• job cuts: Oxygen Media
    Oxygen Media said Tuesday it is laying off nearly two-thirds of the staff at its oxygen.com website and is scaling back the site's content because of difficult business conditions. Twenty-nine people, out of a total 44 at oxygen.com, are expected to lose their jobs over the next three months, bringing the site's total staff to 15. The focus of oxygen.com will also shift to promoting the Oxygen cable network, rather than original content.
  • STEPHEN P. HILLS: The Washington Post
    STEPHEN P. HILLS, a Vice President of The Washington Post who oversees its advertising, circulation and marketing departments, will become President and General Manager of the newspaper effective Sunday. Hills, who joined the newspaper in 1987, will oversee Post business operations. The positions of president and general manager have been vacant since September 2000.
  • ALAN BELL: Freedom Communications Inc.
    Freedom Communications Inc. promoted Broadcast President ALAN BELL to Chief Executive as part of a broader plan to restructure the private media company. Bell replaced Samuel Wolgemuth, who resigned under pressure from owners of the media group to provide higher profits. As Broadcast Division President, Bell has overseen the group's eight network affiliates.
  • job cuts: Bertelsmann
    Bertelsmann, the German media group, has launched a reorganization and downsizing of its group headquarters. The move is the latest indication that Günther Thielen, who took over for Thomas Middelhoff as Chief Executive last month, is rolling back his predecessor's efforts to prepare Bertelsmann for a 2005 initial public offering.
  • job cuts: BBDO & DDB
    Citing recent account losses, Omnicom shops BBDO and DDB have laid off a total of 26 people, agency representatives said. DDB Chicago laid off 19 employees, or about 3 percent of its staff, as a result of the loss of Qwest's $100 million account to Foote, Cone & Belding early in August. At BBDO Chicago, seven people, or 4% of the staff, were let go. In July the agency lost its $20-25 million Allied Domecq business, which included the Kahlua, Stolichnaya and Beefeater brands.
    GOODSPOT DESIGN and GOODSPOT EDITORIAL, which specialize in branding and design for the marketing of feature films, TV networks, commercials and other innovative companies, announced that MANDY MARTIN has been appointed to the position of Executive Producer for both divisions. Prior to joining GOODSPOT, Martin was Executive Producer for ATTIK/San Francisco, since 2000. Before ATTIK she was with Pittard Sullivan for two years, where she began as a Producer and later became Executive Producer, specializing in major international projects.
  • J.G. SANDOM: RappDigital
    J.G. SANDOM is leaving his post as Vice Chairman of RappDigital, the digital-marketing arm of Omnicom Group's Rapp Collins Worldwide, New York. Sandom, who founded RappDigital, assumed the role of Vice Chairman in October when John Anderson, previously Executive Vice President of the agency, was promoted to General Manager. Sandom, who is leaving to pursue other opportunities, will continue to work with RappDigital on a consulting basis.
  • various: Clear Channel Television
    WILLIAM G. MOLL, President of Clear Channel Television, announced today the appointment of five new Regional Vice Presidents to oversee the operations of the company’s 36 television stations. The new Regional Vice Presidents and the regions they will oversee are: MARK FAYLOR -- North Coast Group (Monterey/Salinas, Santa Rosa and Eureka, Calif.; and Eugene, Ore.), STEVE KIMATIAN -- New York Group (Albany, Syracuse, Rochester, Binghamton, Elmira, Utica and Watertown, NY), DON PERRY -- Southwest Group (San Antonio, Texas; Tulsa, Okla.; Wichita, Kan.), DAVE REID -- Northwest Group (Bellingham, Wash./Vancouver, B.C.; Fairbanks, Alaska), and STEVE SPENDLOVE -- Central Coast Group (Salt …
  • JOHN FULLAM: Infinity Broadcasting Corp.
    Viacom-owned Infinity Broadcasting Corp. named JOHN FULLAM President and Chief Operating Officer. Fullam, most recently Senior Regional Vice President at rival Clear Channel Communications, will oversee the day-to-day operations of Infinity's 183 radio stations.
  • MERRILL BROWN: RealNetworks Inc.
    MERRILL BROWN, who resigned two months ago from MSNBC.com, has joined Seattle's RealNetworks Inc., where he will head the digital media company's consumer division as Senior Vice President for RealOne Services. At MSNBC.com, Brown served as Senior Vice President and Editor in Chief. He resigned June 21, citing frustration with the partnership between Microsoft Corp. and NBC.
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