NEW YORK, March 27, 2013 – Hearst Corporation today announced that Steven R. Swartz, president and chief operating officer of Hearst Corporation, will succeed Frank A. Bennack, Jr., as chief executive officer of the Corporation, effective June 1, 2013. Bennack will continue to serve as executive vice chairman of the Hearst Board of Directors and chairman of the Corporation’s Executive Committee. The announcement was made jointly today by William R. Hearst III, chairman of the Hearst Board, and Bennack, following a meeting of the Hearst Board of Directors. READ MORE »
NEW YORK, January 22, 2013 – Hearst Corporation announced today that William R. Hearst III — a director of the Corporation and trustee of the Hearst Family Trust established under the terms of the will of William Randolph Hearst — has been elected chairman of the Corporation.
Three executives and two members of the Hearst family were also elected to the Corporation’s Board of Directors: Mark E. Aldam, 49, president of Hearst Newspapers; Eve Burton, 54, senior vice president and general counsel, Hearst Corporation; Mitchell I. Scherzer, 50, senior vice president and chief financial officer, Hearst Corporation; Samia B. Staehle, 43, an attorney and great-granddaughter of William Randolph Hearst; and Christian A. Tarafa, 43, former longtime executive at Hearst Magazines UK and great-grandson of William Randolph Hearst.
Hearst Corp. has acquired 50% of NorthSouth Prods., an independent producer of cable non-scripted programming, to form a joint venture. It will be part of Hearst Entertainment & Syndication, run by Scott Sassa, which includes ownership in cable networks A&E, History and ESPN; and a similar joint venture with Mark Burnett’s One Three Media, which has hits The Voice and Shark Tank on the air.
Founded by Charlie DeBevoise and Mark Hickman in 2000, NorthSouth has corporate offices in New York City and Knoxville, Tenn., and production facilities in Atlanta and Los Angeles. It has produced reality series for most major cable networks with a current series portfolio that includes Say Yes To The Dress: Atlanta and Say Yes To The Dress: Bridesmaids on TLC and upcoming hidden camera comedy series Impractical Jokers on truTV. The first season of Lovetown, a co-production with the BBC, just wrapped for OWN.