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Revolving Door Newsletter: 04.03.12

Yahoo Trims the Fat; Buzzfeed Adds the Copyranter

April 3, 2012
The cuts are coming to Yahoo, something on the order of thousands targeting the product, research and marketing units. New-ish CEO Scott Thompson is still trying to make his mark. At least one former employee believes the company could stand to lose 20 to 25 percent of its workforce without feeling the effects, and he's probably correct. The question now is will Thompson and the Boston Consulting Group that's advising (controlling?) him manage to chop the fat or further weaken the company? Elsewhere, Associated Content founder Luke Beatty leaves the purple Y...

Current TV fires Keith Olbermann, citing a breach of contract. The mercurial host threatened to sue the network, which cut him just a year into his $50 million, five-year contract. (Is a stop at Yahoo next?) Eliot Spitzer takes Olbermann's timeslot, earning tepid ratings in his debut... Ryan Seacrest is reportedly close to signing with NBC Universal. Because what the world needs now is more Seacrest... Dan Williams and Kim Zachary take over the TV morning show beat in Springfield...

Vanity Fair hands Pulitzer Prize-winning architecture critic Paul Goldberger a contributing editor gig. He leaves The New Yorker... Ashlea Halpern jumps from weddings editor to strategist editor at New York... A.J. Daulerio recruits The Daily What founder Neetzan Zimmerman to the Gawker stable...

Pinterest loses co-founder Paul Sciarra. He had been CEO, but Ben Silbermann usurped his position a few months back. Sciarra joins Andreessen Horowitz as entrepreneur-in-residence, where he hopes to build "cool things with awesome people with unexpected results."... Buzzfeed hires Mark Duffy, better known as the Copyranter. He launches his new page with an aggressive post. As if it could be any other way... Deutsch LA steals Jeff Jones as chief marketing officer. He arrives from McKinney... Andy Kohut says goodbye as president of the Pew Research Center. He will remain an advisor... Google Wallet loses Rob von Behren, who departs to join Square. He's the latest techie to leave the flailing project... Path taps Shakil Khan as a "fixer" or "International superspy," depending on whom you ask... And there are changes at Seventeen, The Daily Caller and more...

April 3, 2012: Stephen Morrison has been named publisher at Picador Books. He had been associate publisher at Penguin Books. (GalleyCat)

April 3, 2012: Chuck Parker has been named news director at KITV-TV in Honolulu. He had been managing editor there. (TVSpy)

April 3, 2012: Jennifer Sharp has been named SVP, new platforms, at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios, Inc. She had been VP, business development, at Conduit Ltd. (release)

April 3, 2012: John McNeel has been named global managing director of strategic integration at Fleishman-Hillard. He had been president of global clients at TBWA. (PRNewser)

April 3, 2012: Aaron Finely has been named VP of sales at The Daily Caller. He had been national advertising director at Politico. (FishbowlDC)

April 3, 2012: Sitara Nieves has been named senior producer at Marketplace. He had been senior producer at New York Public Radio. (FishbowlLA)

April 3, 2012: Paul Sciarra has been named entrepreneur-in-residence at Andreessen Horowitz. He had been co-founder of Pinterest. (SocialTimes)

April 3, 2012: Devin Tomb has been named associate editor at Seventeen. She had been editorial assistant at Glamour. (mb)

April 3, 2012: Matt Corey has been named chief marketing officer at Mass Relevance. He had been chief marketing officer at Golfsmith. (mb)

April 2, 2012: Dave Bisceglia has been named executive vice president of Eagle Television sales at Katz Television Group. He had been senior vice president and director of sales at Blair Television. (release)

April 2, 2012: Paul Goldberger has been named contributing editor at Vanity Fair. He had been architecture critic at The New Yorker. (release)

April 2, 2012: Megan Sullivan has been named vice president, digital sales, at PGOA Media. She had been director of partnership sales and social media at Mom365. (release)

April 2, 2012: Stu Garrett has been named creative director and art director at Doremus. He had been freelancer there. (release)

April 1, 2012: Ashlea Halpern has been named strategist editor at New York. She had been weddings editor there. (mb)

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