May 14, 2015
Harry Shearer, a voice cast member on Fox’s “The Simpsons” through its 26 seasons, and going back to its days when it began on “The Tracey Ullman Show,” is leaving the animated comedy. Shearer voices a number of characters on the show, including Mr. Burns, Ned Flanders, Smithers, Principal Skinner and Otto the bus driver, and producer Al Jean says those characters will continue with someone else providing the voices. The rest of the show’s voice cast signed new contracts when the show was recently renewed for two seasons, with Shearer the only holdout. Jean wrote on Twitter that Shearer was offered the same deal the rest of the cast accepted.
David Fanning, founding executive producer of PBS’s “Frontline,” is leaving the show after 32 years to concentrate on documentary filmmaking. Fanning will remain on as executive producer at large, and he’ll be replaced by Raney Aronson, who has been with the show since 2001.
Actor Peter MacNicol, who plays the supervisor of Patricia Arquette’s character on CBS’s “CSI: Cyber,” won’t be back for the second season of the procedural. CBS this week said “CSI” actor Ted Danson will join the spinoff next season, but he won’t be a direct replacement for MacNicol’s character.
Tom Hanks and Bill Murray will guest during the final week of CBS’s “The Late Show with David Letterman,” which ends its run on Wednesday night. Murray, who was Letterman’s first guest on both NBC’s “Late Night” and CBS’s “Late Show,” will appear on Tuesday. The network isn’t saying who will appear in the finale, just that it will be “an hour filled with surprises.
Ad agency Mother has named Michael Wall global chief executive officer, base in the company’s London office. Wall was most recently global chief executive officer at Lowe and Partners.
Fallon has named Gareth Collins chief executive officer in its London office, taking over for the departed Gail Gaillie. Collins was previously managing partner at AMV BBDO.
Deutsch New York has named Tara Levine chief marketing officer, replacing Michael Goldberg, who left the agency in September for Zimmerman. Levine had been managing director of global marketing and business development at OMD.
Tribune Publishing has named Denise Warren president of digital, a newly created position at the company. Warren has plenty of experience for the role–she was vice president of digital operations at The New York Times before her position was eliminated last October.
Carolyn Washburn, executive editor at the Cincinnati Enquirer since 2011, has left her position, writing in an email that this “was the right time for a change.” Visual storytelling coach Michael McCarter will replace Washburn on an interim basis.
Chris Raleigh has been named chief commercial officer at placemedia, which runs a programmatic advertising platform for linear TV. Raleigh joins from The Weather Channel, where he was senior vice president of cable and cross platform sales.
Magnetic, a digital advertising technology company, has brought in Mark Pinney as chief financial officer. He has previously held similar positions at Tremor Video, Real Media and Tacoda. Magnetic has also promoted Sandeep Swadia, moving him from chief strategy officer to chief operating officer.
Ben Plomion has been named senior vice president of marketing at GumGum, an in-image advertising technology company. Plomion was previously vice president of marketing at Chango.
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