Fusion announced that Jorge Urrutia was hired as vp of digital monetization. He comes from The Huffington Post, where he was vp of operations. Before that, he led the global strategy development team for AOL. At Fusion he’ll work with editorial and technology teams to drive digital revenue across the network’s platforms. Jorge is quite the competitive athlete, we learned. He has run the New York marathon three times, the Miami one once, and he has done around 15 half-Ironmans. Trekking the globe is another pastime. He has lived or spent considerable time in Spain, France, Canada, Israel, Argentina, Italy and the U.S. While in Israel, he taught business and entrepreneurship to Israeli and Palestinian teenagers (together, in fact) under a program called MEET (Middle East Education through Technology). This may not surprise you, but Jorge has also climbed Mount Kilimanjaro. Lastly, this little nugget, which probably will surprise you: He learned to drive and got his driver’s license at age 34. Why then? “Only because I lost a bet to my girlfriend (I lost a tennis match to her–5 sets, 5 hours long).”
Blonder Tongue Laboratories, a company offering digital video solutions to pay-TV and broadband distributors, has tapped Walt Davis as senior director of product management and technical services. He’ll manage product implementation and tech support of the company’s next-gen digital video solutions. Davis comes from Vubiquity, where he managed the company’s linear portfolio of video services for North American and Caribbean operators. Prior to that, he was at SES and served as director of product management and marketing for linear aggregation service IP-Prime. He also worked as product manager for Cavalier Telephone’s MPEG-4 IPTV service in Richmond, VA. Walt says he is a sportsman, with a love of tennis, golf and all types of fishing. He is a fanatic for all Philly sports teams as well as a “self-appointed Australian wine snob.”
Scott Porter has returned to Turner Broadcasting as svp, human resources, corporate, after spending seven years with Taylor English Duma LLP, a full-service law firm. Porter will head up human resources strategy and execution alongside senior leaders of corporate communications, finance and accounting, global technology and operations, legal, research and Turner Media Group. At Taylor English Duma LLP, he was an equity partner in the labor and employment practice group. Prior to that, he was counsel and senior counsel for eight years in the Turner legal department. There he advised CNN and other divisions on employment law-related matters, such as employee, executive and on-air talent contracts.
AMC has upped Melissa Wasserman to svp of client solutions and integrated marketing. Her new responsibilities include overseeing staff who create client solutions for the network and marketing programming to the advertising community. Prior to joining AMC in 2007, she was vp of marketing and activation for CBS Radio. She also worked at various marketing agencies and held marketing roles at Viacom, such as director of consumer marketing for VH-1 and manager of affiliate marketing and consumer marketing at MTV.