• CNN Films Red-Lights Hillary Clinton Documentary
    CNN Films is pulling the plug on the controversial documentary about Hillary Clinton "after director Charles H. Ferguson backed away from the project on Monday, citing a lack of participants due to pressure from Clinton-world," writes Dylan Byers.
  • 'Breaking Bad' Breaks Ratings And Ad-Fee Records For AMC
    While "Breaking Bad" aficionados debate the wonderfulness of the series finale (check out the comments section to Alan Sepinwall's Hitfix review)  we'll instead parse the business stats: For the finale, AMC reportedly jumped into a fee-for-ad range that "cost some marketers as much as a 30-second spot in broadcast behemoths like 'American Idol' and 'Modern Family,'" writesAd Age's Jeanine Poggi: "between $300,000 to $400,000."The finale was watched by 10.3 million viewers, a record both for the show and "by any standard," writes Tim Molloy, with "five times the viewers of Showtime’s 'Homeland' (which people need …
  • It's Official: 'Domino' Magazine Returns
    While this post celebrates the return of new issues of cult favorite home design pub Domino, writer Kara Bloomgarden-Smoke strains to get any official word from the mag's publishers, relying instead on an Instagram feed. Well, we've seen absolute confirmation that Domino did relaunch in September, since we have a copy of the "Holiday 2013" issue in our hot little hands, purchased from our favorite Manhattan magazine store last week, at a cost of $11.95 (ouch!).The publishers are listed as the "Domino Media Group," with editorial offices at 39 West 38th St. -- maybe one reason why Bloomgarden-Smoke …
  • Conde Nast Traveler Reported To Cut 14 Edit Jobs
    More changes at Conde Nast, perhaps once again instigated by company artistic director Anna Wintour's talent for shaking things up: Conde Nast Traveler reportedly cut half of its editorial staff, according to sources cited by Edmund Lee.
  • Lauren Zalaznick Is Leaving NBCU
    Lauren Zalaznick will leave NBC Universal after 12 years at the company, during which she was "largely credited with turning cable networks like Bravo and Oxygen into destination TV for women," writes Josh Dickey. She will "stay at NBCU for an undefined period of time, and it was not immediately clear where she was headed," he writes. Zalaznick had been promoted in February to executive vice president of NBCU Digital, a position that many speculated "was merely a placeholder in the wake of NBCU giving many of her former responsibilities running Bravo and Oxygen to [Bonnie] Hammer, who is now …
  • Thursday's Battle Of TV Vets: Robin Bests Michael
    Preliminary numbers give Robin Williams' CBS comedy, "The Crazy Ones," a big lead over NBC's "The Michael J. Fox Show" in last night's one-time-only, head-to-head ratings battle between the two TV icons, as both returned to the small screen at 9 p.m. But Fox's show will move to 9:30 p.m. next week, pitted against"Two And A Half Men," which gives viewers a clear choice in tone: snarky leers versus slightly uneasy-making, trying-for-heartwarming family hijinks. As is often the case, however, the critical reception favored the lower-rated show -- Fox's over Williams' --as seen in posts by HitFix's Alan …
  • Smell This: Hearst Pubs To Attach Fragrance Bottles To November Issues
    In what is probably an industry first, four major women's magazines from Hearst -- including Elle and Cosmopolitan -- will attach sample vials of Marc Jacobs' new fragrance, Daisy and Daisy Eau So Fresh, to November issues sent to subscribers. Though scented paper inserts have long been a staple of beauty company ads, mostly in women's fashion books, "the technology just didn't exist," for using actual bottle samples before, according to Michael Clinton, president-marketing and publishing director of Hearst Magazines.
  • DirecTV Mulls Over-The-Top Video Service
    Rejected Hulu suitor DirecTV is strongly considering the launch of a video streaming extension on a smaller, more targeted scale than Hulu.
  • WSJ Editor Likens Native Ads To Pact With Devil
    Wall Street Journal managing editor Gerard Baker called native advertising a "Faustian pact" that strains readers' trust in news organizations because "it makes the reader confused as to what is news and what is advertising," as quoted in Capital New York. Not surprisingly, Baker was talking to journalism students at New York University -- not headlining an Advertising Week event. But as other journalism heavy-hitters like New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson have also done, he characterized the term "native advertising" as a corporate buzzword with perhaps limited currency.
  • Jeff Bezos Sounds Off: How Is A Newspaper Like A Horse?
    Printed newspapers could soon become a luxury item, according to the Washington Post's new owner Jeff Bezos in a TV interview. Gotta love this quote: “It’s sort of like, you know, people still have horses, but it’s not their primary way of commuting to the office.”
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