May 8, 2014
National Public Radio has named Jarl Mohn president and chief executive officer, making him its fourth permanent or acting CEO since 2009. Mohn, who officially begins on July 1, takes over for interim CEO Paul Haaga Jr. He is on the boards of Scripps Networks Interactive and comScore, as well as KPCC Southern California Public Radio and the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism.
Radio sales rep firm McGavren Guild has named Julie Galley Quarm vice president and director of sales, working with the Dallas region. Quarm was most recently a senior account executive at Katz Radio Group.
Quentin Tarantino has decided not to sue Gawker for contributory copyright violation after all. The director had filed a lawsuit against the blog earlier this year after Gawker published the manuscript for “Hateful Eight,” a movie Tarantino was writing. Tarantino accused Gawker of having “crossed the journalistic line” with the January publication. He withdrew the suit without prejudice, which means he could refile at any time.
Programmatic marketing company [x+1] has brought in Jack Serpa, naming him vice president of new business initiatives. Serpa was previously executive vice president of sales and marketing at Engage121.
Lisa Namerow has been named senior vice president of business development and publisher relations at XAPPmedia, an interactive audio advertising company. She was previously senior vice president of strategic partnerships and audio monetization at Slacker Radio.
CP+B has named Spence Kramer global managing director, a new position working across the agency’s eight offices. Kramer was previously in charge of global Coca-Cola business at Wieden + Kennedy.
Digital agency POSSIBLE has named Darin Brown chief executive officer for the EMEA region, a newly created position based its London office. Brown most recently held positions at Razorfish and CP+B.
Discovery Channel has promoted Michael Sorensen to vice president of development and production, up from senior director of development. Before joining Discovery, Sorensen was at Science Channel.
Lifetime has signed Minnie Driver, Rebecca Ferguson and Morena Baccarin to star in “The Red Tent,” a four-hour miniseries based on the 1997 novel. Iain Glen, Will Tudor and Debra Winger will also appear in the project.
Mother Jones has brought in Shane Bauer as a human rights and social justice reporter, based in San Francisco. Bauer is one of three Americans who was held hostage in Iran between 2009 and 2011 after hiking near the country’s border.
National Journal has made five additions, naming Michelle Cottle senior writer, Nora Caplan-Bricker staff correspondent, and Simon van Zuylen-Wood, Ethan Epstein and Daniel Libit contributing writers. Cottle joins from The Daily Beast, Caplan-Bricker from The New Republic, van Zuylen-Wood from Philadelphia magazine, Epstein from The Weekly Standard, and Libit from Politico.
NBC has named Jamie Horowitz senior vice president and general manager at “Today,” beginning later this year. Horowitz will join from ESPN, where he is vice president of original programming and production.
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