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Morning Media Newsfeed: 550 Buyouts, Layoffs at Turner | Amazon Acquires Twitch

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550 Buyouts, Layoffs Imminent at Turner; HLN, CNN Among Cuts (The Wrap)
Some 550 buyouts are to be offered at Time Warner’s Turner network this week, including a large number of those at CNN and HLN, which will lead to layoffs if they are not taken voluntarily, according to an individual with knowledge of the network’s plans. TVNewser CNN chief Jeff Zucker will certainly want to protect CNN’s investment in original series and documentaries; the type of programming he’s gone all in on since taking the reins last year. Which departments and programming are affected by cuts remains to be seen. Variety Word of the staff cuts comes at a time when key Turner nets are at a crossroads. Turner’s entertainment networks are poised for a management overhaul following the departure in April of Steve Koonin as entertainment group chief. Meanwhile, CNN sibling HLN has been rumored to be in for a major makeover, possibly in a partnership deal between Time Warner and Vice Media. B&C The buyouts are part of the Time Warner unit’s efforts to cut costs as part of new CEO John Martin’s Turner 2020 plan aimed at cutting costs and aligning spending with company priorities. Turner officials had no comment, but sources said that the voluntary layoffs will be offered throughout Turner, including its news networks CNN and HLN, as well as its entertainment networks, including TNT and TBS. The company is not aiming at a specific headcount but rather is seeking to hit an expense number that includes personnel and other costs. THR The plan at Turner, which employs about 14,000 people worldwide, involves a formula that will allow workers at least age 55 and with a certain number of years seniority to take a buyout somewhat more generous than the usual two weeks of pay for every one year of service, according to a person familiar with the situation.

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Nathan Lump Named Editor of Travel + Leisure

Nathan Lump is rejoining Travel + Leisure as its new editor. Lump previously worked for the magazine from 2000 to 2006. He most recently served as director of branded content at Condé Nast.

“We couldn’t be more excited to welcome Nathan to lead the undisputed authority in travel journalism,” said Evelyn Webster, Time Inc.’s executive VP, in a statement. “Nathan’s deep digital knowledge and vast editorial expertise make him the ideal choice to further Travel + Leisure’s stature as a powerful multi-platform brand serving customers in print, digital, mobile, video, and events.

Lump begins September 8 and will report to Webster.

Travel + Leisure Editor Nancy Novogrod to Retire

Nancy Novogrod, editor of Travel + Leisure for the past 21 years, is retiring. She is leaving Time Inc. to write a book and (of course) travel.

“With enormous talent, unbridled passion and relentless energy, Nancy has done a brilliant job elevating the leading travel magazine into the most influential multiplatform travel brand,” wrote Time Inc.’s executive VP Evelyn Webster and chief content officer Norman Pearlstine, in a note. “Under her extraordinary leadership, T+L has become the undisputed trendsetter in the travel industry.”

Novogrod will work with Time Inc’s execs to find a successor.

You can read the full memo from Webster and Pearlstine below.

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Morning Media Newsfeed: O’Donnell’s Return Official | Emmy Noms Favor CNN, Social TV

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Rosie O’Donnell Officially Returning to The View (TVNewser)
Rosie O’Donnell is returning to The View as a co-host in the fall, ABC confirmed via Twitter Thursday. Variety O’Donnell will join moderator Whoopi Goldberg. ABC execs are in the midst of a extensive search for new producers to take the reins of The View as the show prepares to replace panelists Sherri Shepherd and Jenny McCarthy, who recently exited the daytime program. THR / The Live Feed O’Donnell, who was a panelist on The View for the 2007-2008 season, left after just one year. O’Donnell had a notably stormy tenure on the show, often fighting with conservative panelist Elisabeth Hasselbeck, who suggested on Fox News on Wednesday that O’Donnell had been plotting her return to the show for “a very, very long time.” HuffPost TMZ reported Tuesday that the former co-host would be returning, claiming that O’Donnell had been in “active talks” with the show. This will be ABC’s first move to put back the pieces after the major overhaul that left Whoopi Goldberg as the show’s only remaining co-host. In June, Shepherd and McCarthy announced that they would be leaving, and ABC implied in a statement that their departures were not voluntary. Barbara Walters, the show’s creator, retired in May and Joy Behar and Hasselbeck both exited the show in 2013. NYT O’Donnell’s name immediately arose as most likely to be the first-named replacement. Her outspoken and often politically oriented commentary helped spark a surge in the show’s ratings. A committed liberal with strong views on numerous topics, she also got into some widely publicized feuds, with Donald Trump and others.

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Travel + Leisure Names VP, Associate Publisher

Travel-Leisure-Logo1Matthew Carroll has been named vice president and associate publisher of Travel + Leisure. Carroll comes to the magazine from Modern Luxury, where he served as senior VP and group publisher. He had been with the company since 2011. Prior to his time with Modern Luxury, Carroll served as Gilt City’s senior director, head of West Coast sales.

“I’m thrilled to welcome Matthew to the Travel + Leisure team,” said Jay Meyer, T+L’s VP and publisher, in a statement. “With his proven track record, experience, and innovative thinking, he’ll be a great asset to the T+L brand as we stay focused on continued growth across all T+L media channels in 2014.”

Carroll’s appointment is effective immediately.

Time Inc. Buys American Express Publishing

Joe Ripp, Time Inc.’s new CEO, has made his first big move: Purchasing American Express Publishing and its five titles. As part of the deal, AmEx Publishing — the company behind DeparturesTravel + Leisure, Food & Wine, Executive Travel and Black Ink — will become a subsidiary of Time Inc.

As with any large buy, the Time Inc. acquisition was accompanied by a variety of statements that all sound the same. “American Express Publishing is home to the most desirable brands in the luxury space and we’re delighted they will become part of Time Inc.,” said Ripp. Ed Kelly, president and CEO of AmEx Publishing, added “This sale is a formula for success that will allow us to further develop our extraordinary brands, services and traditions.”

The deal is expected to be completed by the end of this year. Financial details weren’t disclosed. But feel free to guess.

Travel + Leisure Appoints Cruise Editor

Travel + Leisure has appointed  Jane Wooldridge as cruise editor. Wooldridge will remain business editor and will also continue to oversee the visual arts coverage at The Miami Herald while regularly reporting on the cruise industry for T+L, effective immediately.

Nancy Novogrod, T+L editor-in-chief said, “Jane brings to T+L an enormous level of knowledge of travel in general and a great deal of experience of cruising—an area of travel our readers love. We are thrilled to welcome Jane—a frequent traveler who has visited more than 100 countries—to the world of Travel + Leisure.”

Prior to being named executive business editor, Wooldridge was travel editor at The Miami Herald for a decade.

Travel + Leisure Global Bazaar is This Weekend

The Travel + Leisure Global Bazaar is this weekend, and if you’re into global foods and culture, you might want to check it out. The event takes place at the Park Avenue Armory on Saturday and Sunday.

What can you expect? There will be a traditional Indian wedding ceremony, musical performances from a South African drum ensemble, paninis from a chef who owns a restaurant in Florence and tons of shopping. We’ve got our eyes on a hammock from Venezuela, because if we’re laying around, we might as well be fancy about it.

Check out the link above for more information, or click here for tickets.

Jordana Pransky Named Vice President/Associate Publisher Of Travel + Leisure

Travel + Leisure has promoted Jordana Pransky from vice president / advertising director to vice president / associate publisher. She will continue to direct the sales team in addition to her new duties.

Previously, she worked as a sales director and manager at Maxim and as a sales director for Lucky. Pransky has been with American Express Publishing, Travel + Leisure‘s parent company, since 2005 as a salesperson before eventually being promoted to the advertising director of Food & Wine.


Time Inc. To Let You Make Your Own Magazine

i123735162011743456027.jpgWe all remember a few years back when Time named ‘You’ the person of the year. Well, now it looks like Time Inc. is experimenting with something called ‘Mine.’ The AP is reporting that the company is experimenting with a customized magazine entitled ‘Mine,’ which will combine “reader-selected sections from eight publications as it tries to mimic in printed form the personalized news feeds that have become popular on the Internet.” Emphasis ours.

This is how it will work: “Readers can select five titles from eight published by subsidiaries of Time Warner Inc. and American Express Co.: Time, Sports Illustrated, Food & Wine, Real Simple, Money, In Style, Golf, and Travel + Leisure.

Editors will pre-select the stories that make it into every biweekly issue, and readers won’t have the option of changing the picks from issue to issue.” All the details are here. Also the magazine is free (for the first 31,000 subscribers) but will “align readers with the branding message that its sole advertising partner, Toyota Motor Corp.” So perhaps not the solution to the advertising woes of the print world, but interesting nonetheless.