Kieran Hannon joins Cooking.com as chief marketing officer. Mr. Hannon has over 20 years of experience in marketing and advertising, including serving as president of Grey Worldwide, San Francisco. Prior to coming to Cooking.com, he was exec VP-marketing at Helio. Mr. Hannon is also a technology advisory board member of Enterprise Ireland, a government agency responsible for promoting Irish companies around the world, and an advisory board member of the Irish Technology Leadership Group.
Leading entertainment-marketing agency Trailer Park promoted Matt Brubaker from exec VP-creative director to president of its theatrical division. Mr. Brubaker was involved in the marketing campaigns for some of the summer's biggest hits, including "Mamma Mia!," "Wall-E" and "Sex and the City." His work has earned him nominations for numerous "Key Art" and "Golden Trailer" awards. Among Trailer Park's clients are 20th Century Fox, Walt Disney Pictures, Warner Bros. Pictures and Universal.
Colby Wilson returns to Opus:Creative as director-operations. In his seven-month absence, he worked as general manager of web design and marketing firm White Horse. Mr. Wilson previously worked for Opus:Creative as executive director and director of project management. Mr. Wilson says he made the decision to come back to the agency because "Opus is a sleeping giant. ... There is a vigilance to do the little things, but more than just doing the job, we take care of our clients."
Aric Ackerman has been appointed chief operating officer for Interpret LLC, a media and technology research firm based in Los Angeles. In his new post, he will oversee business development and help video-game companies plan, test and measure their media strategies. Mr. Ackerman comes to Interpret from The L.A. Studios Inc., where he was chief executive officer. Prior to his time at L.A. Studios, Ackerman spent eight years, first as chief financial officer and then as chief operating officer, of global-production company Radical Media.
Tonya Deniz joined the Advertising Research Foundation in the newly created position of senior VP-member value. She brings with her experience in executive positions at MediaCom; Leo Burnett/ Starcom and Arnold Worldwide. At those agencies, she worked with clients including Procter & Gamble, Volkswagen, General Motors and Kellogg. Ms. Deniz has also been involved in many industry-wide initiatives, especially on the topic of the quality of global research measurement. She has received awards such as the ARF Certificate of Appreciation for Distinguished Leadership, and the Advertising Working Mother of the Year Award by Working Mother Magazine and Advertising Women of New York.
Discovery Channel tapped Turner vet Ken Schwab as senior VP-programming. Mr. Schwab was most recently senior VP-programming for TBS and TNT. After taking over programming at TBS in 2003, he revamped the network's lineup of top-rated comedies -- "Family Guy," "The Office," "My Name Is Earl" and "Tyler Perry's House of Payne" -- resulting in record ratings growth among young-adult demos. At TNT, his programming moves resulted in five consecutive years of total-day wins and solid prime-time growth among key demos.
Brand-experience agency Method named Chris Tacy chief innovation officer. Mr. Tacy is the founder of consulting firm Fire Engine Red, which he ran before its acquisition by Rare Medium. He was also a founding employee and management team member of N/Volve before its sale to Viacom. Method is Mr. Tacy's fifth start-up.