June 2, 2014
Deadline founder Nikki Finke’s new web site has delayed its launch. The journalist tweeted Monday morning that “due to late-breaking developments,” her site NikkiFinke.com will now go live on June 12, 10 days later than its original June 2 launch date. Finke left Deadline in November after a very public falling out with parent company Penske Media Corp.
The Digital Place Based Advertising Association has made seven additions to its advisory board: Matt Bayer, vice president of advanced TV at Magna Global; Bill Duggan, group executive vice president at the Association of National Advertisers; Maureen McCloskey, group director for account services at Kinetic Worldwide; Tiffani Saxton, national strategy and development leader for place-based media at Centro; Fred Tarter, founder and chairman of The Lakeside Group; Bill Tucker, executive vice president of media relations at the 4A’s; and David Verklin, operating partner at Calera Capital.
Digital ad forecasting and analytics company Yieldex has made two hires, naming Mark Williams commercial director and Nigel Edmund-Jones director of publisher solutions in its new London office. Williams joins from AOL Networks, Edmund-Jones from the Rubicon Project.
San Francisco agency Swirl has added Greg Johnson to its staff, naming him executive vice president and director of digital. Johnson has previously held positions at McCann WorldGroup, William Morris Endeavor and Digitas.
Twentieth Century Fox Television Distribution has named Greg Drebin senior vice president of worldwide marketing, based in Los Angeles. Drebin was previously senior vice president of international TV marketing for Canada, Asia and Latin America at Warner Bros.
Maria Drew has been named senior vice president of human resources at NBCUniversal Hispanic Enterprises, reporting to chairman Joe Uva. Drew was most recently president at HRStrategistGroup.
Bloomberg Media Group has named Paul Caine global chief revenue officer, based in New York. Caine was previously chief executive officer at WestwoodOne.
NUVOtv has made a number of moves, including promoting Bill Hilary from executive vice president of programming to president of its parent company, SiTV Media, and elevating Lynnette Ramirez from vice president of programming to senior vice president of programming and development. The cable network has also made five hires: Jason Miller as executive vice president ad of sales and integrated marketing; Jesus M. Rodriguez as senior vice president of marketing; Diane Castro as vice president of corporate communications; Kathryn Mitchell as head of scheduling and acquisitions; and Yolanda Enamorado as vice president of human resources.
Cable network Fusion has made yet another hire, naming Jorge Urrutia head of digital monetization. Urrutia joins from The Huffington Post, where he was vice president of operations.
Radioman Casey Kasem was hospitalized in Washington state over the weekend after yet more friction between his wife and children from an earlier marriage. On Friday a judge in Kitsap County ruled that Kasem’s daughter, Kerri Kasem, could visit her father for the first time since his wife, Jean Kasem, removed him from a facility in Santa Monica and took him to Washington without telling his family. The ruling authorized Kerri to take her father for a physical evaluation by a doctor and hospitalize him if necessary. Kerri testified that her father had developed bedsores, along with infections in his lungs and bladder. When she tried to pick her father up on Sunday to bring him to the hospital, Jean threw a pound of raw ground beef at Kerri. Jean told NBC News, “In the name of King David, I threw a piece of raw meat into the street in exchange for my husband to the wild rabid dogs.”
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