May 20, 2014
Ad agency Hawthorne Direct has promoted Jessica Hawthorne-Castro to chief executive officer, replacing her father, Tim Hawthorne, who will remain on as chairman. Hawthorne-Castro, who was most recently chief operating officer, has been with the agency since 2007.
Crispin Porter + Bogusky has named Jay Gelardi digital executive creative director, based in the agency’s Boulder office. Gelardi was previously digital creative director at the Sydney agency The Monkeys.
Peter Shen has been named chief creative officer at Cheil Opentide, Cheil Worldwide’s digital agency. Shen was most recently chief creative officer at Isobar in China.
SapientNitro has named KV Sridhar chief creative officer for India, a new position at the agency. Sridhar joins from Leo Burnett, where he was most recently chief creative officer for India and subcontinent.
ESPN has promoted Jeffrey Gonyo to vice president of marketing, brand strategy and expressions, as well as executive creative director, a newly created position. Gonyo joined ESPN in 1998 as an assistant marketing manager.
Fusion has brought in Anna Holmes, naming her editor of digital voices and storytelling. Holmes was founding editor at Jezebel and has also worked as a columnist at The New York Times.
Cable music network Revolt has made six additions, naming Michael Roche senior vice president of ad sales, Julie Pinkwater vice president of client development, and Aaron Woods, Henry Villa III, Matthew Colban and Alexander Hunter account executives. Roche and Colban join from Fuse, Pinkwater from her own sales company, Woods from Disney Interactive, Villa from Scripps Networks, and Hunter from NBCUniversal.
Showtime has added Courtney B. Vance and Rene Auberjonois to the second season of “Masters of Sex,” both in guest roles. Vance will play the head of an African-American hospital in St. Louis and Auberjonois will play the inventor of the Pap smear.
Lauren Ambrose has been cast in USA’s “Dig,” joining Anne Heche, Regina Taylor and Alison Sudol in the six-episode miniseries. The former “Six Feet Under” actress will play a devoted follower of an evangelist who begins to question her beliefs.
Michael Jace, an actor who appeared in “The Shield” and “Southland,” was arrested Monday evening after his wife was found dead with gunshot wounds. Jace was charged with homicide on Tuesday morning and bail was set at $1 million.
Remedy Health media has named Julie Davids managing editor of its site TheBody.com, which covers HIV/AIDS issues. Davids was most recently director of national advocacy and mobilization at the AIDS Foundation of Chicago, as well as head of the HIV Prevention Justice Alliance.
Joy Pullmann has been named managing editor at The Federalist, an online magazine focusing on culture, politics and religion. Pullmann was previously a research fellow and managing editor at The Heartland Institute.
Actor Brett Cullen has joined the cast of CBS’s “Under the Dome” for its second season, playing the father of Mike Vogel’s character. Cullen is no stranger to CBS, previously appearing on “Person of Interest.”
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