Fallon promoted GAIL JOECKS to the newly created position of creative recruiter. Joecks will be responsible for seeking out creative talent at all levels for the agency's Minneapolis office. Joecks joined Fallon in 2000 as a project manager.
JAY LEVIN, the former publisher and founder of LA Weekly, has launched a new media company, RealTalk Media Group. Levin will serve as CEO and creative director, spearheading the spring launch of RealTalk LA magazine and its Web component Realtalkla.com. In addition, KAREN FUND was named executive vice president and publisher of the company.
Avenue A | Razorfish promoted COLIN KINSELLA to president of the west region where he will be responsible for leading all operations in the Seattle, Portland, San Francisco and Los Angeles offices. Kinsella served as general manager of the San Francisco and Los Angeles offices since 2004.
Genex hired PETER BRINE as client partner for the Toyota, Lexus, and Scion accounts. Most recently, Brine worked as director of Internet marketing at 21st Century Insurance.
Rainbow Media named HAROLD GRONENTHAL as senior vice president, program acquisitions and international development. In his new role, Gronenthal will be responsible for the international management of Rainbow’s AMC, IFC, WE tv, and fuse cable networks, as well as the on-demand networks, LIFESKOOL and SPORTSKOOL.
Draftfcb New York named TERRY MARTIN as senior vice president/director of business development. Martin most recently served as svp/segment leader at Omnicom Group, leading multiple Omnicom agencies in the delivery of integrated marketing communications for Bank of America.
Program Partners promoted DAVID HUTCHINSON to senior vice president, program operations and new media, and CHAD MACDONALD to executive director, TV research, regional sales manager.
NOMI ERNST LEIDNER was named director of development at Sundance Channel. Most recently she was supervising producer on Style Network’s “Try My Life.”
Ad Infuse named BRIAN COWLEY as president and chief executive officer. Cowley will replace founder IAN JOHNSON, who will now serve as executive vice president, business development. Most recently, Cowley served as vice president of mobile advertising at Infospace.
U.S. News & World Report editor BRIAN DUFFY is stepping down to complete a book and to pursue other writing projects. BRIAN KELLY, executive editor of U.S. News, will now manage all editorial functions.