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Revolving Door Newsletter: 03.13.12
Trouble at Disney; Exodus at BillboardMarch 13, 2012
Bob Iger is in for a fight. The New York Post's Claire Atkinson reports the Disney chairman and CEO is facing a mini-stockholder revolt at the annual meeting over his increasing compensation package (now up to $30 million) and his unwillingness to name a CEO who will take over when Iger steps down in 2015. The options are current CFO James Rasulo and themes-park chief Tom Staggs, with the latter man in the pole position. The financial flop of John Carter won't make the proceedings any easier for the top man at the House of Mouse... Billboard loses editor-in-chief Danyel Smith and publisher Lisa Ryan. Deputy editor Louis Hau and a handful of other staffers followed their colleagues out the door at the music magazine. Bill Werde will remain as editorial director... San Francisco loses style director Elizabeth Varnell to Angeleno, where she will be executive editor... Crain's Chicago Business promotes managing editor Michael Arndt to editor... The New York Observer expands its growing team, hiring Jessica Roy for its Betabeat tech blog. She will return to New York from San Francisco next month...
CNBC snags Kevin Krim as GM of digital. The former global head of digital at Bloomberg reports directly to network president Mark Hoffman. The move helps the financial channel increase its offerings online. "Our digital businesses have matured to a point where we need a digital general manager to develop and execute a cohesive digital strategy that will take CNBC to the next level," Hoffman wrote in a note announcing the hire... Roland Martin is back on CNN. He was suspended after sending out some perceived homophobic tweets on Super Bowl Sunday...
Google recruits Regina Dugan, who previously served as director of DARPA's research arm. We bet she knows some cool stuff. Business Insider thinks she'll be working closely with Sergey Brin on some longer term projects. He might, however, have just wanted her to tell him stories about cool guns and stuff... Buzzfeed continues its hiring streak, snagging Jezebel's Anna North to handle "lady issues" and Business Insider's Kevin Lincoln as sports guy... Dennis Wilen says Patch fired him in 2011 after he posted an editorial cartoon someone in HQ thought was racist... Larry King will do interviews for Carlos Slim's new Internet television network called Ora.tv... And there are changes at CNN, Vulture.com and more...
March 13, 2012: Vinnie Malhotra has been named senior vice president of development and acquisitions at CNN. He had been vice president and executive producer for content development at ESPN. (TVNewser)
March 13, 2012: Laura Molen has been named executive vice president of network sales at Univision Communications Inc. She had been senior vice president, strategic partnerships, at MTV Networks. (release)
March 13, 2012: Luis de la Parra has been named senior vice president, Innovation Marketing Team, at Univision Communications Inc. He had been director of on-air promotions at Univision Network. (release)
March 13, 2012: Jessica Perry has been named digital vice president and general manager at National Journal Group. She had been vice president of product planning and management at Conde Nast Digital. (release)
March 13, 2012: Andrew Wang has been named vice president, scripted development and production, at Bravo Media. He had been vice president of TV development and production at Alloy Entertainment. (release)
March 13, 2012: Ginger Kraus has been named senior vice president of sales at Oberon Media. She had been senior director, marketing alliances and brand activation, at Sony Computer Entertainment of America. (release)
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