June 30, 2014
A Florida Circuit Court judge on Monday granted NBCUniversal’s motion to dismiss a defamation lawsuit brought by Trayvon Martin killer George Zimmerman, who claimed the network altered his 911 call to make is sound as if the shooting was motivated by race. In her opinion the judge wrote, “the non-emergency call quoted in NBC’s broadcasts accurately captured the ‘gist’ and ‘sting’ of what Zimmerman actually said and were not false in any material sense.”
Meshach Taylor, who appeared on the old comedy “Designing Women,” died over the weekend at age 67 after a battle with colon-rectal cancer. Taylor made appearances in a number of other shows throughout his career, including “Dave’s World,” “Caroline in the City,” “The Drew Carey Show” and “Hannah Montana.”
Meredith Xcelerated Marketing has named Dawn Furey senior vice president and head of social, a new position at the agency. Furey was previously director of client services at Deep Focus.
Graciela Eleta has been named senior strategic advisor at Latinum Network, which advises brands on multicultural advertising. Eleta most recently worked as a freelance strategy and marketing consultant.
Bloomberg has promoted Deirdre Bigley to global chief marketing officer, reporting to president and chief executive officer Dan Doctoroff. Bigley joined the company five years ago as head of global marketing communications.
The New York Times has named Cara Buckley writer of its Carpetbagger blog, replacing Melena Ryzik. Buckley was previously a writer on the Times’ metro desk.
NBCUniversal has named Donald C. Storm II chief financial officer for E! and Esquire Network, effective immediately. Storm was previously vice president of financial planning and analysis at NBCU Corporate.
Michelle Perry has been named executive producer of MSNBC’s “Andrea Mitchell Reports,” replacing the departed Subrata De. Perry had been a senior producer on the show.
Pandora has named Jeremy Randol vice president of programmatic sales strategy, effective immediately. Randol had been director of programmatic ad sales at NBCUniversal.
Sabine Cummins has been named vice president of agency and client partnerships at ChoiceStream, an online and mobile advertising technology company. Cummins joins from iCrossing, where she was vice president of media.
Fortune magazine has made two promotions, naming Clifton Leaf deputy managing editor and Brian O’Keefe international editor. Both were previously assistant managing editors.
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- Justine Bloome becomes head of strategy at Carat USA
- Carol Duncan becomes SVP and CFO at Barker
- Bill Robinson becomes VP of partnership development at Home Team Sports
- Sharon Dastur becomes SVP of programming integration at iHeartMedia
- Tasneem Raja becomes senior digital editor at NPR
- Mike Wilson becomes editor at The Dallas Morning News
- Ian Bremmer becomes foreign affairs columnist at Time
- Dan Berman and Sacha Scoblic join National Journal
- Cosme Lopez rises to SVP and GM of pay-TV at Cisneros Media
- John Lambertus becomes VP of revenue operations at Vdopia
- Former CBS News executive Emerson Stone dies at 86
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