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Vine Job Postings Go to the Dogs

The qualifications listed in this job ad are anything but typical:

Potty trained;
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CUTE;
Relatively quiet;
Can’t reach my lunch;
Boundless enthusiasm for staring into the distance at absolutely nothing whatsoever;
Vineable;
Hypoallergenic;
Gets along with other office dogs;
Familiar with Woof, Arf, Bark, Sniff, Deploy! (WABS);
Computer science degree from Ivy League school;
Can catch midair multiple remote controlled helis concurrently.

Then again, it’s not every day that a major media company puts out a call for an Office Dog. The permalink says /woof, the Vine copy screams wink.

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HuffPost Live Freestyles a Few Celebrity Guests

Today’s reminder of the vertiginous subject-matter range of the Internet in general and The Huffington Post in particular is a mash-up of recent HuffPost Live celebrity guest appearances. Seriously… When’s the last time your print newspaper converged into the same article Snoop Dogg, David Lee Roth and Questlove?

Thanks to an appearance by Wayne Brady, a portion of the video above doubles as a bonus sketch from the CW-revived Whose Line Is It Anyway?. A number of additional folks make appearances; watch the video to see who.

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Bill Maher Sees Dead Cable People

SteveDoocyPicPer a guest column in this week’s Hollywood Reporter, the host of Real Time has a bad, sick-sense feeling about the possible takeover of Time Warner by News Corp. What’s good for the Doocy, the acerbic TV host imagines, will not be good for the Maher:

There’s a terrible price to pay for this. (I mean besides the terrible price I personally will pay when Rupert takes over HBO and my show becomes Paste-Eating Time With Steve Doocy.)

Maher may have it wrong. It seems to FishbowlNY that the more likely Fox News morning show host to be gifted with some extra Friday Real Time would be Elisabeth Hasselbeck.

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Forbes Chief Product Officer Lays Out Battle Plan

Following Friday’s announcement of a majority-stake deal with Hong Kong-based Integrated Whale Media Investments, Forbes Media chief product officer Lewis DVorkin has outlined what’s in the works for the rest of the year.

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It starts, right after Labor Day, with a new vertical – ForbesLife:

On September 2, we’ll launch a luxury vertical with a simple, highly visual navigational construct. Visitors will find it easy to move around the site, marketers can engage with an audiences in new ways. We’re bringing on 150 contributors to cover the breadth of the luxury category.

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Forbes Media Sells Majority Stake to Hong Kong Investor Group

In the past six years, Forbes has expanded its international publishing reach from nine licensed local editions to 36. Content is now consumed in 63 countries, in 21 different languages.

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Today, the company solidified its international reach with the announcement that a majority stake has been sold to a group of Asian investors. From today’s release:

The newly formed Hong Kong-based investor group Integrated Whale Media Investments (“IWM”) is composed of international investors. The group is led by Integrated Asset Management (Asia) Limited (“IAM”).

IAM, which was founded by Tak Cheung Yam, is a Hong Kong-based investment company primarily engaged in public and private equity investments, with expertise in telecommunications, finance and technology. Another significant investor in IWM, Wayne Hsieh is the co-founder of ASUSTeK Computer Inc., one of the world’s leading PC vendors and the No.1 motherboard manufacturer in the world. He is based in Singapore.

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Norm Pearlstine Chats with the Observer

The transcribed Q&A is relatively brief. But when the interviewee is Time Inc. executive vice president and chief content officer Norm Pearlstine, much of it can be mulled.

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In answering Kara Bloomgarden-Smoke‘s second question, Pearlstine paints a wonderfully accurate and vivid picture. It’s something we too have noticed – in this case, truly, as non-media critics – at the neighborhood supermarket checkout line:

“If you stand at a checkout counter, you’ll see people on their tablets, on their cellphones. Traditional media has to respond to that…”

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News Corp Might Bid on Tribune Newspapers

Tribune logo GThe big media rumor of the week is that News Corp. is putting together a bid for Tribune Publishing. According to Poynter’s Rick Edmonds, News Corp would be interested in buying the company, but only after it is spun off from Tribune, a move that is expected to happen in the next few months.

Tribune Publishing publishes several newspapers, including heavyweights like The Chicago Tribune, The Los Angeles Times, The Baltimore Sun and The Sun-Sentinel.

News Corp buying the publisher, according to Edmonds, would make sense for a few reasons. Murdoch has always been a big fan of the LA Times and his desire to own it has been chronicled in the past; News Corp was spun off with plenty of cash, cash that investors will want to see do something; and relating to that last point — Tribune Publishing would be easy for News Corp to afford.

Would Rupert Murdoch really buy more newspapers even though print is clearly on the decline? It doesn’t seem to make much sense. But if there’s one person we wouldn’t count out, it’s Murdoch.

Niche Media Sold to Greengale Publishing

niche media logo GNiche Media — publisher of regional magazines like Aspen PeakGotham, Hamptons, Los Angeles Confidential, Ocean Drive and more — has been acquired by Greengale Publishing from Greenspun Media Group.

Greengale Publishing is owned by Jane Greenspan Gale and her husband, Jeff Gale. Greenspun Media is a family company, held by Greenspan Gale and her siblings.

Niche Media was founded in 1998 by Jason Binn, currently the CEO and founder of DuJour Media. In 2006, Binn sold Niche to Greenspun.

“These magazines are stronger and more relevant than ever,” Greenspan Gale said in a statement. “They deliver beautiful and inspiring editorial content while playing an important role in their communities and in the marketing plans for brands who seek to reach our audience.”

As part of the deal, Katherine Nicholls was named CEO of Niche Media. She previously served as president and COO.

Financial terms of the deal weren’t disclosed.

Vice Moves Brooklyn Headquarters

ViceTwitterAvatarVice is on the move. The media company is about to take up residence in a 60,000-square-foot building located on South Second Street at Kent Avenue.

The Wall Street Journal reports that if Vice hires an additional 525 Brooklynites, it will receive $6.5 million in state tax breaks. Not bad for a company that issues statements like this:

Brooklyn is our home and we’re already hard at work developing a freaky, space-age utopia that will give today’s creative visionaries a place to produce astonishing stories and leave their indelible thumbprint on the annals of history.

Sigh.

Bloomberg Media Sets Timetable for Politics, Business Sites

BloombergLPPromoThere was a two-hour town hall meeting at Bloomberg L.P. last week. And as Joe Pompeo recounts in his very informative Capital New York piece, some important details were shared about the media group by Bloomberg Businessweek EIC Josh Tyrangiel:

Employees were informed that the first in a planned suite of “digital-led multi-platform brands,” a politics site being developed by high-profile political journalists and Game Change authors John Heilemann and Mark Halperin, both poached by Bloomberg in May with annual salaries reported to be north of $1 million, will debut on October 6 – 30 days before the 2014 Midterms — in tandem with a daily half-hour television show hosted by the duo that will air in Bloomberg TV’s 5 p.m. time slot as well as streaming online…

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