Lori Openden is stepping down as EVP of Talent and Casting for the CW and retiring after more than 40 years in the business as a casting director and executive. She will be succeeded in the CW head of casting post by her longtime top lieutenant, Dana Theodoratos, currently SVP, Talent and Casting who oversee casting on all of The CW’s series, pilots and original scripted digital programming.

Openden, with Theodoratos by her side, has been at the CW since its launch in 2006, overseeing the network’s slate of pilots and series for the past 14 years. That includes the CW’s DC series, All American, Gossip Girl, Riverdale, Girlfriends, The Game, 90210, The Vampire Diaries and Jane the Virgin, which earned star Gina Rodriguez a Golden Globe, marking the first major acting award for The CW. Both joined from the CW predecessor UPN.

Openden served as SVP, Talent and Casting,

Read More

Target has appointed Maurice Cooper as its newest senior vice president of marketing.

In joining the company, Cooper will directly oversee Target’s marketing operations, overseeing campaigns and promotions across paid, owned and shared media. According to a statement from Target, he will create “plans that are guest-centric, culturally relevant and inclusive to fuel consumer affinity for Target’s brand and grow its business.”

Cooper joins the Minneapolis-based retailer from Wingstop, where he served as the executive vice president and chief growth and experience officer. Before his time at Wingstop, he worked in the marketing departments at Coca-Cola and Intercontinental Hotels Group. He’s also the founder of marketing consulting firm Forward Vision Strategies.

“Having been a longtime fan of this iconic brand, it’s so inspiring to see Target’s transformation and leadership in retail, along with its impressive growth, and continued commitment to better serve its guests,” Cooper said in a statement. “I’m

Read More