August 14, 2013
ABC’s “Grey’s Anatomy” is losing an original cast member after its upcoming 10th season. Sandra Oh, who has played doctor Cristina Yang on the drama since it premiered in 2005, is leaving the show after the upcoming season, saying she first began thinking of leaving in spring of last year. Oh told The Hollywood Reporter, “I gave myself two years to emotionally let go. At the end of last season, Shonda took me aside and said, ‘What are your thoughts?’ I said, ‘I’m ready.'”
Gia Allemand, a contestant on season 14 of ABC’s “The Bachelor,” died on Wednesday at age 29. No cause was given, but Allemand was hospitalized Monday night and placed on life support for an unspecified reason.
Angela Courtin has been promoted to president at Aegis Media U.S., a new position at the agency reporting to Aegis Media Americas & EMEA chief executive Nigel Morris. Courtin had been chief content officer; she will also continue to oversee Aegis Media’s branded content agency The Story Lab, which she founded last year.
Ad agency Taxi has named Reid Miller executive creative director, working in the New York office. Miller was previously group creative director and managing partner at Gotham.
National Geographic Television has named Tim Pastore executive vice president of programming and development, based in the company’s New York office. Pastore was most recently vice president of factual production and programming at BBC Worldwide Productions.
Dan Lieberman has been named dayside anchor, correspondent and producer at Fusion, the upcoming network from Univision and ABC News. Lieberman, who begins on Sept. 3, had been reporting for ABC’s “Nightline.”
Longtime sports columnist Jason Whitlock is returning to ESPN, where he appeared regularly on “The Sports Reporters” before he was fired in 2006. Whitlock most recently worked for Fox Sports.
Self magazine has named Matthew C. Mastrangelo associate publisher for advertising, effective Sept. 3. Mastrangelo was previously publisher of Rolling Stone and RollingStone.com, and he also ran Wenner Media’s music marketing group.
Radio company Entercom has made eight promotions, including six to vice presidents of sales: Pat Galloway in New Orleans, Mike Johnson in Rochester, Joby Koren in Denver, Roxanne Marati in Denver, Lisa Powell in Greensboro and Kristen Kelleher-Wong in Sacramento. The company has also promoted two to vice presidents of operations, Brian Kelly in Milwaukee and Brian Douglass in Greensboro.
Jack W. Germond, a longtime political newspaper columnist who also often appeared on the syndicated show “The McLaughlin Group,” died on Wednesday of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease at age 85. Germond had recently finished his first novel called “A Small Story for Page Three,” which will be published Friday.
TiVo Research and Analytics has named Sheryl Harkins senior vice president of consumer packaged goods sales, effective immediately. Harkins was most recently senior vice president of ad solutions sales and marketing at Nielsen.
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