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Aug 12, 2002  •  Post A Comment

Simkins leaves ‘Angel’
Los Angeles — David Simkins, who replaced David Greenwalt last May as show runner of The WB’s “Angel,” has departed the show over creative differences, a WB spokeswoman confirmed. “Angel” creator Joss Whedon, along with Tim Minear, will continue overseeing the show’s production until another full-time independent show runner is formally announced. Another source close to the 20th Century Fox Television production said Mr. Whedon may look to promote Jeffrey Bell, a first-year co-producer/writer on “Angel” who previously served as story editor and writer on Fox’s “The X-Files.” Officials for 20th Century Fox were unreachable late Friday for comment.
Ad spending climbs
New York — Advertising spending for the first half of 2002 rose 2.3 percent over the same period last year, according to preliminary figures from Nielsen Monitor-Plus, a service of Nielsen Media Research. Six of the nine reported media categories saw increases in advertising activity. Hispanic TV was up almost 7 percent. Network, cable and spot TV all were up in the 2 percent to 3 percent range. Syndicated TV and Internet advertising were the biggest decliners, both down more than 8 percent compared with the first half of 2001.
Rodriguez to WSCV
New York — Michael Rodriguez has been named VP and general manager of Telemundo station WSCV-TV in Miami. Mr. Rodriguez, who starts today and will report to Don Browne, president and general manager of NBC-owned WTVJ-TV, has been local sales manager at CBS-owned WFOR-TV across town.