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Chelsea Handler Has Her Sights Set on Silicon Valley

Apple employees, App developers and everyone in between. Get ready!

During an interview today with HuffPost Live’s Roy Sekoff, Chelsea Handler touched on the topics she plans to cover next year on Netflix. In between her comedy special Uganda Be Kidding Me, debuting tomorrow, and the talk show reboot in 2016, Handler will produce and anchor four one-hour 2015 specials:

“We’ve been in New York, meeting with all these producers and kind-of documentarians,” Handler explained. “It’s not going to be serious; I’m not a journalist. But I want to have somebody who’s really good in that world, and combine it with my world. And then I think we can come up with something amazing. And then I’ll be so interested in my job. I can’t even believe how interested I am, already.”

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HuffPost Reaches One Billion Video Views

HuffPost Live, the video site from Huffington Post, has reached a major milestone: One billion video views. The site also grabbed a record high 111 million video views and 22 million unique visitors in January. That’s a jump of 226 percent and 126 percent, respectively, compared to last year.

Roy  Sekoff, president and co-creator of HuffPost Live, said that he was pleased with the numbers because it showed that if you produce quality content, the visitors will follow.

“I’m especially proud that we have been able to tally so many views while simultaneously producing high-quality, award-winning work,” he said, in a statement. “That’s the one-two punch we envisioned when we first pitched HuffPost Live — so to see it coming to fruition is deeply satisfying.”

It’s unclear if Sekoff was referring to the video of a testicle-eating fish when he mentioned “high-quality, award-winning work,” but he probably was.

Matt Yglesias Named Executive Editor of Ezra Klein’s New Vox Media Venture

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Matt Yglesias will serve as executive editor of the new Vox Media venture founded by Ezra Klein, FishbowlNY has learned.

“That is my title,” Yglesias confirmed to FishbowlNY in an email Monday morning. “Now obviously the website itself needs a name and I suppose titles could change too as we build out the team, but ‘executive editor’ is the title Ezra and Melissa and I have had down on paper for me for months.”

Klein will be editor-in-chief.

Slate’s prolific economics blogger announced last week that he would join Klein, The Washington Post who recently quit to start his own publication with staff from his popular policy site, Wonkblog.

“There’s not much to say at this point,” Yglesias told The New York Times last Thursday, declining to provide details of his new position, “other than that I’m very excited to be part of this team and we’re hoping to announce some more stuff in the near future.”

But when Klein announced in a post on The Verge on Sunday that he would launch his new site with Vox, he and Yglesias chimed into the comments below. And, thanks to Vox’s comment system, which verifies official authors with a checkmark and job title, Yglesias revealed his role as executive editor.

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HuffPost Live Laying Off Staff And Shuttering LA Office as It Expands Internationally (The Verge)
According to several sources familiar with the matter, HuffPost Live will be shutting down its Los Angeles office. About 20 staffers worked at the LA outpost, and a number of those losing their positions on the West Coast will be offered the opportunity to move east and join the HuffPost Live team in New York. Los Angeles Business Journal The studio launched last summer to supply four hours of daily programming for HuffPost Live. The programming features discussions about current events, with some coming from studios in New York and Washington. TheWrap / MediaAlley Huffington Post told TheWrap that more than two-thirds of HuffPost Live’s L.A. staff were offered positions in New York. The LA operation had 26 staffers, putting the cutbacks below 10. TVNewser HuffPost Live has lost a number of hosts in recent months, mostly to the world of TV news. Alicia Menendez joined Fusion, Abby Hunstman joined MSNBC and Jacob Soboroff joined Pivot. While it has been transformative in terms of the content it presents, its live viewership has remained low, instead relying heavily on after-the-fact tune-in.

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Media Big Shots Discuss Future of Media

Here is some video of I Want Media’s annual “Future of Media” talk. Taking part in this year’s discussion were Mark ThompsonJonah Peretti, Henry Blodget, Cindy Jeffers and Roy Sekoff.

It’s an hour long, but hey, it’s not like you have to work or anything today.

I Want Media’s ‘Future of Media’ Panelists Announced

Each year I Want Media offers those interested its “The Future of Media” talk, and this year’s lineup includes some heavy hitters. Panelists include Mark Thompson, CEO of The New York Times; Henry Blodget, CEO and editor of Business Insider; Cindy Jeffers, CEO and CTO of Salon Media; Jonah Peretti, CEO and founder of BuzzFeed; and Roy Sekoff, president of HuffPost Live.

If an hour-long discussion on “How the Internet and other digital media are transforming the traditional media landscape” gets you all hot and bothered (don’t be ashamed, there are no judgements here), you’re probably going to want to attend.

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Kevin Smith, HuffPost Live Host?

Because Kevin Smith still and primarily uses an AOL email address (!), he is utterly familiar with HuffPost Live and a major fan of the nascent network. From the get-go of his half-hour chat alongside Jason Mewes with Alicia Menendez this afternoon, he kept dropping hints about wanting to be a host himself.

Smith continued energetically banging that drum, leading a producer to tell Menendez in her ear that he was hired. Then, HuffPost Live president Roy Sekoff bounded on set to seal the deal.

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FishbowlLA Set Visit: HuffPost Live

For HuffPost Live co-host Jacob Soboroff, a signature moment during his first six months of service involved the 2013 Sundance documentary The Square.

When the filmmakers arrived at the Beverly Hills studio, one was on the phone with an acquaintance in Cairo. By the time the visiting duo sat down for their interview, a producer had arranged for that acquaintance to be part of the on-air discussion as well, as an Egyptian subject matter expert (via Google hangout).

The term “expert” is one of many being redefined daily by Soboroff and colleagues Alyona Minkovski and Nancy Redd from 3 to 7 p.m. PT, when the dynamic trio cap HuffPost Live’s twelve-hour weekday block. An expert can be anyone and everyone, often recruited through social media; journalism meanwhile is very much here a mix of the subjective and objective. As HuffPost Live president Roy Sekoff told us during our visit last Friday, “We want our hosts to have opinions.”

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Cubes: VIP Tour of AOL and The Huffington Post

Combine tasty treats, sleek design, and the now famous ‘Sitting Cameramen of Astor Place’ and you get the latest episode of “Cubes.”

In this episode of Cubes, the MediabistroTV crew is invited into the New York Headquarters of AOL and The Huffington Post. Hosted by the founding editor of The Huffington Post and president of HuffPost Live, Roy Sekoff, the crew visits the cavernous Huffington Post newsroom where hundreds of writers sit keyboard to keyboard under the watchful gaze of Arianna Huffington herself who plays the always gracious hostess by offering up some tasty Greek Christmas cookies. After burning through the sugar high, the guys mingle with the ghosts of journalism past in the HuffPost Live newsroom where live news is served up eight hours a day by tables of writers, producers and editors who always know what time it is in Funkytown.

You can view our other MediabistroTV productions on our YouTube Channel.

Cubes: VIP Tour of AOL and The Huffington Post

Combine tasty treats, sleek design and the now famous ‘Sitting Cameramen of Astor Place’ and you get the latest episode of “Cubes.”

In this episode of “Cubes,” the MediabistroTV crew is invited into the New York Headquarters of AOL and The Huffington Post. Hosted by the founding editor of The Huffington Post and president of HuffPost Live, Roy Sekoff, the crew visits the cavernous Huffington Post newsroom where hundreds of writers sit keyboard to keyboard under the watchful gaze of Arianna Huffington herself who plays the always gracious hostess by offering up some tasty Greek Christmas cookies. After burning through the sugar high, the guys mingle with the ghosts of journalism past in the HuffPost Live newsroom where live news is served up eight hours a day by tables of writers, producers and editors who always know what time it is in Funkytown.

You can view our other MediabistroTV productions on our YouTube Channel.

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