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Kal Penn Named Special Correspondent of Fusion’s Midterm Mayhem (TVNewser)
Actor Kal Penn is joining Fusion as a special correspondent for its midterm election coverage. Fusion’s election coverage plans include a nightly primetime program Midterm Mayhem: The Ultimate Political Smackdown hosted by Fusion’s Nando Vila. FishbowlDC In addition to its television broadcast, the program will be livestreamed. Midterm Mayhem will be hosted by Vila with contributions from anchors Jorge Ramos and Alicia Menendez and Fusion’s Alice Brennan and Romina Puga. Capital New York Fusion is still modestly distributed, with Comcast, Time Warner Cable and DirecTV among the major distributors that don’t yet carry the channel. The livestream — which will only apply to the month-long midterm election series — is a chance for viewers who don’t get Fusion to sample its programming, with the goal of getting them to lobby their pay-TV provider to carry the channel. The channel held a similar stunt tied to its coverage of the 2014 World Cup from Brazil. THR Penn is known for his roles in the Harold And Kumar trilogy, The Namesake, House and How I Met Your Mother. In 2009, he took a break from acting to work as an associate director of the White House’s Office of Public Engagement, serving as the Obama administration’s liaison to young Americans. Politico / Dylan Byers on Media The show aims to “bring viewers all the essential political news of the day and answer questions of fundamental importance to Fusion’s audience,” the network said in a release. It premieres Sunday, Oct. 5, at 9:30 p.m. and runs until Election Day.

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Locked Up | Vale Knows Something | Parker Deals

Twitter logo GAllTwitter: A “campaign of hatred” sure seems like a jailable offense to us.

TVNewser: Savannah Guthrie introduced her baby Vale to the Today hosts. Vale pooped while Matt Lauer was holding her. Read into that what you will.

GalleyCat: Mary Louise-Parker is going to write a memoir. It will not be about selling ganja.

BU Journalism Prof Tops New York Times Bestsellers List

13HoursCoverMitchell Zuckoff is number one with a BU-llet. The Boston University journalism professor’s non-fiction tome 13 Hours, based on interviews with a half-dozen security personnel involved in the attack on the U.S. embassy in Benghazi, hit number one this weekend on the New York Times Non-Fiction Bestsellers list.

The proud prof and Pulitzer winner spoke to Mina Corpuz, associate news editor of BU student newspaper The Daily Press. In the article, he receives praise from a pair of colleagues:

“Most of the professors continue to be practitioners,” journalism school chair William McKeen said in an email. “They love to teach, and they love to continue to report and write, make films, deliver commentary on politics, and in other ways remain in the game… One of the cool things about all this is that the guy with the No. 1 book on the non-fiction list is teaching our beginning journalism course this semester. That course assignment was his request…”

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Richard Tomko Named amNewYork Publisher

Newsday Media Group has named Richard Tomko publisher of amNewYork. Tomko joins the newspaper from Boost Digital, where he served as a consultant. He previously served as CEO of Snooth Media, and worked for Time Warner for 14 years. Tomko also served as Time Inc. Digital’s general manager and VP of business development.

“Richard is a proven leader with demonstrated abilities to grow contemporary publishing brands,” said Gordon McLeod, publisher of Newsday Media Group, in a statement. “I am confident that Richard’s strong leadership and management skills will best position amNewYork for continued success.”

Tomko’s appointment is effective immediately.

Hearst Magazines Makes Business Leadership Changes

hearst-magazine-logo-1Hearst Magazine has made several major changes to its business team. Details are below.

  • Jayne Jamison has been named senior VP, publisher of O, The Oprah Magazine. Jamison was most recently vice president, publishing director of Redbook and Seventeen. She was named publisher and chief revenue officer of Seventeen in 2003, and took on the publishing director role at Redbook last year.
  • Jamison is succeeding Jill Seelig, who has been named senior VP, corporate development of magazine publishing. Seelig had been senior VP, publisher of O for the past 13 years.
  • Sue Katzen has been named publisher of Redbook. She had been associate publisher, advertising, of Cosmopolitan since 2005.
  • Donna Kalajian Lagani, the senior VP, publishing director of Cosmopolitan and Cosmo For Latinas, will also oversee Seventeen.

Larry David Navigates Birthday, Relationship Wishes

AceHotelLALogoHa ha. Among those in attendance last night at the Ace Hotel in downtown Los Angeles for a special Citi cardholders event featuring David Steinberg interviewing Larry David was LA Weekly EIC Sarah Fenske. She notes that although David overall seemed to greatly enjoy the fan adulation, there was no shortage of embarrassing audience-member behavior:

David, a lovable curmudgeon playing a grudging good sport for the evening, gives three hugs. He accepts a letter from someone’s dad. He even says happy birthday to someone called Henry at the request of a young woman wielding the video function on her phone.

“What am I saying?” he asks. “Who’s Henry?” Told it’s the woman’s father, he yells, “Happy birthday Henry! Your daughter’s obnoxious!” The audience roars.

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Variety Shuffles Its EICs

Moving from editor-in-chief, television to managing editor, television is not exactly a promotion. So, reading between the lines of today’s Variety announcement, we’re assuming this shift was something Cynthia Littleton was willing to accept in exchange for relocating (earlier this year) from LA to New York.

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The PMC publication is still very much a west coast-driven concern. The move means Variety now has two rather than three EICs – Claudia Eller and Andrew Wallenstein.(pictured). A couple of other portions of today’s announcement caught our eye.

1) The PMC PR folks might have been a tad too effusive when they dropped this sentence in:

Variety continues to be the leading provider of entertainment news around the world.

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Latest The New Yorker Cover is a Gif

“Rainy Day,” an illustration by Christoph Niemann — is The New Yorker’s first ever animated cover. Of course it’s not animated in real life, but the raindrops do move when viewing the cover online.

We’re telling you this now so you’ll have adequate time to figure out how to explain gifs to your grandparents. Please, if nothing else, make sure they know to pronounce it with a hard “g,” like “gift.”

Neil Diamond Announces Surprise Brooklyn Concert

If you’re not doing anything this afternoon and have a special place in your musical heart for Neil Diamond, you might want to head on down to Flatbush.

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Per a couple of tweets earlier today, in this the new social age of music promotion, Diamond announced a surprise 6 p.m. concert tonight in Brooklyn at Erasmus Hall High School, where he was a student from 1954 to 1956. The performer is asking people not to line up before 3 p.m. for free tickets.

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People Dominates MPA’s New Brand Audience Report

People magazine officially dominated the MPA’s new metric Media 360°, which seeks to quantify how much consumers desire a specific glossy’s content across multiple platforms. People’s total score was 71,395. The next closest magazine was Better Homes and Gardens, with 47,871.

The MPA launched Media 360° because the previous way of measuring a magazine’s success — via circulation and/or ad pages — was extremely dated.

“With Magazine Media 360, we finally have a comprehensive accounting of consumer demand for our brands, an imperative for the industry since, with the growth of new, rapidly evolving digital platforms, consumer demand is today’s media currency,” said the MPA’s CEO and president, Mary Berner, in a statement. “In fact, given the success of many magazine brands on those new platforms, continuing to rely on print circulation and ad paging counts in isolation to determine demand for magazine media would be like measuring the viewership of the Super Bowl exclusively based on the people who watched it in the stadium.”

Rounding out the Media 360° top five was Time (with 44,288), Allrecipes (40,338) and National Geographic (38,947).

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