August 13, 2014
Yahoo has made two hires, naming Michele Promaulayko (pictured) editor in chief of Yahoo Health and Katie Brown editor in chief of Yahoo DIY Crafts. Promaulayko joins from Women’s Health, where she was editor in chief for the past five years, while Brown is the host of the public TV show “Katie Brown Workshop.”
BuzzFeed has named Adam Serwer national editor, working with topics including social justice, climate change and criminal justice. Serwer joins from MSNBC, and he also previously worked at Mother Jones.
Mobile video advertising company Vdopia has made a handful of moves, including moving Saurabh Bhatia from chief business officer to chief executive officer. He replaces former CEO Srikanth Kakani, who becomes chief technology officer. The company has also moved Chhavi Upadhyay from chief operating officer to president, a new position.
Dhanusha Sivajee has been named executive vice president at XO Group, which runs web sites including The Knot and The Nest. Sivajee joins from AOL, where she was chief marketing officer for AOL Brand Group.
Scripps Networks Interactive has named Melissa Mick senior vice president and corporate controller, working in the company’s Knoxville office. Mick was most recently chief accounting officer and vice president controller at MedExpress Urgent Care.
Thandie Newton has joined the cast of HBO’s “Westworld,” a drama pilot starring Anthony Hopkins. Newton most recently appeared in the series “Rogue.”
Glenn Valenta, a high-definition TV pioneer who worked as chief engineer at HDNet/AXS TV since it launched 14 years ago, died late last month at age 53 after battling cancer for eight years. In his time at HDNet, Valenta’s engineering helped with early high-definition broadcasts of events including the Olympics and Triple Crown horse races.
Jeanne Cummings has been promoted to deputy managing editor at Bloomberg Politics, after she previously served as deputy editor. Before Bloomberg, Cummings held positions at Politico and The Wall Street Journal.
Dotty Lynch, former political editor at CBS News, died earlier this week at age 69 following a battle with melanoma. While at CBS Lynch covered five presidential campaigns, and she also wrote its “Political Points” column and worked with the CBS/New York Times poll. She most recently taught public communications at American University before retiring earlier this year.
George Pyne, president at IMG Sports and Entertainment, is leaving the company to start a new venture, although he will remain on as a senior advisor. Pyne joined IMG in 2006 from NASCAR.
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