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Revolving Door Newsletter: 05.11.12

Bill Maher Jumps On VICE; Adds Editor

May 11, 2012
The Vice Media empire grows another arm. HBO will launch a newsmagazine based on the publication, with founder Shane Smith hosting and executive producing along with Bill Maher and Vice chief creative officer Eddy Moretti. Fareed Zakaria will serve as a consultant, rounding out the unlikely cast of characters. The show will be "like nothing else on TV," according to HBO's Michael Lombardo. Potential story subjects include Taliban suicide bombers, North Korean slave labor camps, voodoo heroin clinics in New York, and Somalian pirates. That's so Vice...

Deborah Mignucci steps in as publisher of Fit Pregnancy and associate publisher of Shape. She returns to the AMI fold after joining Meredith Corporation for a brief spell where she served as publisher of FamilyFun... Kevin Roose leaves The New York Times for New York. He'll take over as the Daily Intel's lead business writer. He will report from Silicon Valley and New York... Governing promotes Erin Waters to publisher. She had been working in the publication's business development wing... The Pulitzer Prize board elects Tom Friedman and Denver Post editor Gregory Moore co-chairs. They have been members of the board since 2004 and are nearing the end of the nine-year term limit... Nine editorial staffers take buyouts at the Hartford Courant, including rock critic Eric Danton and columnist Susan Campbell...

Gawker Media moves (drives?) Ray Wert from Jalopnik to a new content department within its sales team. The goal is to increase branded content and branded discussions in the new Powwow commenting system. Matt Hardigree takes over for Wert, who lasted six and a half years at the top of the auto blog... AOL hands Curtis Brown the chief technology officer title for real (and an executive vice president slot to boot). He had been acting CTO since March... refreshes after the departure of Keith Pollock to Du Jour, tapping former fashion editor Amina Akhtar as executive editor...

Margaret Hoover steps in as a political contributor at CNN. She had been at Fox News Channel but left earlier this year after failing to come to a contract agreement. Her husband John Avlon already contributes to the 24-hour news network and her great-grandfather is Herbert Hoover, who, presumably, did not... David Shulman is out as president of Wunderman. Managing director Chris Loll replaces the man who at least one source says was not "forced out."... And there are changes at CBS News, Atlantic Digital and more...

May 11, 2012: M. Sanjayan has been named science and environmental contributor at CBS News. He will continue as lead scientist at The Nature Conservancy. (TVNewser)

May 11, 2012: Manuel Bojorquez has been named correspondent at CBS News. He had been reporter at WSB-TV in Atlanta. (TVNewser)

May 11, 2012: Kimberly Lau has been named VP and general manager at Atlantic Digital. She had been VP of business development and partnership relations at Hearst Magazines Digital Media. (release)

May 11, 2012: Andrea Lavinthal has been named style director at She had been online beauty and style director at US Weekly. (release)

May 11, 2012: Amy Lazarus has been named executive producer at Wild(child) Editorial. She had been a freelance producer. (release)

May 11, 2012: Steve Hofmann has been named CEO, Europe, at QVC. He had been CEO at QVC Italy. (release)

May 11, 2012: Tamiko Fletcher has been named VP of network operations at Cumulus Media Networks. She had been director of new program development at Cumulus Media Networks. (release)

May 11, 2012: Lisa Strausfeld has been named global head of data visualization at Bloomberg LP. She was the founder of Major League Politics. (release)

May 10, 2012: Curtis Brown has been named EVP and chief technology officer at AOL. He had been acting CTO there. (FishbowlNY)

May 10, 2012: Deborah Mignucci has been named publisher at Fit Pregnancy and associate publisher of Shape. She had been VP of sales and group publisher of U.S. Magazine Group at Meredith Corporation. (FishbowlNY)

May 10, 2012: Erin Waters has been named publisher at Governing. She had been associate publisher there. (FishbowlDC)

May 10, 2012: Irina Grechko has been named editorial assistant at Shefinds Media. She had been freelance reporter at People StyleWatch. (mb)

May 9, 2012: Kevin Roose has been named lead business writer at Daily Intel. He had been Wall Street reporter at The New York Times. (FishbowlNY)

May 9, 2012: Maureen Taran has been named VP of management and production at New Wave. She had been VP of original programming at EpixHD. (release)

May 9, 2012: Margaret Hoover has been named political contributor at CNN. She had been contributor at Fox News Channel. (TVNewser)

May 9, 2012: Amina Akhtar has been named executive editor at She had been fashion director at (mb)

May 8, 2012: Valerie Green has been named publisher at amNewYork. She will continue as senior vice president of marketing, Local Media group, at Cablevision. (FishbowlNY)

May 8, 2012: Jeff Clark has been named chief revenue officer at mDialog. He had been vice president and general manager of entertainment at CBS Interactive. (mb)

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