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Revolving Door Newsletter: 07.19.11

More Misfortune for News Corp; HBO Sports Loses a Vet

July 19, 2011
The House of Murdoch continues to unravel. Former Dow Jones CEO Les Hinton stands by his claims that he didn't know the phone hacking was taking place while he was in charge, which is tough to believe given the breadth and depth of the allegations that continue to surface. Meanwhile, Piers Morgan's name comes up in testimony before Parliament and Rebekah Brooks gets arrested. (At least she scored a $5.6-million severance package.) The chief of Scotland Yard resigns, as well. Rupert and James Murdoch are trying to stay out of trouble, but it's looking less and less likely even though board members are behind the CEO (for now). So, not a great week for News Corporation all around...

The Associated Press loses audience and engagement manager Lauren McCullough... Ronan Gardiner lands a gig as publisher of Men's Health. He had been associate vice president and associate publisher there. Rodale also ups MH editor-in-chief David Zinczenko to editorial director of Prevention and Organic Gardening... Eddy Hartenstein promotes Chicago Tribune publisher Tony Hunter to CEO of Tribune Publishing. Four executives are out as part of the "aggressive action."... Politico hires four after losing two star staffers in the past two weeks...

Bob Schieffer will fill in for Scott Pelley on CBS Evening News. The latter man is going on vacation less than two months after replacing Katie Couric. Additionally, newish chairman Jeff Fager makes a host of changes in its correspondent crew and producer ranks... After 33 years, Ross Greenburg leaves HBO. He had been president of HBO Sports since 2000. There were rumors that he was leaving (read: being fired) in May, but he held on for another few months. He plans to launch his "own thing."... MSNBC may be moving Cenk Uygar out of the 6 p.m. hour and possibly replacing him with Al Sharpton... Bob Epstein leaves his EP post at NBC Nightly News to become VP of the network's Specials unit, while Pat Burkey is named his replacement... Time Warner Cable promotes Jeffrey Hirsch to marketing chief. He's been with the company since 1999, most recently in the corporate office handling the iPad app's launch...

Amazon hires Julia Cheiffetz as editorial director of its New York-based imprint. She had been a senior editor at HarperCollins where she was responsible for New York Times bestsellers, including The Dressmaker of Khair Khana and How to Write a Sentence... MGM shuffles its senior vice president ranks... And there are changes at American Public Media Group, Oxygen, and more...

July 19, 2011: Jenny Garcia has been named account supervisor at Rauxa. She had been account director at Hello Design. (mb)

July 19, 2011: Francesca Main has been named editorial director at Picador. She had been senior commissioning editor at Simon & Schuster UK. (Publishers Lunch)

July 19, 2011: Maggie Richards has been named deputy publisher at Henry Holt. She will continue as VP, sales and marketing there. (Publishers Lunch)

July 19, 2011: Ann Gerhart has been named senior writer, Style at The Washington Post. She had been deputy editor, Outlook there. (FishbowlDC)

July 19, 2011: Ann Mercogliano has been named general assignment reporter at WCBS in New York. She had been reporter at WNBC in New York. (FishbowlNY)

July 19, 2011: Jeffrey Kay has been named VP, business development at Fanscape. He had been SVP, strategy and concept development at Eastwest Marketing Group. (release)

July 19, 2011: Matthew Fishbane has been named senior editor, arts & culture at Tablet Magazine. He had been deputy news editor there. (release)

July 19, 2011: Bari Weiss has been named senior editor, news & politics at Tablet Magazine. He had been assistant editorial features editor at The Wall Street Journal. (release)

July 19, 2011: David Samuels has been named literary editor at Tablet Magazine. He had been editorial consultant there. (release)

July 19, 2011: Frances Berwick has been named president at Style Media. She will continue as president at Bravo Media. (release)

July 19, 2011: David Gross has been named vice president, development at Oxygen Media. He had been SVP, development at Tijuana Entertainment. (release)

July 19, 2011: Teri Kennedy has been named vice president, current production at Oxygen Media. She had been executive producer at Discovery. (release)

July 19, 2011: John Haro has been named chief technology officer at Vibes. He had been senior vice president of software engineering for product development at iCrossing. (mb)

July 18, 2011: Amy Palanjian has been named senior food editor at Better Homes and Gardens Special Interest Media. She had been deputy editor at ReadyMade. (mb)

July 18, 2011: Matt Trulio has been named editor-in-chief at Sportboat. He had been editor at large at Powerboat. (mb)

July 18, 2011: Ryan Whaley has been named senior account executive at Turner Public Relations, Inc. He had been senior communications manager at Vail Resorts. (mb)

July 18, 2011: Vinicio Espinosa has been named VP, Latin American television distribution at MGM. He had been COO at Corisco Films. (mb)

July 18, 2011: Damien Marin has been named SVP, pay television and digital media at MGM. He had been VP of worldwide on demand and digital media there. (mb)

July 18, 2011: Susan Hummel has been named SVP, U.S. basic cable and canada television at MGM. She had been SVP of North American television distribution and VP of Canadian television distribution there. (mb)

July 18, 2011: Vicky Gregorian has been named SVP, domestic television distribution at MGM. She had been SVP of domestic distribution at Litton Entertainment. (mb)

July 18, 2011: Jose Diaz has been named associate managing director, strategic planning at Media Storm. He had been associate planning director at MECi/GroupM Direct. (mb)

July 18, 2011: David Kansas has been named COO at American Public Media Group. He had been chief markets commentator at The Wall Street Journal. (mb)

July 18, 2011: Lisa Porter has been named vice president at The Lippin Group. She had been a consultant. (mb)

July 18, 2011: Michael Hammond has been named VP, production at Collins Avenue. He had been an executive in charge of production there. (mb)

July 18, 2011: Mike Aho has been named VP, factual programming at Collins Avenue. He had been VP of development there. (mb)

July 18, 2011: Andrea Reynolds has been named principal and VP at JustAskBoo. She had been account executive at Turner Broadcasting/Time Warner. (mb)

July 18, 2011: Steve Leach has been named EVP retail sales & marketing at Source Interlink Companies. He had been VP, retail marketing at Comag Marketing Group. (mb)

July 18, 2011: Terry McGraw has been named SVP corporate sales & marketing at Source Interlink Companies. He had been VP, retail marketing at Comag Marketing Group. (mb)

July 18, 2011: Rich Rennie has been named national digital director at and Cooking Light. He had been eastern advertising director at People. (mb)

July 18, 2011: Ronan Gardiner has been named publisher at Men's Health. He had been associate vice president and associate publisher there. (mb)

July 18, 2011: Patrick McCormack has been named vice president, mobile sales and strategy at The Weather Channel. He had been general manager of mobile at the National Football League. (mb)

July 18, 2011: Jaime Copley has been named news director at KIMT in Mason City, Iowa. She had been anchor there. (TVSpy)

July 16, 2011: Steven Brisson has been named CEO at Propane Studio. He had been executive creative director at Acquity Group. (mb)

July 16, 2011: Tamar Anitai has been named managing editor at She had been senior editor there. (mb)

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