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Andy Wright Named New York Times Magazine Publisher

Wright, AndyAndy Wright, a 17-year veteran of The New York Times, has been named publisher of the New York Times Magazine.

Wright was most recently senior VP of advertising, overseeing categories such as automotive, finance, real estate, technology and conferences. Wright also led the Times‘ San Francisco, Boston, Chicago, Detroit and Atlanta sales offices.

Wright will keep his senior VP of advertising title and continue to manage the conference sales category in his new role.

“Andy is an exceptional leader with the experience and commitment needed to guide The New York Times Magazine’s advertising business as it begins its transformation under new editorial leadership,” said Meredith Kopit Levien, the Times’ executive VP of advertising, said in a statement.

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Time Warner Cancels Shareholders’ Ability to Call Special Board Meeting, Guards Against Fox Acquisition (NYT / DealBook)
Time Warner is playing defense. On Monday, the company amended its corporate bylaws and removed a provision that allowed shareholders to call a special board meeting. In a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, Time Warner said the change was effective immediately. Variety The media company’s board approved a measure to temporarily prevent a fraction of shareholders, some 15 percent, from forcing a vote on 21st Century Fox’s $85 per-share offer, according to public filings. The so-called special meeting provision may be re-instated at the company’s 2015 shareholders meeting. Deadline Hollywood The fear was that Rupert Murdoch — or anyone — could have tried to stampede short-term investors into accepting a deal even if the board concluded that it would not serve their long-term interests. Time Warner shares were down 1.6 percent in post-market trading following disclosure of the change. THR Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox has bid about $80 billion to acquire Time Warner, but Time Warner’s board and CEO Jeffrey Bewkes have rejected the proposal. Some analysts predict that 21st Century Fox will eventually offer $100 a share for Time Warner. The conglomerate’s stock has climbed 23 percent in the past week on such speculation, and Monday it closed at $87.36. TVNewser People familiar with the original $80 billion proposal that was rejected said if 21st Century Fox took over Time Warner, it would sell CNN to prevent antitrust issues stemming from Fox News and CNN’s direct competitor relationship.

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Anything They Want | Truth Bomb | Good Question

RupertMurdoch_FeaturedTVNewser: Rupert Murdoch is considering increasing his offer for Time Warner. Among the options he’s exploring — selling Sky Italia and allowing Time Warner’s execs to adopt any of his children.

FishbowlDC: Thanks to the Republican party, the 17 idiots who truly thought that Hillary Clinton was poor now know the truth.

TVSpy: Investigative journalism at its finest — a reporter questions if farts can cure cancer.

What One Freelance Writer Learned After Taking the Leap to a Full-time Career

contract-salaried-blogThere are a lot of freedoms that come with being a freelance writer. You have the flexibility of choosing which publications to target and the types of stories to pitch. Not to mention you get to work from the comfort of your couch — in your pajamas, if you want.

However, as writer Amanda Layman Low discovered, the benefits of making the jump from a freelancer to a salaried position helped her not only become a better writer, but also learn more about herself. She was also able to stress less about finances. Layman Low says:

When I was a full-time freelancer, every moment was an opportunity for more income, more ideas. I never stopped working. As a salaried technical writer, I work from 8 to 5, Monday through Friday, with no worries about missing an opportunity and losing out on a bunch of money over the weekend.

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Katie Nelson Named National Editor for HuffPost

Katie Nelson has been named The Huffington Post’s new national editor. Nelson most recently served as The New York Daily News’ digital managing editor. She had been with the paper since 2009. Nelson previously worked as a reporter for the AP.

“As we continue to expand internationally and experiment with new ways to tell the stories that matter most, Katie brings a mix of reporting experience and digital savvy that perfectly fits HuffPost’s hybrid approach,” said Arianna Huffington, in a statement.

Nelson joins the HuffPost August 6. She will report to the site’s managing editor, Kate Palmer.

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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NYT Archived Photos Blog Remains Lively

TheLivelyMorgueLogoMany of you are likely already familiar with The Lively Morgue, the Tumblr of archival New York Times pictures curated by photo editor Darcy Eveleigh. The stream is a wonderful walk down NYC memory lane, updated several times each week.

In an interview with Cult of Mac’s David Pierini, Eveleigh recalls how it all started:

Eveleigh became fascinated with the Times [photo] morgue on her very first trip shortly after she started in 2004. While working as a “floating” picture editor, she would take trips to the morgue during down time between assignments.

“One day very early on in the process I went down at around 11 a.m.,” she said. “Somewhere around 8 that night, my cellphone rang and it was my husband wondering where I was. I completely lost track of time, I was so wrapped up.”

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GQ Interviews Kanye West

GQ went full Kanye for its latest issue. The 37-year-old artist graces the glossy’s cover and was interviewed for an accompanying feature.

In the piece, West is typical West — meaning he says a lot of things that don’t make sense, makes a few comments that are truly insightful, and continues to take himself way too seriously.

Below are some of our favorite quotes from the interview. Try using some at the next party you attend and see how many people politely suggest that you stop drinking.

I’m fighting with the way I line my words up together and the way I place a sweater on top of a T-shirt.

The concept of Kimye has more cultural significance than what Page Six could write.

Even “Bound 2,” when the video came out, I think people’s apprehension—I mean, it’s the same as any other Kanye West video. You just have colorful bears running around. It was completely morphed and weird and psychedelic and really druggy. I would have just liked to have had more nudity in it. That’s the only thing. I just want to do crazy, colorful shit like that that has more nudity.

Carmelo Anthony Launches Startup Investment Fund

ShutterstockCarmeloAnthonyThe fund is called M7 Tech Partners, a nod to Melo’s number seven New York Knicks jersey, and partners the NBA All-Star with former NBC executive vice president Stuart Goldfarb. From Lora Kolodny‘s Wall Street Journal item:

Along with the announcement about their seed fund formation, M7 Tech Partners revealed that it has made an investment in Hullabalu Inc. The New York startup, founded by Suzanne Xie, creates kids’ story apps for the iPad, according to a press statement.

Other investors in Hullabalu include SV Angel, Gary Vaynerchuk, Gokul Rajaram and Alexis Ohanian, the co-founder of Reddit.

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