July 29, 2014
Former “Tonight Show” host Jay Leno is returning to NBC, for one night only. Leno will appear on Thursday’s episode of “Last Comic Standing,” serving as guest mentor as the final five contestants are surprised with a trip to Las Vegas. On the episode Leno will answer questions about his career as a comedian, and also give the wannabes some career advice.
CBS Studios International has promoted Javier Avitia to executive vice president of legal and business affairs, reporting to president and chief executive officer of CBS Global Distribution Group Armando Nuñez. Avitia had been senior vice president of business affairs.
NBC News has promoted Madeleine Haeringer, naming her executive producer of international news. Haeringer had been executive producer in charge of Richard Engel’s production unit, which she will continue to lead.
Actor Mike Colter will return to CBS’s ‘The Good Wife” for its sixth season, reprising his role as bad guy Lemond Bishop. Colter also recently appeared on FX’s “American Horror Story.”
Ad agency Translation has brought in both Nick Sonderup and Andy Grant, naming them creative directors. Sonderup joins from BBDO, Grant from Crispin Porter + Bogusky.
Content marketing agency Brafton has promoted Francis Ma to vice president of content, in charge of the company’s editorial operations. Ma was previously senior editorial director.
CBS Outdoor has made a pair of additions, naming Andrew Sriubas executive vice president of strategic alliances and partnerships and Clive Punter executive vice president and chief revenue officer. Sriubas was previously chief of strategy and corporate development at Sonifi Solutions, while Punter most recently founded GeniusIQ.
CNN has brought in Rachel Smolkin as executive editor for politics, putting her in charge of CNNPolitics.com. Smolkin was most recently managing editor for news at Politico.
“Glee” actress Lea Michele will make a guest appearance on FX’s “Sons of Anarchy” this season, appearing on the Oct. 14 episode. Michele, who revealed the appearance on Twitter, will play a waitress at a truck stop.
TakePart.com, a digital news and lifestyle magazine from Participant Media, has named Eric Noe editor in chief. Noe had been managing editor at ABC News Digital.
Derek Thompson has been named chief strategy officer at PlaceIQ, an advertising technology company. Thompson was most recently in charge of the mobile practice at Starcom MediaVest Group.
Tom Butler has been named chief revenue officer at Affectiva, an emotion analytics and insights company. Butler has previously held positions at Merkle, eXelate and Nielsen.
Kirk Minihane, a sports radio host at WEEI in Boston, was suspended for a week without pay after making controversial comments about Fox Sports reporter Erin Andrews on two separate occasions. The decision came shortly after Fox Sports told WEEI parent company Entercom Communications that it would pull advertising from its more than 100 stations. On the “Dennis and Callahan” show, Minihane called Andrews a “gutless b****” when talking about her interview with St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright during the MLB All-Star Game. He apologized for that comment later that night, but upon returning from a vacation last week he again addressed Andrews, saying if she “weighed 15 pounds more she would be a waitress.”
Margot Adler, a radio journalist who worked for National Public Radio for nearly 35 years, died this week at age 68 after a battle with cancer. Adler joined NPR in 1979 as a general assignment reporter. In a statement, the organization’s vice president of news Margaret Low Smith said, “Her reporting was singular and her voice distinct. There was almost no story that Margot couldn’t tell.”
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