September 12, 2012
Randy Jackson, the final remaining original judge on Fox's "American Idol," will be back on the panel for the show's upcoming 12th season, joining previously announced judge Mariah Carey. It had been thought Jackson would return in more of a mentor role, but he will reportedly be back as a judge after talks with singer Enrique Iglesias fell through. Nicki Minaj and Keith Urban are the frontrunners to fill the show's remaining judging spots.
Telemundo has named Chris McDonnell president and general manager of its Chicago affiliate, reporting to president of Telemundo Station Group Manuel Abud. McDonnell was most recently vice president of sales and marketing at the NBC affiliate KXAS in Dallas.
KSL Media has made two additions, naming Amy DeHaen senior vice president and managing director of national broadcast and Danielle Cohen vice president and digital account director. DeHaen joins from Carat USA, Cohen from Woven Digital.
Federico de Nardis has been promoted at Maxus, rising to chief executive officer for Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA). De Nardis had been chief executive in the agency's Italy office.
Matt Hall has been named creative director at BigSmack, working alongside chief creative Andy Hann and head of marketing Andrew Kobliska at the entertainment-marketing agency. Hall most recently worked on projects for NBC Sports, Discovery Networks and Microsoft.
Katz Media Group has named Brent Taravella senior vice president and chief financial officer, reporting to president of Clear Channel National Media Groups Kevin Dorsey. Taravella was previously vice president of finance and administration at Fox Television Stations.
Scott Mills has been promoted to executive vice president of human resources and administration at Viacom, based in New York. Mills was previously president and chief operating officer for BET Networks.
Movie theater advertising company Screenvision has brought in Jim Tricarico, naming him chief revenue officer. Tricarico joins from Nickelodeon, where he had been executive vice president of sales and marketing.
Dan Rapaport has been named vice president of product management at PubMatic, an online publishing technology company. Rapaport has previously held positions at Yahoo, Adknowledge and Andiamo.
Valerie Salembier is stepping down from Hearst’s Town & Country. The publisher, senior vice president and chief revenue officer of the magazine plans to leave on Dec. 31 to start a new venture, The Salembier Group, she told The New York Post’s Keith Kelly. Salembier has held her position since May of last year and before that was publisher of Harper’s Bazaar and Esquire.
Hearst Magazines has named Jason Nikic sales development director for Car and Driver and Road & Track magazines, a newly created position. Nikic was most recently integrated sales manager at The Atlantic Media Co.
Former reality TV star Jack Osbourne has signed on with Nat Geo WILD, where he will executive produce the reality series "Alpha Dogs." Osbourne will produce the show along with Rob Worsoff through their company, Schweet Entertainment.
WWE commentator Jerry Lawler suffered a heart attack during a live episode of "WWE Raw" on Monday night, after taking part in a tag-team match earlier in the night. The scripted "Raw" continued after Lawler's heart attack but without TV announcers. In a statement the WWE said, "We are hopeful Jerry makes a full recovery and returns to WWE in the near future. Our thoughts are with Jerry and his family."
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