December 18, 2012
Is Rosie O’Donnell joining NBC’s “America’s Got Talent?” She is if judge Howard Stern has a say in the matter. O’Donnell is Stern’s choice to replace Sharon Osbourne as a judge on the show for next season, according to The Huffington Post, although NBC has yet to comment on the situation. For her part O’Donnell told the web site that she would definitely consider the position if it’s offered.
McCann has named Joyce King Thomas president of McCann XBC, a new unit that will focus on the agency’s MasterCard business. She had been working as a creative consultant, and before that King Thomas spent 16 years at McCann.
Ad agency Trailer Park/goodness Mfg. has made a handful of moves, including hiring D’nae Kingsley-Cronan as vice president of integrated planning. Kingsley-Cronan had been director of digital strategy at GolinHarris. Trailer Park/goodness Mfg. has also made two promotions, naming Steve Boelhouwer head of technology and Brad Burris creative director.
Digital ad agency POSSIBLE has named Tamy Harms president in its Cincinnati office, while Jodi Schmidtgoesling has been promoted to global chief client officer for fast moving consumer goods. Harms joins from Digitas, while Schmidtgoesling had been in charge of POSSIBLE’s Cincinnati operations.
Jay Picard has joined Publicis Seattle as head of planning, effective immediately. Picard joins from Hornell Anderson, where he was director of integrated brand strategy.
Meredith Xcelerated Marketing has named Jeff Anulewicz executive director of mobile strategy, working with the agency’s mobile practice, The Hyperfactory. Anulewicz has previously launched a mobile marketing practice for Carlson Marketing, and he’s also worked at Compuware.
BBC America has promoted Erin Jontow to vice president of scripted programming, reporting to senior vice president Richard De Croce. Jontow was most recently senior director of scripted development and programming.
Lifetime has added Zac Posen as a judge on “Project Runway,” taking over for the departing Michael Kors. According to reports Kors’ schedule wouldn’t allow him to return full time to the reality competition, but he will appear on the season 11 finale as a guest judge.
David Letterman is taking his relationship with Oprah Winfrey to a new level. Letterman will appear in an episode of “Oprah’s Next Chapter” titled “My Life is a Joke,” to air on Winfrey’s cable network OWN on Jan. 6. Among other things, Winfrey will interview Letterman about his relationship with Johnny Carson and Jay Leno, as well as how he was able to repair his marriage following a sex scandal.
Digital advertising technology company TruEffect has named Finnegan Faldi chief executive officer, replacing founder Rob Hill, who will move to chairman of the board. Faldi was previously chief operating officer at Datalogix.
CSI Enterprises has promoted Juliann Pless to vice president of support services for CSI globalVCard paysystems, an online financial payment service. Pless had been senior account director.
Jen Chaney, author of The Washington Post’s “Celebritology” blog, is leaving the paper on Jan. 3. Chaney plans to freelance, writing about pop culture topics including film and TV.
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- Arun Kumar becomes chief data and marketing tech officer at IPG
- Jenny Campbell rises to managing director at 72andSunny
- Adam Crandall becomes director of strategy at mono
- Mark Wildman rises to EVP of partnerships at Westwood One
- Kevin Craig rises to SVP of newspaper relations at AMG/Parade
- Bill Corvalan becomes VP of West Coast partnerships at AllOver Media
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- Former NBC ad sales executive Robert Blackmore dies at age 90
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