Wenner Media is betting that video game culture is here to stay with the launch of Glixel, a site that will cover the world of gaming. When Glixel debuts in October, it’ll mark Wenner Media’s first digital-only brand.
For now, those interested in Glixel’s content can sign up for a weekly newsletter. Glixel content will also soon come to Rollingstone.com’s culture vertical.
John Davison, who previously served as CBS Interactive’s vp of programming, will oversee Glixel as its general manager. He and his staff are based in San Francisco.
“Video games are now at the core of pop culture – 155 million Americans play them,” said Wenner Media’s head of digital Gus Wenner, in an announcement. “We’re excited to have the opportunity to engage with the passionate gaming audience through this new platform, and to bring high-quality journalism to the space.”
Ha ha. At New York magazine’s Vulture Festival on Sunday, The Daily Show host Trevor Noah had a great riff on Donald Trump.
Per Claire McCartney’s summary, this really is one of the better visceral descriptions of what The Donald does:
“Trump has mastered the art of moving us onto the next news cycle. He goes, ‘Ted Cruz‘s dad assassinated Kennedy.’ And you’re going, What?! I’m sorry, what just happened? And then he’s like, ‘And I will not release my tax returns.’ Wait, wait, what? And now we’ve forgotten the assassination, and now we’re like, What do you mean you won’t release your tax returns?”
“And he goes, ‘Yeah, I talked to John Miller about this.’ Who’s John Miller? What’s going on? You fake your own interviews?! And now we’ve forgotten about the tax returns. And then you’re like, why John Miller? And now we’re on that thing, and he turns around and goes, ‘Chris Christie, stop eating Oreos.’ And we’re like, Wait, did he just do that? And then while we’re still thinking about that he’s like, ‘Okay we’re gonna have a trade war with China, what’s the worst that could happen?’ And now we’re on this and we haven’t even gotten over the assassination.”
As part of a “State of the Union” discussion with New York magazine writer at large Rembert Browne, Noah also dropped a pointed analogy about, hopefully, how our relationship with Trump the politician will end this fall. It involves nightclubs and the lights come on.
IBT Media has named Dayan Candappa global editor in chief of The International Business Times.
Candappa previously worked for Reuters for more than a decade. During his time there, he served as regional editor for Asia and the Americas, deputy managing editor, global markets editor and more.
IBT Media co-founder and chief content officer Johnathan Davis said bringing Candappa aboard would “push it [International Business Times] to a new level.”
“Dayan is the key to this next step and brings a world of newsroom experience to our talented team,” continued Davis, in a statement. “While great reporting is still core to our mission, we believe Dayan will help us drive even greater modernization of the user experience, more data-driven reporting and will be putting video and social media at the forefront of our strategy.”
Tribune Publishing continues to bat away Gannett’s advances.
Not only did Tribune reject Gannett’s latest offer of $864 million to buy the company, it also announced a $70 million investment from Nant Capital. In a statement, Tribune Publishing CEO Justin Dearborn said Gannett’s offer was “clearly inadequate.” That’s just rude.
Despite the rejection, Tribune announced it would allow Gannett to examine its books, so this thing is far from over.
“We stand ready to work with Gannett to assess whether there is a path forward that will create more value for both sets of shareholders,” continued Dearborn. “We have no preconceived ideas about where these discussions might lead, but the Board is committed to engaging further in an effort to identify potential additional value for the Company’s shareholders.”
Michelle Fields has joined The Huffington Post to cover Donald Trump and his campaign. Fields is most known for filing battery charges against Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski.
In early March, Fields claimed Lewandowski forcibly grabbed her by the arm after a press conference in early March. Fields filed charges against him, but the state attorney declined to prosecute the case. Trump and Lewandowski both denied the incident took place.
Fields, who was a reporter for Breitbart News at the time, quit days after the encounter because she felt the site didn’t support her.
Fields previously worked for The Daily Caller and as a contributor to Fox News.
The sub-headline for Olivia Nuzzi’s May 20 Daily Beast piece reads: ‘I tried to report out a supermarket tabloid story decades later. You’ll probably believe what happened next.’ She’s right; we believed it.
The story first propagated Feb. 18. 1992 by weekly supermarket tabloid The Globe alleges that Bill Clinton is the father of Danney Williams, born in late 1985 to an Arkansas prostitute. Nuzzi rock-skips past Newsmax, ABC, Star magazine, The Drudge Report, The Globe (again, in 2013) and fall 2015 book The Clintons’ War on Women before landing at the bottom of the ripple pond:
On Facebook message, Danney asked for my contact information and said he’d reach out “soon.”
About a month went by, during which time Danney told me that his step-dad passed away. “It’s painful,” he said, “because he stepped up to be my father when my father chose to run. I won’t be available today to due to (sic) this unfortunate event.”
He never did call, though he provided the name of his attorney: George Gates. Every lawyer by that name who I reached, however, had never heard Danney’s name – though one of them was extremely amused.
Then, Danney agreed to provide Gates’s phone number – but this time Danney referred to him as “Gio Gates.”
“He serves as my media agent, so all media contact has to go through him,” Danney said.
Gates never returned multiple calls and voicemails.
While Williams is actively making his case on social media, it seems he chose not to do the same when presented the opportunity by a mainstream media reporter. Nuzzi goes on to highlight a number of other unanswered calls and an intriguing, casual remark made by an employee at Williams’ old high school.
P.S. When Nuzzi brought up with Robert Morrow, co-author of the aforementioned book, a DNA test trumpeted by Star magazine, he told her, “They made it up!”
This past week in Durango, Colo., a 31-year-old man was sentenced to four years probation for his role in a scheme involving stolen photographic reprints. From May 2012 through November 2013, Brandon Donohue took receipt of materials filched by an employee at Steve McCurry Studios in Pennsylvania and resold them through the Open Shutter Gallery. His co-conspirator Bree DeStephano, with whom he split all proceeds, is scheduled for separate sentencing in Pennsylvania June 2.
For McCurry, the famed author of 1985’s award-winning “Afghan Girl” photo, that’s currently the least of his problems. On May 6, website PetaPixel documented digital alterations made to three different McCurry photos. The first image irregularity, visible in the background of a photo shot in Cuba by McCurry during one of four personal trips, was caught by an Italian photographer, Paolo Viglione, who blogged about it in late April. Two other tipsters provided PetaPixel with more prominent examples of apparent digital trickery in separate photos taken abroad.
At press time, McCurry has commented to PetaPixel only about the first of the three images in question. He also spoke to Italian newspapers La Stampa and Republica about the print, in which the bottom of pedestrian’s right leg has been replaced with the cloned base of a street sign. Via PetaPixel:
McCurry said the issue in the Cuba image was, “a change that I would have never authorized,” and “the lab technician who made the mistake does not work with me anymore.”
Notice how this explanation ties in, broadly speaking, with the criminal activity we led off the item with. In other words, at first glance, it seems that while McCurry has been traveling the world to capture images, his employees have run wild at the Pennsylvania studios.
Next weekend, in what should have been a triumphant standalone event for McCurry, the photographer will see the opening of his first solo exhibit in Canada, at a gallery in Montreal. The digital alteration of the Cuba photo is glaring when blown up, but in the original print, it sits distantly in the background. It is to Viglione’s credit that he was able to notice it and spark this whole matter in the first place.
The dozen film critics who make up this year’s Screen International mock Jury at the Cannes Film Festival include The New York Times’ Manohla Dargis, Time’s Stephanie Zacharek and newly arrived L.A. Times staffer Justin Chang. As the event unfolds, each participating critic rates films in competition from zero to four stars.
At the outset of this year’s festival, German comedy Toni Erdmann, the odds-on favorite to win tonight’s Palme d’Or, garnered the highest aggregate rating in the Screen Jury’s 13-year history. The film scored a 3.8, besting the previous record-holder by Mike Leigh, Mr. Turner, which was shown at the 2014 festival.
And heading into this weekend, the Screen Jury piped up again, but at the very opposite end of the scale, giving Sean Penn’s directorial effort The Last Face an 0.2. And that’s with the verdicts of two critics, from France and Thailand, still waiting to be logged. In other words, this number – the lowest ever tabulated by the publication’s Cannes panel – could fall even further.
In 2015, Gus Van Sant’s The Sea of Trees earned an 0.6 from the Screen International Jury. And in 2003, Vincent Gallo’s The Brown Bunny racked up an 0.5 while French film Les Cotelettes registered an 0.3.
“What a good question.”
Those words, uttered earlier this morning by Dan Rather during a two-hour interview with George Noory on syndicated radio program Coast to Coast AM, were in response to the host’s hypothetical about how John F. Kennedy might have fared as a 2016 presidential candidate. “Reporters are so aggressive nowadays,” noted Noory, “and it’s no secret that Kennedy was a womanizer, his administration supported assassinating other government leaders. There’s several people they went after, two of them they got. They tried to get Fidel Castro, did not. Would he make it as a politician today? With his lifestyle?”
Rather thinks yes. “Look at the case of Donald Trump,” he said. “I don’t mean this critically or opposing him, but Trump’s personal history is not the kind of personal history that you’d expect a presidential campaign to have. Since a Donald Trump can make it today, with the baggage that he has, I think that John Kennedy not only would be effective but he would be a tremendous campaigner today, because he wouldn’t have to keep some of these secrets. For example, the womanizing.”
“Remember, Nelson Rockefeller got knocked out of the presidential nomination in 1964 because he was in the process of divorcing,” Rather continued. “And Gary Hart got knocked out in 1986. These days, here we are in the second decade of the 21st century, and that that kind of thing, not only does it not knock you out, but there’s some present evidence that it might even help you.”
“With all of his personal political skills, a John Kennedy, a Ronald Reagan, the kind of candidates who have a certain magic about them. My contention is they would do well at any time, under any circumstance.”
When Noory took a few calls, one listener asked if the Texas newsman, now 84, thinks there was more than one shooter in Dallas in 1963. Rather answered that he believes the evidence is overwhelming that Lee Harvey Oswald was “a shooter and the only shooter.” On the topic of Oswald being part of a larger conspiracy to kill Kennedy, Rather admitted he is open-minded and that evidence may present itself in future years. But at this moment, he feels the weight of the evidence confirms that no one who knew Oswald conspired with the shooter on the assassination.
Rather agreed with Noory’s astonishment at the current presidential campaign, commenting that he’s never seen anything like 2016, dating all the way back to his first coverage of a campaign in 1952. Right down to the fact that Trump and Hillary Clinton have the highest negatives, in combination, of any candidates in modern presidential history. Rather first encountered Clinton and Trump in, respectively, the late 1970s and early 1980s.
“In 2000, Trump was making noises about running for President, and I did a 60 Minutes II report about him which he didn’t like,” Rather recalled. “So things got a bit frosty after that. But I will tell you two things about him. One, Donald Trump is smart. He brags about being smart, and that’s not very attractive. He’ll tell you in a minute how great he is. But he is smart. And he is a strategic thinker.”
“Hillary Clinton is so much different in person from what she projects on TV. In person, she’s a very personable personality. She relates to people very, very well. She listens; she’s a very good listener in person. She is also smart, very smart… She doesn’t project on television anywhere near what she projects in person.”
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Anna Wintour moves protégé Amy Astley into the Architectural Digest editor in chief role. The Teen Vogue EIC replaces Margaret Russell, who will consult on “arts and cultural special projects.” “Amy’s leadership and creativity can be seen in the success of Teen Vogue, which she has built into the influential source of emerging fashion, beauty and culture for young women everywhere,” Wintour said in a statement announcing the news. Teen Vogue, meanwhile, gets a new leadership squad with beauty and health director Elaine Welteroth taking over the top spot, while Phillip Picardi and Marie Suter continue on as digital editorial director and creative director, respectively…
The New York Times hires Elizabeth Spayd as its new public editor. Spayd had been editor and publisher of The Columbia Journalism Review since 2014. (One wonders who will get that job now and how CJR will change.) “Liz is an exceptionally accomplished journalist,” Times publisher Arthur Sulzberger Jr. said in a statement. “Her work at CJR along with her long and successful history at The Washington Post have given her a broad range of experiences that will serve us well as she assumes this critical position serving as a reliable and engaged representative of our readers.”… And there are changes at WNET, Civil Eats and more…
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It’s early in this rewrite news cycle. But at first glance, New York Daily News writer Christopher Brennan today has an early candidate for best lede:
Getting the story is always priority No. 1, but a Phoenix TV reporter seems to have forgotten about No. 2 until it was too late.
The Phoenix New Times headlined on Wednesday that a “CBS 5 Reporter Had a Really Crappy Monday.” That’s the headline we like most at the moment, mainly because of how it ties in the Monday blues.
We also have to give props to website Rolling Out for doubling down on the clickbait. By combining the reporter’s offense with the rather unbelievable story topic that led Lowe to the neighborhood in the first place, they came up with “Reporter Defecates on Front Lawn of Man Who Barbecued Dog.”
The story was first broken by FTV Live. If you run across a lede or headline this weekend that is solid, let us know via email or in the comments.
Photo via: Goodyear, Ariz. police department
Some of Harris Publications might live on after all. In the wake of the publisher shutting down operations, The New York Post reports that companies are looking to buy several Harris titles.
Athlon Media Group is looking to buy the home titles from Harris, including Beach Cottages, Country Collectibles, Decorating Shortcuts, Flea Market Style, Organized Room by Room, Romantic Country and more.
Naturally, Danny Seo and Who’s Who in Baseball also have suitors.
Of course, with Harris Publications shut down, a deal is much easier said than done.
Atlantic Media has promoted three staffers. Details are below.Hayley Romer has been named senior vp and publisher. She most recently served as vp and publisher. Romer joined The Atlantic in 2012. Kim Lau has been promoted to senior vp, digital, and head of business development. Lau previously served as vp and general manager of Atlantic Digital. Betsy Cole has been named executive director, digital product and technology. She previously served as senior product director.
The potential Yahoo buyer who had bid around $8 billion for the internet media giant has come to its collective senses. According to The Wall Street Journal, bids are more likely to be in the $2 to $3 billion range.
The reason that number dropped by so much is that buyers have now had a chance to review Yahoo’s data and finances more thoroughly. Obviously, they didn’t like what they saw.
The next round of bids is expected the first week of June, but not much has changed over the past few weeks. Verizon is still considered the frontrunner, with the Dan Gilbert-Warrent Buffett team coming on as the runner-up.
The Root has named Danielle Belton managing editor. Belton most recently served as an associate editro for the site.
Prior to joining The Root, Belton was the founder and editor of Black Snob. Her work has appeared in The Daily Beast, Essence, The Guardian, The American Prospect, Jezebel, NPR and more.
“From pop culture to politics, Danielle has brought a fresh, insightful perspective to The Root’s daily news coverage,” said Root vp and publisher Donna Byrd, in a statement. “She has an ability to connect with our community on the issues that matter in an authentic, unapologetic voice.”
Time Inc. has hired MaryAnn Bekkedahl and promoted Chris Kammerer.
Bekkedahl joins as president, fashion and luxury. She will oversee InStyle, StyleWatch, Food & Wine, Travel + Leisure and Departures. Bekkedahl previously served as co-founder of Keep Holdings. She also previously spent more than a decade with Rodale.
Kammerer, most recently group publisher of Real Simple, Food & Wine, Cooking Light, Health and My Recipes, has been named president, lifestyle. He’ll add Cozi, Sunset, Coastal Living, Time, Fortune, Money, Essence and Southern Living to his oversight.
Both Bekkedahl and Kammerer report to Time Inc. executive vp Evelyn Webster.
Heads up, sports magazine fans with deep pockets —TEN (The Enthusiast Network) has put Baseball America and Slam up for sale.
According to The New York Post, the investment bank Moelis & Company is handling any deals that are made.
Baseball America publishes bi-weekly and was founded in 1980. TEN purchased the magazine in 2011.
Slam—a basketball magazine—is published monthly. It was founded in 1984, with TEN acquiring a majority stake in 2007.
Hearst Magazines has named Ross Clark vp, general manager of Sweet, the company’s Snapchat-only brand.
Clark was most recently senior director of business development and strategy at Condé Nast Entertainment (CNE). Prior to CNE, Clark worked for NBCUniversal.
“Ross is strategic, analytical and creative — he recognizes opportunities for Sweet’s development and has the experience and relationships to execute on them,” said Hearst Magazines Digital Media president Troy Young, in a statement.