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Tina Brown Urges Women to “Lean ON” Companies to Do Better

Women in the World 2013


At Newsweek Daily Beast’s fourth annual Women in the World Summit, Tina Brown said the glass ceiling is a “luxury” compared to the atrocities women in the rest of the world face, like the honor killings in Pakistan and the tens of thousands of rapes in Syria.

In her opening remarks Thursday at New York’s Lincoln Center, Brown gave credit to Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg for “starting the conversation” about the lack of female leaders in business with her buzzed-about book Lean In. However, she stressed, there is still much work to be done.

Tina Brown“Leaning in can only be a part of the strategy. Leaning in works only in places where women are close enough to reach their rightful goals,” said Brown.

“Our mission at this summit isn’t just to lean in, but to lean ON — lean ON corporations to change the pitiful representation of women in board rooms, lean ON prosecutors to commit to end rampant sexual violence, lean ON the courts in Latin America to put an end to punitive violence against women, lean ON the pimps who sell girls for sex and the johns who buy them, lean ON the clerks of all religions who condone or turn a blind eye to the abuse of women and deny their fundamental rights, lean ON brothers who murder their sisters in so-called honor killings, lean ON entire governments to safeguard the rights and well-being and free up the economic potential of all their citizens. Lean ON.”

See more photos from the event on FishbowlNY and watch a live stream of Day 2 here.

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Baba Shetty Named CEO of Newsweek/Daily Beast

This just in — Baba Shetty has been named the new CEO of Newsweek/The Daily Beast.

As reported by The Huffington Post, he’ll start his new job in October and will replace Stephen Colvin. Shetty currently works at Hill Holliday, an advertising agency, as the chief of strategy and media.

In a statement, Tina Brown indicated: “We collaborated on our very successful Newsweek Mad Men issue together and forged a terrific creative relationship. He is extremely gifted at brand and digital strategy, is a strong leader, and is the perfect partner for the next phase of The Newsweek Daily Beast Company and our expanding live events business.”

14 Media Women Comprise Forbes’ List of World’s 100 Most Powerful Women List

When Forbes releases their annual rankings, people listen so their latest list is no different.

Their World’s 100 Most Powerful Women list was released and out of the 100 names, 14 women are in media. Congrats to the power women!

Jill Abramson (No. 5) – Executive Editor, The New York Times, U.S.

Anne Sweeney (No. 22) -  Co-Chair, Disney Media Networks, and President, Disney/ABC Television Group, U.S.

Diane Sawyer (No. 23) – News Anchor, ABC News, U.S.

Arianna Huffington (No. 29) – Editor-in-Chief, AOL Huffington Post, U.S.

Amy Pascal (No. 36) – Co-Chairman, Sony Pictures Entertainment, U.S.

Laura Lang (No. 44) – CEO, Time Inc., U.S.

Sue Naegle (No. 46) – President,  HBO Entertainment, U.S.

Anna Wintour (No. 51) – Editor-in-Chief, Vogue, U.S.

Christiane Amanpour (No. 53) – News Anchor, CNN and ABC News, U.S.

Bonnie Hammer (No. 73) – Chairman, Cable Entertainment and Cable Studios, NBCUniversal, Comcast, U.S.

Tina Brown (No. 77) – Editor-in-Chief, Newsweek, The Daily Beast, U.S.

Marjorie Scardino (No. 86) – CEO, Pearson, U.K.

Greta Van Susteren (No. 94) – Anchor, FOX News

Mindy Grossman (No. 96) – CEO, Home Shopping Network, U.S.

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Here’s Hoping That The Daily NewsBeast Works Out

The Daily Beast and Newsweek have officially completed their merger and Newsweek is now 50 percent owned by Barry Diller‘s IAC, the parent company of The Daily Beast.

The news could not have come at a more interesting time: this morning, IAC reported its fourth-quarter results: IAC’s “media and other” division, which includes The Daily Beast (now The Daily Beast/Newsweek), CollegeHumor, Vimeo and more, lost $45 million, a 17% bigger loss than the year before.

The good news: revenue in the media division was up, to $66.7 million from $52 million, and this “primarily reflects increased contributions from, Notional, Electus, The Daily Beast and Vimeo.” The bad news: the losses are Tina Brown‘s fault, too. “Losses were negatively impacted by increased operating expenses at The Daily Beast and transaction expenses associated with the formation of its joint venture with Newsweek.”

Why Newsweek/Daily Beast Merger Might Make Sense

The likelihood of a Newsweek/Daily Beast merger is “increasing” says the WSJ, for a couple of reasons.

One: Newsweek’s new owner, Sidney Harman, claims he’s not trying to make money, just turn the magazine around.
Two: Having Tina Brown as editor would “would provide an infusion of talent and buzz for a magazine that’s been struggling to exceed 60 pages.”
Three: The Daily Beast is expected to lose $10 million this year. (Ouch!) Newsweek would give the website a global print platform.

Add it all up and you get a tempting conclusion. However, the WSJ adds, “people familiar with Mr. Harman’s thinking said he may be wary of handing the reins to a strong-willed editor who also answers to another boss.” (That’d be Barry Diller.) Should a deal go through, Brown would become the editor of Newsweek on top of her existing duties and would answer to both bosses.

The Daily Beast averages 4.6 million visitors a month.

After Layoffs, Newsweek Hiring

It’s been a busy week for Newsweek. Not only did the magazine name a new global publisher (h/t FishbowlNY), but the soon-to-be-Sidney Harman-owned property is reportedly in talks with Daily Beast editor-in-chief Tina Brown to run the magazine.

And Folio: noticed something interesting on’s job board: there are two open positions at the magazine, posted yesterday.

“One is a product manager/director, which will be responsible for Web and mobile product planning and execution, and will work with third party partners to assess partnerships and licensing opportunities and implement new products.

“The other is a director of audience development and analytics, which will be responsible for driving traffic on all Newsweek Digital products as well as overseeing digital analytics.”

Not quite newsroom jobs, but ones that will be crucial if Newsweek wants to take the cachet it once enjoyed in print and translate it for an online audience.

Newsweek, Daily Beast Combo Gains Momentum

Talks between Newsweek‘s soon-to-be official owner Sidney Harman and the Daily Beast have heated up reports the New York Post‘s Keith Kelly. The plan would combine the digital group within Newsweek with the Daily Beast, while Daily Beast editor-in-chief Tina Brown would also oversee the print side of Newsweek.

The negotiations continue between Harman and Daily Beast owner Barry Diller. Kelly writes:

“The talks are advancing,” said one knowledgeable source, “but there are still a few hurdles.”

One of the problems, said another source is, “Diller is approaching it as a business deal and thinks he’s in the driver’s seat.”

The trick is getting two moguls and their accompanying egos to agree on how to run a joint venture.

“I think they’d both play very active roles,” said one source.

The other issue is where to move the Newsweek staff. But it would be an interesting first move for the new media mogul, Harman.

Tina Brown: Working Women Have to ‘Seize the Asylum’ from Men

(L to R): Pat Mitchell, President and CEO, The Paley Center for Media; Mark Addicks, Chief Marketing Officer, General Mills; Kim Brink, Executive Director, Advertising and Sales Promotion, Cadillac; Tina Brown, Founder and Editor-in-Chief, The Daily Beast; Donna Speciale, President of Investment and Activation, MediaVest USA; Debora Spar, president of Barnard College

What’s the one thing women need to do to be taken seriously by men in the workplace?

“We just have to seize the asylum,” Daily Beast founder and editor-in-chief Tina Brown said at Women@NBCU’s annual Power of the Purse breakfast held at Cipriani’s in New York this morning. “These corporate structures are so rigid and self-affirming and stuck in their ways. I’m still shocked there’s no women running a [TV] network. It’s pathetic how few women are in the top spots.”

Pat Mitchell, the panel’s moderator and president and CEO of The Paley Center for Media agreed. “Waiting to be asked is not a strategy,” she said.

Both women appeared on a panel entitled “Women in Power: Marketing to the Educated Consumer.” To see more photos from the event and watch a video from the discussion, visit our sister blog FishbowlNY.

What Do Suze Orman and Tina Brown Have In Common?

201007-omag-omagcover201007large-144x180.jpgThe gig economy.

Except while Tina Brown‘s vision of a future of freelancers was pretty bleak, personal finance expert Suze Orman is promoting it.

Yeah. In the July issue of O: The Oprah Magazine, Orman tells an HR pro looking for work to “stop looking for a staff position. Make them an offer that acknowledges these tough times, and package yourself as an independent contractor available for hire on a project-by-project basis.”

Pete Savage, co-author of The Wealthy Freelancer, writes, “Seeing advice like this in the pages of O, from a mega-high profile author like Orman will be a wake-up call for a lot of people. If you thought ‘going solo’ was just a trend, watch what happens now, and in the next few years to come…
If you’re reading this blog, odds are you’re already an independent professional, consultant, freelancer, solopreneur, whatever-you-call-yourself or you’re working toward that vision. So… if you’ve been hesitantly dipping your toe in the warm waters of freelancing, now is the time to take the plunge. FULLY. Get ahead of the wave, go all out, and build your solo business.”

Is there really a “bad” time to start a solo business, though? The advantage of starting in a good economy is that you could take more time to build up a savings cushion. The advantage of starting in a bad economy: more opportunity. And it might be better than waiting for that unemployment check.