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Iconic TV Host, Producer Dick Clark Dies At 82 (FishbowlNY)
Dick Clark, who launched American Bandstand, and decades later gave millions a New Year's Eve alternative, died Wednesday of a massive heart attack in California at age 82. WSJ / AP For generations of Americans, Dick Clark was more than just a TV host; he was the person who helped shape key memories in our lives. In judging Clark's accomplishments, some might use his giant television empire as the benchmark: He made millions of dollars as a television entrepreneur, showing far more business savvy than you'd expect from someone with a slightly derisive nickname, "America's oldest living teenager." New York Daily News A Mount Vernon, N.Y. native who got his start as radio deejay and TV weatherman, Clark inherited a local show called Bandstand from the popular Bob Horn on Philadelphia's WFIL in 1955. TVNewser Clark's first national guest was a young musician named Elvis Presley. NYT Starting in the 1960s, Clark built an entertainment empire on the shoulders of Bandstand, producing other music shows like Where the Action Is and It's Happening. He eventually expanded into game shows, awards shows, comedy specials and series, talk shows, children's programming, reality programming, and movies. His umbrella company, Dick Clark Productions, has produced thousands of hours of television; it also has a licensing arm and has owned or operated restaurants and theaters like the Dick Clark American Bandstand Theater in Branson, Mo. Chicago Sun-Times Those 30 years of Bandstand, though, were Mr. Clark's greatest musical impact, bringing a bevy of rock and pop acts into the mainstream. AB was the A-to-Z TV showcase for performers in the 1950s (Bill Haley & His Comets, Buddy Holly & the Crickets); '60s (the Temptations, Ike & Tina Turner); '70s (Mac Davis, Dr. Hook), and '80s (a-ha, Adam Ant). HuffPost Clark had a history of health problems. He was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes in 1994, which he kept private until 2004, the year he suffered a stroke that forced him to retire as host of New Years' Rockin' Eve. B&C Ryan Seacrest took over the special in 2006, though Clark still appeared on the program every year to kiss his wife at midnight. AdAge / MediaWorks Clark also found success as a producer. Among the programs launched by his Dick Clark Productions company were The $25,000 Pyramid, TV's Bloopers and Practical Jokes and The American Music Awards. NYT / Media Decoder Ted Harbert, the chairman of NBC Broadcasting, said that one of Dick Clark's great strengths was that "he was a great booker. He knew that stars made the rating for these shows." One of his most brilliant coups, Harbert said, was how he assembled the New Year's Eve show. THR Since the news was announced, newcomers and luminaries alike from the music industry have released an outpour of statements celebrating the life and legacy of the former American Bandstand host. NYT / Media Decoder The death of Dick Clark on Wednesday prompted an outpouring of memories from generations of viewers and fans, reflecting his 60-year career that mirrored the growth of television. THR / Idol Worship American Idol host Ryan Seacrest opened up the live show on Wednesday with a heartfelt acknowledgment of his personal idol, Dick Clark, who died of a massive heart attack at the age of 82. Minutes after the credits rolled on Wednesday's show, he expressed his thoughts to press gathered at Idol, giving Clark much of the credit for setting Seacrest on his own career path. Boston Herald Celebrities across the world of entertainment took to Twitter Wednesday to show their love and respect for Dick Clark. Here is what a few of the big names had to say. THR The TV icon's life and career in pictures.
Current TV To Hire Gavin Newsom, California's Lieutenant Governor (NYT / Media Decoder)
Gavin Newsom, the lieutenant governor of California, is getting a second job: as a talk show host on Current TV, the progressive cable television upstart. SFGate The network said Tuesday that Newsom will host the weekly hour-long Gavin Newsom Show beginning in May. The former San Francisco mayor's show will have "a decidedly California touch as Newsom interviews notables from Silicon Valley, Hollywood and beyond." HuffPost Gavin isn't the first member of the extended Newsom clan to get his or her own show; Newsom's ex-wife Kimberly Guilfoyle is the host of the Fox News show The Five. Nor is this Gavin's first foray into the media biz; he previously hosted a radio show on the Bay Area's Green 960 liberal talk radio station.
Facebook Targets May 17th For IPO Date (TechCrunch)
According to multiple sources close to the company, Facebook is eying an IPO on May 17th -- depending on whether the SEC agrees that all the reams of paperwork (including those concerning its recent acquisition of Instagram) are in order. VentureBeat And speaking of Instagram, some have speculated that the $1 billion deal was structured around the idea that Facebook shares would be worth more after they began trading publicly. AllFacebook Facebook has stopped trading in private markets, so the shares -- which currently number around 2.5 billion outstanding -- don't have any other way to trade until a public offer happens. So if the date doesn't turn out to be May 17 (or 16), surely it can't happen much later than that. The Telegraph Some analysts believe Facebook's valuation could come in at less than $100bn next month. NYT / DealBook To win over Instagram, Facebook was forced to show its hand. Facebook bought the photo-sharing service for $1 billion in early April, agreeing to pay roughly 30 percent in cash and 70 percent in stock, according to people briefed on the negotiations who did not want to be identified because the discussions were private. At that level, Facebook is pegging its own stock price at roughly $30 a share. Based on those numbers, the giant social network is valued at north of $75 billion. But Facebook could actually be worth more.
Bill O'Reilly And Sean Hannity Closing New Deals With Fox News Channel (Deadline Hollywood)
Fox News Channel is finalizing new deals with its two biggest stars, Bill O'Reilly and Sean Hannity. The new multi-year, multi-million dollar agreements, which are expected to be completed by early next week, will take both hosts past their 20-year mark at the cable news network. TVNewser Both have been with Fox News Channel since launch in Oct. 1996.
Coca-Cola Teams Up With Spotify In Music-Sharing Deal (Bloomberg Businessweek)
Spotify will incorporate its music streaming service with Coca-Cola Co.'s Internet marketing, to help raise awareness and draw users. NYT / Media Decoder When stripped of marketing-speak, the bottom line appears to be that Spotify users can expect to encounter a lot of Coke branding soon, and Coke customers all over the world may soon be encountering Spotify branding -- and maybe Spotify itself. TechCrunch Users will be invited to Spotify through live shows, unpacked events, and Coke even mentioned that a hackathon took place this weekend. Meanwhile, Coke will be building content on top of the Spotify platform to deliver to users not only as a marketing effort but as a way to curate the content already available in a more useful and convenient way. SocialTimes Coca-Cola's 41.3 million Facebook fans will see a Spotify app on its page in time for the 2012 Olympic games, continuing the beverage company's tradition of incorporating music into its advertising campaigns. FishbowlNY The Huffington Post Media Group has named John Pavley its new chief technology officer. Pavley was most recently vice president of engineering at Spotify, the music streaming startup.
Out Lays Off Its Entire Editorial Staff, But Editor Aaron Hicklin Wants To Hire 'Most' Back Into His New Startup (Capital New York)
The editorial staff of the influential gay lifestyle magazine Out is being laid off with one month's severance as of Friday. But according to Out editor-in-chief Aaron Hicklin, it's more complicated than that. New York / Daily Intel Editor-in-chief Aaron Hicklin announced Wednesday that he's launching something called Grand Editorial, a company hoping to supply "customized content for a range of consumer titles and corporate clients," and he wants to hire "most" of Out's 12 editorial employees. TheWrap.com / Media Alley According to Hicklin, the magazine will continue to publish at its current frequency, and other changes are not planned for the title.
Media General Posts Operating Profit, Shares Rise (Reuters)
Broadcaster and publisher Media General Inc's quarterly loss widened, but it reported an operating profit as higher political advertising drove revenue growth at its television stations. TVSpy Media General reported $3.2 million of operating income for the first quarter of 2012 compared with an operating loss of $4.2 million for the same period last year. The company's total revenue for the quarter was $150 million, up 0.4 percent from last year.
The Emmys Grapple With A New Question: TV Or Not TV? (TheWrap.com / The Odds)
It used to be so simple. The Primetime Emmy Awards honored television's marquee programs, the ones that everybody watched in the same place and at the same time: on network broadcasts that took place Monday through Saturday from 8 to 11 p.m. (7 to 10 Central), Sunday from 7 to 10 p.m. And then, for good measure, the Emmys threw in the news shows that preceded those primetime blocks, and the late-night programming that followed them. But today's television landscape is dramatically different, and the primetime designation is gradually -- or not so gradually -- becoming almost irrelevant.
Tumblr Announces First Foray Into Paid Advertising (AdAge / Digital)
Five-year-old microblogging platform Tumblr announced its first foray into paid advertising at AdAge's Digital Conference Wednesday afternoon.
Dom Valentino, One-Time Yankees, Nets, Islanders Sportscaster, Dies At 83 (FishbowlNY)
Dom Valentino is not remembered by many in today's broadcasting circles. But in the mid-1970s, Valentino was at the height of his career, calling several games for several New York teams. Valentino died yesterday. He was 83. NYT / AP He was the play-by-play man for the Cincinnati Royals of the National Basketball Association and moved with the team when it became the Kansas City-Omaha Kings in 1972. He also called games for the Oakland Athletics in the early 1980s, when they were managed by Billy Martin.
Digital Advertising Surged 22 Percent In 2011 To $31 Billion (paidContent)
Driven by strong growth in the search and display sectors, U.S. digital advertising revenue expanded by 22 percent in 2011, reaching a record $31 billion according to a report prepared by Price Waterhouse Coopers U.S. and released Wednesday by the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB).
Satirical iPad App Punch Hires Vanity Fair Veteran Jim Windolf As Editor (Forbes / Mixed Media)
The makers of Punch started with the idea that creating media for a brand-new medium, tablet computers, requires a whole new approach. They've certainly turned convention on its head in their hiring: Though the satirical pop culture app launched last week in the Apple App Store, it's only today that it's naming an editor-in-chief, Vanity Fair veteran Jim Windolf.
At 40, W Is Just Getting Started (Adweek)
This fall, W magazine, Condé Nast's oversized luxury title, will turn 40. And contrary to what most fashion magazines would have you believe, W's recent journey from identity crisis to branding victory proves that some things do improve with age.
Yancey County News, Freelancers Win Payne Ethics Awards (JimRomenesko.com)
The University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication has announced the winners of the 2012 Ancil Payne Awards for Ethics in Journalism. FishbowlNY Matthew LaPlante and Rick Egan wrote an exposé on the ritual killing of children in Ethiopia. The story was ultimately published by CNN. The Yancey County News has been selected for establishing itself as a check on corrupt local law enforcement in Burnsville, North Carolina.
After 26 Years At WNCT, Allan Hoffman Will Retire (TVSpy)
WNCT anchor Allan Hoffman announced he will retire this fall after 26 years at the Greenville CBS affiliate.