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EW Editor Matt Bean Previews the ‘Fall TV Preview’ Issue

Chelsea Handler has not done many print interviews since ending her E! show. But one of them can be found in the “Streaming” section of Entertainment Weekly‘s 2014 “Fall TV Preview” double issue, on newsstands today.

Handler shares at least one scoop about her upcoming 2016 Netflix talk show as she answers “Five Questions” about her October 10 one-hour stand-up special for the website, Uganda Be Kidding Me. The “Streaming” section also highlights Jeffrey Tambor‘s Amazon show Transparent, Season Two of Amazon’s political drama Alpha House and the AOL series Making a Scene with James Franco.

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“Streaming is more important than it’s ever been,” EW editor Matt Bean tells FishbowlNY via telephone. “The quality and caliber of the programs on streaming outlets cannot be not ignored. Our readers, even more so than with TV, need a guide to that kind of content because it comes at you so quickly. And in many cases, at such a phenomenal volume.”

“I think James Franco is one of the most fascinating actors in the business right now,” he continues. “He just tries things. We’ll have to see how he does with this [AOL] project, but it’s certainly like nothing I’ve ever seen before.”

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Morning Media Newsfeed: Netflix to Up Prices | NBC Evaluates Gregory | Slate Plus Launches

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Netflix Plans Price Raise as Streaming Subscribers Grow (Reuters)
Video streaming service Netflix Inc. said it intends to raise its subscription price for new customers by $1 or $2 a month to help the company buy more movies and TV shows and improve service for its 48 million global subscribers. WSJ Netflix said the price increase for the $7.99 a month service, the first since 2011, would help pay for its continued investment in original programs, including series such as House of Cards and Orange Is The New Black. Netflix has committed to spend billions of dollars in programming in the past few years as it has grown to become the biggest stand-alone subscription programming service in the U.S., passing some long-standing traditional TV outlets like HBO in terms of subscribers. Mashable Current subscribers would stay at the $7.99 price for a “generous time period,” the company wrote in a statement to investors. “Our current view is to do a one or two dollar increase, depending on the country, later this quarter for new members only,” the company wrote. The news came as Netflix announced that it added 4 million new members in the first quarter of 2014, as the company beat revenue and profit expectations. Variety In after-hours trading Monday, Netflix’s stock climbed as much as 7 percent to $372.05 per share, after closing up 0.8 percent for the day at $348.49. Netflix also said that in the second quarter of 2014, it will launch the first pay-TV integration of its service in the U.S. That’s after lining up deals with European providers including the U.K.’s Virgin Media to provide access to the unlimited streaming-video service through operator-supplied boxes. Deadline New York The company generated $53.1 million in net income in the first quarter of 2014, up from $2.7 million in the same period in 2013, on revenues of $1.27 billion, up 24 percent.

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Morning Media Newsfeed: Amazon Unveils Fire TV | Strahan to Join GMA | Peabody Award Winners

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Amazon Announces Set-Top Box ‘Fire TV’ (LostRemote)
Amazon continues its quest to become more than an e-commerce powerhouse, announcing Wednesday a set-top box that allows HDTV viewers to connect to Amazon’s video offerings. Mashable The set-top device, called Amazon Fire TV, will be sold for $99. It is a small flat box with a remote control. The hardware aims to take on the Apple TV, Roku and even the Xbox One. The Internet-connected set-top box, which uses voice search when you speak into the remote and also serves as a gaming console, was announced during a launch event in New York City on Wednesday with Amazon VP Peter Larsen playing master of ceremonies, not CEO and founder Jeff Bezos. WSJ The new Fire TV is an ambitious move by Amazon to break into the living room. Amazon offers a streaming-video service to its Prime subscribers, but until now has been largely dependent on other hardware manufacturers to deliver that content to televisions. Sales of streaming media devices such as Roku are expected to grow 24 percent this year, according to market researcher Strategy Analytics. Apple currently leads the market, followed by Roku and Google, the firm said. NYT Fire TV will show a range of content from other providers, including Hulu, Netflix and ESPN. With a separate $40 controller, it can be used to play games, including a version of the extremely popular Minecraft. Among the improvements and enhancements promoted for Fire TV: a voice search function that allows users to utter a name like “George Clooney” or a genre like “horror” and see results instantly pop up, and a prediction feature that knows what you want and queues it up. THR The small black box began shipping Wednesday, Larsen told a crowd of reporters. It has a premium price point in line with Apple TV. Roku, meanwhile, costs as low as $50 and Chromecast retails for $35.

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Entertainment Weekly Makes Changes [Updated]

Matt Bean, the relatively new editor-in-chief of Entertainment Weekly, has been busy dealing with staffing changes. According to the New York Post, Jeff Giles, deputy editor of EW and a seven-year veteran of the title, has departed to work on a book. EW’s executive editor Jason Adams, who had been with the magazine for 11 years, is also out.

Additions to EW include Neil Janowitz and Chris Rackliffe. Janowitz, formerly a web editor at SI.com, is now EW.com’s assistant managing editor.

Rackliffe, most recently with digital publisher Federated Media, has been named EW’s senior social media editor.

Update (3/3 8:45 am):
THR is reporting that EW also cut veteran music critic Nick Catucci and staff writer Annie Barrett.

Entertainment Weekly Beta-Testing an Old Concept: Unpaid Contributors

They are just three little words. But the media community shudder that goes along with community.ew.com is much larger.

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Per Lucia Moses at DigiDay, the once-venerable pop culture king of newsstands and weekly subscriptions is formally stooping to the level of unpaid contributors. Complete with double-speak or maybe even, in this case, triple:

“The expansion here hopefully allows us to tap into new audiences who are increasingly having conversations in fragmented locations,” said Liz White, general manager of EW.com and people.com.

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Matt Bean Named Editor-in-Chief of Entertainment Weekly

Matt Bean GMatt Bean has been named the new editor-in-chief of Entertainment Weekly. Bean was most recently managing editor of SportsIllustrated.com, a role he held since 2012. Prior to joining SI, Bean worked as an editor and digital exec at Rodale for eight years.

Bean succeeds Jess Cagle, who was promoted to editorial director of People and Entertainment Weekly in January.

“Matt’s arrival is a testament to Time Inc.’s confidence in EW,’’ said Cagle, in a statement. “He is a uniquely talented editor well-suited to this unique brand, and it will be a thrill to see where he and the extraordinary staff take EW in the years to come.”

Time Inc. Names a Pair of Promotions

Time Inc. editor-in-chief John Huey announced today a couple of promotions. Paul Fichtenbaum has been named editor of the Time Inc. Sports Group. He succeeds Terry McDonell, who remains with the company as a senior advisor. In addition, Chris Stone has been appointed managing editor at Sports Illustrated. He is the ninth person to hold that position in SI history.

Sports Illustrated was the prism through which I viewed the sports world growing up and I’ve had the good fortune of participating in its evolution over the last two decades,” Stone said. “We tell stories—muscular, entertaining, differentiated stories and journalism-and we’re going to keep telling them, using all of our platforms to tell them in the most ambitious and accessible ways possible.”

Stone joined Sports Illustrated in 1992 and he ascended the ranks to become assistant managing editor in 2009. He also oversaw the Swimsuit franchise evolution into a multiplatform global juggernaut and notably was senior editor for baseball when SI uncovered Alex Rodriguez’s positive steroid tests which has been one of the decade’s most transcendent stories.

In Fichtenbaum’s new role, he’ll be responsible for the editorial oversight of the Group’s portfolio consisting of the Sports Illustrated, Golf and SIKids franchises.

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Sports Illustrated Revamps Mobile Site

We love Sports Illustrated. Each week when the magazine arrives is like a mini holiday. We grab the magazine, take it to the bathroom and read it while uh, well, no need for details.

Since we love SI so much, we do read it quite a lot on the phone. But SI’s mobile site was pretty awful. Until now that is, because the site just got a revamp.

The new mobile SI is much nicer to browse, with a cleaner look and easier navigation. At the top of the site is a big, slidable picture, which links to lead stories. The mobile version also includes SI’s Gameflash technology, that offers detailed, real time updates for games in progress.

Matt Bean, SI.com’s managing editor, said “We  think you like what you see,” and we couldn’t agree more.

Matt Bean Named Managing Editor of SI.com

Matt Bean has been named the new managing editor of Sports Illustrated’s website, SI.com. Bean comes to SI from Rodale, where he has been since 2004; most recently as vice president, digital product development. Bean will succeed Paul Fichtenbaum, who was named editorial director of Time Inc.’s Sports Group.

“Matt is a dynamic editor who brings a deep respect for the Sports Illustrated brand,” Fichtenbaum said. “He understands how to create and distribute content across the entire digital spectrum. His knowledge in Web, mobile, tablet, gaming and social platforms will be a vital resource as we expand our digital footprint.”

Bean joins SI.com on September 4.

Rodale Promotes in Digital Development Department

Rodale Inc. has promoted Matt Bean has been promoted from Associate Vice President, Mobile, Social and Emerging Media, to Vice President of Digital Product Development.

Bean will report to Anthony Astarita, Senior Vice President, General Manager, Digital & New Brand Development.

“From the very beginning, Matt has been on the cutting edge of the digital landscape, strategically reaching new audiences for Rodale across multi-platform touch points,” said Astarita. “Matt is adept at elevating content and adopting new technologies, and I am confident that his talents will set us up for a really strong year and beyond.”

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