September 26, 2012
A rare TV appearance by Barbara Streisand helped boost ratings for Katie Couric's new syndicated talk show "Katie" on Tuesday, with the show posting a 2.3 overnight household rating, according to Nielsen. That number matched the show's second-highest rating ever and was ahead of fellow new talk shows "Steve Harvey" by 53 percent, "Jeff Probst" by 188 percent and "Ricki Lake" by 229 percent. "Katie" was also No. 1 in its timeslot in nine markets, including its best-ever performance in Philadelphia.
Tina Fey will be working at NBC even after her comedy "30 Rock" ends after its upcoming season. Fey has signed a new four-year deal at Universal Television, which kicks in in mid-2013 following her work on "Rock." Under the new deal Fey will develop new shows for NBC.
Rei Inamoto has been promoted at AKQA, becoming lead of the agency's New York office. Inamoto's new position will be in addition to his role as chief creative officer.
Yahoo has named Ken Goldman chief financial officer, replacing the outgoing Tim Morse on Oct. 22. Goldman has previously been chief financial officer at six other companies, most recently Fortinet.
Wayne Gattinella has joined the online advertising technology company DoubleVerify, becoming chief executive officer and director. Gattinella had been chief executive and president at WebMD.
Disney Channels Worldwide has made two promotions, naming Jennilee Cummings vice president of Disney Channel and Disney XD original series and Nikki Reed vice president of Disney Channel original movies. Cummings has been with the company since 2004, Reed since 2010.
Former vice president Al Gore will lead Current TV's presidential debate coverage on Oct. 3, following his recent on-screen presence during the Republican and Democratic National Conventions. Gore is a co-founder of the channel. Jennifer Granholm, Eliot Spitzer and Cenk Uygur will also take part in the network's coverage.
A&E has canceled "Dog the Bounty Hunter," but series star Duane "Dog" Chapman has found a new home. He and his wife Beth Chapman are set to star in a new CMT reality show called "Dog," to begin production early next year. The network has ordered 10 episodes of the series.
Actors Fred Willard, Michael McKean and Ed Begley Jr. have joined HBO's upcoming mockumentary series "Family Tree," from filmmaker Christopher Guest. The three will have recurring roles on the show, which will also air on BBC2 in the UK.
MTV has named model and "Project Runway" host Heidi Klum host of this year's MTV Europe Music Awards, which take place on Nov. 11 in Frankfurt, Germany. The ceremony will air in the U.S. at 11 p.m. that night on MTV2.
M. Scott Havens has been promoted to president at The Atlantic, in charge of the magazine brand across all its platforms. Havens was most recently senior vice president of finance and digital operations.
Michael Moynihan is joining Newsweek/Daily Beast, becoming cultural news editor for The Daily Beast web site beginning Oct. 3. He will also review books and write for Newsweek. Moynihan was previously a columnist at Tablet.
Thanh Tan has joined The Seattle Times as a multimedia editorial writer and columnist, and she'll also be a part of the paper's editorial board. Tan was most recently a multimedia reporter and producer at The Texas Tribune.
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