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Three Execs Upped at CNN

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Jeff Zucker shared with the network today news of a new leadership structure for CNN Digital — arguably the fastest growing division of the global media organization.  It seems Andrew Morse — the feisty former Bloomberg exec who joined the network last summer — will add to his full plate GM responsibilities for CNN Digital, globally.  Morse already oversees all domestic newsgathering – including CNN Digital editorial, as well as programming out of the Washington bureau.  This move solidifies Morse’s spot at the top of the network totem pole.

Meredith Artley is also getting a big bump, moving from managing editor of CNN.com to Editor-in-chief of CNN Digital.  The promotion will make Artley the worldwide edit lead for CNN’s web, mobile and  social products and platforms.  Joining Artley and Morse at the top of the Digital org chart is Alex Wellen.  The former DC bureau producer has made great strides since making the long move to Atlanta. Currently a VP in the network’s digital shop and the brains behind CNNgo – the tricked out app that launched earlier this year, Wellen has been named Chief Product Officer – the network’s first.

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‘Hey, Can You All Keep it Down?’

CNN’s Alex Wellen and wife Kris welcomed to the world late last week Katherine Grace Wellen. The bouncing baby girl weighed in at 6 pounds 13.4 ounces. Alex, a longtime CNN DC’er who recently moved to Atlanta for the role of VP Digital Product Management, is said to be “lovesick” over his new arrival. You may recall that Wellen is also the author of a novel entitled just that — Lovesick.

Congrats to Alex, Kris and big bro Nathaniel.

And welcome to the Fishbowl, Katherine!

CNNer is Hollywood Bound

Hello J-Lo. Goodbye Wolf, John, Dana and the gang. CNN’s Eric Kuhn announced today that he is leaving the network to go work in digital media for the United Talent Agency in Los Angeles. He’s apparently ready to go – he has already changed his Twitter name (from KuhnCNN to just Kuhn). His goodbye party is pizza in the Red Conference Room today in 10 minutes.

To give you a sense, along with J-Lo, the company reps Johnny Depp and Daniel Radcliffe. Congratulations to Kuhn.

Read the announcement from CNN’s Alex Wellen after the jump…

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John King, USA: After the Show…

After the first “John King, USA” aired, John King sat down with executive producer Michelle Jaconi, senior executive producer of integrated programing Alex Wellen, and audience interaction producer Eric Kuhn to chat about viewer feedback from Facebook and Twitter. See what they had to say…

CNN Ups Alex Wellen

wellenx.jpgCongrats to friend of FishbowlDC, CNN’s Alex Wellen. The network announced this week that Wellen has been promoted to the role of Senior Executive Producer of Integrated Programming.

CNN Sr. VP Bart Feder said in a email announcing the promotion:

“In this role, Alex will be domestic television’s senior editorial liaison with our partners at CNN.com, CNN Mobile and Audience Experience. There’s no one better to embrace this mission than Alex. He has brought relentless energy and creativity to every assignment that’s come his way during his four years at CNN — including playing an instrumental role in our 2008 Election success through the development of CNN Politics.com and the Political Ticker.”

FishbowlDC chatted with Alex about his new novel “Lovesick” over the summer. Check it out here.

DC Media Folks <3 Alex Wellen: "Lovesick" Launch Party

A variety pack of writers, producers, novelists and inventors ventured from the unseasonably cool night and into the hotter-than-a-Ginuwine-video steaminess to get their prescriptions filled last night.

“Lovesick”, Alex Wellen‘s new novel, was the reason. Quigley’s Pharmacy was the venue. Love Potion #9 flowed freely. And custom-crafted pill bottles (full of M&M’s) provided sweet remedy.

Attendees included Alex & Kris Wellen, Wolf Blitzer, Edie Emery, Jake Perry, Nancy Trejos, Mark Preston, Jay Newton-Small, Shirley Hung, Christina Sevilla, Lee Brenner, Marc Adelman, Annie Gowen, Rebecca Sinderbrand, Juleanna Glover, Courtney Kube, Mark Paustenbach, Sena Fitzmaurice and Andy Mirsky.

Noticeably absent: Huey Lewis & The News. (#lovesick & @alexwellen)

This post was written by a FBDC guest blogger Kenny Day. Pics also by Day.

More photos after the jump…

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For the Love of It: CNN’s Alex Wellen Dishes about His Great Loves and New Novel

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“My ‘great loves’ are my wife, my son and writing — but becoming a father is the closest I’ve come to figuring out the meaning of life,” CNN’s Deputy Political Director of Digital Content Alex Wellen told FishbowlDC when we chatted with the newsman about his new novel “Lovesick.”

Wellen’s life sounds simple enough now but his past is littered with all the makings of an identity crisis. His road to clarity included an engineering degree, a law degree and a brief stint as an intellectual property lawyer. He is the inventor of a double-sided table tennis paddle, a tactile timepiece that lets users secretly check the time and the author of a critically-acclaimed memoir, “Barman”- that chronicles the nine-month metamorphosis from law student to lawyer.

Wellen explained how he landed on news and novels, telling us “I’m addicted to the ‘runner’s high’ I get from creating.” And though his latest creation will be released as fiction, Wellen admits that he based the protagonist, Andy Altman “loosely” on himself. When we asked him about the object of Andy’s lovesickness, Paige Day, he said “she’s totally inspired by my wife Kris.”

Wellen penned his new piece to dispel myths about masculinity and marriage. “I was tired of the way movies and novels portrayed men – always running from marriage,” he told FishbowlDC. Now married six years, we asked the multifaceted man of CNN if we should expect his next book to be about fatherhood. To which he replied, “Perhaps…but right now I’m just enjoying my son. I rarely say ‘I want to be the best at anything’ but I’d love to be the best dad.”

CNN will toast Alex Wellen and “Lovesick” at a book release party tomorrow night. For more info on Alex, check out his site here.