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New ISIS Video Shows Hostage John Cantlie Allegedly Reporting From Kobani (Vice News)
In a new video published Monday, British photojournalist John Cantlie, who is now being held hostage by the Islamic State after being kidnapped in Syria in 2012, appears to be reporting from the city of Kobani on the Syrian-Turkish border, which has been the stage to an ongoing battle between the militants and Kurdish forces. HuffPost The five-minute video, which is titled “Inside Ayn al-Islam,” shows Cantlie walking in front of destroyed buildings in what appears to be Kobani. After mentioning international reports of Islamic State losses in the battle for the town, Cantlie says Kobani is about to fall completely into the militants’ hands. NBC News But U.S. counterterrorism officials said that while the undated video apparently was shot in Kobani, Cantlie’s assertion that ISIS controls large swathes of the city is false. “We don’t know when this was recorded,” said one official, who like the others spoke on condition of anonymity. “But to suggest that the ISIL (another acronym for ISIS) is in control of the city now is not accurate.” Mashable It’s widely assumed that Cantlie, who’s appeared in at least five propaganda videos since he disappeared, is reading from remarks that were prepared by his captors. Having rid the region of all independent journalists, it appears the group is now attempting to broadcast its own twisted form of journalism. The Guardian The video comes two days after the release of another video, in which Cantlie said that captives have been waterboarded for trying to escape.

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Hearst Magazines International Makes Three Appointments

image004Not to be outdone by Condé Nast, Hearst Magazines International (HMI) has made appointments to its digital leadership team as well. Details are below.

  • Emily Jipson has joined HMI as vice president of product. She most recently served as head of global product management at Yahoo! Finance. Prior to that she was VP of product management at WSJ.com and emerging media at Dow Jones.
  • Melinda Lee has been named VP of content and audience development. Lee previously served as general manager of Getty Images’ music division.
  • Bernardo Chévez is vice president of technology. He most recently served as director of engineering at Condé Nast.

Gipson, Lee and Chévez will report to Gary Ellis, HMI’s chief digital officer.

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.

Hearst Magazines International Names East Asia Managing Director

Yves Bougon, CEO of Hearst Fujingaho (Japan), has been named managing director, East Asia, of Hearst Magazines International. He’ll continue as CEO of Hearst Fujingaho, a role he has held since 2011. Bougon will now oversee Hearst Magazines in China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Korea.

“Yves has launched and overseen the operation of a diverse range of print and digital businesses in Japan, including the September introduction of Harper’s BAZAAR and the e-commerce business, ELLEShop.jp,” said Duncan Edwards, president and CEO, Hearst Magazines International, in a statement. “As we pivot into new areas for growth, Yves will be focused on business development in East Asia. He has a strong management team in Tokyo, and I am pleased that he will share his expertise with the leaders of our companies and our partners in the region.”

Bougon will report to Edwards. His appointment is effective January 1.

Hearst International’s Arnaud de Puyfontaine Adds to Roles

Arnaud de Puyfontaine, CEO of Hearst Magazines UK and executive VP of Hearst Magazines International, is adding managing director, Western Europe to his roles. He will now oversee Hearst Magazine brands in Spain, Italy, Holland, Germany and France.

De Puyfontaine was named CEO of Hearst Magazines UK in 2009, and in 2011, tapped by Hearst Magazines International to be an executive VP. Prior to his time at Hearst, de Puyfontaine served as president and CEO of Mondadori France.

“Arnaud has done a great job in the UK during a time of transition, successfully growing the core business, integrating the brands acquired in 2011 from Hachette and accelerating our digital activities,” said Duncan Edwards, president and CEO of Hearst Magazines International, in a statement. ”He has a strong management team in London and I am pleased that he will share his expertise with the leaders of our companies and our partners in Western Europe.”

De Puyfontaine begins his new role September 1.

Hearst Promotes Sophia Stuart To Lead Digital For International Unit

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No doubt about it, Hearst Corp. has been busy hiring, promoting and bringing on new people. Abigail Pesta moved from deputy director to editor-at-large for Marie Claire last month, four executives joined the board of directors in October and former investment banker Mitchell Scherzer was appointed as a new VP and CFO of the company in early November.

So it’s no surprise that the company, which did make some cuts this year along with everyone else, is continuing to hire from within. Today, Hearst announced that Sophia Stuart — who most recently worked as executive director for mobile content for Hearst Magazines Digital Media — would be moving on up to executive director of digital content for Hearst Magazines International.

Says Stuart, “I have enjoyed my time working with Hearst’s domestic magazine brands on mobile expansion, and look forward to working with [HMI's president and CEO Duncan Edwards] and his team to bring new ideas and relationships to our many magazine partnerships internationally. There’s enormous potential in the digital space and I hope to be able to leverage those opportunities.”

Full press release after the jump.

Previously: Hearst Names Investment Banker New CFO, We Hear: Layoffs at Good Housekeeping, Hearst To Cut Permalancers

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