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Sharon van Zwieten Leaving WPIX After a Little More Than One Year

wpixlogo_304Sharon van Zwieten, one-time senior executive producer at WPIX, is leaving the station today.

A Tribune spokesperson confirmed the move with TVSpy, but didn’t provide any details.

van Zwieten was brought on last year as senior executive producer under news director Mark Effron. In April, she was moved to a news talent project management role after WPIX hired Chuck Carter as managing editor. Carter worked at WTIC in Hartford, Conn. with WPIX GM Rich Graziano before Graziano moved to WPIX.

Two weeks ago, WPIX news director Mark Effron announced he was leaving the New York CW affiliate.

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Mark Effron Leaving WPIX

mark_effron.03WPIX news director Mark Effron announced to staff today that he is leaving the Tribune-owned New York CW affiliate. He will stay through October.

Effron wrote to staffers in a memo that, when he was hired, he told Tribune Broadcasting president Larry Wert, that he only wanted to be news director for two years. (Read Effron’s memo after the jump.)

Effron told TVSpy the timing has been fortuitous. He said the station’s turnaround came more quickly than he expected and he hopes the positive momentum continues for the next news director.

When asked about future plans, Effron mentioned his approaching 65th birthday and said he’s confident he will continue to work in the business. “It’s been a terrific career. I’ve been very blessed both personally and professionally and I’m very excited about what happens next.”

Wert hired Effron in April 2013. Rich Graziano was hired as GM of WPIX later that year. Read more

Brett Steininger Named Local Sales Manager at WPIX

wpix logoBrett Steininger has been named local sales manager at WPIX, Tribune’s CW affiliate in New York City. Steininger will join the station on June 23 and will report to WPIX general sales manager Debbie Presser.

It is a move within Tribune for Steininger, who previously worked at WCCT in Hartford as the national sales manager for the Tribune-owned stations. He has previously worked at Telerep, Joonbug and Revshare.

“Brett is a dynamic, driven game changer,” WPIX president and general manager Rich Graziano said in a statement. “He has a proven track record of success in multiple markets, most important New York. Brett’s contacts and relationships are vast. His passion to serve the needs of our advertising partners is infectious. Brett will be of tremendous value; a great addition to the WPIX all-star sales team.”

Meteorologist Rachel Frank to Join WPIX

frank wpixRachel Frank will join New York CW affiliate WPIX as morning meteorologist starting next week.

Frank comes from Tribune’s Hartford FOX affiliate WTIC where she was the station’s evening meteorologist. She will also report on environmental issues for the station.

“Rachel is a thorough, relentless, passionate meteorologist, a NY native with an infectious personality,” WPIX GM Rich Graziano said in a statement. “We are confident Rachel will break through and make a meaningful connection with our audience.”

Frank worked for Graziano while he was GM of WTIC. Before coming to WTIC in 2008, Frank worked at WFMZ in Allentown, PA. She has also worked at WICU in Erie, PA.

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Chuck Carter Named Managing Editor at WPIX

wpix logoChuck Carter is joining WPIX, Tribune’s CW affiliate in New York City, as managing editor. He begins April 28 and will report to news director Mark Effron.

“Chuck is a seasoned broadcast news executive with a proven record of delivering ratings growth. I’m thrilled he is joining our team as we continue to develop PIX11 News,” Effron said in a statement.

Carter joins WPIX from WTIC, Tribune’s Fox affiliate in Hartford. The move reunites him with general manager Rich Graziano, who joined WPIX from WTIC last year.

With the announcement of Carter’s hire, Amy Waldman and Sharon Van Zwieten are taking on new roles at WPIX. Waldman, who was named managing editor last year, will be the new senior executive producer for all newscasts. Van Zwieten, formerly the senior executive producer, will move into a news talent project management role, WPIX says.

More from WPIX after the jump. Read more

Chris Geiger Named VP-GM of Tribune’s WTIC-WCCT

chris geigerTribune Broadcasting has named Chris Geiger vice president and general manager of WTIC and WCCT, the Fox and CW affiliates in Hartford-New Haven. Geiger’s appointment is effective April 28.

Geiger comes from Sinclair Broadcasting Group (formerly Barrington Broadcasting Group), where he was president of the company’s Syracuse media properties, including WSTM, WTVH, WSTQ and CNY Central Digital. Sinclair bought the stations from Barrington last year.

“Chris has extensive knowledge of all aspects of managing multiple television stations within a market. He has a successful track record of revenue growth and strong leadership skills and will be a great asset for Tribune’s stations in Hartford,” Tribune Broadcasting COO Lynda King said in a statement.

Geiger replaces Rich Graziano, who recently departed from WTIC-WCCT to become general manager of WPIX, Tribune’s CW affiliate in New York City.

Bob Marra Returns to WPIX as Station Manager

wpixlogo_304WPIX is busy beefing up its executive ranks. In the second move announced today, the Tribune owned New York CW affiliate has named Bob Marra station manager.

Marra worked at WPIX for over 13 years before leaving to be VP and general sales manager of FOX owned New York stations WNYW and WWOR.

“Bob is a proven leader; and has guided teams to success for over 25 years.  He motivates and develops people, and his teams fight to win. His extensive industry relationships are unrivaled in New York and will prove to be an asset to PIX11 as we continue to grow the station,” said WPIX president and GM Rich Graziano.

According to Tribune, Marra will “serve as second in-command” and report to Graziano.

Earlier today WPIX announced David Hyman as VP of Creative Services.

David Hyman Named Head of Creative for WPIX

wpixlogo_304Tribune Broadcasting’s New York CW affiliate WPIX has named David Hyman VP of Creative Services.

Hyman has worked with the station for several months as a consultant. He’ll officially join March 10 and report to Rich Graziano, WPIX president and GM.

“I grew up watching PIX11 and I’m thrilled to join Rich’s team and play a role in advancing PIX’s competitive position in the NY market,” Hyman said in a statement.

Hyman last worked as VP and creative director for NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams. He was also VP of Creative Services & Programming for WNBC in New York.

WPIX Adds Reporter From Hartford

harry_wpixAyana Harry will join Tribune’s New York CW station WPIX as a general assignment reporter tomorrow.

“Ayana has been part of the Tribune family since 2011, when she joined FOX CT,” Rich Graziano, president and general manager of WPIX said in a statement. “Ayana is Brooklyn native and a talented, hard-hitting journalist focused on telling the stories of our community.”

Harry comes to WPIX from Tribune’s Hartford, CT, station WTIC. Before working at WTIC, Harry was a digital reporter and field producer for ABC News. She has also worked as an associate producer, production associate and desk assistant for ABC News.

WPIX Names Local Sales Manager

wpixlogo_304Tribune’s New York CW station WPIX has named Alan Straub local sales manager.

“As PIX11 continues to develop our newscasts, make investments in our staffing and expand the station overall, I am confident the teams we are building have the experience and drive necessary to make a substantial impact on our goals,” Rich Graziano, President and GM of WPIX said in a statement.

Straub comes to WPIX from MSG, where he was the director, national sales manager. In his 20 year career, he has held account executive slots at WNYW-WWOR in New York, Time Warner Cable Media Sales, FOX television and Petry Media Corporation.

Straub starts February 6.

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