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Morning Media Newsfeed: 550 Buyouts, Layoffs at Turner | Amazon Acquires Twitch

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550 Buyouts, Layoffs Imminent at Turner; HLN, CNN Among Cuts (The Wrap)
Some 550 buyouts are to be offered at Time Warner’s Turner network this week, including a large number of those at CNN and HLN, which will lead to layoffs if they are not taken voluntarily, according to an individual with knowledge of the network’s plans. TVNewser CNN chief Jeff Zucker will certainly want to protect CNN’s investment in original series and documentaries; the type of programming he’s gone all in on since taking the reins last year. Which departments and programming are affected by cuts remains to be seen. Variety Word of the staff cuts comes at a time when key Turner nets are at a crossroads. Turner’s entertainment networks are poised for a management overhaul following the departure in April of Steve Koonin as entertainment group chief. Meanwhile, CNN sibling HLN has been rumored to be in for a major makeover, possibly in a partnership deal between Time Warner and Vice Media. B&C The buyouts are part of the Time Warner unit’s efforts to cut costs as part of new CEO John Martin’s Turner 2020 plan aimed at cutting costs and aligning spending with company priorities. Turner officials had no comment, but sources said that the voluntary layoffs will be offered throughout Turner, including its news networks CNN and HLN, as well as its entertainment networks, including TNT and TBS. The company is not aiming at a specific headcount but rather is seeking to hit an expense number that includes personnel and other costs. THR The plan at Turner, which employs about 14,000 people worldwide, involves a formula that will allow workers at least age 55 and with a certain number of years seniority to take a buyout somewhat more generous than the usual two weeks of pay for every one year of service, according to a person familiar with the situation.

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Erica Duecy Named Saveur Digital Director

Erica Duecy has been named digital director for Saveur. She comes to the magazine from Fodor’s Travel, where she served as deputy web editor. Under Duecy’s guidance, Fodors.com won two SATW Lowell Thomas Journalism Awards and experienced record-breaking traffic.

Duecy — whose writing has appeared in The New York Times and Food & Wine — is also a James Beard Journalism Award judge.

“We could not be more excited for Erica to join the Saveur team,” said David Ritchie, Bonnier’s chief content officer, in a statement. “Her experience in the food, travel, wine and spirits categories partnered with her terrific editing and digital skills makes her the most qualified person for this role.”

Duecy begins September 2.

Morning Media Newsfeed: Condé Nast Names CMO | Gregory Writing Book on Jewish Faith

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Edward Menicheschi Named CMO of Condé Nast (FishbowlNY)
Edward Menicheschi has been named chief marketing officer and president of Condé Nast. Menicheschi most recently served as Vanity Fair’s VP and publisher. New York Post Menicheschi will replace Lou Cona, who is getting the boot. Some were speculating that Gina Sanders, the president of Condé’s Fairchild division, might land the vacant Vanity Fair job now that her group is being sold to Penske Media Corp. Capital New York Cona has served as the media group’s president and chief revenue officer since April 2013. As home to the publisher’s corporate and digital sales and marketing teams, the division is a central corridor of business-side power. Cona first ascended the corporate ladder to the media group in 2010 after his own stint as Vanity Fair’s vice president and publisher, and a run at The New Yorker before that. WWD Cona’s departure came as a surprise to some within Condé. In April 2013, he was promoted after he mused about retiring at the ripe age of 55. TheWrap Prior to Menicheschi’s role at Vanity Fair, he was president of WWD Media Worldwide. He has held a number of senior roles at Vogue and GQ.

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Earn $1 a Word at Culture and Foodie Mag Saveur

saveur-articleAlthough Saveur is a foodie pub with plenty of competition (names like Bon Appétit, Food & Wine and Every Day with Rachael Ray come to mind), the mag distinguishes itself with its varied content, authentic storytelling and literary writing.

The pub is 70 percent freelance written (50 percent for its online counterpart), and because of the small number of staff writers, editors are eager to recruit quality freelancers who can stick around for the long haul:

“Once we’re working with somebody, if we’ve had a good experience with them, we’re happy to have them continue to pitch us and we will even start reaching out to them,” [said executive editor Betsy Andrews]. More seasoned freelancers can score features ranging from 1,200 to 2,000 words. Biographies as well as the wine and cellar sections (500 to 1,300 words) are also within freelance reach.

To hear more about the mag, including editors’ contact details, read: How To Pitch: Saveur.

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Southern Living Names Hunter Lewis Exec Editor

Hunter Lewis has been named executive editor of Southern Living. Lewis comes to the magazine from Bon Appétit, where he most recently served as food editor, since late last year. Prior to his time there, he worked as kitchen director for Saveur for two years.

“Hunter’s talents as a storyteller, food stylist, editor, and cook will help us build on the excitement of today’s Southern food movement,” said M. Lindsay Bierman, editor-in-chief of Southern Living. “There’s also no doubt that his hands-on expertise withrecipe development will make the hundreds of dishes we publish each year taste that much better.”

Lewis will join Southern Living September 10.

Get $1/Word for Your Fresh Food Story

saveur.jpgSaveur is looking for writers with a taste for tradition, culture and above all else, great food. And its pay rate of $1 a word is enough to make any freelancer’s mouth water.

Dedicated to the idea that the best way to understand a culture is through food, Saveur distinguishes itself by delving deeper into regional cuisines and cooking traditions around the world. In addition to recipes and travel guides, readers get detailed and personal stories that go beyond just food to actually expand their understanding of the world.

“We want to surprise our readers, to provide a genuine sense of discovery with each issue,” said deputy editor Beth Kracklauer. “We look for stories that will move us and stick with us, because they tell us something we don’t know or allow us to look at something familiar in a new way.”

Get detailed contact info for all editors accepting pitches in How To Pitch: Saveur.

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Saveur Adds Associate Publisher

Kristin Cohen has been named Associate Publisher of Saveur magazine, a position she held previously. Cohen was most recently working as a Vice President of Business Development for Intellivent Group, a food marketing firm.

“Kristin’s success with the title is shown not only by sheer numbers but in her strategic thinking as we deliver our partners a complementary platform for their brands and an engaged audience in whatever medium in which they choose to consume it,” explained Ernie Renzulli, Bonnier Vice President, Group Publisher.

“I’m thrilled to rejoin Saveur, a team and brand for which I am beyond passionate,” said Cohen. “With unwavering editorial direction over the last 18 years, the brand has persevered and grown in the emerging media environment.”

The Times Wants Your Personal Essays

If the first 15 outlets weren’t enough, here are the next batch of titles hungry for your honest stories, including the Gray Lady — where everyone has an equal shot at this “human relationships” column.

But don’t rip out those diary pages just yet. Editors shared the nitty-gritty details on what they want to see in a pitch. While they varied on topics from parenting to food, they all require a clean, tight copy set to their own preferences.

Double-check the word count limit to Ladies’ Home Journal, confirm what Saveur always runs their essays with, and find out what the Times receive “far too many essays” on in Personal Essay Markets, Part II [sub req'd].

We’ll finish off our list with Part III, and stay tuned for an updated guide to digital outlets in our final Part IV.

The Times Wants Your Personal Essays

If the first 15 outlets weren’t enough, here are the next batch of titles hungry for your honest stories, including the Gray Lady — where everyone has an equal shot at this “human relationships” column.

But don’t rip out those diary pages just yet. Editors shared the nitty-gritty details on what they want to see in a pitch. While they varied on topics from parenting to food, they all require a clean, tight copy set to their own preferences.

Double-check the word count limit to Ladies’ Home Journal, confirm what Saveur always runs their essays with, and find out what the Times receive “far too many essays” on in Personal Essay Markets, Part II [sub req'd].

We’ll finish off our list with Part III, and stay tuned for an updated guide to digital outlets in our final Part IV.

Fee Negotiations Drive Food Network, HGTV From Cablevision

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Well, we Time Warner Cable subscribers may not have to live without Fox, thanks to last-minute negotiations between News Corp. and Time Warner, but millions of Cablevision subscribers in the tri-state area have lost access to Food Network and HGTV.

While the battle over subscriber fees between News Corp. and Time Warner raged publicly in the days leading up to the New Year’s Eve contract deadline, Scripps Networks Interactive, which owns the two yanked channels, was quietly dealing with Cablevision. And the latter negotiations didn’t end as pleasantly as the others. Although Scripps says it “remains open to discussions,” Cablevision “has yet to engage in good faith negotiations for their subscribers.”

In the face of losing their culinary TV and home improvement channel, Cablevision subscribers are fighting back with over 120,000 calls and 35,000 e-cards sent to the cable provider, Scripps said in a press release today. The company has set up the Web sites ilovefoodnetwork.com and ilovehgtv.com for Cablevision subscribers to log on and send messages of “outrage and disappointment” to the company.

It comes as no surprise to us that Cablevision’s 3 million subscribers are missing their Food Network fix. And if you find yourself agreeing with us, you might want to check out some Food Network alternatives. Some of our favorite Web sites are crowd-sourced cookbook food52.com and local culinary faves like Edible Brooklyn, Edible Manhattan and Edible Queens. And epicurean magazines abound, from classics like Bon Appetit to the sleek Saveur to even Food Network Magazine, if you’re missing the channel. What are some of your favorite foodie media outlets?

All this week, mediabistro.com is featuring foodie-related content as part of its Profit From Your Passion Month. Today, learn about four gigs that can open the door to a career in food media. Just because you can’t watch Food Network right now doesn’t mean you can’t work towards starring on it one day!

Previously: January Is Profit From Your Passion Month

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