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Al Jazeera America Countersuing Al Gore (TVNewser)
It looks like Al Jazeera America isn’t taking the lawsuit levied by former Vice President Al Gore lying down. The company countersued Gore and Joel Hyatt Friday. The Associated Press The parties are fighting over money that is being held in escrow. The former vice president and Hyatt, the founder of Hyatt Legal Services, sued the network last month saying that it was improperly withholding tens of millions of dollars placed in escrow when Al Jazeera bought Current TV for $500 million. THR / Hollywood, Esq. According to Gore and Hyatt, Al Jazeera squandered those favorable distribution rights by making an “ill-advised, one-sided” agreement with Time Warner Cable, which set off “most favored nation” obligations to other distributors. According to Al Jazeera, it’s Gore and Hyatt who shoulder the blame — and responsibility — for what later happened by failing to get TWC on board in the first place. New York Post Friday’s countersuit insists that AJA, as Current TV’s buyer, did not “make phony claims” but had a “contractual right to be indemnified.” “Al Jazeera America rightfully seeks compensation from an escrow fund that was established solely and specifically to protect Al Jazeera against any harm resulting from these inaccurate representations,” the countersuit claimed. In the countersuit, Al Jazeera stated it made five claims on the escrow money, relating mostly to disagreements it had with distributors following the sale. Variety The purchase price was reportedly $500 million, and, although that figure also was redacted from Al Jazeera’s filing, the company noted that Gore is “reported to have made between $70 and $100 million from the sale.” Gore and Hyatt contend that they initially harbored “serious reservations” about selling the network to Al Jazeera, but decided to entertain the idea of such a sale after performing due diligence and consulting with former senior U.S. government officials.

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Naomi Zeichner Named Editor-in-Chief of The Fader

Six months after losing Matthew Schnipper to The Verge, The Fader has its new editor-in-chief. Naomi Zeichner, who previously worked with The Fader as an associate editor and senior editor, is coming back to take the lead. Zeichner most recently served as BuzzFeed’s music editor.

“Naomi is an incredible talent. Her creativity, taste and insider knowledge of the industry defines what The Fader stands for,” said Andy Cohn, The Fader’s president and publisher, said in a statement. “She’s re-joining an immensely talented group of editors, writers, designers and photographers, and we couldn’t be happier to have her back as we head into an exciting time for The Fader, with some major announcements to come.”

“I enjoyed and learned a lot from my time at BuzzFeed, but I’m returning to The Fader because I’m as passionate about being a part of music culture as I am about being a part of media,” added Zeichner.

The Fader Promotes One, Adds Two

The Fader has promoted one staffer and added two more people to its team. Below are the details.

  • Graham Heth has been promoted from advertising director to associate publisher. Heth has been with The Fader since 2005. He had served as advertising director for the past year.
  • Melissa Rivera Sosa has been named advertising operations manager. Rivera Sosa comes to the magazine from The Nielsen Company, where she most recently served as format administrator.
  • Alison Warren is joining The Fader as account manager. Warren most recently served as account executive for amNewYork/Newsday Media Group.

Jessica Robertson Named Exec Editor of The Fader

Jessica Robertson has been named the new executive editor of The Fader. Robertson was most recently with director of content for MTV’s MTV Hive. Prior to her time at MTV, Robertson was a senior editor for AOL’s Spinner and an assistant editor for Rollingstone.com.

In other Fader news, Eavvon O’’Neal is joining the magazine as senior video producer, and Steven Aguiar as social media manager.

O’Neal was a former producer for PitchforkTV and ”Aguiar was most recently with MTV Hive as well.

The Fader, Style.com Add to Teams

A couple morning moves to note, regarding The Fader and Style.com. Below are the details.

  • Malcolm Campbell has been named The Fader’s VP of business development, a new role at the magazine. Campbell comes to The Fader from amNewYork, where he served as senior advertising director. Prior to that he served as publisher of Spin for five years.
  • Style.com has added Amber Kallor as senior beauty editor. Kallor most recently served as beauty editor of Shape. She will report to Style.com’s executive editor, Nicole Phelps.

The FADER Wants Writers to Hip Them to Something New

Launched by music enthusiasts in 1999, The FADER prides itself on giving equal coverage to different genres and has a knack for uncovering up-and-coming artists before they hit the mainstream. And though the editors there tend to favor freelancers who they’ve worked with before, you can get a foot in the door in some of the more freelancer-friendly sections – especially if your pitch has the right hook.

The mag has a determination to highlight breaking artists, emerging trends and seasoned musicians before lightning-quick websites can get their mitts on those stories — an impressive feat considering The FADER‘s writers only do in-person, on-site reporting for features. Artists who got their first mag covers with The FADER include Kanye West, MIA, The Strokes, Drake, Bon Iver, Frank Ocean and more. The magazine also holds the distinction of being the first publication to be distributed as a PDF through iTunes.

For more, read How To Pitch: The FADER.

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Bring the LA Music Scene to The FADER

The FADER prides itself on being first on the scene when it comes to up-and-coming artists and music trends. Among the musicians who got their first mag covers at The FADER include Kanye West, MIA, The Strokes, Drake, Bon Iver, Frank Ocean and more. The magazine also holds the distinction of being the first publication to be distributed as a PDF through iTunes.

“We’re always interested in hearing more ideas from outside of our immediate field of vision. If you live outside of New York City and something unusual is happening local to you, that is what’s exciting,” said editor-in-chief Matthew Schnipper. “We’re interested in what we wouldn’t know about otherwise.”

For more, read How To Pitch: The FADER.

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The Fader‘s Andy Cohn: ‘Great content first, figure out where it goes second’

With a bimonthly print publication, podcasts and a robust website and online store, The Fader has succeeded as a brand by allowing each of its outlets to have its own style, says Andy Cohn, president and publisher of Fader Media.

“We saw a lot of other music publications trying to become websites and just becoming very busy and very formulaic,” Cohn told Mediabistro for its latest So What Do You Do? interview. “For us, we let our website be the website and let the magazine play to its own strengths, both from a visual — design, photography — and medium- to longer-form journalism standpoint. The approach that we’ve always taken is great content first, and then figure out how and where it goes second. And we’ve always been willing to let our readership play a role in that, because we’re not going to ever be married to one medium.”

For more, read So What Do You Do, Andy Cohn, President and Publisher of The Fader?

Nicholas Braun

The Fader‘s Andy Cohn: ‘Great content first, figure out where it goes second’

With a bimonthly print publication, podcasts and a robust website and online store, The Fader has succeeded as a brand by allowing each of its outlets to have its own style, says Andy Cohn, president and publisher of Fader Media.

“We saw a lot of other music publications trying to become websites and just becoming very busy and very formulaic,” Cohn told Mediabistro for its latest So What Do You Do? interview. “For us, we let our website be the website and let the magazine play to its own strengths, both from a visual — design, photography — and medium- to longer-form journalism standpoint. The approach that we’ve always taken is great content first, and then figure out how and where it goes second. And we’ve always been willing to let our readership play a role in that, because we’re not going to ever be married to one medium.”

For more, read So What Do You Do, Andy Cohn, President and Publisher of The Fader?

Nicholas Braun

Andy Cohn Promoted at The Fader

Andy Cohn has been promoted from Executive Vice President and Group Publisher to President and Group Publisher at The Fader, Inc., the company behind The Fader magazine. Cohn has been with Fader since 2003, when he joined the team as Associate Publisher.

Rob Stone, Co-Founder of The Fader, said the promotion was a direct result of Cohn’s hard work.

“In his time with The Fader, Andy has grown the brand into an incredible multi-platform resource for the audience and the brand advertisers, while still maintaining the editorial integrity the print edition was founded upon,” said Stone. “This promotion is reflective of our accelerated increase in reach and Cohn’s smart integration of emerging technologies, and a seamless use of our social media extensions.”

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