Miramax and noted film director Martin Scorsese are working on a TV series based on his movie "Gangs Of New York." "The show will expand from the movie’s focus on 19th-century New York gangs to explain the birth of organized crime in America," writes Michael White.
Ex Daily Beast editor Ed Felsenthal is joining Time as managing editor of Time.com. "He joins at a time of considerable ferment at Time, with a number of high-profile staffers — especially on the Internet side — heading for the exits," writes Keith Kelly. Time Warner recently announced it is spinning off Time Inc. into a separate company.
Fossil watches made an "unusual ad buy" in Esquire's April issue: an eight-page advertorial about watches that appears "not only in the United States edition but also in China, Hong Kong and Britain," writes Nat Ives. "Global ad sales remains the exception rather than the rule," however, as various folks on the publishing and brand side tell Ives.
In a first, HBO Sports will begin live streaming of sports event -- most likely boxing -- on HBO Go, which offers programming on mobile devices and computers, by the end of the year, according to HBO Sports President Ken Hershman. His promise was not confirmed by an HBO spokesperson, however.
Lifetime is canceling veteran crime-stoppng show "America's Most Wanted," which ran for 25 seasons -- mostly on Fox, which let it go in 2011. But Lifetime is also looking to make a separate deal with "AMW" host and producer John Walsh, developing a pilot with the tentative title "John Walsh Investigates." "And although they declined comment, Walsh's production company and Twentieth Television (which distributes the show) are said to still be examining their options on whether or not to shop 'AMW' elsewhere," writes Michael Schneider.
New York magazine is launching a revamped iPad app with a "freemium model" that, unlike the pub's website, where content is free, will allow non-subscribers only a preview of print stories, writes Erik Maza. The app "combines a daily news stream from [the pub's] network of blogs and an interactive version of the magazine."
"Flaunting the stability that has made it the top-rated network," CBS announced it was renewing 18 prime-time shows, writes Bill Carter. That includes most of its current lineup, featuring hit shows like "The Big Bang Theory" and the less-well-rated but critically acclaimed "The Good Wife." Other shows are on the bubble, like “C.S.I. New York,” "but are not necessarily headed for cancellation just because they were not included on the list," according to Carter.
"Hearst Corp. is set to usher in its first new CEO in more than 30 years in June": Steven Swartz, currently president, writes Cynthia Littleton. He will replace longtime CEO Frank Bennack, who "has had the longest tenure at the top of the company of anyone other than founder William Randolph Hearst."
More press about "Mad Men" as we inch closer to the April 7 premiere. First, here are some great black-and-white "portraits" showing how major characters will present themselves this season, on Facebook
(Sally looks so
grown-up, and the women's clothing shows a conservative version of '60s grooviness). Then, the Wall Street Journal
has a not-terribly-revealing interview
with series creator Matt Weiner. He does admit that his hardest creative decisions are to let a character's storyline end -- from Sal's to Lane Pryce's. And our favorite piece: about, um, how underwear brands Jockey and Fruit ...
Two takes on how digital and traditional media are intersecting: At a panel discussion on M&A in digital media discussed
in Women's Wear Daily
, one participant said that "Traditional media firms such as Gannett, Hearst and Condé Nast are approaching the shift in digital media differently," which is ramping up an interest in mergers and acquisitions. Such companies are generally deciding "to be acquisitive and change the DNA that way," rather than building from within, according to another panel participant. And here's More
Editor In Chief Lesley Jane Seymour on how novices can get a job on ...