Longtime Turner Broadcasting System President of Sales, Distribution & Sports DAVID LEVY yesterday was promoted to President, in what is the "latest in a number of executive and management shuffles at Turner," according to Kristi Swartz of the ATLANTA JOURNAL-CONSTITUTION. Levy's expanded role "puts him over Turner's domestic entertainment and animation and young adults networks and makes him fully accountable for most of the company's domestic business." He will report to Turner Broadcasting System Chair & CEO PHIL KENT "until Jan. 1, 2014, when Time Warner CFO JOHN MARTIN takes the CEO slot." In turn, Turner Entertainment Networks President STEVE KOONIN and Turner Animation, Young Adults & Kids Media President & COO STUART SNYDER will report to Levy (ATLANTA JOURNAL-CONSTITUTION, 8/6). VARIETY's Brian Steinberg wrote the move "brings an important player at the company closer into its fold during a time of transition." Levy will now oversee "all creative and business activity of the unit's signature networks." His promotion would "seem to ensure an executive with a great deal of corporate memory in its operations at a time when more media conglomerates are trying to reduce their reliance on advertising revenue while increasing the cash flows they get from subscriptions as well as sales of the content they produce in different markets." Levy has "intensive experience in negotiating with cable and satellite distributors as well as building Turner's sports presence" (VARIETY.com, 8/5). AD AGE's Jeanine Poggi wrote Levy is a "well-known executive" who had been "considered a favorite to take over" for Kent as CEO (ADAGE.com, 8/5). ADWEEK's Anthony Crupi writes Turner's new exec structure is "designed to increase efficiency, focus and accountability for growth and results." It also aligns Levy, who began his career at Turner in '86, as "a direct report to longtime confidant" Martin (ADWEEK.com, 8/5).
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The Legacy Agency named former Blues CEO MIKE MCCARTHY Head of Media Consulting (Legacy). In this week's SPORTSBUSINESS JOURNAL, John Ourand notes McCarthy will "target teams, leagues and properties that need to develop strategies around their media rights." He also will "oversee production and content creation," and plans to "land on-air talent for the agency to represent." McCarthy will be based in Legacy's N.Y. offices and report to CEO MIKE PRINCIPE. McCarthy since the beginning of '13 has been co-Chair of TV production company Manhattan Place Entertainment, "a position he will keep" (SPORTSBUSINESS JOURNAL, 8/5 issue).
LEAVING THE NEWSROOM: Longtime AP sports journalists TERRY TAYLOR and JOHN AFFLECK will leave the organization. Taylor has been with the AP for 36 years, the last 21 as Sports Editor, and will retire effective Nov. 15. Affleck has been with the AP for 22 years, most recently serving as Deputy Sports Editor, and is leaving effective Aug. 15 to take over as Knight Chair in Sports Journalism & Society at Penn State Univ. (THE DAILY).
EXECS: Universal Sports named GameFly GM of Media & Mobile EDWARD DERSE to the newly created position of Senior VP/Digital Media & Strategic Partnerships (Universal Sports)....IMG Senior VP & Dir of Global Business Development MICHAEL BROWN has resigned his position, effective Friday. He will take on the role of PGA Tour VP/Business Development, beginning Aug. 19 and working out of N.Y. (THE DAILY)....UConn named NCAA Associate Dir of Enforcement ANGIE CRETORS Senior Associate AD/NCAA Rules Education & Compliance Services (UConn). Cretors "takes away another load of institutional knowledge" from the NCAA offices, as her exit comes on the heels of the departure of NCAA Managing Dir of Enforcement/Development & Investigation RACHEL NEWMAN BAKER (CBSSPORTS.com, 8/5)....The Blues named Penguins Senior VP/Operations & Booking JAY ROBERTS to the same position, and promoted KEVIN CASEY to Guest Services Manager (Blues)....ESPN Boston's MIKE RODAK this week begins "running his own show as the blogger" for the Bills on ESPN.com's AFC East blog (BOSTONSPORTSMEDIA.com, 8/2).
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In New Jersey, Carmine Galasso profiles Breeders' Cup Senior VP & CMO DREW SHEINMAN, who ahead of this year's Nov. 1-2 races at Santa Anita Park "invited more than 40 'influencers' from the sports or marketing fields" to the Belmont Stakes. Sheinman said, "These are pretty sophisticated people, but the prerequisite, by design, was that they had to have not even been to a horse race. They came away, from phone calls and emails, saying this was the most fun experience they ever had. To which I told them, 'Wait till you get to the Breeders' Cup.' It was the eating, the drinking, the gambling, the fashion, the lifestyle, being taken to the paddock -- there's nothing like that rarefied air" (Bergen RECORD, 8/6).
NAMES: PRESIDENT OBAMA yesterday honored about a dozen former Negro League players at the White House for their "contributions to American history, civil rights and athletics" (AP, 8/5)....A suspect yesterday was "arrested in connection with a burglary" at the home of Baseball HOFer HANK AARON, whose Atlanta home last month was "targeted by thieves who stole jewelry" and two BMWs (AJC.com, 8/5)....Cowboys CB ORLANDO SCANDRICK has "put his house in Hollywood Hills on the market" for $2.85M. He bought the house for $2.1M (LATIMES.com, 8/5).
IN MEMORY: Former NHLer SHAWN BURR died yesterday at the age of 47 (DETROIT FREE PRESS, 8/6)....Services for late Pro Football HOFer ART DONOVAN are scheduled for Friday at 11:00am ET at the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen in Baltimore (BALTIMORESUN.com, 8/5).