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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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Entertainment Weekly Makes Changes [Updated]

Matt Bean, the relatively new editor-in-chief of Entertainment Weekly, has been busy dealing with staffing changes. According to the New York Post, Jeff Giles, deputy editor of EW and a seven-year veteran of the title, has departed to work on a book. EW’s executive editor Jason Adams, who had been with the magazine for 11 years, is also out.

Additions to EW include Neil Janowitz and Chris Rackliffe. Janowitz, formerly a web editor at SI.com, is now EW.com’s assistant managing editor.

Rackliffe, most recently with digital publisher Federated Media, has been named EW’s senior social media editor.

Update (3/3 8:45 am):
THR is reporting that EW also cut veteran music critic Nick Catucci and staff writer Annie Barrett.

Entertainment Weekly Beta-Testing an Old Concept: Unpaid Contributors

They are just three little words. But the media community shudder that goes along with community.ew.com is much larger.

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Per Lucia Moses at DigiDay, the once-venerable pop culture king of newsstands and weekly subscriptions is formally stooping to the level of unpaid contributors. Complete with double-speak or maybe even, in this case, triple:

“The expansion here hopefully allows us to tap into new audiences who are increasingly having conversations in fragmented locations,” said Liz White, general manager of EW.com and people.com.

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Brooklyn Journo Revisits 2005 Heath Ledger Interview

Wonderful stuff.

Thanks to David Gerlach, founder of Brooklyn’s Blank on Blank, we can all listen to the voice of the late Heath Ledger anew. As reported by Lowenna Walters of London’s Daily Telegraph, the restored and animated five-minute conversation comes from a 2005 interview with Entertainment Weekly reporter Christine Spines to promote the release of Brokeback Mountain.

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Matt Bean Named Editor-in-Chief of Entertainment Weekly

Matt Bean GMatt Bean has been named the new editor-in-chief of Entertainment Weekly. Bean was most recently managing editor of SportsIllustrated.com, a role he held since 2012. Prior to joining SI, Bean worked as an editor and digital exec at Rodale for eight years.

Bean succeeds Jess Cagle, who was promoted to editorial director of People and Entertainment Weekly in January.

“Matt’s arrival is a testament to Time Inc.’s confidence in EW,’’ said Cagle, in a statement. “He is a uniquely talented editor well-suited to this unique brand, and it will be a thrill to see where he and the extraordinary staff take EW in the years to come.”

EW Writer Shares Three-Act Philip Seymour Hoffman Memory

ShutterstockPhilipSeymourHoffman2009AcademyAwardsDavid Carr‘s circa 2008 thoughts about Philip Seymour Hoffman generated, deservedly, a lot of attention. Today comes another equally wonderful journalist-POV remembrance from Entertainment Weekly senior film writer Anthony Breznican.

The stakes here – beginning circa 2007 – are equally high, as reflected by the headline “The Night Philip Seymour Hoffman Changed My Life…“. We’re not going to spoil the details; you’ll have to read Breznican’s item to get the full brunt of this vivid trajectory.

To set the scene, the writer recalls that he and his wife Jill sat across from Hoffman for a restaurant dinner at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival promoting The Savages:

While the actor wasn’t into talking about himself or movies, he loved talking about novels and stories: We discussed John Updike, Philip Roth and Richard Ford’s The Sportswriter, and soon we were getting comfortable with each other. The conversation shifted to family. Hoffman and his longtime partner, Mimi O’Donnell, had a toddler son at the time — they would go on to have two more children — and my wife and I were then thinking about having children ourselves…

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Former EW Staffer Makes Waves with Cover, New Third Act

EWCoverAffleckThe latest EW cover, with its provocative Ben Affleck-Rosamund Pike morgue pose, has been making major media waves all week ahead of the issue’s arrival on newsstands today. There has also been, intriguingly, a second point of advance outside media focus.

Former EW staffer Gillian Flynn, who wrote the source novel and screenplay adaptation, completely chucked out the book’s third act for the 20th Century Fox fall 2014 release. EW sister publication Time has the details:

Flynn hinted in an interview that the change is drastic. “Ben was so shocked by it,” Flynn told EW. “He would say, ‘This is a whole new third act! She literally threw that third act out and started from scratch.’”

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EW Welcomes New Associate Publisher, Marketing

AnnetteGalloHeadshotAnnette Gallo starts today, replacing Jackie Cuddeback, who was named associate publisher, marketing for sister publication People.

After earning a BFA in Photography from the Savannah College of Art and Design and attending Tufts University as an MFA candidate in Studio Arts, Gallo first made her mark at CondéNet. As director of ceative services, she worked mainly on branded campaigns for style.com, vogue.com and men.style.com.

Then it was on to AOL, where her titles included global sales development director and head of editorial partnerships for the Women and Lifestyle brands. Gallo was instrumentally involved in heidiklum.aol.com, Gail Simmons sponsored by Kraft, GMC Trade Secrets with Tyler Florence and a site for one of Mark Burnett’s many productions.

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