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Revolving Door Newsletter: 07.29.11

Layoffs at L.A. Times; Former Current TV CEO Returns

July 29, 2011
The Los Angeles Times lays off a "small number" of employees. Among those departing: columnist Tim Rutten, assistant business editor Sharon Bernstein and NBA writer Mark Heisler. California editor Ashley Dunn sent out an amazing pep talk memo that included the following: "Deadline is coming. Swig that Mountain Dew, suck deeply on that Marlboro Ultralight, tell your editor to move that [expletive] story."... Current TV CEO Mark Rosenthal is out. He's been with the network started by Al Gore for the past six years, the last two as the top man on the totem pole. Joel Hyatt, who served as CEO before Rosenthal's elevation, will get the title once more. The outgoing man played a huge role bringing Keith Olbermann to the network, but reportedly clashed with Hyatt over decisions... Katie Boyle jumps to Brian Williams's show where she'll be a senior producer. She had been in the same position at the CBS Evening News...

Tim Gaughan bucks the trend, moving from Bloomberg to CBS News. The financial channel had been flexing its muscles with plenty of recent hires, but the head of newsgathering leaves to be director of digital newsgathering and senior producer... Jeffrey Schneider moves to NBC as executive vice president, business affairs... Amy Introcaso-Davis, senior VP of original programming and development for Oxygen, steps down...

Town & Country's Jay Fielden snags Anna Wintour's former assistant. Sophie Pera will be fashion market editor. She had been associate fashion editor and previously served as the Vogue editrix's assistant. Kevin Conley also joins as arts editor... Jennifer Barnett is The Atlantic's new managing editor. She joins from Parks & Recreations (the magazine in Virginia, not the television show)... News of the World reporters are being offered jobs in Siberia...

Yelp hires Move Inc. CFO Rob Krolik to take over the same position at the site. Despite rumors to the contrary, Yelp plans to IPO as scheduled. Krolik will be key in making that process run as smoothly as possible... Moviefone taps Mike Ryan as senior writer... And there are changes at the Washington Post, MSNBC, and more...

July 29, 2011: Andy Sareyan has been named member of the Advisory Board at Nomad Editions. He had been chief brand officer and president of consumer brands at Meredith Corp. (mb)

July 29, 2011: Brian Wolfe has been named member of the Advisory Board at Nomad Editions. He had been executive vice president of the consumer marketing department at Time, Inc.. (mb)

July 29, 2011: Ji Hyun Park has been named editorial assistant and social media manager at She had been features editorial intern at New York Daily News. (mb)

July 29, 2011: Bill Kolb has been named chief executive officer at MRM. He had been global president and chief operating officer there. (AgencySpy)

July 29, 2011: Pete Spande has been named chief marketing officer at Federated Media Publishing. He had been senior vice president of sales there. (mb)

July 29, 2011: Michael Gutkowski has been named executive vice president of operations at Federated Media Publishing. He had been president and general manager at LMK Mobile. (mb)

July 29, 2011: Martha Bonta has been named executive producer of live events and special programming at WQXR in New York. She had been vice president at IMG Artists. (FishbowlNY)

July 29, 2011: Mike Ryan has been named senior writer at Moviefone. He had been entertainment reporter at (FishbowlNY)

July 29, 2011: Jennifer Barnett has been named managing editor at The Atlantic. She had been managing editor at Parks and Recreation Magazine. (FishbowlNY)

July 29, 2011: Amy VanLangen has been named online marketing manager at New Harbinger Publications. She had been online marketing manager at Simon & Schuster. (mb)

July 29, 2011: Elizabeth Razzi has been named communications director at The Urban Land Institute. She had been real estate editor at The Washington Post. (mb)

July 28, 2011: Ashley Vuckovich has been named senior talent booker at AOL. She had been casting producer at Strickman-Ripps. (mb)

July 28, 2011: Dave Ehlers has been named president at Optimedia. He had been executive vice president, managing director at ZenithOptimedia. (mb)

July 28, 2011: Lauren Sherman has been named executive digital editor at Lucky. She had been executive editor at Fashionista. (mb)

July 28, 2011: Kevin Conley has been named arts editor at Town & Country. He had been freelance arts editor there. (mb)

July 28, 2011: Sophie Pera has been named fashion market editor at Town & Country. She had been associate fashion editor at Vogue. (mb)

July 28, 2011: Celine Bleu has been named director of online sales development at Dwell Media. She had been marketing director at Yoga Journal. (mb)

July 28, 2011: Sarah Sampsel has been named director of digital at The Washington Post. She had been deputy director of digital there. (FishbowlDC)

July 28, 2011: Darline Jean has been named CEO at The About Group. She had been chief financial officer there. (FishbowlNY)

July 28, 2011: Bryce Townsend has been named CEO at GroupM Entertainment & Sports Partnerships. He had been EVP & general manager, North America, there. (release)

July 28, 2011: Michael Shirley has been named group creative director, digital at Euro RSCG. He had been creative director there. (AgencySpy)

July 28, 2011: Michael du Toit has been named co-president, global at Digitas Health. He will continue as chief marketing officer there. (AgencySpy)

July 28, 2011: Alexandra von Plato has been named co-president, global at Digitas Health. She will continue as chief creative officer there. (AgencySpy)

July 28, 2011: Helen Ostrowski has been named senior adviser at APCO Worldwide. She had been chairman at Porter Novelli. (PRNewser)

July 28, 2011: Craig Melvin has been named daytime anchor and reporter at MSNBC. He had been anchor at WRC in Washington. (TVSpy)

July 28, 2011: Brad Goode has been named anchor at CNBC. He had been morning anchor at KING-TV in Seattle. (TVNewser)

July 28, 2011: Heather Shimokawa has been named senior market editor at Vanity Fair. She had been director, public relations at Brioni. (mb)

July 27, 2011: Grace Bello has been named interactive content manager and copywriter at NYCEDC. She had been manager/copywriter at ANA. (mb)

July 27, 2011: Monica Monzingo has been named proofreader at J.Crew. She had been freelance copy editor at InStyle. (mb)

July 27, 2011: Adam Houghtaling has been named VP, digital content director at Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia. He had been digital editorial director at Gourmet. (mb)

July 27, 2011: Erin Walker has been named financial, spirits and New England manager at Departures. She had been account director at More. (mb)

July 27, 2011: Cristi Jessee has been named news director at KBAK-KBFX in Bakersfield, CA. She had been news director at KSAX in Alexandria, MN. (TVSpy)

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