• August 11th, 2012

Random House announces two new hires as it launches a new arm, Random House Enterprises. Jo Edwards has been hired as Head of Licensing. She previously worked  as VP of International Consumer Products at Discovery Communications for 11 years where she developed licensing for toys, retail, clothing, electronics, live shows, and exhibitions. Chloe Johnson-Hill has joined RHE as Events Manager, and previously was the Publicity Director at Jonathan Cape and Bodley Head. (Kidscreen)

  • August 11th, 2012

NASCAR has announced three new hires in an effort to appeal more towards youth and Hispanic fans. Greg Downey has been appointed Senior Director Brand and Consumer Marketing, David Zane will join as Director, Brand Marketing, and Joseph Machin is announced as Director, Multicultural Marketing, a newly created role. Downey previosuly was Group Director of Entertainment Marketing at Coca-Cola and had past roles as Vice President of Branded Entertainment at NBC Universal and Director of Entertainment Properties at United States Olympic Committee. Zane previously worked as Associate Director of Sports Marketing at ESPN where he led the development and implementation of marketing strategies for motorsports. Lastly, Machin has advised brands such as KFC Foods, Chevrolet, Nissan North American, and Terra Networks on their multicultural marketing efforts. (MediaPost)

  • August 3rd, 2012

At Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, Andrea Spooner has been promoted to Editorial Director, while Erin Stein moves up to Editorial Director, brand, licensed, and media tie-in publishing. (Publishers Lunch)

  • August 3rd, 2012

Nickelodeon recently announced two new hires: David Steinberg as the SVP of Production at Nick Animation Studios and Jamie Drew as SVP of Strategy and Business Development for Nickelodeon Group. Steinberg, who formerally was studio head at Toronto's Starz Animation, wil lead all animation series production and digital initiatives, as wel as oversee studio operations. Drew, who's been with Nick for nine years, previously was VP of Strategy and Business Development, will support senior management in the development of strategy for Nickelodeon, Nick at Nite, TeenNick, Nick Jr., Nicktoons, and Nick's consumer products, digital and recreation businesses, as well as serve as the main liaison to Viacom. (Kidscreen)

  • August 3rd, 2012

Peter Seymour is upped to the newly created position of Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at Disney-ABC Television Group. He previously served as Executive VP Strategy and Research for Disney Media Networks since 2008, and prior to that was Senior VP. (THR)

  • August 1st, 2012

Jeffrey Kaufman joins Alloy Digital and will serve as the Senior Vice President, Digital Video. In this role, he will lead programming and brand strategy for Alloy's multiple video channels, including original YouTube channels "Shut Up! Cartoons", Deepak Chopra's "The Chopra Well", and "ClevverNews". Jeffrey brings nearly twenty years of media experience to Alloy including expertise in programming development, content and distribution strategy, and social marketing. He previously served as a brand and strategy consultant for YouTube and prior to that, he held the role of VP, Strategic Programming for Howcast Media, where he led branded entertainment initiatives and successfully launched several ground-breaking video-focused social media campaigns across YouTube and Facebook. He has also served as VP Programming and Editorial at NBC where he contributed to the launches of Hulu and the National Broadband Company. (THR)

  • July 23rd, 2012

Fox Networks Group makes several changes following announcements that it will separate its publishing business from its film and television division. Peter Rice becomes the Chairman and Chief Executive of the Fox Networks Group. Since 2010 he's served as Chairman of Entertainment for Fox Networks Group and prior to that he was President of Fox Searchlight and an Executive for Twentieth Century Fox. David Hill has also been promoted to Senior Executive Vice President. He previously occupied the position of Chairman and CEO of Fox Sports. (Fox Business

  • July 23rd, 2012

Penguin Books for Young Readers made several executive announcements recently including Kenneth Wright becoming the Vice President and Publisher of Viking Children's Books. He previously worked as a literary agent at Writers House. Additionally, Regina Hayes who previously occupied the position of President and Publisher of the imprint will now be the Editor-at-Large. She has been in children's publishing for 30 years. (GalleyCat)

  • July 23rd, 2012

Chris Fetner has been appointed to the position of Director of Content Partner Relationships at Netflix and prior this role, he worked in post-production operations at the BBC. (Media Life Magazine)

  • July 23rd, 2012

Jason Rzepka has been named Senior Vice President of Public Affairs at MTV, upped from his previous position as VP. (Media Life Magazine)

  • July 23rd, 2012

Scott Lewers will oversee programming for Discovery Channel in his new role as Senior Vice President of Programming. In this position, he'll lead program strategy by coordinating across all departments to create and conceptualize series, specials, franchises, and initiatives for domestic telecasts. Previously he was the Vice President of Strategic Multi-Platform Program Planning & Acquisitions at Oxygen Media/NBCU. (Deadline)

  • July 23rd, 2012

Hillary Frey is promoted to Editor-in-Chief of Yahoo! News and in this new role, she will oversee the development of Yahoo! News' original content, develop new franchises, recruit new talent, and will work closely with media partner ABC News to further enhance their relationship. She was previously Managing Editor of Yahoo! News and was highly influential in expanding the brands' political content. Aaron Task is also promoted to Editor-in-Chief of Yahoo! Finance. (Deadline)


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