September 14, 2012
Bess Barnes has been named vice president of college sports programming at CBS Sports, following a stint as director of programming and acquisitions at ESPN. CBS Sports has also expanded the responsibilities of executive vice president of programming Rob Correa and senior vice president of programming Dan Weinberg, adding college sports and cable TV duties.
Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney and wife Ann are set to guest on "Live! With Kelly & Michael," appearing on the Sept. 18 episode. This will be the couple's first appearance on a daytime talk show during this election cycle.
"Community" actor Donald Glover is developing a new comedy at NBC, based loosely on his own life. Glover, who is working on the show with "30 Rock" co-executive producer Matt Hubbard, is also still committed to the upcoming fourth season of "Community."
Tom Hanks will narrate National Geographic Channel’s upcoming special “Killing Lincoln,” based on Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard’s best-selling book. The program will air next year. Hanks will provide historical commentary as well as appear on-camera as the host.
Nancy Dubuc has been elevated to president of entertainment and media at A&E Networks, overseeing all programming, brand development and marketing at the group, which includes A&E, History and Lifetime.
Showtime has promoted Christina Spade to executive vice president and chief financial officer, replacing the retired Jerry Scro. Spade was previously senior vice president of affiliate finance and business operations.
Cory Stern has joined Comedy Central as director of East Coast development, working alongside vice president Brooke Posch. Stern was previously head of development at the production company Stun Creative.
CNN has promoted Sara Sidner and Arwa Damon to senior international correspondents, Sidner based in Jerusalem and Damon in Lebanon. Both had previously been international correspondents.
Toby Stephens has been cast as the pirate Captain Flint in the upcoming Starz original series “Black Sails,” which is slated to debut in 2014. The show is set 20 years before the events of the novel “Treasure Island” and is being produced by Michael Bay. Stephens, the son of Maggie Smith, played the villain in the 2002 film “Die Another Day.”
Time magazine has named Kelly Conniff social media editor, in charge of the title's presence on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Google+, Foursquare and Pinterest. Conniff previously held a similar position at the National Geographic Society.
American Express Publishing has named Dionysios Pilarinos director of technology services, effective immediately. Pilarinos was previously director of technology at Scratch Music Group.
Roll Call editor Scott Montgomery is leaving the publication on Sept. 27, to be replaced by executive editor Susan Benkelman on an interim basis. Montgomery is leaving for a position as supervising editor for digital news at NPR.
Thrillist Media Group has named Keith Blanchard chief content officer, a new position at the company. Blanchard was most recently at Story Worldwide, and he was also editor in chief at Maxim from 1999 to 2004.
Online advertising technology company TruEffect has made two hires, naming Kristina Vaccarelli engagement manager and Taylor Shuman client services coordinator. Vaccarelli joins from SpotXchange, Shuman from Experian Direct.
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- Marianne Gambelli becomes chief investment officer at Horizon Media
- Andy Grant becomes associate creative director at CP + B
- Shashi Seth becomes president at Tribune Digital Ventures
- Julie Piepenkotter rises to EVP of research at FX
- Cherie Cohen becomes SVP of cable ad sales at NBCUniversal
- Andrew Leisner rises to motorcycle group publisher at Bonnier
- Dominic Laval becomes director of business development at Capablue
- Paul Barford becomes chief scientist at Broadcast Interactive Media
- Mia Maestro joins FX drama pilot 'The Strain'
- Giuliana Rancic and Nick Jonas hosting NBC's 'Miss USA'
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