June 24, 2014
Former “Good Morning America” anchor Joan Lunden has been diagnosed with breast cancer, though she is expected to make a full recovery following a lumpectomy and radiation. Lunden revealed the news on the ABC morning show Tuesday morning in an interview with current host Robin Roberts, herself a survivor of breast cancer.
Former “Saturday Night Live” cast member Will Forte will guest on Fox’s “The Simpsons” this season, voicing the owner of a music store. Forte is also set to star in Fox’s midseason comedy “Last Man on Earth.”
Chris Brown has been named chief executive officer and president at DDB New York, beginning in September. Brown will join from DDB Group Australia, where he is chief executive officer.
Eleven has named Michael Phillips director of digital production and creative technology, working in the agency’s San Francisco office. Phillips was previously in charge of the BETA Group at Goodby Silverstein & Partners.
Cumulus Media has promoted Steve Shaw to president at Westwood One, effective immediately. Shaw was previously senior vice president of Cumulus national sales.
SundanceTV has promoted Jordan Helman, naming him vice president of development and current programming. Helman joined the network in 2012 as director of development in its scripted programming department.
TV Land has named Dana Tuinier vice president of development and original programming, reporting to executive vice president Keith Cox. Tuinier joins from Fox, where she was director of current programming.
Vishnu Athreya has been named vice president of program scheduling for both Cartoon Network and Boomerang, based in Atlanta. He was most recently executive director of programming, acquisitions and development for Turner Broadcasting’s kids networks in the Asia-Pacific region.
Lionsgate has made two additions, naming Mark James director of sales for Central and Eastern Europe and Fabio Etienne-Tinchant director of sales for Greece, Turkey, Africa, Middle-East, Spain and Portugal. James joins from CBS, Tinchant from ITV Global Entertainment.
Mike Topel has been named interim executive editor at Philly.com, effective July 2. Topel is a former editor at the Philadelphia Inquirer, and he has also previously worked at the Trentonian, Digital First Media and the Associated Press.
The Memphis Commercial Appeal has named Sara K. Clarke deputy business editor, beginning on June 30. Clarke was previously a business reporter covering retail at The Orlando Sentinel.
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No duPont Awards for broadcast networks
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Our OOH outlook: More connectivity
Our newspaper outlook: Not good
Our magazine outlook: More upheaval
The ad outlook for 2015: Pretty decent
- Helen Prokos becomes group creative director at Publicis Hawkeye
- James Florez becomes Dallas GM at Allison+Partners
- Robyn Hurd, Michael Oesterlin and Lorenzo Bertolotti join A+E
- Nate Lanxon becomes senior editor at Bloomberg Media
- Marian Bull becomes associate digital editor at Saveur
- Byron Pitts becomes co-anchor at ABC's 'Nightline'
- Annie Wersching joins CW's 'The Vampire Diaries'
- Daniel Wu joins the cast of AMC's 'Badlands'
- Ashley Tisdale guesting on ABC Family's 'Young & Hungry'
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