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Meet Our New TVNewser Editor

JordanCharitonSay hello to Jordan Chariton, our new editor of TVNewser & Lost Remote. Jordan has been a media reporter and commentator, writing for Mediaite and Salon for the last year. He’s also a digital producer, nominated for a Webby award this year for his production work at New York City’s 92nd Street Y.

Before that, Jordan was in the trenches working for three years at Fox News/Fox Business as a researcher and booker. After Fox, Jordan worked for a year at MSNBC as a booking producer.

You’ll be seeing Jordan’s byline in the coming days on TVNewser and Lost Remote after he gets up to speed.

Thanks TVNewser Readers…

AlexWeprinAfter three and a half years, this is my final post for Mediabistro and TVNewser.

I am moving on to Capital New York, where I will be covering TV as the site expands under the ownership of the Allbritton family.

When I first joined Mediabistro from Broadcasting & Cable magazine in 2010, I hoped to bring the occasional magazine-style sensibility to the site, and on occasion I think I succeeded. There was my profile of Morgan Spurlock from earlier this year, and my afternoon trailing CBS News anchor Scott Pelley at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte. I stopped by the “Today” show set in London during the 2012 Olympics, and spent a very late night in a pool cabana on Miami Beach with Charlie Sheen.

I’ve been able to interview an amazing group of people, from Lawrence O’Donnell and Rachel Maddow, to Sean Hannity, Glenn Beck and Ed Henry on the floor of the DNC. There was Brian Williams and Jerry Springer for “My First Big Break,” and our “Cubes” video tours of places like Bloomberg TV and MLB Network.

It really has been a pleasure to write here, following the path blazed by my friends and colleagues Brian Stelter, Steve Krakuaer and Kevin Allocca. I have also been honored to work with the amazingly talented Merrill Knox, whose byline you will probably be seeing much more of, and my boss Chris Ariens, who has led the site since Brian joined the Times.

Most importantly, thank you, TVNewser readers, for all your support.

TVNewser is Hiring

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And now the news about TVNewser. After 3 and a half years with us, Alex Weprin is moving on from Mediabistro and joining Capital New York, as that site expands under new ownership.

Alex came to Mediabistro as co-editor of TVNewser in April 2010 and is currently the senior editor of the site, as well as a contributor to Lost Remote and the occasional story for FishbowlNY. Over the years, Alex has reported on some of the biggest TV news scoops around. His reporting has given TVNewser some of its largest traffic days ever and along the way he created the SportsNewser section of the site. Alex’s last day with us is next Friday, Oct. 18.

Merrill Knox, who joined as us as co-editor of TVSpy and TVNewser in June 2011, has been promoted to senior editor of TVNewser while continuing her role as senior editor of TVSpy, helping that site grow its unique visitors +80% in that time and making it the second most-visited site in our network. Now the search is on for an editor who will split their time writing for TVNewser and the fast-growing LostRemote.com. Here’s the job posting:

Thanks to Alex for his years of service, and congratulations to Merrill on a well-deserved promotion.

The Lost Remote Show Hitting The West Coast

LostRemoteShowAfter seeing great success in New York, Lost Remote is bringing its hit social TV conference to Los Angeles this December 13. Attendees will gain insight and advice on how to maximize social chatter, from creative tactics on engaging viewers to case studies on capitalizing on the second screen.

Gather perspective from top thinkers at NBC News, Fox Broadcasting, Roku, Sling Media, Mass Relevance, and Facebook. David Howe, President of Syfy, will serve as the event’s keynote speaker.

Lost Remote’s Cory Bergman and Natan Edelsburg are chairing this event, so attendees can expect to grasp a thorough knowledge of the latest trends, challenges, and opportunities in social TV.

Our interactive format allows professionals to examine how some of the biggest brands in broadcast and cable are leveraging social TV to transform the viewing experience, generate new revenue streams, and revolutionize how content is developed, delivered and consumed.

Additional notable speakers include Cait Hood, who directs the official social network presence and strategy of shows like Glee, Family Guy, New Girl, and American Idol, and Robert Hayes, Executive Vice President, Digital Media at NBC Entertainment, who will discuss what networks are planning for the spring and summer TV seasons.

Take advantage of early bird prices! Save $350 off onsite prices when you register before October 24.

Sign Up For Mediabistro’s Multimedia Journalism Class And Get a FREE Webcast

Looking to take your traditional reporting and writing skills to the next level? In Mediabistro’s Multimedia Journalism class, you’ll learn how to take an ordinary news story and transform it with adding photos, audio and video to enhance the written word.

After identifying a story best told in the multimedia format, you’ll create original content for the piece, with each week’s assignments designed to advance you to completion of a published multimedia package. Along the way, you’ll learn how to shoot video for the web, make an audiovisual slideshow and determine the best online software to create an at-home studio.

As an added bonus, if you buy this class — or any class, in fact — before Thursday at 11:59pmET, you can join one of our webcasts for free! Use the promo code WEBCAST at checkout.

More details here.

Sign Up For Mediabistro’s Second Screen Experience Webcast

More than 60 million Americans use their phone or tablet daily while watching TV. Are you a second screen user? If not, maybe it’s time you get on board! On August 27, join us for a one-hour webcast where you will learn how brands and networks are engaging with viewers to get them more engaged in the viewing experience. Whether you’re interested in increasing exposure for your own product, gaining knowledge about developments in second screen technologies, or just having more fun while watching TV, you’ll want to log in for this interactive talk with Kevin Arrix, chief revenue officer for Viggle.

Reserve your seat now! http://mbist.ro/16COaiM

Former President of MSNBC and CNN Discusses TV News Reporting in the Social Media Age

TV news stations used to be the go-to source for breaking news, but in the social media age, that’s changing. Now organizations can communicate their messages directly to the public in real-time. There’s more pressure than ever for news reporters to cover stories with speed and accuracy.

How have the major networks adapted to this change? And how are they incorporating social into their programming to enhance the viewer experience?

Rick Kaplan, the Emmy Award winning former president of MSNBC and CNN, will discuss how he has taught networks to be bold and smart as they manage social media and breaking news.  Learn how to manage new technologies and balance being first with being accurate. Understand how to use Twitter as a lead, not a source; and determine which social networks are most valuable for news gathering and reporting.

This online webcast will be held on Wednesday, July 10 from 4-5pm EST. Click here to register: http://mbist.ro/183yW6j

Register For Lost Remote Show By Midnight

Hear insights from key players in the entertainment and media industries at Lost Remote’s NYC Show on April 24. Leading professionals from ABC News, Bravo, Trendrr, and The Huffington Post have recently been added to the event’s speaking roster. Prices increase at midnight tonight, so register now.

Featured conference sessions include:

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Facebook’s Kay Madati and Monetization Panel Added to Lost Remote Show Lineup

We’re excited to announce that Facebook’s Head of Entertainment and Media, Kay Madati, has joined the speaking roster for Lost Remote’s NYC Show on April 24. Madati will speak on understanding the social TV fan with Erik Martin of reddit.com and Greg Galant of Sawhorse Media.

As a member of the Global Marketing Solutions team, Madati is responsible for leading the team that oversees creating effective, long-term strategies and scalable solutions for television, theatrical, and media partners.

An additional panel session, Monetizing Social TV: The Roadmap to Real-Time Revenue, has also been added to the agenda. Nilay Patel of The Verge and Jeremy Toeman of Dijit Media will explore who is actually making money off social TV.

Patel and Toeman will lead an intriguing discussion to show you how to take advantage of emerging monetary opportunities and overcome challenges faced by brands and agencies in the social TV space.

View the full program here.

For the best rates, register before March 29.

Social TV News On Tap For Lost Remote Show

What do HBO, NBC News, The CW, MTV, The Weather Channel, and USA Network have in common? They will all be represented at our event, Lost Remote- The NYC Show,  April 24 in New York City. Attendees will learn how to successfully drive audience engagement with top venture capitalists and industry leaders, who will serve as mentors and teachers at the event. Register before Thursday and save.

Featured sessions include:

Reinventing TV for the Millennial Generation: MTV President Stephen Friedman has transformed MTV into the cultural home of the millennial generation, spearheading a reinvention of the brand and a new programming strategy. Learn how a powerhouse like MTV intuitively engages their audience through the adoption of emerging social platforms.

Second Screen Engagement: When TV Meets the Social Dimension

It was hard to miss all of the social media mentions and hashtags associated with The Grammys. Discover how audiences are increasingly multitasking and sharing what they are watching with their friends across social networks. Speakers including Rick Haskins of The CW and Sean Besser of GetGlue will show attendees how to monetize off the new trend of combining TV consumption with second-screen activities.

The Future of Social TV: What Networks are Planning for the Summer and Fall TV Season
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