Net Neutrality: FCC Reclassifies ISPs as Common Carriers (SocialTimes)
After months of planning and political wrangling, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has finally voted on net neutrality rules to reclassify Internet service providers as \"common carriers,\" which means that ISPs are subject to the same rules as other utilities. FishbowlDC It was a 3-2 decision. This vote preserves for now the principle of net neutrality, the idea that Internet service providers should not be able to provide preferential treatment, such as Internet fast lanes to those willing to pay for it, or slow down or block the sites of those who are not willing to pay for faster speeds. Court challenges to the rules are expected. Deadline Supporters say the changes are essential to protect competition as media and communications increasingly reach people via a handful of cable and phone companies — often local monopolies or oligopolies. The Internet \"has redefined commerce and entertainment\" and is \"the ultimate vehicle for free expression,\" FCC chairman Tom Wheeler said. It \"is too important to be left without rules and a referee on the field.\" WSJ The FCC also voted to overrule laws in two states that made it harder for cities to offer their own Web service. Netflix said the day was a win for consumers. Telecom and cable industry groups said the decisions opened the door to heavy-handed regulation that would hurt innovation. The Verge President Obama said, in a statement, that the FCC’s decision “will protect innovation and create a level playing field for the next generation of entrepreneurs.” Adweek Mitchell Baker, executive chairwoman of Mozilla, was optimistic: “This is an enormous step forward in helping us all protect the openness and innovation that has made the online life and the Internet so remarkable to date.” Comcast, which will probably have to radically realign its blueprint for the next few years, issued a fairly imperious statement asserting the exact opposite of Baker’s assessment; that the openness of the Web thus far has entirely been a function of market freedom. The New Yorker It is a substantial achievement for the Obama Administration and Wheeler, and also for the many groups that fought hard for the outcome. But it also is a moment to reflect back on the process over the last year that led here, and figure out why what so many people thought they knew turned out to be wrong.
Zuckerman Seeks Buyer for NY Daily News (Financial Times)
Mort Zuckerman, the billionaire real estate mogul, has hired Lazard to find a buyer for the New York Daily News, the tabloid newspaper he has owned since 1993. FishbowlNY Zuckerman began by explaining that although he had not been in the market, a recent inquiry about interest in selling the paper led him to decide to more formally look into the possibility. Capital New York “I have not come to this decision easily,” Zuckerman wrote to staff Thursday. “But I believe the immense hard work in turning the business around in an extremely challenging period for the industry, has put the Daily News in as strong a position than it has ever been, particularly online.” WSJ With splashy photos, screaming headlines and a tabloid format that appeals to subway commuters, the Daily News has long had a prominent place in New York’s media scene, offering up a mix of political, celebrity and sports news. It has been engaged for decades in a cutthroat battle for supremacy with the New York Post, which is owned by News Corp. Both papers have struggled financially. NYT The Daily News’ print and digital circulation was 427,452 on weekdays and 558,057 on Sundays for the six months ending in September, the most recent figures available, according to the Alliance for Audited Media. The Post had a circulation of 497,878 during the week and 454,007 on Sunday, by the same measure.
Jay Carney to Amazon (Politico)
Former White House press secretary Jay Carney joins Amazon on Monday as senior vice president for Worldwide Corporate Affairs. The new position brings the e-commerce giant’s worldwide public relations and public policy shops into one department under Carney. PRNewser The company’s PR chief Craig Berman and VP of public policy (aka top lobbyist) Paul Misener will report to Carney and he will report directly to Jeff Bezos himself. Mashable Carney, a former Moscow correspondent for Time magazine, stepped down from his post as White House press secretary last May and was at one point rumored to be considering taking a top PR job at Apple. He later joined CNN as a political commentator in September, a role that he is now said to be forfeiting for Amazon. Mediaite Carney isn’t the only former Obama official to take a job in Silicon Valley: David Plouffe, a campaign manager in 2008 and 2012, recently took a job at Uber as its \"campaign manager.\"
Greg Gutfeld Leaving Red Eye for New FNC Show (TVNewser)
Fox News Channel has announced that Greg Gutfeld will be leaving Red Eye to host a new one-hour weekend primetime show. Gutfeld will sign off from Red Eye Friday night, hosting his final episode of the late-night show at 3 a.m. ET. Capital New York Gutfeld will continue on The Five, and will make regular appearances on The O’Reilly Factor. A rotating slate of guest hosts will fill in on Red Eye after Gutfeld’s last show. The show in development, which does not have a name or timeslot, will highlight “Gutfeld’s whimsical nature and political satire,” according to the announcement from Fox. It will also “focus on his strong libertarian values and social commentary.” Variety Prior to joining FNC, Gutfeld was a staff writer at Prevention and editor-in-chief of Men’s Health magazine. He later became the editor-in-chief of Stuff. Gutfeld led Maxim in the U.K. and was a contributor to the Huffington Post. He is the author of several books, including The Bible of Unspeakable Truths, The Joy of Hate and most recently Not Cool: The Hipster Elite And Their War on You.
The Walking Dead Powers AMC Networks’ Q4, Full-Year Earnings (Variety)
The Walking Dead drove a nearly 25 percent gain in advertising revenue at AMC Networks in the fourth quarter, powering the cable group’s earnings and revenue well past Wall Street’s expectations. AMC Networks said Thursday that fourth quarter ad revenue at its five U.S. cablers grew 24.3 percent to $255 million, led by AMC, which saw more record ratings from the first half of the zombie drama’s fifth season in October-November. WSJ / CMO Today Excluding gains from a recently acquired stake in BBC America, ad growth was in the mid-teens. Executives also highlighted demand for other shows like IFC’s Portlandia and BBC America’s Doctor Who and Orphan Black as contributors to the company’s ad growth in a soft advertising marketplace. Deadline The programming company reported net income of $77.62 million, up 119 percent versus the last three months of 2013, on revenues of $609.4 million, up 40 percent. Analysts expected the top line to hit $602.4 million. Earnings from continuing operation, at $1.06 a share, beat Wall Street’s target for 99 cents.
Sony Pictures Fires Digital Chief Bob Osher (Variety)
Sony Pictures Digital president Bob Osher, who oversaw Sony Animation and Imageworks for the past seven years, has been fired, according to knowledgeable sources. THR The move was months in the making and likely not a surprise to astute Sony watchers. That it happened the same week as Tom Rothman taking the reins from fired Amy Pascal shows that Sony is in full housecleaning mode. Osher had been with the studio since 2004. Deadline In emails leaked out from the massive hacking of Sony in November, the now recently re-upped Michael Lynton hinted to Pascal that Osher should be departing. Osher, the former co-president of production at Miramax, already had seen his realm reduced when Kristine Belson was brought in as president of Sony Pictures Animation last month.
Is Controversy Helping Bill O’Reilly? (TVNewser)
Bill O’Reilly has been putting up monster numbers since being accused of exaggerating his experience as a reporter decades ago. The O’Reilly Factor averaged 705,000 viewers in the key adult 25-54 demo Wednesday night, easily his best demo performance of 2015. THR The last time O’Reilly pulled such a big number was during the riots in Ferguson, Miss., in November. He was up 62 percent in the demo compared to the same day last year and 24 percent to the same day last week. Among total viewers, he brought in a relatively steady 3.08 million viewers.
Meet The Press Gets A Taste of Victory (Politico / Dylan Byers on Media)
NBC’s Meet The Press has achieved its first ratings victory since Chuck Todd took over as moderator. The Feb. 22 broadcast brought in 3,271,000 total viewers and 907,000 viewers in the 25- to 54-year-old demo. That put it in the top spot for total and the top spot for the demo when rated by the full hour. Deadline That said, ABC’s This Week beat Meet The Press in the news demo for the February sweep — the first time that’s happened in 22 years. The ABC Sunday Beltway show turned in its strongest sweep performance in the news demo in six years, and its smallest news demo gap against the frontrunner, CBS’ Face The Nation, during a February ratings derby in four years.
Fox News Calls Out Eric Holder for Skipping Network in Exit Interviews (Mediaite)
Attorney general Eric Holder is conducting exit interviews with many major news outlets — CNN, ABC, NBC, CNN and Politico – but not Fox News. Fox News executive vice president Michael Clemente released this statement on Holder overlooking Fox: \"The attorney general’s decision does a deep disservice to America’s largest cable news audience and the interests of a free press.\" FishbowlDC The news does not come as a complete shocker, considering the less than friendly relations that exist between Holder and Fox News. Politico / Dylan Byers on Media In his statement, Clemente suggested that Holder’s decision may have been influenced by the Justice Department’s investigation of James Rosen, a Fox News reporter. In 2013, The Washington Post reported that the DOJ had labeled Rosen and “co-conspirator” in a leak probe and monitored his emails, phone records, and comings and goings at the State Department.
Rajiv Chandrasekaran Leaves WaPo for New Seattle Venture (FishbowlDC)
Longtime Washington Post senior correspondent and associate editor Rajiv Chandrasekaran is headed west to Seattle, where he will launch a media startup.
Bloomberg TV to Launch Canadian Channel (TVNewser)
Bloomberg TV is going north. Bloomberg TV Canada will launch later this year with studios in the heart of Toronto’s financial district in a partnership with Canadian media company Channel Zero.
FBN Already Gives Strange Inheritance A Spin-Off Show (TVNewser)
Strange Inheritance With Jamie Colby has been a big hit for Fox Business Network, premiering as the network’s highest-rated show launch ever. Only one month later, the network is launching a spin-off show.
TiVo, Others Buy Scraps of Aereo at Bankruptcy Auction (WSJ)
Aereo Inc., the defunct TV-streaming service that once promised to revolutionize the way consumers watch network television, was sold for parts this week to TiVo Inc. and other buyers at a bankruptcy auction.
Fox Networks Group Appoints TrueX CEO to Leadership Role (THR)
Two months after 21st Century Fox acquired advertising technology firm TrueX, the company’s founder and CEO is taking an in-house role at the company. Joe Marchese has joined Fox Networks Group as president of advanced advertising products.
Paramount Confirms Adam Goodman’s Exit, Begins Search for Successor (THR)
Paramount Film Group president Adam Goodman is officially out. In a memo sent to staff Thursday afternoon, Paramount chairman and CEO Brad Grey confirmed Goodman’s exit and said a search for his replacement is underway.
Let’s ring the journalism bell for the following Washington Post obituary lede crafted by Megan McDonough:
The secret to value investing is holding onto underpriced stocks for a long time until they reach their true value. Few people were in a position to follow through as literally as Irving Kahn, who until his death on February 24 at 109 was Wall Street’s oldest stockbroker and presumed to be the world’s oldest active investment professional.
The span of this man’s career was truly staggering, starting with a very briefly held entry-level job on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange dating back to a few months before the 1929 crash. McDonough fills out the item with a nice round-up of previous interview quotes, including this hilarious snippet:
To generate new investment ideas, Kahn said, he read at least two newspapers daily and high-tech scientific journals. \"I read no fiction, no mystery stories and no sex novels,\" he said in 2010. \"So, that leaves a lot of time for science.\"
As well as a brisk morning and evening walk. Until the age of 102, when weather allowed, Kahn was making the 20-block commute from his Upper East Side home to the Kathn Brothers Group Inc. offices on Madison Avenue by foot. RIP.[Image via: kahnbrothers.com]
We will forever be grateful to the gang at tennis.com for foregoing a BuzzFeed-style Top 50 list to celebrate the half-century mark of Tennis magazine. Instead, every Thursday across this entire year, they are going in-depth to revisit a seminal event intersecting with their publication’s 1965-2015 history. This week’s article is both an ace down the middle and a resonant read post-Patricia Arquette acceptance speech.
As senior writer Steve Tignor explains, the late 1960s were a time of complete tennis-gender inequality. When Billie Jean King decided to do something about a 1970 summer tournament where the men’s top prize money was eight times that of the amount designated for the female champion, she got some critical help from Phillip Morris and another member of the tennis magazine fraternity: World Tennis magazine publisher (and New York City native) Gladys Heldman. From the article:
Heldman, her lawyer’s genes kicking in, crafted an ingenious way out of the impasse. She signed the nine players who were willing to risk suspension to a nominal $1 \"personal service\" contract with World Tennis. This made them \"contract pros,\" which in turn made Houston an all-professional event, which in turn took it out of the USLTA’s jurisdiction. The USLTA went ahead and suspended the players, but the tournament went on as planned. At the same time, Heldman set up two more events and extended her players’ contracts.
In Houston, King, Rosie Casals, Kristy Pigeon, Nancy Richey, Val Ziegenfuss, Judy Tegart Dalton, Kerry Melville Reid and Peaches Bartkowicz posed for a now-iconic photograph while waving dollar bills. With late-entrant Julie Heldman, they became known as the Houston 9. Julie’s mother, Gladys, posed with them in her customary sunglasses. Women tennis players, it seemed, could be pros. They could even be outlaws.
The following year, thanks to the 1970 Virginia Slims Invitational and the dawn of women’s professional tennis, King became the first female player to earn over $100,000 in a year.
SocialTimes: Facebook Messenger, the app Facebook forced upon users, has an update. You will download it. You will download it. You will download it.
GalleyCat: We bet you can’t guess what the cover of The Day The Crayons Came Home looks like.
TVNewser: Bloomberg is launching a Canadian TV channel, eh?
Eric Gillin arrived at the newly relaunched Epicurious.com as director of product in September 2012. Two years later, he was promoted to executive director of Condé Nast’s online destination for passionate home cooks. In this role, his first order of business was a major redesign, unveiled earlier this month and complete with new content packages, partnerships with networks like The Weather Channel and an in-the-works collaboration with Apple on its highly anticipated Watch. “A lot of people worked super hard for the last 10 months to make [the relaunch] a reality so [it] has been just thrilling,” he said.
Gillin brings an editorial sensibility (having had editor stints at Esquire.com and Maxim, among other pubs) to product development, as well as an evident passion for the work.
Here, he talks about the new site, career lessons and his favorite place to eat in the city.
Eric Gillin: The main goal of the redesign was to turn Epicurious from a recipe database into the kind of content destination that home cooks want to visit every single day. The way we went about doing that is by being everywhere a home cook is, which meant responsive design with mobile tablet desktop. It meant big beautiful pictures. It also meant decluttering, to put a lot more focus on the amazing recipes that we’re known for, and a lot of the new content we’re doing. We hired a whole new editorial staff. We have a staff photographer, we have a test kitchen, and we’re really working very hard every day to deliver on that value promise editorially, as well as from a product perspective.
FBNY: What are some of those new content pieces?
Gillin: One of them is called Frankenrecipe, where we cook five different recipes and take the best parts of each so we have a Frankenrecipe for, say, cinnamon buns, and we take the topping from one, and the dough from the other, and the icing from a third, and we create the world’s greatest recipe out of that.
We had a piece of launch content that was hugely successful called ‘57 Things You Can Do to Be a Better Cook Right Now,’ and it’s that kind of service-driven approach. It’s really useful. We had a wonderful story about how to use a kitchen towel as a blender. Little things that, I think, if you like to cook at home, it gets you excited to be in the kitchen, and it’s one of those types of things where you say, ‘Wow! I didn’t know that.’
On the product side, we’re playing a lot with personalization. We’re going to be doing something for the Apple Watch, which is pretty exciting. We’re an agile shop so we’re rolling out improvements all the time whether they make a press release or not. Every single day that people come back to Epicurious it’s going to get better and better. We do have huge things ahead. I probably said too much with Apple Watch, but everyone knows that’s coming out and of course we’re going to be on it.
We also have a really wonderful kind of feature on the site right now called the ‘Food Forecast.’ The Weather Channel has enabled it using an amazing API called ‘Weather Effects’ that’s really powerful, and we were able to map some types of recipes to the weather so that when it’s cloudy out you get some snacks and pick-me-ups, and when it’s super cold out we have some nice warming chili and slow-cooked recipes for you.
FBNY: In your career, you’ve worked in both editorial and product management. What are some lessons you’ve learned that you’re applying to your current position?
Gillin: Sometimes as a product person you may want to get something done and kind of ignore the small details, but the editorial mindset maintains that high quality and really getting the little things right [matter]. So, I’ve always felt really good that I kind of understand what editors need, whether that’s a second line on a headline, or that the entire deck needs to be shown and you just can’t truncate it because it doesn’t quite fit the design. I really do apply an editorial mindset to product development so we can tell the kinds of stories we want to tell in the way we want to tell them, without those weird tradeoffs that might render something unreadable or unclear or just plain not fun. I do think I’ve been able to give that attention to detail to the product world.
FBNY: What’s your favorite thing to cook?
Gillin: My favorite thing to cook is this roast chicken dish. It’s a little complex and my wife has to leave the kitchen when I cook it, but it’s amazing. Basically you take a four-pound broiler chicken, fryer chicken. I like Kosher chicken for superstitious reasons, but organic is great too, and you debone it. And this is why my wife has to leave the room. You debone the whole thing, except for the wing joint, and what you’re left with is a really lovely breast and a really lovely deboned thigh and leg that is wrapped in skin. You can take a cast iron skillet and you can cook it on both sides for five minutes and then put it in a 450-degree oven and what you’re left with after 20 minutes is a super juicy chicken that you can cut straight into. It cooks really fast. [When I make it] everyone’s kind of blown away. They start to cut into it thinking that it’s got bones in it, and once they realize it has no bones… they’re just digging in like crazy. It’s really delicious.
FBNY: What’s your favorite New York City restaurant?
Gillin: My favorite one is Bianca, a locals’ joint. It’s on Bleecker and Bowery. A small grandma Italian place. It’s where my wife took me on our second or third date, and it’s her place. That’s why I love it so much. The menu has not changed in about eight years, 10 years. The prices are super cheap. I mean we’re talking, you can get yourself a great piece of salmon with garlicky spinach, and roast potatoes for $12 maybe, and George, who’s at the door, is the sweetest man ever. They’ll let you wait for a table next door and let you get a glass of wine at Von. It’s the kind of place that likes no muss, no fuss. It’s unheralded. It doesn’t show up on lists, but — I just gave you my secret so hopefully it won’t get too crowded.
This interview has been edited for length and clarity.
Fortune has made five additions and promoted five staffers. New hires are first, followed by promotions.Leena Rao is joining as senior writer. She comes to the magazine from Google Ventures. Prior to her time at Google Ventures, Rao was managing editor for TechCrunch. Matthew Heimer has also been named a senior editor. He most recently served a senior editor at MarketWatch. Kristen Bellstrom is yet another senior editor. Bellstrom comes to the magazine from Money, where she served as a senior editor. Robert Hackett has been named a writer for Fortune.com. Hackett most recently worked for the TED Conferences. Also joining Fortune.com is Christina Austin. She’ll serve as a producer. Austin previously worked for Business Insider and The Huffington Post.
Promotions:Adam Lashinsky has been promoted to assistant managing editor and editorial director of Brainstorm Tech. Roger Parloff has been named an editor-at-large. Beth Kowitt has been promoted to senior writer. Anne VanderMey has been upped to associate editor. Erika Fry has been promoted to writer. Chris Tkaczyk has expanded his senior editor role to include managing franchise lists for the magazine and website.
The Financial Times article byline shows four names, reflecting just how big a media story this is. The New York Daily News, which has recently been refashioning itself in the mode of a MailOnline, Web-driven type enterprise, is on the auction block.
Mort Zuckerman, owner since 1993, has hired the firm of Lazard to gauge potential interest. From the report by Henny Sender in Berlin, James Fontanella-Khan, Matthew Garrahan and Gary Silverman:
One person close to the process said talks were at a preliminary stage and a sale was not guaranteed.
A spokesman for Mr. Zuckerman declined to comment. Lazard did not return a call requesting comment.
The FT crew got hold of the memo to Daily News staff from Zuckerman. Click over to the article to read, but essentially, in it, Zuckerman began by explaining that although he had not been in the market, a recent inquiry about interest in selling has led him to look into the possibility further.
The paper was founded in1919 and, per figures quoted by the reporters, is currently the seventh most read print daily in the U.S.[Image via: lazard.com]
Bloomberg Media CEO Justin Smith has shared some interesting thoughts on platforms, how Bloomberg relies on print and more. Below are some highlights from Digiday’s interview.
On publishers leaning too hard on outside platforms:
Publishers need to be extremely careful, but the solution is relatively simple. You need to embrace technology and data and make those a — if not the — central pillar of the business. That requires a talent and cultural shift that is massive. Publishers need to produce a more competitive product.
On how print fits into Bloomberg’s overall strategy:
It depends on the community. We’ll be building multiplatform brand families around Bloomberg Pursuits and Bloomberg Markets, and will likely do the same around others. We’re looking serious at technology. Obviously, that’s one where print might be a less likely choice.
On working with Michael Bloomberg:
He’s very intense and data-driven and demanding, but has a good sense of humor, which can break the ice in that intensity.
A couple Revolving Door items for you this afternoon, involving Veranda and CNBC.com. Details are below.Veranda has named Deena Schacter luxury director and Katie Tomlinson home furnishings manager. Schacter most recently served as ad director for Glamour. Tomlinson joined Veranda last year from Marie Claire. Both Schacter and Tomlinson will report to Katie Brockman, Veranda’s associate publisher. Tom Anderson has joined CNBC.com as a personal finance writer and editor. He most recently freelanced for a variety of publications, including Forbes and Wired.
Welcome back to another edition of FishbowlNY’s weekly Cover Battle. This round we have Maxim versus Newsweek.
Maxim’s latest cover features a classy, sophisticated and interesting photo that likely resulted in thousands of Maxim readers unsubscribing.
Newsweek went a slightly different direction with its cover. Here is North Korea’s Kim Jong Un reimagined as a James Bond villain. He fits the part, right? If you ask us, the rocket is nice, but it’s the hair that seals the deal.
So readers, which cover is better? You can vote, comment, or do both.
Brad Gerick, director of social media for the New York Daily News, has four very powerful additional reasons to look forward to Wednesday, March 25. As part of his paper’s Innovation Lab ongoing \"Conversations\" series, he will that evening be moderating a discussion with Mashable CEO Pete Cashmore, Yahoo head of audience development Alex Leo, The Intercept’s digital engagement editor Rubina Madan Fillion and New York Times associate director of audience development Mat Yurow.
Per usual, the admission price at less than $20 is a steal. From the event and tickets purchase page:
For “Social Media in the Age of Algorithms,” we will be focusing on how publishers are handling the effect of algorithms on referral traffic, specifically social media. Our panelists will discuss and debate their thoughts on what lies ahead for them and for the industry as a whole.
The panel is scheduled for 6:30-7:30 p.m., with networking receptions preceding and following. See you there! Meanwhile, below is some recent video on another strand of the Innovation Lab’s great work.
[Image via: lab.nydailynews.com]
Never mind the tasteless Daily Mail headline “<a href="http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2968685/Danish-magazine-forced-apologise-outrage-decision-feature-shockingly-model-latest-issue.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter" target="_"Give That Girl Some Bacon...” Anorexia, and the perception thereof, are serious issues.
The furor involves 16-year-old Danish model Lululeika Ravn Liep. Even though her reps insist she is not anorexic, a photo of her in the latest issue of Cover magazine gave that impression to many, sparking Twitter and Reddit outrage. As a result, the magazine’s EIC Malene Malling has felt the need to apologize via Facebook. Per a report on news.com.au:
I have not lived up to my responsibility as a publisher, woman and mother and am truly sorry. At Cover, we have, in all the years, worked to show an expanded beauty ideal. To show that you can be beautiful in various ages and various sizes. We have always sought to work with healthy girls. Just two months ago we had plus-size model Diana Graham on the front of the Cover, so it is certainly a subject we focus on.
The hashtag is somewhat confusing, in that Lululeika is not on the cover. That’s just, again, the name of the Danish magazine inside which she can be found. Per that Daily Mail report:
Her agency Scoop have been quick to defend her saying: ‘The model is in a bad time in her life after losing two members of her family.
“So we ask that all comments are made with respect and without calling [her] sick, because it is not.”
Here’s the Reddit thread: “Corpse or Model?”[Photo via: @BennyEngelbrech]
The New York Post has promoted Remy Stern from digital managing editor to chief digital officer, a new role at the paper. Stern joined the Post in 2012 after stints with Gawker and Radar.
In a memo obtained by Capital New York, Post publisher Jesse Angelo credited Stern with advancing the paper’s digital properties:
Since we oriented ourselves towards a digital-first newsroom, redesigned our sites and launched the Post Digital Network 18 months ago, we have seen success unparalleled by any publisher in the United States. Our ComScore uniques have gone from 10m to nearly 30m in December. That is due to a lot of hard work by everyone, but it would not have been possible without Remy’s leadership, strategic vision, and hands-on approach to product and infrastructure.
Ad Age reports that the iWatch ads will feature all three versions of the product — the steel standard model, the sport edition and the gold-plated luxury model — set against white backgrounds. The pages didn’t come cheap — Vogue charges $189,888 for a single page, though it might have received a discount for buying so many.
Placing 12 ads in the all-important March issue of Vogue is obviously Apple’s way of getting consumers to view the iWatch as a fashion statement, rather than an ugly, frivolous device that duplicates smartphone features.
Fortunately for Apple, nothing gets Americans more excited than a chance to waste money on things we don’t need.
(Images: Ad Age/Vogue)
Well that was quick. One day after we reported that former New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson was shopping a new book, Simon & Schuster has signed her to a deal. According to the New York Post, the price was about $1 million.
Abramson’s new book — her third — will address how legacy media companies can flourish among newer, digital-only rivals.
“I’ve been a front-line combatant in the news media’s battles to remain the bedrock of an informed society,” Abramson said in a statement to the Post. “Now, I’m going to wear my reporter’s hat again to tell the full drama of that story in a book, focusing on both traditional and new media players in the digital age.”
Early word is chapter one of the book will be titled “Don’t Fire Good Executive Editors.”
HBO is on the hunt for talented writers from “diverse backgrounds” (middle class white dudes probably need not apply) for its HBOAccess Writing Fellowship. Applications will be accepted starting March 4, and don’t be late. HBO is cutting off submissions once it receives 1,000.
If you’re lucky enough to make the cut, HBO is going to make it worth your time. Selected writers will attend a week-long set of classes at HBO’s campus in Santa Monica. The courses will focus on everything a fledgling TV/movie writer needs: how to develop characters and stories, how to pitching ideas and projects, the best way to secure an agent, and how to network without annoying people.
The classes sound great, but they’re just the beginning:
Each participant will then enter into an 8-month writing phase where he/she will be paired with an HBO development executive and guided through the script development process. At the conclusion of the program, HBO will hold a reception and staged reading for industry professionals where the writers will be introduced to the entertainment industry.
If this sounds like something you’d be interested in, click through to learn more about the process. And good luck!
Al Jazeera Journalists Arrested in Paris for Flying A Drone (WSJ)
Three journalists for Al Jazeera were arrested in the French capital Wednesday after flying a drone in a park on the western edge of the city, a spokeswoman for the Paris prosecutor’s office said. The Associated Press / The Big Story The arrests came after unidentified drones flew over the Eiffel Tower and key Paris landmarks for a second night running. It’s further baffled French authorities who are investigating a spate of unidentified flying objects in the Paris skies at a time of high security across the country. The Guardian The prosecutor’s office said the three foreign nationals, aged 70, 54 and 36 were taken into custody on Wednesday afternoon after police spotted the drone flying in the Bois de Boulogne woods in western Paris. They can be held for a maximum of 24 hours under French law. Flying drones without a license in France is illegal and carries a maximum one-year prison sentence and a €75,000 (£55,000) fine. Mediaite Police say no link has been yet discovered between the three journalists’ drones and the mysterious nighttime flights. Parisian authorities are especially cautious following the recent terrorist attacks against the Charlie Hebdo office and a kosher deli two months ago, not to mention some still-unsolved drone sightings above nuclear plants last fall and outside the Elysee Palace, the president’s residence, last month. NBC News Al Jazeera later said on Twitter that the three “have been held by police in Paris while filming a report on the city’s recent mystery drones.”
Adam Goodman on His Way Out at Paramount (TheWrap)
Adam Goodman is on his way out as president of Paramount Film Group, multiple individuals familiar with the situation have said. \"The studio is currently reviewing its creative organization,\" said an individual familiar with the studio’s thinking. THR Goodman has a year left on his contract but won’t survive much longer. While the studio hasn’t necessarily suffered a major financial box office bomb of late, Paramount chairman-CEO Brad Grey and vice chairman Rob Moore apparently aren’t satisfied with the controls on production costs, according to a source with ties to the studio. “They keep going over budget,” an insider said. Variety Goodman has been at the studio since 2008 and played a vital role in shepherding a number of key projects to the screen, such as their recent Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot, Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol and the Paranormal Activity franchise. Last summer brought about Transformers: Age of Extinction, the highest-grossing film at the global box office. However, Paramount has scaled back the number of films it produces annually, which has caused its market share to shrink. Last year, it had the sixth largest share of the overall domestic box office pie, behind its major studio rivals. LA Times / Company Town Viacom, Paramount’s parent, last month told Wall Street that it plans widespread restructuring that will lead to job cuts. It was unclear whether Goodman’s departure is related to cost-cutting at the company. Viacom has been grappling with lower ratings at its key television networks, including MTV, Comedy Central and Nickelodeon, and company executives are intent on reducing expenses. The Viacom filmed entertainment unit reported a $60 million operating loss in the October-December 2014 quarter on $720 million in revenue.
Defenders, Detractors Keep Bill O’Reilly in The Headlines (Media Matters)
Bill O’Reilly has claimed repeatedly that he witnessed the execution of nuns while reporting in 1981 on the civil war in El Salvador, an apparent fabrication that is at odds with both history and what O’Reilly himself has said about arriving in the country after the event took place, according to new information unearthed by Media Matters. The Fox host has faced withering scrutiny from historians, former colleagues and others for having exaggerated his claims of being in a “combat situation” during the Falklands War. TVNewser Meanwhile, the Daily Beast’s Lloyd Grove talked with several defenders of the bombastic Fox News host, while the Washington Post’s Paul Farhi talked with a communications expert about how the whole mess may be viewed inside Fox News. The network released a statement that \"Chairman & CEO Roger Ailes and all senior management are in full support of O’Reilly.\" HuffPost The Fox host also said during a 2009 interview on WVVH-TV’s American Dream show that he arrived in El Salvador “right after” the murders. “O’Reilly could not possibly have witnessed the murder of the churchwomen if his own timeline is to be believed,” Media Matters argued. Mediaite Media Matters has authored a new petition calling for him to be punished in the same way NBC News disciplined Brian Williams earlier this month. The petition, which is being hosted by MoveOn.org and already has nearly 10,000 signatures, calls on Fox to \"hold Bill O’Reilly accountable for deceiving viewers about his ‘combat zone’ experience.\"
Nickelodeon Unveils Subscription Service for Preschoolers at Upfront (Adweek)
Starting March 5, Nickelodeon will debut a streaming service for TV’s smallest viewers: Noggin, a preschool-targeted, ad-free app that will stream reruns. Ad Age The service will cost $5.99 per month and will be available for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch starting March 5. It will feature on-demand long- and short-form educational series and preschool music videos, all without ads. B&C The kids unit of Viacom said the over-the-top service will also be offered to authenticated subscribers of its current distributors. Noggin will have long- and short-form content including material from the Viacom library such as Blue’s Clues, Little Bear and Ni Hao, Kai-Lan.
Starz Fourth-Quarter Earnings, Subscribers Rise (THR)
Premium TV company Starz, in which Lionsgate recently agreed to take a stake, on Wednesday reported improved fourth-quarter earnings and subscriber figures. The company, led by CEO Chris Albrecht, posted quarterly earnings of $77.4 million, compared with $72.5 million, or $80 million in earnings attributable to stockholders, compared with $73.3 million in the year-ago period. The results exceeded Wall Street expectations. Variety Albrecht talked up the mutually beneficial potential of its new relationship with Lionsgate following a stock swap deal orchestrated this month by Starz’s dominant shareholder, John Malone. Malone swapped a 14.5 percent stake in Starz in exchange for a seat on the Lionsgate board. On Starz’s quarterly earnings call Wednesday, Albrecht predicted that Starz and Lionsgate would look for ways to work together on programming and other initiatives now that they are \"cousins\" through the Malone connection. \"Maybe we’ll even be kissing cousins,\" Albrecht said. TheStreet “The people who have reported that [Malone] has a growing and new appreciation for content are probably seeing some of the same things that I’m seeing,” Albrecht said. “I think that as distribution aligns, it’s important for content makers to align — whether that means companies merge or whether they partner.” On Wednesday, shares of Starz rose 5.1 percent to $33.20, extending their advance this year to 12 percent.
ABC News Adds to National Security Team With John Cohen (TVNewser)
In the morning editorial meeting Wednesday, ABC News president James Goldston announced the addition of John Cohen as a contributor covering national security, counter-terrorism and law enforcement. FishbowlDC Cohen has plenty of national security experience, as he was a senior policy adviser to former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney, as well as former Arizona governor Janet Napolitano.
Daily News Staffer Is Poynter’s Next Chief Media Correspondent (FishbowlNY)
When James Warren joins Poynter in April as the institute’s new chief media correspondent, he will continue to write for the New York Daily News on Sundays as a contributing editor. He is currently the paper’s Washington, D.C. bureau chief. Poynter / MediaWire Warren is a former managing editor and Washington bureau chief of the Chicago Tribune. Warren was also a media columnist for the Tribune and a television analyst on MSNBC, Fox News, CNN and Al Jazeera America. In his new role, Warren will be the lead media news reporter for Poynter covering breaking news and writing in-depth stories on major issues. He will also write the Morning MediaWire, Poynter’s newsletter roundup of media news.
Magazine Newsstand Sales Stabilize (FishbowlNY)
According to MagNet’s latest study, magazine sales have somewhat recovered from the loss of distributor Source Interlink Distribution. For 4Q 2014, single-copy magazine sales from the top 15 publishers were down 9 percent compared to the same period in 2013. WWD / Memo Pad Newsstand sales for magazines fell 11 percent in 2014, but those losses have slowed, as the supply chain has begun to stabilize. Publishers such as Time Inc. and American Media Inc. were harmed the least, with respective sales dips of 3.4 percent and 2.8 percent. Publishers hit the hardest included Hearst with an 18.8 percent decrease, followed by Condé Nast (down 14.8 percent), Wenner Media (down 13.7 percent), Rodale (down 12.8 percent) and Meredith (down 10 percent).
Cablevision Grows Earnings, Loses Subscribers in Fourth Quarter (THR)
Cablevision Systems on Wednesday reported improved fourth-quarter financials as it continued to lose pay TV and telephony subscribers. Cablevision lost 34,000 pay TV subscribers in the fourth quarter after a third-quarter loss of 56,000. The company ended 2014 with 2.68 million video subscribers and 3.12 million overall subscribers. WSJ Liberty Media Corp.’s profit more than doubled in the fourth quarter, boosted by higher membership as well as gains from its cable business spinoff and its ownership stake in satellite-radio provider SiriusXM Holdings Inc. It affirmed its financial projections for the year and expectation of ending the year with an additional 1.2 million subscribers.
Jane Turton Named CEO of Production Firm All3Media (THR)
Jane Turton has been named the new CEO of U.K.-headquartered production firm All3Media, which Discovery Communications and Liberty Global acquired last year. The All3Media board said Thursday that the managing director has been promoted to the CEO role with immediate effect “to lead the global production company into its next phase of growth and creative excellence.”
Top Cable News Shows in February Were… (TVNewser)
Fox News Channel has claimed the top 14 cable news programs in total viewers for 12 consecutive months, dating back to March 2014. FNC also claimed nine out of the top 10 programs in the key adult 25-54 demo for February 2015. The O’Reilly Factor is up 22 percent in the demo compared to the same month last year, and has been No. 1 for 171 consecutive months.
Slate Launches Podcasting Platform (FishbowlNY)
Slate has unleashed the power of its podcasts with the debut of Panoply. Panoply is a semi-open podcasting platform that will allow other companies to access Slate’s podcast resources, including sales, production, and audience development and distribution.
Ad Bigwig Walter Coyle on Why The Oscars Are Still Important (FishbowlNY / Lunch)
I was joined Wednesday by Walter Coyle, president of Pedone Media and Cynthia Lewis, who, because she knows everyone in the media business, suggested we meet.
GigaOM Executive Editor Tom Krazit to Step Down (Poynter / MediaWire)
Tom Krazit, executive editor at GigaOM, is leaving the news organization on Friday, he wrote on Medium Wednesday. Krazit arrived at GigaOM in 2012 after the news organization purchased paidContent parent company ContentNext. He was news editor for more than a year before becoming executive editor in September 2013.
BBC TV Boss Dismisses $155 Million Offer for Youth Network (THR)
The BBC’s director of television Danny Cohen has dismissed a publicized $155 million offer for the corporation’s youth-oriented network BBC Three, which is set to move online.
This week’s episode of As the Condé Nast World Turns, delivered by New York Post senior writer Kirsten Fleming, is mainly about food.
On the plus side, the Condé Nast cafeteria at 1WTC is now open for business, filling the void created by a lack of nearby coffee shops. On the minus side, someone with access to a kitchen shared by Vogue and Architectural Digest employees has a fondness for 4 p.m. microwave popcorn:
\"All of the Vogue team is trying to figure out who is doing it so we can ask that person to stop,\" dishes one staffer, who asked to not be named for professional reasons.
…”People make popcorn and barbecued food. There are high-end clothes and clients coming in. We don’t want it to smell like food,\" adds the Vogue-ette, who joins a chorus of kvetching Condé Nast employees less than enamored with their new digs.
The same tipster has kinder words towards the end of Fleming’s piece about the stunning sunset views afforded by their company’s new 1WTC corporate headquarters. It is at this point in the narrative that Fleming describes her source as “the popcorn-hating Vogue employee.” If that isn’t an Internet meme waiting to happen, we don’t know what is.
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