July 9, 2014
Turner Sports has promoted Lenny Daniels to president, based in Atlanta and reporting to Turner Broadcasting president David Levy. Daniels had been executive vice president and chief operating officer. He’s been with Turner since 1996, and before that he was at ESPN.
Discovery Communications has promoted Rick Holzman, naming him general manager and executive vice president of Animal Planet. Holzman was previously executive vice president of programming and scheduling for both Animal Planet and Science Channel.
Canadian media company Blue Ant Media has opened a New York sales office, naming Jason Cason senior director of the East Coast division and Jillian Bove an account executive. Cason is a former director of partner development at Machinima, while Bove had been senior manager of digital sales at Style Coalition.
Actress Laverne Cox is set to guest on Bravo’s upcoming “Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce,” the network’s first original scripted series. Cox also appears on Netflix’s “Orange is the New Black.”
Disney Channel has cast Laura Marano and Leigh-Allyn Baker to star in its original movie “Bad Hair Day,” which will air sometime in 2015. Marano also stars in the network’s comedy “Austin & Ally,” while Baker appeared in “Good Luck Charlie.”
Digital agency Essence has made a handful of moves, including hiring Joseph Tomasulo as global chief financial officer. Tomasulo previously held a similar position for the digital agencies at Publicis Groupe. Essence has also made two promotions, naming Mark Nancarrow global chief operating officer and Claire St. Louis global chief people officer. Nancarrow had been COO, while St. Louis was partner.
Integrated agency STIR Advertising and Integrated Messaging has made four hires: Bill Bussler as vice president of integrated marketing, Meg Hemmelgarn as PR account supervisor, Renee Solveson as account executive and Monica Lawton as integrated marketing specialist. All four will work in the agency’s Milwaukee office.
Clear Channel Media and Entertainment has made two moves, promoting Brian Lakamp to president of technology and digital ventures and hiring Liz Sarachek Blacker as executive vice president of Hispanic strategy and sales. Blacker joins from Terra USA, where she was chief revenue officer.
The Washington Post has named Josh Sternberg content strategist at WP Brand Studio, which creates native ads for brands. Sternberg was previously senior editor at Digiday Content Studio.
The Boston Globe has added three to the staff of its forthcoming web site focused on Catholicism, which has already hired Vatican reporter John L. Allen Jr. The site has named Ines San Martin a correspondent, Michael O’Loughlin national reporter, and Christina Reinwald web producer. The new site is expected to launch in September.
Emilienne Gray has been named special consultant and broadcast advisor at Yangaroo, a digital media management company. Gray is a former senior vice president of music and talent programming and strategy at MTV and VH1.
Actor Sean Hayes is moving on from NBC’s failed comedy “Sean Saves the World.” Hayes has joined CBS’s comedy “The Millers” for its second season, playing the new best friend of Margo Martindale’s character. Before “World,” the former “Will & Grace” actor’s most recent TV appearances were on “Smash” and “Up All Night.”
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