June 19, 2014
As has been rumored for months, “Chelsea Lately” host Chelsea Handler will join Netflix when her contract with E! ends, hosting a new talk show on the streaming service to launch in 2016. There’s no word yet on how often the show will be released on Netflix, which has previously released entire seasons of shows all at once. The final episode of “Lately” airs Aug. 26. This should also put to rest rumors that Handler was being considered as a replacement for CBS’s “Late Late Show” host Craig Ferguson, who will leave at year’s end.
Lothaire Bluteau, Kevin Durand and Morgane Polanski have all joined the cast of History’s “Vikings,” along with previously announced addition Ben Robson. Bluteau will play Emperor Charles of France, Durand a mysterious man named The Wanderer, and Polanski the daughter of Emperor Charles, Princess Gisla.
Meryl Streep has signed with HBO to star as opera singer Maria Callas in an upcoming movie, based on the play “Master Class.” The movie project will be directed by Mike Nichols.
McCann Erickson has named John Mescall global executive creative director, working in the agency’s New York office. Mescall was most recently executive creative director at McCann Australia.
Minneapolis agency Digitaria has named Maggie McQuillan associate director of brand planning, working with its American Medical Services and American Family Insurance accounts. McQuillan was previously at Periscope.
Digital agency TargetCom has brought in David R. Mitchell, naming him executive vice president and executive creative director. Mitchell was previously executive creative director at SapientNitro.
Michelle Lee has joined Nylon Media, becoming editor in chief of both Nylon and Nylon Guys magazines. Lee has previously edited a number of publications, including Us Weekly, CosmoGIRL and In Touch Weekly.
Good Housekeeping has made three additions, naming Matthew Axe consulting creative director, Melissa Geurts deputy design director and April Franzino beauty director. Axe previously worked as a freelancer, while Geurts joins from Chatelaine and Franzino from Self.
NBC Owned Television Stations group has promoted Josh Kleinbaum, naming him executive editor of its digital media group. Kleinbaum had been senior managing editor.
Angie Martinez, a radio personality on New York hip-hop station Hot 97 for more than 20 years, is leaving the station to join Clear Channel-owned Power 105.1 for a show that will also air on 103.5 The Beat in Miami. There’s no word yet on when her new show will start.
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