Changing Places: Ayrie Aranda-Mori, Chad Blankenship, Brian Balthazar, Michael H. Burns…
People change positions, get promoted or move to other companies. Portada is here to tell you about it.
Ayrie Aranda-Mori has joined Alcance Media Group as the National Sales Manager; Managing the National Digital Media Sales Team. She’s based in AlcanceMG’s corporate offices in San Francisco and reports to CEO, Chris Stanley. Ayrie comes to Alcance Media Group from launching her own successful consulting business and brings 15 years of Advertising and Digital Marketing experience to the team. Prior to launching her own business, Ayrie’s marketing and advertising career includes managing the West Coast Sales Business for Disney Interactive Media Group as well as being the Sales Lead for NBC Universal Digital Media’s Pacific Northwest business.
Claudia Foghini, an industry veteran in television production and operations, has been promoted to Senior Vice President, Production Strategy, Telemundo Studios. She will continue to be based in Miami and will report to Joshua Mintz, Executive Vice President, Scripted Programming and General Manager, Telemundo Studios. In her new role, Foghini will work directly with Telemundo Studios management in overseeing and managing all original in-house, third-party and joint venture productions. She will also work with Telemundo sales team in product placement integrations and development of concepts to client partners and serve as Telemundo Studios’ liaison with other departments at Telemundo Media.
El Rey announced the hiring of Chad Blankenship as VP consumer marketing; Jose Antonio Hernandez as vp trade marketing; and Clarissa Colmenero as executive director, public relations and communications. The new hires all report to El Rey COO Antoinette Alfonso Zel. The El Rey Cable network is slated to be launced on December 15 and targets Hispanic millenials. It will be carried by cable systems including Comcast and Time Warner Cable.
Dinni Jain was named chief operating officer of Time Warner Cable. He will succeed Robert Marcus who, as was previously announced, is taking over as chairman and CEO on Jan. 1, replacing Glenn Britt. Jain was previously president and chief operating officer of Insight Communications, which Time Warner Cable acquired last year.
Layoffs have hit the editorial department of AOL, CapitalNewYork reports. The majority of impacted employees worked on the editorial side of the AOL.com homepage, according to sources with knowledge of the cuts, who put the total number of pink slips around 20. These layoffs come amid AOL's hiring of HGTV executive Brian Balthazar to oversee the content strategy for the homepage, and the recent appointment of longtime marketing executive Maureen Sullivan to manage AOL.com.
Michael H. Burns, senior vice president of sales at the Orange County Register, has been named by Freedom Communications to lead The Press-Enterprise as its publisher. The Press Enterprise also publishes Spanish-language weekly La Prensa Riverside. Both newspapers were recently sold by Belo Newspapers to Freedom Communications.
Steve Petran has been named West Coast sales director for the Newspaper National Network LP (NNN), a private partnership owned by 25 of the largest U.S. newspaper companies and administered by the Newspaper Association of America. Petran starts on December 5, reporting directly to Ray Chelstowski, CEO of NNN. Based in Santa Monica, Calif., he will lead NNN’s Los Angeles, San Francisco and Hispanic sales teams.
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