Nichols named lead communicator at OWN


Nicole Nichols, senior vp entertainment communications at the Disney-ABC Television Group, has been tapped to head PR efforts at OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network, the joint venture between Discovery Communications and Winfrey's Harpo Prods.

In her new role as senior vp communications and strategy, Nichols will serve as chief spokesperson and develop and implement internal and external communications strategies. She will be a member of the senior team, based in OWN's Los Angeles headquarters starting Monday.

Nichols most recently was responsible for strategic communications efforts for five business units at Disney-ABC, including ABC Entertainment, ABC Daytime, ABC Studios, ABC Family and SoapNet. (partialdiff)