Starting April 15, Time Out New York will be free. The 20-year-old magazine is officially switching to an all-free distribution model, with copies getting handed out each Wednesday in 175 locations across Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens. Sorry, Staten Island and The Bronx.
Now that Time Out is free, the magazine is obviously hoping subscribers hang on anyway. It is extending current subscribers, and any new subscribers will be charged $25 for a year’s worth of a magazine they can get for free.
Subscribers are being told that the “advantage” of paying for a free product is that they get the magazine delivered to them and they get access to the site (which means there’s likely a paywall going up in April as well).
Will that be enough to keep people paying for Time Out when it’s being given away for free? Maybe. Never underestimate peoples’ laziness.
Hearst Magazines Digital Media (HMDM) has revamped Delish.com, a site dedicated to the every day cook. The site now features Hearst’s universal platform, featuring responsive design, faster loading times and a cleaner look. Delish is the 16th HMDM site to be revamped using the platform.
Leading the new Delish — and giving it plenty of editorial credibilty — is Joanna Saltz, who joins as site director. Saltz comes to Delish from Food Network Magazine, where she served as executive editor since 2012. She previously worked for Seventeen in the same role. Saltz’s goal for Delish is to make it an approachable site.
“Everyone knows that cooking is so much more fun with a friend, and that’s the point of the new Delish,” she said, in an announcement. “We want readers to come hang out with us as we make amazing food, make a mess, and make mistakes. We’re not food snobs, and most of us are not professionally trained. We’re just real people who have real lives and who love to cook.”
According to Chicago Tribune media reporter Robert Channick, 2014 was a decent year for the digital marketing side of parent company Tribune Publishing. Revenues topped out at $24.8 million, a 55% increase over 2013.
But also, per his report, Tribune Publishing CEO Jack Griffin is hoping to see a lot more come in from that side of the operation in 2015. In December, he hired an old Meredith Corp. pal, Dan Hickey, to consult. A month later, Hickey came on board full-time and has been making major changes:
While Hickey’s hiring wasn’t announced publicly, his presence has certainly been felt. He has executed a complete overhaul of the sales staff, recruiting a smaller team of “specialized” salespeople to act as digital consultants and refocusing efforts on Tribune Publishing’s largest 200 clients.
Hickey also has folded the newspaper’s content marketing team under 435 Digital, a simple yet innovative move.
Hickey, who spent more than a decade in the senior ranks at Meredith, was most recently working for the Telegraph Media Group in London. Read about the rest of his plans for 435 Digital, which has offices in Chicago, Los Angeles and five other U.S. cities, here.
[Image via: 435digital.com]
The cross-platform PlantFactory application is geared to the needs of the CG, SFX, landscaping, GeoDesign, architecture and gaming communities.
From today’s announcement by EW and People editorial director Jess Cagle:
I’m very pleased to announce the arrival of Sara Nathan as people.com’s news director. Sara is a widely respected journalist and editor with 17 years of experience in media. Sara, who reports to Will Lee, comes from dailymail.com, where she was U.S. show business editor-at-large.
Born and educated in London, Sara relocated to New York in October 2012 as part of dailymail.com’s expansion into the U.S. market. Prior to joining the Daily Mail in 2009, Sara worked at The Sun, the UK’s biggest-selling daily newspaper, for 10 years, rising through the ranks to TV editor and running the successful “TV Biz” column.
In today’s lighting-fast world of 24/7 competition for celebrity scoops, mistakes are easier to come by. In Nathan’s case, while at the Daily Mail, one of her most notable such moments involved George Clooney. According to Time Inc., people.com attracts a monthly multi-platform audience of over 19 million unique visitors.
The New York Times promotes strategy and innovation editor Kinsey Wilson to executive vice president of product and technology. He joined the paper’s masthead in November after a stint as chief content officer at NPR. Meanwhile, Sulzberger family member David Perpich is the new senior vice president of product and Paul Smurl is saying goodbye after 10 years to join a startup… The Washington Post decides “to internally transfer or eliminate certain non-Newsroom positions, where appropriate,” while simultaneously touting the 17 journalists it hired in the past three months. The paper would also like you to know that Fast Company recently named it the “Number One Most Innovative Media Company in the World.”…
Would you like to buy the New York Daily News? You’ll have to outbid Cablevision’s James Dolan, which shouldn’t be too difficult as he’s only in for $1. Some of the other suitors are looking to spend more, but far from the $150 million to $200 million owner Mort Zuckerman was hoping to get.. Meredith Corporation hires Kim Martin as chief strategy officer. She previously served as president and general manager of WE tv for nine years and also held positions at AMC-owned Rainbow Media and Discovery Networks… Read More
LostRemote: NBC News has joined Kik, the favorite messaging app of teens everywhere. For Kik users, NBC is a television network. Yes, television.
AgencySpy: In an ad for his new streaming music service Tidal, Jay Z asked other musicians to take themselves way too seriously. Turns out they’re quite good at that.
FishbowlDC: Alex Treadway is joining The Washington Post as VP of leadership sales.
Meredith has promoted Daren Mazzucca to VP and publisher of Martha Stewart Living. Mazzucca has been with Meredith for the past five years, most recently as publisher of Better Homes and Gardens.
“Daren brings a wealth of magazine publishing experience to Martha Stewart Living as well as a solid track record of success in building and growing advertising performance with leading titles,” said Tom Harty, president of Meredith National Media Group, in a statement.
In related news, Tracy Hadel has been promoted to associate publisher of Better Homes and Gardens. She most recently served as the advertising sales director for Every Day with Rachael Ray.
Olivia Wilde is Shape’s latest cover star. The 31-year-old actress gave birth to her son Otis almost one year ago, and she discusses pregnancy, giving birth and motherhood with the magazine.
Wilde said Otis arrived two weeks early. She described the birth as “an extreme adventure that is definitely not for the faint of heart.” She even added “I can’t wait to do it again.”
Jason Sudeikis, who is engaged to Wilde, had no comment.
It’s been an unusual and most unwelcome dilemma for The Playlist, Den of Geek, Cinema Blend and CHUD. How to react to the downfall of regular contributor Gabriel Toro, who earlier this month pled guilty in a New Jersey courtroom to one count of online enticement of a minor. Sentencing is scheduled for June 25.
After careful consideration we have elected not to remove his historical contributions from the site, however, as to do so would feel like an attempt to deny acknowledging that his work ever appeared here.
On a personal note, I would like to apologize for the lateness of this statement. I have been struggling to form a cogent response, and the failure to do so sooner is my own fault, and should not reflect on the Playlist team.
On the same day that Den of Geek was sharing its course of action (March 24), CHUD founder Nick Nunziata posted the most damning statement of all. Under the headline “If There’s Smoke, There’s Fire: A Cautionary Tale,” he included some heartfelt self-examination:
The sad fact is that Gabriel Toro had a reputation on our message boards for many years as a person who should be on some sort of watchlist for the exact kind of behavior which probably ruined the life of an innocent girl. It’s foolhardy to point a finger at ourselves, especially considering how different the Internet has gotten even in the last few years. Long after Gabriel/Fabfunk was a fixture here. It’s stupid to point fingers, but it’s also stupid to ignore that what we did was simply not enough. We made jokes. We banned him from the site. We made light of it. As the site runner, I accepted the page views and moved on with my day. He became a punchline here but it cost us nothing and it did nothing other than amuse us.
Years later, as his career as an online critic grew so too did his access, resources and whatever psychological impulses he’d kept at bay. Eventually (hopefully only this one time) he took action on those impulses and someone suffered. It’s not our responsibility but in all honesty we saw it coming and even joked about it, so maybe it’s time this amazing technological advance that allows us to communicate in a way never seen before can be used as a means to prevent this kind of real-world horror from happening.
FishbowlNY was reminded, while writing this post, of Robert Sanchez, founder of IESB.net. In 2010, the Web journalist denied accusations that he had molested his stepdaughter.
Christopher Rosen has been named senior news director at Entertainment Weekly. Rosen most recently served as managing entertainment editor for The Huffington Post. He had been with the site for four years.
Rosen previously worked at Movieline, where he served as a senior editor. He has also contributed to Complex, The New York Observer and more.
“Chris’ experience working in the digital space and his vast entertainment knowledge make him the ideal person to lead the EW.com news team,” said EW’s editor, Henry Goldblatt, in a statement. “He’s a longtime fan of EW and we couldn’t be happier to welcome him to the brand.”
Bonnier Corporation is looking to bulk up this spring. According to Ad Age, the publisher is currently discussing a purchase of Men’s Fitness from AMI.
The addition will cost Bonnier plenty. While the Daily News is getting offers of one dollar, Men’s Fitness — which was revitalized by former Men’s Health editor David Zinczenko — will likely sell for about $30 million.
If the deal goes through, Zinczenko would be united with his brother, Eric Zinczenko. Eric was named Bonnier’s executive VP — the second highest-ranked position at the company — in 2013.
Assistant editor Kimberly Scott was first to report the story on March 19. Five days after Barista’s restaurant owner Stephen Ward hoisted up high above his establishment a giant copper bull purchased for $130,000 in Las Vegas, angering the community with the artwork’s over-sized genitalia and the idea that the appendage was dangling across the street from a high school.
Scott followed late last week with a second dispatch, confirming the offensive portion of the sculpture had been snipped. “The famous weenie’s gone!” Ward told Scott.
Stories like this don’t come along too often for any news outlet, let alone one serving the smaller communities of southern Utah. Below are just a few more examples of the Barista’s owner’s quotable comments.
Ward, on the anger over the sign being reflective of other community issues:
\"If I put Pinocchio up there, its nose would be too big. It’s me. It’s me. It’s not the bull. It’s not the restaurant. They don’t like me.\"
Ward, on his decision to modify the bull statue:
\"It has nothing to do with the city, at all. I said, ‘You know what? I’m going to have that penis taken off, so you can see more of the beautiful… I love the joints and the plate work, instead of that atrocious party hat. It was so stupid, because it [the genitalia] looks like a party hat.\"
Ward, on city officials claiming they only saw a three-inch drawing of the sculpture before it was installed:
\"When they need to lie, they lie; and when they don’t, they don’t; so, whatever’s convenient for them works for them just fine. I mean, they lied. It was bolted to the parking lot for three weeks. Every person in this city saw it. It was bolted right there for three weeks to the black top.\"
The Barista’s owner was able to produce and show to the St. George News a saved email from one city official, praising the statue after having viewed it in the parking lot. At press time, the restaurant website had crashed due to all the incoming Web traffic. We can only imagine how good a month March will turn out to be for the St. George News, which is in its first year of operation.
The Apple Watch is ugly and unnecessary, but at least it’s interesting to see how media companies are crafting new offerings to fit the device. The latest entry is from The New York Times, which is rolling out one-sentence articles as a way for users to stay updated on the news.
The Times’ one-sentence alerts — a free extension of the Times iPhone app — will include articles from a wide range of sections, including Business, Politics, Science, Technology and Arts.
The Times alerts will feature headlines and short summaries that can be viewed by swiping. Users can save articles for later viewing, or use the Handoff feature to continue reading on other Apple devices. And as you can see, the one-sentence articles will even contain emoji.
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Cablevision, owned by James Dolan, is prepared to make its offer for The New York Daily News. According to Reuters, it will be one dollar. That’s right, Dolan thinks the Daily News is worth less than a Snickers.
We’re not saying Dolan is wrong, especially considering the massive annual losses the tabloid incurs and the giant cost of maintaining a daily print product:
Cablevision’s $1 bid takes into account the New York Daily News’ reported $30 million annual loss and $150 million investment in a printing press, and declining circulation that relies heavily on newsstand sales rather than on subscriptions, the source said.
However, even though we recognize that the business of print is tough, it’s sad to hear that someone thinks the Daily News is worth so little.
Thankfully for Daily News’ owner Mort Zuckerman, Cablevision isn’t the only bidder. Others interested in the paper include John Catsimatidis, owner of Gristedes, and media entrepreneur Jimmy Finkelstein. Hopefully they offer more than some pocket change and lint.