May 27, 2014
President Barack Obama will make his first appearance on “Live! With Kelly and Michael” on Friday, sitting down with an interview with Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan surrounding the White House Healthy Kids and Safe Sports Concussion Summit. As the name suggests, the summit is an effort to raise awareness about identifying, treating and preventing sports-related concussions.
Matthew Cowles, who won two Daytime Emmys for his role as Billy Clyde Tuggle on ABC’s “All My Children,” died last week at age 69. No cause was given. Cowles played the role off-and-on from 1977 to 1990, and then made another appearance in 2013.
Alex Bombeck has been named president at Sparks Grove, the marketing and creative arm of the consulting firm North Highland. Bombeck was most recently chief digital officer at Havas Worldwide in New York.
BBH has named Michael Densmore chief global growth officer, working out of the agency’s New York office. Densmore had been chief marketing officer at McKinney.
Meredith Corp. has named Susan Pocharski entertainment director at More magazine, reporting to editor in chief Lesley Jane Seymour. Pocharski previously held a similar role at Ladies’ Home Journal.
Rob Vargas has been promoted to creative director at Bloomberg Businessweek, up from his previous position as art director. The title has also promoted Tracy Ma to deputy creative director, up from assistant creative director.
Atlantic Media has made two promotions in its Government Executive Media Group, naming Ted Iobst vice president of digital and its publication Government Business Council and Bridget Forbes digital director. Iobst was previously in charge of just GBC, while Forbes was a project manager.
Marianne Mairesse has been promoted to editor in chief at Marie Claire France, taking over for the departed Christine Leiritz. Mairesse was previously deputy editor in chief.
Mark Pellegrino has been added to A&E’s upcoming drama “The Returned,” which has been picked up for 10 episodes. The project is from Carlton Cuse, who worked with Pellegrino as co-showrunner on ABC’s “Lost.”
Actress Catherine Dent has joined AMC’s drama pilot “Galyntine,” which is described as a fantasy-action adventure. Dent also has a recurring role on Fox’s “Gang Related.”
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- David Kolbusz becomes CCO at Droga5 London
- Andrew Dauska becomes managing director at TBWA\Chiat\Day
- Lisa Zakarin becomes managing director at Publicis Hawkeye
- Kevin Dolak, Seung Lee and Helen Russell join Newsweek
- Karen DeFriez becomes affiliate sales manager at Westwood One
- Dick Costolo joins HBO's 'Silicon Valley' as a consultant
- Lou Diamond Phillips guesting on NBC's 'Blindspot'
- Melanie Liburd joins HBO's 'Game of Thrones'
- 'Sopranos' actor Frank Albanese dies at age 84
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