May 7, 2014
Syndicated game show “Who Wants to be a Millionaire” has found its replacement for host Cedric the Entertainer. The show has named “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” actor Terry Crews host for the show’s 13th season, which will premiere in the fall. Cedric recently decided to leave the show after his only season as host, citing scheduling issues. Meredith Vieira hosted the show for its first 11 seasons as a daily game.
Twentieth Television has promoted Jodi Chisarick to senior vice president and general sales manager for media sales, reporting to executive vice president of media sales Michael Teicher. Chisarick joined the company in 1995 as an account executive.
Fox Television Stations has named Charlie LeDuff national news correspondent, which includes a series of national news reports on Fox-owned stations called “The Americans with Charlie LeDuff.” LeDuff had been an investigative reporter at the Detroit Fox station WJBK.
ABC has added country singer Brad Paisley to its upcoming reality competition “Rising Star,” serving as a judge, according to Deadline. The remaining two judges haven’t been named yet.
Actor Timothy Busfield has joined the cast of Fox’s “Sleepy Hollow” for its second season, in a recurring role as Benjamin Franklin. The former “Thirtysomething” actor has most recently appeared on “Revolution” and “Blue Bloods.”
Michelle LaPointe has been promoted to associate media director at Mintz + Hoke Communications Group, an agency based in Connecticut. LaPointe was previously a senior media buyer.
New York Media has made a pair of promotions, naming Lane Brown culture editor for New York magazine and Vulture.com and Gilbert Cruz editorial director for Vulture. Brown returned to New York in 2012 after a stint with Grantland, while Cruz had been Vulture’s managing editor.
Regional lifestyle magazine publisher Niche Media has named Ann Song vice president of fashion and creative, effective immediately. Song was most recently in charge of digital brand strategy and integrated media at C California Style magazine.
Cable ad sales rep firm Viamedia has made two hires, naming Michael Labriola manager of political strategic solutions and Michael Bell political account manager. Labriola joins from Cablevision Media Sales, Bell from Home Team Sports.
The Washington Post has named Robert Bierman general manager of Washington Post Live, its live events division. Bierman was previously at Bloomberg, where he launched the company’s editorial events arm.
Pandora has brought in Mike Spinella as senior director of original content, in charge of content teams in Oakland, Los Angeles and New York. Spinella was previously director of industry relations at Rolling Stone magazine.
Scott Elberg has been named executive vice president of sales at Focus 360, a radio advertising technology company. Elberg joins from the streaming radio company TuneIn, where he was in charge of the digital audio sales team for the Eastern region.
Josh Cohen has been named senior vice president of publisher development at Beanstock Media, a digital advertising technology company. Cohen is a former business development director at Yahoo.
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