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EW Editor Matt Bean Previews the ‘Fall TV Preview’ Issue

Chelsea Handler has not done many print interviews since ending her E! show. But one of them can be found in the “Streaming” section of Entertainment Weekly‘s 2014 “Fall TV Preview” double issue, on newsstands today.

Handler shares at least one scoop about her upcoming 2016 Netflix talk show as she answers “Five Questions” about her October 10 one-hour stand-up special for the website, Uganda Be Kidding Me. The “Streaming” section also highlights Jeffrey Tambor‘s Amazon show Transparent, Season Two of Amazon’s political drama Alpha House and the AOL series Making a Scene with James Franco.

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“Streaming is more important than it’s ever been,” EW editor Matt Bean tells FishbowlNY via telephone. “The quality and caliber of the programs on streaming outlets cannot be not ignored. Our readers, even more so than with TV, need a guide to that kind of content because it comes at you so quickly. And in many cases, at such a phenomenal volume.”

“I think James Franco is one of the most fascinating actors in the business right now,” he continues. “He just tries things. We’ll have to see how he does with this [AOL] project, but it’s certainly like nothing I’ve ever seen before.”

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Cover Battle: Entertainment Weekly or New York Times Magazine

Welcome back to another edition of FishbowlNY’s weekly Cover Battle. This round features Entertainment Weekly taking on The New York Times Magazine.

The above is one of four EW covers honoring AMC’s The Walking Dead. We chose this one because it reminded us of how Glenn used to be tough, and now he’s just sad all the time. Perhaps having zombies constantly trying to eat you does that to a person, but still. We miss the old Glenn.

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Anna Paquin Gets Naked for Entertainment Weekly Cover

True Blood stars Stephen Moyer and Anna Paquin grace the cover of the latest Entertainment Weekly, and only one of them is naked. Of course it’s Paquin, because men rule the universe. Kidding!

Moyer and Paquin, who met on the show, have been married since 2010. “Because it has lasted ­seven years and because of the relationships, not just between us but the way they all evolved as a family, it’s been extraordinary to have that experience that is completely life-changing in all of the best possible ways — and with the person you want to spend the rest of your life with,” Paquin told EW.

The final season of True Blood begins this Sunday on HBO. It will likely feature more naked Paquin.

EW’s Josh Rottenberg Joins the LA Times

As of today, LA Times film editor Rich Nordwind has a talented new charge: Josh Rottenberg. The former EW staffer started today as senior film reporter, presumably to fill the void left by the departure of John Horn for KPCC.

LATimes-LogoRottenberg had been with EW for a long time before being let go this spring. From today’s LAT memo:

Josh also contributed frequently to EW.com. When big news broke and deadlines were short, Josh was someone to whom editors turned to deliver spot-on copy, including the cover story on Heath Ledger’s death, which was assigned to Josh just a few hours before the magazine was put to bed.

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Former EW Employees Point to Three Cover Stories

JewelEWCoverStory1999Great #longread over at The Awl by Anne Helene Petersen. In retracing the rise and semi-fall of Entertainment Weekly, she discovered that three cover stories stood out in the minds of former employees as notable examples of victories from the battleground of editorial integrity.

The first of these, they say, was a 1999 Jewel profile:

The story significantly compromised Jewel’s image, and when Howard Stern read extensive sections of the profile aloud on the air, it only amplified the problem. Atlantic [Records] was so furious that it refused to provide advance product or answer fact-checking queries for reviews in the magazine. Forget synergy: the two realms of the Time Warner universe weren’t even speaking.

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Cover Battle: Entertainment Weekly or New York

Welcome back to another edition of FishbowlNY’s weekly Cover Battle. This round we have Entertainment Weekly taking on New York. EW went with a cover featuring select members of Orange is The New Black’s cast. We chose this cover because OINTB is a fantastic show; much better than House of Cards. Sorry everyone who disagrees! Maybe you’ll be right about something else one day.

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Morning Media Newsfeed: Netflix to Up Prices | NBC Evaluates Gregory | Slate Plus Launches

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Netflix Plans Price Raise as Streaming Subscribers Grow (Reuters)
Video streaming service Netflix Inc. said it intends to raise its subscription price for new customers by $1 or $2 a month to help the company buy more movies and TV shows and improve service for its 48 million global subscribers. WSJ Netflix said the price increase for the $7.99 a month service, the first since 2011, would help pay for its continued investment in original programs, including series such as House of Cards and Orange Is The New Black. Netflix has committed to spend billions of dollars in programming in the past few years as it has grown to become the biggest stand-alone subscription programming service in the U.S., passing some long-standing traditional TV outlets like HBO in terms of subscribers. Mashable Current subscribers would stay at the $7.99 price for a “generous time period,” the company wrote in a statement to investors. “Our current view is to do a one or two dollar increase, depending on the country, later this quarter for new members only,” the company wrote. The news came as Netflix announced that it added 4 million new members in the first quarter of 2014, as the company beat revenue and profit expectations. Variety In after-hours trading Monday, Netflix’s stock climbed as much as 7 percent to $372.05 per share, after closing up 0.8 percent for the day at $348.49. Netflix also said that in the second quarter of 2014, it will launch the first pay-TV integration of its service in the U.S. That’s after lining up deals with European providers including the U.K.’s Virgin Media to provide access to the unlimited streaming-video service through operator-supplied boxes. Deadline New York The company generated $53.1 million in net income in the first quarter of 2014, up from $2.7 million in the same period in 2013, on revenues of $1.27 billion, up 24 percent.

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More Changes at Entertainment Weekly

The editorial shifts at Entertainment Weekly continue. Details are below.

  • Kristen Baldwin has been promoted from executive editor of integrated content to deputy editor. Baldwin has been with Time Inc. for the past 19 years. She had been executive editor since 2012.
  • Meeta Agrawal has been promoted to executive editor, television. Agrawal has been with EW since 2007, most recently serving as assistant managing editor.
  • Another assistant managing editor — Sean Smith — has been promoted to executive editor, film. Smith will relocate from LA to New York to assume this new role.
  • Danielle Nussbaum has been named senior west coast editor. Nussbaum previously worked for Nylon, Elle and Teen Vogue.

Entertainment Weekly Adds Editor, Eater Names EIC

A couple moves to note today, involving Entertainment Weekly and Eater.

  • Kyle Ryan has been named editor of EW.com. Ryan comes to the magazine from AV Club, where he most recently served as managing editor. Ryan had been with AV Club since 2005.
  • Amanda Kludt has been named Eater’s first editor-in-chief. Kludt has been Eater’s editorial director since 2012. She has been with the collection of sites since 2008.

Morning Media Newsfeed: Amazon Unveils Fire TV | Strahan to Join GMA | Peabody Award Winners

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Amazon Announces Set-Top Box ‘Fire TV’ (LostRemote)
Amazon continues its quest to become more than an e-commerce powerhouse, announcing Wednesday a set-top box that allows HDTV viewers to connect to Amazon’s video offerings. Mashable The set-top device, called Amazon Fire TV, will be sold for $99. It is a small flat box with a remote control. The hardware aims to take on the Apple TV, Roku and even the Xbox One. The Internet-connected set-top box, which uses voice search when you speak into the remote and also serves as a gaming console, was announced during a launch event in New York City on Wednesday with Amazon VP Peter Larsen playing master of ceremonies, not CEO and founder Jeff Bezos. WSJ The new Fire TV is an ambitious move by Amazon to break into the living room. Amazon offers a streaming-video service to its Prime subscribers, but until now has been largely dependent on other hardware manufacturers to deliver that content to televisions. Sales of streaming media devices such as Roku are expected to grow 24 percent this year, according to market researcher Strategy Analytics. Apple currently leads the market, followed by Roku and Google, the firm said. NYT Fire TV will show a range of content from other providers, including Hulu, Netflix and ESPN. With a separate $40 controller, it can be used to play games, including a version of the extremely popular Minecraft. Among the improvements and enhancements promoted for Fire TV: a voice search function that allows users to utter a name like “George Clooney” or a genre like “horror” and see results instantly pop up, and a prediction feature that knows what you want and queues it up. THR The small black box began shipping Wednesday, Larsen told a crowd of reporters. It has a premium price point in line with Apple TV. Roku, meanwhile, costs as low as $50 and Chromecast retails for $35.

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