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- The Press Should Be A Watchdog, Not Spinmeisters in
The founders envisioned the press as a watchdog. When it becomes an attack dog, shilling for one candidate or subverting realities in favor of election drama, it fails to protect the public or fulfill its charge.
- AMI, Weinstein Co. Team For Cross-Platform Shows in
American Media, which publishes celebrity and lifestyle magazines, is teaming with the Weinstein Company to develop original TV, film and digital efforts. Stephen Land, chief executive of Jupiter Entertainment, along with AMI's Dylan Howard, will handle distribution and production.
- TV: Wasteland And Wonder in
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TV comes in for its share of bashing, since channel surfing can be a soul-crushing experience. But there is also intelligent, sophisticated fare worthy of attention.
- Former Spotify Exec To Huffington Post CEO in
The Huffington Post's expansion includes a new CEO: Jared Grusd. Previously, he was global head of corporate development at Spotify and a former AOL executive.
- Clear Channel Outdoor Taps McCuin As Sales President in
Clear Channel Outdoor Americas has named Bob McCuin as president of sales. He is in charge of the company's long-term growth in both national and local markets.
- Streaming Snarky: The Social Smartness Of 'Schmidt' in
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Snarky humor that doubles as social commentary is an art form. One of the high priestesses of the genre is Tina Fey, who has unleashed another wacky, but on-point sitcom, "The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt."
- Gannett Splits Broadcasting, Print Divisions, As 'USA Today' Publisher Exits in
Per board approval, Gannett is finalizing the creation of two publicly traded companies: a broadcasting and digital company named TEGNA, which includes 46 TV stations, and the new Gannett, which retains the name Gannett Co., Inc. and includes its publishing properties and affiliated digital assets. As part of the split, Larry Kramer, president/publisher of 'USA Today,' is leaving the newspaper.
- Time Inc, Telemundo Partner For TV Home Show in
Time Inc has dived into the Spanish-language TV arena, in collaboration with Telemundo, a division of NBCU. Debuting April 11, "SOS: Salva Mi Casa," ("SOS: Save My House"), follows real families in various stages of design makeovers - from nurseries to offices.
- Fox Named VP, Digital For Consumer Reports in
A former Reuters executive was named vice president, digital for Consumer Reports. Jason Fox is charged with supervising the organization's digital products and partnerships.
- Meredith Taps Martin As Chief Strategy Officer in
Meredith Corp. has named Kim Martin as its new chief strategy officer. She will focus on Meredith's millennial strategy across multiple media platforms, reporting to Meredith Chairman and CEO Steve Lacy. The company also tapped Martin to expand its video strategy cross-platform.