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Time Inc Expected to Name Media Honchos Directors
New York Post
Media veterans are set to join former Sony chief Howard Stringer on the board of the soon-to-be separate Time Inc. They include USA Networks founder Kay Koplovitz, former Tribune CEO Dennis FitzSimons and former National Geographic Society media head John Fahey.
Entertainment Weekly's New Editor Adding to Staff
Entertainment Weekly new editor Matt Bean has continued to staff up at the Time Inc. magazine. Last week, he tapped Kyle Ryan of The Onion A.V. Club as editor of EW.com; on Monday, he announced a new round of hires and promotions in a memo to employees.
Vogue's Website in Expansion Mode for September
Vogue is in the process of expanding its website. The Conde Nast magazine is amassing a bigger staff comprised of a mix of new hires and existing employees. The shift will culminate in the unveiling of a new version of the site in September during New York Fashion Week.
New York Times Unveils Explanatory Journalism Site
The New York Times has launched The Upshot, a website that editor David Leonhardt said will offer a combination of data journalism and explanatory reporting — and also try to go head-to-head with new high-profile projects like Ezra Klein's Vox and Nate Silver's FiveThirtyEight.
Slate Models Subscription Service on Amazon Prime
Slate has announced a new subscription model. Called Slate Plus, it keeps most of the online magazine's content available for free, but offers subscribers bonuses such as online chats with reporters. "It's not a paywall," said editor David Plotz. "Our model is Amazon Prime."
Reuters Prominent Writer to Exit for Internet Venture
New York Times
Felix Salmon, a prominent writer at Reuters on finance and the news media, said he plans to leave the news agency. Salmon declined to release details of his new job, but in an email sent to colleagues explained he was "off to do exciting things on the Internet."
Time Inc, Conde Nast Join Digital Video NewFronts
The NewFronts, digital media's answer to the TV upfronts, has an unlikely set of participants — magazine publishers lured by the siren call of advertising earmarked for video. Companies including Time Inc., Conde Nast and National Geographic Society want in on the action.
Vogue Done with Photog Richardson After Charges
A spokeswoman for Vogue said that the magazine will no longer work with Terry Richardson, in the wake of new allegations that the celebrity photographer offered a model the chance to be in the magazine in exchange for sex. "We have no plans to work with him in the future."
SI Swimsuit Issue Top Editor Starts Lifestyle Blog
After 13 years as senior editor of the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue, Diane Smith has launched her own blog — Diane Smith Swim a la Mode, Keep Chic on the Beach. "Right now it's just a labor of love," said Smith, who hopes to attract sponsors. Smith left Time Inc. last year.
Vogue 'Kimye' Cover Shoot Video Sparks Lawsuit
Kim Kardashian and Kanye West on the cover of Vogue has hit a sour note with a wannabe Michael Jackson from the 1970s. Ricky Spicer has sued publisher Conde Nast for filming a video about the controversial cover that used a sample of his voice without permission.
News Corp's Sun Making Libel Payout to Comedian
Russell Brand has won libel damages from the U.K.'s Sun and pledged to donate to the Hillsborough Justice Campaign. The comedian had launched legal action after the Sun on Sunday carried a front-page story claiming he had cheated on girlfriend Jemima Khan with a model.
Guardian Hires Yahoo Exec for Multichannel Strategy
The U.K.'s Guardian News & Media has hired Yahoo's Sam Coleman in the role of head of client development. Coleman is currently group planner at Yahoo, responsible for the retail team, where he has developed strong relationships with planners and clients.
Los Angeles Times Locked Down After Man's Threat
A man suspected of making threatening statements about a shooting and forcing the lockdown of the Los Angeles Times building was being held Saturday for a mental health evaluation, police said. The man works at a call center that rents office space in the Times building.
Boston Globe Rolls Out Redesign for Boston.com
Boston.com has unveiled a redesigned website for desktop and mobile platforms. The new Boston.com "features an elegant black and white design that is crisp and modern, with a continually updated stream of news and feature stories that focus on all things Boston."
Report: U.S. Newspaper Revenue Declined in 2013
U.S. newspaper industry revenue fell last year, as increases in circulation revenue weren't high enough to make up for shrinking demand for print advertising, according to the Newspaper Association of America. The industry trade group said revenue fell 2.6% to $37.6 billion.
Blogger Gets Same Libel Protections as Newspapers
Blogs devoted to disseminating information to the public are entitled to the same rights in libel cases as mainstream media companies, a Florida appellate court has ruled. The decision upheld an order dismissing a libel lawsuit brought against the author of the blog Public Intellectual.
New York Times Critic Bashed by Franco on Instagram
James Franco has unloaded on New York Times theater critic Ben Brantley in a comment on Instagram. Franco, who stars in the new Broadway production of "Of Mice and Men," posted remarks about Brantley after the critic described the actor's performance as lukewarm.
Los Angeles Register Debuts with Upbeat News Mix
L.A.'s latest metro daily has launched with a mix of soft-tilting news and features, along with columns from familiar names such as Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and former Los Angeles Times sportswriter T.J. Simers. The Los Angeles Register aims to be "the new voice of L.A."
Denver Post Taps Whoopi to Write Cannabis Column
Whoopi Goldberg said she is in love with her marijuana-vaporizing pen. In her new column for the Denver Post's Cannabist website, the Oscar-winning entertainer writes that her "vape pen" relieves the devastating glaucoma headaches she suffers without a marijuana high.
Time Inc's All You Magazine Names Willdorf Editor
Time Inc.'s budget-friendly shopping title All You has a new editor, Nina Willdorf, who was promoted from her role as executive editor. She will report to Clare McHugh, group editor of both All You and Health. All You recently expanded beyond its Walmart-only distribution.
Hearst's Esquire, Elle Swap Writers for One Issue
Two Hearst magazines are totally hooking up. Esquire, an 82-year-old American men's title, has sparked a spring fling with Elle, a 69-year-old French expat. Both have carved out space in their pages to allow the other to hold court on what men and women really think.
Axel Springer Accuses Google of Seeking 'Superstate'
The head of Europe's biggest newspaper publisher has accused Google of seeking to establish a digital "superstate" free from constraints of antitrust regulators. In an open letter to Google chief Eric Schmidt, Axel Springer CEO Mathias Dopfner said: "We are afraid of Google."
Financial Times Sets Up Editorial Complaints System
The Financial Times "has been a longstanding member of the Press Complaints Commission, which is due to expire. Readers will no longer have recourse to the PCC as an independent service for dealing with complaints. In its place, we will set up a new mechanism."
New York Times Promotes Mobile App via Starbucks
The New York Times has teamed up with Starbucks on a promotion that doles out free access to the publisher's newly launched mobile news product. Starbucks' My Starbucks Reward members can receive 12 weeks of access to the New York Times's NYT Now mobile app.
TELEVISION & RADIO
Comcast Could Dominate Political Ads After Merger
Washington Free Beacon
Comcast could dominate the market for local political advertising if the proposed merger with Time Warner Cable is approved, according to industry sources. The merger's impact on the $5.4 billion local cable ad market "has been largely absent from public debate."
AT&T Expands High-Speed Internet Service Rollout
Wall Street Journal
AT&T has expanded its planned rollout of high-speed Internet service to as many as 100 cities, amid tougher competition as rivals in the cable industry bulk up. The telecom giant said it will now target major metropolitan areas including Chicago, Los Angeles and San Francisco.
Aereo's Business Model Hard to Kill, Analysts Say
New York Post
Industry analysts say it might not matter if Aereo loses its battle against broadcasters in the Supreme Court. "We believe it will only be a matter of months before some new Aereo-like service emerges with a work-around specifically designed to adhere to the court ruling."
TiVo Says Networks Missing Out on Millions in Ads
The broadcast networks have some numbers to back up their contention that they're getting hosed on delayed viewing. A new study from TiVo claimed that the networks have lost out on nearly $90 million in advertising for the top 10 most-TiVoed shows on the Big Four alone.
Discovery Sells HowStuffWorks at 82 Percent Loss
Discovery has sold HowStuffWorks, a website that explains the science behind everything from magnets to Silly String, for $45 million, taking an 82% loss seven years after acquiring the asset. InfoSpace owner Blucora acquired HowStuffWorks in an all-cash deal.
HBO's John Oliver Show to Make Debut on Sunday
Both global news and late-breaking stories from TV networks' Sunday talk shows will provide plenty of fodder for "Last Week Tonight with John Oliver," which premieres on HBO on April 27. The weekly Sunday-night news comedy show will skewer current events.
NBC to Telecast Clear Channel's iHeartRadio Awards
Pharrell, Drake and Blake Shelton are among the A-listers set to perform at the first iHeartRadio Music Awards. Clear Channel announced that Kendrick Lamar, Shakira, Ed Sheeran and Arcade Fire will also take the stage at the May 1 show, set to air live on NBC.
Comcast, Time Warner May Sell Subscribers to Charter
Comcast and Time Warner Cable have entered negotiations to sell cable assets worth up to $20 billion to Charter Communications in a deal aimed to allay Washington's concerns about their proposed merger. The discussions are said to be at an early stage and no deal is certain.
Fox Cable Exec Fired Over Flight 370 Charity Email
A Fox exec who used her company email account to plan aid for loved ones of the missing Malaysian airplane's passengers has been fired. Darlene Tipton, VP of standards and practices for Fox Cable Networks, said she had wanted to arrange swift financial aid to families.
NBCUniversal, Seacrest Expected to Part Ways at E!
Ryan Seacrest is said to be considering some significant changes to a portfolio that reportedly earns him $61 million annually. While gigs including "American Idol" and his morning radio show are likely to continue, others — such as E! red carpet duty — will come to an end.
Discovery Cancels Everest Live Jump After Tragedy
After a deadly avalanche Friday on Mount Everest that left at least 13 dead and three missing, Discovery Channel has canceled its live jump broadcast from the mountain, which was scheduled for May 11. "Our thoughts and prayers go out to the whole Sherpa community."
NBC Eyes Host Gregory as 'Meet the Press' Struggles
The granddaddy of Sunday-morning Beltway blabfests isn't just not No. 1 — it's No. 3 and in the midst of a three-year slide. During the first three months of this year, "Meet the Press" finished behind rivals "Face the Nation" and "This Week with George Stephanopoulos."
ABC 'GMA' Promotes Lara Spencer to Co-Host Billing
ABC has promoted Lara Spencer to co-host of "Good Morning America." The lifestyle anchor since returning to the show in 2011 now has billing parity with Robin Roberts and George Stephanopoulos. Her promotion comes as "GMA" continues to beat NBC's "Today" in the ratings.
NBC 'Today' Expanding to Sirius XM Starting in June
New York Times
NBC and Sirius XM plan to announce a deal to begin simulcasts of NBC's morning news show on the satellite radio service, beginning June 26. Viewers of "Today" will have the opportunity to become listeners in a move clearly intended to reach commuters in cars on the way to work.
AMC 'Mad Men' Sees Ratings Jump with DVR Viewing
The seventh-season premiere of "Mad Men" clocked 3.7 million viewers when Live+3 viewing stats were added in — a 62% jump from the previously reported 2.3 million for Live+Same Day. "Mad Men" has been described as one of television's most DVR'd series.
ABC to Remove Singer's Name from Ads for Show
Amid the controversy swirling around Bryan Singer, ABC has confirmed that it will re-edit commercials for its new drama "Black Box" to remove any mention of the "X-Men" director, who serves as the TV show's executive producer. "Black Box" is scheduled to premiere April 24.
Al Jazeera America Documentary Series Joins Lineup
Al Jazeera America has co-produced "Hard Earned," a six-part documentary series that follows five U.S. low-income families. AJA president Kate O'Brian has said she is trying to establish the network as "a place where you get really great documentaries."
BBC Enjoys Record in Web Traffic, Twitter Sharing
Broadcasting & Cable
Traffic to BBC.com hit record levels for U.S. and Canada in March, with 38 million unique visitors, up 37% from February 2014. Globally, the BBC also noted that it is the most-shared news brand on Twitter, with its stories being shared a record 2.71 million times in March.
Clear Channel Laying Off Employees in 'Alignment'
Clear Channel has begun an "alignment" of radio-station sales staffs at the local market and cluster levels. Markets of all sizes are believed to have been impacted. Some 22 people were rumored to be affected. The company remains tight-lipped about the number of jobs shed.
HBO's 'Game of Thrones' Sets New Piracy Record
The latest episode of "Game of Thrones" has broken the record for the most people sharing a file simultaneously via BitTorrent. The episode had more than 193,000 people sharing a single copy — a new record for illegal file sharing. Most downloaders came from Australia.
A&E, History Launch Live TV Streaming Initiatives
Episodes of A&E's "Storage Wars" and "Bates Motel" and History's "Vikings" and "Swamp People" are now available to watch live online and mobile devices, for most pay-TV subscribers. "This is just another stage in our evolution of TV Everywhere," said A+E Networks.
Netflix Urged to Weigh In on Comcast-TWC Merger
Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.), an outspoken critic of the possible Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger, has urged Netflix to weigh in on the deal. "As a popular provider of Internet content that competes directly with Comcast, Netflix is uniquely positioned to gauge the risks."
IAC's Diller Says Broadcasters Don't Own Airwaves
Wall Street Journal
Barry Diller, in a Wall Street Journal opinion piece: The Supreme Court case over Aereo "goes against everything the broadcast industry has agreed to over the past 100 years. ... It is unfortunate that the broadcasters have aligned themselves against competition and the consumer."
Discovery Drops Out of Bidding for UK's Channel 5
Discovery has dropped out of the bidding process for the U.K.'s Channel 5. The company offered about $588 million for the broadcaster owned by Northern & Shell. BSkyB, the satellite pay-TV service controlled by Rupert Murdoch, had been working with Discovery on the offer.
INTERNET & DIGITAL MEDIA
Amazon's Bezos Sees Net Worth Take a Big Dive
Jeff Bezos will have lost more money than anyone else on earth in 2014 if his net worth declines by just $200 million, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index. The Amazon founder, who has most of his wealth tied up in company stock, has lost $6.3 billion so far this year.
Facebook, Twitter Top Actors in Dialogue with Fans
These days, a performer's social media footprint is strongly considered when marketers start strategizing campaigns for films and TV shows. Vin Diesel is the current king of social, almost entirely because of his monster presence on Facebook. Justin Timberlake is tops on Twitter.
Netflix Preps Price Hike, Opposes Comcast Merger
Netflix reported first-quarter earnings that beat analyst expectations. But the bigger news was that the company said it plans to raise prices for subscribers and opposes Comcast's proposed merger with Time Warner Cable. "Comcast could control high-speed broadband."
Pandora Unleashes Sales Force on Local Ad Markets
Crain's New York
Pandora Media stands out in the streaming-music field in an important way: It's better than anyone else at siphoning off the billions of advertising dollars that flow to AM/FM radio. And it's gunning for more. Pandora has sales teams in 35 markets and plans to enter even more.
AOL Users Complaining of Hacked Email Accounts
Los Angeles Times
AOL users have complained that their email accounts have been hacked and are being used to send out spam. AOL said it is working on resolving the issue. The company "takes the safety and security of consumers very seriously, and we are actively addressing consumer complaints."
Twitter Veteran Dorsey Finds Square a Harder Sale
Wall Street Journal
Jack Dorsey co-founded Twitter, one of the world's most valuable social media companies. His second act, Square, is proving tougher. Losses have eaten up a big chunk of the money the mobile-payments startup has raised. Square reps recently held acquisition talks.
Groupon Eyed by PETA to Pressure Circus Deals
PETA has purchased 359 Groupon shares for $2,000 in hopes that it can influence what circus companies are allowed to run deals on the site. The animal rights activist group plans to address the Groupon annual meeting about setting strict standards for circus ads.
Reddit Downgrades Tech Category After Censorship
Social news site Reddit has downgraded the status of its technology section after a censorship dispute. The category is no longer a "default subreddit." The move follows a report that revealed headlines posted to the area had been secretly deleted if they featured certain words.
Aereo Court Brawl with Broadcasters Begins Tuesday
New York Times
Should Aereo win its Supreme Court battle, the $3.3 billion in retransmission fees broadcasters now receive from cable companies will be in doubt, and broadcasters might become cable networks. "No business is immune to disruption, but TV is particularly ripe."
Netflix Uses 'Secret Sauce' to Predict Show Success
Netflix has projected reaching 48 million subscribers when it reports first-quarter earnings Monday. The technology company used a "secret sauce" to predict which programs would have the best chance of success — the data it gathers from its members' viewing habits.
Report: Digital Video Making Leap from Tablet to TVs
A growing number of U.S. homes are utilizing streaming devices, such as the Apple TV box, Google's Chromecast and Roku, or Internet connected televisions to watch online video, according to Frank N. Magid Associates. "We have a belief that television is becoming unboxed."
Google Says YouTube Users Watch Less Television
Looking to shift more media execs' minds to digital from TV, Google has said that nearly one-fifth of those watching YouTube are watching less television. A U.K. study found 19% of YouTube viewers are paying less attention to TV and that 17% are watching less TV overall.
Apple, Google Vie to Offer Exclusive Videogame Apps
Wall Street Journal
The battle between Apple and Google for mobile dominance has spread to the most lucrative genre of apps: videogames. The two tech giants have been wooing developers to ensure that top-tier game titles arrive first on devices powered by their respective operating systems.
Facebook to Launch Mobile Ad Network This Month
Facebook is expected to unveil plans for a mobile advertising network at its F8 developer conference, which kicks off in San Francisco on April 30. The social network will pitch the ads to publishers and developers as a way to leverage its vast database of user data for ad targeting.
LinkedIn Growing as Rival Social Networks Sputter
LinkedIn's announcement on Friday that it now has more than 300 million users suggests the professional social network is growing its base at a faster rate. In contrast, two other social media giants, Facebook and Twitter, have struggled with slower user growth rates.
Twitter, Selfies Fuelling U.S. College Campus Riots
Wall Street Journal
At least 10 riots have rocked colleges in the past two months, resulting in hundreds of arrests and dozens of injuries amid a growing sense that social media are helping to fuel student misbehavior. "This is new as far as I can tell. We don't even have a name for this yet."
YouTube, Instagram Creating New World of Celebrity
The Internet has created a parallel universe of celebrity via YouTube, Instagram, Twitter, Vine, Tumblr and other platforms. "For teenagers, there exists a whole other set of idols," such as King Bach, Michelle Phan and Lohanthony. "It's a total rethinking of how to be a celebrity."
Netflix Linked with Rise in Cord-Cutting, Report Says
A report by consumer data firm Experian has shown a direct link between the availability of the likes of Netflix and Hulu and an increase in consumers cutting the cable cord. More cord-cutting is expected "as devices like Roku, Apple TV and Google Chromecast become more common."
Aereo CEO Speaks on Future of Company, Industry
Chet Kanojia: "The Internet is happening to everybody, whether you like it or not. It happened to books, it happened to music people, it happened to Blockbuster. There is nothing in our Constitution that says there is a sacred set of companies that will never be affected by new technology."
Amazon Should Acquire Sears, Retail Expert Says
Amazon excels in the digital forum, but faces limitations in terms of its physical footprint. Meanwhile, Sears is struggling to stay relevant in an era of online shopping and low-cost fashion. To solve these issues, retail expert Robin Lewis suggests Amazon should buy Sears.
Pandora Sued by Record Labels for Infringement
New York Times
The music industry has opened a new front in its war against Pandora Media: royalties for songs made before 1972. Several major record companies have accused Pandora of violating copyright protections by using recordings of older songs without permission.
Yahoo's Couric Sees the Web as 'Step Up' from TV
Katie Couric, Yahoo's global anchor: "A lot of people are intrigued by the prospect of doing something on Yahoo. I think they appreciate the fact that they would be talking to someone who's experienced. So I think that may balance any discomfort they feel about the web."
YouTube Adds 85,000 Newsreels from British Pathe
Before YouTube, before even TV, the way people got their news presented visually was through newsreels shown at movie theaters. British Pathe, the premier archive of these newsreels, has brought things full circle by bringing its 80-year collection to YouTube for free.
Twitter Broadens Ad Reach Through App-Install Ads
Twitter has taken a significant step towards broadening its advertising business by offering mobile ads urging people to install apps on its social network, as well as through MoPub, the mobile-ad network the microblogging firm acquired last year for some $350 million.
Facebook to Roll Out Feature for Sharing Location
U.S. Facebook users will soon be able to see which of their friends are nearby using a new feature. The "Nearby Friends" offering must be turned on by the user, so people won't broadcast their location unknowingly. It will use a smartphone's GPS to tell friends you are close by.
IAC's About.com Plots Comeback Amid Challenges
When About.com was launched in 1997, Google didn't exist. Now part of IAC, the once-iconic Internet brand has become a rehabilitation project — and a case study in whether an Internet 1.0 "explainer" site can find its footing again in a vastly different world of digital media.
ADVERTISING & MARKETING
TV 'Upfronts' Face Middling Outlook as Web Erodes
Wall Street Journal
Amid shrinking audiences and intensifying competition for advertising dollars from online video outlets like YouTube and Yahoo, the overall volume of "upfront" financial commitments to networks for the fall season are likely to be essentially flat, according to analysts.
Internet Ad Sales Surpass Broadcast TV for First Time
Internet advertising soaked up record revenues of $42.8 billion in 2013, the Interactive Advertising Bureau said in a new report. A 17% increase over 2012's results, last year's number helped the online ad industry beat the $40.1 billion in sales seen by traditional TV advertising.
Report: Internet Ad Spending to Reach $121 Billion
Global advertising spending is on track to grow 5.5% this year to $537 billion, with Internet ads accounting for nearly one-quarter of that figure, at $121 billion, according to forecasts from ZenithOptimedia. Also, Zenith predicts that by 2015 Internet display will overtake paid search.
Clear Channel to Take Interactive Billboards Global
Clear Channel Outdoor plans to equip 56,000 outdoor advertising sites around the world with "near-field communication" capabilities, transforming billboards into interactive "launch pads." Scanning smartphones over special tags on the billboards will deliver targeted ad messages.
Report: Digital Ad Spending Poised to Overtake TV
Digital ad spending has overtaken radio, magazine and newspaper spending over the past few years. Now, it's poised to slip ahead of the one medium that has long been ahead of everything else. In 2018, digital's share will surpass television's, according to eMarketer.
CBS Unveils Digital Network in New York Subway
CBS Outdoor formally launched its new digital out-of-home network this week, based in New York City subway stations, with Turner Broadcasting as launch partner. The "digital underground" network includes 10 large digital dioramas in locations throughout the subway system.
Report: Mobile Ad Spend to Overtake Newspapers
U.K. advertising spending on mobile devices will overtake spending on newspapers this year for the first time, according to a report by eMarketer. The research group forecasts that in 2015, mobile will overtake all of print, including magazines. In 2016 it will overtake TV.
WPP Invests in Online Content Marketer Percolate
WPP is buying a minority stake in Percolate, an advertising technology company specializing in content for digital and social media. The investment highlights the strong demand from advertisers for new types of online content amid the proliferation of media.
U.S. Considers Limiting TV Ads' Lists of Drug Risks
Are you tired of TV ads for prescription medicines that warn of nausea, insomnia and suicidal thoughts? So is the U.S. government. The Food and Drug Administration will begin a study to find if such lengthy verbal citations can be shortened to the benefit of tuned-out consumers.
'Addressable TV' Ads Target Specific Individuals
Addressable TV, an emerging technology, allows advertisers to pay some broadcasters to pinpoint specific homes. "With a traditional TV buy you can end up paying for a lot of eyeballs you don't care about. Addressable TV is a powerful tool for those that are equipped to use it."
P&G Holds Early Gold in Social Media at Olympics
If there's a gold medal for social media, it would likely go to Procter & Gamble. The consumer product giant, maker of such familiar brands as Tide and Charmin, appears to be the most buzzed-about brand of the Sochi Games. At least, as measured by YouTube views.
Google in Ad Measurement Deal with comScore
Google has entered a major advertising deal with comScore to help the Internet giant win more business from big brands. Google is integrating comScore's measurement technology into its DoubleClick ad business, letting advertisers track online ads in near real time.
Rubicon Files for $100 Million Internet-Ad IPO
Rubicon Project, whose online-advertising platform reaches 96% of Internet users in the United States, filed to raise $100 million in an initial public offering. The Los Angeles-based company plans to use the funds raised in the IPO for marketing and research and development.
Comcast Adds Cable Customers, Bucking Industry
Comcast added video customers for a second straight quarter, bucking the industry trend of losing TV subscribers. Subscriber growth and the Winter Olympics helped first-quarter profit. Comcast is about to get bigger if its proposed purchase of Time Warner Cable is approved.
Time Warner's Bewkes Gets 27 Percent Pay Bump
Jeff Bewkes's 2013 compensation was valued at $32.5 million, up about 27% from 2012, Time Warner said in its annual proxy. The CEO's pay package and equity gains trailed several media barons. Viacom CEO Philippe Dauman received compensation valued at $37.2 million.
Disney, Fox Veteran Execs Face Abuse Charges
The man who has sued "X-Men" director Bryan Singer over claims he was abused when he was age 15 has filed lawsuits against three other Hollywood bigwigs, also charging assault. The men named in the new suit were Garth Ancier, David Neuman and Gary Goddard.
Sony's Steve Jobs Movie Eyes Leonardo DiCaprio
Moving fast to replace David Fincher on its highly anticipated Steve Jobs movie, Sony Pictures is in talks with Danny Boyle to direct the biopic of the late Apple co-founder. Boyle is said to have approached Leonardo DiCaprio to star. Sources caution that deals are not done.
Disney's 'Captain America' in Historic Brand Building
"Captain America: The Winter Soldier," was No. 1 for a third weekend in the U.S. and Canada, with sales of $26.6 million. "This is historic brand building. Since the release of 'Avengers,' we're seeing this trickle-down effect where every movie that comes out after is benefiting."
Fox's 'X-Men' Unlikely to Be Hurt By Director Scandal
Just how much the salacious lawsuit filed against "X-Men: Days of Future Past" director Bryan Singer will taint his movie at the box office remains an X-factor. But Industry insiders say they think few movie-goers will associate the scandal with one of the biggest popcorn flicks of the summer.
Disney Says Online Offerings Boost ESPN Audience
Disney execs said consumers who listen to ESPN radio and interact with the sports channel's websites spend triple the amount of time with the company as those who just watch the TV network. "It's exploded the misconception that digital media would cannibalize TV."
Comcast: Binge Watching Helps Ratings of Live TV
The best way to hook someone into an existing series of stories is to make sure they can start from the beginning. The same is also true of TV shows, and Comcast has the data to back it up. Time-shifted content "is beneficial to the industry-standard TV ratings for new episode premieres."
Vodafone, Netflix in Talks Over Access to Movies, TV
Vodafone, the world's second-largest mobile carrier, is said to be in talks with Netflix to offer subscribers access to streaming movies and TV shows. A deal would give Vodafone customers free access to Netflix content for a period of time. Talks are believed to be at an early stage.
Fox Chief Murdoch Tries Out Virtual Reality Headset
According to the "Murdoch Here" Tumblr account, the media mogul and his team visited interactive advertising agency Framestore in New York this week. While there, the octogenarian chairman tried out the "Game of Thrones" virtual reality experience on the Oculus Rift.
Disney-Maker: New Lawsuit Seeks to Unwind Merger
Former Maker Studios employee Andy Faberlle has hit the digital studio with a new lawsuit that demands a rescission of the Disney merger. His suit makes many of the same fraud claims made by ex-CEO Danny Zappin. Members of Maker's board "orchestrated a scheme," he said.
Fox, News Corp's Murdoch in $40 Million Settlement
Sydney Morning Herald
The final chapter of long-running legal action over failed Australian telecom One.Tel has come to an end, with one-time directors James Packer and Lachlan Murdoch agreeing to a $40 million settlement with liquidators. Packer and Murdoch blew up $1 billion on the investments.
Fox 'X-Men' Franchise Director Accused of Abuse
Bryan Singer has been slapped with a shocking lawsuit, but denies the allegations. The film director's lawyer said "it is obvious that this case was filed in an attempt to get publicity," given that the newest installment of the "X-Men" franchise is due to arrive in theaters next month.
IAC's Diller Talks Murdoch, Aereo, Internet's Future
Barry Diller: "Unless you get doused in the Internet — which is such an iterative process — it's unlikely that you'll ever understand it in a way to make use of it. The converse is true: I've not seen one [technology-based] entity make that bridge to 'programming entertainment.'"
Disney: Man to Plead Guilty in Insider Trading Case
A man will plead guilty to securities fraud and pay regulators $801,000 for using insider information to profit from Disney's $4 billion acquisition of Marvel in 2009. Toby Scammell learned from his Disney-employee girlfriend that the company would buy a well-known firm.
Warner Bros Taps White House Veteran for PR Post
Dee Dee Myers, the first woman to serve as White House press secretary, has been named EVP of corporate communications and public affairs at Warner Bros., producer of the Washington TV drama "West Wing." Myers replaces Sue Fleishman, who is leaving the studio.
Disney Wins Backing of Maker Studios Over Relativity
Disney's $950 million agreement by buy Maker Studios was reaffirmed by the online video company, putting a quick end to a last-minute offer from Relativity Media. Maker said its board and a majority of shareholders approved the sale, which should close in a few weeks.
Hollywood Reporter Names 'Most Powerful' in Media
The Hollywood Reporter's fourth annual list of influencers honors the men and women who shape the media message and interpret the sweep of the culture. New entries this year — BuzzFeed's Jonah Peretti and Ben Smith, Vice Media's Shane Smith and Gawker's Nick Denton.
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