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Revolving Door Newsletter: 12.09.11

BET Lands a Holmes Run; Facebook's Big Reorg

December 9, 2011
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Ryan Seacrest to Today? Don't be surprised if it happens, as the American Idol host (and hardest working man in show biz) met with NBC executives to discuss the possibility of him replacing Matt Lauer. The talks are still in the earliest of early stages, but this could become a reality. The match makes too much sense. Today needs a big-name anchor (for sure) and Seacrest could use a change of scenery (probably). The details will work themselves out; money talks...

T.J. Holmes, CNN's "affable anchor," moves to Black Entertainment Television. The network plans to build a new show around the 34-year-old talent who had been anchoring the weekend editions of CNN Newsroom. He started his career working as a producer in Joplin, Missouri. Holmes spent six years at the 24-hour news network... CBS News taps Andrew Cohen as its new legal analyst. He will continue as senior legal analyst and legal editor at CBS News Radio... NPR fills its Weekend Edition Sunday hosting opening with National Security correspondent Rachel Martin...

Vanity Fair snags Judith Puckett-Rinella as photography director. She joins from the senior photography editor position at The New York Times Style Magazine... Scott Bland joins National Journal as editor of "House Race Hotline." Current editor Jessica Taylor leaves for Rothenburg Political Report... grabs a couple new names for its rapidly growing ranks. David Graham joins as associate editor of the politics channel from Newsweek/The Daily Beast, while Megan Garber leaves Nieman's Journalism Lab for a gig on the tech vertical... Rachel Elson and Lindsay Blakely join as managing editor and senior editor of innovation and technology...

Mike Hodges moves into the role of president and COO of the San Diego Union-Tribune, while current publisher Ed Moss moves into a consulting role. The change comes about a month after Doug Manchester purchased the publication from Platinum Equity... Comcast promotes Neil Smit to president and CEO of the entire company. He had been president of the cable division...

In an effort to be more streamlined, Facebook reorganizes its ranks. Among the winners: Bret Taylor, Sam Lessin, Mike Schroepfer and Greg Badros. The loser: Chris Cox, who has to share product oversight with a bunch of other people... And there are changes at, Parents and more...

December 9, 2011: Michael Chuthakieo has been named executive director of national entertainment sales at Pandora. He had been regional VP of entertainment and West Coast sales at MySpace. (release)

December 9, 2011: Chris Nolan has been named ad director at Crain's Interactive. He had been national sales manager at The Townsend Group. (mb)

December 9, 2011: Don Van Natta, Jr. has been named senior writer, digital and print media, at ESPN. He had been national correspondent at The New York Times. (FishbowlNY)

December 9, 2011: Jim Norton has been named head of sales at AOL. He had been senior VP of Advance there. (FishbowlNY)

December 9, 2011: Alethea Spiridon-Hopson has been named managing editor and acquiring senior editor at Entangled Publishing. She had been editor at Harlequin. (GalleyCat)

December 9, 2011: Kelsey Keith has been named senior editor at Dwell. She had been editor at (UnBeige)

December 9, 2011: Anna Alexander has been named photo director at Dwell. She had been deputy photo editor at Wired. (UnBeige)

December 9, 2011: John A. Farrell has been named congressional correspondent at National Journal. He had been senior reporter, money and politics, at The Center for Public Integrity. (release)

December 9, 2011: Noah Davis has returned to freelancing. He had been editor at Business Insider. (mb)

December 9, 2011: Joe Brenneman has been named chief revenue officer at San Diego Union-Tribune. He had been senior vice president of sales & marketing at Baltimore Sun Media Group. (FishbowlLA)

December 9, 2011: Mark Ficarra has been named owner at Bottom Line Consulting. He had been VP of sales and marketing at San Diego Union-Tribune. (FishbowlLA)

December 9, 2011: Barbara Fairchild has been named editor-in-chief at Real Eats. She had been editor-in-chief at Bon Appetit. (FishbowlNY)

December 9, 2011: Steve Morrison has been named general manager at Foundation. He had been SVP and director of creative editorial at Draftfcb Chicago. (AgencySpy)

December 9, 2011: Emily Wood has been named reporter and co-anchor at KYTV in Springfield, Mo. She had been morning anchor at KWTV in Oklahoma City. (TVSpy)

December 9, 2011: Jill McCormick has been named reporter and producer at WJET-WFXP in Erie, Pa. She had been realtor at Coldwell Banker. (TVSpy)

December 9, 2011: Kristy Siefkin has been named weather anchor at KSAZ in Phoenix. She had been weather and general reporter at KPIX in San Francisco. (TVSpy)

December 9, 2011: Bill Lord has been named general manager at WJLA and NewsChannel 8 in Washington, D.C. He had been station manager at both properties. (TVSpy)

December 9, 2011: Mo Rocca has been named correspondent at CBS News for CBS Sunday Morning with Charles Osgood. He had been contributor there. (TVNewser)

December 8, 2011: Keith Mackay has been named president of strategy at Optimedia. He had been executive vice president there. (mb)

December 8, 2011: Julie Sweetwood has been named VP of business development at Bemis Balkind. She had been VP of global business development at Hurrah!. (release)

December 8, 2011: Elisabeth Lucas has been named creative director at Bemis Balkind. She had been creative director at Lunchbox LLC. (release)

December 8, 2011: Candi Fang has been named senior account executive, TV group, at Bemis Balkind. She had been senior account executive at Weston Mason Entertainment Advertising. (release)

December 8, 2011: Kishan Muthucumaru has been named head of TV group at Bemis Balkind. He had been executive creative director there. (release)

December 8, 2011: Christin Jeffers has been named account executive at Catapult. She had been junior account executive there. (release)

December 8, 2011: Eric Blinderman has been named EVP at Lippe Taylor Brand Communications. He had been managing director at CJP Communications. (release)

December 8, 2011: Lori Rubinson has been named chief strategy officer at Lippe Taylor Brand Communications. She had been director of strategic planning at The Joey Company. (release)

December 8, 2011: Jayme Frieder has been named advertising director at She had been Northeast sales director at Meebo. (release)

December 8, 2011: Shmuel Rosner has been named senior political editor at The Los Angeles Jewish Journal. He will continue as a columnist at Maariv. (release)

December 8, 2011: Megan Garber has been named staff writer at The Atlantic. She had been staff writer at Columbia Journalism Review. (FishbowlDC)

December 8, 2011: David Graham has been named associate editor at The Atlantic. He had been reporter at Newsweek. (FishbowlDC)

December 8, 2011: Scott Bland has been named editor of "House Race Hotline" at National Journal. He had been research assistant there. (FishbowlDC)

December 8, 2011: Audie Cornish has been named host of All Things Considered. She had been host of Weekend Edition Sunday. (FishbowlDC)

December 8, 2011: Rachel Martin has been named host of Weekend Edition Sunday. She had been national security correspondent at NPR. (FishbowlDC)

December 8, 2011: Andrew Cohen has been named legal analyst at CBS News. He will continue as senior legal analyst and legal editor at CBS News Radio. (TVNewser)

December 8, 2011: Judith Puckett-Rinella has been named photography director at Vanity Fair. She had been senior photographer editor at The New York Times Style Magazine. (release)

December 8, 2011: Susan White has been named executive director of licensing at Trunk Archive. She had been photography director at Vanity Fair. (release)

December 8, 2011: Jamie Cutburth has been named vice president, ad sales marketing, at Bravo Media. He had been vice president of history partnerships at The History Channel. (release)

December 8, 2011: Dave Goldiner has been named deputy director of digital media at The Jewish Daily Forward. He had been a reporter and editor at New York Daily News. (mb)

December 8, 2011: Bob Goldfarb has been named director of marketing and audience development at The Jewish Daily Forward. He had been president at The Center for Jewish Culture and Creativity. (mb)

December 7, 2011: Lindsay Blakely has been named senior editor of innovation and technology at She had been senior editor at CBS Interactive. (mb)

December 7, 2011: Rachel Elson has been named managing editor at She had been managing editor at (mb)

December 7, 2011: Kevin Straley has been named vice president, programming, at TuneIn. He had been president at KMS Media Partners. (mb)

December 6, 2011: Andrew Berg has been named lifestyles editor at International Business Times. He had been senior editor at National Geographic Adventure. (mb)

December 6, 2011: Drew Lindell has been named senior account director at Blitz Agency. He had been account director at Tribal DDB. (mb)

December 6, 2011: Theodora Blanchfield has been named digital account executive at DKC. She had been social media specialist at Woman's Day. (mb)

December 6, 2011: Bethany Hardy has been named assistant vice president at C.Fox Communications, LLC. She had been consultant at BYH Communications. (mb)

December 6, 2011: Michelle Rivera has been named senior marketing manager at Parents. She had been promotion manager at Family Circle. (mb)

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