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Revolving Door Newsletter: 12.13.13

Major Cuts at Martha Stewart; The Hill Poaches Politico's Ad Director

December 13, 2013
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Martha Stewart is getting a makeover. Daniel Dienst, the chief executive officer who started at Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia in October, laid off roughly 100 people. That's about 20 percent of the total workforce. Those out include executive vice president Daniel Taitz, chief revenue officer Joe Lagani, Martha Stewart Living publisher Peter Medwid, vice president of integrated sales Laura Petasnick, head of digital sales Jess Hollander and managing editor Carl Germann. Amid the layoffs, MSLO named Amy Wilkins head of advertising, sales and marketing. There were rumors that Dienst would make a move, but the scope of the cuts are probably more than most people expected. Still, the company needed to do something to boost its languishing stock price and cut costs. Hopefully the dramatic layoffs are enough...

Ann Curry, who has a window in her $12-million contract with NBC, would like to move elsewhere -- and the network would probably like to stop paying her, too -- but she doesn't seem to have too many options. Floaters to CBS News weren't taken, and CNN isn't interested in the former Today host. There's talk that Al Jazeera wanted her at one point, but that appears dead in the water as well... Fox News hires Lea Gabrielle as a general assignment reporter. She had been reporting on the military for KNSD in San Diego... Kait Parker is the Weather Channel's newest on-camera meteorologist... Rachel Maddow gets a column at the Washington Post. The MSNBC host will appear monthly in the opinion section...

Politico national ad director Adam Prather moves to The Hill where he'll be publisher. Current publisher Francine McMahon leaves for PR firm The Capital Image Counsel... The Houston Chronicle names Vernon Loeb managing editor. He had been metro editor at the Washington Post... The National Journal adds Andie Coller as deputy magazine editor and Brendan Sasso as technology correspondent... Brooklyn Rail politics editor Theodore Hamm leaves to focus on his day job as director of the undergraduate journalism and new media program at St. Joseph's College and a currently unnamed writing project...

Nate Silver recruits another big name for his new site, hiring Huffington Post data editor Andrei Scheinkman as deputy editor and director of data and technology... The Week continues to expand its sales team, adding John Guehl, James Alfieri, and Matt Estrada in various positions... VentureBeat promotes Dylan Tweney to editor-in-chief. The former staffer had been executive editor at VB since 2011... Patty Alvarez is Money's newest design director. She had been art director there... Pacific Standard promotes Ryan O'Hanlon to senior editor... Baseball America elevates George Shelton to director of advertising... And there are changes at Foreign Policy, Telemundo, and more...

December 13, 2013: Patty Alvarez has been named design director at Money. She had been interim design director there. (FishbowlNY)

December 13, 2013: Dylan Tweney has been named editor-in-chief at VentureBeat. He had been executive editor there. (FishbowlNY)

December 13, 2013: Brendan Sasso has been named technology correspondent at National Journal. He had been lead writer at The Hill. (FishbowlDC)

December 13, 2013: Andie Coller has been named deputy magazine editor at National Journal. She had been contributing editor at Politico. (FishbowlDC)

December 13, 2013: Kait Parker has been named on-camera meteorologist at The Weather Channel. She had been meteorologist at WPTV in West Palm Beach, Fla. (TVSpy)

December 13, 2013: Lea Gabrielle has been named general assignment reporter at Fox News. She had been military reporter at KNSD in San Diego. (TVNewser)

December 12, 2013: Will Mendelson has been named assistant editor at Tribune Content Agency. He had been freelance fact-checker/researcher-reporter at Conde Nast. (mb)

December 11, 2013: Nancy Berry has been named editor at Northshore Magazine. She had been editor at Cape Cod Home. (mb)

December 11, 2013: Bernice Kearney has been named news director at KSAT in San Antonio. She had been assistant news director there. (TVSpy)

December 11, 2013: Marv Danielski has been named vice president and station manager at KSDK in St. Louis. He had been senior vice president, integrated brand development, at Frank N. Magid Associates. (TVSpy)

December 11, 2013: Ozzie Martinez has been named vice president of news and standards at Telemundo. He had been assistant news director at WNBC in New York City. (TVSpy)

December 11, 2013: George Shelton has been named director of advertising at Baseball America. He had been display advertising executive there. (mb)

December 11, 2013: Vernon Loeb has been named managing editor at The Houston Chronicle. He had been metro editor at The Washington Post. (release)

December 11, 2013: Mari Kim Novak has been named senior vice president, global advertising solutions, at Rubicon Project. She had been global head of marketing at Microsoft. (mb)

December 11, 2013: Anthony Katsur has been named senior vice president, business operations, at Rubicon Project. He had been chief executive officer at Maxifier. (mb)

December 11, 2013: Jerry Jacob has been named anchor at KSPR in Springfield, Mo. He had been reporter at KYTV in Springfield, Mo. (TVSpy)

December 11, 2013: Jeremy Rauch has been named sports anchor and reporter at WXIX in Cincinnati. He had been sports anchor/reporter at WICS in Springfield, Ill. (TVSpy)

December 11, 2013: Lisa Hutson has been named multimedia journalist at WXIX in Cincinnati. She had been reporter at KHTV in Little Rock, Ark. (TVSpy)

December 11, 2013: Adam Prather has been named publisher at The Hill. He had been national advertising director at Politico. (FishbowlDC)

December 11, 2013: Mindy Kay Bricker has been named senior editor at Foreign Policy. She had been editor at Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists. (mb)

December 10, 2013: Solomon Ortasse has been named director, West Coast sales, at Lodging Magazine. He had been account executive at LA Downtown News. (mb)

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