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Pioneering Vlogger Ze Frank Plans ‘New Kind of Media Company’

LA based performance artist Ze Frank has been working in the Web video trenches for just over a decade now. It started with a 2001 birthday invitation that went viral and 2002 Webby Award for Best Personal Website; it continued in the spring of 2006 via daily series The Show with ZeFrank. Six years later, the multimedia saga is set to add another chapter.

According to a report on gigaom.com by Janko Roettgers, Ze Frank (pictured) has added to an earlier $146,752 kickstarter.com campaign with just upwards of three-quarters of a million in seed funding.* This latest amount was pulled together from some very high-profile people:

Ze Frank quietly raised around $756,000 $200,000 late last month from Marc Andreessen, Buzzfeed co-founder John Johnson and Huffington Post co-founder Jonah Peretti… Frank told me that he intends to use the funding to start “a new kind of media company” that develops and produces shows with active audience participation. “I’m obsessed with media and the way audiences can become creative participants,” he said.

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Veteran TV News Reporter Magee Hickey Finds a New Home–WPIX

Magee Hickey, the well-known, red-headed reporter who left WCBS/Channel 2 in May after her contract wasn’t renewed, has joined WPIX.

A WPIX spokeswoman says Hickey started at Channel 11 on Friday night’s PIX News at Ten. The Daily News says Hickey will be an important fill-in for vacationers during the summer months.

In a strange twist of fate, Hickey is reunited with WPIX news director Bill Carey. He was at the helm at WCBS when Hickey was there, and ultimately fired her in 1996 as part of “Black Friday,” in which seven high-profile staffers, including Tony Guida, John Johnson, and Michele Marsh were sent packing.  

Hickey has amassed several decades of experience in New York. Along with her two stints at WCBS, she is also familiar to viewers from covering stories for WNEW/Channel 5 (Now-WNYW), WNBC, and WABC.

Ex-Time Warner CEO Regrets AOL Merger|Kelly Cutrone’s Book|Clay Risen Joins NYT|Ebony‘s Eunice Johnson Dies|Two New Newspaper Watch Blogs

Silicon Alley Insider: Ten years later, former Time Warner CEO Gerald Levin apologized for the AOL merger.

PRNewser: PR maven Kelly Cutrone (of “The Hills” and “The City” fame) has a new book out, set to hit stands at the same time as her new reality show debuts on Bravo.

The Awl: Author and contributing editor for The Morning News, Clay Risen, is joining The New York Times‘ op-ed page.

New York Times: Eunice Johnson, the widow of Ebony magazine founder John Johnson, died Sunday at age 93. She was famous for directing the traveling fashion shows Ebony Fashion Fair since 1961.

Folio: Battered consumer business magazines hope to bounce back in the New Year.

Gannett Blog: Two new newspaper publisher-related blog offerings from Gannett Blogger Jim Hopkins: New York Times Co. Blog and News Corp. Blog