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Posts Tagged ‘Steve Hannah’

The Onion Apologizes for Quvenzhané Wallis Tweet

As predicted by yours truly last night, The Onion’s tweet about Quvenzhané Wallis still has the Internet in full wrath mode. Not only was the offending tweet removed, this morning Onion CEO Steve Hannah issued a rare apology on the paper’s Facebook page.

“On behalf of The Onion, I offer my personal apology to Quvenzhané Wallis and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for the tweet that was circulated last night during the Oscars. It was crude and offensive—not to mention inconsistent with The Onion’s commitment to parody and satire, however biting.

“No person should be subjected to such a senseless, humorless comment masquerading as satire.”

That Wallis is 9 and utterly adorable is obviously what has everyone so worked up. It’s also why the joke is so funny. It probably wouldn’t fly on TV, with its mass mainstream audience. But it’s an appropriately crude, tongue-in-cheek joke for a disposable, largely-adult, medium like Twitter.

Hannah’s letter in full after the jump:

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The Onion Writers Forget They’re Writers, Turn Down Jobs

The Onion, as we noted back in September, is moving its operations out of our great city and centralizing everything in Chicago. When staffers heard about the move from CEO Steve Hannah, many were angered by the situation. Now that the move is beginning, the numbers are showing that many were very upset: The Atlantic Wire is reporting that only five of the 16 staffers have agreed to move and thus keep their jobs.

Hannah thinks he did everything possible to make the move enticing:

While Hannah acknowledged ‘I could have been far more delicate about delivering the news,’ he said he’s tried to do right by the editorial team. ‘I regret the way that first meeting went but I certainly don’t apologize for making extremely generous offers for everyone. Every single New York writer was offered a raise and a relocation package.’

Look, we know it’s not easy to move from New York to Chicago. This is New York, and well, everywhere else is everywhere else. And leaving behind friends and real pizza for strangers and slop that vaguely resembles pizza is difficult. But writers turning down jobs, raises and relocation packages seems crazy. Hope it all works out for them.

Adding Layers: The Onion Announces New Media Partnerships

The Onion — everyone’s favorite source for satirical news stories to IM and tweet to you seventeen times daily — has announced four new business partnerships this week with the Austin American-Statesman, St. Paul Pioneer Press, Wisconsin State Journal and The Denver Post. Under the terms of each individual deal, The Onion maintains the rights and responsibility for all creative content, while the four partnering media companies will each assume business management responsibilities.

The goal for these partnerships is the creation of new content and to eventually allow The Onion to further branch out into television and new online initiatives in addition to print.

Explains The Onion’s president and CEO, Steve Hannah:

These new business partnerships are win-win situations. We get to concentrate on doing what we do best: creating award-winning comedy and pop culture content for a young, educated, conspicuously consuming audience nationally and internationally.

Meanwhile, our partners get to add an iconic brand to their media portfolio and reach the most coveted demographic in advertising.

The company’s Onion News Network is already at work producing two TV shows: Onion Sports Network for Comedy Central and Onion News Network for the Independent Film Channel .

Fake News Of The Week

ONN2.jpgIts been a big week in fake news. First, there were rumors that The Onion was planning cut its print edition, which were quickly refuted, although the satiric pub did eventually admit that they were shutting down print operations in San Francisco and Los Angeles.

That blow to the fake news industry was counteracted by NBC’s announcement that it was planning to place half-hour “Weekend Update” shows on its fall schedule, a trick they pulled off last year by positioning it as extra election coverage. The show will be anchored by “Saturday Night Live” head writer Seth Meyers and will fill out the network’s Thursday night line-up, NBC said.

In further celebration of fake news, AdAge.com has a Q&A with Onion president and CEO Steve Hannah, who reveals that the paper’s digital side is now bringing in more than half of the company’s revenue.

“Digital is becoming a bigger chunk of our revenue than print,” Hannah said. “Print is still very strong for us. Digital, it’s not much more than half, but it’s more than half.”

Hannah also said he is looking to move the popular Onion News Network to television. With the success of fake news on TV, its possible we could see an ONN on prime time up against “Weekend Update” some time soon.