April 24, 2013
ESPN has named “Mad Men” star Jon Hamm host of this year’s “ESPY Awards,” which will air live on July 17. At the ceremony “Good Morning America” anchor Robin Roberts will receive the Arthur Ashe Courage Award.
Jimmy Hayes, president and chief executive officer at Cox Enterprises since 2008, is retiring from his position at the end of April 2014. As a part of the move, John Dyer will be promoted to chief operating officer on May 1 of this year before replacing Hayes as president and CEO next year. Cox Media Group president Douglas Franklin will replace Dyer as executive vice president and chief financial officer. Also, Cox Media Group executive vice president Bill Hoffman will succeed Franklin as president.
Ad agency Barton F. Graf 9000 has made three hires, naming Brandon Mugar executive creative director, Dave Canning creative director and Johnathan Vingiano creative technologist. Mugar and Canning join from Wieden + Kennedy, Vingiano from OKFocus.
INNOCEAN USA has named Miles Turpin vice president and retail group creative director, reporting to executive creative director Greg Braun. Turpin was previously senior creative director at Hoffman/Lewis in San Francisco.
Ad agency Kelliher Samets Volk has named Erin Fagnant brand manager, working with the agency’s Okemo Mountain Resort account. Fagnant was most recently a producer at Tag New Media.
Tribune Broadcasting has named Dana Zimmer president of distribution, effective May 13. Zimmer joins from NBC, where she was most recently executive vice president of TV networks distribution.
Allan Arbus, the actor who played Dr. Sidney Freedman on the sitcom “M*A*S*H,” died last week of congestive heart failure at age 95. Arbus appeared on a number of other shows throughout his career, including “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” “NYPD Blue” and “Law & Order.”
Judy Glassman has been promoted to associate publisher for marketing at Smithsonian Media, reporting to vice president of advertising sales and marketing Stephen Giannetti. Glassman was previously marketing director.
Penton has named Peggy Schecter strategic sales director, a new position that will target small- and medium-sized businesses. She had been advertising sales manager for the East Coast at Synacor Portal Group.
Deadline parent company PMC Entertainment has named Stacey Farish vice president, as well as publisher of Deadline’s print magazine, Awardsline. Farish was previously publisher at The Wrap, and before that she was vice president of media and live entertainment at The Los Angeles Times.
C.K. Sample III has been named vice president of technology and engineering at Chaotic Moon, a software and mobile app developer. Sample was previously working as a consultant.
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