RD Recap: First Look Gets a New President; AP Staffs Up for 2016

The latest media hirings and firings.

Revolving Door

Michael Bloom moves to Pierre Omidyar‘s First Look Media as president and general manager. He will be responsible for both the journalistic future of the organization and developing commercial opportunities to support First Look Media. His charge is “to support and build our existing publications while creating entirely new products and services to expand and grow the business,” Omidyar wrote in a memo. “Michael is committed to supporting that kind of ground-breaking journalism as well as entrepreneurial endeavors like Reported.ly – and we’re confident in his ability to take the lead in creating more new ventures that provide value to society.” Bloom previously worked as chief executive of Guardian News & Media North America…

Meeta Agrawal gets promoted from executive editor to deputy editor at Entertainment Weekly, while Gillian Telling leaves People for a senior editor gig at EW and Gina McIntyre comes on as news director, movies, joining from the LA TimesThe New Republic continues to rebuild its staff, hiring former MSNBC.com national reporter Suzy Khimm as senior editor and Mikaela Lefrak as associate editor. Additionally, Jeet Heer moves from contributor to senior editor… The Associated Press poaches Bloomberg’s Lisa Lerer to be political reporter, while assigning a host of other reporters and photographers their beats for the 2016 campaign… Quartz goes to Africa. Former Reuters and Billboard editor Yinka Adegoke will edit the site, which is set to launch in June, its second international expansion after India. The business site also promotes product director and senior editor Zach Seward to executive editor and vice president of product… The Huffington Post recruits Scott Conroy as senior political reporter. He has been at RealClearPolitics for the last four years…  Read more