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Revolving Door Newsletter: 11.08.11

The Times' Digital Head Steps Down; Conde Goes Hollywood

November 8, 2011
Martin Nisenholtz leaves The New York Times after 17 years. The head of digital strategy is retiring after making the site one of the most robust newspaper websites in the world. He successfully oversaw the implementation of the metered wall earlier this year and helped create a new revenue stream. He will not be replaced, but Times CEO Janet Robinson will handle the majority of his duties...

Conde Nast continues its push to Hollywood. Dawn Ostroff, the head of CN's entertainment division, is opening an office in Los Angeles to pitch script ideas to studios. She plans to hire between six and 10 staffers to handle the duties. In the meantime, a few Conde editors will be showing up on the ABC show Jane by Design...

ABC News hires Kelly Cobiella and Bazi Kanani. The former will work from the company's London offices while the latter will be a correspondent in Nairobi. ABC also recruits Ginger Zee and Paula Faris to join the New York office. Zee is expected to be on Good Morning America Weekend this Saturday... The Early Show reshuffles "a small number of employees."...

The Hollywood Reporter grabs former Angeleno senior editor Gary Baum as staff reporter. Andy Lewis joins as well in a staff writer role... DailyCandy snags former MTVer SuChin Pak... Politico makes some changes to its blogs, as Ben Smith's expands to the media beat. Dylan Byers, recently poached from Adweek, will write some stories as will Emily Schultheis...

Howard T. Owens is the new president of National Geographic Channels U.S. He had been head of Reveille until he stepped down five months ago. He will, presumably, help redirect Nat Geo towards a little bit more commercial flavor... Edward Breen removes himself from the board of Comcast, citing his company Tyco's plans to split and a possible "appearance of conflict" between his duties... Viacom names Kassie Canter executive vice president of communications for the entertainment group. She had been chief communications officer at Oxygen Media... Sharon Waxman hires Stacey Farish as publisher. She joins from the Los Angeles Times where she was vice president for media entertainment... Google loses Alan Davidson, their man in Washington D.C., as director of public policy and government affairs... And there are changes at O, The Oprah Magazine, Politico and more...

November 8, 2011: Michael Waldron has been named vice president, creative director, design and animation, at TV Land. He had been president and creative director of Nailgun*. (release)

November 8, 2011: Cece Ryan has been named associate publisher at People. She had been national advertising sales director there. (release)

November 8, 2011: Matt Boxer has been named senior vice president, political and advocacy group, at Univision Communications. He had been VP of marketing and strategic solutions at Univision Television Group. (release)

November 8, 2011: Joe DelGrosso has been named executive vice president and managing director, political and advocacy group, at Univision Communications. He had been senior vice president of digital and integrated partner sales at WWE. (release)

November 8, 2011: George Severson has been named news director at KMIR-TV in Coachella Valley, Calif. He had been executive producer at KOIN-TV in Portland. (TVSpy)

November 8, 2011: Danielle Fox has been named editor-in-chief at Stringing. She had been editor there. (mb)

November 8, 2011: Katie Nolan has been named marketing assistant at Interweave. She had been an intern there. (mb)

November 8, 2011: Jamie Bogner has been named VP of content at Interweave. He had been editorial director there. (mb)

November 8, 2011: Kassie Canter has been named executive vice president of communications at Viacom Inc. She had been chief communications officer at Oxygen Media. (release)

November 8, 2011: Joe Lagani has been named chief revenue officer at Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia. He had been SVP of ad sales at NBCUniversal and iVillage. (release)

November 8, 2011: Paula Farris has been named co-anchor at World News Now. She had been sports anchor at WMAQ-TV in Chicago. (TVNewser)

November 8, 2011: Ginger Zee has been named weather anchor at Good Morning America Weekend. She had been meteorologist at WMAQ-TV in Chicago. (TVNewser)

November 8, 2011: Bazi Kanani has been named digital journalist at ABC News. She had been general assignment reporter and anchor at KUSA-TV in Denver. (TVNewser)

November 8, 2011: Kelly Cobiella has been named London correspondent at ABC News. She had been correspondent at CBS News. (TVNewser)

November 8, 2011: Matt Dornic has been named senior director of public relations at CNN Worldwide. He had been director at Quinn Gillespie & Associates and contributor at FishbowlDC. (TVNewser)

November 8, 2011: Wyatt Mitchell has been named creative director at The New Yorker. He had been digital design director at Conde Nast. (FishbowlNY)

November 7, 2011: Marni Golden has been named editorial director at StyleCaster Media Group. She had been editorial director at Starworks Group. (mb)

November 7, 2011: Mike Russell has been named senior vice president, sales and business development, at MSLGROUP Americas. He had been managing director, business development, at Meredith Xcelerated Marketing. (mb)

November 7, 2011: Stacey Farish has been named publisher at She had been vice president of media and live entertainment at Los Angeles Times. (FishbowlLA)

November 7, 2011: Anne Cronin has been named deputy managing editor at Politico. She had been freelance video editor at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. (FishbowlDC)

November 7, 2011: Steve Grune has been named group publisher, technology group, at Bonnier Corporation. He had been technology group director, sales and marketing, there. (FishbowlNY)

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