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Former TiVo COO joins Amazon; Discovery names new LatAm head

S&P Global Market Intelligence presents a weekly rundown of executive changes in the media and communications industries.

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* Harvey Weinstein, the co-chairman of the Weinstein Co. LLC accused of sexually harassing female employees for nearly three decades, has been fired by the board of his company, Variety reported Oct. 8. The Weinstein Co. directors Robert Weinstein, Lance Maerov, Richard Koenigsberg and Tarak Ben Ammar said that "in light of new information about misconduct," they had terminated Harvey Weinstein's employment "effective immediately." Leadership of The Weinstein Co. will be assumed by Harvey Weinstein's brother, Bob Weinstein, and COO David Glasser. The dismissal comes shortly after Harvey Weinstein said he plans to take a leave of absence after The New York Times published a story on Oct. 5 detailing multiple sexual harassment accusations against him.

* Fernando Medin will be promoted to succeed Enrique Martinez as president and managing director of Discovery Communications Inc.'s Discovery Latin America LLC and Discovery U.S. Hispanic, according to an Oct. 9 news release. Martinez, who joined Discovery in 1994, is retiring at the end of 2017 from the post he has held for the past 17 years. He has agreed to stay on as an adviser for Discovery Networks International and will report to JB Perrette, president and CEO of Discovery Networks International. Martinez's successor Medin is currently serving as the executive vice president and general manager for Brazil and the Southern Cone.

Media industry moves

* Snap Inc. is setting up a new research and development office in Lehi, Utah, TechCrunch.com reported Oct. 10, citing a company confirmation. The company has tapped Kirk Ouimet, one of the Scan.me co-founders, to build a team at the office. Snap bought Scan.me in 2014.

* Short-form podcast app 60dB joined Alphabet Inc. unit Google Inc., according to an Oct. 10 Medium blog post. Co-founders of 60dB said the service will shut down Nov. 10. Confirming the news in a statement to TechCrunch.com, a Google representative said the search giant acquired "some assets" and that it was not a formal acquisition.

* Bruce Sewell Apple Inc.'s general counsel since 2009, will retire at the end of 2017, according to an Oct. 6 news release. Katherine Adams, former senior vice president and general counsel of Honeywell International Inc., will succeed Sewell as general counsel and senior vice president of legal and global security. In more Apple news, the company acquired the team behind messaging assistant Init.ai, TechCrunch.com reported Oct. 4, citing sources familiar with the details. The team will join the group working on Siri at Apple. Init.ai will discontinue its service, effective Dec. 16.

* Former TiVo Corp. COO Pete Thompson has joined Amazon.com Inc. as vice president of Alexa Voice Services, according to an update to his LinkedIn profile. Thompson stepped down as executive vice president and COO of TiVo on Oct. 6, according to a Form 8-K filing. TiVo President and CEO Tom Carson will take over the job responsibilities held by Thompson. Carson in May announced his plans to retire from TiVo. The company, with the help of Spencer Stuart, has been searching for Carson's replacement and expects to announce a new CEO shortly. Carson will continue in his current capacity until his successor is appointed, after which he will serve as an adviser to the board and the new CEO to ensure a smooth transition.

* YuMe Inc. adopted a plan to restructure and streamline certain of its operations to reduce its operating expenses and streamline and focus its European operations on its programmatic business, according to an Oct. 6 SEC filing. YuMe, which is in the process of being acquired by RhythmOne plc, expects the restructuring plan will focus on its operations in the U.K. and will be implemented before the end of the first quarter of 2018. The company plans to reduce its workforce by about 3% by year-end.

* Facebook Inc. is set to build a $1 billion data center in eastern Henrico County, Va., the Richmond (Va.) Times-Dispatch reported Oct. 4, citing sources familiar with the matter. The first phase of the facility, which will stand in the White Oak Technology Park, will span about 970,000 square feet and will create about 100 full-time jobs.

Communications industry moves

* Cincinnati Bell Inc. tapped Shannon Mullen to be vice president and corporate controller of the company, according to a Form 8-K filed Oct. 10. Mullen, who will serve as the chief accounting officer for Cincinnati Bell, joined the company in 2004 and has served as vice president of finance since 2016.

* Nokia Corp. plans to reduce up to 310 jobs from its Nokia Technologies unit and halt development of further versions of its OZO VR camera and hardware. The potential job cuts are expected to affect Nokia Technologies staff in Finland, the U.K. and the U.S., the Finnish company said Oct. 10. Nokia has initiated negotiations with employee representatives in Finland about the matter.

* Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai on Oct. 6 announced the formation of an FCC Hurricane Recovery Task Force. Michael Carowitz, special counsel to Pai, will chair the task force, which will consist of representatives from bureaus and offices throughout the agency. The internal task force will work to support the restoration of communications services in areas affected by this season's hurricanes, with a focus on addressing the challenges Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands face.

* Mark Weaver is resigning as vice president, controller and principal accounting officer of Internap Corp. to join another company in Phoenix. Weaver's resignation was not the result of any disagreement with the company, Internap said in an Oct. 5 SEC filing, adding that CFO Robert Dennerlein will fulfill the duties of principal accounting officer until a permanent replacement is named.

* Cable One Inc. Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary Alan Silverman is retiring from the company, according to an Oct. 5 news release. Associate General Counsel and Assistant Secretary Matthew Stoloff will serve as interim general counsel after Silverman's retirement until the company finds a replacement.