July 6, 2014
It appears Joan Rivers is as feisty as ever. Rivers walked out of a taped “CNN Newsroom” interview with host Fredricka Whitfield that aired over the weekend, saying, “You are not the one to interview a person who does humor, sorry.” Rivers, who made the appearance to promote her new book, claimed that Whitfield’s questioning consistently put her on the defensive, particularly when it came to boundaries while telling jokes. In a statement Rivers said, “She did not seem to understand we were talking about a comedy book and not the transcripts from the Nuremburg Trial [sic]. Every question was an accusatory one designed to put me on the defensive.”
Cable network Fusion has brought in Jane Spencer, naming her editor in chief for its digital platforms. Spencer is a former founding editor at The Daily Beast.
Randy Malinoff has been named executive vice president of global digital business at DMI Music & Media, a branding strategy agency. Malinoff was most recently in charge of direct-to-consumer business for Universal Music Group.
Carol Loomis, a business journalist who has worked at Fortune for more than 60 years, is retiring from her day-to-day duties, although she will continue to contribute occasional coverage. Loomis most recently served as editor at large.
Elle magazine has named Evan Campisi design director, effective on July 23. Campisi had been at Nylon magazine for three years, most recently as design director.
Consumer Reports has named Mark Rechtin cars content development team leader, putting him in charge of the title’s automotive coverage. Rechtin joins from Automotive News, where he was West Coast editor and Los Angeles bureau chief.
The Associated Press has named Shelley Acoca East Coast entertainment and lifestyles editor, based in New York. Acoca was previously editor at Fox News Magazine.
CNNMoney has made two additions, naming Jason Farkas an executive producer and Cullen Daly a senior producer. Both Farkas and Daly were previously at Bloomberg.
Investigative reporter Sharyl Attkisson has joined Sinclair Broadcasting, where she will file a few stories each month. Attkisson was previously a correspondent at CBS News.
Former “Scandal” actor Columbus Short was arrested in Dallas on Friday night and booked for public intoxication following an incident at an area bar and restaurant. Short also recently plead not guilty in a felony battery case revolving around an incident in West Hollywood.
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Tell us, what was the big story of 2014?
Facebook: ‘Thrones’ was the year’s top show
Final tally: 190 new magazines launched in 2014
No duPont Awards for broadcast networks
Sony: We’ll be releasing ‘The Interview.’ Really.
The year that was: 2014 by the numbers
An up and down year for broadcast
The buzziest new cable shows of 2015
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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