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Derek Curl Readies ‘The Netflix of LGBT’

DerekCurlPicSome intriguing details about Derek Curl‘s forthcoming streaming channel were revealed over the weekend in an article in Memphis’ Commercial Appeal.

The New York-based Curl (pictured) is not yet willing to reveal the name of his digital platform, set to launch in January. Rainbow TV? Equality? It’s still, at this stage, very much TBA. But Curl had no problem lavishing praise on Morgan Jon Fox, an indie filmmaker shooting for the channel the eight-episode low-budget series Feral, about a group of Memphis friends:

“He not only makes the stories real, but he stays true to his vision. He can express visually what is the Southern experience of contemporary gay youth, and the world loves Southern stories. I compare Morgan to Horton Foote and Tennessee Williams, except Tennessee Williams was a drunk and Morgan’s not.”

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Mediabistro Course

Travel Writing

Travel WritingStarting September 23, learn how to turn your travel stories into published essays and articles! Taught by a former Vanity Fair staff writer, James Sturz will teach you how to report, interview, and find sources, discover story ideas and pitch them successfully, and understand what travel editors look for in a story. Register now! 

Westboro Baptist Church: ‘God Hates Gawker’

The zany, fun-loving members of the Westboro Baptist Church have had it with Gawker. They plan to stage a protest in front of the site’s headquarters on Elizabeth Street today, from 3:15 to 3:45 pm.

As Westboro explained in an announcement, everyone else might be fooled by Gawker Media, but not them! “They pretend to be the site that critiques mainstream media, trolling about trying to catch them with their pants down. What they really do is roll out scores of blogs daily full of mocking, irreverent, vulgar, base, worthless bilge.” That certainly sounds terrible.

Sadly for Gawker Media staffers, there is no hope for them. “These hideous haters and squalid sinners lack the sense to think about eternity, and have an awful end coming,” reads Westboro’s flier.

Obviously the Westboro congregation is completely insane, but you’ve got to give them credit for their creative propaganda. Everyone knows Jesus loved him some alliteration.

[h/t: Jim Romenesko]

Matt Gross Named Editor of Boston.com

Matt Gross has been named the new editor of Boston.com. Gross comes to the site from Bon Appetit, where he served as editor of Bonappetit.com since 2012.

From 2006 to 2010 Gross penned the popular Frugal Traveler column for The New York Times. His has also worked as an editor for New York and FoxNews.com. His work has appeared in magazines such as Saveur and Afar.

“Matt’s experience gives him a unique perspective that will drive compelling content, leveraging multimedia and social channels to tell great stories on Boston.com, which will celebrate its 20th anniversary next October,” said Corey Gottlieb, Boston Global Media Partners’ executive director of digital strategy and operations, in a statement. “His vision will help to further define Boston.com’s identity.”

Gross begins his new role September 29.

Sports Illustrated Adds Breaking-News Video Channel

On a day that belongs to TMZ Sports, a much older sports media franchise is hoping to carve out some additional traction in the online video world.

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Per Ad Age‘s Michael Sebastian, Sports Illustrated has hired a dozen people so far to power today’s newly launched SI Wire, including three on-air TV personalities. From his report:

“The news cycle is so vicious and moves so quickly,” said Paul Fichtenbaum, editor of the Time Inc. Sports Group, which includes Sports Illustrated. “We want to make sure that as these things evolve that we can present them in video fashion.”

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Bloomberg Politics Previews New Show

Bloomberg Politics doesn’t launch until October 6, but for those who simply can’t wait, the site has delivered a promo for its first offering — With All Due Respect.

With All Due Respect is hosted by political power duo John Heilemann and Mark Halperin, who joined Bloomberg Politics in May. Here’s how Heilemann and Halperin describe the show, which premieres October 6 at 5 pm on BloombergPolitics.com and Bloomberg TV:

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Forbes Media Launches ForbesLife.com

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An event last night at the Forbes Galleries (the last hurrah at this venue before staffers at Forbes Media move across the river) celebrated the launch of ForbesLife.com, the digital component of luxury lifestyle magazine ForbesLife. The new vertical, which we reported on in July, has a minimalist design with bold, beautiful — and clickable — photo imagery throughout.

According to the official announcement:

ForbesLife.com covers the world of luxury and is expected to leverage content from Forbes staff writers and more than 150 expert contributors based around the globe — including journalists who have written for The New York Times, Vogue, Esquire, The New Yorker and more. Content on the site is divided by channel topic, such as: Travel, Cars & Bikes, Style, Planes & Boats, Homes, Watches & Jewelry, Tech, Food & Drink, Arts, and Video.

Another focus appears to have been making sure the site was optimized for mobile. A ForbesLife app is planned for release later this month. Check out event pics after the jump.

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Joe Zee Unveils Yahoo Style

JessicaBielYahooStyleJust in time for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, the Yahoo Style switch has been flipped.

Former Elle creative director Joe Zee is at the helm of the new vertical. In an interview with Fashionista, he resurrects that very debatable labeling of a website:

Zee says that the term “digital magazine” originated with Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer, but it also describes the kind of immersive experience he wants readers to have with the content available at Yahoo Style. Like a magazine, the visuals will be beautiful – something he accurately points out that most web-native publishers do not invest in. The focus, he stresses, will not be news, though much of the content will be timely.

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NY Times Digital Subcription Growth Slows

NYtimes buildingThe New York Times’ paywall is now three years old. For most of that time, digital subscriptions grew at a healthy pace. However, according to Recode, there are signs that things are slowing down.

In June, the Times reported that it had added 32,000 digital subscriptions during the second quarter, bringing its total to about 831,000. That’s a solid number.

Unless, of course, those new subscribers were lured by new apps like NYT Now, and the Times has already hit its subscriber ceiling:

There could be some cannibalization from the new app, of course, but even if all 32,000 were for the main digital subscription (which costs $15 to $35 depending on how many devices you want to use), that would still fall short of the previous two quarters when the Times averaged 36,000 new subscribers.

If the Times has truly tapped every customer who will pay for its content, there could be rough waters ahead. As with any print product, the execs at the paper will need to figure out new revenue streams to avoid getting shipwrecked.

HuffPost Wants You to Pay its Ferguson Reporter

huffpostThe editors of The Huffington Post have lost their goddamn minds. The site is launching something called The Ferguson Fellowship, which carries the lofty goal of covering Ferguson after every other media outlet leaves. That’s great and all. Aside from the fact that HuffPost wants readers to pay for it.

Ryan Grim, HuffPost’s Washington bureau chief, explained in a post that the media will leave Ferguson, but “the local police will still be there, along with the structural inequality and racial disparities that sparked the crisis.”

That’s true! But then Grim gets to the good stuff. “With reader support, we’ll hire a local citizen journalist who’s been covering the turmoil and train her to become a professional journalist.”

There it is. HuffPost is owned by AOL, a multimillion dollar company, but the site wants you to pay for a reporter to cover Ferguson. How bold and noble of them.

Despite the Ferguson Fellowship being a complete asshole move, it’s already 24 percent funded. Well played, HuffPost. Well played.

Huffington Post Expands to India

huffington-post1Here’s something that you only read about almost every day: The Huffington Post is expanding once again. HuffPost has partnered with The Times of India Group, the country’s biggest media company, to launch Huffington Post India. The site — which will feature content in English — is expected to launch later this year.

“As the world’s largest democracy, and with a middle class of more than 250 million people, India is a critical destination for any global media company,” said HuffPost’s CEO, Jimmy Maymann, in a statement. “And with Indian household consumption predicted to continue to grow nearly 20% per year, this partnership gives us an ideal entry into what is expected to become the world’s fifth-largest consumer market within the next ten years.”

Huffington Post and India Group will work together to form an editorial team that will be based in New Delhi.

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