los Angeles.
NBCUniversal has named Ruben Mendiola president of its cable network mun2, reporting to NBCU chairman of Hispanic enterprises and content Joe Uva. Mendiola joins from Comcast Cable, where he was senior vice president and general manager of multicultural services.
Fox Sports has promoted Mike Davies to senior vice president of technical and field operations, replacing the recently retired Jerry Steinberg. Davies had been vice president of field and technical operations.
Fusion has made two hires, bringing in Mariana Santos to lead a new interactive storytelling unit and Danilo Lauria to head production of short videos for platforms such as Vine and Instagram. Santos joins from The Guardian, Lauria from Alma DDB.
Reality TV production company Collins Avenue has added Alx James to its roster, signing him to a reality TV development deal. James is popular on the online video sharing site Vine, where he has 5 million followers.
Audrey Gelman has joined Marie Claire magazine as a contributing editor, working as both a consultant and writer at the title. Gelman is also vice president of the strategic communications and public relations practice at SKDKnickerbocker.
Media Properties Holdings has made three promotions to help grow its programmatic TV buying platform AdMore, naming Shannon Nelson chief operating officer, Sean King chief revenue officer and Stephanie Hanson senior vice president of media relations. All three will report to chief executive Brendan Condon.
Advertising technology company PulsePoint has added Julie Preis to its staff, naming her senior vice president of product management. Preis joins from Mocean Mobile, and before that she was general manager at Ansible Mobile.
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