Phyllis Fine, May 3, 2012, 4:02 PM
  • Amazon Will Make TV ShowsAll Things D

    Amazon is soliciting scripts for new sitcoms and kids' Web video -- shows it intends to actually make and distribute, unlike with its movie effort, according to Peter Kakfa. The caveat: shows "should look and feel like 'real” TV shows, with commensurate production budgets." Thus, "the big news is that Amazon is formally declaring that it’s in the original video business — just like Google, Hulu, Netflix, Yahoo and lots of other tech guys," writes Kafka. Read the whole story...

  • FCC: Comcast Must Put Bloomberg TV With News ChannelsBloomberg

    The FCC ruled that Comcast must put Bloomberg Television near other news channels on its cable systems in the U.S.' largest media markets, siding with  Bloomberg LP in a complaint it brought against the cable giant. However, Comcast said it will ask the FCC to overturn its decision. Correction: Yesterday Around the Net incorrectly noted that Dan Wakeford would be leaving his post as editor in chief of  Bauer Publishing's Life & Style to take on that role at In Touch. In fact he will be editor of both publications. Read the whole story...

  • It's Not Just A Groupon World: Newspapers Still Use CouponsPoynter

    "...Even as the overall economy ticks back, consumers are still couponing, and newspapers are still retrenching. Sundays, when preprinted coupons and circulars hit, have been a notable success for newspapers in the past few years," writes Andrew Beaujon. "Average Sunday circulation is up 5% overall...and coupons are often credited for contributing to those gains." Print coupons have their place even in the days of Groupon and other digital deals, as Beaujon shows by citing a recent New York Times Magazine story "that posits couponing — or, more accurately, economic activity around couponing — as the 'Key to Economic Rebirth.'" Beaujon also reports on ways companies are responding competitively to daily deals sites, like the Associated Press' iCircular product, "an 'app within an app' that plonks digital 'inserts' into various newspaper’s mobile applications." Read the whole story...

  • The Sklnny: 'Vogue' Editors Pledge To Promote Healthy Body ImageWomen's Wear Daily

    The editors of Vogue's 19 editions, from Anna Wintour to the editors of China, Mexico and French versions, signed "a six-point agreement focused on promoting a healthy body image in their magazines and the wider fashion industry,"  writes Nina Jones. However, those points seem to fall short. Instead of "Run fashion spreads featuring women larger than a size 2," the editors pledge to "encourage designers to 'consider the consequences of unrealistically small sample sizes,'" according to Jones. We suppose that's a start, since small sample sizes need skinny models to wear them -- but this tack depends on editors' persuasion skills. The editors also pledge to work with model agencies not to employ those under 16 or who appear to have an eating disorder. (And how are the editors supposed to determine that, anyway?) If you're wondering why the Conde Nast pub is taking these steps, check out the New York Daily News story reporting on a protest outside Seventeen magazine, with a group of teen mag readers "demanding that Seventeen include at least one photo spread per month that features real girls — not photo-shopped models," according to Charles Beacham and Corky Siemaszko. “'I know how much pictures in the media have an effect in the self-esteem of girls and their body image,' said 14-year-old Julia Bluhm, an eighth-grader from Maine who led the protest." Read the whole story...