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SBD/January 8, 2013/People and Pop Culture
Published January 8, 2013
CREATING CONTENT: Hollywood production company BermanBraun named NFL Digital Media GM JEFF BERMAN President (HOLLYWOODREPORTER.com, 1/7). Berman was in charge of the NFL's "Web, mobile, social and non-console gaming efforts." He also "worked on several new initiatives, such as its multi-party video chat for Fantasy Football." Several years before that, Berman "was a top exec at social networking site Myspace." Berman: “I had a great job, since there is nothing bigger than the NFL. But LLOYD [BRAUN] and GAIL [BERMAN] have an incredible vision across platforms for entertainment” (ALLTHINGSD.com, 1/7).
SUCCESSOR: Upper Deck named JASON MASHERAH President following the death of co-Founder & Chair RICHARD MCWILLIAM (Upper Deck). McWilliam passed away Saturday at his Rancho Mirage, Calif., home (AP, 1/7).
EXECS: FanVision named TASSO KOKEN CEO. Koken previously served as Best Buy Senior VP/International Merchandising & Global Sourcing, GNC Exec VP/Global Merchandising and The Wiz Exec VP/Marketing, Merchandising & Operations (FanVision)….Tupelo-Honey Raycom named JENNIFER GREECHAN Exec Producer of all live sports programming (Raycom)….MARK EVERSON retired as the N.Y. Post’s hockey beat writer (N.Y. POST, 1/6)….The Rays promoted pro scout CARLOS RODRIGUEZ to Latin America Scouting Dir and hired BOBBY HECK as special-assignment scout, CHUCK RICCI as national crosschecker and MIKE BROWN and KEVIN IBACH as pro scouts (MLB.com, 1/7)….Jacksonville Univ. named Bradley Univ. Assistant AD/External Operations ROB BOGARDUS Associate AD/External Operations (Jacksonville)….Texas A&M-Commerce named RYAN IVEY AD. Ivey had been part of the McNeese State athletic department since ’07 (Texas A&M-Commerce).
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