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Revolving Door Newsletter: 03.23.12

CNN Cuts Dozens; Village Voice Adds An Architect

March 23, 2012
CNN cuts dozens of employees in its two documentary units as it moves to a model that focuses on acquiring the features as well as producing them. Only one team will make them now, with the other doing investigative reporting on weekdays. CNN's executives are framing it as an ambitious attempt to widen their reach, writing in a statement, "By working with leading documentarians throughout the world, we will be able to expand the scope of documentaries on CNN and create an even greater impact." CNN will continue to produce In America in-house. In November, the 24-hour news network fired another few dozen employees company-wide...

The Associated Press names Gary Pruitt its new president and CEO, replacing Tom Curley. He had been in the same position at McClatchy Company. Pat Talamantes takes over as CEO at Pruitt's old company and Kevin McClatchy assumes the role of chairman of the board... The Denver Post lays off columnists Penny Parker and Mike Littwin. Penny was shocked by the news but admitted she was "extraneous." The Post also said goodbye to Dacia Johnson and moved around a few other staffers... The Onion loses the majority of its editorial staff, as 11 of the 16 full-time members refuse to move to Chicago. Some will stay on in a freelance capacity, but it won't be the same paper...

Village Voice Media takes a step into the social space, snagging Kevin Spidel for the dramatically named position of community architect. He previously served as director of product and marketing at Gannett... Everyday Food recruits Jolene Bouchon from to be deputy digital director. She had been senior Web editor... Bloomberg TV says goodbye to 30 staffers but creates a 13-person digital video desk. The move has new boss Andrew Morse's fingers all over it. He previously worked as head of ABC News digital... Erin Medley moves to as senior producer, music and events. She had been senior manager, programming and editorial content, at Clear Channel Media and Entertainment...

AOL goes through two rounds of layoffs in a week. Tim Armstrong and his cohort seem to be picking and choosing from different sites so as not to trigger the WARN Act that requires notification if there are more than 100 layoffs at any one location... Pinterest hires Tim Kendall, the man who helped Facebook figure out how to monetize itself. Twitter and Zynga previously tried to recruit the advertising expert... And there are changes at W, Everyday Food and more...

March 23, 2012: Lisa Tolin has been named East Coast entertainment and lifestyle editor at The Associated Press. She had been lifestyle editor there. (FishbowlNY)

March 23, 2012: Evan Schnittman has been named EVP, chief marketing and sales officer, at Hachette Book Group. He had been managing director, group sales and marketing, print and digital, at Bloomsbury Publishing. (GalleyCat)

March 23, 2012: Princell Hair has been named SVP of news and talent at NBC Sports Group. He had been SVP of news operations at Comcast Sports Group. (TVNewser)

March 23, 2012: Michael Lynton has been named CEO at Sony Corp. of America. He had been chairman and CEO at Sony Pictures Entertainment. (FishbowlLA)

March 23, 2012: Gary Pruitt has been named president and CEO at The Associated Press. He had been president and CEO at McClatchy Company. (FishbowlNY)

March 23, 2012: Jeff Wellington has been named vice president and group publisher at Meredith Parents Network. He had been vice president and publisher at Scholastic Parent & Child. (release)

March 23, 2012: Heather Gregg has been named associate media director for strategic planning at Media Storm. She had been director, content strategy and activation, at Ensemble. (release)

March 23, 2012: Edith Chapin has been named senior foreign editor at NPR News. She had been vice president and deputy bureau chief at CNN. (release)

March 23, 2012: Troy Scarlott has been named SVP and executive creative director at Ignited. He had been VP and group creative director there. (mb)

March 21, 2012: Steven Beltrani has been named account executive at The Narrative Group. He had been client services coordinator at Paine Public Relations. (mb)

March 21, 2012: Audrey Barnes has been named reporter at WTTG-TV in Washington, D.C. She had been freelance reporter there. (mb)

March 21, 2012: Natasha Burton has been named staff writer and editor, Weddings and Divorce, The Huffington Post. She had been relationships editor at (mb)

March 21, 2012: Jolene Bouchon has been named deputy digital editor at Everyday Food. She had been senior Web editor at (mb)

March 21, 2012: Elizabeth Mazer has been named associate editor at Harlequin. She had been assistant editor there. (mb)

March 21, 2012: Justin Breton has been named senior integrated marketing manager at W. He had been integrated marketing manager at Elle. (mb)

March 20, 2012: Mia Pierre-Jacques has been named West Coast sales director at The Fader. She had been executive sales director at BlackBook. (mb)

March 20, 2012: Erin Medley has been named senior producer, music and events, at She had been senior manager, programming and editorial content, at Clear Channel Media and Entertainment. (mb)

March 20, 2012: Kevin Spidel has been named community architect at Village Voice Media. He had been director of product and marketing at Gannett. (mb)

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