March 20, 2017
Comcast Cable has promoted Dave Watson to chief executive officer, taking over for Neil Smit on April 1. Watson has been with Comcast since 2010. Before that he held positions at Charter, AOL and Nabisco.
NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises has named Beau Ferrari executive vice president, reporting to chairman Cesar Conde. Ferrari joins from Univision, where he was executive vice president of corporate strategy and development.
BBC Worldwide North America has promoted Sergei Kuharsky, naming him executive vice president of franchise and digital enterprises. Kuharsky had been senior vice president of strategy and business development.
Discovery Communications has named Joseph Ambeault senior vice president of product and technology, effective immediately. Ambeault was previously executive director of consumer video product management at Verizon Communications.
Evelyn Kelly has been named national sponsorship director at the Sponsorship Group for Public Television, which handles sales for PBS. Kelly was previously at AMC Networks.
Tom Stiles has been named vice president of sales at Simulmedia, the TV advertising technology company. Stiles previously ran his own media consulting company, and before that he was at Nickelodeon.
Hulu has added Peter Sarsgaard to the cast of its upcoming drama “The Looming Tower,” playing a CIA analyst. Sarsgaard previously appeared in “The Slap.”
Actress Penélope Cruz has joined FX’s upcoming “Versace: American Crime Story,” where she will play Donatella Versace. This will be Cruz’s first regular TV role.
Joe Staples, executive creative director at Wieden + Kennedy in Portland, is leaving the agency after 12 years to concentrate on personal projects. Staples worked on Chrysler’s “Halftime in America” and “Imported from Detroit” campaigns while at the agency.
California agency Midnight Oil has brought in two, naming Scott Murray head of creative content and Dani Kollin creative director. Murray joins from Herzog & Co., Kollin from Dent Advertising.
Time Inc. has promoted Staci Hallmon-Bazzani to vice president and brand sales director at Essence magazine, up from national sponsorship director. Hallmon-Bazzani has been with the title since 2006.
National Journal has made a pair of additions, naming Brendan Bordelon technology correspondent and Colin Diersing staff correspondent. Bordelon joins from Morning Consult, while Diersing was editorial fellow for National Journal’s Hotline.
After nearly 18 years, it’s time to say good-bye
Yet more evidence native advertising doesn’t work
A new type of cord-cutting: Snipping broadband
Coming, the collapse of radio’s iHeartMedia
Weeklies: Surviving if not thriving in digital age
Tweeter in chief: How Trump could save Twitter
Shows Trump hates are seeing big ad gains
Broadcast vs. cable: How the top shows stack up
A sign that coughs at your cigarette smoke
The word: Time Inc. sale is imminent
Rundown: Which advertisers have jumped from YouTube
Media Life’s Digital Media Transparency Initiative
HBO does hard time with Dwayne Johnson
- 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
- Richard Just becomes editor at The Washington Post Magazine
- Gemma Lawson rises to VP and design director at Nickelodeon
- Ashley Judd joins Epix' 'Berlin Station'
- Former NBC ad sales executive Robert Blackmore dies at age 90
This week’s broadcast ratings
This week’s cable ratings
This week’s top-rated movies, songs and books
This week’s daypart ratings
This month’s digital traffic data: December 2016
Ad sales rep for a digital-only magazine
Freelance media planner/buyer available for all markets
Wanted: Media buyer in Philadelphia
Paid social media planner wanted in Detroit
Opening for a media planner at a top OOH agency