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Posts Tagged ‘Newsweek/The Daily Beast’

Michael Moynihan Joins Newsweek/The Daily Beast

Michael Moynihan is joining Newsweek/The Daily Beast as cultural news editor. Moynihan is perhaps best known for breaking the story on Jonah Lehrer’s fabrications.

Moynihan’s work has appeared in such publications as Politico, Tablet magazine, ReasonThe Wall Street Journal and many more. He was also previously a managing editor of Vice.

Moynihan joins Newsweek/The Daily Beast on October 3. The memo from Tina Brown announcing the addition of Moynihan is below.

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Newsweek/The Daily Beast Taps Baba Shetty as New CEO

Baba Shetty has been named the new CEO of Newsweek/The Daily Beast. Shetty comes to the company from the ad agency Hill Holliday. He had been at Hill Holliday since 2006, most recently serving as its chief strategy officer.

“Baba is a real catalyst in bringing ideas to the marketplace,” said Tina Brown, in a memo announcing the hire. “We collaborated on our very successful Mad Men issue together and forged a terrific creative relationship in the process. He is extremely gifted at brand and digital strategy, and is the perfect partner for the next phase of The Newsweek Daily Beast Company and our expanding live events business.”

Stephen Colvin, CEO of Newsweek/The Daily Beast since 2011, is leaving the company in October. He will be joining Lerer Ventures, a venture capital firm, as an executive-in-residence.

Unike Colvin — who reported to Barry Diller — Shetty will be reporting to Brown.

Read the full memo from Brown after the jump.

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Michael Wolff on Tina Brown: ‘Blind to The Realities of the New World’

Michael Wolff debuts his new USA Today column by taking time to absolutely blast Tina Brown and Newsweek/The Daily Beast. It’s a tired subject, and it would’ve been nice to see something more interesting from Wolff. Oh, and let’s go ahead and take a moment to note the irony of Wolff attacking Brown and the quality of her publication in a USA Today column.

Okay, now for Wolff’s rants:

The most famous magazine editor of her generation is engaged in a desperate and operatic struggle, which almost no one anywhere believes has any chance of success…

“No one anywhere.” That about covers it. But there’s more:

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Newsweek/The Daily Beast Sets Traffic Record

Who’s ready for more Newsweek news! Yay! Yay? Anyway, we know it’s the afternoon before a long weekend, but check this out: All the press (read: attacks) Newsweek got about its Niall Ferguson cover story paid off in terms of website traffic.

According to an internal memo from Tina Brown, August was a record setting month for Newsweek/The Daily Beast. The site “will close out [the month] at over 15 million uniques / 118 million page views.” The print side did well too — with ad sales up 22 percent compared to last August.

With these numbers, you can all safely assume there will be plenty more crazy Newsweek stories in the future. Brown’s full note is after the jump.

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Newsweek/The Daily Beast Hires and Promotes

A few changes at Newsweek/The Daily Beast today. According to a memo from Tina Brown, David Freedlander is joining as senior political correspondent, Winston Ross is now a national correspondent and Adam Auriemma has been promoted to senior editor.

Freedlander comes to Newsweek/The Daily Beast from The New York Observer, where he oversaw Politicker and wrote features. Ross has been contributing to Newsweek since 2002 and Auriemma has been homepage editor since 2009.

The full note from Brown is after the jump.

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Newsweek/The Daily Beast Promotes Several Staffers

Newsweek/The Daily Beast has announced several promotions and changes. See below for a summary, then after the jump for the full memo from Tina Brown.

  • Chelsie Gosk has been promoted to senior director of digital strategy and audience development
  • Brian Ries has been promoted to senior editor, social media
  • Joyce Tang has been named deputy editor of Newsweek’s iPad and tablet editions
  • Will O’Connor is rejoining as public relations associate
  • Sam Schlinkert has been named deputy social media editor and audience coordinator

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IAC Takes Control of Newsweek/The Daily Beast

According to Reuters, the family of the late Sidney Harman has stopped investing in Newsweek/The Daily Beast. Since IAC continues to subsidize the venture, its 50 percent interest is now a controlling stake.

The family decided to stop giving to Newsweek/The Daily Beast because it wanted to cap contributions, but wouldn’t say what that number was.

The Harman’s family’s statement to Reuters:

The Harman family remains supportive partners in the business of Newsweek Daily Beast, including service on the Board by Jane Harman and family participation in various informal roles. However, given the death of Sidney Harman, who was actively involved in the Newsweek Daily Beast business, the Harman trust has indicated that it does not intend to make further capital contributions to the venture.

Newsweek/The Daily Beast Launching Fashion Blog

Newsweek/The Daily Beast is launching a new fashion blog, called FashionBeast. WWD reports that the site will be helmed by Robin Givhan and Isabel Wilkinson and be updated several times per day.

FashionBeast — which launches on July 25 — replaces the Daily Beast’s fashion section, which today has a picture of Madonna’s daughter wearing the infamous “Cone Bra.” We’re not sure if anyone will miss that kind of coverage or not.

Richard Just Joins Newsweek/The Daily Beast

Richard Just is joining Newsweek/The Daily Beast. Just is coming from a stint as editor-in-chief of The New Republic. He served as TNR’s editor from 2010 until late last month, when Franklin Foer returned to the magazine as editor.

At Newsweek/The Daily Beast, Just will work as consulting editor at the company’s Washington D.C. bureau.

See below for the internal memo from Tina Brown announcing Just’s arrival.

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Newsweek/The Daily Beast Adds Bob Shrum

Bob Shrum has joined Newsweek/The Daily Beast. WWD reports that Shrum is penning a weekly online column on politics and the upcoming election. Shrum comes to Newsweek/The Daily Beast from The Week, where he served as a contributing editor since 2009.

Shrum has a deep political history, having worked as a speechwriter and consultant for a variety of presidential campaigns.

Aside from The Week, Shrum’s work has appeared in publications such as The Los Angeles TimesThe New York Times, and The New Republic.