TOM HALLEEN has been named senior vice president of programming and scheduling for AMC. Halleen joined AMC in 2002 and most recently served as vice president of programming and scheduling.
AKQA has appointed TIM PIERCE to chief financial officer. Pierce will manage global financial and administrative operations and play a principal role in the agency’s executive team. Pierce will also oversee the company’s expansion into international markets including China and Europe. Prior to joining AKQA, Pierce served for eight years as CFO at SBI Group, the Salt Lake City firm which acquired Razorfish, Scient/iXL, Lante and MarchFirst.
AMY BEVILACQUA has been named executive vice president, general manager of PRIMEDIA’s Films Media Group.
JULIO RODRIGUEZ has joined Turbulence as director of brand management, a new position. Most recently, he served as director of brand management, spearheading the Volkswagen of America account, at Hispanic agency Creative On Demand.
Undertone Networks has named VERONICA MATHIESON vice president of marketing. In this new position, Mathieson will be responsible for Undertone’s marketing operations, communications, and public relations efforts. Most recently, Mathieson served as vice president, communications and channel marketing at Corente, where she managed the development and implementation of the company’s marketing initiatives.
Active Athlete Media has named ALAN VAN ORDER as the east coast advertising sales representative. He joins the company from Cendant Partner Marketing/The Away Network where he served as media sales manager.
ARTHUR BRODEUR has joined Autobytel as vice president, business intelligence and corporate performance management. Brodeur joins Autobytel from AOL, where he was vice president, business intelligence for AOL Search.
MARK HALE, who has been the vice president of technology operations for The E. W. Scripps Company since 2005, has been promoted to senior vice president of technology operations. Hale will continue to oversee the Scripps information technology group, which provides strategic technological support for all of the company's national and local media businesses. He also serves as executive vice president of operations for Scripps Networks.
Discovery Networks has promoted JAMES LAVALLEE to director, ad sales marketing. Lavallee will manage all agency and client-directed business-to-business marketing. He most recently served as national manager, ad sales marketing, overseeing the ad sales marketing for Discovery Channel, Travel Channel, Discovery Times Channel, Military Channel, The Science Channel, Discovery HD Theater and BBC AMERICA.
TV Guide has named MARY RAMSEY director, circulation planning and finance. Ramsey will be responsible for managing TV Guide’s rate base and overall circulation profitability. Ramsey most recently served as planning director at American Media, where she managed the circulation contribution, budget, and forecast process for fifteen magazines.
BRUCE SEIDEL has been named senior vice president, program planning and special productions for Food Network. Seidel, in addition to his program planning and scheduling responsibilities, will handle the network’s development and production of special events and mini-series.
CBS News will expand its medical and health coverage with an exclusive partnership with WebMD and the appointment of JONATHAN LAPOOK, M.D., as the new medical correspondent for the CBS Evening News.
Sedgwick Rd. has hired CARRIE INGERSOLL as associate media director. She most recently worked for Starcom Worldwide in Chicago and Los Angeles.
HOWARD MITTMAN has been named advertising director of Popular Science. He had been national advertising manager at PopSci since 2005.
Response Media has named FRANK LAZARO as director of business development; ASMIRH WRUSHEN as an interactive media buyer/planner; CASEY MARTIN as senior project manager; and CONNIE MINNAUGH as a junior account executive.
PCWorld.com has named KELLIE PARKER online community manager, responsible for working with PC World's editorial team to develop and cultivate community forums for the re-launched PCWorld.com Web site.
ID Society has promoted KRISTINA FAIR to director, account management, up from strategic account director. She will manage the Account Services team.
WILLIAM POLLIE has joined Neocase as senior vice president of sales. Prior to joining Neocase, Pollie served as vice president of Microsoft Business Solutions.
ROBERT FITZGERALD has been tapped to head Initiative North America's East Coast region as evp, managing director. FitzGerald will handle the day-to-day operations of the East Coast business, with an emphasis on Initiative's strategic media planning and buying offering. FitzGerald previously served as president of Initiative Japan and head of the network's North Asia operations.
JUDITH A. MCHALE, president and chief executive officer of Discovery Communications, is stepping down effective December 1.
FRANK ROSE has been promoted to northeast advertising manager at Inc. magazine, up from regional sales manager. He will be responsible for all sales activities from New England through Northern Virginia.
RANDEL MCDOWELL has joined Media Ventures as chief marketing officer. McDowell will be responsible for overseeing all sales and marketing. Most recently, McDowell served as vice president of sales for Adweek magazines.
CHUCK MEEHAN has joined Austin-based GSD&M as a creative director. In his new role, Meehan will partner with BRIAN BORN, also a creative director, to lead creative duties for Tostitos, the PGA Tour's Fed Ex Cup, S.I.com and Texas A&M University. Before joining GSD&M, Meehan was an associate creative director with David & Goliath.
CHRIS BELLITTI has joined the Fox Sports Net communications team as director, corporate communications. Between 1999 and 2006, Bellitti served in ESPN’s communications department, overseeing all publicity efforts for ESPN’s international division, as well as for ESPN Deportes. Bellitti left ESPN in early 2006 for a position as director of corporate communications for mobile media company Zingy.
GREGG HANO left his job at Popular Science to become publisher at Teen People. The job remained vacant, Teen People folded its print component and Hano is back as publisher of Popular Science.
Playboy Enterprises has named EDWARD S. LANG to the newly created position of senior vice president and general manager, mobile, in the company’s Entertainment Group. Lang will be responsible for the global strategy, expansion and oversight of Playboy’s mobile and wireless businesses. Most recently, Lang was vice president, mobile initiatives with Sony Corporation.
Boelter + Lincoln has hired MATTHEW SPAANEM as interactive designer.
BRAD GRANT has been named director of video on demand at The Weather Channel Networks. Most recently, he was director of Weatherscan Operations. Grant will oversee daily VOD operational activities.
ATTIK has named RON LIM as associate creative director. Lim previously worked as a senior art director for Foote, Cone & Belding San Francisco.
G2 Branding and Design has named THOMAS VASQUEZ senior partner, creative director and WENDY ROMANOFF as senior partner, account management. Most recently, Vasquez was a freelance design consultant for Ogilvy and Mather, BBDO, DDB, Berlin-Cameron and McGarry-Bowen. Previously, Romanoff worked with Samsung as the promotions director at their in-house agency, Cheil Communications America.
TIM MURPHY has been named senior partner, managing director of MindShare North America’s Advanced Techniques Group. Murphy joins MindShare from MMA, where he worked in several capacities since 1997, most recently as a senior vp, analysis and client service.
Turner Media Group has named former RadioShack chief corporate development and strategy officer MARK HILL as president of TMG.