March 9, 2014
Former “Desperate Housewives” actress Felicity Huffman is returning to ABC. She has joined the network’s drama pilot “American Crime,” joining Timothy Hutton in the cast. The drama is from “12 Years a Slave” writer John Ridley.
Univision News has named Borja Echevarría de la Gándara vice president of digital, working in the network’s Miami office. Echevarría de la Gándara was most recently deputy managing editor at El Pais in Spain.
Comedian Louis C.K. will host NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” on March 29, his second time hosting the show. The fifth season of his FX comedy “Louie” premieres in May.
Ted Bergmann, a TV producer who produced the first NFL and Grammy telecasts, died earlier this month at age 93 following surgery. Bergmann began working in TV with NBC in 1947. He also produced a number of series throughout his career, including “Three’s Company.”
Atlantic Media has made four promotions, naming Tim Hartman chief executive of the National Journal Group, Poppy MacDonald publisher and co-president of National Journal, Tim Grieve co-president of the title and Aretae Wyler general counsel for Atlantic Media. Hartman had been president of the government executive media group, while MacDonald was chief revenue officer and Wyler was deputy general counsel. Grieve is also editor in chief of National Journal.
Fortune magazine has named Eric Danetz publisher, the title’s first dedicated publisher since 2012. Danetz was previously chief revenue officer at Defy Media, and he’s also held positions at Newsweek Daily Beast, CBS Interactive and CNET.
Bravo Media has made a number of moves, including a trio of promotions, naming Lara Spotts senior vice president of development and Jenn Levy and Kathleen French senior vice president of production. Additionally, senior vice president of production operations David O’Connell and vice president of program strategy and acquisitions David Brewer have added oversight of Oxygen Media to their duties.
NCC has promoted four to regional vice presidents, Sabrina Hazzard for the West, Scott Breier for the Northeast, Don Adams for the Midwest and Debi Bird for the Central region. All were previously directors of sales.
Paul Reiser has joined FX’s upcoming series “Married” in a recurring role, joining Nat Faxon and Judy Greer in the cast. Resiser’s most recent TV appearance was in the HBO movie “Behind the Candelabra.”
Actress Jennifer Beals has signed to star in TNT’s pilot “Proof,” which is executive produced by Kyra Sedgwick, according to Deadline. Beals most recently appeared in “The L Word.”
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- Colin Barlow rises to COO at GroupM Global
- Three rise in production and development at TLC
- Jonathan Stern becomes head of business development at Fusion
- Hunter Lewis becomes editor at Cooking Light
- Christian Baesler becomes president at Bauer Xcel Media
- Kent Ebersole becomes VP and GM at Active Interest Media
- Terry Duffy rises to group publisher at Palm Beach Media Group
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- Sen. Elizabeth Warren guesting on CBS's 'The Late Show'
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