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Fusion Chief Programming Officer Billy Kimball Stepping Down

Fusion304x200Executive changes at Fusion today as Billy Kimball, with the network as chief programming officer since its launch, is stepping down.

“Throughout his tenure, Billy has worked tirelessly to constantly improve our existing shows, nurture our talent, and develop exciting new projects, many of which are now reaching the pilot phase,” Fusion CEO Isaac Lee wrote in a memo to staff obtained by TVNewser.

“As you all know, Billy is a brilliant producer and we hope to continue working with him on a number of projects in the future.”

Replacing Kimball is Wade Beckett, who was most recently showrunner for ESPN’s SportsNation after six years as an executive at NBCUniversal’s G4 network. “Wade is an experienced producer with a demonstrated track record of developing and leading innovative programming that resonates with new audiences,” Lee says.

Lee’s full memo to staff after the jump.

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The A.M. Ticker: Carney, Scaramucci, Goldston

  • During his first night as a CNN analyst, former White House press secretary Jay Carney got into it with Sen. John McCain. “You, in your role as a spokesperson, bragged about the fact that the last American combat troop had left Iraq,” said Mccain to Carney. “If we had left a residual force the situation would not be what it is today.”

  • ABC News President James Goldston and Fusion CEO Isaac Lee will come together for a conversation about the growing impact of Hispanic millennials on the TV industry at the 12th annual Hispanic Television Summit October 3.

The Morning Ticker: Fusion, CNNI, FoxNewsGo

  • Tim Pool is joining Fusion from Vice. Pool will be senior correspondent and Director of Media Innovation. “Tim has offered audiences a perspective on news events that mainstream outlets have not been able to match using little more than his smartphone and a battery pack,” says Fusion CEO Isaac Lee.

  • CNN International is making changes to its management team. CNNI EVP Tony Maddox, says the staff changes will “bring the strengths of these exceptional editorial operators to bear on the key parts of the CNN International network.” More on the new roles after the jump.

  • Fox News is now everywhere. Following 9 months of beta testing, the new FoxNewsGo and FoxBusinessGo apps launch today with simulcasts of FNC and FBN programming on iOS and Android devices. The authenticated app is available in 70 million homes that are current FNC/FBN subscribers.

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Isaac Lee Praises Fusion’s ‘Comprehensive, Truly Distinct’ World Cup Coverage

Fusion World Cup celebrationFusion staffers gathered in Miami last night to celebrate the end of the World Cup and welcome back the team who traveled to Brazil to lead the network’s coverage, including “Soccer Gods” hosts Nando Vila and Simon Carr and VP of news Mark Lima (pictured). In a note to staffers yesterday afternoon, Fusion CEO Isaac Lee called the World Cup coverage “comprehensive, truly distinct, and full of personality across our television and digital platforms”:

Nando and Simon did a terrific job anchoring our coverage in primetime with “The Soccer Gods” live from Copacabana Beach every night.  As two avid fans, they brought a level of passion, excitement, and humor to our coverage that struck exactly the right tone for Fusion. While they shined in front of the camera, it wouldn’t have been possible without Zach Rigg and Pablo Sanchis behind the scenes making them look good!

Fusion not only delivered a unique take on the action unfolding on the pitch every day, but it was the stories from the streets of Brazil that helped us stand out. From Mariana van Zeller watching the Brazil v Chile match in a favela with one of Brazil’s largest, most violent drug gangs to Pedro Andrade scoring interviews with some of the biggest soccer stars of all time includingPele and Marta. Jorge Ramos and Leon Krauze also contributed their unique insights both on “Soccer Gods” and by live-blogging several matches on Soccer.Fusion.net.

With the World Cup over and the midterm elections on the horizon, Fusion is building up its booking unit. Capital New York’s Alex Weprin has more on the new hires that will lead the effort to secure interviews with big-name guests.

Lee’s full note, after the jump. Read more

Isaac Lee on Fusion’s Political Coverage

isaac lee bloombergIn an interview with Bloomberg TV’s Erik Schatzker at the Aspen Ideas Festival, Fusion CEO Isaac Lee talked about his network’s approach to political coverage going into the 2016 election. “We are not Democrats, we are not Republicans. We are awake, pro-Hispanics and we take into consideration what is important to the audience,” Lee said.

“In 2016, all of the millennial generation will be eligible to vote. The election is going to be defined by Hispanics and millennials. So they have to play their politics smart,” Lee said. “We are just going to do what’s right … we will inform with every possible tool we have, and we will let them make their minds and their choices.”

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Listen Up! Fusion Partners with Whisper

FusionWhisperFusion is partnering with new social network Whisper. Starting today, Fusion will take key stories and trend lines from Whisper, where users can anonymously share and connect with others, and provide additional context for the Fusion audience, both online and on TV.

“Whisper creates community and compelling conversation around the news and issues that are important to our young, diverse audience,” said ​​Isaac Lee CEO of Fusion. “By incorporating Whisper content into our reporting, we’ll be able to expand and enhance our ability to tell stories from a unique perspective.”

“Whisper and Fusion share a similar mission to create content that is inclusive and emotionally driven,” said ​​Neetzan Zimmerman, who left Gawker earlier this year to become editor-in-chief of Whisper. “We’re excited to see what content results from this innovative partnership.”

Hosts of Fusion’s ‘Soccer Gods’ Look at World Cup Coverage ‘From a Fan’s Perspective’

Soccer GodsFrom now until the conclusion of the World Cup on July 13, Fusion hosts Nando Vila and Simon Carr won’t have a day off.

Vila and Carr will host Fusion’s “Soccer Gods,” typically a weekly show, seven nights a week from Brazil. Fusion’s parent companies, Walt Disney and Univision, both have broadcast rights to the World Cup, giving Fusion the opportunity to cover the tournament with its own twist, Carr and Vila told TVNewser in a joint interview.

“We’re in a great position now that we can put our spin on the day’s events because our parents companies own the rights,” Carr said.

“We don’t take ourselves too seriously at all … we try to bring that to the broadcast,” Vila added. “We’re just two guys having a good time and enjoying all this has to offer.”

Fusion CEO Isaac Lee called the World Cup “the ultimate multiplatform event” that the network is covering from all angles, building an entire second screen platform that will allow users to follow the action through live match blogs and real-time standings and stats. With the actual World Cup matches available to fans across a variety of platforms, Carr and Vila want to punch up their show with highlights from both on and off the field. Read more

Fusion Announces New Summer Shows

abc_fusion_logo_130508Fusion has unveiled a new slate of summer programming, three new shows and two specials that will premiere beginning this month.

The shows are “Drug Wars,” a firsthand look at the law enforcement officials charged with keeping drugs out of the U.S., and “The Dukes of 2 Square,” a series following two friends as they attempt to establish themselves as street artists. “Drug Wars” will air Thursdays at 10pmET beginning July 17 and “The Dukes of 2 Square” will air Wednesdays at 10pmET beginning July 30. In August, Fusion will also debut “Rootas,” a series on “the alternative and edgy side of Latin America.”

“Our new slate of programming this summer is thought-provoking and entertaining, which is exactly the combination Fusion viewers have come to expect from us,” Fusion CEO Isaac Lee said in a statement.

Other summer programming includes the English-language premiere of “This is Not a Ball,” a feature documentary of about Brazilian artist Vik Muniz‘s passion for soccer, and a one-hour primetime comedy special with “Daily Show” correspondent Al Madrigal.

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Fusion CEO: Keep Challenging the Conventional Wisdom

isaac lee_304x200Fusion CEO Isaac Lee thanked his staff for a “big month” that included challenging Congress and reporting in-depth stories on everything from the CIA to transgender issues.

“Jorge [Ramos] was characteristically fearless in his pursuit of answers to hold those in power accountable for their actions—or in this case inaction,” Lee wrote in an email obtained by TVNewser, referencing tough questions Ramos asked House Speaker John Boehner in Washington, DC.

Lee also complimented anchor Alicia Menendez and her team for “elevating conversations surrounding cultural and social issues” through a recent interview with a transgender activist. “Alicia’s recent interview with Janet Mock generated headlines and provoked an important and respectful dialogue,” he said.

Lee’s full email to staff after the jump.

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The Morning Ticker: Salmon’s Fusion, Facebook’s Storyful, Cooper’s Pad

  • Following his departure from Reuters, Felix Salmon is joining Fusion’s digital team as senior editor. Fusion CEO Isaac Lee says Salmon has a “deep understanding of the way the millennial generation likes to communicate and consume information.”

  • Facebook has launched FB Newswire. Using Storyful, the Newswire is meant to be a resource that will make it easier for journalists and newsrooms to find, share and embed newsworthy content from Facebook in the media they produce.

  • Anderson Cooper has put up the for sale sign at one of his Hamptons pads. Cooper is asking just shy of $3 million for the 2.4-acre property which includes a 5-bedroom, 5-bath cottage. The buyer will have Cooper for a neighbor. He owns another house next door.

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