TVNewser: Brian Williams’ lie about getting shot down in a helicopter got more dramatic as he retold the tale. Seems like a great guy.
AgencySpy: Jenny Slate and Paul Dano star in a Gap ad campaign that proclaims spring is “weird.” Sure!
GalleyCat: Harper Lee’s new novel doesn’t debut until July, but it’s already number one on Amazon’s Best Seller List. That’s one sign that you might be a talented and beloved writer.
From Travis J. Tritten‘s latest report:
Williams admitted on air that he was not on the Chinook that was struck by enemy fire, saying he was \"instead on a following aircraft\" and writing a Facebook apology to soldiers saying \"I was indeed on the Chinook behind the bird that took the RPG.\" But Army flight crews told Stars and Stripes the NBC anchor was actually flying with a different helicopter company altogether — in a different direction, and linked to the attacked unit by radio only.
… \"I think it is misleading\" for Williams to say his aircraft was following behind the Chinook hit by two rocket-propelled grenades and small arms fire, said David Luke, a retired soldier from Texas who was a flight engineer with a company of the helicopters under the 159th Aviation Regiment, which was known as Hercules and based out of Savannah, Georgia.
According to Luke, the Williams formation of three Chinooks was headed back to Kuwait, flying over at one point a white Iraqi pick-up truck. Another company of Chinooiks, he says, flew past in the opposite direction towards Baghdad and were susbequently fired on by men in the pick-up.
The dust has settled around People and Entertainment Weekly. A few days ago, we reported that Matt Bean was out as editor of EW and Henry Goldblatt would succeed him. Now to add to that report.
Bean has been named senior VP, editorial innovation, a new role at Time Inc. “In this position, he will develop new editorial products and content verticals that leverage emerging audiences and technology,” wrote Time Inc. CEO Joe Ripp, in a memo announcing the changes. “He will also serve as the lead editorial voice for the Time Inc. Native Studio and collaborate with Technology & Product Engineering (T&PE) to make sure our edit teams have state-of-the-art platforms and tools.”
In related People and EW news, Will Lee has been named digital editorial director of People.com and EW.com. He was most recently editor of People.com.
Although the first U.S. exhibition of the work of French-born illustrator Tomi Ungerer (pictured) is set to run through the middle of March at New York’s The Drawing Center (35 Wooster Street), good luck trying to leave with a souvenir catalog. As the 83-year-old Ungerer this week told CBC Radio Q guest host Daniel Richler (via telephone from Cork, Ireland), the catalogs sold out within the first few days of the January 16 opening.
In honor of the exhibition, The Drawing Center partnered with online marketplace Artspace to create a limited, signed edition of a famous protest poster drawn by Ungerer in 1967. Ungerer also did an interview with Artspace, during which he explained why New York remains the one place he still does not feel entirely safe:
“Once I was almost kidnapped at an airport, and things got a little more serious after that… I flew to Idlewild, now JFK, and after I landed three guys came up, two on my sides and one behind me, and one said, \"Tomi, drop you suitcases quietly and follow us.\" The guy behind me picked up my suitcases, like in a movie, and the two other guys grabbed me by the arms and dragged me away. They even opened up the soles of my shoes. I never found out who they were!”
“It’s very funny, you never think about looking for identification or anything like this. They were just a bunch of goons. Then after I landed, I learned that I had been placed in the black book, and my telephone was tapped. For a while there was a lot of hazing, but that stopped when Kennedy was elected, though I remained in the black book. That’s the reason why every time I come back I’m still nervous.”
In the conversation with Richler, Ungerer offers his thoughts on the recent Charlie Hebdo terrorist attack. In the Artspace Q&A, he talks about the years he lived in a bordello. Both are great interviews.[Photo via: tomiungerer.com]
Print may be facing an uncertain future, but magazines like Taste of Home are finding ways to do more than just keep afloat. Last year, Taste of Home’s print ad pages grew 9.2 percent year over year, its digital traffic increased by 56 percent year over year, and the mag was among the top three publications in terms of social engagement. (The TOH brand as a whole gets 50 million-plus impressions each month.) Even its popular Live Cooking School events have expanded — online. Editor-in-chief Catherine Cassidy, who’s been at the helm for more than 10 years, credits the magazine’s success to its being especially in tune with its readers:
“We are based in Milwaukee… and I find it to be a huge benefit to live in an area where you walk among your customers all the time. When I see someone pick up Taste of Home in a grocery store, I’m all over them, like, ‘Oh, what made you pick it up?’ So I think it gives us an interesting advantage.”
Here, Cassidy answers five questions on the mag’s community of sharers, why she’s found it beneficial to “ski the conditions” and more.
FBNY: You were named among 2014’s Most Intriguing People in Media by Min. What was that like, and to what do you owe that recognition?
Catherine Cassidy: Well, it was an honor and a privilege. Most of my career, I have worked outside of the New York City media, and — Taste of Home is a very, very big brand, but I don’t move in New York City circles, so it really was cool to be recognized in that group of people.
Our brand is really unique. We have scale and we have engagement at the same time. It’s really vast. We have a lot of customers, but they love Taste of Home — they love us, and in every platform that we’ve expanded to, we continue to delight customers. And the fundamental reason is that there’s a great deal of trust of our brand, because all of our recipes come from our readers, so they sort of invent the brand themselves by sharing their recipes with us and their stories with us. I feel like I’m not really the powerful editor; I’m kind of a steward of the brand and it’s the customers who inevitably shape what our magazines and our books and our website become.
FBNY: The magazine has seen large growth, on both the print and digital sides. How has your team accomplished this?
Cassidy: I think we really listen to our customers. And I was saying this at the Min breakfast, if we listen to them and understand what they like and what they don’t like, that, yes, they do cook with cream soup and they eat Jell-O and they go to church and — you know, if we really tune ourselves to that and get out of the way and create the product that they want, it grows. I have an amazing team. They’re very, very much in touch with what our readers and our users are looking for. And honestly, one of the things that we’ve been focused on very much the last three or four years, is what I call ‘back to the future’ — you know, looking at the older magazines and [figuring out] what was the magic then and how do we replicate that in a modern way for today. [For example,] looking at the issues from 1993, the photography is funky and old-fashioned, but people loved it.
FBNY: What’s the secret to your success on social media?
Cassidy: People love to share. We have over 3 million Facebook fans. They love to talk to one another. They always have. We used to have a column in the magazine called ‘Does Anyone Have…?’ and literally people would write letters and say, ‘I have this recipe that my grandmother had. It used baking chocolate and cinnamon’ and blah, blah, blah, and we would publish it and then people would write letters to this person answering their question. We kind of were doing what social media does before there was ever a Facebook. If you go onto our Facebook site, we will put a post up, ‘Here’s a great recipe from so-and-so,’ and within an hour it’s got 1,000 likes.
And they love Pinterest. It’s been a real boon for us. At one point we were getting more referrals to our site from Pinterest than any other media. Our teams work together to put in the [print] magazine things that we — we call them the ‘pinniest.’ Like we [featured] a bunny pancake. And it just rocked throughout social media, to a point where it was picked up on the “Today” show as something that was trending. We’re kind of pushing content all around the wheel, so to speak.
FBNY: What are some lessons you’ve learned in your editorial career that you’re applying to your current position?
Cassidy: To do the things that you fear, because that’s what really makes you step outside of your comfort zone and grow and change, and it’s something I say to all of my teams. Don’t be afraid. That’s been a guiding principle that has shaped my career, and I think it’s just good advice, period.
At the same time, one thing my staff hears from me all the time is, ‘Ski the conditions.’ You can’t do things the same way all the time or you’re going to fail. Skiing the conditions in this business means watching out, looking at trends, what’s happening; what is our competition doing; what are they not doing; do I have the right team in place; what do I need. I’ve been through six different management teams since I’ve been here. And I think it’s partly because, you know, someone leaves and another administration comes in and you say, ‘Well, OK, I’m going to roll up my sleeves and I’m going to do what I need to do.’
FBNY: What’s next for Taste of Home?
Cassidy: Last October, we launched the initial five courses of our new Taste of Home Online Cooking School. We’re really excited about that. It’s the largest live cooking school show in the country, and it was just a natural next step to take.
And now we’re just launching our new Big Books. Our Big Book for this season is Taste of Home’s Easy Weeknight Dinners. We still publish lots of books every year and lots of special interest publications, and we have a sister publication called Country Woman. We’ve taken that under the Taste of Home umbrella, and so the first newly redesigned Country Woman will be our June/July issue. So we have a lot going on this year.
This interview has been edited for length and clarity.
Vanderbilt junior Larissa May is a star. Her fashion blog Livin Like Larz has led to all sorts of opportunities, from branded content posts to fashion shoots in New York to an imminent new company Recsy (for which she is the CMO).
May recently spoke with Mackenzie Smith, a lifestyles reporter for the school’s student newspaper The Vanderbilt Hustler. May recalled how it all got rolling:
\"When I was 18, I took an internship in LA. I packed up my bags and … told my parents that my internship was five days a week, but I lied — it was two. I wound up hustling around and meeting people, and ended up working with Sincerely Jules. It turned out that she was the biggest fashion blogger in the world.\"
\"When I was in LA I just ended up doing crazy things — I randomly found myself at the red carpet working as the talent escort at the [Daytime] Emmys. My job was to bring them their trophies, and I would bring them to the press room. There were a ton of celebrities that I met there — people like Ellen DeGeneres, Dr. Oz and Bethenny Frankel. Ultimately, it was there that I kept meeting like-minded people.
May ranks hosting her own Teen Vogue parties as a so-far career highlight. Read the rest of the Q&A here.[Photo via: livinlikelarz.com]
Time Inc. just announced a restructuring of its communications team, and as always when you have the “r word,” people are out of jobs.
According to a memo, executive VP, corporate communications Terri Everett will be leaving, as well as Time Inc. veteran Nancy Valentino, who served as senior VP, communications and brand development. Everett had joined Time Inc. in 2012; Valentino in 2003.
As for those who are left, Jaison Blair will now serve as senior VP, investor relations and corporate communications; Daniel Kile becomes senior VP, brand communications; and Susan Parkes, senior VP, marketing, will be oversee communications for People and Entertainment Weekly.
You can read the entire memo from Time Inc. CEO Joe Ripp and executive VP Evelyn Webster below.
Over the past year, we have been fundamentally re-engineering the business and re-imagining our company for its next chapter of growth.
Central to our transformation has been our ability to act and speak as one company. To drive that change we are moving toward shared resources, consolidated functions and common goals.
In that spirit, today we are announcing actions that will more effectively coordinate corporate, brand, internal and investor communications. We are moving from five separate communications structures to three.
Effective immediately, Jaison Blair will be taking on expanded responsibilities as SVP, Investor Relations and Corporate Communications. In this new role, he will oversee our corporate messaging to trade and national press contacts, our relationships with equity and credit investors and will work closely with human resources on Time Inc.’s employee communications. Jaison has done a great job crafting our messaging for the credit ratings agencies, the successful funding of $1.4 billion of Time Inc. debt and our spin-off from Time Warner; and he’s helped us to establish strong relationships within the investment community. We are confident in Jaison’s ability to coordinate corporate communications, IR and internal messaging, and to work more broadly with our communications teams.
With this consolidation of functions, we are eliminating the role of EVP, Corporate Communications, and as a result, Teri Everett will be leaving the company. Teri has done a terrific job over the past three years leading our corporate communications efforts and was instrumental in managing the company’s public profile during the spin-off from Time Warner.
Daniel Kile becomes SVP, Brand Communications, reporting to Evelyn. In this newly-created position, Daniel will oversee all media relations and communications efforts for the 24 titles across Evelyn’s portfolio. He will be fully consolidating our brand PR into a single operation, sharing staff and resources across titles—something he has executed very successfully in his current role. Daniel is a strategic thinker who is involved in every aspect of our brands, from helping set editorial and sales strategy to advising on marketing and events. We’re delighted that he will now bring that vision and experience to all of our brands.
Susan Parkes, SVP, Marketing, will be overseeing communications efforts for PEOPLE and Entertainment Weekly, reporting to CEO Joe Ripp until a new President of PEOPLE and EW is named. Susan currently positions our brands and ideas to the advertising community, clients and strategic partners. This is a natural extension of her marketing responsibilities and brand development initiatives.
With this change, Nancy Valentino, SVP, Communications and Brand Development will be leaving the company. Nancy has played a key role in the strategy and marketing of our fashion and entertainment portfolio for the past 10 years, and she is credited with creating a number of our highly successful entertainment industry partnerships.
Jaison, Daniel and Susan will work closely together to tell Time Inc.’s story. Please join us in congratulating them on their new roles, and please wish Teri and Nancy the best in their future endeavors.
Joe and Evelyn
According to a new Pew Research Center study, most investigative journalists believe that the government has spied on them. Sixty-four percent of participants said that Uncle Sam had “Probably Collected Data” on their phone calls, emails and other online communications.
The report surveyed 671 members of Investigative Reporters and Editors, Inc. (IRE). The pool of respondents included reporters, producers, editors, data specialists, photojournalists and more.
Of those who said that they believed the government was watching them, reporters who covered national security, foreign affairs or the government were the most convinced. A whopping 71 percent said they believed the feds were collecting data from their communications.
Reporters who feel the government breathing down their necks also claimed that their employers are not doing enough to help them. Among those who work for news organizations, only 21 percent felt that their employer was taking steps to protect them and their sources.
(Image: Pew Research Center)
Reuters has added two staffers to its top news team in the Americas. Details are below.Sue Horton joins as top news editor of the West Coast. Horton was most recently the LA Times’ o-op-ed editor. She previously worked as the LA Times’ deputy California editor, editor-in-chief of LA Weekly, and an investigative reporter on contract for 60 Minutes and 20/20. Horton succeeds Peter Henderson, who is now deputy companies news editor. Stuart Grudgings has been named a foreign policy and health contributor. He most recently served as Reuters’ Malaysia bureau. He will be based in Washington.
Welcome back to another edition of FishbowlNY’s weekly Cover Battle. This round features Women’s Health taking on ESPN The Magazine.
Women’s Health’s latest cover features Kate Mara in an outfit that you should never, ever try to wear. Please. As your friends, we’re begging you — it will not end well.
ESPN The Magazine, meanwhile, went with NBA commissioner Adam Silver. We have to admit, we sort of love Silver. Yes, this is our way of asking him to help the Knicks in any way possible.
So readers, which cover is better? You can vote, comment, or do both.
In this coming Sunday’ New York Times Magazine, author Chris Offutt gives readers a taste of his forthcoming memoir about his father’s long and unorthodox writing career. If the article is any indication, the memoir is going to be a keeper.
Off the top, Offutt explains that to finance the cost of his braces, dad Andre Jefferson Offut V got into writing pornographic novels. In the end, from a home base in Taylorsville, Kentucky, he would for this very profitable endeavor use 17 different pseudonyms:
My father’s first published novel was Bondage Babes, released by Greenleaf under the name Alan Marshall in 1968. His pay was $600. The plot was a clever conceit. Someone had murdered a model for a bondage shoot, and the model’s sister was investigating the crime by posing as a model herself, which allowed for soft-core descriptions of restrained women. Greenleaf published his next novel, Sex Toy, a book Dad referred to as \"sensitive,\" under the name J. X. Williams, followed by three other books under three other names.
His primary pseudonym, John Cleve, first appeared on Slave of the Sudan, an imitation of Victorian pornography so precisely executed that the editor suspected my father of plagiarism. Dad found this extremely flattering.
Another one of dad’s pseudonyms was inspired by two of his favorite Cincinnati Reds. Offutt Sr. passed away in APril, 2013. Read-bookmark the full piece here.[Screen grab via: nytimes.com]
Hannah Davis is the latest cover star of Sports Illustrated’s annual Swimsuit Issue. The 24-year-old is shown pulling down her bikini bottoms at a farm in Tennessee. Just another typical day!
SI assistant managing editor MJ Day described Davis as “Stunningly beautiful, sweet and sexy.”
“The image leaps from the page,” added Day. “It’s a beautiful photo in its simplest form. No gimmicks, no stunts, just pure American beauty!”
No word yet on if SI considers excessive photoshop a gimmick or stunt. We’ll update when we hear back.
A couple Revolving Door items for you this morning, involving Vox and The Information. Details are below.Simon Rogers is joining Vox as a contributing editor. Rogers currently works at Twitter, where he served as a data editor. He’ll continue his role at Twitter. Reed Albergotti is leaving The Wall Street Journal to join the tech site The Information. Albergotti had been with the Journal since 2003.
NBC’s Brian Williams Recants Iraq Story After Soldiers Protest (Stars And Stripes)
NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams admitted Wednesday he was not aboard a helicopter hit and forced down by RPG fire during the invasion of Iraq in 2003, a false claim that has been repeated by the network for years. TVNewser The incident came into question when crew members of the 159th Aviation Regiment’s Chinook that was hit by two rockets told Stars And Stripes that Williams was nowhere near the helicopter that went down. Williams and his crew were on a different chopper, about an hour behind the one that was fired upon. HuffPost Most recently, in a Friday Nightly News segment featuring Command Sgt. Major Tim Terpack, Williams described being aboard a helicopter that was hit by a rocket-propelled grenade and forced down at the beginning of the Iraq War. Williams said that his NBC team was then “rescued, surrounded and kept alive” by a platoon led by Terpack. The newscast showed footage of Williams accompanying Terpack to a New York Rangers hockey game, where the arena announcer repeated Williams’ account of events. THR On Jan. 30, NBC Nightly News posted a video of Williams to Facebook, in which Williams recounts the false story during the news segment. A user by the name of Lance Reynolds, who claimed to have been serving in Iraq during the incident in question, subsequently commented on the video, writing, “Sorry dude, I don’t remember you being on my aircraft.” Variety The admission, which comes after other mistakes made by NBC News personnel in recent newscasts, could give rivals like CBS and ABC fodder in the ongoing struggle to lure audiences to the flagship programs of their news departments.
Fox News Embeds Complete ISIS Video on Website (TVNewser)
While Fox News Channel won’t show you the horrific propaganda video released by ISIS that claims to show the murder of a captured Jordanian pilot, you can go to FoxNews.com and watch the full video. NYT On Tuesday, media organizations around the world wrestled with whether to show either the still images or the video of Islamic State militants burning a Jordanian pilot alive in a cage. The clip was offered on the Fox News website with no preamble, though a short text accompanying the video warned viewers that it was extremely graphic. Most other news organizations used photos or video clips showing the moments leading up to the execution. TVNewser Tony Maddox, the executive vice president of CNN International, joined CNN Today to explain why the network would not show the ISIS video of the Jordanian pilot being burned to death. Maddox went on to discuss if showing the video is necessary to show the inhumanity and ruthlessness of ISIS. HuffPost Fox News also aired graphic images from the video. Anchor Bret Baier warned viewers on Special Report Tuesday evening that the pictures were coming, adding, “We feel you need to see it.” \"Tonight, we are going to show you some of the images ISIS has put out,\" he said. “The images are brutal. They are graphic. They are upsetting. You may want to turn away. You may want to have the children leave the room right now.” The Fox News anchor added that the network decided to air the horrific images in order “to bring you the reality of Islamic terrorism.”
Netflix to Launch in Japan This Fall (THR)
Internet video service Netflix is planning to launch in Japan in the fall, according to a CNBC alert. WSJ Japan will be the company’s maiden market in Asia and will serve as a launchpad for further expansion in the region. Netflix also named Gregory Peters, its chief streaming and partnerships officer, as general manager of Netflix Japan to help establish relationships with local content creators and consumer electronics companies. It is Netflix’s first appointment of a general manager outside the U.S. Variety At launch, Netflix Japan will apparently include a number of Japanese films and TV series, as well as Netflix originals Marco Polo and upcoming Daredevil. Netflix beat expectations in Q4 on international subscriber adds with 2.43 million (vs. previous guidance of 2.15 million). As of the end of 2014, Netflix had 39.11 million U.S. streaming subs and 18.28 million internationally. GigaOM Netflix surprised investors last month when executives announced as part of the company’s Q4 earnings that they wanted to complete the company’s international expansion to a total of 200 countries within the next two years. Netflix currently operates in close to 50 countries, and has announced that it is going to launch in Australia and New Zealand next month.
MSNBC Suffers Lowest Ratings in A Decade (Politico / Dylan Byers on Media)
MSNBC registered its lowest full-day rating in nearly a decade on Tuesday, a devastatingly low benchmark that shows just how severe the network’s decline has become. The liberal cable news network drew an average of 55,000 viewers in the all-important 25-to-54 year-old demo on Tuesday, its lowest full-day rating since July 2005, according to Nielsen ratings provided by an industry source. TVNewser In primetime, CNN nearly tripled MSNBC in the 25-54 demo. Mediaite CNN averaged 289,000 viewers in the demo between 8 p.m. and 11 p.m. while MSNBC averaged just 102,000, with The Rachel Maddow Show as the only hour to top 100,000. Fox News came in first place with a strong 510,000, with both Bill O’Reilly and Megyn Kelly‘s shows topping 500,000. THR / The Live Feed The continued ratings woes at MSNBC got particularly bad for Ronan Farrow on Tuesday. The host’s 1 p.m. Ronan Farrow Daily posted its lowest delivery among the targeted news demographic of adults 25-54 since launching almost a year ago. Pulling a paltry 11,000 viewers in the demo, MSNBC sank below even Al Jazeera America in the hour. AJAM’s News Live doubled Farrow’s performance with 22,000 — which isn’t anything to write home about either.
Bid Farewell to The Dish (FishbowlDC)
Wednesday morning, Andrew Sullivan announced that not only will he be leaving The Dish, but the blog itself would be no more following Friday. Capital New York The Dish began as Andrew Sullivan’s blog in 2000 and became an independent, subscription-funded business in 2013. Sullivan, and the site’s two other owners, “have come to the conclusion that the practical, financial and editorial challenges of continuing on are simply too great for us to bear as we are, let alone without me,” he wrote Wednesday. Politico / Dylan Byers on Media Sullivan said the primary impetus for his decision to quit blogging was his health: “The tipping point was my health, which made a core decision for me (and us) last month, as our auto-renewals loomed,” he wrote.
Sony Film Unit Posts Provisional Profit Despite Hack (THR)
Sony Corp. said Wednesday that provisional results for its Sony Pictures Entertainment unit show a profit of $20 million for fiscal third quarter ended December, during which the studio’s computer systems were hacked by a group calling themselves Guardians of Peace. Sony Pictures saw a 90 percent fall in operating income compared to the same period in 2013 due to the hacking and lower theatrical revenue, according to the provisional earnings report. Mashable Sony gave a figure for damages from the Sony Pictures hack: $15 million. The entertainment and electronics giant delayed the announcement of its earnings for the October-December quarter because the cyberattack affected its ability to compile its complete results in time. Variety For the quarter from October to December the company’s net profit totaled $757 million, compared with $225 million in the same period the previous year. Operating profit doubled year-on to $1.52 billion and revenue rose 6 percent to $21.8 billion.
Reuters Launches On-Demand News App (FishbowlNY)
Reuters is taking a stab at on-demand TV news with the launch of Reuters TV. The app — currently available for the iPhone only — delivers highly customizable news reports right to your phone. Variety The new service, announced Wednesday, is targeted broadly at general-interest news consumers. While edging into CNN territory, the app — priced at $1.99 per month — primarily will challenge NBCUniversal’s CNBC — which currently dominates business TV news — as well as others like Bloomberg TV and 21st Century Fox’s Fox Business Network.
Brian Balthazar to Leave The View, Return to HGTV (TVNewser)
Brian Balthazar is leaving The View where he’s been co-executive producer since August, and returning to HGTV as VP of programming and development. Deadline The exiting of the producer comes as the transition road for The View appears even rockier than before with rumors of co-host Rosie Perez leaving and CBS’ The Talk beating the Barbara Walters-created show for the first time in total weekly viewership. No word on who or if Balthazar will be replaced at The View, which ABC News took over direct control of last October.
Fox Shares Rise as It Increases Dividend, Beats Year-End Earnings Estimates (Deadline)
There are a lot of moving pieces in 21st Century Fox’s report for the last three months of 2014, its fiscal Q2. But off the bat, investors likely will focus on the 20 percent increase in the company’s dividend which now comes to 30 cents per share — the stock was up 2.4 percent in initial post-market trading. Variety Saudi business mogul Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal has significantly reduced the size of his company’s stake in News Corp., the publishing side of Rupert Murdoch’s empire, while holding fast to its 6.6 percent interest in 21st Century Fox.
Strong Growth for PBS NewsHour (FishbowlDC)
When Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodruff took the reins of PBS NewsHour a little over a year ago, they made broadcast history as the first all-female anchor team. The change is paying off for the network, with the show up 12 percent in total viewers and 11 percent in the adults 25-54 demo for December 2014 vs. December 2013.
Apple Is Talking to TV Programmers About Its Own Web TV Service (Re/code)
Apple has spent years circling the TV business, without ever really getting into the TV business. Now it may be ready to try again. Industry executives say Apple is in talks with TV programmers about deals that would allow Apple to offer an \"over the top\" pay-TV service, like the one Dish has started selling with its Sling TV product, and the one Sony is getting ready to launch.
Disney Shares Break $100 Mark, Up More Than 300 Percent Since Iger Took Over as CEO (THR)
Disney shares, on the back of a strong earnings report driven by the international phenomenon Frozen, shot up more than $7 in trading Wednesday morning to break the $100 per share barrier, a feat never before accomplished in its history as a publicly traded company.
Why Hollywood Is ‘Freaking Out’ Over A Redesigned More (FishbowlNY / Lunch)
In an effort to stave off cabin fever, we slogged our way into Michael’s Wednesday during what was sure to be an all-too-brief intermission between snow storms.
Fox Returns Emmy Awards to Sunday in Fall, Sets Sept. 20 Date (Deadline)
Fox said Wednesday that it will air the 67th annual Primetime Emmy Awards on Sunday, Sept. 20. It’s a not-unexpected move that TV’s biggest awards show is going back to its early fall roots and a Sunday, but it still must be a sigh of relief that last’s year’s rare Monday, Aug. 25 airdate is in the rear-view mirror.
Latino Video Network MiTú Raises $15 Million (Re/code)
MiTú Inc, a Latino-based Web video company, has raised $15 million in a round led by previous investor Upfront Ventures; new investors include Daher Capital, Northgate Ventures and AMC Networks Inc.