September 24, 2012
Arnold Worldwide has promoted Mike Lanzi to managing director, reporting to ArnoldNYC president Lynn Power. Lanzi was previously executive vice president and account director.
Marketing agency Oxford Communications has named Judi London vice president and director of communications, effective immediately. London has previously held positions at Winning Strategies PR, the Delaware River Port Authority and the South Jersey Tourism Corp.
Jessica Kleiman has been named executive vice president of communications at Sandow Media, effective Oct. 24. Kleiman was most recently vice president of public relations at Hearst Magazines.
Geoff Boucher is set to join Entertainment Weekly as a senior writer, beginning on Oct. 1. Boucher will join the magazine from The Los Angeles Times, where he had been for 21 years.
Edward Swindler has been promoted at NBC, becoming president of strategy and operations. Swindler was previously executive vice president and chief operating officer for NBC Universal Ad Sales.
ABC has brought in Pooja Midha, naming her senior vice president of digital ad sales and operations. Midha had been senior vice president of digital ad sales for the music and entertainment group at Viacom Media Networks.
Robin Roberts, co-host of ABC's "Good Morning America," underwent a bone marrow transplant last week to treat MDS, an illness that disrupts the production of blood cells. Roberts also endured 10 days of chemotherapy prior to the transplant.
"New Girl" star Zooey Deschanel is deepening her relationship with Fox, executive producing an upcoming comedy pilot entitled "Must Be Nice." The show will be written by "New Girl" producer J.J Philbin.
Ben Stiller has sold two comedies to ABC, "Please Knock" and "The Notorious Mobile Flowers." "Knock" is loosely based on Stiller's life, focusing on a big-name actor who realizes he's losing touch with his family. He moves back to the building he grew up in to reconnect with them. "Flowers" follows a woman whose reputation suffers after she's falsely accused of a crime.
Seth Macfarlane ("Family Guy") has landed a pilot order from Fox about two friends whose dads move in with them. Alec Sulkin and Wellesley Wild, who worked with Macfarlane on the movie "Ted," will also co-write and executive produce the live-action comedy.
Frequent TV actor Stephen Dunham passed away last week after suffering a heart attack. He was 48. He starred in the 1999 ABC sitcom "Oh Grow Up," one of Alan Ball's early shows, as well as 2005's short-lived comedy "Hot Properties," with a pre-"Modern Family" Sofia Vergara.
Solange Attwood has been promoted to vice president of sales and development at Si Entertainment, which produces shows including HGTV's "Disaster DIY." Attwood had been director of sales.
Tedi Thurman, weather girl on the NBC radio show "Monitor" in the 1950s and '60s, died last week at age 89 following a short illness. Thurman also made a number of TV appearances, including as a regular guest on "The Tonight Show" with Jack Paar.
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