August 14, 2014
“Dancing with the Stars” pro dancer Derek Hough is getting into acting. Hough has joined the cast of ABC’s “Nashville” for its third season, playing a movie star in his first major acting role. There’s no word yet on how many episodes he’ll appear in, but his role is part of a multi-episode arc. Hough will also return to “Stars” for the show’s 19th season this fall.
Cherry Yates has been named vice president of corporate communications at Fox International Channels, a newly created position. Yates will also continue her role as vice president of global communications for National Geographic Channels International.
Mary Carole McDonnell, executive vice president of programming at Raycom Media, is leaving her position to focus on Bellum Entertainment, a production company she opened in 2005. McDonnell had been with Raycom for 15 years.
CBS has brought in Trish Turner as a Washington senior producer, working with “CBS This Morning.” Turner was previously White House producer at Fox News Channel, and before that she was Capitol Hill producer at CNN.
Advertising agency Rosetta has promoted five employees to partner: Chetna Bansal for Rosetta Consulting, and Tresa Gowland, Duane Meaux, Tod Rathbone and Ted Thompson for the technology and telecommunications group. All five were previously associate partners.
KBS has a new pair of chief creative officers, naming Jonathan Mackler and Dan Kelleher to the position. Mackler joins from TBWA\Chiat\Day, Kelleher from Grey New York.
Ben Ingersoll has been named chief creative officer at Grey Healthcare Group, effective immediately. Ingersoll was previously creative director at CDM in New York.
Marketing services firm Randall-Reilly has brought in Prescott Shibles, naming him vice president of audience development. Shibles joins from Advantage Media, where he was chief digital and marketing officer.
Turner Sports has made a pair of promotions, naming Matt Hong executive vice president and general manager and Albert “Scooter” Vertino senior vice president of programming for Turner Sports and general manager of NBA Digital. Hong joined the company in 2010, Vertino in 1995.
Actor Steven Weber has joined the cast of Syfy’s “Helix” for its second season, playing a cult leader in a recurring role. Weber most recently appeared on TNT’s “Murder in the First.”
Bravo has added three to the cast of its upcoming scripted series “Girlfriends’ Guide To Divorce,” including Alanna Ubach as a series regular. Matthew Glave and Virginia Williams have also joined the show in recurring roles.
Redbook magazine has named Kirby Rodriguez creative director, working alongside editor in chief Meredith Rollins. Rodriguez was previously design director at O, the Oprah Magazine.
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