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KCPQ Will Pay More to Stay With Fox (TVSpy)
Tribune Media has signed an affiliation agreement with 21st Century Fox to keep Seattle’s KCPQ on as a Fox affiliate until July 2018. Deadline Hollywood Last month Fox said that it would withdraw its programming on Jan. 17. It wanted more lucrative terms from — or possibly to buy — the station in the home of the NFL’s 2014 Super Bowl champions. Tribune says that it will “pay additional programming fees to Fox for the primetime and sports content provided by the network” beginning in January. New York Post Tribune said that even with the stepped up fees, the station would deliver pretax profits in excess of last year’s $13 million. The new deal gives Fox a bigger cut of the revenue from Tribune’s carriage agreements with cable companies and other pay-TV providers. Station owners kick back some of their fees to the network. With the soaring cost of sports rights, the networks are leaning harder on their affiliates to recoup some of their programming costs. Variety During the dispute, Fox even went so far as to start the process of acquiring another station on the edges of the Seattle market to ramp up the pressure on Tribune to hand over KCPQ. The Fox O&O group orchestrated a similar station swap with Cox Media in the San Francisco market earlier this year. WSJ Fox, which paid for the broadcast rights to the NFL’s National Football Conference, had set out to own more television stations in markets where there is an NFC team, such as the Seattle Seahawks. Those stations tend to have high ratings, and by owning them outright rather than contracting with affiliate stations owned by other companies, Fox is able to collect more of the fees that pay-TV operators pay these local stations — not to mention local advertising dollars.
On Thursday, October 9, long-time Late Show cue-card holder Tony Mendez grabbed writer Bill Scheft by the shirt collar at the beginning of the work day. He was immediately expelled from the premises and on Monday, October 13, informed by executive producer Rob Burnett that he had been terminated.
On Friday, October 17, Sheft returned to the Ed Sullivan Theater, telling co-workers he is suffering from PST, and today, thanks to the New York Post‘s Gary Buiso, everyone is talking about this. In an interview that is remarkably candid and perhaps a little foolish, given the fact that Mendez could face legal action from 57-year-old Scheft, the 69-year-old ex-employee talks about everything. How his relationship with Scheft was, for a long time, fractious. And how he had carved out a unique way of communicating with the boss:
On Wednesday, October 8, the three [Mendez, Scheft, Letterman] were rehearsing in Letterman’s backstage digs when Mendez said he reacted to one of Scheft’s interruptions, telling him, “I know what I’m doing. Get off my back.”
But suddenly Letterman growled, “Tony, your sour disposition isn’t helping,” Mendez recalled.
“‘You’re the one who has the sour disposition, motherf–ker,’” Mendez snapped back.
If you’ve recently received a “renewal notice” from The New York Times, ignore it. It’s a scam. The Times sent out a notice that a variety of “independent solicitation companies” are targeting subscribers to the Times and other publications. The Times stated that there has been no breach of subscriber information.
The bogus companies go by a slew of names, including Associated Publishers Network, Associated Publishers Services, Circulation Billing Services, Customer Access Services, Magazine Payment Services, and more. The bills [pictured] ask consumers to send their payments to an address in Oregon or Nevada.
Times subscribers are automatically renewed, so any request for payment is not from the company.
If you have questions about the scam, you can call the Times (800.698.4637) or send an email to subscriberrelations@nytimes.
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The pink slips we mentioned the other day are starting to fly at Condé Nast. According to WWD, the company cut 50 from the business side. The result is 25 percent decrease of the company’s media department.
As expected, the layoffs came under the watch of relatively new CMO Edward Menicheschi. The former Vanity Fair publisher has only been on the job for three months, but he wasted no time getting his hands dirty via what are obviously cost-cutting moves.
Unfortunately for Condé staffers, the layoffs probably aren’t over. Magazine publishers are meeting with president Bob Sauerberg on Tuesday. If the publishers aren’t hitting their budgets, more cuts are likely on their way.
AllTwitter: If you would like your apartment’s lights to blink when you’re mentioned on Twitter, you spend too much time on Twitter.
GalleyCat: Marvel is publishing a young adult novel based on the Black Widow. Meanwhile, there’s still no word on the itsy bitsy spider’s romance series, but we’re crossing our fingers.
Shawn Perine (pictured) published his first bodybuilding article in 1982 for his high school newspaper. He started freelancing for Flex magazine many years later, moved to Los Angeles in 2004 when he was promoted to senior writer and eventually shifted back to New York where, since 2011, he has served as editor-in-chief of Muscle & Fitness.
This month, as part of the latest shuffling of editorial ranks at AMI, Perine has ascended further. He is now chief content director for the company’s enthusiast brands Muscle & Fitness, Muscle & Fitness Hers and Flex.
“Shawn is one of the few people who has the gravitas to fill the void in the sport and industry that has existed since the passing of Joe Weider,” said AMI chairman, CEO and president David J. Pecker via statement to FishbowlNY.
Well done. Reminding that sometimes 140 characters just doesn’t cut it, Chuck Klosterman in this weekend’s New York Times Magazine offers a thoughtful, intelligent and provocative response to a reader’s lament.
Rita Long, a reader in Oakland, thinks it was cruel and perhaps even immoral for the keepers of Koko the gorilla to inform the primate that Robin Williams, whom she met once, had passed away. From Klosterman’s reply:
Since an ape can’t comprehend the concept of “celebrity,” that [Williams] meeting should be no more intrinsically meaningful than any one-time interaction Koko shared with anyone else. It’s not as if Koko sits around constantly rewatching Moscow on the Hudson.
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It’s been a stellar week for Jimmy Fallon musical bits. On Wednesday, he took a break from show prep to engage in a “Breakdance Conversation” with Brad Pitt. And on last night’s telecast, he ran Sting through some fun-fun Smartphone business.
The first half of the Sting shtick, wherein Fallon gets Mr. Sumner to sing versions of three familiar ringtones, is cool. Especially when the ringtone sounds suspiciously like an old copyrighted Police song. But where this bit really soared is towards the end (starting at the three-minute mark), when the host enlists the superstar to record an audience member’s mobile phone outgoing voicemail message.