The New York Times’ never-ending string of new appointments keeps on truckin’ with Dorothea Herrey jumping on board as senior vice president of NYT Live. She joins from Dow Jones, where she had been heading up the conference business at The Wall Street Journal… David Lauter will oversee coverage of the 2016 presidential campaign at the Los Angeles Times, a move that makes a lot of sense given his current position as Washington bureau chief… Pete Donohue, who covered New York transportation for the New York Daily News until April, hitches his car to the Transport Workers Union train. He’ll write for the TWU’s magazine and pitch in elsewhere… Bill Sternberg is the editorial page editor at USA Today, moving up from deputy editorial page editor and replacing Brian Gallagher…
Popular Science recruits The Verge’s Carl Franzen as online director of PopSci.com. He had been news editor in his previous gig and also worked at Talking Points Memo… Vox takes the unusual step of uniting politics and policy, with politics editor Laura McGann moving up to deputy managing editor, overseeing both subject areas… WSJ makes a host of changes to its digital team… Read More
TVNewser: Time passes. Wars are fought. Lives change. But one thing remains constant: Dr. Drew talking about sex, love and relationships.
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At the end of former Senator and Congressional aide Brent Budowsky’s The Hill post about the gargantuan influence of The Drudge Report, the author writes:
In many ways, I deplore the influence of Matt Drudge, but in the meantime, would someone send this piece to Drudge and maybe he will post it (wink, wink)?
That entreaty seems to have worked, as Budowsky got the double rainbow of a two-different-headlines, same URL link at the Drudge end. Those mentions in turn caught the attention of Rush Limbaugh, who clicked, read and today commented about The Hill piece on his radio show:
“The fact that Drudge has no competitors is what stands out to me. This guy [Bukowski] admits it. There are no competitors. The New York Times ought to be the Drudge page! The newspaper of record? The greatest newspaper in the world? If it were being run by true news people, the New York Times would be what the Drudge page is. If you want to know what’s happening wherever and things that matter and are important, you go there. That’s the reputation all these news organizations want, isn’t it?”
“But they don’t have it. Matt Drudge has it. And he links to some things in the New York Times, but not everything. Some things in the Washington Post. Days go by and there won’t be something there from either publication. Other days, the page is overloaded with links to those papers. It just depends. But the idea that Drudge doesn’t have any competition is admitted to by this guy at TheHill.com.
Another feather for the fedora of the Internet’s most anachronistic media star.W
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Richard Beckman, the publishing veteran, is joining Vice as its first chief revenue officer.
Beckman was an executive at Condé Nast for more than two decades. He also served as the first CEO of Adweek parent Prometheus Global Media, now known as Guggenheim Digital Media.
“Vice is the fastest-growing company in the media landscape,” Beckman told The Hollywood Reporter. “Their connection to great passion points across a wide array of categories and their unique relationship with millions of constituents, as a rainmaker it’s like waving the dinner bell for a piranha.”
Beckman’s appointment is effective immediately. He reports to Vice co-president Andrew Creighton.
There may soon be a new claim to fame among actors. It will go something like this: “Yeah, I did the embodiments for that [INSERT FAMOUS COMEDIAN NAME HERE] hologram.”
From Newsweek writer Polly Mosendz‘s look at plans to have holograms of famous dead comedians in place next summer when the National Comedy Center opens in Jamestown, New York:
For these comedy legends, Hologram USA is considering using a real actor, who operates in real time, directing the hologram. This kind of technology would allow for excellent comedic timing, as not all jokes go over the same with different audiences. “They could be heckling. They can delay a punch line. It’s a real-time and real interactive experience,” CEO Alki David explained. “Not every show will be the same.”
The sets will be developed based on existing audio recordings. Once the contracts are set, the estate will work with the families to pick the performer’s outfits, though brands might get in on the dress code too. “If a sponsor wants to work with us to integrate a product into the show, and they are critical to drive the economics of this, then we will incorporate a sponsor-based design. But mostly we will base the outfit on original clothing,\" David said.
The real actor element mimics the way James Cameron animated Avatar and how video games creat likenesses of famous athletes. Jamestown is already home to the Lucy Desi Center for Comedy, which is involved in the Comedy Center project.
[Image via comedycenter.org]
In the annals of the New York Times Magazine, it’s been a long time since someone with less of a need for publicity was profiled than Kris Jenner. But for the matriarch of the industry that now essentially runs LA (reality TV), being in front of some other, east coast media concern blends right into a day’s work.
So what do we learn? Among the more intriguing aspects of the piece is a hinted of Jenner’s next reality TV endeavor. Think boy bands, girl bands and Lance Bass. As far as Keeping Up with The Kardashians, credit one of Ryan Seacrest’s producers for sensing genre and ratings gold after Jenner pitched the idea of a family-driven series:
Seacrest sent a producer to their house to shoot a short reel at a family barbecue that would help him decide if the idea had potential. “On the way home,” Seacrest explains, the producer called and said: ‘We have a show. This is going to be amazing.’ Watch the tape, and you know, you see the craziness that is their family.’
Coming on the heels of the Fizzle of the Century, Taffy Brodesser-Akner’s profile piece is also a timely month of May reminder that when it comes to wringing dollars from staged drama, no two individuals can match Ms. Jenner and Mr. Mayweather.
This week, ZocDoc is hiring an external communications manager, while Travelzoo needs a head of sales for hotels. The Stir is seeking a senior product manager, and Fordham University is on the hunt for a designer. Get the scoop on these openings below, and find additional just-posted gigs on Mediabistro.External Communications Manager ZocDoc (New York, NY) Head of Sales, Hotels Travelzoo (New York, NY) Senior Product Manager The Stir (New York, NY) Designer Fordham University (New York, NY) Editor-in-Chief Glammonitor.com (New York, NY)
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Premiering this afternoon at 1 p.m. ET, SiriusXM’s latest Town Hall discussion features EW’s Kyle Anderson in conversation with 5 Flights Up director Richard Loncraine and star Morgan Freeman. The movie, opening today, casts Freeman and Diane Keaton as a couple selling their longtime New York City apartment.
From Anderson’s interview preview:
An audience question about Unforgiven inspired a cool tale about Gene Hackman, who starred in the 1992 Best Picture winner alongside Freeman and Clint Eastwood. In one famous scene, Hackman interrogates Freeman (it does not end well for Freeman), and the look of terror expressed on Freeman’s face is legendary. How was he able to conjure such intensity without using words?
\"The essence to me of acting is listening,\" Freeman said. \"Gene leaned into my ear and he said, and I’ll paraphrase this, ‘I’m gonna ask you some questions, and if your answers don’t match up with the answers that I’ve already got, I’m gonna hurt you.’ I believed him.\"
Freeman also expressed dismay that he can no longer work with Hackman, now retired and happily writing novels from a home office in Santa Fe. In some cases, Hackman co-writes his books with Daniel Lenihan. In a 2014 interview with Lenihan, Hackman said he does not miss the demands of on-location filming.
According to Ad Age, a Google report found that almost half—46 percent—of video ads are never viewed. That’s bad news for some media companies, who have pinned at least part of their hopes on the rise of online video.
If no one is watching video ads, advertisers will turn skittish. If that happens, those media companies will likely suffer.
We’ve always been skeptical of the supposed video boom. The fact is that rarely have we ever wanted to watch something that could be explained with text. And if that video is more than two minutes long? Forget it. Not a chance in hell we sit through it.
We should note that Google’s study also revealed that video ads on YouTube—which, hey, coincidentally, Google owns—are pretty much always seen. Google says YouTube video ads are viewed an astonishing 91 percent of the time.
In other words, take these findings with a grain of salt.
Well, it’s official: Bill Simmons and ESPN are going to part ways. In a statement on Facebook, ESPN president John Skipper said the company was not going to renew Simmons’ contract.
Simmons has been with ESPN since 2001. His contract is up at the end of September.
“I decided today that we are not going to renew Bill Simmons’ contract,” explained Skipper. “We have been in negotiations and it was clear it was time to move on. ESPN’s relationship with Bill has been mutually beneficial — he has produced great content for us for many years and ESPN has provided him many new opportunities to spread his wings. We wish Bill continued success as he plans his next chapter. ESPN remains committed to Grantland and we have a strong team in place.”
The rumors about Simmons’ future have been gaining steam for months now. In March, Simmons seemed to show his hand a bit, suggesting that ESPN was unwilling to pay him what he thought he was worth.
Now that we know Simmons is moving on, the question is — what’s next? Will another big company step up? Maybe CNN?
Perhaps Simmons will launch his own company. He certainly has the brand power to do that. Simmons has a huge readership, and they will follow him wherever he goes. Those people—along with everyone else in the sports media world—will be anxiously waiting to hear where, exactly, that will be.
New York media favorite Tavi Gevinson, according to Elle, is one of Taylor Swift’s “besties.” That’s why Gevinson got the chance to interview Swift for Elle’s Women in Music issue.
Gevinson and Swift discuss a wide variety of subjects, from love (surprise!) to fame. On the latter subject, Swift took the bold stance that she does not regret getting paid millions to sing or attending ceremonies that honor her for doing so.
“Like, I feel no need to burn down the house I built by hand,” Swift told Gevinson. “I can make additions to it. I can redecorate. But I built this. And so I’m not going to sit there and say, ‘Oh, I wish I hadn’t had corkscrew-curly hair and worn cowboy boots and sundresses to awards shows when I was 17; I wish I hadn’t gone through that fairy-tale phase where I just wanted to wear princess dresses to awards shows every single time.’ Because I made those choices. I did that. It was part of me growing up.”
The June issue of Elle hits newsstands May 19.
The move comes about two weeks after Time Inc. sent six People jobs to WoodWing, a company based in Malaysia.
The latest round of outsourced jobs will end up at India-based Time Analytic & Shared Services Private (aka Time Inc India).
USA Today has promoted Bill Sternberg to editorial page editor. Sternberg has served as deputy editorial page editor since 2004.
Poynter reports that Sternberg is succeeding Brian Gallagher, who was named USA Today’s editorial page editor in 2004. Gallagher is retiring.
Sternberg’s appointment is effective June 1.