Taking a tip from cable TV's winning play of programming summer dramas, next summer CBS will air a 13-part series based on a Stephen King novel, "Under the Dome," to be produced by Stephen Spielberg's production company. "The series represents a significant shift for CBS, which in past years has limited its investment in summer programming, relying largely on repeats and the long-running reality series, 'Big Brother,'" writes Bill Carter.
Bonnier, whose titles include Popular Science, Parenting and Saveur, will stop publishing Caribbean Travel + Life with the mag's Jan./Feb. 2013 issue, folding its content into Islands, a "stronger" travel magazine, writes Lucia Moses. The company axed Spa magazine earlier this year, and Motor/Boating in 2011.
Next month Atlantic Media, whose publications include The Atlantic and National Journal, will begin serving ads atop Twitter feeds for its mags, as well as to Twitter users targeted "by other accounts they follow, keywords they use and even keywords they other people use," writes Nat Ives. The ads will promote "the custom content [the company' produces for advertisers" and "won't appear on Twitter.com or in Twitter's own apps."
E-commerce site Net-a-porter will be launching a "major" consumer print magazine, according to remarks made "casually" by its CEO at a London conference, write Samantha Conti and Erik Maza. Though the pub is in very early stages according to "other sources," its debut would mean Net-a-porter "has ambitions to compete on a broader scale and take on the existing players in the fashion category, the first time it has publicly acknowledged moving in that direction." The company already has an online magazine and a small print one sent to a select number of customers and "corporate partners, like hotels."
A report by comScore found that Pandora and Twitter are the two most heavily indexed properties on a mobile device. Not surprisingly, older media properties like Viacom fall behind in mobile reach. Acording to AdAge, “the Media Metrix Multi-Platform -- which is still in beta -- found that a whopping 81.2% of Pandora's users access the music-streaming service from mobile devices.” The only newspaper to crack the top 30 was The New York Times, coming in at 15.
The leader of a major inquiry into the standards of British newspapers triggered by the phone hacking scandal offered an excoriating critique of the press as a whole on Thursday, saying it displayed "significant and reckless disregard for accuracy," and urged the press to form an independent regulator to be underpinned by law. The report singled out Rupert Murdoch's defunct tabloid The News of the World for sharp criticism.
OpenGate Capital, the private equity owner of TV Guide magazine, which paid just $1 for the purchase four years ago, is open to suggestions of selling it with its website and TV Guide Network (owned by One Equity Partners and Lionsgate respectively) in a package deal that could run to $400 million. Paul Bond cites anonymous sources for this tidbit, and also notes that "the private equity firm denies that the magazine is for sale." But here's another take from Bond: “'Buyers are looking for the three pieces to work in harmony with one editorial direction,' says another person with knowledge …
Former NBCUniversal President and CEO Jeff Zucker will take over as president of CNN Worldwide when Jim Walton retires at the end of the year, the network announced. He'll have his hands full; CNN "has been in a world of hurt, ratings-wise, domestically, for some time," writes Lisa de Moraes. Zucker is currently executive producer of Katie Couric's syndicated talk show for Disney. At NBC, Zucker infamously decided to program Jay Leno every weeknight at 10 p.m., a move that "tanked," writes de Moraes. "Zucker’s also the guy who masterminded Conan [O'Brien]'s ouster from 'Tonight' and Leno’s re-instatement …
The New York Times is hoping that Nate Silver, whose political stats blog "got huge, huge readership," will stay at the paper through the next election, and possibly expand his role to write about other subjects, according to reports of a presentation by Times editor Jill Abramson.
HBO will open "its first dedicated software-development office to work on mobile apps and other digital products" in, surprisingly, Seattle rather than Silicon Valley, writes Shira Ovide. The new digital oupost is set for a debut in early 2013 and "will be devoted to new services including HBO Go, the streaming-video service for people who subscribe to the HBO pay-TV service."