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Ian Bremmer Joins Time

Ian Bremmer GIan Bremmer is joining Time as a foreign affairs columnist and editor-at-large. Bremmer is the president and founder of Eurasia Group, a political risk research and consulting firm. He is also a Global Research Professor at NYU.

Bremmer is also a published author, and is regularly sought out for his views on political issues by a variety of publications.

Bremmer’s first piece for Time in online now. It will appear in Time’s December 29 issue, which hits newsstands Monday. He will write two weekly columns, one online and one in print. His focus will be the global economy, geopolitics and finance.

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Morning Media Newsfeed: Sony Pulls The Interview | 21st Century Fox Acquires TrueX

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9/11 Threats From Sony Hackers Cause Company to Drop The Interview (FishbowlNY)
In light of the recent threats of violence from those responsible for the ongoing cyber attacks against Sony Pictures (aka the “Guardians of Peace”), the company has decided to pull the plug on Seth Rogen and James Franco‘s latest movie, The Interview. The film was scheduled to premiere nationwide on Christmas day. PRNewser Tuesday, the hackers’ threats turned to violence, invoking 9/11 and implying that someone would attack theaters screening The Interview. The movie’s planned New York premiere was subsequently cancelled. Rogen and Franco also cancelled all further press dates. Time American officials have determined the government of North Korea is connected to the hack, a U.S. official confirmed Wednesday. Much remains unclear about the nature of North Korea’s involvement. The country, while lauding the hack against Sony, has denied being behind it. There were conflicting reports Wednesday evening, and officials are expected to unveil their findings Thursday. THR Sony decided to pull The Interview from all theaters Wednesday in response to the decision by the country’s major chains not to show the film. The country’s top five theater chains — Regal Entertainment, AMC Entertainment, Cinemark, Carmike Cinemas and Cineplex Entertainment — chose to pull The Interview from their theaters Wednesday. Variety Sony is weighing releasing the film on premium video-on-demand, according to an insider. That would allow the studio to recoup some of the film’s $42 million budget and tens of millions in promotion and advertising expenditures. It would also enable the studio to experiment with the potential of VOD, something it has been hesitant to do at the risk of angering major exhibitors. TheWrap Wednesday, New Regency pulled the plug on its Steve Carell movie Pyongyang, which Gore Verbinski had been prepping for a March start date. Based on the graphic novel by Guy Delisle, Pyongyang is a paranoid thriller about a Westerner’s experiences working in North Korea for a year.

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People and Time Reduce Rate Bases

Time_magazine_logoPeople and Time are trimming their rate bases. According to Ad Age, People will reduce its circulation guarentee by 50,000 copies per issue and Time will cut its guarantee by 250,000 copies per issue. Beginning in January, People’s new rate base will be 3.4 million; Time’s 3.4  million.

The change is odd, as typically, the higher a magazine’s rate base the more it can charge advertisers for ads. A Time spokesperson told Ad Age that the magazine cut its circulation guarantee out of a ”desire to optimize… marketing spend and cut less profitable circulation.”

In other words, this might have something to do with MediaVest — a huge media buying agency — who announced it will no longer count tablet subscriptions when considering magazines’ rate bases. By doing so, magazines might not be able to charge as much for ads.

The Time spokesperson, of course, denied MediaVest’s move had anything to do with it. “It felt like it was time to make a cut” said the person.

Time’s Person of The Year: ‘The Ebola Fighters’

Time has selected “The Ebola Fighters” as 2014′s Person of The Year. You will not read about this announcement anywhere else but here.

Nancy Gibbs, Time’s managing editor, made the announcement this morning on Today. ”These men and women did the hard and dangerous work in treating patients and protecting the rest of us,” Gibbs explained. In doing so, they displayed ”an exceptionally great amount of courage and kindness and bravery.”

The Ebola Fighters were chosen over a solid group of candidates that included the Ferguson protesters, president of the Kurdistan Regional Government in Iraq Massoud BarzaniTim Cook, Alibaba founder Jack Ma and Roger Goodell.

Morning Media Newsfeed: Winkler Out at Bloomberg | Ebola Fighters Are Time PoTY

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Matt Winkler Steps Down at Bloomberg News (FishbowlNY)
More changes at Bloomberg News, this time involving veteran editor-in-chief Matt Winkler, who is stepping down. Winkler has been editor of Bloomberg News for the past 24 years. Capital New York John Micklethwait, editor-in-chief of The Economist, will succeed Winkler, who co-founded the news service with Michael Bloomberg back in 1990. Micklethwait has edited The Economist since 2006. He will leave the company at the end of January. Politico / Dylan Byers on Media The Economist is now searching for a replacement for Micklethwait, who joined the mag in 1987, a process that will very likely take several weeks. NYT On Tuesday, Bloomberg News named Winkler an editor-in-chief emeritus. One executive at Bloomberg, who was not authorized to speak publicly, said the change was a year in the making, but had accelerated since Bloomberg’s return to the company in September. Another Bloomberg executive said it was very much a joint decision based on the need for a cultural change in the news division, and that Bloomberg and Winkler remained close. HuffPost As editor-in-chief emeritus, Winkler will work with Bloomberg “on strategic initiatives, conducting high-profile interviews of global newsmakers and bringing his insights and expertise to the most important and market-moving stories.” Micklethwait will oversee editorial “across all Bloomberg platforms, including its news, newsletters, magazines, opinion, television, radio and digital properties,” according to a release. Bloomberg Media Group CEO Justin Smith, who is overseeing new consumer-facing sites for the company, like Bloomberg Politics, will continue reporting to Michael Bloomberg.

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Time Announces Person of The Year Finalists

The finalists for Time’s 2014 Person of The Year have been announced. Each person or group of people made the final cut because of their impact on the news.

The final eight includes Iraqi president Massoud BarzaniTim Cook, Alibaba founder Jack Ma, Roger Goodell, Ebola doctors/nurses, Ferguson protesters, Vladimir Putin and Taylor Swift.

The winner will be named Wednesday. We’re hoping Swift wins just to watch everyone explode with hate and then produce a slew of “In defense of Taylor Swift as Time’s Person of The Year” articles.

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Voting Opens for Time’s Person of The Year

It’s that time of the year again. You can now vote on Time’s Person of The Year poll, which includes people such as Hillary Clinton, Ted Cruz, John Oliver, Jennifer Lawrence, Ebola doctors and nurses, and Elizabeth Warren.

This isn’t the real Person of The Year, Time’s editors choose that, but still it can be fun to make your voice heard for the reader’s choice. No, there isn’t a space to write-in your college roommate who owned a “rad” python.

Voting for the reader’s choice ends December 6, and the winner will be announced December 8.

Time’s official Person of the Year will be announced December 10.

Time Apologizes for Suggesting ‘Feminist’ Should be Banned

When Time asked readers to vote on words and/or phrases that should be banned in 2015, we immediately wondered why “feminist” was included. Feminism is a good thing, last time we checked. Making matters worse, “feminist” was leading in Time’s poll. The magazine has now admitted that maybe it wasn’t such a good idea to include the word.

Nancy Gibbs, editor of Time, posted the following apology on Time’s voting page:

Time apologizes for the execution of this poll; the word ‘feminist’ should not have been included in a list of words to ban. While we meant to invite debate about some ways the word was used this year, that nuance was lost, and we regret that its inclusion has become a distraction from the important debate over equality and justice.

The winner — or loser, rather — of Time’s banned word poll will be announced November 19. If it’s not “bae” we call bullshit.

It’s Taylor Swift Closeup Week

Apparently the creative departments of Time and Businessweek are big fans of Taylor Swift; specifically her face.

We like these two covers lined up like this. It gives the impression that Swift is a storm growing in power, ready to overtake us all with her mediocre pop music and carefully crafted yet still hollow personality.

Tell Time to Ban ‘Bae’

Time wants to know which awful word and/or phrase should be banned for 2015. As of now, “Feminist” is leading the way, with 46 percent of the vote. We assume this is because only rich males have voted so far. Otherwise, what the hell is wrong with people?

Here are the choices:

bae
basic
bossy
disrupt
feminist
I can’t even
influencer

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