May 12, 2014
GroupM has named Steve Williams North America chief executive officer at Maxus, beginning on June 1. Williams was most recently president at PHD New York, and before that he was chief executive at OMD Group in the UK.
Lowe Campbell Ewald has named Craig Kleber executive strategy director, working in the agency’s Los Angeles office. Kleber had been chief strategy officer at DDB in Los Angeles.
New York agency Launchpad has named Tom Lamb chief marketing officer, a newly created position. Lamb was most recently executive group account director at Merkley+Partners.
Creative agency Stun Creative has named Maria Crenna president of Stun Originals, a new division that will produce content for TV and the web. Crenna was previously president at Mandeville Television.
Alternative weekly newspaper the Dallas Observer has named Jeff Gage music editor, taking over for Audra Schroeder. Gage also edits the paper’s music blog, DC9 At Night.
Price Peterson has been named a television writer at MorningAfter, the new TV site from Gawker Media. Peterson is a former staff writer at CBS Interactive.
Christian Borle, Megan Hilty and Tom Cavanaugh have joined the voice cast of Disney Junior’s “Lucky Duck,” an original movie premiering June 20. The movie will become available online to Disney subscribers on June 6.
Fox has promoted Cory Michael Smith, Victoria Cartagena and Andrew Stewart-Jones to series regulars on “Gotham,” its upcoming Batman prequel. Cartagena and Stewart-Jones are set to play detectives, while Smith will play the man who eventually becomes The Riddler.
Actress Jane Krakowski has joined the cast of NBC’s upcoming comedy “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt,” which is co-produced by her former “30 Rock” co-star Tina Fey. Krakowski will have a recurring role as a rich mom living on the Upper West Side.
Former actress, producer, director and TV executive Nancy Malone died last week at age 79 following a battle with leukemia. Malone appeared in “Naked City” and won an Emmy as a producer on the TV special “Bob Hope: The First 90 Years.” She was also the first female executive at 20th Century Fox, where she worked as director of TV development and later vice president of television.
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