May 21, 2014
Arthur Gelb, a former New York Times managing editor who worked at the paper for more than 40 years, died on Tuesday at age 90 of complications from a stroke. Gelb started at the newspaper in 1944 as a copy boy, later holding positions as a critic, chief cultural correspondent, metropolitan editor, deputy managing editor and finally managing editor. He retired from that position in 1989. Jill Abramson, who was dismissed from the top editor spot at The Times last week and worked with Gelb, published a piece on him on The Huffington Post, writing, “He believed that a good story had a thousand angles and that it was a sin to leave them unexplored.”
Bloomberg Media has named Parry Ravindranathan managing director for the Asia-Pacific region, a new position at the company. Ravindranathan previously worked for Bloomberg TV in the region, and before that he was at Al Jazeera.
Elle magazine has named Alex Gonzalez creative director, reporting to editor in chief Robbie Myers beginning in June. Gonzalez will also continue as executive artistic director for Town&Country.
Jill Meltz has joined Departures magazine as sales director, working with the jewelry and watch categories. Meltz was previously a senior account director at Brides magazine.
Cablevision has named Kevin Packingham executive vice president of product management, effective immediately. Packingham joins from Samsung, where he was chief product officer.
MTV has promoted Colin Nash, naming him senior vice president of series development for West Coast reality. Nash joined the network in 2010 as vice president.
MSNBC has named Jose Diaz-Balart host of its 10 a.m. hour, taking over for Chris Jansing when the latter moves to NBC News in June. Diaz-Balart will also continue to appear on Telemundo’s “Noticiero Telemundo” and “Enfoque.”
HLN has made a handful of moves, including naming Lynn Barry host of “Weekend Express.” Berry had been filling in as host of the show since December. The network has also officially named Brian McFayden sports correspondent on “Morning Express with Robin Meade,” and added Ali Nejad and Yasmin Vossoughian as correspondents. Nejad joins from ESPN, Vossoughian from AOL.
Adult Swim has added Scott Adsit to its comedy “The Heart, She Holler,” replacing Joe Sikora in the cast. Adsit most recently appeared on NBC’s “30 Rock.”
Actor Bill Hader has signed a new development deal with HBO, under which he will create and star in a new comedy series. Hader was a cast member on NBC’s “Saturday Night Live,” which he left last year. He has also worked as a consulting writer for Comedy Central’s “South Park.”
CBS Sports has named Tracy Wolfson lead NFL reporter, working alongside announcers Jim Nantz and Phil Simms on “Thursday Night Football” and select Sunday games. Wolfson has also been the network’s lead reporter for the NCAA men’s basketball tournament and Final Four since 2009.
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