August 26, 2014
Actor Steve Zahn has joined the cast of ABC’s “Modern Family” for the sixth season, playing a not-so-great neighbor of the Dunphy family in a recurring role. Zahn has previously appeared on the shows “Mind Games” and “Treme.”
ABC News has made three promotions, including moving Tom Cibrowski to senior vice president of programs, newsgathering and special events. He had been senior executive producer at “Good Morning America.” ABC News has also moved “World News” executive producer Michael Corn to “GMA” in the same role, while “Nightline” executive producer Almin Karamehmedovic replaces Corn at “World News.”
Reality star Kim Kardashian is giving scripted TV a try. Kardashian will guest on the season premiere of CBS’s “2 Broke Girls,” playing herself in the Oct. 27 episode. In the episode a producer will approach the comedy’s stars about shooting an episode of “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” in their cupcake store.
MEC has named Noah Mallin head of social for North America, reporting to North American digital president Shenan Reed. Mallin was most recently in charge of the social marketing and content team at Digitas in New York.
Philadelphia agency LevLane has named David Huehnergarth senior vice president and director of client engagement, a new position at the agency. Huehnergarth will also remain an adjunct professor at Temple University’s School of Media and Communications.
Chris Seda has been named group director for experience design at 360i, the New York-based digital agency. Seda was previously vice president and group creative director at TBWA/Worldhealth and CAHG.
Jean-Michel Wu has been named chief talent officer at McCann Worldgroup, based in the agency’s Singapore office. Wu was previously a regional talent director at WPP.
Discovery Communications has promoted Eileen O’Neill to global group president at Discovery Studios, a newly created position. O’Neill had been head of Discovery Channel, and she’ll be replaced in that role on a interim basis by TLC and Animal Planet group president Marjorie Kaplan.
Karen Snyder Duke has joined Redbook magazine, becoming its new health editor. She was previously associate editor at American Baby, and before that she was at Parents magazine.
Yahoo News has named Jon Ward senior political correspondent, effective Sept. 8. Ward joins from the Huffington Post, where he was a political reporter.
Advertising technology company Criteo has brought in Mollie Spilman, naming her chief revenue officer. Spilman was most recently executive vice president of global sales and operations at Millennial Media.
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Facebook: ‘Thrones’ was the year’s top show
Final tally: 190 new magazines launched in 2014
No duPont Awards for broadcast networks
Sony: We’ll be releasing ‘The Interview.’ Really.
The year that was: 2014 by the numbers
An up and down year for broadcast
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Our OOH outlook: More connectivity
Our newspaper outlook: Not good
Our magazine outlook: More upheaval
The ad outlook for 2015: Pretty decent
- Helen Prokos becomes group creative director at Publicis Hawkeye
- James Florez becomes Dallas GM at Allison+Partners
- Robyn Hurd, Michael Oesterlin and Lorenzo Bertolotti join A+E
- Nate Lanxon becomes senior editor at Bloomberg Media
- Marian Bull becomes associate digital editor at Saveur
- Byron Pitts becomes co-anchor at ABC's 'Nightline'
- Annie Wersching joins CW's 'The Vampire Diaries'
- Daniel Wu joins the cast of AMC's 'Badlands'
- Ashley Tisdale guesting on ABC Family's 'Young & Hungry'
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