"Time Inc.’s Laura Lang has made her first executive hire since becoming CEO in November, filling the job of chief spokesperson," writes Lucia Moses. That would be former News Corp. corporate communications exec Teri Everrett, who will become Time Inc.'s executive vp of corporate communications March 5.
Which magazine publisher has the best digital strategy -- or at least digital content? Arguably, it's Conde Nast -- which has 10 nominations, more than any other company, in the third annual American Society of Magazine Editors' National Magazine Awards for Digital Media. Conde Nast's Golf Digest is competing for the top honor -- that of general excellence -- against The Atlantic, Entertainment Weekly, National Georgraphic and New York.
Bloomberg just unveiled its relaunch of the Businessweek Web site, which also serves to further differentiate it from Bloomberg.com. The new design, unlike "the formerly generic-looking Businessweek.com, reflects the look of the magazine," writes Lucia Moses. "Photos dominate the home page, and there are bright color-coded section tabs," with "more analysis and offbeat stories."
Seeing improvements in the Q1 ad market, CBS CEO Leslie Moonves forecast double-digit upfront price increases for next season, noting that he "was probably making his network sales staff very unhappy by making such an aggressive prediction months in advance of the May schedule announcements," writes Jon Lafayette.
Davy Jones, star of the iconic (at least to Baby Boomers and maybe some Gen-Xers who saw his appearance on "The Brady Bunch") TV show "The Monkees," has died of a heart attack at the age of 66. R.I.P., "Daydream Believer."
A few newsflashes today on beleaguered News Corp., still reeling from that phone-hacking scandal: First, James Murdoch, the former heir apparent to his mogul father Rupert, left his post as head of News International, which publishes the company's U.K. newspapers News Corp. shares have been trading higher since that news was announced. And yesterday News Corp. COO Chase Carey said the company's execs are mulling selling or spinning off its publishing division, since it "derives more than 70 percent of its operating income from its television businesses that includes Fox Broadcast and the FX cable channel," writes Edmund ...
A former exec VP-group publisher of Rodale, Mary Murcko,has now moved to Gannett Co., where she will take on the reins of president-sales. Murcko "will oversee sales for USA Today, Gannett Digital and U.S. Community Publishing's national efforts," according to a company statement.
Quarterly digital print pub Du Jour, targeting readers with a net worth of $5 million in major metropolitan areas, will debut this fall, a joint effort of "Niche Media founder Jason Binn, flash sale site Gilt Groupe, and James Cohen of Hudson News and duty-free titan Dufry," writes Emma Bazilian. "What sets this luxury title apart is its existing access to Gilt’s roster of wealthy subscribers, Binn told The New York Times," Bazilian adds.
AMC is now promoting the heck out of returning cult series "Mad Men" with print, online and outdoor ads. While the first teaser ads featured just the iconic falling man and the words "March 25," the newest iteration is a puzzling "dreamlike image" of Don Draper and two nude mannequins bound to cause buzz, though series creator Matt Weiner assures us we'll understand it "by the end of the season," writes Stuart Elliott.
Although HBO still has a library of recent movies available, 75% of subscribers using its streaming service, HBO Go, are watching its original TV shows instead, according to HBO Co-President Eric Kessler. Meanwhile, another company well-known for its movies -- Netflix -- is also moving toward TV shows, which "now account for more than half of all Netflix viewing," writes the New York Times' Brian Stelter. Key to this move: the expiration of Netflix's deal with Starz, which previously supplied many of the "flix" in its name, and the company's new deals for original content.