September 8, 2013
Pop artist Bruno Mars has booked one of the biggest gigs available in the U.S. Mars is set to perform at halftime of this season’s Super Bowl, which will air on Fox on Feb. 2. This season’s big game will be played at MetLife Stadium, home of the New York Giants and Jets.
Murray Gershenz, a character actor who appeared on a number of TV shows including “Will & Grace,” died late last month at age 91. No cause was given. Gershenz most recently made an appearance on the comedy “Sullivan & Son,” and he has also had roles on “NCIS,” “Raising Hope,” “Modern Family,” “Parks and Recreation” “Mad Men” and “House.”
John Olson, a longtime ad man who founded the agency Olson in Minneapolis, died over the weekend at age 56 after battling cancer for the past 13 months. Olson started his advertising career in 1984 as an intern at Campbell Mithun.
Minneapolis agency Fallon has promoted John King to chief marketing officer, taking over for the departed Rob Buchner. King was previously the agency’s chief communications officer.
New York Agency The Halo Group has brought in Toni Racioppo, naming her senior vice president of media services. Racioppo has previously held positions at Media Storm, Zenith Media and MEC.
London-based agency The Brand Union has promoted Toby Southgate, naming him chief executive officer for the Americas. Southgate was previously CEO for the UK and Ireland.
Discovery Channel has promoted Denise Contis to executive vice president of production and development for the West Coast, replacing Nancy Daniels. Contis had been senior vice president of production and development.
Oxygen has brought in Susie Castillo as an on-air personality, beginning with the network’s coverage of New York Fashion Week. Castillo will also moderate a Google Hangout on Sept. 10 in advance of the network’s new show “Preachers of L.A.”
Dan Vergano has joined NationalGeographic.com, becoming a senior editor and writer covering science news. Vergano had been senior science reporter at USA Today.
Suzanne Gamboa has joined the web site NBCLatino.com as political editor, effective on Sept. 16. Gamboa joins from the Associated Press, where she was a race and ethnicity reporter.
Newspaper National Network has named Marshall A. Genger vice president of finance, reporting to chief executive Ray Chelstowski. Genger was previously senior vice president and chief financial officer at Impremedia.
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- 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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