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Hearst Names Esquire.com and PopularMechanics.com Directors

Hearst Logo GHearst Magazines Digital Media has named John Sellers site director of Esquire.com and Thomas Houston site director of PopularMechanics.com.

Sellers most recently worked for New York as senior editor of Vulture.com. Prior to his time at New York, he worked at Time Out New York, The Wrap and more. Houston was a founding editor of The Verge. Most recently he served as assistant managing editor.

Sellers begins October 20 and Houston starts today. Both report to Kate Lewis, VP, content operations and editorial director of Hearst Magazines Digital Media.

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Morning Media Newsfeed: ISIS Holds Another Journalist | Glasser Named Politico Editor

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ISIS Reportedly Holding Another Journalist Captive (TVNewser)
ISIS released a new video Thursday showing a British journalist as its prisoner. The video, since deleted by YouTube, shows British journalist John Cantlie. HuffPost Cantlie, a former reporter for the Sunday Times, the Sun and the Sunday Telegraph, went missing in Syria in 2012, but was later freed by the Free Syrian Army. Cantlie reportedly then returned to Syria in 2012, along with U.S. journalist James Foley. Foley was beheaded by ISIS in August, a horrific killing that was also recorded and released on video. Reuters In the new roughly three-minute video posted on social media sites, the man identified as Cantlie appears in good health and promises to “convey some facts” in a series of “programs,” suggesting there would be further installments. “Now, I know what you’re thinking. You’re thinking, ‘He’s only doing this because he’s a prisoner. He’s got a gun at his head and he’s being forced to do this.’ Right?” the man in the video, wearing an orange shirt and closely-cropped hair, says. “Well, it’s true. I am a prisoner. That I cannot deny. But seeing as I’ve been abandoned by my government and my fate now lies in the hands of the Islamic State, I have nothing to lose.” Mashable He delivers a propaganda message to the West, promising to show “the truth” about the jihadists and stop what he calls the “seemingly inevitable sequence of events” that’s taking Western countries to another war in the Middle East. He promises that he will appear in more videos to come. NYT Analysts said that the shift in tone from the previous videos sought to gain maximum exposure and showed how attuned the group is to Western sensibilities in crafting its message. The video, like those before it, seems designed to forestall international military action against the Islamic State. But while the previous videos threatened revenge for attacks, Cantlie’s message seemed crafted to capitalize on reluctance in the West to get involved in a new war. “After two disastrous and hugely unpopular wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, why is it that our governments appear so keen to get involved in yet another unwinnable conflict?” he says.

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Morning Media Newsfeed: Vice Sells Stake to A&E | Chelsea Clinton Leaves NBC News

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Vice Media Stakes Future on A&E Networks Deal (NYT)
After spending the summer flirting with various suitors, Vice Media said on Friday that it was close to choosing a partner: A&E Networks. TVNewser The investment was announced after Time Warner ended its negotiations with Vice Media. The talks, which had been going on for months, included a plan to spin off Time Warner’s HLN network and refashion it into a Vice channel. The Brooklyn-based media company includes a magazine, book publishing, a massive online presence and gritty, global documentaries which are carried on Time Warner’s HBO. WSJ A&E Networks is nearing an agreement to buy 10 percent of Vice Media for $250 million, in a deal that would value the youth-focused online media company at $2.5 billion, according to people familiar with the matter. Financial Times Last year, Vice sold a 5 percent stake to Rupert Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox for $70 million, which then valued it at $1.4 billion. THR Vice CEO Shane Smith, who co-founded the company 20 years ago, has long wanted to expand into traditional TV. A&E, led by Nancy Dubuc, is a co-venture of Hearst Corp. and Disney/ABC Television Group.

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Hearst Editor Praises Hudson News Employee

Give that employee a raise!

HudsonNewsStorePer a feel-good blog post at the San Francisco Chronicle end, Hearst newspapers national photo editor Chris Preovolos is heaping praise on a JFK Airport newsstand employee. All because of the way the employee handled things after Preovolos paid for a copy of a competitor magazine and left his Samsung tablet at the counter:

By the time I landed in San Francisco, an employee at the store identified me as the owner of the tablet and emailed me with her contact information. She then handed it over to a manager at her company’s central office at the airport, who then offered to send me the tablet for free via FedEx Priority Overnight — this after I offered to pick it up from them upon my return to New York. They subsequently rebuffed my offer to reimburse them for shipping.

Hudson News lost money on this.

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Renee Peterson Named VP of HR for Hearst Newspapers

hearst-corporation-logo2Hearst has named Renee Peterson vice president of human resources for Hearst Newspapers, which publishes 15 daily and 34 weekly papers. Peterson joined Hearst last year. She came to the site from Hargrove, Inc., where she was director of human resources.

“Renee will bring important tactical and strategic human resources leadership to all of Hearst Newspapers,” said Hearst Newspapers president Mark Aldam, in a statement. “Our newspapers, websites and digital marketing services succeed in serving our audiences and customers because of our diverse, creative and hard-working colleagues. Having Renee provide the HR leadership to recruit, develop and retain the best multimedia talent is key to our continued success.”

Peterson, who recently became the San Francisco Chronicle’s VP of human resources, will continue in that role.

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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Gary Ellis Named Chief Digital Officer of Hearst Magazines International

Hearst Magazines International has named Gary Ellis chief digital officer, a new role at the company. Ellis comes to the company from Viacom Media Networks, where he has been since 2003. During his time at Viacom, Ellis served as VP of international digital media and director of digital media, working with brands like MTV, VH1, Comedy Central and CMT.

“Gary is a forward-thinking, energetic leader with a proven track-record of growing audience and revenue through innovative content, products and partnerships,” said Duncan Edwards, president and CEO of Hearst Magazines International, in a statement. “He’s an expert at working across continents and cultures, and his talent and imagination will accelerate our digital initiatives around the world.”

Ellis will be based in New York and begins on March 3.

Serial Entrepreneur Finds Success with YuuZoo

YuuZooLogoIt’s likely you have not heard of YuuZoo, an Australian developer of social network mini-sites for mobile clients. But you have certainly heard of some the firm’s clients.

Here in New York, they include Hearst and NBTV. Down Under, the list encompasses the Asian arm of the NBA and Miss World. Founded by 41-year-old serial entrepreneur Ron Creevey, the company is about to get a “backdoor” listing on the Singapore stock exchange. The Australian‘s Glenda Korporaal spoke with Creevey recently and got this great quote:

“It is exciting to see something that you designed on a blank piece of paper to be traded at a value in excess of $400M.”

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Elle Sets Print and Digital Records

The staff at Elle should be feeling great. In an interview with CNBC, Kevin O’Malley, Elle’s senior VP, publisher and chief revenue officer, said that the glossy’s September issue is its biggest ever, and Elle.com is booming too.

“The headline for us is it’s our largest issue ever, but it doesn’t tell the whole story,” said O’Malley. “I can tell you that one of the most significant drivers of that, is that the other milestone that we set for September: The highest total revenue for Elle.com for a single month since it launched in 1996, and the highest ever for a magazine site at Hearst.”

That’s one hell of a month. Congrats to the Elle team.

Morning Media Newsfeed: Al Jazeera America Debut | Fox News Exec Fired | Hearst Swaps Editors


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Al Jazeera Makes Limited American Debut (NYT)
There was ample attention in journalistic circles as Al Jazeera America had its premiere on Tuesday — particularly among those who could not watch. The news channel — which replaced Current TV at 3 p.m. ET — was expected to be carried by five of the country’s 10 biggest television providers, but one of those, AT&T U-verse, dropped Current, and thus Al Jazeera, late Monday night. That decision irritated some U-verse subscribers, who complained online about the company’s move and which further limited Al Jazeera America’s potential audience on Day 1. THR / Hollywood, Esq. Al Jazeera America has filed a lawsuit against AT&T over its refusal to carry the new cable news network. “Al Jazeera America made a decision to seek judicial intervention in its dispute with AT&T,” the network said in a statement Tuesday night. TVNewser The first few minutes were hosted by anchors Richelle Carey and Antonio Mora, who introduced the channel. Clips of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Senator John McCain praising Al Jazeera were played, followed by clips of people on the street criticizing the existing media landscape. TheWrap / MediaAlley Al Jazeera America — the first cable news channel to launch since Fox News back in 1996 — has a lot going for it. It’s got plenty of cash, funded by the oil-rich royal family of Qatar, allowing it to hire a staff of 850, create 12 bureaus in the United States (and 70 more all over the world through Al Jazeera’s network), and it has the noble ambition to bring Americans good, solid and unbiased journalism. There’s also a lot for the nascent network to worry about. Baltimore Sun / Z on TV CNN has a lot to lose if Al Jazeera America is even a little successful. The modest ratings gains CNN has managed to make in 2013 under new president Jeff Zucker are going to disappear pretty fast if Al Jazeera America splits or even takes a bite out of the audience on big, breaking news stories. And with CNN under Zucker favoring sensational trials over coups and riots in places like Egypt, Al Jazeera could find a breaking news audience very fast.

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