August 7, 2014
Parody singer Weird Al Yankovic has been around for years, but his career may just now be peaking. Fresh off his first-ever No. 1 album on the Billboard 200, a group of fans have started a petition on Change.org to convince the NFL to have Yankovic play the halftime show at next year’s Super Bowl. The group’s message to the NFL is simple, reading, “Have Weird Al Yankovic headline the Super Bowl XLIX halftime show. Sincerely, [your name].” In just about a day the petition has already reached more than 70,000 signatures, as of Thursday afternoon.
Univision has made a pair of promotions, naming Kevin Cuddihy president of local media and Jessica Rodriguez chief marketing officer. Cuddihy had been president of Univision Television Group, while Rodriguez was executive vice president of program scheduling and promotions.
ABC is set to name Bill Wolff executive producer of “The View,” according to multiple reports, taking over for Bill Geddie. Wolff will join from MSNBC, where he is vice president of primetime programming and executive producer of “The Rachel Maddow Show.”
NBC has added Ryan Hansen to the cast of its upcoming comedy “Bad Judge,” which stars Kate Walsh. Hansen most recently appeared in the CBS comedy “Bad Teacher.”
Ed Joyce, a former president at CBS News, died over the weekend at age 81 after battling throat cancer. Joyce became president of CBS News in 1983, but was essentially forced out in 1986. In his 1988 memoir, Joyce wrote that he was pushed out at CBS due to a long-running feud with Dan Rather.
Digital marketing agency Interakt has brought in Elijah Degen, naming him global head of digital solutions. Degen joins from Lenovo, where he was in charge of the company’s worldwide digital marketing strategy and operations.
Syfy has named Heather Olander senior vice president of alternative series development and production, effective immediately. Until early next year Olander will also continue in her role as senior vice president of alternative development and production at USA.
Scripps Networks Interactive has named Dylan Jones senior vice president of corporate communications, based in the company’s Knoxville office. Jones previously ran his own communications consultancy, and he’s also previously worked at EMI Music Publishing and MTV Networks.
Shera Collins has been named vice president of marketing and development for North America at NHNZ, which produces shows for networks including National Geographic Channel and Discovery Channel. Collins has been with the company since 2004.
Khloe Kardashian and Scott Disick of “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” fame are set to guest on the season finale of USA’s “Royal Pains,” which airs on Sept. 2. The pair will play themselves having dinner on the show, when Mark Feuerstein, Gillian Alexy and Paulo Costanzo’s characters recognize them.
Final tally: 190 new magazines launched in 2014
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- James Florez becomes Dallas GM at Allison+Partners
- Robyn Hurd, Michael Oesterlin and Lorenzo Bertolotti join A+E
- Nate Lanxon becomes senior editor at Bloomberg Media
- Marian Bull becomes associate digital editor at Saveur
- Byron Pitts becomes co-anchor at ABC's 'Nightline'
- Annie Wersching joins CW's 'The Vampire Diaries'
- Daniel Wu joins the cast of AMC's 'Badlands'
- Ashley Tisdale guesting on ABC Family's 'Young & Hungry'
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