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It’s Official: Mike Hopkins Named CEO of Hulu (Variety)
Hulu has announced Fox Networks distribution chief Mike Hopkins as CEO of Hulu. Plans for the transition leaked out last week, in addition to the news that interim CEO Andy Forssell would be leaving the company. The appointment comes months after owners 21st Century Fox, Disney and Comcast elected not to sell Hulu after putting the joint venture on the auction block for the second time in as many years. Ad Age / Digital The announcement, which came Thursday afternoon, comes a week after news broke that the company was close to hiring Hopkins, a deal maker charged with securing arrangements with TV carriers as well as on-demand and digital services. TheWrap Putting Hopkins in charge brings Hulu even closer to its parent companies, which abandoned their efforts to sell the company earlier this year and promised to invest $750 million. “After an extensive search, Mike was simply the best candidate for the job. He has a strong understanding of programming, digital distribution and consumer behavior, and a great vision for Hulu’s next chapter,” Anne Sweeney, co-chairman, Disney Media Networks and president, Disney/ABC Television Group, said in a statement.LA Times / Company Town In assuming the helm of Hulu, Hopkins brings more than two decades of experience in the traditional television world and in negotiating distribution agreements. As head of distribution for Fox, he oversaw distribution strategy, sales and marketing for Fox’s 45 broadcast and cable channels in the United States.

Union Warns Philadelphia Inquirer Employees to Be ‘Careful What You Say’ (Capital New York)
The union that represents hundreds of employees at the embattled Philadelphia Inquirer has a warning for them. “It has become painfully clear that your work emails and emails from other accounts that you open up on your work computer, can be read, and in some cases are being read, by managers and owners of this company,” wrote Howard Gensler, president of the executive board of the Newspaper Guild’s TNG-CWA Local 38010 and Bill Ross, the union’s executive director, in a memo obtained by Capital. HuffPost The company, which employs about 1,800 people between the Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia Daily News and Philly.com, underwent new ownership when it was bought by a group of business leaders in August 2012. But last Thursday, co-owners Gerry Lenfest and New Jersey Nets owner Lewis Katz filed a lawsuit against parent company Interstate General Media and publisher Bob Hall, claiming that they wrongfully fired Marimow and were not authorized to make such a decision. The two are now fighting for full control of the company, seeking the ousting of Hall in exchange for the return of Marimow. NY Post / Media Ink Interstate General Media is now suing Katz, claiming he repeatedly violated his pledge to remain removed from the editorial and journalistic operations.

Where Did Robert Costa Come From? (NY Mag / Daily Intelligencer)
As the dust settles from the government shutdown and debt-ceiling standoff, and while John Boehner and Ted Cruz figure out what’s next from out the wreckage, at least one man on the right is giddy. “I feel like I’ve been up for three straight weeks,” says Robert Costa, the National Review‘s Washington editor and star blogger, who has been in the thick of it all as the government edges up to economic destruction. Costa has been celebrated by his colleagues and subjects alike as a must-read this month, his reporting from behind the closed doors of Republicans in Congress held up as indispensable, a shining beacon of the form in which a man tirelessly asks questions and prints the answers without fluff or bluster. The Washington Post / Erik Wemple Costa has deservedly gathered a whole bunch of informal honors for his reporting on the chaotic negotiations to end the government shutdown and avert a default. Day in and day out, Costa pounded updates into his Twitter feed and NationalReview.com, creating something of a moving picture of deliberations among Republicans on Capitol Hill. Politico / Dylan Byers on Media “There are no winners here,” White House press secretary Jay Carney said of the negotiations to end the government shutdown. Except, of course, Costa, who has been widely celebrated over the course of the past two weeks for his unparalleled reporting on backroom Republican dealings.

NBC’s Luke Russert, Fox News Prematurely Declare Rep. Bill Young Dead (TVNewser)
NBC News correspondent Luke Russert and Fox News anchor Gretchen Carlson seemingly got ahead of the news Thursday afternoon, reporting that Rep. Bill Young had died, when in fact he is gravely ill. Carlson reported the news on-air at 2:05 p.m. as a “Fox News Alert.” Shortly thereafter, Young’s family revealed that he was “gravely ill” and in the hospital, but that he was not, in fact, dead. Russert tweeted an “Update” with the family’s statement at 2:37 p.m., and Fox News ran a correction at 2:23 p.m. Daily Beast / Cheat Sheet Fox aired a photo of Young, one of the longest-serving Representatives in the House, above the years, “1930-2013,” the years of his birth and his non-death. Politico / Dylan Byers on Media “Alright, I’m really sorry to report that earlier we did report that Congressman Bill Young had passed away. We are now told that is not the case and we of course sincerely apologize for that error,” Carlson said. “Hopefully that won’t happen again”

Why Glenn Greenwald’s New Media Venture Is A Big Deal (The Washington Post / The Monkey Cage)
This is big news for journalism. It’s also big news for people interested in the relationship between information technology and politics. Martha Finnemore and I drafted a paper a couple of years ago about how Wikileaks-type organizations were changing the relationship between knowledge, politics and hypocrisy. Our ideas about hypocrisy led to an article on the true consequences of the Snowden leaks, which is coming out in the next issue of Foreign Affairs. Our ideas about knowledge and politics maybe tell us something about the consequences of the new venture (but bear with me — our argument is a little complicated).

Breitbart News Shakes Up Masthead (Politico / Dylan Byers on Media)
Breitbart News, the combative right-wing news and opinion network, on Thursday announced “a fundamental restructuring” of its masthead that will leave the 27-year-old Alexander Marlow in charge of editorial operations, Politico has learned. Editor-in-chief Joel Pollak, editor-at-large Ben Shapiro and editor Peter Schweizer will become “senior editors-at-large,” meaning they will devote less time to running the editorial side and more time to writing.

Are Magazines Downplaying The Figures of Plus-Sized Stars? (Adweek)
Elle magazine has come under fire for allegedly downplaying the plus-sized figure of actress Melissa McCarthy on its latest cover. Critics are saying Elle purposely tried to hide the Bridesmaids star by putting her in an oversized coat that covered most of her body. (Or, in the words of Slate writer June Thomas, a coat “so huge that [McCarthy] could hide her Mike and Molly co-star Billy Gardel underneath.”) Meanwhile, Elle’s other November cover stars (the magazine is running separate covers featuring six different actresses for its “Women in Hollywood” issue) got to show considerably more skin.

Mental Floss Editor: ‘No Idea’ Why Bill Watterson Agreed to Interview (Poynter / MediaWire)
Mental Floss editor-in-chief Mangesh Hattikudur says he has “no idea” why the cartoonist Bill Watterson, a Pynchon-esque recluse, chose to give an interview to Jake Rossen for the magazine’s December issue. Rossen somehow got Watterson’s email address, Hattikudur tells Poynter in an email.

The Road to Oz Magazine (NY Post / Media Ink)
TV talk star Dr. Mehmet Oz revealed the name of his magazine with Hearst — Dr. Oz: The Good Life — at the publishing company’s first-ever magazine “upfront.” And from what Hearst told advertisers at the Tuesday-night session, it looks like it will be one of the biggest launches since it joined with Oprah Winfrey to launch O, the Oprah Magazine in 2002.

Don’t Be A Creep: Lessons From The Latest Terrible, Sad, Fascinating Scandal in The Science Blogging World (Slate / Double X)
Scores of science bloggers are writing powerful stories (many of them published by Scientific American) about harassment, microaggression, sexism and racism. What lessons can the rest of the world learn from the small corner of creation that participates in science blogging? I mean, what the hell just happened?

YouTube Is Becoming A Mobile-First Company (AllThingsD)
Remember last year, when the YouTube app disappeared from iPhones, then returned, as part of YouTube’s effort to overhaul all of its mobile apps? Now we can see why YouTube placed such high importance on controlling its mobile experience: It is well on its way to becoming a mobile-first company.

Pragmatic Publishers Move Beyond The Great Paywall Debate (Digiday)
Starting next year, The New York Times will begin offering a pair of new digital-only subscription products at different rates in order to help it remain profitable and relevant. That will bring the various subscription options to more than the three it now has. The paywall is growing up because it has no choice. Publishing is a hustle these days, and those willing to try and fail will end up ahead. When the Times rolled out its “leaky paywall” in 2011 — the Times prefers to talk of meters rather than paywalls — many critics lambasted the approach. But now, the in-between approach of the Times has been adopted far and wide, from venerable outlets like the Times and People magazine to local papers like the Dallas Morning News, as publishers are moving beyond the extremists on both sides of the paywall debate.

Dwell Increases Its New York Presence (FishbowlNY)
Dwell is increasing its mark on New York. The magazine is setting up permanent shop at a new office at 192 Lexington Ave. (in case you feel like stalking) that will double the capacity of its current office, at 8 W. 36th St. The move will happen early next month, and a full Dwell creative team will migrate there by early next year.

This Is How The Internet Reacted to Benedict Cumberbatch on The Cover of Time (Time / Newsfeed)
You can’t always get what you want. Especially if what you want is a copy of a magazine featuring your favorite dreamy movie star on the cover. It’s a lesson we here at Time learned Thursday after we put actor Benedict Cumberbatch, also known as the owner of the sharpest cheekbones in the land, on the cover of the International edition of Time (U.S. subscribers — he’s in the magazine as well). Some fans were upset — maybe spitting mad is the more accurate term — that the Cumberbatch cover is only available outside of the U.S. Others were just happy that their object of Internet affection is getting some face time within the red border.

Where Do Wikipedia Donations Go? Outgoing Chief Warns of Corruption (Mashable)
When Wikipedia decided to roll out an aggressive fundraising effort a few years ago, the free encyclopedia came with a remarkably effective battle plan. For the entirety of the campaign, co-founder Jimmy Wales stared visitors down from the top of every page, making you feel guilty every time you viewed an article without paying a dime. It worked. From 2011 to 2012, Wikipedia’s fundraising arm, the Wikimedia Foundation, pulled in $38.4 million. It was a major increase from the $5 million raised from 2007 to 2008, one that occurred even as editorial involvement with Wikipedia was on the decline. But where does all this money go?

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