August 21, 2013
Cable network Ovation has signed on actor James Franco to host “James Franco Presents,” which will focus on his work in the art world. Franco, who will soon be roasted on Comedy Central, will also executive producer the Ovation project.
Brian Lewis, executive vice president of communications at Fox News, was fired for cause by the cable network after an internal investigation found “issues relating to financial irregularities” and “significant breaches of his employment contract.” Lewis was let go back on July 25; The Hollywood Reporter first reported his firing.
Actress Cassie Scerbo has joined the cast of ABC Family’s “Baby Daddy,” in a recurring role as Chelsea Kane’s character’s former best friend. Scerbo most recently appeared in the Syfy movie “Sharknado,” and she also previously had a role in ABC Family’s “Make It Or Break It.”
Ad agency AKQA has named Sebastian Gunnewig director of brand strategy and planning, working in the San Francisco office. Gunnewig was most recently director of brand planning at TBWA Media Arts Lab.
EYE Mall Media has promoted Jeff Gunderman to president, up from his previous position as senior vice president and general manager. Gunderman has been with the company since 2008.
Hearst Magazines Digital Media has made three hires, naming Amy Odell editor of Cosmopolitan.com, Leah Chernikoff editor of Elle.com and Annie Fox director of programming. Odell joins from BuzzFeed, Chernikoff from Fashionista.com and Fox from BuzzMedia.
Niche Media Holdings has named Andrea Bennett editor in chief of Vegas magazine, effective immediately. Bennett has previously held positions at Travel & Leisure, Town & Country, Departures and T: The New York Times Style Magazine.
Nick Haramis has joined T: The New York Times Style Magazine, becoming senior features editor. Haramis was previously editorial director at the arts and fashion title Bullett.
Health web site Health.com has brought in Christine Mattheis, naming her a senior editor. Mattheis joins from another health-related web site, Fitbie.com.
TheStreet has made a handful of additions to its video team, naming Mark Sugarman video creative director and Sophie Bearman and Jeremy Jennings associate producers. Additionally, Daniel Lebo has been promoted to video optimization manager, up from video producer.
Telemundo has added Ana Maria Canseco to its morning show “Un Nuevo Dia,” where she will work as a co-host beginning on Sept. 9. Canseco is a former co-host of Univision’s “Despierta America.”
Martin Bashir parts ways with MSNBC
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Out-of-home ad spending growth slows
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Soul Train Awards groove on Twitter
Netflix slates ‘House of Cards’ premiere
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- Rohit Thawani becomes head of digital strategy at TBWA\Chiat\Day LA
- Lindsay Fontaine rises to VP at InterMedia Advertising
- Radley Balko joins Washington Post opinion section
- Jessica Sebastian becomes VP of unscripted at Electus
- Mike Free becomes a senior editor at TouchVision
- Mary Carillo, Cris Collinsworth and Ato Boldon join NBC's Olympics team
- Jeff Burton becomes NASCAR analyst at NBC Sports
- Shannon Cross joins TV One's 'News One Now'
- Lisa Kennedy Montgomery hosting FBN's 'The Independents'
- HGTV host Bill Beckwith dies at age 38
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