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Revolving Door Newsletter: 08.08.14

Bill Geddie Leaving The View; Layoffs at CNN Digital

August 8, 2014
Bill Wolff takes over for Bill Geddie as showrunner on The View. The current Rachel Maddow Show executive producer and vice president of primetime programming on MSNBC will help revamp the daytime powerhouse that needs a number of new anchors and a bit of a rethink. According to the New York Daily News, the move was partially inspired by NBC's desire to get Jamie Horowitz to the Today show faster. The ESPN man has a contract that runs through December, but he'll move to the struggling morning program as GM on September 1 instead...

Steven Kotok says goodbye to Dennis Publishing, where he had worked for 18 years and risen to U.S. chief executive. He has overseen The Week, which continues to grow in leaps and bounds, for seven years and Mental Floss for the last three. Felix Dennis, the company's founder and namesake, passed away in June... Jason Whitlock recruits former Ebony editor-in-chief Amy DuBois as executive editor for his forthcoming site. "Amy’s impressive resume across a wide range of publications and brands, as well as her leadership experience, will ensure that the site will be at the forefront of news and commentary relevant to African-Americans," Whitlock said in a statement... New York hires Jessica Roy as senior writer for its Daily Intel blog. She had been Newsfeed editor at Time and will cover general news, Internet culture and viral stories in her new gig... Sports on Earth, the collaboration between USA Today and MLB Advanced Media, freezes its freelance budget, meaning plenty of good writers are looking for places for their work...

Mary Pat Thibodeau returns to Life & Style. The photographer jumped to the New York Daily News 18 months ago and made it through the slashing of jobs in the paper's photo department but left anyway... The New York Times recruits Tyson Evans and Jonathan Galinsky for the newsroom strategy team. They had been deputy editor of interactive news and a strategy and development manager, respectively... The Associated Press promotes music writer and entertainment producer Mesfin Fekadu to music editor...

CNN hands out pink slips to a dozen staffers in its digital politics arm. The company plans to introduce a "new digital politics product" and people can reapply for new jobs... Meanwhile, Bloomberg lays off staffers in its Washington, D.C., office. A few positions move to New York, with some NY-based jobs going across the pond to London. Three people are out of job in Los Angeles, too... Kate Cyrul Frischmann, who had been communications director for Iowa Senator Tom Harkin, moves to Microsoft to be senior public relations manager in the nation's capital... Steve Centanni will retire from Fox News Channel. The foreign correspondent reported from Afghanistan and Iraq among other places... And there are changes at David&Goliath, BuzzFeed and more...

August 8, 2014: Jason Ledder has been named media department group head at Rubenstein Public Relations. He had been vice president, media relations, at R&J PR. (PRNewser)

August 8, 2014: Serina Tan has been named vice president at Allison + Partners Singapore. She had been regional account director at Porter Novelli. (PRNewser)

August 8, 2014: Jerry Jackson has been named chief meteorologist at WNCT in Greenville, N.C. He had been chief meteorologist at WWAY in Wilmington, N.C. (TVSpy)

August 8, 2014: Kasha Cacy has been named president, North America, at Universal McCann. She had been global chief product officer there. (AgencySpy)

August 8, 2014: Joseph Deaux has been named commodities reporter at Bloomberg. He had been reporter at TheStreet.com. (FishbowlNY)

August 8, 2014: Mary Pat Thibodeau has been named photographer at Life & Style. She had been photographer at the New York Daily News. (FishbowlNY)

August 8, 2014: Brian Palmer has been named news writer at OnEarth. He had been chief explainer at Slate. (mb)

August 7, 2014: Sarika Chawla has been named senior account executive at Myriad Marketing. She had been editorial director at Peter Greenberg Worldwide. (mb)

August 7, 2014: Rich Walsh has been named sports anchor at KDKA in Pittsburgh. He had been sports reporter at WPXI in Pittsburgh. (TVSpy)

August 7, 2014: Joe Zeff has been named vice president/executive creative director at ScrollMotion. He had been founder at Joe Zeff Design. (release)

August 7, 2014: Mark Peters has been named creative director at TBWA\Chiat\Day Los Angeles. He had been senior vice president at Deutsch Los Angeles. (AgencySpy)

August 7, 2014: Driscoll Reid has been named creative director at David&Goliath Los Angeles. He had been associate creative director at TBWA\Chiat\Day. (AgencySpy)

August 7, 2014: Chris Hutchinson has been named creative director at David&Goliath Los Angeles. He had been associate creative director at TBWA\Chiat\Day. (AgencySpy)

August 7, 2014: Dino Spadavecchia has been named group creative director at David&Goliath Los Angeles. He had been senior vice president and creative director at Leo Burnett Chicago. (AgencySpy)

August 7, 2014: Mesfin Fekadu has been named music editor at The Associated Press. He had been music writer there. (FishbowlNY)

August 7, 2014: Nancy Seidel has been named client services director at Gyro Denver. She had been senior vice president, group management director, at FCB Global. (mb)

August 7, 2014: Bill Wolff has been named executive producer of The View at ABC. He had been executive producer of The Rachel Maddow Show at MSNBC. (TVNewser)

August 7, 2014: Peter Yates has been named executive creative director, international branding, at Hearst Magazines International. He had been creative director there. (FishbowlNY)

August 6, 2014: Shelley Diamond has been named chief client officer at Y&R. She had been worldwide managing partner there. (AgencySpy)

August 6, 2014: Emilie Vasu has been named vice president, group director of business development and marketing, at DigitasLBi. She had been director of business development at JWT. (AgencySpy)

August 6, 2014: Ella Robinson has been named senior vice president, entertainment group, at DKC Public Relations. She had been vice president of national publicity at Relativity Media. (PRNewser)

August 6, 2014: Kiersten Williams has been named vice president at Gibbs & Soell, Inc. She had been principal owner at Williams Consulting PR. (PRNewser)

August 6, 2014: Lori Beecher has been named executive vice president, media and content strategy, at Ketchum. She had been coordinating producer of Katie at ABC. (PRNewser)

August 6, 2014: Maggie O’Neill has been named managing director at Peppercomm. She had been senior director there. (PRNewser)

August 6, 2014: Greg Coleman has been named president at BuzzFeed. He had been president at The Huffington Post. (FishbowlNY)

August 6, 2014: Majja Dennis has been named executive vice president, talent and development, at Allen & Gerritsen. She had been executive vice president, chief client officer, there. (mb)

August 6, 2014: Scott Sneath has been named managing director at Allen & Gerritsen Boston. He had been senior vice president, business leadership, there. (mb)

August 6, 2014: John Paris has been named vice president, products, at Magzter Inc. He had been senior director, mobile strategy, at Time Inc. (mb)

August 6, 2014: Matthew Moskovciak has been named staff writer at Above Average. He had been senior associate editor at CNET. (mb)



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