October 28, 2013
Randy Freer has been promoted to president and chief operating officer at Fox Networks Group, reporting to chairman and chief executive Peter Rice. Freer had been co-president and chief operating officer for Fox Sports Media Group.
“Late Late Show” host Craig Ferguson has signed on to host “Celebrity Name Game,” an upcoming syndicated game show from FremantleMedia North America and Debmar-Mercury. Courteney Cox and David Arquette’s Coquette Productions developed the show along with Scott St. John, who will serve as showrunner.
Fox has added Lee Tergesen to the cast of “The Following” for its upcoming second season, according to the Hollywood Reporter, playing a family man who may have a dark secret. Tergesen most recently made a handful of appearances on the show “Longmire.”
Ellen DeGeneres and Liz Feldman are developing a comedy project at NBC about a lesbian and her straight male best friend. Both DeGeneres and Feldman will serve as executive producers, and Feldman will write the script.
Country singer Garth Brooks is set to star in a live concert special on CBS on Nov. 29, his final performance of a three-year run at Wynn Las Vegas. In the special Brooks will perform songs by artists who have influenced his work over the years.
Mary Carver, who played the mother of Gerald McRaney and Jameson Parker in the TV drama “Simon & Simon,” died earlier this month at age 89 following a brief illness. In addition to “Simon & Simon,” Carver also made appearances on shows including “ER,” “The Twilight Zone,” “Gunsmoke” and “Star Trek: Enterprise.”
Blitz Media has named Heather Pidgeon group account director, working with the agency’s Carbonite and Harvard Kennedy School accounts. Pidgeon joins from iProspect, where she was vice president of services.
Kirshenbaum Bond Senecal + Partners has named Kerry Fitzmaurice chief marketing officer, effective Dec. 2. Fitzmaurice had been director of new business and communications at Mother in New York.
Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia has named Daniel W. Dienst chief executive officer, in addition to his role on the company’s board of directors. Dienst was most recently chief executive officer at Sims Metal Management.
Hayley Romer has been promoted to vice president and publisher at The Atlantic, putting her in charge of the title’s sales and marketing teams. Romer joined the magazine in May 2012 as associate publisher.
Longtime newsman Tom Brokaw has signed on with Clear Channel to host “An American Story,” a syndicated radio show focusing on current events and historic people. The new show will roll out on Nov. 4.
Social gaming company Zynga has named Clive Downie chief operating officer, beginning on Nov. 4. Downie was previously chief executive officer at DeNA West.
Marc Timson has been named senior vice president at MoZeus Worldwide, a mobile advertising technology company. Timson has previously held positions at eshots, PictureU Promotions and Trone Advertising.
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