August 22, 2013
Comedy Central has ordered eight episodes of a new late-night stand-up series starring comedian Dave Attell, and he will also appear in his own hour-long stand-up special sometime next year. In a release Comedy Central president of content development and original programming Kent Alterman said, “When I was first approached for this, I thought someone said ‘Dave Chappelle.’ I immediately said yes. I love Dave Attell, too, so it’s fine.”
E! has made a trio of promotions, naming Blythe Asher senior vice president of talent development and casting, Leela Pon vice president of programming and development, and Kate Hoenigsberg director of scripted programming. Asher and Pon will report to executive vice president of programming and development Jeff Olde, while Hoenigsberg reports to senior vice president of scripted programming Kevin Plunkett.
Wenner Media has named Chris McLoughlin publisher at Rolling Stone, taking over for the departed Matt Mastrangelo. McLoughlin had been publisher of another Wenner title, Men’s Journal.
Hearst Magazines has promoted Arnaud de Puyfontaine, naming him managing director for Western Europe. Puyfontaine is also chief executive for Hearst Magazines UK, as well as international executive vice president.
Scripps has promoted Robert Sullivan to vice president of programming, up from his previous position as vice president of content. Sullivan helped the company develop the shows “Let’s Ask America,” “RightThisMinute” and “The List.”
Tribune Co. has named Paul Rennie vice president and general manager, in charge of the company’s two Indianapolis stations. Rennie was previously general sales manager at the Indianapolis station WRTV-TV.
NBC News has promoted Madeleine Haeringer to executive producer, reporting to senior vice president of worldwide newsgathering David Verdi. Haeringer had been a worldwide newsgathering senior producer.
Actor Jonathan Banks has joined the cast of NBC’s “Community” for the upcoming season, in a recurring role as a criminology professor. Banks most recently appeared in AMC’s “Breaking Bad.”
CBS has added Eliza Coupe to the cast of its upcoming sitcom “The Millers,” playing the ex-wife of Will Arnett’s character. Coupe makes the move from ABC, where she appeared on “Happy Endings.”
Ted Post, who directed the TV show “Rawhide,” died on Tuesday at age 96. No cause was given. Post also directed 56 episodes of the show “Gunsmoke,” as well as the movies “Hang ’Em High” and “Magnum Force.”
Achuth Rao has been named director of product management at Matrix Solutions, an online advertising technology company. Rao was most recently director of product management and marketing at Campus Management.
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