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HBO to Offer Stand-Alone Streaming Service Beginning in 2015 (LostRemote)
HBO announced plans Wednesday to offer a stand-alone streaming service in 2015. FishbowlNY “We will work with our current partners,” HBO’s CEO Richard Plepler said, in a statement. “And, we will explore models with new partners. All in, there are 80 million homes that do not have HBO and we will use all means at our disposal to go after them.” SocialTimes Having a Web-only option will help the channel with online-TV watchers, who cite flexibility as the main reason for watching original series online. Internet users are becoming more accustomed to consuming what they want, when they want it; HBO is finally adapting to this reality. THR Plepler didn’t give too many details about the service, such as pricing and when it would launch, saying he didn’t want to tip off competitors too much. Shortly after Plepler’s announcement, shares of Netflix dropped 4 percent, while shares of Time Warner were about 3 percent higher as investors digested the HBO news as well as some other rosy predictions coming from the Time Warner investor day presentations. Mashable It is important to note that HBO is far from giving up on cable television. Plepler stressed in his statements before the announcement that HBO’s business and relationships with cable partners is important. The channel brought in $4.9 billion in 2013 and has about 114 million subscribers. There has been eager anticipation for HBO to capitalize on its already popular streaming platform by offering it outside of cable subscriptions. HBO Go logins have become something of a social currency, allowing users to access content via accounts of friends and family. Game of Thrones has also grown into the most pirated TV show of all time.

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Hearst Names Esquire.com and PopularMechanics.com Directors

Hearst Logo GHearst Magazines Digital Media has named John Sellers site director of Esquire.com and Thomas Houston site director of PopularMechanics.com.

Sellers most recently worked for New York as senior editor of Vulture.com. Prior to his time at New York, he worked at Time Out New York, The Wrap and more. Houston was a founding editor of The Verge. Most recently he served as assistant managing editor.

Sellers begins October 20 and Houston starts today. Both report to Kate Lewis, VP, content operations and editorial director of Hearst Magazines Digital Media.

Cover Battle: Popular Mechanics or O, The Oprah Magazine

Welcome back to another edition of FishbowlNY’s weekly Cover Battle. This round features two Hearst titles — Popular Mechanics versus O, The Oprah Magazine. We chose PopMech because the cover reminded us of the GI Joe action figures we used to play with as kids. Don’t even get us started on who is better — Snake Eyes or Storm Shadow. Seriously, don’t!

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Ryan D’Agostino Named Editor-in-Chief of Popular Mechanics

Ryan D’Agostino has been named the new editor-in-chief of Popular Mechanics. He comes to the magazine from Esquire, where he had been since 2006. D’Agostino most recently served as Esquire’s articles editor. D’Agostino is succeeding Jim Meigs, who is leaving Popular Mechanics after 10 years to work on a book.

While at Esquire, D’Agostino’s work was honored with two National Magazine Awards and a James Beard Award. He previously worked as a senior editor at Money, and is the author of Rich Like Them. His writing has appeared in publications such as The New Yorker, The Wall Street Journal, New York and The New York Times.

In related news, David Granger, editor-in-chief of Esquire since 1997, will also serve as editorial director of Popular Mechanics.

“Ryan is not only a skilled editor and writer,” Granger said, in a statement. “He’s also an embodiment of the Popular Mechanics reader — doing renovations on a house that is more than a century old, keeping an aging pickup truck running and living at the intersection of humanity and technology. He’s got the passion that will redefine the authority of this brand to meet the challenges of the 21st century.”

D’Agostino’s appointment is effective May 1.

Cameron Connors Named Publisher of Popular Mechanics, Rodale Promotes Two

Hearst Magazines and Rodale made a few announcements involving publishers this morning. Below are the details.

  • Cameron Connors is returning to Hearst as publisher of Popular Mechanics. Connors comes to the magazine from Paper Communications, where he served as president since June of 2013. Prior to that he spent two years at Condé Nast. He served as director of marketing services for Hearst Digital Media from 2008 to 2010.
  • Men’s Health publisher Ronan Gardiner and Women’s Health publisher Laura Frerer-Schmidt have added vice president to their roles. Gardiner has been publisher of Men’s Health since 2011 and Frerer-Schmidt was named publisher of Women’s Health the same year.

Cover Battle: The Hollywood Reporter or Popular Mechanics

Welcome back to another edition of FishbowlNY’s Cover Battle. This week we have The Hollywood Reporter taking on Popular Mechanics. THR went with a photo of the brilliant Seth Meyers throwing away jokes that are probably 10 times better than anything we’ll ever come up with. Yay!

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Michael Kuntz Named Popular Mechanics Publisher

Michael Kuntz has been named publisher of Popular Mechanics magazine. He most recently served as associate vice president of digital sales at Rodale. Kuntz had been at Rodale since 2010.

Popular Mechanics is continuously evolving to stay at the forefront of content innovation – both in terms of its creation and cross-platform delivery to readers,” said Jack Essig, senior vice president, publishing director and chief revenue officer of Hearst Men’s Group, in a statement. “Michael’s extensive integrated sales and marketing experience will only further accelerate Popular Mechanics’ ability to deliver powerful brand synergies on behalf of our advertising partners.”

Kuntz joins Hearst and Popular Mechanics February 19.

Mike Austin Named Automotive Editor of Popular Mechanics

Mike Austin is joining Popular Mechanics as its automotive editor. Austin most recently served as technical editor for Car and Driver, since 2006. At Popular Mechanics, Austin will manage all automotive content, including reviews, new products and more.

“Mike is a real star in this world, said Jim Meigs, editor-in-chief of Popular Mechanics, in a statement. ”He brings years of technical knowledge and testing experience to the table and we’re thrilled to have him on board.”

Austin begins November 26.

Most Popular FishbowlNY Stories for the Week

Here’s a look at what FishbowlNY stories made the most buzz this week.

  1. Layoffs Hit Conde’ Nast, October 11
  2. GQ Profiles Jeremy Lin, Makes Knicks Fans Cry, October 17
  3. The Conde’ Cuts are (Hopefully) Over, October 12
  4. Cover Battle: Popular Mechanics or The New York Times Magazine, October 11
  5. New York Times Writer Incurs the Wrath of Public Editor for Sexist Material, October 11
  6. New York Times Suspends Andrew Goldman for Twitter Remark, October 17

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