August 12, 2014
“It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” actress Kaitlin Olson will have a recurring role on Fox’s “New Girl” this season, playing the fiancé of Rob Reiner’s character. Reiner plays the father of series star Zooey Deschanel’s character.
Julie Nolan has been promoted to chief people officer at Simulmedia, the TV ad-targeting company. Nolan had been vice president of administration and human resources.
“American Idol” host Ryan Seacrest has signed a new two-year overall deal with CBS TV Studios, which will focus on scripted programming through his company, Ryan Seacrest Productions. Seacrest also recently signed with CBS to host its annual special “Fashion Rocks.” He also has deals to appear on NBC and ABC.
MEC has brought in Jon Hsia as managing partner and director of digital investment and activation, taking over for Joe Kowan. Hsia was most recently senior partner and managing director of digital investment at Mindshare.
Arnold Worldwide is building its health and wellness practice, and in the process has promoted Christine Beeby and Gary Scheiner to lead the expansion. Beeby joined the agency in July, while Scheiner joined in August 2013.
Ad agency 160over90 has made a number of hires, naming Mark Cacciatore and Brian MacDonald creative directors, Beth Thies director of client services, and Kathleen Carr and Samantha Un account supervisors. All five will work in the agency’s Philadelphia office.
SundanceTV has promoted Rob Friedman to senior vice president of programming and scheduling, reporting to president and general manager Sarah Barnett. Friedman had been vice president.
Food Network Magazine has made four hires, naming Steven Barbeau deputy art director, Sarah Bruning senior features editor, Erica Cohen market editor, and Yasmin Sabir senior editor. Barbeau joins from Flex magazine, Bruning from Natural Health and Fit Pregnancy, Cohen form HGTV Magazine, and Sabir from Woman’s Day.
News site The Daily Dot has made a pair of additions, naming David Flynn managing director and Chris Boyles creative director for its in-house agency. Flynn joins from VICE, Boyles from Razorfish.
Advertising technology company Criteo has promoted Eric Eichmann to president, in addition to his role as chief operating officer. He takes over for departed president Greg Coleman.
Readly, which produces a digital magazine reader for tablets and smartphones, has named Michelle Garcia vice president of marketing and Blake Pollard vice president of content for North America. Garcia was previously vice president of consumer marketing at Real Simple, Cooking Light and Health magazines, while Pollard joins from LibreDigital.
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