August 27, 2013
It turns out music producer Dr. Luke won’t be joining Fox’s “American Idol” this season after all. A day after reportedly signing on to become the show’s third judge, he has apparently backed out due to a conflict of interest, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The producer has a record deal with Sony Music, but on “Idol” he would have been developing talent for rival label Universal Music Group.
Pierre Conte has been named chief executive officer at GroupM France, succeeding Bruno Kemoun and Eryck Rebbouh. Conte was previously chief executive at Figaro Media and Figaro Classifieds.
Ad agency Barker DZP has named Larry Williamson creative technologist, in charge of developing web sites, mobile apps and other digital products. Williamson had been a freelance developer.
Out-of-home agency Delta Media has made two moves, including hiring Michael Sullivan as an account executive for the Texas region. Sullivan was previously at CBS Outdoor. Delta has also promoted Alexandra N. Wolden, naming her an account executive in Texas as well.
Fox Sports has promoted Robert Gottlieb to executive vice president of marketing, reporting to co-presidents and chief operating officers Randy Freer and Eric Shanks. Gottlieb had been senior vice president.
ABC News and Univison’s upcoming network Fusion has brought in David Ford, naming him vice president of communications. Ford was most recently senior publicity director at ABC News.
Jon Stewart, host of Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show,” will return to the program on Sept. 3 after taking a hiatus to direct his first film. Correspondent John Oliver has been filling in for Stewart.
The one-time stars of the reality show “Jon and Kate Plus 8″ are heading back to court. Kate Gosselin on Monday filed a lawsuit against ex-husband Jon Gosselin, claiming he stole a hard drive and hacked into her phone to get material for a book that was released last year, then pulled off the market. The suit seeks unspecified damages and accuses Jon of wiretapping, identity theft and invasion of privacy. Robert Hoffman, the actual writer of the book, is also named as a defendant.
New York magazine has named Colleen McCarthy executive director of business development, working with the title’s digital platforms. McCarthy joins from The New York Times, where she was director of business development and strategy.
Cosmopolitan has made two hires, naming Sarah Conly senior market editor and Kathy Lee senior accessories editor. Conly joins Cosmo from InStyle, Lee from Town & Country.
Wired magazine has made three new hires, naming Billy Sorrentino deputy creative director, Eric Steuer community director and Nicole Wilke web producer. Sorrentino joins from Condé Nast, Steuer from Creative Commons and Wilke from Triemt.
Streaming video site Roku has named Matthew Anderson chief marketing officer, a new position at the company. Anderson was most recently a strategic advisor at Roku.
National Public Radio has moved Ari Shapiro to its international desk, where he will work as London correspondent beginning in January. Shapiro joined NPR in 2003, most recently serving as White House correspondent.
Dick Thien, one of five founding editors at USA Today when it launched in 1982, died last week of natural causes at age 73. Thien also worked as an editor in residence for the Chips Quinn Scholars program from 1991 until he retired in 2007.
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- Elizabeth Tumulty rises to president of affiliate relations at CBS
- Bear Fisher becomes SVP of marketing at NBCUniversal
- Vernon Loeb becomes managing editor at The Houston Chronicle
- Jennie Morris and Jerry Blake join cable network Pivot
- Jeff Sottolano becomes director of programming at CBS Radio
- Four join online ad technology company Rubicon Project
- 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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