Michael Schneider, who for media watchers on the west coast is generally the first person that comes to mind when TV Guide magazine is mentioned, has just solidified his rank with the company. The four-year vet has been promoted to the position of chief content officer, with two deputy editor colleagues – Nerina Rammairone and Rich Sands – stepping into his vacated slot as co-executive editors.
As part of the changes, the position of editor-in-chief is being eliminated and its current occupant, Doug Brod, let go.
“In the interest of creating a flatter management structure at TVGM, we have suspended the editor-in-chief position,” explains CEO David J. Fishman in a statement provided to FishbowlNY. “New leadership roles have been assumed by Michael and Rose Fiorentino, named chief creative officer. As we develop as a multi-platform media company, this strategic shift will help us more effectively serve our readers, who look to us a trusted, empowered voice on all things television related. We extend our heartfelt thanks to Doug for his dedication to TVGM. He leaves with our sincere respect and best wishes.”
Fiorentino was previously creative director, while the aforementioned Sands, one of two new co-executive editors, has been with the company since 1995. To put that in TVGM listings perspective, he’s been with TV Guide magazine since the days of ER, Seinfeld and Friends! Also promoted as part of the re-organization is Amy Miller, who moves up from general editor to deputy editor.
The 2015 rate base for TV Guide magazine is 1.8 million, with a total audience reach of 13.2 million and a median reader age of 48. There is also now in the mix the website TVInsider.com, which officially launched in March after a two-month beta phase. The site is also the new home of Norman Weiss’ much beloved blog TV Tattle, which formerly sat at HitFix.
TVInsider.com, like TV Guide magazine, is headquartered in New York City, with bureaus in Los Angeles and Philadelphia.
The latest version of Quark XPress seems to yet again be playing catch up to its rival, Adobe InDesign, without bringing fresh thinking to the realm of page layout. But it might still appeal to those who don't subscribe to Adobe's Creative Cloud.
Wow. Peter Hamby, CNN’s digital national political reporter and the face of HambyCast, leaves the network for Snapchat, where he’ll be head of news. He’ll still contribute to CNN at least through the 2016 elections, but he’s officially an employee of the three-year-old startup that’s trying to break into the news world. “Snapchat is one of the most exciting young companies in the world,” Hamby tells Politico. “They have a big and growing audience, and we’ve seen Discover is a huge success. Their live stories around big events, around places both here and abroad, the potential to take users to new places–we can see some application of that with news.”…
The New York Daily News loses Oren Yaniv, who moves to a senior communications officer position at the Brooklyn district attorney’s office. He had been a beat reporter covering the Brooklyn courts. Additionally, transit reporter Pete Donohue walks out the door of the paper that Mort Zuckerman is desperate to sell… The Los Angeles Times moves national political editor Cathleen Decker to the role of political columnist, where she’ll write exclusively about California politics. The search for her replacement is underway… Read More
TVNewser: Attention fans of bigoted commentary — Don Imus is leaving TV (again).
AgencySpy: Royal Caribbean has selected its pitch finalists. All have agreed to avoid the phrase “poop cruise.”
SocialTimes: Taking the bus during an international trip just got a lot easier with the relaunch of Busbud.
From the linear, Curriculum Vitae looks of things, Time Inc. was hoping that Nina Lawrence would bring a little brand monetizing magic over to InStyle magazine. From Michael Sebastian’s report:
Before joining Time Inc., Lawrence was VP of global marketing-advertising sales at The Wall Street Journal, where she led marketing and business development for newspapers, magazines, websites, mobile devices, video and live events. She also oversaw WSJ Custom Studios, which created content-marketing programs for advertisers.
Alas, this was not a gambling match made in heaven and so today, as confirmed by Sebastian, Lawrence has been relieved of her publisher duties. According to the reporter’s sources, Departures publisher Steven DeLuca will take over in the interim.
Lawrence was hired a scant six months ago. Her exit comes just two days before Time Inc.’s scheduled NewFront presentation Thursday.
Previously on FishbowlNY:
Major Changes Coming to InStyle and StyleWatch
Awful Announcing has the scoop on an ugly bit of online sports journalism.
For the briefest of moments this week, SB Nation blog network site Halos Heaven had an ugly item posted by editor Rev Halofan in the wake of Angel outfielder Josh Hamilton being dealt back to the Texas Rangers. The item has since been deleted, either by Halos Heaven or SB Nation. From Joe Lucia’s Awful Announcing take:
The name-calling in the post was bad enough, but this paragraph was possibly the most troubling. If you’re going to write something this vile and hateful, put your real name on it instead of a pseudonym.
Josh, when you finally die of a drug related matter it won’t be Arte Moreno’s fault. It won’t be the fault of the good fans in Anaheim who figured out your little game. They might have Donnie Moore’s karma on them but they won’t have yours. As much as I would like to say the blame for your future fate lies with the enabling national media and coddling players union, I think of Steve Howe’s face crushed against his truck’s windshield on a lonely interstate highway with crystal meth in his bloodstream and I know that all the blame will be on you, all of it, as it was with Howe. I can only hope that when you do yourself in, which you will, that, mercifully like Howe, you take nobody else with you.
On Twitter, readers were quick to voice their disgust at Halofan’s article. And Lucia is right when he writes that deleting the post is not nearly enough. SB Nation should indeed also formally note and apologize.
Yahoo is going all in on digital video. During its NewsFront presentation, the company unveiled plans to launch 18 new digital video shows, including a reality show from Simon Cowell and a live news show featuring Yahoo global news anchor Katie Couric.
Ad Age reports that the new slate of shows will all fall under three categories: original scripted shows; series derived from Yahoo’s single-focus sites, like Yahoo Style; and live programs. We’ll give you one guess on Yahoo’s target audience. Hint: It’s not the elderly.
“This lineup is really appealing, we think, to the millennials,” Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer told Ad Age. “And of course that’s what a lot of the media buyers are looking for. These are all items that are really focused on that demographic, and we know that’s a really attractive demographic to advertisers that can do a really solid job of making us that must-buy.”
“Frankly my dear, I don’t give a damn.”
That’s not what Bill Cosby said in a brief video posted Monday ahead of Saturday night’s scheduled performance at Atlanta’s Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center, but it might as well have been. In response, grassroots group We Support the Survivors of Bill Cosby urged its followers to post comments at the Atlanta Journal Constitution end.
The night before Cosby takes the stage, Friday May 1, Lewis Black will be performing at the same Cobb venue. AJC columnist Rodney Ho caught up with The Daily Show vet, who had this to say about his follow-on weekend act:
Black said he is boggled that Cosby is still on tour after all the heat he has received over sexual assault allegations. \"It’s like obliviousness on a level I can’t imagine,\" Black said. \"Phew! I don’t get it! It’s beyond belief!”
Although the Cosby show will take place in the direct shadow of Mayweather vs. Pacquaio, there’s no doubt that images and video of protesters will linger on social media. Since the performance is also a stone’s throw from CNN, expect the cable news network to cover aggressively as well.
Attorney Gloria Allred brought alleged Cosby victims to Denver earlier this year and has indicated she plans to do so again this weekend in front of Cobb. At press time, a petition created by We Support Facebook group members Brandy Betts and Jen Johnson asking promoter Outback Concerts to cancel the May 2 Cosby performance has crossed 10,000 signatures.
Refinery29.com, the fashion site launched in 2005, is about to blow up. The company just raised $50 million in funding from Scripps Networks Interactive and WPP Ventures. Refinery29 plans to use the new funds to expand overseas.
As part of the investment, Scripps Networks Interactive’s chief development officer Joseph NeCastro will join Refinery29’s board of Directors. A yet-to-be-named WPP rep will also join. Previous investors in Refinery29 include Stripes Group, Floodgate, Lead Edge Capital, First Round Capital, Lerer Ventures and Hearst Corporation.
In a statement befitting someone who just received an influx of money, Refinery29 co-founder and co-CEO Philippe von Borries went all in.
“Over the next five years, multi-billion dollar media brands will grow out of the digital core, from which Refinery29 was born and is the leader,” said von Borries. “We are focused on vastly expanding our media and entertainment brand, creating smart, provocative editorial, video, and social content at the intersection of style, culture, and independence.”
The New York Post wins the latest round of competing coverage of a strange trial involving Daily Mail chief product officer Noah Szbuski, his ex-girlfriend Chelsea Conrad and the Doberman Pincher they once shared.
Chuckling that he must be a “dog whisperer,” Judge Geoffrey Wright nevertheless allowed Szubski to testify that his French bulldog, Bernie, was “lonely” after being separated from her “sister,” a female Doberman pinscher named Cash. “Bernie was sitting by the front door for long periods of time. She was crying,\" Szubski said on the witness stand. “She was lethargic. She appeared lonely,” he added.
“Objection!” yelled Mia Poppe, the attorney for Chelsea Conrad, daughter of actor Robert Conrad. “We’re entering into nonsensical types of facts,” she complained.
We’re not sure if this was common knowledge before the dog battle, but both New York papers are fond of labeling Szbuski as the “$700,000-a-year” chief product officer. And for an even wackier summary of Monday’s events, check out the “gangster” version of the Post known as The New Yerk Post.
The May issue of Shape is the first one that incorporates the now-folded Fitness within the restructured mag, retaining Fitness faves like the “I Did It” column on achievements in weight loss and “Express Workout.” If you’re struggling to discern this healthy-lifestyle glossy’s new identity, deputy editor Pam O’Brien suggests you think of it this way:
“You will get the Fitness feeling in Shape,” says O’Brien, “but it will very much be Shape, in the sense that it’s for women who are active, healthy and who make being fit and living their best life a priority.”
Freelancers will still very much be a part of the pub, from those with established relationships with editors to new voices. Those new to the magazine should focus their pitches on health and nutrition topics.
The “Live Healthy” section is fertile ground for pitches covering the latest in health news and trends. While O’Brien notes that it may be difficult to come up with a novel spin on tried-and-true concepts for readers who are already up on the latest in healthy living, those writers who can are sure to score an assignment. “Think about what’s in it for the reader, what is she going to learn from this and what new thing is this teaching her,” says O’Brien.
For more, including editors’ contact info, read: How To Pitch: Shape.
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When you buy the issue, note which fighter is facing up and put all your money on him to win the fight. If the boxer loses, blame SI.
The Attacks on The Press report is a collection of essays that covers a wide range of subjects, from censorship during the Ebola outbreak to how radical groups came to use video as a way to simultaneously intimidate and recruit.
“Each story is a cautionary tale,” writes Christiane Amanpour, in the report’s forward. “Taken as a whole, they illustrate that vigilance has never been more crucial, or more difficult, for the free press around the world. The greatest threat isn’t to one or two individuals, nor is it confined to any given country or year. An information battle is under way worldwide, and it is evolving in extremely dangerous ways. The one constant, as always, is that reporters are on the front line.”
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Bloomberg has launched its first regional digital property — Bloomberg Business Europe. The site, a year in the making, will feature localized content and be overseen by senior editor Nate Lanxon. Lanxon joined Bloomberg in January. He most recently worked for Wired UK.
Bloomberg Business Europe was developed by Adam Freeman, managing director of Bloomberg Media for Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
“We are building a portfolio of new digital assets that align our content with the interests and behaviours of today’s international business leaders,” said Bloomberg Media CEO Justin Smith, in a statement. “The European edition of Bloomberg Business is another step in our ongoing strategy to customise Bloomberg’s high-quality digital content for influential business leaders globally.”
You can always count on The New York Post to keep its readers informed. The reality is that thousands of Baltimore residents are protesting peacefully and few are rioting.
However, the Post isn’t interested in covering that. There are “anti-police thugs” among us. They are the real problem. Not the institutionalized racism that fuels situations like this.
The Freddie Gray protests in Baltimore continued last night, and more journalists were attacked and beaten while covering the story. Carrie Wells, a finance reporter for The Baltimore Sun, said Chris Assaf was attacked while taking pictures.
“People around were yelling at him ‘stop taking pictures,’ ran after him and tackled him, beat him while he laid on the ground,” tweeted Wells. Later, Assaf posted a photo of the aftermath:
— Christopher T. Assaf (@ctassaf) April 28, 2015
CNN photojournalist Oliver Janney told Poynter that he had been attacked and his phone was stolen. WNEW Radio reporter Steve Dorsey was also beaten:
Hurt-punched in face and iphone stolen by a protester near burning car. Bystanders shielded me from more attacks…able to leave. @CBSNews
— Steve Dorsey (@steve_dorsey) April 27, 2015
A CCTV camerman was also attacked and had his equipment stolen:
— jim spellman (@jimspellmanTV) April 27, 2015