RD Recap: Massive Layoffs Coming to ESPN; New Hires at THR

The latest media hirings and firings.

Revolving Door

Revolving DoorThe Hollywood Reporter hires five new staffers, including former Hitfix executive editor Dan Fienberg as television critic and former Bicycling editor in chief Peter Flax as features editor… Condé Nast International grabs Elizabeth Schimel as vice president. She had been president of Condé Nast China… HuffPost Live host Marc Lamont Hill, senior vice president and head of communications Amanda Schumacher and director of product Willy Volk have all said goodbye to The Huffington Post… Michael Finnegan takes over as chief operating officer at Atlantic Media. He had been CFO and senior vice president of corporate development there… Clarisse Rosaz Shariyf goes to PEN American Center as deputy director of public programs…

ESPN plans to cut between 200 and 300 staffers in the coming months. The reason? Money, of course. Sources say that Disney has ordered the company to cut $100 million from next year’s budget. Good luck with that… History replaces executive vice president and general manager Dirk Hoogstra with Jana Bennett. “Jana has one of the strongest track records building and shaping global brands—first at the BBC and now here at A+E Networks,” Nancy Dubuc, president and CEO, A+E Networks, said in a statement… Read More