June 11, 2013
Actor Will Rothhaar has been added to the cast of National Geographic Channel’s “Killing Kennedy,” joining Rob Lowe, Ginnifer Goodwin and Michelle Trachtenberg in the cast. Rothhaar will play Lee Harvey Oswald.
Comedy Central has named Christian McLaughlin vice president of specials, which includes stand-up series and events. McLaughlin joins from Bravo, where he was most recently vice president of production.
Richard Turner has been named vice president of digital media at UP, the cable channel formerly known as GMC TV. Turner was previously vice president of digital activation at TNT and TBS.
Lee Heffernan has been named development director at Wier / Stewart Advertising, after previously running her own marketing agency. Heffernan has also previously worked at Lifetime, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Turner Networks and we TV.
Ad agency iostudio has made three additions, naming Steve Turney and Ernie Kozlowski business development directors and Jay Johnston senior web developer. Turney joins from Emma, Kozlowski from Valtim Marketing Solutions, and Johnston from Moontoast.
Real Media Group has named Jessica Levine director of video and mobile media, working with cross-screen marketing. Levine joins from Bonnier, where she was senior manager for corporate digital marketing and strategy.
Droga5 has named Robert Valdes head of interactive production, a newly created position at the New York agency. Valdes was previously head of integrated production at TBWA/Chiat/Day in New York.
Diane Petzke has been named director of programming and promotion at COZI TV, a digital broadcast network run by NBC Owned Television Stations. Petzke had been manager and director of programming at NYC Media.
Sony Pictures Television has officially brought back “Community” creator Dan Harmon and executive producer Chris McKenna to the NBC comedy, which is entering its fifth season. Harmon will return to his role as showrunner. He was booted following the third season amid tension with former co-star Chevy Chase.
The Paley Center for Media has promoted Diane Lewis to executive vice president of programming, after she previously served as vice president of public affairs and programs. Paley has also made a pair of hires, naming Maureen Reidy chief marketing officer and Maxim Thorne executive vice president of development. Reidy joins from The Argus Group, Thorne from BOS Development.
Alan Perris, chief operating officer at the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, is retiring at the end of this year. Perris has been with the Academy since 2006, and before that he was senior vice president of first-run programming at both Sony and Telepictures.
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