July 30, 2014
NBC already had its Captain Hook for this winter’s live “Peter Pan” special, and now it has the lead role filled. The network has cast “Girls” actress Allison Williams in the title role for the live special, which will air on Dec. 4. Williams is joined in the cast by Christopher Walken, who will play Captain Hook.
GroupM has made a pair of promotions, including naming Harvey Goldhersz chief data officer and chief executive officer for GroupM Analytics. Goldhersz had been chief executive officer at GroupM’s MediaCom, and he’ll be replaced in that role by Phil Cowdell, who was previously president of client services for GroupM.
MEC has named José Miranda regional director for analytics and insights, working with the Latin America region. Miranda was previously data and analytics director at Havas Media Spain.
San Francisco agency barrettSF has named Rafi Kugler director of recruiting, in charge of recruiting talent across all departments. Kugler has previously held similar positions at Pereira O’Dell and DraftFCB.
WorkPlace Media, a marketing firm that targets people at work, has made a handful of moves, including hiring Mary Beth Agase as vice president of sales for consumer packaged goods and Pete Aranavage vice president of operations. Agase joins from Fresh Space Media, Aranavage from Walker Printing. WorkPlace has also promoted Dan Llewellyn from team leader to vice president, in charge of business development for CPG.
Cheri Ehrlich Eisen has joined cable network Fusion, becoming senior director of human resources. Eisen was previously manager of talent acquisition at Disney/ABC Television Group.
New York magazine has named Lindsay Zoladz pop music critic for the print title and its site Vulture.com, beginning Aug. 11. Zoladz was previously an associate editor at Pitchfork.
Good Housekeeping magazine has made four hires, naming Lori Bergamatto style director, Kristen Saladino fashion director, Kristen Mascia features editor and April Franzino beauty director. Bergamatto joins from Lucky, Saladino and Franzino from Self and Mascia from Parade.
The New York Times has promoted Sam Sifton to food editor, just as the paper changes the name of its Dining section to Food. Sifton is a former national editor and restaurant critic at the paper.
Margery Eagan has been named spirituality columnist at Crux, the forthcoming Catholicism-focused web site from Boston Globe Media Partners. Eagan will also continue to co-host “Boston Public Radio” on WGBH-FM.
Learfield Sports, which handles licensing and advertising for nearly 100 colleges, has named five new general managers: David McGrew for the Marquette Golden Eagles; Mike Shayotovich for the Indiana State Sycamores; Augusto “Cookie” Rojas for the Brown Bears; Disston Vanderslice for the Temple Owls; and Kyle Droppers for the Providence Friars. McGrew joins from MCS Marketing, Shayotovich from USA Today Sports Media Group, Rojas from the Pawtucket Red Sox, Vanderslice from ESPN Greater Media and Droppers from Falcon Sports Properties.
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- ABC ad sales president Geri Wang retiring
- Lydia Polgreen becomes editor at The Huffington Post
- Laura Henderson becomes SVP of marketing at BuzzFeed
- Erin McPherson becomes head of content strategy at Verizon
- Josephine Livingstone becomes culture writer at The New Republic
- Jessica Lichtenfeld becomes associate consultant at Coleman Insights
- Julie Ginches and Glenn Kiladis join ViralGains
- Stephan Horbelt becomes executive editor at Hornet
- Tony Rock hosting TV One's 'The Game of Dating'
- New York Times Vietnam guide Nguyen Ngoc Luong dies at 79
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