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Time Inc. Names Marketing Exec

Wed, 06/08/2016 - 19:30

Time Inc. has named Leslie Dukker Doty executive vp, consumer marketing and revenue. Doty most recently served as Trusted Media Brands’ CMO. 

Prior to her time with Trusted Media, Doty worked for CVS Health, MasterCard and SunTrust Bank.

“Leslie’s expertise in direct marketing optimization as well as her ability to leverage consumer data and analytics to effectively market and grow new customer acquisition and retention will be strong assets for Time Inc.,” said Time Inc. CEO Joe Ripp, in a statement. “I am confident that Leslie will help facilitate the acceleration of consumer revenue growth and energize our brand franchises as we continue to transition our business.”

Doty will report to Ripp. 

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Bill Simmons Is Ready for His HBO Close-Up

Wed, 06/08/2016 - 18:45

THRBillSimmonsCoverThere are a number of standout quotes in this week’s cover story by Lacey Rose for our sister publication The Hollywood Reporter.

Looking back at the way ESPN handled things this time last spring, Bill Simmons suggests that “you would think I played grab-ass with some makeup assistant or something.” Then there’s this astute framing of Simmons’ weekly half-hour HBO talk show Any Given Wednesday, which premieres June 22, by former network programming president Michael Lombardo, who remains involved with the Simmons program:

“We have a lot more latitude than ESPN has in what’s too provocative, and we present ourselves differently in that we’re point-of-view television. If you don’t like it, don’t watch it,” he says, noting that Simmons wouldn’t be the first firebrand on HBO’s payroll. “We’ve had 13 years of Bill Maher,” Lombardo adds with a laugh. “Trust me, we have gotten plenty of letters over the years.”

According to two sources who spoke to Rose, HBO is paying Simmons between $7 million and $9 million a year. That’s a sizable increase from the $5 million he was making at ESPN and, ultimately, the best way in Hollywood to run into old foes.

Simmons tells Rose the HBO program will be “conversations about sports, culture and technology, and then me being a snarky asshole.” Although some in the sports media believe the former Grantland boss does not have what it takes to become a bonafide TV personality, the 46-year-old Simmons tells THR that kind of criticism only motivates him more.

Much later in the piece, Simmons reflects honestly on his 14 years at ESPN: “”I’m not blameless. I acted like a brat a couple times, and there are things I could have handled better.”

Read the rest here.

Previously on FishbowlNY:
Bill Simmons Takes Issue With Variety Mention

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Cosmo Has Its Own Emojis

Wed, 06/08/2016 - 18:26

Screen Shot 2016-06-08 at 10.17.03 AMYour FishbowlNY editors are old (yet handsome) men, so we don’t understand why there has to be so many damn emojis, but clearly we’re in the minority because they just keep on coming.

The latest additions come from Cosmopolitan, who has launched a “Cosmojis” keyboard for iPhone and Android users.

The Cosmoji emojis include rosé, “Netflix and Chill” (kids these days!), a mermaid, iced coffee and more.

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Politico Searches for New Editor

Wed, 06/08/2016 - 17:12

Politico has ramped up its search for a successor to editor Susan Glasser, who said she would be taking a new role after the upcoming presidential election.

According to The Huffington Post, candidates for the job include Politico national editor and Europe managing editor Kristin Roberts and Carrie Budoff Brown, respectively; Bloomberg News’ Washington managing editor Craig Gordon; and Daily Beast executive editor Noah Shachtman.

A Politico spokesperson wouldn’t offer HuffPost any clues into who has the inside track, only stating that the search “continues with many tremendous candidates, both internally and externally.” Tremendous!

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Hearst Invests in Spartan Race

Wed, 06/08/2016 - 16:30

Hearst has acquired a minority stake in Spartan Race, an obstacle course that was founded in 2010.

Much like veganism, you’ll never have to ask someone if they’ve run a Spartan Race, because they’ve definitely already told you. Over and over again.

Spartan Races are currently held in more than 25 countries. A series about the race—Spartan: Ultimate Team Challenge—is coming to NBC this month. The company behind the race, Spartan Race Inc., also offers branded training programs, apparel, nutritional content and more.

As part of the deal, Scott English, managing director of Hearst Ventures, is joining Spartan Race’s board of directors.

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A Couple of Ink-Stained Movie References

Wed, 06/08/2016 - 16:00

NYTJune5LateEditionsLew Serviss, assistant news editor for The New York Times Print News Hub, offers a detailed look for Times Insider at how he and his colleagues, heading into this past weekend, planned for the possible death of Muhammad Ali and then monitored the internet for the latest developments. Evidently, there are a few movie buffs in the mix.

At the end of a Friday planning meeting called by Print News Hub director Denise Fuhs with night sports editor Carl Nelson, deputy sports editor Jay Schreiber, weekend sports editor Tom Coffey and sports copy desk head Pete Blair, Coffey – in his best Lloyd Bridges Airplane! imitation – jokingly stated, “Looks like I picked the wrong week to stop smoking!”

And here’s how Serviss frames the moment he realized the momentous triggering event the group had planned for might be coming to pass:

At 12:20 I refreshed the trending hashtag I had been monitoring on Twitter: #MuhammadAli. My eyes immediately fell on a post in the middle of the screen, by a Times political reporter, Yamiche Alcindor: ‘Wow. NBC News is reporting #MuhammadAli has died.’ I felt like the Roy Scheider character in Jaws, watching a shark attack swimmers as a camera on a dolly pushed toward him, Hitchcock-style.

I told [night News Hub chief] Mr. [Steve] Kenny, whose eyes widened as he reached for the phone to call Mr. Nelson in Sports. “NBC reporting he’s dead,” I texted to Mr.[Michael] Connors, [managing director for production at The Times printing plant in College Point, Queens]. “Hang on.” In minutes, [national correspondent] Mr. [John] Eligon had confirmed with the family spokesman that Ali had died, and we were off to the races. Justin Porter on the digital desk sent out a news alert at 12:44. The digital news team, led by Mr. Kenny and Dave Renard, a news editor, quickly published to the web a banquet of news: the obituary, the two columns, a 20-minute video, a slide show, a timeline and a compilation of Ali quotations.

The Print Hub gang was able to get a full slate of articles about Ali into just one national print edition, Los Angeles, finalizing those efforts by 1:51 a.m. The front page of the second New York edition was also able to showcase the Ali news, thanks in part to the fact that the Saturday edition has  a larger press run than any edition except Sunday.

Previously on FishbowlNY:
From Rome to Vegas and Beyond, a Sportswriter Remembers Muhammad Ali
A Miami Beach Portrait of Muhammad Ali

Photo of separate, successive Saturday New York editions via: Twitter

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Angry Bernie Bros Are Harassing Journalists

Wed, 06/08/2016 - 15:30

Screen Shot 2016-06-08 at 8.41.00 AMThis might surprise you, but the Associated Press’ early (correct!) call that Hillary Clinton had enough delegates to become the Democratic nominee has made Bernie Sanders supporters quite upset.

New York Times reporter Amy Chozick, who has been covering Clinton’s campaign for the paper, had to screen her phone calls because of Bernie Bros:

I won't be answering calls from unknown numbers today, after third call from Bernie supporters telling me they'd hunt me down in the streets

— Amy Chozick (@amychozick) June 7, 2016

WNYC’s Andrea Bernstein, NPR White House Correspondent Tamara Keith, BuzzFeed reporter Ruby Cramer and Politico’s Gabriel Debenedetti all told Politico that they had been harassed by moronic Sanders supporters.

The AP even sent out a memo warning staffers that Bernie voters are hyped up on stubbornness and stupidity.

“Some AP staff have received angry communications in the form of emails, social media messages and phone calls,” read a memo obtained by Poynter. “We have not received any specific security threats. If you need to respond to complaints, feel free to point the public to the statements on our blog as appropriate… It is always good to practice situational awareness around AP bureaus and offices.”

Well done, Sanders supporters. You’ve really represented yourself—and Bernie—well. Of course, when the candidate himself is angry, bitter and full of dangerous rhetoric, what did we expect?

Depressingly for Democrats, that last sentence does not refer to Donald Trump.

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HuffPost Launches Mexico Edition

Wed, 06/08/2016 - 15:10

In an effort to combat Donald Trump’s racist views, The Huffington Post has partnered with Mexico media outlet Grupo Imagen Multimedia to launch HuffPost Mexico.

The Spanish language site will debut in September with a team of reporters based in Mexico City.

“At a time when Trump is running on a platform that includes putting up a wall between the U.S. and Mexico while calling Mexicans ‘killers and rapists’ and challenging the integrity of an American judge because of his Mexican descent, it’s more important than ever to open up the conversation, nurture the longstanding ties between our two countries and counter this false and dangerous narrative,” said HuffPost co-founder and editor Arianna Huffington, in an announcement. “We’ll do this by not only reporting on Mexico’s challenges, but also focusing on all the ways Mexicans are responding to them, overcoming great odds, and working toward solutions with ingenuity and compassion.”

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Hearst Newspapers Digital Adds Senior Execs

Wed, 06/08/2016 - 14:50

Hearst Newspapers Digital has named Fegal Carr senior vp of consumer product and Esfand Pourmand senior vp of revenue.

Carr most recently as senior director of technology, T Brand Studio for The New York Times. He is taking on a newly-created role at Hearst Newspapers.

Pourmand previously served as vice president of product management, consumer revenue for Tribune Publishing.

Both Carr and Pourmand will report to Hearst Newspapers Digital president Robertson Barrett.


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FishbowlNY Newsstand: Hillary Wins

Wed, 06/08/2016 - 14:20

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New York Times Editor Lands Canadian Fellowship

Wed, 06/08/2016 - 00:00

PattiSonntagLinkedInPatti Sonntag (pictured) is currently one of several managing editors who helps oversee The New York Times news services division, or syndicate. And this fall, thanks to her recent selection as one of two recipients of a 2016 Michener-Deacon Fellowship in her native Canada, she will be teaching an intriguing class at Montreal’s Concordia University.

From a recent report in The Free Press, a newspaper in her hometown of Fernie, British Columbia:

“It’s an academic project called the Corporate Mapping Project, which explores the influence of fossil fuels on Canadian political life,” Sonntag explained. “I’m going to be teaching students to use that database and our investigation will certainly be in that area.”

Sonntag, a Concordia alumnus, parlayed internships at The New Yorker and the Times into her full-time current career. She will teach the endowed course during the upcoming fall semester.

Photo via: LinkedIn

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RD Recap: Michelle Collins Is Out at The View; Sloane Crosley Joins Vanity Fair

Tue, 06/07/2016 - 23:40

The View fires co-host Michelle Collins. The comedian started last year and will appear through the summer with an end date that remains TBD. “Michelle is smart, opinionated and funny,” an ABC spokesperson told Variety. “She’s been a great addition to the panel this year. When we are ready to make an announcement about next season, we will.” There’s some speculation that Good Morning America Weekend lifestyle anchor Sara Haines will land the coveted (and lucrative) job, but we’ll see how it shakes out…

Vanity Fair hires Sloane Crosley as contributing editor. She’ll handle the magazine’s book column, Hot Type, taking over for Elissa Schappell… Real Simple grabs former XO Group and Nylon executive Carrie Reynolds to be vp, integrated sales… The American Prospect gets Amy Lynn Marshall Lambrecht as publisher. She had been director of development at the Scholars Strategy Network but worked as vice president of development at TAP until 2002… Nikki Ekstein joins Bloomberg Pursuits as travel editor. She had been travel news editor at Travel + Leisure… And there are changes at Mic, Remedy Health Media and more

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Time Promotes 5, Hires 6

Tue, 06/07/2016 - 19:10

Time has made several changes to its team. Five promotions and six hires are below.

Susanna Schrobsdorff has been promoted to chief strategic partnerships editor. She previously served as assistant managing editor. Dan Stewart has been promoted to Europe editor. He previously served as deputy continuous news editor. Julie Shapiro, most recently a news editor for, succeeds Stewart as continuous news editor. Charlie Campbell has been promoted to Beijing correspondent. He previously served as associate editor in Time’s Hong Kong bureau. Joyce Lee has been promoted from a freelancer for the breaking news team to associate producer. Nate Hopper joins as an opinions editor for Time Ideas. He most recently worked for Esquire. Chris Grasinger joins as a video producer overseeing breaking news. He previously worked for Mashable. Spencer Bakalar, most recently with the Los Angeles Times, joins as a video producer/editor. Brittany Robins joins as an associate editor, audience engagement. She previously worked for The New York Daily News. Cady Lang joins as a newsfeed writer. She previously worked for Raisa Bruner also joins as a newsfeed writer. She most recently worked for Business Insider.
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At AARP Magazine, Advertising Revenues Are Up

Tue, 06/07/2016 - 18:15

AARPMagJuneJulyThe Washingtonian’s Andrew Beaujon recently paid a visit to the D.C. offices of AARP The Magazine.

The circulation of the bi-monthly print magazine is incredible enough; around 22 million copies, spread over three editions targeting ages 50-59, 60-69 and 70+. But the ad numbers are even more impossibly impressive:

The published rate for a full-page ad across AARP’s editions is $667,800 — more than at either People or Better Homes and Gardens, the only U.S. magazines that reach more readers. Over the past five years, advertising revenues are up by 18 percent.

Beaujon credits a lot of the magazine’s continuing success to editor in chief Robert Love, who came over from Rolling Stone in 2013. In fact, he writes that ‘AARP [magazine] often has had the feel of a Rolling Stone that decided to age naturally.’ Read the rest of the article here.

Previously on FishbowlNY:
Bob Dylan Gifts AARP With 50,000 Free CDs

Pictured: June/July issue

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Condé Nast Expands Branded Licensing

Tue, 06/07/2016 - 18:00

Condé Nast is expanding its branded licensing with new products carrying the Self, GQ and Epicurious names. Hey, if a brand has legs, you might as well use them to make some extra cash.

Self has partnered with Argento SC for a line of yoga and fitness equipment and accessories. The products will be available in stores later this year.

GQ joined forces with swimwear brand Orlebar Brown for a line of limited-edition men’s swim shorts. The collection is available at Orlebar Brown stores and on

And finally, Epicurious has added to its cookware collection with new pots, pans and kitchen gadgets. The cookware is available at JCPenny, Bed Bath & Beyond and be

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Mashable Adds 5

Tue, 06/07/2016 - 17:15

Mashable has added five staffers to its team. Details are below.

Erin Strecker has been named deputy entertainment editor. She previously worked for Billboard as an associate editor for Ryan Sedmak has joined as a real-time producer. He most recently worked for NowThis. Keith Wagstaff, who has previously worked for Time, NBC News and more, has been named an associate editor. Derrick Deblasi has joined Mashable Studios as an associate producer. He previously worked for BuzzFeed Motion Pictures. Mike Williams has also joined Mashable Studios a creative director for the branded content team. Previously he served as senior vp of creative for Common Ground.
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Elle Debuts ‘Women in Comedy’ Issue

Tue, 06/07/2016 - 16:45

image001Elle’s first Women in Comedy issue features the stars of the upcoming Ghostbusters remake — Kate McKinnon, Kristen Wiig, Leslie Jones and Melissa McCarthy.

Inside the issue, McKinnon is interviewed by Lizzy Goodman; Wiig by Will Ferrell; Jones by Ben Dickison and McCarthy by Brian Atwood.

In the Wiig interview, she reveals that her most nervous SNL moment was during her first sketch, “which was about someone being pregnant in their butt.” Amazing.

The Women in Comedy issue hits newsstands June 21.

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Verizon to Offer $3 Billion for Yahoo

Tue, 06/07/2016 - 16:00

Verizon—which has been the frontrunner to acquire Yahoo since day one—has submitted a $3 billion second-round bid for the Internet giant.

The Wall Street Journal reports that Verizon is only interested in Yahoo’s web brands; it wants no part of Yahoo’s real estate or patents.

Also, that $3 billion offer could rise or fall depending on some questions Verizon has for Yahoo. Specifically, would Yahoo be willing to cover severance pay to staffers who will get the axe after a deal is made?

Yahoo is expected to hold at least one more round of bidding, but as of now, Verizon’s only competition is private-equity firm TPG. The firm has also submitted a second round bid.

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Playboy Mansion Sold, Albeit With One Odd Condition

Tue, 06/07/2016 - 15:30

The Playboy mansion—all 29 rooms and 20,000 square feet of it—has been sold. The buyer is Daren Metropoulos, a neighbor and principal at private-equity firm Metropoulos & Company. While the price hasn’t been disclosed, here’s what we do know: Hugh Hefner isn’t moving out.

According to The Wall Street Journal, part of Metropoulos’ deal to buy the house includes a stipulation that the 90-year-old Playboy founder/silk robe aficionado be allowed to live there until he dies. When Hefner moves on to the great Playboy Club in the sky, Metropoulos will merge the Playboy mansion and grounds with his property next door.

Imagine being so rich that you can spend nine figures—the mansion was listed at $200 million—on a house that you can’t live in until someone dies. That’s so weird it’s almost impressive.

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@TroncOfficial Asks, Twitter Answers

Tue, 06/07/2016 - 15:15

If Lin-Manuel Miranda announced plans for a Broadway musical about artificial intelligence and robots titled Tronc, would people get excited? Maybe. But when a Twitter account purporting to be connected to Tribune Publishing asked the following question Monday, the answer quantitatively was a collective shrug and, qualitatively, a near unanimous, ‘Uh… still no.’


Twitter user @the_damn_muTeki, who has temporarily renamed themselves DJ TRONC LEGACYC, thinks this is the best response to tronc’s question:


Fellow tweeter @MisterJayEm, riffing on the theme of a legacy media company trying to re-brand and the general idea that tronc could be the name of an animated dinosaur character, posits it from a different end:


Mike Ketchen writes that he never thought another company could top a former employer’s decision to re-brand as Mentergy. A Midwestern newspaper editor, Katharine Vogel, finds the official tronc logo reminiscent of what used to pop up on TV screens at the end of 1980s children’s shows. And Ad Age’s Jeremy Barr cautions that @troncofficial is not an official Tribune Publishing social media presence. Barr is right; we checked.

In terms of constructive criticism, @millerproducts has one of the best thoughts so far. They think that instead of tronc, Inc., Tribune Publishing should have gone with Chi-T. That way, just as with Chai tea, the logo could have been “random patterns of tea leaves.”

Elsewhere on the Internet, there is already this early candidate posted to the Urban Dictionary. What do you think, tronc, Wink.?


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