September 4, 2013
Former “Mary Tyler Moore Show” actress Valerie Harper was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer earlier this year, but following some promising progress she’s apparently ready to return to television. Harper has joined ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars” as a contestant for the upcoming season, which premieres Sept. 16. Harper says that her cancer scans have looked better and better as the summer went on. Also set to compete this season on “Stars:” “Jersey Shore” cast member Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi; former NFL player Keyshawn Johnson; actress Leah Remini; reality TV personality Jack Osbourne; singer Christina Milian; “Glee” actress Amber Riley; TV “Science Guy” Bill Nye; former “Saved by the Bell” actress Elizabeth Berkley Lauren; “High School Musical” actor Corbin Bleu; comedian Bill Engvall; and “Pretty Little Liars” actor Brant Daugherty.
Tribune Broadcasting has named Brian Dollenmayer executive vice president of marketing and promotions, working with WGN America and the company’s 23 local TV stations. Dollenmayer had been executive vice president of on-air promotion and marketing operations at Fox.
Mark Rosenthal has been named chief executive officer at Katz Radio Group, working alongside president Mark Gray. Rosenthal is a former president and chief operating officer at MTV Networks, and he has also worked at Interpublic Media, Spot Runner and Current Media.
Mindshare has named Bob Ivins chief data officer, a new position reporting to Mindshare North America chief executive Colin Kinsella. Ivins was previously vice president of the business intelligence group at Comcast.
Arnold Worldwide has promoted Wade Devers and Pete Johnson, naming them creative lead partners for its Boston office. Johnson, who had been senior vice president and group creative director, will also serve as an executive creative director. Devers was promoted to ECD in February.
Digital agency PureMoxie has brought in Tami Brewer as senior vice president of digital, in charge of digital strategy and app development. Brewer was previously director at The Sample Network.
Yahoo has named Ned Brody senior vice president for the Americas, in charge of ad sales for North and South America. Brody was most recently chief executive officer at AOL Networks.
Hearst Magazines has promoted Carrie L. Cullen to associate publisher for advertising at HGTV Magazine, effective immediately. Cullen was previously advertising director at the magazine.
Niche Media Holdings has named Elizabeth Thorp editor in chief of Capitol File, its luxury lifestyle title focused on Washington, D.C. Thorp has previously written for a number of publications, including The Huffington Post, Washingtonian and National Geographic.
WWE has named David Bailey general manager of its WWE Performance Center, which helps develop new talent. Bailey joins from Feld Entertainment, where he was general manager of the blue unit of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus.
The International Sign Association has brought in Glenn Feder, naming him director of business development. Feder was most recently exposition director at the American College of Cardiology.
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