August 6, 2014
Former “Dawson’s Creek” star James Van Der Beek has joined CBS’s upcoming spinoff “CSI: Cyber,” joining Patricia Arquette, Peter MacNicol and Charley Koontz in the cast. Van Der Beek’s most recent TV role was on “Don’t Trust the B—— in Apartment 23,” and he’s also made appearances on “How I Met Your Mother” and “Criminal Minds.”
TV distribution company Debmar-Mercury has promoted Alexandra Jewett to executive vice president of programming, working alongside fellow EVP Lonnie Burnstein. Jewett had been senior vice president.
Entravision Communications has made two promotions, naming Eddie Melendez executive vice president for the Western region and James Lyke executive vice president of integrated marketing solutions. Both were previously vice presidents.
ABC had named Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood hosts of the 48th annual CMA Awards, which air on Nov. 5. The move isn’t particularly surprising–this will be the seventh year in a row the duo has hosted the event.
Actress Kate Burton is returning to ABC’s “Grey’s Anatomy,” reprising her role as the late mother of Ellen Pompeo’s character in the show’s season premiere. Burton was previously nominated for two Emmys for guest actress in a drama for her “Grey’s” role.
Jeff Benjamin, chief creative officer at JWT North America, is leaving his position to start his own creative venture, although there’s no word yet on when his last day will be. He joined JWT in 2012 after serving as partner and chief creative officer at Crispin Porter & Bogusky.
Frank Liu has been named chief creative officer at Siegelvision, a strategic branding identity agency. Liu was most recently in charge of the design team at the Robin Hood Foundation.
Peter Yates has been promoted to executive creative director for international branding at Hearst Magazines International, up from his previous position as creative director. Before Hearst, Yates was founding design director at Cargo magazine.
A+E Networks has named Joel Denton managing director for international content sales and partnerships, based in London. Denton had been working for the company as a consultant, along with other companies including BskyB and Fremantle Media.
Crown Media Family Networks has named Tara Meyer vice president of digital sales, a newly created position. Meyer joins from Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, where she was digital sales director.
Madison Square Garden Co. has named Sean Creamer executive vice president and chief financial officer, effective Sept. 1. Creamer is a former president and chief executive officer at Arbitron.
Actor Avan Jogia (“Victorious”) has joined the cast of Spike TV’s upcoming limited series “Tut,” playing the title role, King Tut. Jogia joins Ben Kingsley in the cast of the six-hour project.
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