TVNewser FishbowlDC AgencySpy TVSpy LostRemote PRNewser SocialTimes AllFacebook 10,000 Words GalleyCat UnBeige MediaJobsDaily

AP Names Gramling Award Winners

AP logo GThe Associated Press has named its 2014 Oliver Gramling Award winners. The awards are highest honor for AP staffers.

“The winners constitute an extraordinary lineup of talented staff committed to the values of excellence, courage, action and passion that make AP such a special news organization,” said the AP’s president and CEO Gary Pruitt, in a statement.

$10,000 Gramling Journalism Award

Dalton Bennett, video journalist, United Arab Emirates
Muhammed Muheisen, chief photographer, Pakistan

$10,000 Gramling Achievement Award

Read more

Meredith CEO Stephen Lacy Talks Media

stephen lacy GMeredith Corporation just announced a mega licensing deal with Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, so there’s plenty for Meredith’s CEO — Stephen Lacy — to talk about. In an interview with WWD, Lacy discusses that partnership and more. Below are some highlights.

On how the MSLO deal happened:

I just have a long-standing philosophy that, when a leader comes into one of our peer businesses, I just reach out. When Dan Dietz, the new CEO, came on board at Martha, he and I had a get-acquainted meeting, just over a year ago. It was just a matter of, is there anything we can do to capitalize on our collective strength that would be good for both sets of our shareholders?

On the economic future of Meredith:

Read more

Another NY Times Front Page Error

Screen Shot 2014-10-20 at 9.24.41 AM

The New York Times is having a rough couple weeks. Today’s front page was published with a glaring typo — “Panic Were Ebola Risk is Tiny; Stoicism Where It’s Real.”

Obviously, no one is perfect, but just last Tuesday the Times published an A1 article without a subhead or a byline. The article also began mid-sentence.

Two front page typos in just two weeks is just not a good look. It is fun for the rest of us, though. So let’s see if they can make it three in a row next week!

FishbowlNY Newsstand: Your Morning at a Glance

Morning Media Newsfeed: Seattle Affiliate Stays With Fox | Snapchat Announces Ads

Click here to receive Mediabistro’s Morning Media Newsfeed via email.

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.

Read more

Letterman Cue-Card Holder Details Sudden, Sorry Exit

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.

Read more

Renewal Scam Targets NY Times Subscribers

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.com.

[Image: The New York Times]

Condé Nast Cuts 50 Staffers

CondeNastLogoThe 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.

Too Much | Spider Sense | Nicely Put

twitter-bird-blue-on-whiteAllTwitter: 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.

TVNewser: Mike Brooks, a law enforcement analyst who appeared on HLN and CNN, goes out gracefully.

Shawn Perine Bulks Up to AMI Chief Content Director

ShawnPerineShawn 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.

Read more

<< PREVIOUS PAGENEXT PAGE >>