Media Decoder: Behind the Scenes in Hollywood’s Power Circles, Another Political Adviser

Craig Schirmer, a former Obama campaign strategist, has been working for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Times Seeks to Reassure Its Staff After Abramson’s Ouster

Senior editors met with employees to reiterate that Jill Abramson’s departure did not reflect sexism and was not about pay disparity, but about a style of leadership.

Times Issues Response on Abramson Pay

Arthur Sulzberger Jr., The New York Times’s publisher, denied that a disparity in Jill Abramson’s pay compared with predecessors figured in her being replaced.

Capus, Once Head of NBC News, Moves to CBS Evening News

Steve Capus will become executive producer of the newscast anchored by Scott Pelley.

Open-Source Software Specialist Selected as Executive Director of Wikipedia

Lila Tretikov has a background in large-scale Internet projects and was the chief product officer at SugarCRM, a software company.

Briton Named President of ABC News

With the promotion, two of the three broadcast network news divisions in the United States will be led by British journalists.

Advertising: Discovery Blitz, Including a Daredevil and Oprah

With hundreds of new shows, specials and returning series, Discovery Communications needed more than two hours of star-stuffed spectacle to showcase next season’s lineup to advertisers.

Warner’s C.E.O. Is Bullish on the Big Screen

In Hollywood’s sea of bravado, Kevin Tsujihara, the quiet new chief executive of Warner Bros., may seem miscast. But he is already making bold bets to keep the studio on top.


Indie Label Big Machine to Start Dot Records

Dot, a joint venture between Big Machine and Republic Records, a division of the Universal Music Group, will be led by Chris Stacey, formerly of Warner Music Nashville.


Top Technology Officer at Pandora Steps Down

Tom Conrad, one of the company’s most visible executives, said on Tuesday that he would move into an adviser role for Pandora in the next three months.


The New York Times Hires Critic and Fashion Director

Vanessa Friedman, the fashion editor of The Financial Times, will lead global fashion coverage on all publishing platforms.


Top Disney TV Official to Step Down

Anne M. Sweeney, one of the most powerful women in the entertainment industry, will leave in 2015 after 18 years at the company to become a television director.


Jack Griffin Appointed Chief of Tribune Publishing

Mr. Griffin, who was ousted as chief executive of Time Inc. in 2011, will become the new head of Tribune Publishing in mid-April.


Focusing on Its Digital Strategy, Time Inc. Hires Away an Executive From The Atlantic

M. Scott Havens is leaving the magazine for Time Inc., which is investing in online efforts before being spun off from Time Warner.


Promotion for CBS’s Head of Programming

Nina Tassler, who introduced a string of successful comedies, was named chairman of CBS Entertainment, with a contract through 2017.


Time Inc. Appoints Editor in Chief for Entertainment Weekly

Matt Bean, the managing editor at Sports, will be the new editor of the entertainment magazine, which is expected to make a new push online.


Bill Keller, Former Editor of The Times, Is Leaving for News Nonprofit

Mr. Keller, an Op-Ed columnist who was executive editor of The Times from 2003 to 2011, will be editor in chief of The Marshall Project, a nonprofit journalism start-up focused on the criminal justice system.


News From the Advertising Industry for the Week of Jan. 27

Account assignments, executive appointments and miscellaneous news from advertising agencies.


Big City: A Tabloid Bashing, and a Lost Job With the Mayor

Lis Smith, a young political operative, seemed to be an obvious choice for a post in City Hall — until the news media learned about her relationship with Eliot Spitzer.


After Tina Brown’s Exit, Daily Beast Brings In Editing Help

Noah Shachtman, a former editor at Foreign Policy and Wired, will be the site’s executive editor, and John Avlon becomes editor in chief.