Emily Zanotti Departs The Daily Wire for Fox News
Zanotti has worked her way up from political blogger to Senior Editor of The Daily Wire
Journalist and producer Emily Zanotti is leaving The Daily Wire for a position at Fox News. Zanotti made the announcement on Twitter.
“Guys! I can finally reveal that, as of December 1st, I’ll be heading for @FoxNews for an exciting new adventure,” Zanotti tweeted.
According to her bio on the Daily Wire, Zanotti is an attorney by trade, specializing in Constitutional appellate litigation, but left practice to work in public advocacy, creating digital communications and media strategies for political and corporate clients including the McCain 2008 and Romney 2012 presidential campaigns.
Over the course of the last six years, Zanotti has worked her way up from political blogger to Senior Editor of The Daily Wire, a position she has held since 2017.
Ryan Hedrick serves as the Assistant Program Director and Co-Host of the Morning News Express at WFMD. Prior to WFMD, he hosted an afternoon program at News Talk 103.7 FM in Chambersburg, PA. He has worked at Sirius XM in Washington D.C., WBEN in Buffalo, NY, and for stations in Baltimore, MD. He has also worked at WIBW-AM in Topeka KS, earning the Kansas Association of Broadcasters (KAB) award for Major Market enterprise reporting in 2016. To connect with Ryan, find him on Twitter @SureToCover.
Saga Communications Tabs Pat Paxton As Senior Vice President of Content
Paxton spent 22 years working for Audacy. He has also worked for Cardinal Communications, Adventure Communications, and Nationwide Communications.
Saga Communications has named broadcast veteran Pat Paxton as its new Senior Vice President of Content.
“I am absolutely thrilled to be named Sr. VP of Content for Saga Communications. The engaging culture that Chris Forgy has created at Saga reminds me of my days at Nationwide and Entercom,” Paxton said.
“At the heart of Saga’s mission statement lies a paramount focus on people. By placing a steadfast emphasis on people, we will undoubtedly attract and retain exceptional talent. It is the collective efforts of these individuals that have transformed this company into what it is today, and it is through their unwavering dedication that we will propel it to even greater heights.”
Paxton spent 22 years working for Audacy before departing in 2021. He has also worked for Cardinal Communications, Adventure Communications, Nationwide Communications, and Entercom in addition to his work at Audacy.
“Pat is a world-class broadcaster and an even better coach,” Saga CEO Chris Forgy said. “We are delighted to have Pat join our team at Saga, and having this be the last job Pat ever has.”
Paxton will begin his duties with the company on Monday, June 26th. Saga Communications Director of Group Programming Scott Chase will relocate to the company’s cluster in Ocala, Florida, and will serve as the group’s Operations Manager, while assisting Paxton in his new role.
Spotify Lays Off 200 Employees
Spotify Vice President Sahar Elhabashi told employees in a memo that those departing the company would be given “generous severance packages”.
Spotify has announced it is laying off around 200 employees, which equates to roughly 2% of its total workforce.
Spotify Vice President Sahar Elhabashi told employees in a memo that those departing the company would be given “generous severance packages”, according to CNBC. He added that the company will continue to see partnerships with “leading podcasters from across the globe”, but added that the reduction in force was a necessary development.
Of the 8,359 employees in the company, 4,332 of those work in the United States.
In recent years, Spotify has spent more than $500 million in acquisitions with prominent figures, including Meghan Markle and the Obamas. The company reportedly spent more than $100 million for The Joe Rogan Experience alone.
The announcement of layoffs comes after company CEO Daniel Ek admitted that some of the investments the company made last year can definitively be labeled a “mistake”.
Spotify Sports Producer and former sports radio program director Dan Zampillo was among the cuts. Zampillo has previously programmed 97.1 The Ticket in Detroit, ESPN LA 710 in Los Angeles, ESPN 980 in Washington DC, and SiriusXM in New York City. He has also served as the Assistant Program Director of WGN Radio in Chicago.
NBCUniversal Communications Head Follows Linda Yaccarino to Twitter
Benarroch joined NBCUniversal in 2018, bringing with him over six years of experience from his tenure at Facebook as its director of communications.
Joe Benarroch, the former head of communications at NBCUniversal, is making a move to Twitter, following in the footsteps of his former boss Linda Yaccarino, who was recently appointed as CEO by Elon Musk.
Benarroch announced his transition in an email, stating that he will be assuming a new role focused on business operations at Twitter.
“It’s been an absolute honor being at NBCUniversal, where I’ve been able to work with Linda and our leadership team — to champion and scale our business priorities, create meaningful advocacy, and help build incredible partnerships across this entire industry,” he said.
“I am looking forward to bringing my experience to Twitter, and to working with the entire team to build Twitter 2.0 together.”
Yaccarino previously served as the head of advertising sales and partnerships for NBCUniversal, while Benarroch worked closely with her as the head of communications.
Benarroch joined NBCUniversal in 2018, bringing with him over six years of experience from his tenure at Facebook as its director of communications. Prior to his time at Facebook, he held positions at IPG, Discover, Starcom, and Leo Burnett, according to Media Post.
Maddy Troy serves as a writer and editor for Barrett News Media, with a specific focus on media business, advertising, and podcasting. You can find her on Twitter @Troy_Maddy.