August 10, 2014
Oscar-winning actress Geena Davis is returning to ABC. The former “Commander in Chief” star has joined “Grey’s Anatomy” for its 11th season, where she will play a surgeon at Grey Sloan Memorial. Davis’ most recent TV role was on the miniseries “Coma.”
Jim Weiss has been named senior vice president of corporate communications for both Bounce Media and Katz Broadcasting, reporting to chief executive officer Jonathan Katz. Weiss was most recently vice president of communications and public relations at CSE.
Actor Clancy Brown has joined CW’s upcoming “Arrow” spinoff “The Flash,” making his first appearance in the show’s fifth episode. Brown will have a recurring role as The General, the head of a black ops army team.
Charles Keating, who won a Daytime Emmy for his role in the NBC soap “Another World,” has died at age 72 after a long battle with cancer. Keating also appeared on the soaps “All My Children” and “Port Charles,” as well as in a number of movies, including “The Bodyguard.”
Universal McCann has named Kasha Cacy U.S. president, taking over for the departed Sarah Personette. Cacy has been with the agency for seven years, most recently as global chief product officer.
TBWA\Chiat\Day has brought in Mark Peters as a creative director, working in the agency’s Los Angeles office. Peters was most reently a senior vice president at Deutsch LA.
A+E Networks has named Prem Kamath deputy managing director, working in the Asia-Pacific region. Kamath was most recently executive vice president and general manager at STAR India.
HBO has added James Marsden to the cast of its drama pilot “Westworld,” which focuses on artificial consciousness. Marsden joins Anthony Hopkins, Evan Rachel Wood and Jeffrey Wright in the cast.
The Associated Press has promoted Mesfin Fekadu to music editor, putting him in charge of the organization’s music coverage across platforms. Fekadu has been with the AP since 2008, most recently as a music writer.
Chapman Pincher, a legendary journalist who delivered scoops on the world of espionage for years for The London Daily Express, died last week in his home at 100. Pincher’s con, Michael, revealed the death by delivering a message his father wanted sent out: “Tell them no more scoops.” Pincher also wrote more than 30 books throughout his career.
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Final tally: 190 new magazines launched in 2014
No duPont Awards for broadcast networks
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- Helen Prokos becomes group creative director at Publicis Hawkeye
- 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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