June 29, 2014
The fate of Lifetime’s movie about the late R&B singer Aaliyah is now up in the air. Zendaya Coleman, the former “Shake It Up Actress,” had been scheduled to star in the movie and record a handful of songs for its soundtrack, but she is no longer a part of the project, according to a post on the network’s Twitter feed. No reason was given, and Lifetime now says production of the movie is now on hold.
A+E Networks has made two hires, naming Kiaran Saunders vice president for the EMEA region and Jon Wildman vice president of ad sales for the same region. Saunders joins from Nickelodeon UK, Wildman from Sony Pictures Television.
Lifetime has added Ann Dowd to the cast of its upcoming movie “Big Driver,” which is based on a novella by Stephen King. Dowd has most recently appeared in “True Detective” and “Masters of Sex.”
Elden Henson has joined the cast of Netflix’s upcoming superhero drama “Daredevil,” playing the best friend of lead actor Charlie Cox’s character. Henson’s most recent series role was on “Intelligence.”
Sasha Engel has been named senior account director at Tag Worldwide, which translates TV, print and digital ads in 120 countries. Engel was previously chief financial officer and chief operating officer at GoGorilla Media.
JWT has named Evan Rowe director of analytics and reporting, working in the agency’s Atlanta office. Over the past 10 years Rowe has held a number of positions dealing with report automation, predictive modeling, measurement planning and customer insights.
Ad agency Smith & Milton has brought in Ben Hostler, naming him digital creative director. Hostler was previously founder and creative director at Beef Digital.
Syndicated celebrity newsmagazine “Extra” has named Charissa Thompson and Tracey Edmonds co-hosts, replacing the departed Maria Menounos and working alongside Mario Lopez. Thompson and Edmonds were previously special correspondents on the show.
NBCUniversal has named Dina Juliano senior vice president of consumer product strategy, working with the company’s TV Everywhere division. Juliano was previously vice president of user experience and product design for digital products at HBO.
CBS News has named Vladimir Duthiers a correspondent, based in New York beginning in August. Duthiers was most recently an international correspondent at CNN, where he was based in Nigeria.