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Morning Media Newsfeed: Tribune Rebrands | Gannett to Split, Buy Cars.com

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Tribune Gets New Name Ahead of Split (TVSpy)
Tribune Company began operating under a new, but similar, name Monday: Tribune Media Company. The rebranding came as the broadcasting and publishing divisions of the 167-year-old company split. TVNewser Tribune Media Company includes Tribune Broadcasting, WGN America, Tribune Studios, Tribune Digital Ventures and Tribune Real Estate. Variety The overhaul comes with a new logo and corporate website. Tribune has labored under the cloud of bankruptcy and plunging ad revenues for years, leading to its fissure into two companies. Tribune’s papers, which include the Los Angeles Times and the Chicago Tribune, will begin trading Tuesday as a new company, Tribune Publishing. It will be listed under the symbol TPUB on the New York Stock Exchange. It has been saddled with $350 million in debt and faces a cloudy future as revenues and readership of newspapers continue to decline. THR Tribune Media CEO Peter Liguori has said the separation will allow investors to put money into either the broadcast or print assets of Tribune, or both. The spinoff is mindful of the split of Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp and 21st Century Fox. USA Today Tribune’s shareholders receive a quarter of a share of Tribune Publishing’s common stock for each Tribune share they own. After years of management turmoil and dealing with heavy debt, Tribune, based in Chicago, emerged from a four-year bankruptcy process in early 2013 with the intent to focus on broadcasting. In July 2013, Tribune announced early plans to spin off the publishing unit that would operate on its own without affecting the financial performance of its other, more profitable businesses.

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Morning Media Newsfeed: Amazon Adds McGrath to Board | Gifford Pens Today Musical

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Amazon Adds Former MTV CEO Judy McGrath to Board (Re/code)
As Amazon continues its push into becoming a big creator of online TV shows, it’s adding some serious media expertise to its board. The company said on Friday that it had elected longtime former MTV CEO Judy McGrath to its board of directors, effective Oct. 1. Deadline Hollywood As an incentive to stay, she received rights to 2,520 shares convertible at a rate of 840 a year over three years beginning August 2015. Variety Since June 2013, McGrath has been president of Astronauts Wanted: No Experience Necessary, a digital-content joint venture between McGrath and Sony Music Entertainment. She had run Viacom’s MTV Networks from July 2004 until May 2011, and had been part of the startup team that launched the music cabler in 1981. THR McGrath was also appointed to the Leadership Development And Compensation Committee at Amazon, according to a Friday SEC filing. On Friday, Amazon’s shares were trading at $308 each. Amazon launched a streaming music service called Prime Music earlier this year, and it said a week ago it will be spending $100 million on original content this quarter to beef up its Prime Instant Video Service, which competes with Netflix, Hulu and other streaming video services. Forbes The appointment makes McGrath the third woman out of 10 current directors to sit alongside CEO and chairman Jeff Bezos, joining Patricia Stonesifer, CEO of non-profit Martha’s Table, and Jamie Gorelick, former deputy U.S. Attorney General.

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The Future of Original Web Video Programming

Perhaps the single biggest takeaway from the 2012 TV Summit is that Yahoo is trying REALLY hard to drum up Hollywood awareness of its new video content production strategy. The website sponsored the event and the Yahoo logo was front and center everywhere.

“We’ve got eight out of 10 people online touching Yahoo.com.” said Yahoo’s VP of  originals & video programming Erin McPherson in a new-media panel discussion.  “We call ourselves the ‘fifth network.’ That’s aspriational. But we’re TV on steroids. We’re creating a TV consumer experience but adding social and mobile.”

They’re also creating some nice swag. I was given not one, but two shiny blue Yahoo pens from a booth inside the  Summit. Very nice.

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What’s In Store for the Huffington Post Streaming Network?

New media video content is getting plenty of play here at Variety‘s TV Summit in Hollywood. The question on plenty of people’s minds is what can we expect to see from the Huffington Post’s new “Streaming Network?” Thankfully, AOL Studios’ head of original video Gabriel Lewis was here earlier to explain.

“The mission is to take everything great and unique on Huffington Post and take it to video,” Lewis said in a panel discussion on the ‘surging strength of original web programming.’ “I do not have CNN’s budget, let’s get that out of the way. But we feel that people are beyond being talked to, they want to be talked with. We can create content that fosters autentic conversation, and not just talking points you have to hit before a break.”

Let’s see… Huffington Post as a model… no money… variety of viewpoints… are we talking about relying on a video network of unpaid contributors?

We spoke to Lewis after his panel was finished to get the full story.

“Our video content will be shot and produced in our studio, by paid professionals. We want a more democratic form of content, but we don’t want Chatroulette. You need a filter. If Huffpost contributors want to appear on those programs, they’ll be able to. They won’t be paid in that instance. But it’s like appearing on any talk show. You don’t get paid to be a guest on the radio either.”

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HuffPost Streaming Network: Game Changer? You Decide

Roy Sekoff, head of HuffPost Streaming Network

Today at the AOL Studios in New York, AOL and HuffPost execs assembled media pros for hors d’oeuvres – including, as one reporter put it, lobster bisque in a shot glass – a one-year anniversary celebration, and an unveiling of the HuffPost Streaming Network.

It was a year ago this week that AOL announced the purchase of Huffington Post. Where has the time gone?

For the HuffPost, time has gone to what seems like a launch every week. In the last year, it rolled out 44 new sections in addition to international expansion into France, Canada and the UK, with Quebec, Spain, and Italy editions forthcoming.

Overkill?

Let AOL CEO Tim Armstrong tell it, they just weren’t waiting for the wind to blow; instead, they were stepping out and taking chances.

Enter its streaming network. It’s headed by HuffPost founding editor, Roy Sekoff, who, regarding the network’s mix of live video, user engagement and off-the-fly programming, said passionately: “People don’t want to be told the news anymore.”

Arianna Huffington commented that the HuffPost Universe, it’s stories, reporters, and community will be the script for the network.

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