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Vulture Circles Debra Messing’s Off-Target Show

The headline for Margaret Lyons‘ Vulture review is emphatic: “Mysteries of Laura Is a Bad Show. It’s a Bad, Bad Show.” And as you might expect, the article below that headline is a rad read. It’s a rad, rad read.

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Starting with some astute bricks-and-mortar fact-checking:

Messing stars as Laura, a miserable human who abuses her police power by intimidating random pre-school teachers. She loves product-placing Target, and even though she lives in Manhattan, it seems very, very unlikely that she lives anywhere near Harlem or 117th Street. I resent integrated advertising in general, but it’s truly egregious here.

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NYT Sportswriter Recalls Her Extra-Credit First Assignment

AndrusHeaderFor the second year in a row, Karen Crouse was one of the keynote speakers at the Andrus Center Conference on Women and Leadership at Boise State University. In connection with her return Idaho appearance, the New York Times sportswriter spoke with Boise Weekly staff writer Jessica Murri and revisited the classic way her career aspirations took hold:

[High school student] Crouse decided to make a swimming magazine, went to her local swim club and asked to interview Mike Bruner – the Michael Phelps of the 1970s.

The way Crouse tells the story, Bruner’s coach, Bill Rose, told him he had to stay after practice for an interview with a journalist.

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Parade to be Sold to Athlon Media

Parade, the magazine that has filled Sunday newspapers for many years, is about to be sold to Athlon Media. The New York Post reports that Athlon — which is known for publishing sports annuals — is in the late stages of talks with Parade’s parent, Advance Publications.

Aside from sports guides, Athlon publishes monthly glossies Spry Living, Relish, and the number three Sunday insert — American Profile. Parade is number one, with a circulation of 32 million, and USA Weekend is number two.

Despite the hefty numbers, Parade has been struggling lately — ad pages through September are down nine percent compared to last year.

If the deal goes through, Parade would benefit from being sold to a company headed by a billionaire. Athlon’s CEO Spencer Hays founded Tom James, one of the nation’s largest custom suit makers, and owns a variety of other successful businesses.

GQ Adds Culture Writer, Bonnier Taps PR Manager

A couple Revolving Door notes for you today, involving GQ and Bonnier Corporation. Details are below.

  • Lindy West is joining GQ as a culture writer for GQ.com. West most recently served as a staff writer for Jezebel. Prior to that she was the arts critic for Seattle’s The Stranger. West begins September 22.
  • Bonnier has named Molly Battles PR manager for its Men’s Group, which includes brands such as Popular Science and Field & Stream. She comes to Bonnier from The Rosen Group, where she had been since 2012. Prior to The Rosen Group, she worked with CBS News.

Kansas iHeart Contest Winner Not Flying Coach Anymore

ShutterstockPrivateJetWhen Wichita, Kansas radio host Elvis Duran ran through the gargantuan list of prizes with iHeartRadio contest winner Kelli Pankratz, he made two major observations.

The first was that she should not wear heels when introducing, alongside iHeartRadio Music Festival MC Ryan Seacrest, one of the many performers at the September 19-20 Las Vegas event. “He’s very short,” Duran joked.

The other was to prepare for the life-changing impact of flying round-trip from Kansas to Sin City (with three lucky friends) aboard the iHeartRadio private jet. “You’ll never want to get on a commercial jet ever again,” Duran warned.

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Study: Majority of Black and Hispanic Consumers Don’t Trust News Media

Well, here’s a shocker: According to a study by the Media Insight Project, a majority of Black and Hispanic consumers don’t trust the news media to portray them accurately. We wonder why that could be! Seems so strange.

The Associated Press reports that when asked if news reports on their communities was accurate, 75 percent of Black respondents said “moderately” or “not at all,” and 66 percent of Hispanics answered similarly.

Tia C. M. Tyree, a Howard University professor, told the AP that Blacks and Hispanics don’t trust the media because there’s never been a reason to. When the news constantly stereotypes them, it’s a problem. When only white males own networks, it’s a problem.

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Spin Loses Another Editor-in-Chief

SPINLogoSpin continues to spin (we trademarked that phrase, by the way). According to Poynter, Craig Marks, who rejoined the now ditial-only music publication in June, is already out.

Marks had previously worked for Spin from 1991 to 1996. When Marks came back to Spin, he said “I’m thrilled to lead a music brand whose best days, I’m certain, still lie ahead.” Things have clearly changed since then, but Marks didn’t seem bitter. “It was a mutual and amicable decision that I would leave,” he told Poynter. “With the new CEO and the new regime it felt like the right time to part ways.”

Spin has had four different CEOs and editors in the past four years, so we’re guessing this will end up being a good thing for Marks.

Guy Vidra Named CEO of The New Republic

TNR logo GThe New Republic has named Guy Vidra its chief executive officer. Vidra most recently served as general manager of Yahoo News, a role he held since 2012. He previously served as WaPo’s head of business development and emerging media.

“One thing I’ve learned over the past two years is that to preserve and strengthen great institutions, you have to change them,” said Chris Hughes, TNR’s owner, in a statement. “Guy is a highly respected innovator with deep experience who will build on our recent progress in redefining The New Republic for a new time.”

In related news, TNR announced an investment division, The New RepublicFund. The investment arm will “back early-stage technology companies predominantly in the digital media, analytics, and video spaces,” according to TNR.

Vidra begins October 13.

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Dish Gets Scripps Networks Rights for Online Video Service (THR)
Pay TV company Dish Network and Scripps Networks Interactive on Tuesday announced a multi-year carriage renewal for the latter’s lifestyle cable TV networks. Deadline Hollywood HGTV, Food Network and Great American Country are among the Scripps Networks Interactive channels that will be part of the package that Dish Network is assembling for its planned broadband video service that will target young viewers who want a low-cost alternative to the full pay TV bundle that many consider to be too expensive. Re/code The service is supposed to launch this year. Like pacts Dish has previously made with Disney and A&E, the agreement is part of a larger distribution deal for the satellite TV company. Last week, Sony announced that it had made progress on its own Web TV plans by signing up Viacom. Variety In addition to the over-the-top streaming rights, the pact expands Dish’s distribution of authenticated live and VOD programming on Internet-connected devices and widens distribution of DIY and Cooking Channel to Dish’s America’s Top 200 satellite TV package. The OTT rights under the deal with Scripps Networks let Dish deliver multiple streams per household. “This first-of-its-kind OTT deal for Scripps Networks Interactive enables us to reach even more people through Dish’s innovative services,” said Ken Lowe, Scripps Networks Interactive president and CEO. New York Post Dish chairman Charlie Ergen was on the East Coast last week wooing programmers to the new platform, sources said. Dish is one of the first companies to risk cannibalizing its existing pay-TV product to be a first mover in burgeoning Internet-based TV space.

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