June 9, 2014
President Barack Obama is adding to his social media resume. On Tuesday the president will take part in a Q&A on the social site Tumblr, and he’ll answer some questions from users submitted through ObamaIRL.tumblr.com. The Q&A will mainly touch on topics important to younger voters, including education and student loans.
Evan Simeone has been named vice president of programmatic direct at PubMatic, the programmatic ad platform for publishers. Simeone was most recently chief product officer at Organic Motion.
Atlantic Media has named Dashiell Bennett editor at The Wire, filling the position vacated by Gabriel Snyder earlier this year. Bennett was previously news editor at the web site.
Havas Media North America has named Mitch Bernstein new business development director, a new position based in the agency’s New York office. Bernstein joins from Neo@Ogilvy, where he was senior partner and director of client strategy.
McCann has named James Dawson-Hollis and Bill Wright global executive creative directors, working under global creative chairman Rob Reilly. Dawson-Hollis and Wright were previously at Ogilvy West.
Minneapolis agency Gage has named Lee Allan design director, replacing the departed Kenny Friedman. Allan was previously creative director at Go East Design.
CNN has promoted David Chalian to political director, putting him in charge of the network’s day-to-day political coverage. Chalian was previously vice president of video programming at Politico.
Actor Michael Gambon has joined the cast of the HBO/BBC miniseries “The Casual Vacancy,” an adaptation of the book by J.K. Rowling. Gambon joins Keeley Hawes, Rory Kinnear, Monica Dolan, Julia McKenzie and Rufus Jones in the cast.
A&E has added Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Jeremy Sisto to the cast of “The Returned,” its upcoming 10-episode series about dead people who begin to reappear. The drama has also added actresses Sandrine Holt and Agnes Bruckner.
Stephanie Barna, founding editor of the Charleston City Paper, is leaving her position after 17 years with the alternative weekly. There’s no word yet on what Barna will do next. Managing editor Chris Haire will take over as editor in chief.
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