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IAC Seeking Buyers for Newsweek (Variety)
Newsweek appears to be on the block — again. According to sources who have been briefed, IAC is sending out inquiries to prospective buyers who may be interested in purchasing the 80-year-old title, which ended weekly publication of its domestic edition late last year in favor of a digital-only format. A revamped Newsweek.com launched earlier this month. Adweek At this point, Newsweek’s decline and predicted demise are well-trod ground. The once-venerable Newsweek used to have a circulation topping 3 million, but had fallen to less than half of that when it went digital-only this year. The move would save IAC money and enable Newsweek to make good on the copies it owed subscribers (Newsweek carried a $30 million circulation liability), but no one in their right mind expected a paid, digital magazine to be a viable option. Politico / Dylan Byers on Media In April, Diller said he regretted buying the magazine. “‘I wish I hadn’t bought Newsweek, it was a mistake,” he told Bloomberg TV. He also said he did not have “great expectations” for the digital version, which, like The Daily Beast, is edited by Tina Brown.
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Peter Surowski, who writes the “Menefee City Beat” column for the Press-Enterprise, was one of the first to some sad news today. U-T San Diego has closed The Californian, a paper it gained last year as part of its acquisition of the North County Times. A total of 12 employees are reportedly affected.
Late this afternoon, Surowski’s colleagues at Southwest Riverside News Network (SRNN) received confirmation:
An official statement provided by U-T San Diego marketing director George Bonaros today confirmed reports of the closing of the Temecula office of The Californian.
“The U-T is finalizing its transition following the North County Times acquisition. The U-T has replaced the U-T Californian section of the newspaper in Southwest Riverside with the North County section of U-T San Diego. The U-T intends to continue serving its Southwest Riverside subscribers with the high-quality, award-winning journalism associated with the U-T San Diego brand,” Bonaros said.
It’s not just the massive box office for Fast & Furious 6 that reminds of our Brave New Multicultural World. Ahead of Justin Lin‘s gargantuan visceral pull, interTREND Communications made some similar history and is still celebrating post-holiday weekend.
The Long Beach ad firm’s AT&T Web series campaign Away We Happened, propagated in partnership with San Gabriel-based Rezonate Media, was the winner of the first-ever Asian Community award. The Effie has been handed out since 1968 and interTREND CEO Julia Huang was in New York City last week to accept the trophy.
Six-week YouTube series Away We Happened relied on Asian American influencers to spread the word and amassed more than 12 million total views. Along the way, audiences were asked to provide interTREND and Rezonate with direction on where to take the plot next.
The timeline for this publicity campaign is impressive. On Thursday night, the billboard pictured below went up on Pico Blvd. between Fairfax and La Cienega; less than a day later, it was being relayed by E! Online, Gossip Cop and others.
This may surprise you, but the Employment Policies Institute (EPI) – the D.C. non-profit responsible for the billboard – did not have to secure Bieber’s permission. The photo of the performer was licensed through Getty Images; a rep for EPI tells FishbowlLA the picture was taken during Bieber’s arrival for last year’s WANGO TANGO KIIS-FM concert at Home Depot Center in Carson. The expression on Bieber’s face was deliberately posed.
Even if you don’t live by the sea, Coastal Living welcomes your pitches. Just make sure your story has a coastal connection. Freelancers can break into the book with a well-tailored pitch and land $1 a word for their efforts. Topics include everything from home and design to travel and food.
Designed to be a breath of fresh air, Coastal Living “captures the joy of life by the sea by giving our readers the relaxed feeling and sense of renewal that you can only get by the beach,” according to the magazine’s mission statement. Coverage includes the East and West Coasts of North America, as well as the Gulf Coast, Great Lakes, Alaska, the Caribbean, Canada and Mexico.
For more, read How To Pitch: Coastal Living.
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NFL Network anchor Rich Eisen and radio host Dan Patrick were recently runners-up at the Sports Emmys to perennial winner Bob Costas. But that still leaves the business of ceremonial first-pitch bragging rights.
On Sunday, before the Dodgers game against the Cardinals, Eisen threw out a wide-right ceremonial first ball. But it’s what PA announcer Erick Smith said that is garnering attention this morning: “A better pitch than Dan Patrick… Let’s hear it for Rich Eisen.”
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Yahoo!’s Bid for Hulu in $600M to $800M Range (AllThingsD)
According to numerous sources close to the situation, Yahoo! has bid from $600 million to $800 million for the premium video site Hulu. The reason for the wide range is due to the fact that the Silicon Valley Internet giant — similar to most bidders in the new effort to acquire Hulu — has proposed several different prices based on a variety of circumstances. That includes the length of the licensing rights for content and how much control the programming companies selling Hulu have over their media. BuzzFeed Other companies reportedly bidding for Hulu include: Time Warner Cable, DirecTV, former News Corp president Peter Chernin, private equity firm Guggenheim Partners, where former Yahoo! interim CEO Ross Levinsohn now resides and talent agency William Morris Endeavor in partnership with SilverLake Partners. TechCrunch One of the biggest questions that any bidder will face as it considers buying Hulu is what content rights the company will have and for how long. Since its founding, Hulu has famously had exclusive access to content from three of the four major broadcast networks. But it’s become increasingly clear that exclusivity is probably not in the best interests of Fox, ABC or NBC. Quartz / Christopher Mims By contrast with Tumblr, there is nothing exciting about buying Hulu. The video site’s current owners are a bunch of utterly traditional media companies that provide much of the video for it, including Walt Disney, Comcast, NBCUniversal and News Corp. But Hulu has 4 million subscribers — double the number just a year ago — who pay $7.99 per month each. That’s due entirely to Hulu’s ability to strike deals with various US television networks, including ABC, Fox, NBC and CBS, for their current shows and/or libraries of old episodes. Throw in advertising revenue, and the site brought in $695 million in 2012.
But given that Lemire felt The Hangover Part II was the worst film of 2011, her cheering of the third installment in her final AP film review and on TYT Network show What the Flick?! is almost as surprising as her exit from the wire service right after colleague David Germain. (Lemire’s last day was Friday; Germain clocked out May 17.)
Here’s a suggestion for TMZ. When the next need-for-verification Church of Scientology-tinged item comes along, like this Friday afternoon EXCLUSIVE speculating that a pair of wee-hour motorcycle riders were Tom Cruise and girlfriend, check with Tony Ortega first.
The former Village Voice editor-in-chief works tirelessly at the helm of his must-read Scientology blog The Underground Bunker. No one knows more about CoS celebrity members past, present and near future-than this guy. If TMZ had checked with Ortega, they could have easily avoided this Saturday morning admonition:
This isn’t the first time that ex-Scientologist Tiziano Lugli has been mistaken for Tom Cruise zipping around Hollywood on his Ducati motorcycle.
But TMZ? You’d think Harvey Levin’s outfit would want a bit more confirmation before deciding that a video of Tiziano and his wife Jamie is Tom Cruise and his “Rebound Chick.”
On May 15, Echo Park-Silver Lake Patch editor Anthea Raymond was enlisted to do what many in the hyper-local network have been recently: front for an adjacent geographical hub. She welcomed Beverly Hills Patch readers to the new site design, touting a spiffy Opinion board, Announcements board and more.
Exactly a week later, Raymond – a veteran LA journalist with many years of service at KCRW and in college classrooms – had a different message to share via her Patch site’s Facebook page: