Marc Victor Leaving ‘Today’ Show, Will Oversee New Production Unit
Marc Victor who has been the “Today” show’s lead booker and senior producer of the third hour, is leaving the show after seven years. Victor will oversee the newly-named TOMORROW productions, which is a division of Peacock Productions. NBC says the unit will focus on the “Today” show’s content and talent, developing new programming for broadcast, cable and syndication. Victor has overseen the development of the “Money 911,” “Steals & Deals” and “The Professionals” segments for the 9am hour. Insiders tell us there had been outside interest for Victor’s services, including from ABC News. This new development deal keeps him at NBC for some time.
50 Layoffs at the ‘Times’; Newsroom Spared, But Longtime Assistant General Counsel George Freeman Isn’t
The New York Times has laid off 50 employees from its human resources, finance and legal departments, including long-time assistant general counsel George Freeman. No pink slips were handed out in the newsroom, this time around. The news was first reported by Jim Romenesko. The Times followed with an item on its Media Decoder blog. This is the second time in about five months that the Times has trimmed its ranks. It implemented a round of voluntary buyouts at the end of last year, but there were no layoffs attached to that deal, as had been the case during the bloodbath of 2009.
KMOV’s Allan Cohen Stepping Down in St. Louis
Allan Cohen, president and general manager at KMOV St. Louis, is retiring after a colorful 32-year run atop the Belo station. May 25 is his final day, after which Cohen, 64, will keep a home in St. Louis while traveling with his wife Roberta, and spending more time with his children and grandchildren. Prior to in 1980, Cohen didn’t figure to grow roots. “I told my wife, we’ll go for two years and we’ll live on a farm,” he says. “But we fell in love with St. Louis. It’s a great place to live, and a great place to raise children.” Belo has not named a successor. “Under Allan Cohen’s leadership, KMOV rose from a modest television operation to become one the most watched CBS stations in the country,” said Peter Diaz, Belo’s president of media operations.
Bravo Media named Nancy Jo to the newly-minted role as VP/Digital Strategy and Business Development. Nancy’s scope includes developing and executing business growth strategies and efforts in the digital arena for the network. She will also be involved with targeting new partnerships and market trends in order to grow revenue for the core digital businesses across multiple platforms. Nancy will be based in New York and will report to Lisa Hsia, EVP/Digital Media for Bravo. Previously, Nancy was Senior Director/Business Development at VEVO.
Key Strategic — and Digitally Inclined — CBS Exec Lurie Departs
Zander Lurie — CBS’s SVP of strategic development, who worked on a number of its key digital initiatives — is leaving the media giant. Lurie has been involved in everything from the company’s acquisition of Clicker to its recent spate of licensing deals for digital distribution of its premium content to the integration of its CNET tech news unit. He does not have another job lined up, but is looking for an operational role, he said in an interview. Lurie was CFO of CBS Interactive, before moving to his corporate role. Previously, he worked on M&A at CNET. “CBS is now at a place where everything is really integrated and working between all the digital platforms and our sports, news and entertainment products,” said Lurie. “So, I want to get out and build something new and from the ground up.”
New Wave Hires Comedy Veteran Maureen Taran As VP In NY Expansion
New Wave Entertainment is boosting its East Coast business by tapping Maureen Taran as VP Management and Production. There The 15-year talent, production and management veteran will run the company’s soon-to-open New York office and help cultivate a roster of new clientele and acquisitions. Taran helped launch the careers of comedians Dave Chappelle, Wanda Sykes and Tracy Morgan and held executive positions at Montreal’s Just For Laughs festival and Epix, and also was supervising producer of Showtime’s The Green Room With Paul Provenza.
Comedy Writers Josh Siegal & Dylan Morgan Sign Overall Deal With Sony Pictures TV
30 Rock writer-producers Josh Siegal and Dylan Morgan have signed a two-year, seven-figure overall with Sony Pictures Television. This marks the first overall pact for the duo, who will focus on developing new projects for the studio. The deal allows Siegal and Morgan to complete what is expected to be the final season of 30 Rock where they are being promoted to co-executive producers. Siegal and Morgan have been on 30 Rock for three seasons, having started on the show in fall 2009 as co-producers. Before that the duo worked on the USA dramedy Monk. Siegal and Morgan are repped by Dennis Kim, a newly minted partner at Rothman Brecher Kim, and attorney Mitch Smelkinson.
Senate Confirms 2 New FCC Commissioners
The U.S. Senate voted today to confirm the long-pending nominations of Jessica Rosenworcel and Ajit Pai to top slots at the FCC. The Senate’s approval of the FCC nominations for two former agency staffers clears the way for the commission to operate with its full complement of five commissioners for the first time since last June, when former Republican FCC Commissioner Meredith Attwell Baker left the agency to work for Comcast. Rosenworcel, a Democrat, is currently a Senate Commerce Committee staffer. Pai, a Republican, is currently a partner with the law firm Jenner & Block.
The Atlantic Promotes Three Top Editors
The Atlantic Media Company has promoted three of its top editors. James Bennet has been named Editor-in-Chief of The Atlantic, Scott Stossel has been tapped as Editor, Atlantic Magazine, and Bob Cohn has jumped to Editor, Atlantic Digital. Bennet has been with the Atlantic since 2006, most recently as Editor of The Atlantic. Stossel started in 1992, left in 1996, and rejoined earlier this year. He was most recently Deputy Editor of The Atlantic. Cohn has been with the company since 2009, most recently Editorial Director of Atlantic Digital. Justin Smith, President of The Atlantic Media Company, said the promotions were meant “to better position us for continued growth.”
Financier Fred Milstein Lands Key Roles At Bruno Wu’s Seven Stars
Bruno Wu, CEO Harvest Seven Stars Media Private Equity and Chairman of Seven Stars Global Entertainment, the parent company of Seven Stars Film Studios (SSFS), today announced that Fred Milstein will become President, International, HSSMPE and Chief Executive Officer of Seven Stars Film Studios, with immediate effect. Milstein will be based in Los Angeles and will bring his considerable experience as a pioneer in finance and filmed entertainment to the East/West remit of HSSMPE and SSFS, with an oversight on all of their investment strategy and joint ventures outside of China. Milstein will report to Bruno Wu, Harvest’s Lindsay Wright and the HSSMPE board of directors.
LOU BORRELLI JR.
NimbleTV Hires Ex-Cable Exec Borrelli As CMO
NimbleTV, a startup promising to sling pay-TV content to users anywhere across the Internet, has hired media and cable industry executive Lou Borrelli Jr. as its chief marketing officer. Borrelli will oversee all aspects of NimbleTV’s marketing, including communications, strategy and business development, reporting to CEO Anand Subramanian. Borrelli became an investor in and advisor to NimbleTV. The startup’s other backers are Tribune Co., Greycroft Partners and Tribeca Venture Partners. New York-based NimbleTV is proposing to sign up for cable or satellite TV service on behalf of consumers, setting up set-top farms in a given market. Users can then access live TV or DVR recordings over the Internet from those boxes.
Media and marketing agency Media Storm has added Joshua Kornblit as Director/Digital for its newly-established Los Angeles office. Joshua’s new position is effective immediately. Prior to this appointment, Joshua was Director/Digital at Moxie Interactive.
NBC Signs Quartet Of Reality Producers In Overall Deals
NBC has signed overall deals with five established producers, Jason Ehrlich (ABC’s The Bachelor), David A. Hurwitz (NBC’s Fear Factor), Alex Katz (NBC’s The Biggest Loser) and Lee Metzger (NBC’s The Voice). They join America’s Got Talent judge, Howie Mandel and his Alvey Production Company (Mobbed), Tom Shelly (NBC’s Love in the Wild), former NBC reality head-turned-producer Craig Plestis (NBC’s Minute to Win It) and Jason Raff (NBC’s America’s Got Talent), who also have development pacts with NBC. “We have stacked the deck and look forward to continuing to work with all of these incredibly talented individuals,” said Paul Telegdy, President, NBC’s president of Alternative and Late Night Programming.
SARAH GREENBERG ROBERTS
Sarah Greenberg Roberts Seeks To Exit Publicity at Weinstein Co
Harvey Weinstein will soon be in the market for a new publicity chief. Sarah Greenberg Roberts, who joined The Weinstein Company less than two years ago, has asked to be released from her contract, TheWrap has learned. Stephen Bruno remains head of marketing. Greenberg Roberts’ move is somewhat unusual, considering that she was around for the company’s historic, back-to-back Best Picture wins at the Oscars, with “The King’s Speech” followed by “The Artist.” And her decision to depart comes at an unlikely time for the company.
Bret Baier Reups with Multi-Year FNC Deal
Roger Ailes, chairman and CEO of Fox News, announced that Bret Baier has re-signed a multi-year deal with FOX News Channel or FNC where he will continue as the anchor of Special Report and lead anchor of political news coverage through the 2016 election. Since January 2009, Baier has served as the anchor of Special Report, 6-7p.m. ET, the number one political news program on cable, averaging nearly 2 million viewers, according to Nielsen Media Research. For the month of April, Special Report ranked as the third highest rated program in cable news among total viewers and in addition to anchoring coverage of the 2012 Republican primaries, Baier moderated five debates, including the highest-rated cable news debate in Orlando.
‘30 Rock’ Executive Producer John Riggi Signs Overall Deal With Warner Bros. TV
After six years on NBC’s 30 Rock, executive producer John Riggi is leaving the series for an overall deal at Warner Bros. TV. Under the rich two-year deal, Riggi will develop new projects for the studio and also work on an existing WBTV series. Riggi has been on 30 Rock since after the pilot, starting off as a co-executive producer. He shared in the series’ three Emmy wins for best comedies. Before 30 Rock, Riggi worked on Will & Grace, The Bernie Mac Show, The Comeback and The Larry Sanders Show. UTA-repped Riggi is the latest upper-level 30 Rock writer-producer to segue into an overall deal as the comedy series is nearing its end — expected to return for an abbreviated seventh and final season.
Garth Ancier advises Intel on virtual-MSO plan
Hollywood and Silicon Valley may be worlds apart, but Intel Corp. is relying on a TV-biz veteran to bridge the gap. Sources say former BBC Worldwide America CEO Garth Ancier has been serving as the face of the chip manufacturer in boardrooms at all the major content companies to advance Intel’s ambition to launch a bundle of Internet-delivered TV channels that would rival offerings from cable and satellite operators. A spokeswoman for Intel confirmed Ancier is working in an advisory capacity to the Intel Media Group but declined to specify what he’s working on or what that division is doing. Ancier did not respond to inquiries for comment. But Ancier is playing an instrumental role in the deployment of a set-top box powered by Intel processors capable of transmitting high-definition channels.
Cablevision Veteran Valerie Green Named amNew York Publisher
Newsday Media Group announced the appointment today of Valerie Green as publisher of amNewYork. Effectively immediately, she will oversee the newspaper’s daily operations and report to Fred Groser, Newsday Media Group publisher. “As a 15-year Cablevision veteran, Ms. Green has a proven track record for building and positioning brands and providing strong creative direction across various business units, including Newsday and amNewYork,” said Groser. “I am confident that she will be a dynamic leader, lending her extensive experience to best position amNewYork for the future.”
David Dunn, Robert Law to advise biz
Veteran media bankers David Dunn and Robert Law have formed entertainment advisory and investment banking firm Shot Tower Capital. ShotCap will service companies in the Americas and Europe, focusing on mergers and acquisitions, capital raising and restructuring transactions, mainly in the intellectual property space. Dunn and Law have completed nearly 100 transactions worth more than $50 billion collectively, according to a release from the company issued Tuesday. Duo is currently advising the Michael Jackson estate in its dealings related to Sony’s $2.2 billion acquisition of EMI Music Publishing. Dunn previously worked with Jackson during the former’s tenure at Signal Hill Capital Group, where Law also worked.
MGM Names Max Kisbye VP, Television Production
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios announced Tuesday the hiring of Max Kisbye as vice president, television production. Kisbye comes to the studio from Creative Arts Agency, where he worked as a television literary agent, repping writers and directors including Sameer Gardezi, Sheri Elwood, Tommy Dewey and Greg Bratman, George Tillman Jr., Luke Greenfield, Dave Erickson, Philippe Cousteau and Glen Mazzara. In his new position with MGM, he’ll report to television production president Steve Stark. “I’ve known Max for years and he possesses that rare combination of humility and tenacity that will serve our mutual goals well.” said Stark.
Sony Pictures Television
Jeffrey Reyna was promoted to SVP/Business Affairs, US Distribution at Sony Pictures Television (SPT). Jeffrey will head the US distribution business affairs team in all facets of domestic distribution involving basic cable, subscription pay television, broadcast syndication and over-the-tip subscription and free VOD. Jeffrey will additionally support the company’s advertiser sales group. He reports to Chris Elwell, EVP/US Distribution, SPT.
Effective immediately, Craig Parks was elevated to SVP/Digital Media and Alternative Content at IFC up from VP. Based in New York, Craig continues to report to Jennifer Caserta, President/GM of IFC.
The Jeff Probst Show
Upcoming syndicated first-run daily talk show The Jeff Probst Show hired Marilyn Zielinski and David Goldman as Senior Supervising Producers and Brian Campbell as Director. The trio joins executive producers Jeff Probst and Amy Coleman. Hosted by Jeff Probst, The Jeff Probst Show is set to debut September 10 and is distributed by CBS Television Distribution.
Yahoo search committee head leaves board as CEO inquiry starts
Patti Hart, the Yahoo director who headed the search committee that selected Scott Thompson as CEO, was supposed to be one of the board members staying on during a makeover. Instead, Hart, whose own credentials were questioned when activist shareholder Daniel Loeb unveiled Thompson’s claims of a degree he didn’t have, is leaving. The official reason: her own board asked her not to serve again. Separately, the Yahoo board said it has appointed a three-person special committee to investigate its CEO’s academic credentials — you know, the kind of thing that’s supposed to happen before you appoint a CEO, not after.
Post-Newsweek’s Alan Frank to Retire
Alan Frank, president-CEO of Post-Newsweek Stations, the television broadcasting division of The Washington Post Co., announced Tuesday that he will retire from that position at the end of 2012. Emily L. Barr has been named to succeed Frank. She will join Post–Newsweek Stations in July.
Raycom Media Names Coble Dir. of Marketing
Raycom Media has promoted Lec Coble to corporate director of marketing. He will be joining Anne Adkins, VP of marketing, with oversight of all corporate marketing objectives and initiatives, and direct-management responsibilities with a select group of Raycom stations. Currently, Coble is the director of marketing for Raycom’s KOLD, CBS affiliate in Tucson, Ariz. In that role, he oversees brand development, digital and all marketing responsibilities at KOLD and Raycom’s other Tucson properties KMSB (Fox) and KTTU (MNT). He will join the corporate staff in Montgomery, Ala., later this summer.
Jamie Barrett Departs Goodby Silverstein & Partners
After a decade at Omnicom Group’s Goodby Silverstein & Partners, Jamie Barrett, partner and executive creative director, is leaving to strike out on his own. Ad Age has learned that Mr. Barrett is wrapping things up over the next few weeks and shortly after will launch his own shop in the Bay Area. His responsibilities at Goodby will be absorbed by other staff. In an internal note, co-founder Jeff Goodby said that the departure is amicable and that the shop hopes to work with him in the future. Mr. Barrett got his start at Fallon in Minneapolis in the 1980s. He spent eight years at Wieden & Kennedy, much of it devoted to the Nike business, including some of the legendary Michael Jordan work.
Mike Parker Departs Tribal DDB for McCann
Tribal DDB U.S. co-president Mike Parker has left the agency to take the newly created job of chief digital innovation officer at McCann Erickson North America. In his second stint at Omnicom Group’s Tribal, Mr. Parker rejoined in 2009 to serve alongside New York-based Richard Guest as co-president of U.S. operations. Mr. Parker spent a total of 12 years at the agency, which he helped launch in Canada. “We value Mike personally and professionally and are grateful for his contributions to the agency over the past decade. We wish him great success in the next chapter of his life,” Tribal’s Global CEO, Paul Gunning, said in a statement.
Jets VP of college scouting Joey Clinkscales leaving for position with Raiders
Joey Clinkscales, the Jets’ vice president of college scouting for the past four seasons, is leaving for a position with the Raiders, a person with knowledge of his departure confirmed. That person requested anonymity because the Jets have not yet announced the move. ESPN first reported that Clinkscales will be taking a “prominent” front office position in Oakland. The Raiders continued to restructure their player personnel department today, parting ways with four longtime employees. Reggie McKenzie, who was hired as the team’s general manager in January, is a former teammate and longtime friend of Clinkscales.
Ex Brightcove, DoubleClick execs start web publishing service RollUp Media
Former DoubleClick, Brightcove and Demand Media executives have formed a new startup service to help small niche publishers make money from the web. RollUp Media has been started by former DoubleClick international president Ben Regensburger and former Brightcove VP Raghav Gupta with angel funding from Songkick and Metacafe investor Peter Read and Nugg.ad co-founder Karim Attia, as well as founders. “We noticed digital publishers, especially in Europe, were struggling to build digital businesses,” Gupta tells paidContent. “Niche sites may have websites, blogs and a Twitter presence but they don’t know much about SEO and monetisation.”
Optimum founder bows new shingle
Will Clarke, founder and former CEO of Optimum Releasing, is launching production, financing and international sales outfit Altitude Film Entertainment. The move comes less than two years after the topper exited the U.K. indie distrib, which is now part of Studiocanal. Clarke, who will serve as chairman and joint-CEO, has recruited former PolyGram and Exclusive Media exec Andy Mayson as joint CEO and Pathe Intl. sales head Mike Runagall as m.d. of Altitude Film Sales, to help steer the vertically integrated company. Clarke, who has long wanted to build a production company (his credits include “This Is England,” “Attack the Block” and upcoming James McAvoy starrer “Filth”), said that production will be “the beating heart” of the three-pronged company.
IFC has promoted Craig Parks to senior VP-digital media and alternative content from VP. Based in New York, Mr. Parks is responsible for developing new-business initiatives, overseeing editorial and creative content for IFC.com, developing social-media strategies, and deploying the network’s content across alternative platforms. During his tenure as VP-digital media, he developed IFC Sync, a live, dual-screen experience that provides viewers the chance to interact with one another and the network’s talent. Coupled with a “More Likes, More Portlandia” Facebook promotion, the series’ second season became IFC’s most-watched original series.
RIM Names Frank Boulben CMO
Ahead of its last-ditch effort to stay relevant in the smartphone market, BlackBerry parent Research in Motion has hired Frank Boulben as chief marketer. Mr. Boulben was previously exec VP-strategy, marketing and sales at wireless broadband network LightSquared. He’s also held marketing posts at European mobile carriers Vodafone and Orange Group. The new CMO joins just weeks after RIM announced its long-awaited smartphone refresh, BlackBerry 10, designed to compete with Apple’s iPhone and devices running Google Android. After the BlackBerry’s early lead as the smartphone of choice, Apple and Google have made the device largely irrelevant in the U.S. in recent quarters.
Deutsch, Los Angeles, has hired longtime TBWA/Chiat/Day creative Brett Craig as exec VP-group creative director for Dr Pepper and Snapple. In his 12 years at TBWA/Chiat/Day, Mr. Craig created work for Sirius XM Satellite Radio, Energizer, Ballpark Franks and Nissan, eventually rising to creative director on Sony PlayStation. He was most recently group creative director for Call of Duty, Tostitos and Pepsi, with recent spots including “Forever Young” for Pepsi and “There’s A Soldier in All of Us” for the video game “Call of Duty.” In the New York office, Suzanne Molinaro has joined as senior VP-director of digital production. Additionally, Stephanie Lee-Pang, who has been with Deutsch since 2004, has been promoted from director of interactive production to senior director of digital operations.
Kevin Roose Leaves New York Times for New York
Kevin Roose is leaving The New York Times to join New York’s “Daily Intel” blog as a Lead Business Writer. Roose had been with the Times for about a year, covering finance and Wall Street. “I’m thrilled to have Kevin reporting for us — covering the impact that the two great money centers of New York and Silicon Valley have on the rest of the country, both in terms of the companies they build and the wealth they create,” said NYMag.com Editorial Director, Ben Williams. “Kevin will focus not only on deal making and profits, but also on the characters and the culture behind the companies — from Instagram to Goldman Sachs — that Americans obsess over.”
Elle Adds Website Editor
Elle has named Amina Akhtar Executive Editor of Elle.com, according to WWD. Akhtar succeeds Keith Pollock, who left Elle to join Du Jour, a luxury publication from Jason Binn. Akhtar has been in the fashion writing business for more than a decade. She was most recently Fashion Director for FashionETC.com, but prior to that she held positions at NYMag.com, Style.com and NYTimes.com.
Rick Corteville has been appointed CEO of Luxus, a global digital-advertising agency with clients such as Nokia, Oracle and PepsiCo. Before joining Luxus, Mr. Corteville held management positions at Interpublic’s Mediabrands, Zenith Optimedia, Organic, Grey Asia Pacific and Beyond Interactive. Previous clients include Coca-Cola, Microsoft/Xbox, Brown Forman (Jack Daniels), MasterCard, Oracle and Hewlett-Packard.
Isaac Palmer to head new Qualia Legacy Advisors
Veteran media advisor Isaac Palmer will spearhead new entertainment transaction firm Qualia Legacy Advisors. Legacy, founded by Amir Malin’s Qualia Capital, will operate out of a Los Angeles office. Palmer will serve as Legacy CEO and lead the company’s advisory work, which will focus on capital raising, mergers and acquisitions, intellectual property valuations and fund structuring. “Our mission is to explain the industry to capital and introduce capital to the industry,” Palmer said. Palmer most recently served as a managing director with New York-based boutique investment bank Mesa Global. Among other transactions, Palmer led the firm’s advisory work on Disney’s 2010 sale of Miramax.
Michael Williams Joins Strand as VP Theatrical Sales and Acquisitions
Michael Williams has joined Strand Releasing, the Culver City-based independent film distributor, as vp theatrical sales and acquisitions, Strand co-presidents Jon Gerrans and Marcus Hu said Wednesday. Williams most recently worked as a marketing and production consultant to the Disney Channel, producing exclusive programming to promote Disney and Marvel Studios theatrical and home entertainment releases. Prior to that, he worked for Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment in the production and localization of programming for Disney Channel worldwide and oversaw strategic third-party partnerships globally. Before that, Williams was the studio’s director of field marketing, overseeing local agencies across the U.S. and Canada in the publicity and promotion of their titles.
Video stream management company, mDialog named Jeff Clark as Chief Revenue Officer. Jeff joins mDialog from CBS Interactive. In his new position, Jeff will head mDialog’s growing customer roster encompassing worldwide sales, marketing and business development. Jeff will be based at the company’s US headquarters in San Francisco.
Day ankles Univision
Univision programming and promo veep Ronald Day has ankled just a week before the upfronts. The Spanish-language web has confirmed that he is no longer with the company but would make no further comments. No replacement has been announced. Day, who was with Univision for 20 years, replaced outgoing programming VP Otto Padron in March 2010. Day previously ran Univision’s sister channel, Telefutura, which grew into the No.2 Spanish-language channel in the U.S. Hispanic market. He’s also credited with spearheading Univision’s non-scripted shows “Mira quien baila (Look Who’s Dancing), “Nuestra belleza Latina” (Our Latin Beauties) and “Sal y pimienta” (Salt and Pepper).
Endemol Group Names Tim Hincks President, Virginie Calmels COO
TV producer Endemol Group said Friday it has promoted Endemol U.K. CEO Tim Hincks to the post of president. It has also promoted Virginie Calmels, chairman and CEO of its France unit, to the role of COO. They will report to CEO Just Spee who took over the company’s day-to-day management in April. Endemol’s hit formats include Big Brother, Deal or No Deal, Wipeout and The Money Drop. Its growing drama portfolio includes Hell on Wheels and Hot in Cleveland. The company, which has faced financial pressures that last year led to a bid from Time Warner and interest from others, said its first quarter “has shown continued, significant growth in terms of revenues and profits.”
History Hires Marketer Samantha Maltin From Viacom
History said former Viacom Media Networks marketing executive Samantha Maltin has been appointed senior vice president of marketing for History, H2 and its portfolio of brands, effective immediately. She will oversee all aspects of marketing, including driving the expansion of H2 across all media. She reports to Nancy Dubuc, president and general manager, History and Lifetime Networks. In this new role, Maltin is charged with driving revenue streams for the brand across all platforms. She will lead all consumer and strategic multiplatform marketing programs, on-air, brand development, promotional, and branding campaigns as well as integrated partnerships that create new opportunities and drive revenue growth.
Telemundo Stations Name New GMs in Key Markets
The Telemundo Station Group has named three new presidents/general managers at its local outlets: Celia Chavez at KVEA Los Angeles, Jose Cancela at WKAQ Puerto Rico and Jorge Carballo at WSCV Miami. Telemundo also announced a “multimillion dollar investment across its owned and operated stations” that is designed to “enhance current news programs and expand the stations’ news offering and local programming in selected markets.” Top markets will increase their marketing investments and further enhance their community activities, said Telemundo, considering a focus on key “causes” and a strategic alignment with the network initiatives.
CES Names Mayer VP of Development
Comcast Entertainment Studios has tapped Emily Mayer to be its new vice president of development, the studio announced Thursday. Mayer will be tasked with developing new projects for the studio, pitching and selling projects throughout the network landscape, and selecting and managing creative personnel. The studio’s current series include E!’s The Soup, Fashion Police and Ice Loves Coco, Style’s Giuliana and Bill, BBC America’s The Nerdist, Logo’s Scandalicious and GSN’s Baggage. “Emily has proven herself to be one of the industry’s brightest and most diligent creative development executives, and brings a great energy to our organization,” said Jay James, executive VP, development, CES.
Sony Pictures Television
Hubert Drabik was named to the newly-created position of Head/Sales, Central Europe at Sony Pictures Television (SPT) Networks. Hubert will work mostly out of Poland while reporting to John Rossiter, GM, SPT Networks Central Europe based at the regional headquarters in Budapest.
Film Exec John Graham Leaving Screen Gems For Paramount’s Insurge Pictures
Screen Gems Executive Director of Development John Graham is moving to Insurge Pictures. At Paramount’s low-budget genre label, he’ll be working for Amy Powell as a member of the production group there. Graham has been at Screen Gems since 2005. He began as an assistant in the development/production department and then was promoted to creative executive reporting to Screen Gems topper Clint Culpepper. That move marked the first time Screen Gems had created a creative exec position since Culpepper took the reins of the Sony Pictures genre label in 1998. The label has been having incredible success recently with a row of #1 films.
Management 360 Ups Two To Managers
Management 360 promoted Dean Schnider and Ali Itri to managers today in the literary department of the talent management and production company.
ALL3MEDIA U.S.A. added Anne Jordan as SVP/Business Affairs where she will work beside SVP/Finance Menaka Swampillai-Evans to offer business affairs and legal support for the ALL3MEDIA companies as they emerge into the US market. Previously, Anne was the General Counsel and EVP for the Africa Channel, a worldwide cable network that she helped launch in the US and the UK.
Brooklyn-based creative agency Big Spaceship hired Yaniv Kanfi as VP/Product and Partnerships, effective immediately. Yaniv will be responsible for the agency’s continued growth via new strategic partnerships and will also head the agency’s IP practice. He reports to Alasdair Lloyd-Jones, COO.
JWT New York
JWT New York appointed Paul Sutton as Director/Digital Production. Paul will head all digital production activities for the agency’s flagship office. He joins JWT from CP+B where he was Group Executive Producer heading a production on a host of clients including Best Buy, Burger King, Coke Zero and more.