Archives: July 2012
CNN Worldwide president Jim Walton is stepping down from the cable network at the end of the year.
Our sister site TVNewser reports Walton told the staff in a note this morning that CNN needs some “fresh thinking.”
Turner Broadcasting chairman Phil Kent is in charge finding Walton’s successor.
TVNewser has more details, including reaction from Kent.
Viacom is one of several major companies — including Google, CBS, Zynga, Diageo, Levi Strauss, and more — to file a court briefing opposing the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which defines marriage as between a man and a woman.
Before you get all giddy and go to Times Square to hug Viacom’s building, MediaPost reports that the company didn’t do this just because it is pro gay rights:
The amicus brief does lay out a self-interest case why DOMA hurts businesses because there is a disconnect between laws in some states and federal legislation. So what a Viacom or a Blue Cross or a Starbucks could gain from a repeal. The filers say that DOMA forces a company to keep separate records; increases tax payments; can necessitate hiring expensive compliance firms; and bring a need for added employee training.
In other words, DOMA costs more.
But hey, let’s not be negative nellies here. Let’s just be happy that Viacom and others did this, no matter what the reason was.
Here is your morning “Only in New York” moment. NY1 reporter Vivian Lee was busy preparing for a story in Cobble Hill when a woman, draped in a white sheet, climbed in an NY1 van and began using Lee’s make-up and eating snacks. According to DNA Info, when Lee asked the make-up marauder to leave, she allegedly punched Lee in the neck.
Thankfully the van’s driver was able to control the attacker until authorities arrived. “I’m okay,” Lee told DNA Info, after the incident.
No word on what kind of snacks the attacker went for first. If there were Milanos in the van, we could (almost) understand.
(H/T Daily Intel)
Sunset magazine has made a few changes. Miranda Crowell has been named its new deputy editor. Crowell comes to Sunset from Martha Stewart Living, where she held the same position. According to The New York Post, at Sunset, Crowell will be overseeing garden, home and food coverage.
Christine Ryan, Sunset’s executive editor, is also out.
- GalleyCat: Bob Ross, his hair and his happy trees can do anything.
- SocialTimes: Olympic organizers are rushing to delete leaked footage of the opening ceremony. [SPOILER ALERT] There are a lot of people doing weird things in weird outfits. Oh, and a torch.
- AppNewser: Would you use a Facebook phone? If you answered “no,’” good for you. If you answered “yes,” please seek counseling.
It’s tough to beat Vogue. That’s the case quite often when it comes to the fashion magazine world, and once again this year, Vogue has proven itself a worthy competitor. We reported on the September issue ad page numbers for most fashion titles yesterday, but now we have Vogue’s, and it’s a doozy.
WWD reports that Vogue’s September issue registers a whopping 658 ad pages, the most it has had since 2008. The next closest fashion mag was
Elle, with 400 pages InStyle, with 440 pages.
Like we said, it’s not easy beating Vogue. But maybe we just should’ve pointed out that Anna Wintour has no time for you fools.
Newsweek/The Daily Beast has announced several promotions and changes. See below for a summary, then after the jump for the full memo from Tina Brown.
- Chelsie Gosk has been promoted to senior director of digital strategy and audience development
- Brian Ries has been promoted to senior editor, social media
- Joyce Tang has been named deputy editor of Newsweek’s iPad and tablet editions
- Will O’Connor is rejoining as public relations associate
- Sam Schlinkert has been named deputy social media editor and audience coordinator
The dream is about to move a step closer to reality, as the Brooklyn Nets unveil the team schedule tonight at 7. In honor of the first of many historic moments, the Nets will hold its first ”broadcast” on its Website, brooklynnets.com, right after the schedule is released.
“We are excited to introduce the first call from Brooklyn in dramatic fashion,” said Brooklyn Nets CEO Brett Yormark. “The stage is set for Opening Night and we are thrilled to share this historic moment with the borough and NBA fans worldwide.”
We already know the Nets will open this inaugural season at the Barclays Center against the Knicks November 1 in a nationally televised game.
With the Nets move from Newark, they become the first major sports franchise in Brooklyn since the beloved Dodgers bolted for Los Angeles after the 1957 season.