August 25, 2013
Paula Deen is in the clear where her discrimination lawsuit is concerned. The former Food Network star has reached an agreement with former employee Lisa Jackson, which has led to a dismissal of the suit “without any award of costs or fees to any party,” according to a U.S. District Court document. Jackson was suing Deen and her brother Bubba Hiers for racial discrimination and sexual harassment; the racial discrimination portion of the lawsuit was dismissed earlier this month.
Turner Broadcasting has named Jill King senior vice president of the sponsorship group in its animation, young adults and kids media division. King had been working as an independent consultant.
Former boxing referee Joe Cortez has joined ESPN Deportes as a boxing analyst, beginning this past weekend on “Viernes de Combate.” Cortez will continue to provide analysis leading up to the Sept. 14 bout between Floyd Mayweather and Canelo Alvarez.
Disney Channel has signed on Zendaya to star in its upcoming movie “Zapped,” which will premiere sometime next year. Zendaya stars in the network’s “Shake It Up,” and also recently appeared on ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars.”
Big Spaceship has named Rob Thorsen executive vice president of client services, reporting to chief executive officer Michael Lebowitz. Thorsen was previously at Publicis’ MRY.
National Journal has named Tim Grieve editor in chief, replacing departing editor Charlie Green when he steps down at the end of the year. Grieve is currently National Journal’s digital editor.
Active Interest Media has named Jeff Tkach group publisher, working with Backpacker and Climbing magazines. This is Tkach’s second stint working with Backpacker, where he was from 2002 to 2006.
Also at Active Interest Media, Jo-Ann Martin has been named East Coast sales director, working with Ski and Backpacker magazines. Martin was previously integrated account manager at Cooking Light.
Univision has named John Driscoll vice president of business development, effective Sept. 3. Driscoll was previously vice president of integrated corporate sales and marketing at Bonnier Corp.
Actor Keith Carradine has joined the cast of Fox’s “The Following” for its upcoming second season, playing a friend of Kevin Bacon’s character. Carradine most recently appeared on Showtime’s “Dexter.”
Music producer Jimmy Iovine won’t return to Fox’s “American Idol” for the upcoming season, where he had served as mentor. Former “Idol” judge Randy Jackson will likely replace Iovine, according to Deadline.
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- Jennie Morris and Jerry Blake join cable network Pivot
- Jeff Sottolano becomes director of programming at CBS Radio
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- Bette Midler producing and starring in HBO's 'Mae West'
- Megan Mullally guesting on NBC's 'Sean Saves the World'
- Kevin Pollak joins CBS's comedy 'Mom'
- Dann Florek leaving NBC's 'Law & Order: SVU'
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