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Vice Media Stakes Future on A&E Networks Deal (NYT)
After spending the summer flirting with various suitors, Vice Media said on Friday that it was close to choosing a partner: A&E Networks. TVNewser The investment was announced after Time Warner ended its negotiations with Vice Media. The talks, which had been going on for months, included a plan to spin off Time Warner’s HLN network and refashion it into a Vice channel. The Brooklyn-based media company includes a magazine, book publishing, a massive online presence and gritty, global documentaries which are carried on Time Warner’s HBO. WSJ A&E Networks is nearing an agreement to buy 10 percent of Vice Media for $250 million, in a deal that would value the youth-focused online media company at $2.5 billion, according to people familiar with the matter. Financial Times Last year, Vice sold a 5 percent stake to Rupert Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox for $70 million, which then valued it at $1.4 billion. THR Vice CEO Shane Smith, who co-founded the company 20 years ago, has long wanted to expand into traditional TV. A&E, led by Nancy Dubuc, is a co-venture of Hearst Corp. and Disney/ABC Television Group.

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VICE Responds to Latest Gawker Broadside

ViceTwitterAvatarThe results are in. And if you’re a member of the VICE PR team, they are not pretty.

Employees of Shane Smith‘s globe-spanning operation were quick to respond to a recent call by Hamilton Nolan and co. for in-the-Brooklyn-trenches feedback. Some of it adds up to anything but Jill Abramson problems:

One intern two years ago was excited to receive a full-time position — until the company offered him a salary of $20K. Employees who have worked there full time within the past two years say that salaries well under $30K are routine for “producers.” (One such producer said that after waiting in vain for more than a year for a raise to push their salary up to $30K, they left VICE last year after seeing executives spend what appeared to be thousands of dollars on drugs for a company party.)

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The FishbowlNY 60-Second Interview with Joe Pompeo

JoePompeoPicYou read the headline right. To highlight Capital New York’s ongoing and very informative Q&A series “60-Second Interview,” we decided to throw that format at the man who came up with the idea – senior reporter Joe Pompeo.

We wanted to adhere as closely as possible to the way Capital does these. So, the conversation was conducted via email and consisted of five questions.

Although these 60-Second Interviews are initially available only to Capital Pro subscribers, they are eventually archived to the open Web. Our thanks to Joe as well as to Capital’s media and marketing associate Caitlin O’Connell for their help with this.

FISHBOWLNY: Which 60-Second Interviews (and/or remarks within) have gotten the most reaction so far?

POMPEO: Obviously the ones we’ve done with “celebrity” type media figures have been pretty popular: Larry King, Glenn Beck, Jay McInerney, etc. I seem to recall our Shane Smith installment going a bit viral. One of our very first ones was with Janine Gibson from Guardian U.S. and that got a lot of traction.

FISHBOWLNY: How is each participant selected? Is it pretty much just up to you, and dependent on access, or is it a daily editorial meeting discussion?

POMPEO: Oh it’s all much more casual than that. And while I was the one who came up with the feature in the first place, I’m by no means the arbiter. Basically everyone on our seven-person media desk is constantly brainstorming and putting out requests. We started getting pitches from publicists and sources pretty early on, too, which is great in terms of feeding the beast. It’s never fun when 5 p.m. rolls around and we realize we don’t have an interviewee lined up for the following morning.

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Morning Media Newsfeed: ABC News, CPI Spar | FNC to Debut Daytime Ensemble | Discovery Drops U.K. Bid

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ABC News Asking Center for Public Integrity to Share Pulitzer Prize (TVNewser)
ABC News is calling on the Center for Public Integrity to share its Pulitzer Prize for investigative journalism, awarded to CPI’s Chris Hamby, taking issue with CPI’s Pulitzer submission that depicts ABC News as a minor partner in a year-long coal-mining industry investigation instead of equal partners. HuffPost Network president Ben Sherwood sent a four-page letter to CPI’s executive director Bill Buzenberg affirming that ABC News was CPI’s partner in the investigation. He argued that reporters Brian Ross and Matthew Mosk made “significant contributions” without which CPI would not have won the Pulitzer. He added that while the prizes are only awarded to print organizations, he hoped the Pulitzer committee would recognize Ross and Mosk. Mediaite In the letter, Sherwood said Buzenberg “omitted the names of ABC News reporters and sought to parse and diminish their contributions, even though their bylines appropriately appear on four of the eight articles submitted by the Center to the committee.” Poynter In response, Buzenberg provided a point-by-point rebuttal saying CPI reporter Chris Hamby was the engine behind the story for months before ABC entered the investigation and in long stretches when ABC was working on other things. Politico / Dylan Byers on Media CPI and ABC News have shared recognition for the black lung benefits story in the past. In March, the Harvard Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting was awarded to Chris Hamby, Ronnie Greene, Jim Morris and Chris Zubak-Skees of CPI and Matthew Mosk, Brian Ross and Rhonda Schwartz of ABC News. Next month, the White House Correspondents’ Association will honor “The Center for Public Integrity, in partnership with ABC News.” On Wednesday, they received an award from the Society of Professional Journalists. Television news organizations are excluded from the Pulitzer Prizes, which honor newspaper and digital reporting.

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Hollywood Reporter Lists 35 ‘Most Powerful People in New York Media’

It’s list time! The Hollywood Reporter’s annual “most powerful people in New York media” list is out, and it features some staples (Roger Ailes) and some newcomers (Nick Denton). The list, now in its fourth year, honors “The men and women who shape the media message and interpret the sweep of the culture,” according to THR.

People love lists like this. It doesn’t really mean anything, yet everyone will be sure to humblebrag about being included. Media people love patting themselves on the back, and THR is giving them an open invitation to do so.

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Gawker Offers VICE a Sincere Mock Apology

GawkerThis is pretty funny. Responding to a weekend interview in The Guardian that relayed some harsh words from VICE co-founder Shane Smith for Nick Denton and co. (“Gawker is a bunch of bitches…”), Hamilton Nolan has posted the following:

CORRECTION TO ALL PREVIOUSLY PUBLISHED STORIES:
VICE does not do branded content — rather, it does content sponsored by brands. VICE may also wear some North Face shit, sometimes. We regret any perceived insinuation that VICE is not as cool as VICE would lead you to believe.

In the Guardian interview, Smith said that rather than branded content, VICE sticks to “content sponsored by brands.” In other words, he maintains that the site preserves the integrity of faraway hangs with natives, even when the content appears on the surface to be edging into native advertising territory.

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VICE News Big Board Tracks ‘About 50 Crews’

At one point during Shane Smith‘s video tour of the brand new VICE News headquarters, the overhead lights go out as an electrician works on completing some finishing touches. However, everything else is already cranked to full wattage.

Smith reels off a list of the bureaus that have opened or are in the process of being added, including one in Kabul. He also highlights a wall-display designed to track VICE News crews. By his count, “about 50″ were roaming the globe at the time of taping.

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Wired Puts Jonah Peretti on the Cover

WiredFeb2014CoverIs there, at this point, anything left to learn about BuzzFeed founder Jonah Peretti and the inner workings of his Wonka-esque viral factory? Let’s take a look.

For the February Wired UK cover story, editor David Rowan notes that the conference rooms at BuzzFeed’s new offices at 200 Fifth Avenue are all named in honor of ragingly successful Internet memes like “Princess Monster Truck” and “Grumpy Cat.” There is also mention of The Golden Rules of Shareability, the gobstopper document given to every new BuzzFeed employee.

But the meat of the Wired article is about how BuzzFeed’s evolution has led it to a place where it’s no longer just a matter of the total number of article page-views. If for example a longer-form item is reaching the right niche of readers, it can be deemed a SlamDunk:

“Ben [Smith] drilled into me that if you’re doing something that will get only 50,000 views, that’s fine – as long as our piece is optimized to get all 50,000 who should see it,” says Shani Hilton, deputy executive editor, previously at NBC in Washington, and whose beat now includes tech, LGBT, fashion and sport.

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‘Media Person of The Year’ Finalists Unveiled

It’s almost the end of the year, and you know what that means: Lots of “best of/worst of” lists and many, many awards. One honor that typically grabs the attention of the media centric is I Want Media’s annual Media Person of The Year contest, which celebrates “2013′s most memorable figure — for good or ill — in the media industry.”

I Want Media has just opened up voting, so get to it. The polls will close Sunday, December 8, and the winner will be announced the next day. After you’re done logging your thoughts for I Want Media, we suggest you start considering who should win FishbowlNY’s Best Award Award. Voting for that is always close.

Below are the finalists for Media Person of The Year.

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AskMen Makes Room for the ‘Almost-Influencers’

Top49MenLogoOnce upon a time, AskMen decided to put together the annual list “Top 99 Most Desirable Women.” The success of that compilation spawned, in 2006, the spin-off “Top 49 Most Influential Men” and this week it’s time to peruse the 2013 edition.

To AskMen’s credit, they didn’t stop at encompassing the likes of Robin Thicke (#7), Pope Francis (#25) and Shane Smith (#46). They also share the names of some of the dudes who *almost* made the list:

Rapper Kendrick Lamar not only burned bridges, he set fire to the two connecting towns, using lyrics as lighter fluid. The Compton, CA lyricist played arsonist on Big Sean’s song “Control” by crowning himself the king of rap and throwing shade on past and present collaborators like Drake, A$AP Rocky and even Big Sean himself.

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