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Revolving Door Newsletter: 03.07.14

New Leadership at Tribune Publishing; Disney Layoffs

March 7, 2014
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Jack Griffin will take over as CEO of Tribune Publishing, which consists of eight newspapers, including the Los Angeles Times and the Chicago Tribune. LAT publisher Eddy Hartenstein will become chairman of Tribune Publishing. Griffin, a longtime media executive, had been consulting with the Tribune Company. Before that, he served as CEO of Time Inc., a job he lost in 2011 after just six months at the helm, at least in part because of his "brusque style." If Griffin can turn around ailing Tribune Publishing, it will be the biggest victory of his long career that included a successful stint at the top of Meredith Corporation...

Disney Interactive lays off 700 employees, roughly 25 percent of the workforce. The move is more of a retrenching than anything, according to the spin from division president James Pitaro. "We’re not exiting any businesses, and we will pursue licensing partnerships in which we retain a lot of creative input," he said. "But this is a doubling down on mobile and an effort to focus much more intently on a core set of priorities." As a result, the company will cease creating console games in house; instead, farming them out to outside developers... Forty-two layoffs also hit the sales team at Machinima, YouTube's global video entertainment network...

Ezra Klein, who promised not to make his new Vox Media venture look like Wonkblog, poaches Yuri Victor from the Washington Post. He is a designer and developer, and becomes the ninth Post staffer to join the Project X team... Meanwhile, WaPo relaunches FW: Fashion Washington as a monthly magazine. Former staff writer Janet Kelly and lifestyle editor Nancy McKeon are in charge... Data journalism is all the rage these days, so it's no surprise that BuzzFeed, which is also all the rage, hires Jeremy Singer-Vine as data editor. He comes from The Wall Street Journal, where he had been data reporter and programmer. Kids, if you want a job in journalism, learn how to deal with numbers and code... Yahoo recruits another big name, with Lisa Belkin leaving the Huffington Post... Mashable hires Josh Dickey as entertainment editor and brings on Jessica Plautz as travel editor...

The Guardian will move Janine Gibson back to London. She had been editor-in-chief of the United States operations. Katharine Viner, head of Australia, replaces Gibson with Emily Wilson taking over for her. Additionally, Gibson's deputy Stuart Millar returns to England... National Journal hires Amanda Cormier as managing editor, and adds Jason Plautz as energy reporter and Emma Roller to the wire team... The Washington Times recruits Christine O'Donnell as a columnist. She previously ran for Delaware Senate as a member of the Tea Party...

Larry Kudlow's "The Kudlow Report" on CNBC will end its run this month, but Kudlow will stay on as senior contributor at the network. Liz Wahl quits her job at Russia Today, the Kremlin-backed network, live on air. "I cannot be part of a network funded by the Russian government that white-washes the actions of Putin," she said -- and might consider a job at either CNN or MSNBC... Bill Whitaker lands a job with 60 Minutes. The new correspondent has been with CBS News for three decades... And there are changes at Nielsen, Fortune and more...

March 7, 2014: Jan Carabeo has been named reporter at KYW in Philadelphia. She had been reporter at WTIC in Hartford, Conn. (TVSpy)

March 7, 2014: Bob Marra has been named station manager at WPIX in New York. He had been VP and general sales manager at WNYW and WWOR in New York. (TVSpy)

March 7, 2014: Steve Asplund has been named news director at WLUC in Marquette, Mich. He had been early evening anchor at there. (TVSpy)

March 7, 2014: Whitney Wild has been named general assignment reporter at KUSA in Denver. She had been reporter at WJLA in Washington, D.C. (TVSpy)

March 7, 2014: Eric Danetz has been named publisher at Fortune. He had been chief revenue officer at Defy Media. (FishbowlNY)

March 7, 2014: Aretae Wyler has been named general counsel at Atlantic Media. She had been deputy general counsel there. (FishbowlDC)

March 7, 2014: Tim Grieve has been named co-president at National Journal. He will continue in his role as editor-in-chief there. (FishbowlDC)

March 7, 2014: Poppy MacDonald has been named publisher and co-president at National Journal. She had been chief revenue officer there. (FishbowlDC)

March 7, 2014: Tim Hartman has been named CEO, Washington divisions, at Atlantic Media. He had been president, Government Executive Media Group, there. (FishbowlNY)

March 6, 2014: Erin Fitzpatrick has been named editorial assistant, Los Angeles, at Refinery29. She had been editorial intern at Refinery29. (mb)

March 6, 2014: Jack Griffin has been named chief executive officer at Tribune Publishing. He had been chief executive officer at Time Inc. (FishbowlNY)

March 6, 2014: David Hyman has been named vice president of creative services at WPIX in New York. He had been consultant there. (TVSpy)

March 6, 2014: Alyssa Deitch has been named co-anchor at KHSL-KNVN in Chico, Calif. She had been anchor and reporter at KCWY in Casper, Wyo. (TVSpy)

March 6, 2014: Christine O’Donnell has been named a radio commentator and weekly columnist at The Washington Times. She had been contributor on CNN and Fox News. (FishbowlDC)

March 6, 2014: Emma Roller has been named politics blogger at National Journal. She had been editorial assistant at Slate. (FishbowlDC)

March 6, 2014: Jason Plautz has been named energy reporter at National Journal. He had been reporter at Energy & Environment News. (FishbowlDC)

March 6, 2014: Amanda Cormier has been named managing editor at National Journal. She had been editorial assistant at The New Yorker. (mb)

March 6, 2014: Britt McHenry has been named reporter at ESPN. She had been reporter at WJLA Sports in Washington, D.C. (FishbowlDC)

March 6, 2014: Jeremy Singer-Vine has been named data editor at BuzzFeed. He had been reporter and programmer at The Wall Street Journal. (FishbowlNY)

March 6, 2014: Andrew Luecke has been named style editor at He had been menswear editor at (FishbowlNY)

March 5, 2014: Marcy Shinder has been named chief marketing officer at Nielsen. She had been vice president and general manager at American Express. (PRNewser)

March 5, 2014: Saul Rosenberg has been named chief content officer at Nielsen. He had been consultant at McKinsey & Company. (PRNewser)

March 5, 2014: Laura Nelson has been named chief communications officer at Nielsen. She had been senior vice president, communications and public affairs, at VH1. (PRNewser)

March 5, 2014: Greg Daniel has been named chief digital marketing officer at Nielsen. He had been vice president, digital marketing, at American Express Interactive. (PRNewser)

March 5, 2014: Megan Wilson has been named associate vice president at Rubenstein Public Relations. She had been account executive and media specialist at Krupp Kommunications. (PRNewser)

March 5, 2014: Vanessa McDonald has been named senior vice president and national practice leader at Weber Shandwick. She had been vice president and practice leader, marketing communications, at NATIONAL Public Relations. (PRNewser)

March 5, 2014: Josh Dickey has been named entertainment editor at Mashable. He had been managing editor at TheWrap. (FishbowlNY)

March 5, 2014: Kai Wright has been named editor-at-large at Colorlines. He had been editorial director there. (release)

March 5, 2014: Akiba Solomon has been named editorial director at Colorlines. She had been managing editor there. (release)

March 5, 2014: Vi Nguyen has been named general assignment reporter at KFOR in Oklahoma City. She had been general assignment reporter at KSNW in Wichita, Kan. (TVSpy)

March 5, 2014: Vinita Nair has been named correspondent at CBS News. She will continue in her role as co-host at CBS This Morning: Saturday. (TVNewser)

March 5, 2014: David Perel has been named editorial director at In Touch and Life & Style. He had been president at Next Act Media. (FishbowlNY)

March 5, 2014: Patti Greco has been named entertainment editor at She had been staff editor at New York. (FishbowlNY)

March 5, 2014: Michael Wann has been named chief revenue officer at Fullscreen. He had been chief revenue officer at SpinMedia. (mb)

March 5, 2014: Ashley Kaplan has been named head of content at Fullscreen. She had been vice president of digital content and strategy at The Magical Elves. (mb)

March 5, 2014: Peter Barden has been named partner at Rational 360. He had been managing director at Mercury/Clark & Weinstock. (mb)

March 5, 2014: Carrie Coolidge has been named co-editor at Pursuitist. She had been a freelancer writer. (mb)

March 5, 2014: Perry Cooper has been named chief executive officer at Customer Portfolios. He had been chief marketing officer at Ru La La. (mb)

March 5, 2014: Lisa Summers has been named senior vice president at DKC Public Relations. She had been vice president there. (mb)

March 5, 2014: Jessica Plautz has been named travel editor at Mashable. She had been social media and engagement manager at Skift. (mb)

March 5, 2014: Brandon Guarneri has been named senior social content specialist at Electronic Arts. He had been editorial manager at EA SPORTS. (mb)

March 4, 2014: Natalie Klinkhammer has been named vice president of regional sales, West, at She had been vice president of sales at Federated Media Publishing, Inc. (mb)

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