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US Media & Comm management moves through Dec. 21: Time Inc., Twitter, Viacom

Media industry moves

* Doug Herzog, president of Viacom Inc.'s Music and Entertainment Group, is leaving the company, Reuters reported Dec. 21, citing a memo CEO Bob Bakish sent to employees. Herzog is leaving as part of a restructuring that ensued after Bakish was appointed permanent CEO of Viacom.

* Adam Messinger, chief technology officer at Twitter Inc., resigned from the company, according to a Dec. 20 tweet. Josh McFarland, vice president of product, also left the company to join venture-capital firm Greylock Ventures, USA Today reported Dec. 21.

* Sara Clemens resigned as COO of Pandora Media Inc., the company said in a Dec. 20 SEC filing. Clemens will remain in the company's employment for a transition period yet to be determined.

* Autobytel Inc. promoted Executive Vice President William Ferriolo to the newly created post of COO, the online automotive services provider said Dec. 20. Ferriolo will retain his role as executive vice president.

* Tribune Media Co. said Dec. 20 that it inked an agreement to sell substantially all of its digital and data business operations, comprised of Gracenote video, music and sports, to Nielsen Holdings plc for $560 million in cash. Nielsen will operate Gracenote as a business unit under its Watch segment. Tribune Media expects the deal to close during the first quarter of 2017.

* Six Flags Entertainment Corp. announced Dec. 19 that it will develop a Hurricane Harbor Water Park adjacent to its Six Flags-branded theme park being built in China's Zhejiang province. Both parks are expected to open in 2019. The company appointed Mark Kane as general manager and park president of Six Flags Zhejiang.

* Mark Ford will step down as Time Inc.'s executive vice president and chief revenue officer, the company said Dec. 19. Ford will assume the new role of executive vice president and senior strategic sales adviser.

* TechTarget Inc. appointed Daniel Noreck treasurer and CFO of the company, according to a Dec. 19 news release. Noreck will replace Janice O'Reilly.

* Priceline Group Inc. tapped Glenn Fogel to serve as permanent CEO of the company, according to a Dec. 15 news release. Nonexecutive Chairman Jeff Boyd, who was named interim CEO following the departure of Darren Huston, will assume the role of executive chairman of the board.

Communications industry moves

* Opera Software ASA sold a controlling stake in Opera TV, an independent cloud and embedded software developer for over-the-top deployment, to Moore Frères & Co., an investment run by former Viacom executives, Advanced Television reported Dec. 20. Aneesh Rajaram, who was general manager of Opera TV, will take over as Opera TV's CEO after deal completion.

* Altice NV unit Altice USA is setting up a separate company for its technical staff, to be called Altice Technical Services USA, Multichannel News reported Dec. 19. With the company planning to start shifting workers who volunteer to the new company between February and April 2017, the employee union expects Altice Technical Services to house more than 4,500 staff.

* Gogo Inc. said Dec. 19 that two senior executives are leaving the company. Executive Vice President and CFO Norman Smagley will retire from his post, while Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer Ash ElDifrawi will leave to pursue another opportunity.