September 24, 2012
Former "Real Housewives of New York" star Bethenny Frankel's talk show aspirations live on. Warner Bros. has sold "Bethenny" to Fox stations for a national syndication launch in 2013, after a test run on six Fox stations this summer. The show will roll out on 17 Fox-owned stations.
At least he has a sense of humor about it. Matt Lauer, co-host of NBC's "Today," has seen a 25 percent drop in his likability, according to Marketing Evaluations' Q Scores, which many are crediting to the recent firing of Ann Curry and hiring of Savannah Guthrie, according to The New York Daily News. Ratings for “Today” have fallen the past few months as “Good Morning America” moved into the morning news lead. But Lauer isn't hiding from the Q score news. He quipped to The Daily News, "Is it only 25 percent? Because it actually feels much worse."
Katie Couric revealed that she battled with bulimia during college when she was in her early 20s. Couric made the revelation on today’s episode of her syndicated talk show "Katie," during an interview with "The X Factor" judge Demi Lovato. The former Disney Channel actress also previously dealt with an eating disorder.
Univision will honor Don Francisco (whose real name is Mario Kreutzberger) with a special red-carpet event on Oct. 27 at 7 p.m. Francisco has hosted "Sabado Gigante," the world's longest-running variety show, for 50 years.
Angelo Lomonte has been named senior vice president and managing director at KSL Media, working with the agency's Frontier Communications account in its New York office. Lomonte was previously director of media strategy, marketing and advertising at Cablevision.
Ogilvy & Mather has named Steve Howard executive creative director in its New York office, working with the American Express account. Howard was most recently global group creative director at TBWA/Chiat Day.
R/GA has made three additions in its San Francisco office, naming Michael Jefferson executive creative director, Ari Nave group planning director and Matt Nelson director of mobile and social platforms. Jefferson joins from Frog Design and Nelson from Tribal DDB, while Nave has previously worked at McGarryBowen, Deutsch and Ogilvy & Mather.
Digital agency Firstborn has promoted Dave Snyder, naming him executive creative director. Snyder joined the agency in 2009 as an associate creative director.
Viacom International Media Networks The Americas has made a couple moves, including naming MTV, VH1 and Comedy Central Latin America senior vice president of content and creative Fernando Gaston brand manager for Tr3s: MTV, Música y Más. Gaston replaces general manager and executive vice president Jose Tillan, who has left the company for personal reasons. Also, MTV, VH1 and Comedy Central Latin America vice president of programming and production Federico Cuervo has been named brand manager for Comedy Central Latin America, replacing Gaston.
Brandon Copple has been named general manager at Wrapports, a digital sports and business venture from the owners of The Chicago Sun-Times. Copple was most recently managing editor at Groupon.
Brides magazine has promoted Keija Minor to editor in chief, replacing Anne Fulenwider, who left the magazine for Marie Claire. Minor joined Brides last year as deputy editor.
David Colford has been named chief revenue officer at Hanley Wood, which publishes magazines for the housing and construction industries. Colford was previously executive vice president of global sales and operations at Geeknet Media.
The Des Moines Register has found a new sports editor, naming Chad Leistikow to the position effective in December. Leistikow will join the paper from USA Today, where he is senior motorsports editor.
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- Ben Widdicombe becomes contributing editor at The New York Observer
- Jennifer Lopez becomes CCO at NUVOtv
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- Clifford S. Harris rises to SVP of law and programming at Cablevision
- Steve Sinicropi becomes VP and market manager at Entercom
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