July 15, 2014
Former New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson will appear on Fox News Channel’s “On the Record with Greta Van Susteren” on Wednesday, her first televised interview since she was unceremoniously fired from her job. Abramson is also scheduled to appear in an interview with Katie Couric on Yahoo on Thursday.
ABC Family has named Salaam Coleman Smith executive vice president of strategy and programming, reporting to network president Tom Ascheim. Coleman Smith was previously president of strategic initiatives at NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment Group.
Golf-themed cable network Back9Network has named Brian Kalinowski executive vice president of digital media, a newly created position. Kalinowski was most recently chief operating officer at LiveClips.
Actor Thomas Jane has joined the cast of Syfy’s 10-episode space drama “The Expanse,” which will premiere in 2015. The former “Hung” star will play a detective for a corporate security force.
Havas has promoted Alex Sehnaoui to general manager for its Shanghai Group, in charge of the Shanghai offices of Havas Worldwide and Arnold Worldwide. Sehnaoui was previously global brands director for the China Group.
The Atlantic has brought in Margaret Low Smith as vice president and president of AtlanticLIVE, its live-events division. Smith will join from NPR, where she was senior vice president for news. At NPR, Chris Turpin will take over as acting head of news until a permanent replacement is found.
Consumer Reports has named Marta Lourdes Tellado president and chief executive officer, taking over for James Guest. Tellado joins from the Ford Foundation, where she was vice president of global communications.
Guardian News & Media has named Eamonn Store chief executive officer for Guardian U.S., the newspaper company’s U.S. digital edition. Store was previously president of agency development at MEC.
TV ad targeting company Simulmedia has brought in Mainak Mazumdar, naming him chief science officer. Mazumdar was most recently chief strategy officer at GfK.
Fox Sports’ press release cheerily claims Pam Oliver is being promoted, but really the veteran reporter is being replaced in the network’s NFL coverage. Erin Andrews will succeed Oliver as lead sideline reporter for Fox NFL coverage this season, working with No. 1 broadcast team Joe Buck and Troy Aikman. Oliver, meanwhile, has been promoted to a senior correspondent at Fox Sports, where she will contribute reports to both Fox and Fox Sports 1. She also will work with the No. 2 NFL team of Kevin Burkhardt and John Lynch following 12 years with Buck and Aikman.
Brenda Hetrick has been promoted to vice president of sales and marketing at Matrix Solutions, which runs a customer relationship management and sales platform. Hetrick had been vice president of marketing communications.
Mobile video social network Keek has named Iain Wilson vice president of EU business development, in charge of the European region. Wilson was previously head of international partnerships at YuM.
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