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Revolving Door Newsletter: 03.20.12

Oprah Cuts 30 Of Her OWN; Atlantic Adds From Gawker

March 20, 2012
Are Oprah Winfrey's days of turning everything she touches into gold over? That seems to be the case, at least with the Oprah Winfrey Network. The joint venture between Harpo Studios and Discovery Communications lays off 30 employees, roughly 20 percent of the staff. Discovery, which has lost $300 million on the experiment so far, is sending in its own executives in an attempt to solve what ails OWN. They say they are committed to building the network, but some insiders are wondering whether they will pull the plug at some point. OWN recently cancelled Rosie O'Donnell's talk show in an attempt to save money, but ratings will need to improve...

Atlantic Media stops hiring editorial staffers for a moment and taps Chris Batty as publisher of the forthcoming global business news site. He previously led ad sales at Gawker Media. In other Nick Denton-related news, John Koblin jumps from the media beat to sports. WWD's man joins Deadspin, reuniting with former New York Observer colleague Tom Scocca. Elsewhere, Rich Juzwiak joins the flagship site. He is currently an arts writer at The Daily... The Wall Street Journal shuffles its media desk, recruiting Keach Hagey from Politico. She replaces Russell Adams, who will be an editor on the markets desk. "Heard on the Street" columnist John Jannarone will also join the media beat...

Alison Adler Matz leaves her gig as publisher of WWD Beauty Inc. for a job at Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia Inc. She will be senior vice president and publisher of Everyday Food and Whole Living... Harper's grabs The Paris Review's Deirdre Foley-Mendelssohn to be senior editor. She had been handling PR's Daily Blog and takes over for Gemma Sieff, who jumped to Town & Country... Brian Kightlinger is the new VP of corporate sales at Meredith...

Brian Lamb steps down as CEO of C-Span, the network he started. Rob Kennedy and Susan Swain will take over as co-CEOs, with Lamb moving to executive chairman... Mark Thompson steps down as head of the BBC's television channels, radio stations and websites. He has been in the position since 2004, making him the longest-serving chief since the 1970s... And there are changes at Facebook, Univision Television Group and more...

March 20, 2012: Rene Morales has been named vice president and general manager at Univision Radio. He had been single market sales manager at Univision Chicago. (release)

March 20, 2012: Brian Mikalis has been named senior vice president of monetization and mid-market sales at Pandora. He had been VP of performance, inside and local sales, there. (release)

March 20, 2012: Brian Colbert has been named vice president of mobile advertising sales at Pandora. He had been senior director of mobile advertising sales and strategy there. (release)

March 20, 2012: Tommy Pizzo has been named regional vice president of the East Coast at Pandora. He had been vice president, East Coast sales, at BrightRoll. (release)

March 20, 2012: Susan Gonzales has been named head of community engagement at Facebook. She had been consultant there. (AllFacebook)

March 20, 2012: Greg Maurer has been named director of public policy at Facebook. He had been vice president of corporate public affairs at UPS. (AllFacebook)

March 20, 2012: Andrew Feinberg has been named technology reporter at The Hill. He had been deputy editor at (mb)

March 20, 2012: Chris Batty has been named publisher at Atlantic Media Company. He had been vice president of sales at Gawker Media. (FishbowlNY)

March 20, 2012: Brad Davis has been named EVP of sales at Photobucket. He had been SVP of online advertising sales and West Coast cross platform leads at Disney Interactive Media Group. (mb)

March 19, 2012: Michael T. Rodriguez has been named vice president and general manager, Miami, at Univision Television Group. He had been executive vice president of development, distribution and broadcast operations at Telemundo. (release)

March 19, 2012: Rose Catherine Pinkney has been named VP of development and original programming at TV Land. She had been head of television at Cinema Gypsy Productions. (release)

March 19, 2012: Radha Subramanyam has been named executive vice president of sales and marketing research at Clear Channel Media and Entertainment. He had been SVP of media and advertiser insights and analytics at The Nielsen Company. (release)

March 19, 2012: Susan Swain has been named co-CEO at C-SPAN. She had been co-president there. (TVNewser)

March 19, 2012: Rob Kennedy has been named co-CEO at C-SPAN. He had been co-president there. (TVNewser)

March 19, 2012: John Koblin has been named blogger at Deadspin. He had been media reporter at WWD. (FishbowlNY)

March 19, 2012: Rich Juzwiak has been named blogger at Gawker. He had been arts writer at The Daily. (FishbowlNY)

March 19, 2012: Alison Adler Matz has been named senior vice president and publisher at Every Day with Rachael Ray and Whole Living. She had been publisher at WWD Beauty Inc. (FishbowlNY)

March 19, 2012: Brian Kightlinger has been named vice president, corporate sales, at Meredith National Media Group. He had been group associate publisher and director of sales at Parents Network. (FishbowlNY)

March 19, 2012: Phillippe Guelton has been named president at Thrillist Media Group. He had been executive vice president and COO at HFMUS. (mb)

March 19, 2012: Stephen Bannon has been named executive chairman at Breitbart News Network, LLC. He had been chairman and CEO at IMI Exchange. (FishbowlDC)

March 19, 2012: Liesa Goins has been named executive editor at She had been senior editor there. (mb)

March 16, 2012: Greg Fisher has been named VP, global marketing, at HTC. He had been director of integrated marketing, Asia-Pacific, at Intel Corporation. (mb)

March 16, 2012: Heidi Schoembs has been named director of product management at WebMD. She had been director of social media at Time Inc. Lifestyle Digital.

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