January 11, 2017
If you are in media, you know Alan Wurtzel, the longtime president of research and development at NBCUniversal. He’s been in the business for four decades, and he’s been among those pushing for better ratings for years. Now he’s stepping away from his role. Wurtzel will become a senior advisor at NBCU. The company’s research team will report to Jeff Bader, president of program planning, strategy and research. Wurtzel is well respected in the media research field. His accomplishments include creating the Coalition for Innovative Media Research.
David Lynn has been promoted to president and chief executive officer at Viacom International Media Networks, reporting to Viacom president and chief executive Bob Bakish. Lynn had been president of operations for the UK, Northern and Eastern Europe.
Univision has promoted Rosemary Mercedes to executive vice president and chief communications officer, reporting to president and chief executive Randy Falco. She was previously senior vice president of corporate communications.
CBS has added Meredith Eaton to the cast of “MacGyver,” playing director of operations at the Phoenix Foundation. Eaton has previously appeared on shows including “House,” “Boston Legal” and “Battle Creek.”
Branding and marketing agency Troika has named Bonnie Rosen account director, effective immediately. Rosen is a former counsel to the director of business development at Viacom Media Networks.
Clare Hollingworth, the legendary journalist who is credited with breaking the news that World War II was imminent, died on Tuesday at age 105 in Hong Kong, where she had been living. On Aug. 28, 1939, Hollingworth filed a report about “large numbers of troops, literally hundreds of tanks, armored cars and field guns,” concealed in a valley on the border between Germany and Poland. Four days later, Hitler invaded Poland, signaling the start of the war. She worked for British newspaper The Daily Telegraph at the time. During her career she also wrote for The Guardian, The International Herald Tribune and The Wall Street Journal.
Time Inc. has named Clay Chandler international executive editor, based in the company’s Hong Kong office. Chandler was previously director and senior strategist at the consultancy The Barrenrock Group.
Outside magazine has named Jason Heaton watch correspondent, in charge of the title’s watch reviews. Heaton has previously written for Gear Patrol, Revolution, Hodinkee and Australian Geographic Outdoor.
Popular Science has named Susan Murcko features editor, beginning Jan. 23. Murcko was most recently a senior editor at Wired.
Breitbart News has brought in John Carney to lead its new finance and economics section, which is expected to launch after Donald Trump is inaugurated on Jan. 20. Carney previously covered finance for The Wall Street Journal.
Interactive content platform Apester has made two additions, naming Remy Wasyluk vice president of UK sales and Julian Soler head of global marketing. Wasyluk joins from Teads, Soler from Juice Mobile.
Former HLN personality Nancy Grace is going digital. She is launching a new website called Crime Online, which will report on criminal cases, missing people, consumer fraud and sex offenders. Grace will also host a daily podcast called “Crime Stories with Nancy Grace.”
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- Kevin Craig rises to SVP of newspaper relations at AMG/Parade
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