September 20, 2012
Online streaming service Netflix has picked up the Ricky Gervais comedy "Derek," with plans to make it available sometime next year. Gervais wrote, directed and stars in the comedy about a nursing home worker, which originally aired on Britain's Channel 4. The show has been criticized, with detractors saying Gervais' character mocks disabled people, but Gervais said it's not true because the character isn't disabled.
Digital media company Buzzfeed has named Jeff Greenspan chief creative officer, a new position at the company. Greenspan was most recently at Facebook, and before that he was at BBDO.
Mat Lignel has been named president at Ryan Partnership, a new position at the Chicago agency. Lignel joins from Draftfcb in Chicago, where he was executive vice president.
Ogilvy has named Jon Morgan a creative director and copywriter, working out of the agency's Chicago office. Morgan has previously held positions at R/GA, JWT and Publicis.
Hearst Magazines has promoted Christine Rannazzisi-Gerstein to senior vice president, group publisher and chief revenue officer, working with Country Living, Good Housekeeping and Woman's Day. Rannazzisi-Gerstein had been associate publisher for marketing at Good Housekeeping and Country Living.
Bill Nelson, chief executive officer at HBO, is retiring at the end of the year, to be replaced by co-president Richard Plepler. The cable network has also made a pair of other moves as a part of an overall management restructure, naming Eric Kessler president and chief operating officer and Michael Lombardo president of programming.
National Geographic Channel has made a few moves, including naming former Next Entertainment senior vice president of TV development Noel Siegel senior vice president of production and development. The network has also promoted Lynn Sadofsky to vice president of production and development and hired Robert Palumbo as an executive producer. Sadofsky had been an executive producer and director, while Palumbo has previously produced at History Channel, AMC, Discovery, HBO and Showtime.
Cynthia Klar has been promoted to vice president of sales and operations at NBCUniversal Cable and New Media Distribution, in charge of distributing content to airlines, cruise ships, colleges, schools and the Armed Forces. Klar was most recently director of sales and operations for NBCU Television Distribution.
FX has added actress Diane Kruger to the cast of "The Bridge," its upcoming drama pilot to be directed by Gerardo Naranjo. Kruger has mainly appeared in movies, including the "National Treasure" franchise and "Inglorious Basterds."
Actor James Caan is joining the second season of “Magic City,” a Starz original series. He will play the head of the Chicago mob. Caan’s last regular TV gig was on NBC’s “Las Vegas.” Esai Morales and Sherilyn Fenn will also join the drama next season.
Jeff Hesano has been named Detroit office manager at Eagle Television Sales, which is part of Katz Television Group. Hesano had been an account executive at Katz' Millennium Sales & Marketing.
Simon Cowell has reportedly settled on his co-hosts for “The X Factor.” Khloe Kardashian, whose name leaked earlier this month, will be joined by Mario Lopez, the host of the newsmagazine “Extra.” Lopez will continue his “Extra” gig as well. The two replace Steve Jones, who lasted just one season on “Factor.”
The Los Angeles Times has named Cindy Carcamo a national correspondent covering immigration, based in Los Angeles and moving to the Arizona bureau in 2013. Carcamo was previously an immigration reporter at The Orange County Register.
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