OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network has appointed two executives to key advertising sales positions. Darren Olive will serve as vice president, digital media advertising sales, while Jill Buzas haas been brought on as director, advertising sales for the Midwest Region. Both Olive and Buzas join OWN from positions within Discovery Communications’ ad sales division.
Prior to coming on board, Olive held digital sales positions at Electronic Arts and Universal Group. Buzas comes to OWN after holding advertising sales positions at Landmark Communication and Travel Holiday, before joining Discovery.
“Darren’s keen understanding of the digital ad sales marketplace will be an invaluable resource as we continue to evolve Oprah.com and increase OWN’s digital offerings to clients,” said Kathleen Kayse, OWN executive vice president, advertising sales, in a statement. “Jill’s strong leadership, unmatched deal-making skills and longstanding relationships with Chicago agencies and clients makes her the perfect fit to head OWN’s Chicago office. We’re excited to have them both at OWN, and fulfill our goal of dedicated sales teams in NY, LA and Chicago prior to the network’s launch.”