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Kickstarter CEO Applauds South Park Parody

The latest installment of Billboard‘s Q&A series “Corner Office” catches up with an executive watching over many new corners: Kickstarter CEO Yancey Strickler. In January, the 35-year-old Strickler and co. moved into a huge 29,000-square-foot space in Brooklyn, taking over what was once a pencil factory.

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As Strickler told Dorothy Hong, the office aspect of things also played a part in a recent media parody of Kickstarter:

“We’ve been parodied by The Daily Show, Portlandia, The New Yorker… But South Park is an honor. I like to think it’s a ­signifier of our cultural relevance. Also, they had startlingly realistic ­interpretations of our office, so I commend them on their research.”

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Morning Media Newsfeed: Politico Expanding to Europe | Fox News Defeated in Fair Use Suit

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It’s Official: Politico’s Headed to Brussels (FishbowlDC)
A 12:44 p.m. ET email from Politico president Jim VandeHei confirmed expansion to Europe, joining with Berlin-based media company Axel Springer to cover European politics and policy. Capital New York The 50-50 joint venture will cover the European Union as well as “European politics and policy more broadly,” VandeHei and editor-in-chief John Harris told staff in the memo, confirming recent reports that the influential Beltway website and congressional newspaper was eyeing expansion abroad. HuffPost / Backstory Details have not yet been finalized for the new organization, though Politico‘s leadership has been working on the plan throughout the year. VandeHei, Harris and owner Robert Allbritton have met in Brussels with top European journalists and diplomats about the potential launch of Politico Europe, as the outlet is tentatively titled, according to sources familiar with the discussions. Politico / Dylan Byers on Media VandeHei and Harris called Axel Springer “Europe’s largest and most powerful media company.” “Axel Springer is a highly impressive, highly ambitious company that shares our obsession with building media companies that produce and can sustain nonpartisan journalistic excellence,” they wrote. “They do about $3.6 billion in annual revenue and house a number of digital start-ups in their Berlin-based offices. We are excited to join forces with them.” NYT Politico was founded in 2007 and rose quickly to become a player in the world of political reporting. It has recently been considering ways to grow and refine its journalism. Last year, it started a magazine that focused on deeper and more expansive stories. The site also hired an executive editor Rick Berke from The New York Times in October, but he resigned Sunday, citing differences with Harris and VandeHei. Axel Springer, which publishes Bild and Die Welt among others, said last year that it was selling two regional newspapers and several magazines to focus on digital media.

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Chris Brown Gives Billboard Understatement of The Year

Maybe you were out of control when you beat Rihanna, Chris. Maybe.

Fallon Vacation Also Golden for Jamaican Reggae Artist Chronixx

“Synergy, man…. Synn-errrr-geeee.”

That might as well be the new refrain at GoldenEye, the Jamaican luxury resort owned by Island Records founder Chris Blackwell. The local hit single of Chronixx, a rapper signed with Island Records, was piping through the resort when Jimmy Fallon recently vacationed there. That product placement led in turn to Chronixx making his American TV debut July 22 on The Tonight Show.

Per an item today by Billboard contributor Patricia Meschino, the rest is Reggae charts history:

Fallon booked Chronixx to perform four days ahead of the artist’s free concert on July 26 as part of Central Park’s annual SummerStage series… Prior to Chronixx’s Tonight Show performance, “Here Comes Trouble” had registered 1,051 downloads; following the broadcast and his Central Park concert, the numbers swelled to 12,476 downloads, according to Nielsen SoundScan, earning a No. 2 position on the Digital Reggae Singles chart.

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Morning Media Newsfeed: USA-Germany Crashes WatchESPN | Publishing Sales Fall

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ESPN Live Stream Crashes During USA-Germany World Cup Match (Variety)
Many users across the U.S. were unable to access ESPN’s WatchESPN video-streaming service as the USA-Germany match in the 2014 FIFA World Cup kicked off at noon ET on Thursday. An ESPN rep said the sports programmer was “investigating some limited issues due to unprecedented demand.” WatchESPN viewership for the first half of the USA-Germany match peaked at more than 1.4 million concurrent viewers. Re/code For context: During the Winter Olympics, NBCUniversal reached a peak of 850,000 concurrent viewers when it streamed the U.S./Russia Hockey game. TVNewser CNN’s Lara Baldesarra, Fox News’ Bryan Llenas, CBS’ Elaine Quijano, ABC’s Paula Faris and NBC’s Natalie Morales covered the World Cup for their respective networks. Mediaite The media world, like the rest of the country, apparently stopped what it was doing to gather around televisions and watch the match. Capital New York ESPN, which is a U.S. rights-holder, held a viewing party at its Bristol, Conn. campus. At ESPN sister network ABC, ABC News staffers were invited to watch the game, and the network provided food and red, white and blue rocket pops. At CBS News, CBS This Morning executive producer Chris Licht brought in pizza, with the game playing on a big screen. At NBC News, the executive team was advised to order in lunch and give their teams a chance to watch the game too. CNN also had a pizza party for staffers while the game was on.

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InStyle Features Editor Jumps to Billboard

IsabelGonzalezWhitakerPicIsabel González Whitaker will start as deputy editor of Janice Min‘s newest magazine makeover project July 14. From today’s announcement:

“Throughout her career, Isabel has shown an impressive ability to create and manage dynamic, commercial content for print, online, mobile and video,” said Tony Gervino, editor-in-chief, Billboard. “Her reporting and editing background in fashion, beauty and culture, along with her relationships with leading writers, will help expand Billboard’s audience. We are thrilled to welcome her to the team.”

Added González Whitaker: “The opportunity to join Tony and everyone at Billboard was simply too exciting to pass up. I can’t wait to get on board.”

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Morning Media Newsfeed: Amazon Unveils Fire Phone | Carney’s Final Briefing

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Amazon Launches Smartphone (GalleyCat)
Amazon has gotten into the smartphone business with the launch of the Fire, Amazon’s first smartphone. NYT Though the device is called the Fire phone, Amazon’s new gadget is less a phone than a pocketable cash register hooked directly into the retailer’s intelligent warehouses. And it’s not cheap. The Fire phone sells for $199 with a two-year AT&T contract. Although it also comes with a free one-year subscription to Amazon’s Prime membership, the Fire phone is essentially the same price as high-end phones made by Apple and Samsung. For Amazon, a company whose previous devices have had innovative pricing plans that often involved selling devices at cost, the Fire phone’s uninspired price tag is a surprising disappointment. The Washington Post / The Switch The phone lets you scan products in stores, so that you can buy things directly from Amazon, using a new service called “Firefly.” Users can even use the phone to “listen” to songs or videos, and link users to places to buy them. It can also recognize art, and scan text such as phone numbers and then immediately place a call. The Verge There’s one big difference here: the Fire phone’s interface changes based on how you’re looking at it and how you orient the device. Amazon calls the feature “Dynamic Perspective,” which basically means that some apps on the phone will have a three-dimensional depth to them, and tilting the phone will let you peer around edges, just as you can with real objects. Mashable The history of 3D-type screens in mobile suggests consumers aren’t interested in the feature. The two most notable devices, the HTC Evo 3D and the LG Optimus 3D, both flopped. The only real 3D success in mobile so far has been the Nintendo 3DS, which is explicitly a game console.

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Guggenheim Promotes Lynne Segall

LynneSegallPicFrom senior vice president and publisher at The Hollywood Reporter, to executive vice president and group publisher for both THR and Billboard. That’s the latest career progression for the talented Lynne Segall.

From today’s Guggenheim Media announcement:

“Lynne has been at the heart of The Hollywood Reporter’s success, turning brand potential into a churn of growth and constantly raising the bar with a string of truly spectacular achievements,” said Guggenheim Media Entertainment Group co-president John Amato. “Stepping into this new role at Billboard, Lynne will be playing an essential role in Billboard’s next chapter while she continues to drive growth at The Hollywood Reporter.”

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SPIN Appoints New EIC

CraigMarksPicCraig Marks, who worked as an editor at Spin magazine from 1991 to 1999, is back. Starting June 23, the New York-based journalist will serve as editor-in-chief of SpinMedia’s all-digital version of the brand, now simply called SPIN.

The mandate for Marks is clear. Pick up the SPIN pieces and get the magazine in robust shape for 2015, the publication’s 30th anniversary year. From today’s announcement:

“I’m thrilled to lead a music brand whose best days, I’m certain, still lie ahead,” said Marks. “This is the greatest era ever in which to be a music fan, and SPIN will continue to inform, engage and entertain those fans with the very best digital content.”

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Cover Battle: Billboard or New York

Welcome back to another edition of FishbowlNY’s weekly Cover Battle. This round features Billboard versus New York. Billboard’s latest features Iggy Azalea wearing a top that is (roughly) 100 times more interesting than her music.

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