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Revolving Door Newsletter: 04.22.11

Groupon Poaches Google; Today EP Squashes Matt Lauer Rumors

April 22, 2011
Matt Lauer is not leaving the Today show. At least that's what his boss Jim Bell says. The executive producer -- celebrating the show's 800th week at No. 1 -- called the notion "ludicrous" in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter. Well, technically, he called the idea of discussing any movement crazy since Lauer's contract is not up for awhile. "When we're talking about something that is almost two years away, it's silly speculation," he said. Bell is hoping to retain Meredith Vieira as well, despite widespread reports that she won't re-sign when her contract expires in September. Our guess? They are both gone in 24 months...

Groupon poaches Margo Georgiadis as its new COO. She had been vice president of global sales operations at Google. The daily deal company, which is scheduled to IPO later this year, has been without a COO since Rob Solomon departed at the end of March... After five years at CNET, Caroline McCarthy departs for Google. She's headed to the Trends & Insights team, working "with Alli Mooney to humanize Google's massive amounts of data for the marketplace." calls the move a huge loss for the journalism community, specifically the New York tech scene that McCarthy has covered so diligently... AOL gets rid of ADTech CEO Dirk Freytag and replaces him with Erhard Neumann. Some argue that they should shut down the entire venture... Formspring names Ro Choy as COO...

Sidney Harman's wife Jane replaces him on the Newsweek Daily Beast board. She was previously a Congresswoman. Tina Brown will remain in control of the publication, however... Sarah Douglas takes over as culture editor at The New York Observer. She had been a staff writer at Art+Auction...

Ricki Lake returns to daytime television. Or at least she's returning soon. Twentieth Television is in development talks with the host for an hour-long show to launch fall 2012... Ben Sherwood brings ABC News vets Barbara Fedida and Susan Mercandetti back to the network and recruits Joe Ruffolo from AOL... Jose Rios will oversee digital news applications for Fox Television Stations. He had been news director at KTTV out of Los Angeles... It looks like Justin Timberlake will host the season finale of Saturday Night Live... James Frey will return to Oprah... And there are changes at Huffington Post, and more...

April 22, 2011: Chris Schmicker has been named Web editor at He had been editorial assistant at Town & Country. (release)

April 22, 2011: Kevin Botfeld has been named creative director at 22squared Atlanta. He had been associate creative director at 22squared Tampa. (mb)

April 22, 2011: Scott Morehead has been named executive director of media at RIESTER. He had been VP, group planning director at Barkley. (release)

April 22, 2011: Briggs Ferguson has been named chief operating officer, digital at Meredith Integrated Marketing. He had been president, Internet at SuperMedia. (release)

April 22, 2011: Luke Sullivan has been named chair of the ad department at Savannah College of Art & Design. He had been group creative director at GSD&M. (AgencySpy)

April 22, 2011: Jim Elliott has been named chief creative officer at Y&R New York. He had been group creative director at Goodby, Silverstein & Partners. (AgencySpy)

April 22, 2011: Joel Kaplan has been named associate creative director at Eleven. He had been senior copywriter at Pereira & O'Dell. (AgencySpy)

April 22, 2011: Perry Fair has been named co-chief digital officer at Mullen. He had been executive creative director at Grey. (AgencySpy)

April 22, 2011: Caroline McCarthy has joined the Trends and Insights team at Google. She had been social media writer at CNET. (TechCrunch)

April 22, 2011: John Soapes has been named president and general manager at WYFF. He had been general sales manager at WKCF-TV in Orlando. (TVSpy)

April 22, 2011: Jose Rios has been named vice president of digital news applications at Fox Television Stations. He had been news director at KTTV in Los Angeles. (TVSpy)

April 22, 2011: Heather Burke has been named reporter and fill-in anchor at WGBA in Green Bay, WI. She had been reporter at WJTV in Jackson, MS. (TVSpy)

April 22, 2011: Annette Newell has been named reporter and fill-in anchor at WNCN in Raleigh. She had been co-anchor at WCTI in North Carolina. (TVSpy)

April 22, 2011: Sarah Douglas has been named culture editor at The New York Observer. She had been staff writer at Art+Auction. (FBNY)

April 22, 2011: Chris Gidez has been named global crisis practice leader at Hill & Knowlton. He had been head of the U.S. risk and crisis management group there. (PRNewser)

April 22, 2011: Eileen Newman has been named VP of communications at KCSA Strategic Communications. She had been VP of communications at Fidelity Investments. (PRNewser)

April 22, 2011: Kevin King has been named global digital practice chair at Edelman. He had been managing director there. (PRNewser)

April 22, 2011: Bob Evans has been named communications strategist and contributor at SAP. He had been SVP at InformationWeek. (PRNewser)

April 21, 2011: Megan Kilway has been named digital sales account manager at She had been associate manager, sales planning at (mb)

April 21, 2011: Adriana Lee has been named lifestyle editor at She had been mobile lifestyle editor at (mb)

April 20, 2011: David Lohr has been named senior crime reporter at The Huffington Post. He had been senior crime journalist at AOL News. (mb)

April 20, 2011: Daniel Denvir has been named contributing writer at He had been a freelance journalist. (mb)

April 20, 2011: Hanna Lee has been named editor at She had been Web and listings intern at (mb)

April 19, 2011: Cecile Goyette has been named executive editor at Blue Apple Books. She had been executive editor at Alfred A. Knopf Children's Books. (mb)

April 19, 2011: Eddie Koller has been named managing director at The Howard-Sloan-Koller Group. He had been director there. (mb)

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