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News Corp Invests in Another Real Estate Business

newscorp-1News Corp is really liking the real estate business lately. According to the AP, News Corp has invested in Elara Technologies, a Singapore-based company that operates PropTiger.com, an Indian real estate site. The deal was $30 million for a 25 percent stake.

As part of the purchase, a News Corp exec will join Elara Technologies’ board.

This is the second real estate company News Corp has moved in on (sorry about the pun) in just over two months. In September, News Corp announced that it had purchased Move Inc., which operates Realtor.com.

AOL Promotes Allie Kline to CMO

AOL logo GAOL has promoted Allie Kline to chief marketing officer. Kline was most recently CMO of AOL Platforms. She will continue to oversee that division in her new role.

Kline joined AOL last year from 33Across, where she also served as CMO.

“Allie Kline has been a driving force in the growth of AOL’s media, advertising and publisher solutions platforms,” said Tim Armstrong, AOL’s CEO, in a statement. “Allie is an award-winning marketing strategist helping to fundamentally reshape the future of the company.”

In related news, Erika Nardini, CMO of AOL Advertising, is leaving the company “to pursue other opportunities at the end of the year,” according to the release.

NY Times Names First Innovation and Strategy Editor

NYTimeslogoThe New York Times has named Kinsey Wilson editor for innovation and strategy, a new role at the paper. Wilson comes to the Times from NPR, where he served as executive VP and chief content officer since 2008.

At the Times, Wilson will be tasked with expanding the paper’s digital offerings and guiding its mobile strategies.

Dean Baquet, the Times’ executive editor, described Wilson as “a pioneer in digital journalism.” “I have known him for years and am delighted that he has agreed to bring his substantial talents to the Times as we continue down the path to our digital future,” added Baquet.

Wilson will begin his new role in February. He’ll report to Baquet.

Annie Leibovitz is Not Afraid of Virginia Woolf

NYHSLogoThere have been several excellent write-ups in the past week about “Pilgrimage,” a new exhibit of photographs by Annie Leibovitz running through February 22 at the New York Historical Society Museum and Library. The 78 showcased pictures follow a fall 2011 coffee table book of the same name.

Inspired by a bucket list put together by the late Susan Sontag, this pilgrimage saw the photographer travel far and wide, eventually focusing on the homes and personal objects of famous American figures. The Daily Beast’s Justin Jones spoke at length with Leibovitz, who explained why a shot of Virginia Woolf‘s desk resonates:

Woolf’s desk, shot from above, reveals every mishap it encountered — branded with cigarette burns and splattered with ink spills. “To me, it says that art and life are messy,” Leibovitz said of the author’s desk, which she described as one of her favorite images from the series and related to the financial troubles she faced and all of life’s upsets.

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A Love Boat-Worthy Writer’s Bio

BiographyLogoLaurie Ulster didn’t arrive in New York by boat. But the author of this week’s very fun piece The Love Boat Cast: Where Are They Now? for biography.com still has experienced a happy ending that would have fit right in on the 1977-87 ABC-TV series. From her writer’s bio:

Laurie Ulster is a transplanted Canadian who fell in love with Manhattan about 10 minutes after her arrival at NYU. After many years as a television producer, where networks like MTV had her producing everything from musician interviews in dive bars all over the East Village to game shows in Malaysia, she made the switch to digital, overseeing sites at Fuse and A&E.

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Fox & Friends Asks Great Question

 

What a poignant question from Fox & Friends. What has been the toughest part of this for Darren Wilson? Why aren’t we more concerned with his feelings? Instead all we seem to be talking about is how (another) unarmed black kid was gunned down and the person responsible faced no consequences.

Thanks to Fox & Friends for keeping us all focused on what really matters — anyone but black people.

Newspapers React to Darren Wilson Ruling

Last night a grand jury ruled that Darren Wilson would not face any charges in the killing of Michael Brown. Newspapers across the nation reacted with startling images on their front pages. Unfortunately, most chose to showcase the unrest in Ferguson, but some — like The Chicago Sun-Times — went with more moving images.

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Ferguson Grand Jury Decision: How The Cable Networks Covered It (THR)
White Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson was not indicted in the shooting death of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown. The cable networks have been covering the lead-up since Monday afternoon and carried the announcement live. Politico / Dylan Byers on Media Nearly every major news organization had reporters on the ground, some with upward of two dozen staffers. High profile anchors like Jake Tapper, Don Lemon and Chris Hayes have also been dispatched to cover the grand jury decision and any resulting turmoil. The major broadcast and cable networks, The Washington Post, The Associated Press, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Huffington Post, Reuters, USA Today, The Daily Caller and BuzzFeed all have reporters on the ground, and some have sent additional photographers and videographers as well. TVNewser As President Obama called for calm, angry protesters tried to flip a police cruiser. Less than an hour after the President’s remarks, that police cruiser was on fire. Police told CNN correspondent Jason Carroll and his crew to leave the scene as live rounds in the cruiser started going off. Mediaite Before St. Louis prosecutor Bob McCulloch announced that there would be no indictment for Wilson in the shooting death of Brown, he spent a few minutes railing against the media for its role in the process leading up to Monday night’s announcement. “The most significant challenge encountered in this investigation has been the 24-hour news cycle and its insatiable appetite for something, for anything to talk about,” he said, “following closely behind with the non-stop rumors on social media.” TVNewser As CNN coverage from Ferguson moved into the 10 p.m. ET hour, Anderson Cooper passed off to Don Lemon, who appeared on camera wearing a gas mask on his forehead. Within moments, canisters of gas were thrown into the streets as police moved in and pushed away crowds of protesters. Chris Cuomo, who was live with gas flowing toward his camera position, threw back to Lemon, who was wearing the mask over his face — gas swirling in the air behind him — and was unable to continue. He asked for water. Politico / Dylan Byers on Media ABC News anchor George Stephanopoulos is currently poised to land the first interview with Wilson. TVNewser The announcement came a day after CNN’s Brian Stelter reported a collection of network news anchors had met privately with Wilson. Variety Stephanopoulos prepared to offer a special report on ABC News Monday night. NBC News’ Brian Williams and CBS News’ Scott Pelley anchored special reports covering the announcement.

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Writer Gives Thanks for Eddie Murphy, Bruce Beresford

ShutterstockEddieMurphy2010Journalists-slash-screenwriters, please take note. In turkey dinner terms, it is possible that great script you just finished polishing will not hear the cry of “Action!” until Thanksgiving 2025.

By way of proof, we point you to a recent blog post by former Patch columnist and current Mom sitcom staff writer Susan McMartin. The film Cook, inspired by her family life experiences, started production today:

To say it’s been a long ride to get here is an understatement. I wrote the screenplay, Cook, when my daughter was just a little over two-years-old.

She’s going to be 13 in a month.

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