May 18, 2014
It didn’t take long for fired Golden State Warriors coach Mark Jackson to find employment. Jackson has re-joined ESPN as an NBA analyst under a new multi-year deal, after previously working at the network from 2006 to 2011. He made his first appearance on Sunday during ABC’s broadcast of game one of the Eastern Conference Finals.
Michael S. Willner has been named president and chief executive officer at SpinCo, a new cable company that will be spun off from Comcast after its transactions with Time Warner and Charter. Willner is a former co-founder an chief executive at Insight Communications.
Fusion has named Margarita Noriega director of social media, in charge of promoting the network through its social media channels. Noriega is a former editor in charge of live vents at Reuters.
Gene Stein has been named chief executive officer at Sonar Entertainment, which produces TV shows, miniseries and movies. Stein was most recently president of television at BermanBraun.
Jay Leno is set to guest on “Phineas and Ferb Save Summer,” an hour-long special airing on Disney XD on June 9. Others guesting on the animated series this summer include Jon Stewart, Elizabeth Banks and Simon Pegg.
Elizabeth Perkins and Donald Sumpter have joined the cast of SundanceTV’s upcoming miniseries “One Child,” to air later this year. The project follows a Chinese-born woman who was adopted by British parents.
Elle magazine has brought in Rebecca Traister and Amanda Fortini, naming them contributing editors. Traister is also a senior editor at The New Republic, while Fortini has previously worked as a freelance writer for a number of publications.
People en Español has named Andy Ocasio national digital sales director, effective immediately. Ocasio had been regional director for U.S. Hispanic and Latin American sales at Videology.
The New York Times has brought in writer Emily Steel, naming her media reporter. Steel joins from The Financial Times, where she was a media and marketing correspondent.
ABC has named Kesha, Ludacris and Brad Paisley judges for its upcoming reality singing competition “Rising Star,” which premieres June 22. Singer Josh Groban will serve as host of the show.
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- Joan Rivers remains in serious condition
- Chelsea Clinton exits NBC News
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