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Posts Tagged ‘Jason Kilar’

Hulu Giving Its Media Conglomerate Owners a Headache

The Hulu.com numbers in today’s LA Times piece by Dawn C. Chmielewski and Meg James are pretty staggering: 27 million unique visitors per month, expected 2011 revenues of $500 million.

But that’s a pittance compared to what the service’s owners – Walt Disney Co., News Corp., and NBC Universal – make annually from cable and satellite TV subscription models. This big three’s concerns about the erosion of their traditional business model has led to a tug-of-war with Hulu CEO Jason Kilar, a high-flyer recruited from Amazon.com:

Kilar has proposed a restructuring that would give him greater autonomy, according to people familiar with the situation, who were not authorized to speak publicly about it.

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HuffPost Introduces Nominees For Game Changers In Media

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The Huffington Post has asked its readers to help pick the top 100 “game changers”: people who are “using new media to reshape their fields and change the world.” But as the site has revealed two new lists each week, we were surprised not to see founder Arianna Huffington on any of the them, especially this week’s list, Media Game Changers. We thought that HuffPost not putting its founder on the list rings just a little bit of false modesty. Come on, if Arianna isn’t at least one of the top ten game changers in media, who is?

Read on to find out

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Media Moguls Make Their Mark On Fortune‘s “40 Under 40″ List

jmurdoch.jpgFortune magazine has revealed its “40 Under 40″ list — a compilation of the youngest and the brightest minds in the business world. And we were pleased to see a number of media executives making the cut and ranking near the top. Our industry could use all the young blood and new ideas it can get right now.

Topping the list are Google’s Sergey Brin and Larry Page — tied for first. Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg is number two.

And coming in at number three is the first media mogul, News Corp. heir James Murdoch (above). Rupert Murdoch’s youngest son, James currently serves as chairman and CEO for News Corp.’s operations in Europe and Asia. Fun fact: he raised his desk so he can work standing up. So the key to rising to the top of an international media conglomerate by age 36 is never sitting down. We bet being the son of a media czar helps, too.

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I Want Media’s ‘Media Person of the Year’

journalist08.jpgA the year draws to a close get prepared for the usual onslaught of lists! We all know Time‘s Person of the Year is a non-compete, but I Want Media, which has just launched its yearly Media Person of the Year poll may provide a slightly more open playing field. Here are your choices: Arianna Huffington, Rachel Maddow, Sam Zell, Rupert Murdoch, Tina Fey, The Twitter Trio, Mel Karmazin, Jason Kilar, Eric Schmidt, and closest to our hearts, “The Laid-Off Journalist” (also, Page Six’s pick).

Think they left some out? They are also taking nominations. We would argue that due to his magazine and newspaper selling power (not to mention the YouTube fireside chats) Barack Obama is a obvious but viable choice. Also, how about the citizen journalist, or Tina Brown? Let us know your suggestions!

LAT in 90 Seconds

stevesphone.jpgThe Stars — A Line: Cher, Madonna, even Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak will have to stand in line today (or hire someone to do it for them) to buy an iPhone.

profile_kilarj.jpgAmazonian To Helm YouTube Rival: It’s gonna take a big man to take on YouTube, but NBC and News Corp. chose Jason Kilar, a little-known ex-Amazon exec to head up their joint online video venture.

christine_daniels.jpgWelcome To Womanhood: How funny that now that Mike Penner has become Christine Daniels she gets to encounter not only the wonders of uncomfortable footwear, but the joys of insulting assignments. Her new assignment is to write the “Day in LA” column. Could anything sound more toothless than “Day in LA?” Sigh. Welcome to the club, Christine. Trust us, it doesn’t get better.