September 3, 2014
The man who founded Bloomberg LP is returning to head up the company. Michael Bloomberg, who finished his third stint as New York City mayor eight months ago, will become president and chief executive officer of the news organization he left before he was elected mayor 12 years ago. Its holdings include the Bloomberg News service and Bloomberg BusinessWeek. Bloomberg had said he intended to dedicate his time to philanthropy following his political career but said in a statement, “the more time I spent reacquainting myself with the company, the more exciting and interesting I found it.” He will replace Daniel Doctoroff at year’s end.
Condé Nast continued its recent shakeup, naming Gina Sanders the new president of global development. She will report to Condé Nast chief executive officer Charles Townsend and Condé Nast International chairman Jonathan Newhouse. Sanders has been with Condé Nast for 26 years, most recently as president and chief executive officer of Fairchild Fashion Media, which was recently sold to Penske Media.
Marie Claire has made two new hires and promoted two others at the magazine. Catherine Newell-Hanson, a stylist who has worked for V Magazine and T: The New York Times Style Magazine, joins as fashion editor at large, while Carolina “Callie” O’Neill becomes a fashion writer. O’Neill joins from Architectural Digest, where she was a market editor. In addition, Jessica Minkoff has been upped from associate market editor to senior market editor, while Brittany Kozerski rises from associate market editor to market editor.
Todd Grantham, late of Goodby, Silverstein & Partners, has joined DDB California as the agency’s new president. He’d been with Goodby since 1996, and he succeeds Mike Harris, who left DDB California in June.
The San Francisco agency Swirl has named Shira Bogart creative director. She had been group creative director at AKQA, and before that she worked at Chiat/Day, Goldberg Moser O’Nell and Citron Haligman Bedecarre.
The New York City-based agency KBS has named Christine Moore global chief operating officer, a new position. She had been global chief financial officer at Mcgarrybowen.
Yieldbot, which tracks consumer purchase intent and matches it with relevant information for clients, has hired Rachel Tarvin as director of shopper marketing. Tarvin had been shopper marketing manager at Starbucks Coffee Company.
J. Peter Ban has left HBO, where he was senior vice president and general manager of domestic network distribution, to join Simulmedia, where he becomes senior vice president of business operations.
AOL Originals has greenlit a new reality show starring Laura Jane Grace, lead singer of the punk band Against Me!, who came out as transgender in 2012. The series, “True Trans with Laura Jane Grace,” will debut with its first four episodes on Oct. 10.
Disney/ABC Television Group for Talent, Booking and ABC News Specialized Units has promoted Eric Avram to vice president. He has been working in the booking department, most recently coordinating a project with Taylor Swift.
Gannett Broadcasting and Debmar-Mercury have named Stephanie Eno vice president of development. She had been with TLC the past seven years, most recently as an executive producer and senior director of programming.
“True Blood’s” Joe Manganiello will be a guest judge on Spike’s “Ink Master” this season. He’ll appear on Tuesday’s episode at 10 p.m., appearing alongside usual judges Dave Navarro, Chris Nunez and Oliver Peck.
CNN will launch the new series “This is Life,” hosted by journalist Lisa Ling, on Sunday, Sept. 28, at 10 p.m. The show will focus on the far corners of America, focusing on little-known subcultures and communities.
Jennifer Carpenter is moving from serial killers to Middle East tensions. The former “Dexter” star has been cast as a public affairs officer, the lead role, in the new USA drama “Stanistan,” about a Middle Eastern country.
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- Kyla Jacobs rises to global business development director at TBWA
- Rob FitzGerald becomes U.S. president at We Are Social
- Mandy Graham joins and Maria Smith rises at M&C Saatchi
- David Duncan becomes chief strategy officer at BBDO Minneapolis
- Zan Goodman becomes design director at Chandelier
- Patty Hirsch becomes digital GM for sports at Time Inc.
- Bob Gold becomes SVP of distribution at Poker Central
- Alison Fitzgerald becomes health policy correspondent at NPR
- Baratunde Thurston becomes supervising producer at 'The Daily Show'
- Jim Belushi joins the cast of Fox's pilot "Urban Cowboy'
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