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Tina Brown: Newsweek/The Daily Beast Will Be Profitable in Three Years

Tina Brown is completely fine with the direction of Newsweek/The Daily Beast, no matter what Ad Age says. Or she’s at least acting like she’s completely fine with things. Last night at the Deadline Club Awards she told Keith Kelly that all is well at Newsweek/Daily Beast. As The Cutline reports:

The Daily Beast, Brown reminded her questioner, was conceived in 2008 on a five-year business plan, “on which we are very, very handsomely along the way.’ Newsweek, meanwhile, ‘is an iconic global brand,’ one that landed 40 new ad campaigns in 40 days earlier this year, she said, ‘so we have absolute confidence, given this new world we’re in, given the energy of the Daily Beast digital brand, that we can reactivate Newsweek.

Brown then added that the company will be profitable “in the next two to three years.”

Everyone get that? Mark May 16th, 2014 in your calendar as the final day Brown has to make good on her statement. Given how much scrutiny she’s under, FishbowlNY is sure she’s already marked the 15th as the last opportunity to leave it all behind by fleeing to Mexico. Of course, once she’s there you just know she’d start up another magazine eerily titled Noticias de la Semana.

The Daily Beast: Facebook Hired PR Firm to Smear Google

The Daily Beast is reporting that Facebook hired Burson-Marsteller, a public relations firm, to secretly spread bad press about Google. The plan backfired when Burson attempted to get a blogger to post anti-Google stories, but instead of cooperating, the blogger posted the emails from Burson.

As evidence mounted that someone was trying to get people to write articles about Google invading users’ privacy, The Daily Beast went to Facebook, and they couldn’t deny the obvious:

Confronted with evidence, a Facebook spokesman last night confirmed that Facebook hired Burson, citing two reasons: First, because it believes Google is doing some things in social networking that raise privacy concerns; second, and perhaps more important, because Facebook resents Google’s attempts to use Facebook data in its own social-networking service.

There are a number of good ways to go about attacking a competitor, secretly hiring a PR firm to spread stories isn’t one of them. This is one of those blunders that takes years to overcome, and in the end, all Facebook did was make Google look better. It’s about to be a very, very, long day for Mark Zuckerberg.

Daniel Blackman Named Chief Digital Officer at Daily Beast/Newsweek

Daniel Blackman has been named the new Chief Digital Officer for The Daily Beast/Newsweek, according to All Things D. Blackman apparently sent out a mass email this morning announcing the news.

Blackman is the Co-Founder of the video website Howcast, which uses creative techniques to explain anything from how to write a resume to how to survive a bear attack.

Prior to Howcast, Blackman worked at Google for its YouTube and Google Video teams.

The Atlantic Does Well Without Andrew Sullivan

When Andrew Sullivan left The Atlantic for The Daily Beast/Newsweek in late February, it was worth wondering just how much it would negatively impact The Atlantic. Sullivan’s writing was a major draw for The Atlantic’s website, but as Forbes notes, he hasn’t been missed that much:

In April — the first full month sans Sullivan — the site had its second-best month yet, traffic wise, says Bob Cohn, editorial director of Atlantic Digital. According to internal data, it drew 5.1 million uniques, more than 25 percent above its 2010 average of 3.9 million.

While that’s good for The Atlantic, we would bet that whatever traffic Sullivan is bringing The Daily Beast has been good for it as well. Essentially, everyone is a winner. And with that, we’ve reached our weekly quota for annoyingly positive thoughts. You’re welcome.

Jane Harman to Join Newsweek Daily Beast Board

When Sidney Harman died, the rumor was that his 29-year-old son Daniel would take his place on the company’s board. It turns out that wasn’t true, as the company announced late yesterday that Jane Harman, a former Democratic Congresswoman, will be taking over Sidney’s position effective immediately.

According to The Wall Street Journal, Mr. Harman originally stated that his wife wouldn’t have any part in the company because of a potential conflict of interest, but when she resigned those concerns decreased.

Ms. Harman said in a statement:

The Harman family fully endorsed Sidney’s vision to save and restore Newsweek, and to merge it with The Daily Beast. We are so pleased with the progress to date. As a Director, I will work to support the best of journalism – in print, digital, and mobile. Our family will remain actively engaged and totally committed to the success of this enterprise.

As far as the conflict of interest concerns with Ms. Harman, FishbowlNY really doesn’t see any. Sure, she’s a Democrat, but Newsweek and The Daily Beast have always leaned a little to the left. And it’s not like anyone reads Newsweek anyway. Oh! Thank you, thank you very much, we’ll be here all night folks. Well, not all night, probably until about six or so.

Sidney Harman’s Posthumous Final Essay for Newsweek

Last week Sidney Harman, owner of Newsweek, died at 92 from acute myeloid leukemia. Several weeks before his death, Harman penned an essay “Hey, Cancer: Go Stand in the Corner,” where he affirmed his faith in fighting the disease, and demonstrated his undiminished spirit.

I have told the dragon to go stand in the damn corner. I have important stuff to do.

While I accept the “gentle” chemo they prescribe, I will be preparing my lectures at the University of Southern California or studying NEWSWEEK’s latest operating results—or reading, or listening to music, or mentally practicing my imagined elegant golf swing.

Harman also wrote that Newsweek had given him a “great new life,” and described his complete faith in both Newsweek and The Daily Beast’s future:

[Newsweek] will participate actively in the renewal and reinvention of media. It may well lead the revolution… I am convinced that I make significant business and intellectual contributions, but I know that the enterprise will move forward, if necessary, without me.

Andrew Sullivan Leaves The Atlantic for The Daily Beast/Newsweek

Andrew Sullivan is leaving his post – or actually just moving it – from The Atlantic to The Daily Beast and Newsweek. He posted on The Daily Dish last night that the column will be moving in April to The Daily Beast, and that he’d be contributing columns for Newsweek as well. Sullivan says in his post that he’s going to dearly miss The Atlantic, but the allure of The Daily Beast and Newsweek was just too strong:

The chance to be part of a whole new experiment in online and print journalism, in the Daily Beast and Newsweek adventure, is just too fascinating and exciting a challenge to pass up. And to work with media legends, Barry Diller and Tina Brown, and with the extraordinary businessmen Sidney Harman and Stephen Colvin, is the opportunity of a lifetime.

Brown recently implemented some cosmetic changes with Newsweek, and the talent she continues to add is impressive. FishbowlNY is excited about the direction she’s taking the venture, because the more time goes by, the more it’s looking to be the right path.

The Newsweek/Daily Beast Merger Is Finally Official

It has been nearly three full months since Newsweek and The Daily Beast verified all the rumors and agreed to merge — today their deal has finally been signed, sealed, and delivered.  Although some speculated that the new media conglomerate would simply be coined “Newsbeast,” the company went with a more conservative title and will be known as The Newsweek/Daily Beast Company LLC.  As expected, Tina Brown will serve as the title’s editor-in-chief, while IAC chairman Barry Diller and Newsweek owner Sidney Harman are both directors.  Harman has also been named executive chairman of the new entity.  Former Daily Beast president Stephen Colvin will act as The Newsweek/Daily Beast’s CEO.

Harman is glad to have all the paperwork completed and ready to get the show on the road.

This is an exciting undertaking.  We are convinced that the combination of Newsweek and The Daily Beast will extend the frontiers of read and heard news opinion.  Making the complex weekly news both comprehensive and comprehensible will be our mission.

Tina Brown Adds Peter Boyer and Wayne Barrett

Sidney Deane, the hustler charachter from White Men Can’t Jump, once said,  “I don’t mean to brag, but I’m the greatest!” After today, FishbowlNY imagines Tina Brown might want to add that quote to her repertoire as well.

The Newsweek/Daily Beast venture she’s in charge of keeps adding elite talent, showing that Brown knows how to put together a winning squad. The latest additions include Peter Boyer from The New Yorker and Wayne Barrett, most recently from The Village Voice.

According to Jeremy Peters at Media Decoder, Boyer will be a correspondent for news and politics, and Barrett will do what he does best – investigative reporting.

Once the Newsweek/Daily Beast entity gets launched we fully expect Brown to send out an email to competitors with the subject, “It’s hard work makin’ you look this bad.”

Newsweek Names Chelstowski as Publisher

Ray Chelstowski, formerly with Rolling Stone and Entertainment Weekly, has been named Publisher at Newsweek. According to Jeremy Peters at Media Decoder, one of Chelstowski’s first steps will be unifying the sales teams at The Daily Beast and Newsweek, which he insists won’t lead to more chaos:

Right now there are two separate sales staffs, two separate operations. I think the best way to go to market is in an integrated capacity.

Chelstowski told Peters he was optimistic that he and Tina Brown could turn around Newsweek, but then, perhaps realizing that looking on the bright side of things isn’t very in vogue these days, added, “I don’t think that any kind of media proposition is easy today.”

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