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Revolving Door Newsletter: 01.25.11

Tina Brown Takes LA Times' Talent; Parade Promotes Staffers

January 25, 2011
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Keith Olbermann: Gone. But he departed on his own terms. When the MSNBC anchor announced he was stepping down last Friday, many thought he was fired. As it turns out, the exit settlement had been in the works for some time, and it was only agreed upon that morning. It's been a rocky ride for Olbermann, as he was nearly canned in November after revelations of his political campaign donations rose to the surface. The host took a two-day suspension without pay, instead, but the writing, it seems, was on the wall back then or earlier. The Washington press corps have been noticeably quiet on the matter...

Eric Schmidt, Google's outgoing CEO, wants a television show. One problem: According to unnamed sources, his pilot was terrible... Dan Abrams may move to ABC News as a legal analyst and fill-in anchor at the weekend edition of Good Morning America. He's been with NBC for almost 15 years and runs Abrams Research, which isn't too proud to take a shot or two at itself... Dan Savage may have better luck landing on television as the advice columnist and MTV are reportedly teaming up for a show... Former Pennsylvania governor Ed Rendell should sign a deal with NBC News and MSNBC to contribute during the 2012 campaign cycle...

NBC is letting John Miller do what he does best: create an agency within the Peacock. Miller, who ran the NBC Agency from 1999-2010 will develop the NBC Sports Agency as the network looks to ramp up its sports broadcasting game... Aaron Sorkin is developing a show about a cable news show. Hopefully, it will last longer than Sports Night... Mark Bittman is the new op-ed columnist at The New York Times, leaving his "The Minimalist" column, while Pamela Paul gains the children's book editor title at the paper...

Parade Publications promotes Brett Wilson to group publisher, while Mike DeBartolo is upped to executive vice president, publisher. Kristen Fairback and Tracey Altman also earn new job titles... Traditional Home hires Avenue veteran Jill Esterman as its new luxury goods director... Michael Endelman departs Rolling Stone for the features editor position at Food & Wine...

The BBC online plans to cut 360 jobs. The announcement comes after the organization found its budget chopped by a quarter... Politico Pro hires four new bodies. They come from Bloomberg and Newsweek among other outlets... Tina Brown taps Los Angeles Times entertainment writer Chris Lee to serve as senior entertainment writer... And there are changes at The Daily Caller, TV Land, and more...

January 25, 2011: Sujata Mitra has been named manager of media relations at CQ-Roll Call. She had been account manager at Allison & Partners. (FBDC)

January 25, 2011: Rebecca Gale has been named director of promotions at CQ Roll Call. She had been communications director for West Virginia Senator Jay Rockefeller. (FBDC)

January 25, 2011: Michael W. P. Hermus has been named chief technology officer at House Party. He had been chief technology officer at FirstCarbon Solutions, Inc. (release)

January 25, 2011: J. Gregory Jester has been named chief financial officer at House Party. He had been senior vice president and chief financial officer at Alvogen Group Inc. (release)

January 25, 2011: John Cross has been named senior director U.S. of public relations at Jimmy Choo USA. He had been public relations consultant at Tory Burch. (WWD)

January 25, 2011: Tierney O'Dea has been named campaign manager at She had been editor at Yahoo. (mb)

January 25, 2011: Simone Oppenheimer has been named director of business development at Campfire. She had been director of brand development at Big Fuel Communications. (AgencySpy)

January 25, 2011: Jason Sutterfield has been named head of production at Campfire. He had been executive producer and director of programming at The Barbarian Group. (AgencySpy)

January 25, 2011: David Novarro has been named reporter/anchor at WABC. He had been anchor at WFLD Fox in Chicago. (TVSpy)

January 25, 2011: Laura Behnke has been named sports anchor/reporter at WABC in New York City. She had been sports anchor/reporter at KNTV in San Jose. (TVSpy)

January 25, 2011: Stephanie Ouyoumjian has been named director of strategy at Signal to Noise. She had been director of strategic planning at Publicis Dallas. (AgencySpy)

January 25, 2011: Cynthia Gordy has been named Washington reporter at The Root. She had been Washington correspondent at Essence. (WebNewser)

January 25, 2011: Scott Peyton has been named chief financial officer at MUSL TV. He had been principal at Intandem Partners. (release)

January 25, 2011: Chris Lee has been named senior entertainment writer at The Newsweek Daily Beast Company. He had been entertainment writer at Los Angeles Times. (FBNY)

January 24, 2011: Michael Hurley has been named senior technical recruiter at Meteor Games. He had been senior technical recruiter for . (release)

January 24, 2011: Kim Rosenblum has been named executive vice president of marketing and creative at TV Land. She had been senior vice president of marketing and creative there. (release)

January 24, 2011: Mark Bittman has been named opinion columnist at The New York Times. He had been food columnist there. (FBNY)

January 24, 2011: Tracey Altman has been named senior vice president at Dash. She had been senior vice president of food development and special projects at Parade. (FBNY)

January 24, 2011: Kristen Fairback has been named senior vice president and publisher at Parade Digital. She had been vice president of integrated sales there. (FBNY)

January 24, 2011: Mike DeBartolo has been named executive vice president and publisher at Parade. He had been executive vice president there. (FBNY)

January 24, 2011: Brett Wilson has been named group publisher at Parade. He had been publisher there. (FBNY)

January 24, 2011: Rachel Jarrett has been named general manager for Gilt Children at Gilt Groupe. She had been vice president and general manager of kids and specialty products at (Publishers Lunch)

January 24, 2011: Pamela Paul has been named children's book editor at The New York Times. She will continue in her role as a columnist for the "Style" section there. (Publishers Lunch)

January 24, 2011: Lynne Missen has been named publishing director of children's books at Penguin Canada. She had been executive editor at Harper Canada Children's. (Publishers Lunch)

January 24, 2011: Tim Spencer has been named vice president of worldwide sales at Skyword. He had been vice president of sales at Gerson Lehrman Group. (mb)

January 24, 2011: Jaci Cohen has been named executive vice president of program strategy and acquisitions at TV Land. She had been executive vice president there. (release)

January 24, 2011: Alice Alves has been named art director at Fast Company. She had been deputy art director there. (mb)

January 24, 2011: Michael Endelman has been named features editor at Food & Wine. He had been senior editor at Rolling Stone. (mb)

January 24, 2011: Jill Esterman has been named luxury goods director at Traditional Home. She had been executive sales director at Avenue. (FBNY)

January 24, 2011: Bob King has been named deputy energy editor at Politico Pro. He had been environmental reporter at The Palm Beach Post. (FBDC)

January 24, 2011: Mike Caputa has been named news director at WCCO. He had been assistant news director there. (TVSpy)

January 24, 2011: Ron Golminas has been named vice president of sales, Midwest at He had been Chicago associate manager at . (mb)

January 23, 2011: Amy Vernon has been named vice president of social media marketing at BlueGlass Interactive. She had been director of viral marketing strategies there. (mb)

January 22, 2011: William Kapfer has been named vice president of business development at The Mixx. He had been publisher at Genre. (mb)

January 22, 2011: Darren Meade has been named CEO at PROGENEX. He had been managing director at Kairos-Meade. (mb)

January 21, 2011: Danny Skarka has been named director, broadcast and media operations at Academy of Art University. He had been chief geek at NoiseSquared. (mb)

January 21, 2011: Matthew Boyle has been named reporter at The Daily Caller. He had been contributing reporter there. (mb)

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