Nerdist Industries Launches Nerdist News|
Nerdist Industries has announced the launch of Nerdist News. The video news service will be hosted by Jessica Chobot. Nerdist News will initially air every Monday, Wednesday and Friday with plans to expand to a 5-day a week format. The news videos will be available on the Nerdist YouTube channel. They will be 3 to 5 minutes in length.
Chris Hardwick, founder and CEO of Nerdist Industries, said in the announcement, "I adore Chobot. We worked together for years at G4. She is not only an excellent host who happens to be hilarious, but when it comes to gaming and the pop culture sphere Nerdist inhabits, she is the REAL DEAL. Ever since we started the channel, I've wanted to expand into daily news and Jessica is the PERFECT human to take us in this new direction."
Here is the first episode. Take a look:
Posted on November 5, 2013
F+W Media has partnered with Hubert Burda Media to launch a U.S. version of BurdaStyle magazine. The magazine, already published in 19 countries, is targeted at the nation's 19 million sewers. It provides sewing patterns, sewing tips, fashion trends and DIY projects. The inaugural U.S. issue features looks inspired by Chanel, Basler, Issey Miyake, and Philip Lim.
Denise Wild, editorial director of BurdaStyle U.S. edition, says in a statement, "Our BurdaStyle editors take inspiration from runways around the globe and translate that into stylish DIY projects from accessories to garments to full outfits. We're bringing the latest designs and the season's most stylish patterns to the North American audience in a way that focuses on inspiring, developing, and challenging DIYers of all skill levels."
Take a look:
Photo: F+W Media
Posted on October 26, 2013
The Fox News Deck Features Giant Touch Screens
Shepard Smith lead viewers on a tour of the new Fox News Deck. The main feature of the Fox News Deck is supersized touch screens. Fox calls them BATS, which stands for Big Area Touch Screens. Fox rebuilt the News Deck from the ground up. Fox News information specialists will sort through all the incoming tweets and photographs to track developing stories. Fox News says it can pull up any of the information on the 55-inch BATS on its main news screen or 38-foot-long viewing wall at the touch of a button. Fox News sees other organizations copying this concept in the future. Take a look:
Posted on October 7, 2013
Print Version of Vibe Continues as Quarterly Magazine
AdAge reports that SpinMedia is continuing to publish Vibe as a print magazine. Vibe will be published quarterly and will cost $4.99 an issue. The magazine has about 200,000 subscribers. Janelle Monae and Robin Thicke are pictured on one of Vibe's three 20th anniversary covers.
SpinMedia acquired Vibe in April, 2013 amidst news it was likely to become a web-only publication. SpinMedia has decided to continue the print version along with the vibe.com website.
Steve Hansen, CEO at SpinMedia, told AdAge, "I have absolutely not made the decision to shut down print at Vibe. We'll continue the print side of the business as long as it makes economic sense and if you look at this issue, it makes sense for us/"
There is a branding element to print that can be lost if the print version is shuttered, so it may make sense to continue a print version even if it is not profitable. Hansen plans to continue Vibe in print as long as it at least breaks even. He told AdAge, "If you view it as marketing and another way to reach your audience, I think it's a pretty good way to get our message out."
Posted on September 25, 2013
Time Inc. to Acquire American Express Publishing Corporation
Time Inc. and American Express Company announced an agreement today that will have Time Inc. acquire American Express Publishing Corporation. The sale is expected to be completed in the fourth quarter of 2013. The acquisition follows a 20-year relationship between Time Inc. and American Express Publishing during which Time Inc. has provided management services support to the company.
American Express Publishing has brands including Travel + Leaisure, Departures and Food & Wine. The company's brands reach 36 million consumers. Eligible American Express Card Members will continue to receive copies of Departures, Black Ink and Executive Travel.
Joe Ripp, ceo, Time Inc., said in the announcement, "American Express Publishing is home to the most desirable brands in the luxury space and we're delighted they will become part of Time Inc. We have deep respect for Ed Kelly and his talented team. We know their business well and we believe we can create some exciting synergistic opportunities across our portfolio."
Photo: American Express Publishing
Posted on September 10, 2013
Jeff Bezos Buys The Washington Post
Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos has purchased The Washington Post. Bezos will pay $250 million in cash for The Post and affiliated publications to the Washington Post Co. The Post Co. will change its name after the sale. The newspapers will be owned by Bezos and will not be owned or managed by Amazon.com.
The Washington Post says its revenues from its newspaper division have plunged 44% over the past six years. The Post quotes Donald Graham, the Post Co.'s chief executive, as saying, "Every member of my family started out with the same emotion-shock-in even thinking about selling The Post. But when the idea of a transaction with Jeff Bezos came up, it altered my feelings. The Post could have survived under the company's ownership and been profitable for the foreseeable future. But we wanted to do more than survive. I'm not saying this guarantees success but it gives us a much greater chance of success."
Jeff Bezos wrote a letter to employees of The Washington Post, which was published by The Post. Bezos said in the letter, "The values of The Post do not need changing. The paperís duty will remain to its readers and not to the private interests of its owners."
Posted on August 5, 2013
Vanessa K. Bush Named Editor-in-Chief of Essence
Vanessa K. Bush has been named eEditor-in-Chief of Essence magazine. She has been the acting Editor-in-Chief of the magazine since February, 2013.
Vanessa Bush first joined Essence over a decade ago as Beauty and Fashion Features Editor, where she directed all style and beauty sections. She was named Lifestyle Editor in 2003. In 2005, she was named Executive Editor, managing the editorial team to implement the brand's creative vision, as well as overseeing staffing, systems, operations and the magazine's operating budget.
Martha Nelson, Editor-in-Chief, Time Inc., said in a statement, "Vanessa's more than 10 years of experience as an editorial leader at Essence will ensure continued success for the preeminent African-American women's media brand. She has the full support of Time Inc. to execute on her vision to honor this loyal and cherished audience."
As Acting Editor-in-Chief, Bush recruited Dawnie Walton as Deputy Editor, Aretha Busby as Beauty Director and Melissa Kramer as Fashion Director.
Photo: Essence Communications Inc.
Posted on August 1, 2013
Al Jazeera America to Open 12 U.S. Bureaus, Hires Joie Chen
Al Jazeera American plans to open 12 news bureaus around the United States. The Huffington Post reports that these cities include Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Los Angeles, Miami, Nashville, New Orleans, New York, San Francisco, Seattle and Washington, D.C. Correspondents have also been announced for each city.
Ehab Al Shihabi, executive director of international operations for Al Jazeera and the senior executive in charge of developing the new channel, said in a statement, "It is important for Al Jazeera America to report on the news from where it's happening."
Al Jazaeera also announced that Emmy Award-winning journalist Joie Chen will host America Tonight, its daily prime time news and current affairs magazine program. Chen worked at both CNN and CNN International. She received an Emmy Award for her work as an anchor covering the bombing at Centennial Olympic Park during the 1996 Atlanta Games.
Posted on July 31, 2013
Royal Baby Helps Mail Online Set Traffic Record
The arrival Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's new baby boy helped the The Daily Mail website receive its most traffic ever for one day. The Guardian reports that dailymail.co.uk received 10.57 million unique visitors on Monday. This is 1 million more (about 10% more) unique visitors than its previous biggest day, which came during the day of the Boston Marathon bombing. The Daily Mail has been doing a great job covering U.S. news as well.
The Guardian also says traffic to UK news and media websites overall was 94 million unique users on Monday, which is about 47% greater than an average day.
Twitter also recorded a spike in tweets on the day of the news story. The #royalbaby hashtag became the main hashtag for the royal birth. Twitter says there were over 25,300 Tweets per minute during the tweet peak, which came shortly after the birth was announced.
Posted on July 25, 2013
BH Media Group Buys The Press of Altantic City
Warren Buffett is still buying newspapers. Buffett's BH Media Group, a subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway Company, is purchasing The Press of Atlantic City through a private holiding company called ABARTA. Mark Blum will be the new publisher of the daily newspaper.
Blum told The Press, "I couldn't be more excited about getting the opportunity to return to Atlantic City and work with such an outstanding team of employees at The Press of Atlantic City. The Press is one of New Jersey's finest newspapers, and its digital presence is dominant. All of us at BH Media are very excited to become associated with a newspaper and a community like The Press and South Jersey."
CNN/Money reports that Buffett's company has purchased over two dozen newspapers in the past 18 months. BH Meda Group's website says it now operates a total of 68 newspapers.
Posted on July 21, 2013
Rolling Stone Under Fire for Boston Bomber Cover
Rolling Stone is under fire for featuring Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on the cover. Rolling Stone claims they are examining "the complexities of the issue" because the young terrorist is the same age as its demographic. However, the magazine could certainly still investigate the bomber without having him on the cover. The magazine's editors write, "The fact that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is young, and in the same age group as many of our readers, makes it all the more important for us to examine the complexities of this issue and gain a more complete understanding of how a tragedy like this happens."
Many are upset about the cover and the Wall Street Journal reports this is leading to stores boycotting the magazine. The Boston Mayor wrote in a letter to the publication that said, "The survivors of the Boston attacks deserve Rolling Stone covers, though I no longer feel that Rolling Stone deserves them."
ABC News reports that some stores are dropping the magazine. CVS and Walgreens have decided not to carry the issue. Take a look:
Posted on July 17, 2013
Dr. Oz and Hearst Planning Self-Help Magazine
Dr. Mehmet Oz and Hearst plan to launch a self-help magazine. Alison Brower has been appointed editor-in-chief of the upcoming magazine. Initial newsstand distribution for the first pilot issue will be 350,000 copies, with an additional 450,000 copies sent to targeted subscribers of select Hearst titles.
The debut pilot issue will hit newsstands nationwide in the first quarter of 2014, followed by a second issue. Hearts says this could lead to a regular frequency magazine in the second half of 2014. Hearst says the magazine will have an upbeat, optimistic attitude and will cover topics like physical and emotional well-being, food, beauty, real-women's stories, news, travel and finance.
Dr. Oz said in a statement, "This is about a lifestyle. Feeling great is the key to living well and this content will provide women with everything they need to feel inspired and live a long, ealthy, joyful life."
The new magazine has a couple statistics in its favor. Forbes reports that putting Dr. Oz on magazine covers leads to a newsstand boost. Forbes also says viewers of The Dr. Oz Show also tend to buy more women's magazines than non-viewers.
Posted on July 2, 2013
The Altantic Launches Weekly iPad Edition
The Atlantic has launched a weekly iPad edition, The Atlantic Weekly. The magazine will cost $1.99 an issue. A monthly subscription costs $2.99 and an annual subscription will cost $19.99. Content will come from theatlantic.com, The Atlantic Wire and The Atlantic Cities. The new issue also includes a story from deep within the publication's archives - Henry Thoreau's "Walking," which originally ran in The Atlantic in 1862.
The Atlantic says, "We are asking readers to pay for this magazine. The reason is that we are putting work into it--by editors, designers, and developers--and at least for now we're not including any advertising. This is, for us, another experiment in putting to use any new means available to create and support the journalism of ideas that distinguishes The Atlantic. We hope you will value it."
The weekly paper can be found here on iTunes.com.
Photo: The Atlantic Monthly Group
Posted on June 18, 2013
CBS Corporation Acquires TV Guide Website and Mobile Apps
CBS Corporation announced it has acquired TV Guide Digital, which includes the TVGuide.com website and the TV Guide mobile properties. CBS Corporation now has 100% after acquiring the remaining 50% stake in TV Guide Digital shares from Lionsgate. TVGuide.com and the TV Guide Mobile apps will become part of CBS Interactive's Technology, Games and Lifestyle group, which also operates TV.com. CBS says TVGuide.com receives over 16.5 million monthly unique visitors.
Jim Lanzone, President of CBS Interactive, said in a statement, "TV Guide is one of the most-enduring and iconic brands in the world of television and video, and we're proud to welcome TV Guide Digital to the CBS Interactive family. TVGuide.com and TV Guide Mobile have the biggest and most-engaged audiences in the valuable TV information category, making them a perfect fit for our portfolio of premium content brands."
CBS and Lionsgate's 50/50 partnership for the TVGN cable network will continue.
Posted on June 2, 2013
Bonnier Corp Buys Nine Motorcycle Magazines From Interlink Media
Bonnier Corp. announced its has acquired nine motorcycle titles from Source Interlink Media. Bonnier is purchasing Motorcyclist, Sport Rider, Dirt Rider, Motorcycle Cruiser, Hot Bike, Baggers, Super Streetbike, Street Chopper and ATV Rider.
The deal was somewhat of a magazine swap, as Bonnier also sold titles to Source Interlink. They include Sound + Vision, TransWorld SNOWboarding, TransWorld Motocross, TransWorld SKATEboarding, TransWorld SURF, TransWorld RIDEbmx and TransWorld Business.
Bonnier CEO Dave Freygang said in a statement, "The acquisition supports Bonnier's strategy to be focused in vertical enthusiast interest media. We believe in going deep into selected verticals, and it's essential that our brands be in a leadership position within those verticals. Since the acquisition of Cycle World in 2011, we've realized that the opportunities within the motorcycle market are significant."
AdAge reports that a Bonnier spokesperson says no layoffs will result from these deals.
Photo: Source Interlink
Posted on May 27, 2013