Facebook wants people using its relatively new live streaming feature (Facebook Live) so much that it’s paying media companies to produce content.
According to Re/code, Facebook is giving The New York Times, BuzzFeed, The Huffington Post, and other media outlets cash in exchange for Facebook Live content.
“We’re working with a few partners, and in some of the cases that includes a financial incentive,” Fidji Simo, Facebook Live’s product director, told Re/code.
Facebook wants Facebook Live to succeed, so prepare yourself to see a lot more live video in your feed. The content could be from your high school friend shooting a tour of his fridge, or from the Times, covering the madness of a contested Republican Convention.
Hearst has announced the winners of its 2015 editorial excellence awards.
The winners spanned 12 brands, but Harper’s Bazaar took home the most with three — Print Innovation of The Year, Cover of the Year and Best Photography.
Below is the full list of winners.
Print Innovation of the Year, U.S.:
Harper’s Bazaar– Pop-up edit: harper, Bazaar Gardens, Bazaar Art
Digital Innovation of the Year, U.S.:
Cosmopolitan.com – Snapchat Discover
International Excellence, Print (Outside US):
Harper’s Bazaar UK
Digital (Outside the U.S.):
Cover of The Year:
Harper’s Bazaar – March [Pictured]
Story of The Year:
Esquire – The Friend, by Matthew Teague, May
Harper’s Bazaar – March and September
Car and Driver – June and July
Regular Section or Department:
PopularMechanics.com – Space Vertical: Mars Week, October
Special Interests: (Fashion, Beauty, Food, Travel and Home Design):
Food Network Magazine, The Complete Guide to Cupcakes, May
Special Interests: (Health, Self-Improvement, Careers, Tech and Auto):
O, The Oprah Magazine – The Sensuous Woman, October
Cosmopolitan – Pregnant? Scared? Need Options? Too Bad. August
Video of The Year:
CountryLiving.com and Delish – Halloween How-To: Mummy Pops
Best Use of Social Media:
Seventeen.com – Facebook, Instagram, Twitter
The sixth annual list from our sister publication The Hollywood Reporter is out this morning, crowned in print by a photo of Lena Dunham and Jenni Konner posing at their A Casual Romance office in Los Angeles. The pair are being recognized for the immediate and impressive impact of the Lenny Letter and are listed in the sub-category “5 Top Cultural Influencers” alongside Spike Lee, Hamilton creator Lin Manuel-Miranda, author-journalist Ta Nehisi-Coates and documentary filmmaker Alex Gibney.
In some of “The 35 Most Powerful People in Media” mini-bios, compiled by a team of a nearly a dozen THR editors and writers, there is a portion slugged What People Might Be Surprised to Learn About Me. Fittingly, in several cases, what is revealed dovetails straight back to Hollywood and the business of making movies:
Jim Bankoff, CEO Vox Media: “I was runner-up for the Rick Schroder part in The Champ. Had Dustin Hoffman or Al Pacino been cast in the lead role instead of Jon Voight, they would have gone with the dark-haired kid as his son.”
James Goldston, president, ABC News: “I spent my childhood working as a film extra.”
All three New York dailies make appearances on the 2016 list in the form of New York Times executive editor Dean Baquet, Daily News editor in chief Jim Rich and the Post tandem of CEO-publisher Col Allan and editor in chief Jesse Angelo. There are two individual sidebars, one profiling NBC Nightly News savior Lester Holt and the other highlighting Kathie Lee Gifford‘s first-person reflections about her late husband. Gifford starts it off with the hilarious recollection of how she and Frank Gifford first connected:
I get to Good Morning America and one morning – this was June 1982 – I was in very early to do an Alpo commercial with a Basset Hound that stunk to high heaven. I was walking down the hall, and I saw the greatest set of buns I’ve ever seen in my life leaning over a sink, putting his contact lenses in. And I had just had something called radial keratotomy, which was the precursor to Lasik. I had gone from legally blind to 20/20 vision with this operation. And so I yelled out, as I am wont to do, “Have I got an operation for you!”
And then for four years he became my friend, like my big brother. He was my patron saint. He did battle for me. He just cared. I was a new kid in New York, and he’d call me and go, “The cowboy is in town, do you want to have lunch?” Well, the cowboy was Don Meredith. And I’d go to lunch with these two legends and they’d laugh and make jokes and tease me and I would say to myself, “Kath, you’re not in Kansas anymore.”
Another sidebar playfully juxtaposes Ken Auletta and Amanda “Binky” Urban with stage actors Phillipa Soo (Hamilton) and Steven Pasquale (The Robber Bridegroom), framing these real-life pairings as, respectively, established and up-and-coming “power couples.” Finally, Beyoncé – no stranger to Power lists – may be interested to know that she makes an appearance in David Remnick’s comments. The New Yorker editor explains why she ranks as the magazine’s “dream interview” on the pop-culture front.
Here’s a surprise: Thomas Staggs walks away from Disney. He had been chief operating officer for the past 14 months and was widely considered the successor to CEO Bob Iger, although he’s reportedly leaving because he couldn’t get confirmation that he’d eventually move into the top spot. “Tom has been a great friend and trusted colleague for more than 20 years,” Iger said in a statement. “He’s made important contributions to this company, earning wide respect across the organization for his achievements and personal integrity. I’m proud of what we’ve accomplished together, immensely grateful for the privilege of working with him and confident that he will be enormously successful in whatever opportunity he chooses.” The search for Iger’s eventual successor begins immediately…
Racked recruits a wealth of editorial talent. Ellie Krupnick joins as executive editor, coming over from Mic.com, where she had been editorial director of lifestyle. Former People StyleWatch executive digital editor Elana Fishman takes over the role of entertainment editor while Annemarie Dooling and Corey Baldwin are engagement editor and shopping editor, respectively. Finally, Eliza Brooke is a senior reporter and Cheryl Wischhover gets the beauty writer gig. “We’re elevating Racked’s profile and better serving our audience wherever they are, be it Facebook, Snapchat, Tumblr, etc.,” said editor in chief Britt Aboutaleb. “We’re growing our team of whip smart editors and reporters who can dive deep into their beats — fashion, shopping, beauty, entertainment — while delivering up to the minute news.” …
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We were not familiar with the writings of Kelly Dessaint until we landed over the weekend on “Jesus Died for Somebody’s Sins, But Not Mine.” Dessaint’s latest weekly “I Drive SF” column for the San Francisco Examiner relates his experiences with someone who vomited in the back of his for-hire vehicle.
Dessaint, after moving from Los Angeles to the Bay Area, did the ride-hail thing for a while and now relates his experiences as a licensed taxi cab driver. He also published a pair of 99-cent 2014 eBooks about his experiences with Uber and Lyft (Behind the Wheel, Behind the Wheel 2).
Perusing the “I Drive SF” archive, which dates back to the summer of 2015, we were intrigued by his Dec. 4, 2015 entry. In that one, Dessaint writes about a ride involving a prostitute and a young businessman, and the latter’s concern after his companion exits the cab that he could get arrested for the pair’s imminent hotel assignation:
“So I’m safe from the police?” he asks.
“Man, the cops don’t do shit around here except harass homeless people.” I go on to list off all the sex workers I deal with in a cab: the trans hookers on Post Street, the dancers at the Gold Club with their regular clients who pay for college tuitions and new cars, the girls prowling DJ clubs looking for unsuspecting tech kids and the sleazy drive-thru action on Capp Street. Then there are the strip clubs and massage parlors, where cab drivers get a finder’s fee for steering customers. I even point out how they tried to pass a proposition in 2008 to decriminalize prostitution in The City — and it was barely defeated.
It’s a lively column. Even when the topic is the first ticket racked up by Dessaint while on duty as a cab driver, a painful $490 red-light camera infraction.
Game of Thrones star Emilia Clarke is Glamour’s latest cover star. In an accompanying interview, the 29-year-old actress explained that meeting female fans is usually different than meeting male fans.
“This gorgeous girl once said to me, ‘Watching Khaleesi [Clarke’s character on GOT] makes me feel like I can be a strong woman,'” said Clarke. “I remember being like, ‘That’s proper.’ That is a wonderful thing. Then there are times with certain dudes where I’m like, ‘You’ve seen my tits. OK, sure, you can have a selfie.’ Awkward!”
Sounds about right.
The May issue of Glamour hits newsstands April 12.
Writer Ashley Kahn works closely with the family of Miles Davis, authored the book Kind of Blue: The Making of the Miles Davis Masterpiece and won a Grammy in 2015 for Best Liner Notes for the John Coltrane album Offering. Musician Robert Glasper composed the original score for the new movie Miles Ahead, directed by and starring Don Cheadle as Davis, and has won several Grammys.
Together, they will this fall guide a new undergraduate course on the life and career of Davis. From the NYU announcement:
”It is such an honor to be teaching at The Clive Davis Institute at NYU,” says Glasper. “I am really excited about this subject – the music of Miles Davis!!! This is gonna be an incredible journey and can’t wait to get started.”
“We’re really thrilled to have Robert Glasper join the faculty of The Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music,” said Jason King, associate professor and director of Writing, History and Emergent Media Studies at The Clive Davis Institute. “He’ll bring to the classroom superior musical chops and visionary ideas that fuse genres like jazz, R&B, and hip-hop. It’s exciting to think about how his instruction might impact and transform our students’ musical and creative ideas.”
The course is divided into two parts and will start Sept. 6.
Image via: tisch.nyu.edu
As expected, Gawker Media has filed for a new trial in response to a jury awarding Terry Bollea (aka Hulk Hogan) $140 million in damages.
“Gawker is now beginning the process of challenging the jury’s verdict in a trial where key evidence was wrongly withheld and the jury was not properly instructed on the Constitutional standards for newsworthiness,” said Gawker, in a statement. “So we expect to be fully vindicated. And even if the verdict were to stand, there is no justification for awarding ten of millions of dollars never seen by victims of death and serious injuries.”
In March, a Florida jury ruled in favor of Bollea, who sued Gawker for publishing a sex tape featuring himself and the wife of his friend.
The management upheaval at Politico is happening sooner, not later. Politico co-founder and CEO Jim VandeHei, senior writer Mike Allen, CRO Roy Schwartz and COO Kim Kingsley are all leaving as early as this month.
In January—amid reports that VandeHei clashed with owner Robert Allbritton over expenses and the future of Politico—VandeHei, Allen, Schwartz, Kingsley and executive vp of expansion Danielle Jones were all reportedly leaving after the election in November.
According to The Huffington Post, that process has sped up and Jones is staying on as a consultant.
In a memo to staffers, Politico co-founder and editor John Harris remained optimistic.
“In the two months since this transition began, I’ve been impressed anew by the efforts of all parts of this enterprise — the power of our newsroom to own big stories, the passion of our business, finance, technology and strategy teams to meet the challenges of this era of nonstop disruption. This is what great publications do.”
Our guess that Twitter paid an arm (wing?) and a leg for the rights to stream Thursday NFL games was way off. According to Re/code, the social media company paid less than $10 million for a package of 10 games.
That’s basically nothing, considering Yahoo paid $20 million last year to stream a terrible game between the Bills and Jaguars. So how did Twitter pull this off? Because the NFL allowed them to; it’s not an exclusive deal.
CBS and NBC already own digital and TV rights to 10 Thursday NFL games (the networks paid $45 million each, per game), so Twitter will merely be rebroadcasting CBS and NBC’s feeds. Not only that, but CBS and NBC will be keeping most of the ad dollars associated with the games.
The NFL, as always, is the big winner here. It wrestled roughly $10 million from Twitter for the rights to show games that are already being shown elsewhere. Cutthroat, thy name is NFL.
A couple Revolving Door items for you this morning, involving The Wall Street Journal and The Financial Times. Details are below.Sam Walker has been named the Journal’s deputy enterprise editor. He most recently worked as the paper’s sports editor. Joanna Kao has joined the FT as a data visualization journalist. She previously worked for Al Jazeera America as a multimedia reporter and interactive developer.
The five “Lifetime Impact Honorees” were revealed by Variety in early March and will be celebrated Friday at a luncheon at Cipriani New York hosted by Billy Eichner. They are: Julianne Moore, Megyn Kelly, Vera Wang, Lupita Nyong’o and Megyn Kelly.
The magazine’s Power of Women issue comes out tomorrow, but this morning, the Daily Mail has the first look at the five covers featuring those honorees. Moore, whose pose is arguably the most artistic of the five, is being honored for her nascent work with non-profit Everytown Gun Safety. Last fall, she helped launched a celebrity-filled new action wing for the organization, Everytown Creative Council:
The creative community is committed to helping erase the scourge of gun violence, which claims 88 American lives every day. We are artists, but we’re American citizens first. That’s why Everytown, in partnership with founding chairwoman Julianne Moore, have established the Everytown Creative Council – joining forces to help amplify the movement to end gun violence in our country.
The 100 or so celebrities listed on the page is impressive. They include Alec Baldwin, Bill Hader, Sarah Jessica Parker, Questlove and Russell Simmons.
Twitter has won the bidding war to show subpar NFL games on Thursday nights.
According to Bloomberg, Twitter beat out media heavyweights like Verizon, Yahoo and Amazon to secure the streaming rights. Facebook pulled out of the bidding process last week.
As anyone who has watched a Thursday NFL game knows, they are often ugly, to the point of being unwatchable. Yet here we are.
However much you think Twitter paid for the rights to show terrible games, it was probably more. Consider that CBS and NBC paid $45 million each per game for their recent Thursday night NFL deals. When it comes to online viewing, last year Yahoo paid $20 million to stream the Bills vs the Jaguars. And that game was played in London!
The money surrounding the NFL is pure insanity, and everyone is scrambling to go crazy.
Vice Media has named Arjan Hoekstra European general manager of Viceland.
Viceland, the cable channel from Vice Media, launched in February. It will launch in the UK in September.
Hoekstra comes to Vice from Discovery Networks Asia Pacific, where he served as president and managing director. He previously served as chairman and managing director of Eurosport Asia-Pacific Ltd.