August 18, 2013
Martha Stewart has joined Hub Network’s “Halloween Bash,” a special airing on the cable network on Oct. 26. Stewart will serve as the special’s Halloween expert and sit on a panel of judges for a nationwide costume contest. The special’s host and other judges will be revealed in the coming weeks.
Lindsay Lohan has signed on to guest on HBO’s “Eastbound & Down,” which is in production on its fourth and final season. Lohan will play the daughter of one of the show’s main characters.
MediaCom USA has named Mark Fortner managing partner and head of innovation, effective immediately. Fortner most recently helped launch a digital marketing innovations team at Viacom.
TBWA has made four hires in its Los Angeles Digital Arts Network: Justin Manfredi, Larry Lac, Vaino Leskinen and Eric Fader. Manfredi joins from David & Goliath, Lac from 72andSunny, Leskinen from TBWA Helsinki and Fader from Ignited. The agency’s Digital Arts Network has also promoted Peter Basset, naming him director of digital production.
AOL Advertising has promoted Erika Nardini to chief marketing officer, a new position at the company. Nardini had been vice president and head of marketing solutions.
Farrin Jay has joined New York magazine, becoming the title’s public relations coordinator. Jay was previously a publicity coordinator at Sesame Workshop.
TV production company Sonar Entertainment has brought in both Timothy Kring and Thomas F. Lesinski, adding them to the company’s board of directors. Kring has previously worked on shows including “Touch” and “Heroes,” while Lesinski is a former president at Paramount Digital Entertainment.
Actress Lauren Bacall is set to guest on Fox’s “Family Guy” next season, voicing the best friend of Peter Griffin’s late mother. Bacall’s episode will air in January.
Eva LaRue is returning to CBS. The actress has joined the cast of the network’s crime drama “Criminal Minds,” playing a character named Agent Mays. LaRue appeared on the network’s “CSI: Miami” for seven seasons.
ABC has added JoAnna Garcia to the cast of “Once Upon a Time,” in a recurring role as Little Mermaid. Garcia has most recently made appearances on “Animal Practice” and “Royal Pains.”
Lisa Robin Kelly, who played Laurie Forman on the comedy “That ’70s Show,” died last week at age 43 shortly after checking into a rehab center. An autopsy was completed over the weekend, but the cause of death won’t be known for another right to 10 weeks.
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