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HBO to Offer Stand-Alone Streaming Service Beginning in 2015 (LostRemote)
HBO announced plans Wednesday to offer a stand-alone streaming service in 2015. FishbowlNY “We will work with our current partners,” HBO’s CEO Richard Plepler said, in a statement. “And, we will explore models with new partners. All in, there are 80 million homes that do not have HBO and we will use all means at our disposal to go after them.” SocialTimes Having a Web-only option will help the channel with online-TV watchers, who cite flexibility as the main reason for watching original series online. Internet users are becoming more accustomed to consuming what they want, when they want it; HBO is finally adapting to this reality. THR Plepler didn’t give too many details about the service, such as pricing and when it would launch, saying he didn’t want to tip off competitors too much. Shortly after Plepler’s announcement, shares of Netflix dropped 4 percent, while shares of Time Warner were about 3 percent higher as investors digested the HBO news as well as some other rosy predictions coming from the Time Warner investor day presentations. Mashable It is important to note that HBO is far from giving up on cable television. Plepler stressed in his statements before the announcement that HBO’s business and relationships with cable partners is important. The channel brought in $4.9 billion in 2013 and has about 114 million subscribers. There has been eager anticipation for HBO to capitalize on its already popular streaming platform by offering it outside of cable subscriptions. HBO Go logins have become something of a social currency, allowing users to access content via accounts of friends and family. Game of Thrones has also grown into the most pirated TV show of all time.

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Barbara Walters, Willow Bay I Going to Great Lengths for Breast Cancer Awareness

LunchAtMichaelsThe power-lunch season is in full swing as the overflowing Wednesday crowd poured into Michael’s. There were plenty of  hard working PR mavens (Peggy Siegal wielding not one — but two — cell phones at once, while she waited for her date to arrive) and famous faces (Barbara Walters and the ageless Willow Bay) among the sea of usual suspects.

I was joined today by Ouidad (Yes, she goes by one name like Madonna and Cher) the renowned hairstylist whose celebrity clients include Minnie Driver, Sean Lennon and Jordin Sparks. The tireless and incredibly exuberant industry icon is considered the “pioneer of the curl” among beauty business insiders since she launched her eponymous business in 1984. Ouidad tells me she’s “all about the curl” — while shaking her own impressive tresses for emphasis – whether she’s cutting and styling clients at her Manhattan or Santa Monica salons, training stylists (600 in all!) across the country on her signature techniques (the “rake and shake”), or formulating her own product line designed to enhance the health and appearance of the manes of her curly-haired customers. ”There is such freedom in letting your hair be!” she told me referring to the fashion set’s obsession with the flat iron (guilty as charged). “This is all about empowerment. I love helping women be free to be who they are. It’s my mission,” she said.

Diane Clehane, Leslie Stevens, Ouidad and Kate Boothby

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Ouidad’s other deeply personal mission is her commitment to raise breast cancer awareness and funds. A breast cancer survivor who lost her own mother to the disease, Ouidad told me the experience was life changing both personally and professionally. After her bi-lateral mastectomy in 2002, she had a newfound respect and understanding for women struggling with the disease and felt deeply connected to her clients who came into the salon facing the difficult diagnosis. “Before I’d try to tell my clients, we can try different wigs, do different things,” she recalled. “Now I’d never say that. Being behind the chair listening to them and having had my own experience, I tell them, ‘Yes, this is awful, but it’s not a death sentence. We’re going to get through this together.’”

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The Dalai Lama to Appear on HuffPost Live

Dalai Lama GThe Dalai Lama is getting his Huffington Post on. The spiritual leader is going to take part in a HuffPost Live interview tomorrow, Wednesday February 26, at 11 am ET.

The conversation will be live-streamed across all of the HuffPost’s sites, including its international editions. Willow Bay, a senior editor at HuffPost, will be asking Lama (is that his preferred moniker? Maybe Big D? We have no idea) questions about all sorts of subjects, including mindfulness, technology’s impact on our culture, and more.

Let’s just hope the segment doesn’t include Lama side boob.

You can watch the live interview here.

Mika Brzezinski’s Book Party at Arianna Huffington’s House

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Huffington Post senior editor Willow Bay and co-founder Arianna Huffington hosted a book party for Morning Joe co-anchor Mika Brzezinski‘s new book All Things at Once last night at Ms. Huffington’s Brentwood home. Arianna, perhaps one of the most charming people on the planet explained her role in encouraging Mika when her galleys came out. We don’t know why Joe Scarborough was there…also selling his book released in June of last year. But he was. They’re not married to each other right? Did Alan Colmes have to book tour with Sean Hannity? Somehow Joe made it about him,”It was in this room a few years ago that I predicted Barack Obama would never win against the Clinton machine,” he told the swanky LA literati. “Glad it wasn’t on TV.”

Mika, was finally given the microphone and noted she was warned against writing this book because it was too honest and could “damage her brand.” She seem genuinely impressed with the caliber of the crowd.

We spotted Larry David, yes that Larry David. Sherry Lansing was there. Journos James Rainey from LAT, Tina Daunt now of Huffpo LA, Sandra Tsing Loh, Mickey Kaus of Slate.com and of course Lawrence O’Donnell from MSNBC.

We will post more pictures later today.

Huffington Post–Are the Paid Bloggers Subsidizing the Punters?

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Arianna Huffington, who’s now taken very seriously according to John Cusack, has hired announced Katie Lee Joel as the HuffPost’s cooking columnist. Fortune magazine’s Richard Siklos thinks the Katiebot’s winsome, but Top Chef viewers know better.

Co-founder Kenny Lerer, a former America Online executive, was similarly dazzled by Arianna’s phone technique:

Lerer visited Huffington at her Los Angeles home and was struck by her magnetic pull and how feverishly she worked the phones to reach out to people for causes she was championing or articles she was writing.

He was probably so dazzled because he’d never seen anyone actually working before. The Huffington Post attracts semi-bold name bloggers because posting’s made so easy for them, and most of them are rich enough not to want money, or think complaining about the lack of pay will make them look grubby. Willow Bay hardly needs the cash.

But who reads HuffPo for Lauren Rich Fine or indeed, any of the lonely Living Now bloggers?

The HuffPo should have site meters on every blog–most of those semi-celebrities are kidding themselves if they think they’re getting bigger numbers than Rachel Sklar.

Willow Bay To Head Huffington Post Living Now

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The Huffington Post has named tv journalist Willow Bay (born Kristine Carlin Bay) as editor-at-large, overseeing the Living Now section. Arianna Huffington claims

Willow is the ideal person to supervise the site’s coverage of how people live today,bringing to the table a combination of journalistic rigor, cultural sophistication and down-to-earth warmth.

Bay is married to Bob Iger, CEO of Disney.

In 2006, Iger received $2 million in salary, a $15 million bonus, options worth $2.92 million, long-term pay of $4.3 million and $666,000 in other compensation.

“How people live today” = how to juggle the jet, the multiple homes, the charity work –all while dithering about school snacks, musing over private education, and whining about not getting cast on a reality show.

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HuffPo Hires Willow Bay As Editor-at-Large

willow_bay_053107.jpgYet another Huffington Post hire of note: The impossibly-named Willow Bay, former CNN, ABC and MSNBC anchor and wife of Walt Disney CEO Robert Iger, has signed up with Arianna Huffington‘s tribe as editor-at-large.

Bay will oversee HuffPo’s new lifestyle section, Living Now, as well as contribute to the site’s widening content.

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    Britney Spears checks into rehab and has a great story for the baldie thing–head lice. (But they’re everywhere–she really can’t escape.)

    Anna Nicole Smith’s body is decomposing too fast for a public viewing. Strange, we thought drugs preserved soft tissues.

    Barack Obama raised over 1 million bucks in Hollywood. David Geffen reportedly calls Bill Clinton “reckless” and Hillary Clinton’s camp calls for his head.

    Willow Bay, trophy wife, model and news anchor, is on the short list to head USC’s Annenberg School of Communications. Courtney Friel already has a job.