Publishing Industry Soundbytes 6-18-04

Posted on June 18, 2004

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Miscellaneous | Music Business | People

People

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CXO Media Inc. has announced editorial leaders for CMO magazine, a new magazine for chief marketing officers (CMOs). The new magazine will provide information senior marketing executives need to capture market share and justify budgets in a recovering economy. CXO Media's Editorial Director Lew McCreary announced Robert O'Regan as the founding Editor in Chief of CMO magazine. O'Regan spent 14 years at eWeek magazine (formerly PC Week), beginning his career on the copy desk. After ten years time, O'Regan was appointed executive news editor. After leaving eWeek in 2000, O'Regan joined McKinsey & Co., a management consultancy, working in a senior editorial capacity with consultants from McKinsey's various functional areas. Elaine Cummings joins O'Regan at the CMO magazine helm, where she will serve as Managing Editor. Cummings was previously the managing editor of CSO magazine and, before that, of Darwin magazine. She joined CXO Media in 1995, after a stint at Inc. magazine. Also joining the CMO magazine staff is newly appointed Senior Writer Constantine Von Hoffman, who previously wrote for The Boston Herald, the Boston Business Journal, the Providence Journal and National Public Radio's environmentally focused show, Living on Earth. McCreary says additional editorial hires are expected in the coming weeks.

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David M. Giles, a media lawyer and former newspaper reporter, has been named associate general counsel for The E. W. Scripps Company. His appointment became effective June 1. In the newly created position, Giles will work closely with managers of Scripps newspapers and broadcast television stations on a variety of legal matters, including First Amendment, contract, litigation, labor and employment matters. Giles reports to A. B. Cruz III, who recently joined Scripps as senior vice president and general counsel. Giles, 43, previously represented Scripps as an associate with the law firm of Baker & Hostetler, where over a 10-year period he worked with nearly all of the company's newspapers and television stations. He also represented nationally known media clients such as FOX Television and Granite Broadcasting Co.

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Vince Vawter, a Tennessee native who worked about 25 years of his newspaper career in the Volunteer State before accepting an assignment in Evansville, Ind., eight years ago, is returning to the Knoxville News Sentinel as publisher of special projects. In the newly created position, Vawter will be working on strategic initiatives that the News-Sentinel is developing in the Knoxville market. Vawter's appointment is effective July 1. Vawter, 57, was named publisher and president of the Evansville Courier & Press in 1998 after serving two years as the newspaper's editor and president. Before moving to Evansville, he was managing editor for the News Sentinel. The News Sentinel and the Courier & Press are owned and operated by The E. W. Scripps Company.

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John Gregerson has joined Meat Marketing & Technology magazine as its new editor. Gregerson will also oversee the daily news operations of Meatingplace.com, MMT's online resource. Prior to joining MMT and Meatingplace.com, Gregerson served as Managing Editor of three food industry publications: Food Processing, Wellness Foods and Food Creation magazines. Before this, he was Chief Editor of Food Engineering magazine, a monthly business publication for food engineers and plant operators. His publishing career began in the construction industry where he eventually became Chief Editor for Building Design & Construction magazine. Gregerson assumes his duties effective July 5. He replaces former Executive Editor Daniel J. Yovich, who has left to focus his efforts on a personal book project.

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Fabrinet, an engineering and electromechanical manufacturing services company, announced that Mark J. Schwartz, chief financial officer of Fabrinet, has been invited to be on the Editorial Review Board of Circuits Assembly magazine. Circuits Assembly serves the surface-mount and mixed-technology electronics assembly marketplace. The purpose of the Editorial Review Board is to represent the interests of Circuits Assembly readers. Its input helps ensure that the editorial content of the magazine and its entities (Web site, data products, etc.) reflect current issues most important to the printed circuit board (PCB) assembly professional.

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Cygnus Business Media, a business-to-business media company, announced that Ken Fisher has been appointed Chief Financial Officer (CFO). Fisher will report directly to the company's President & CEO Paul Mackler and be based out of its Westport, Connecticut headquarters. He fills the vacancy created by Carl Fazio who will assist in the transition, then assume his new responsibilities as CFO and Chief Operating Officer (COO) of The Daily Racing Form. Fisher most recently serving as CFO & Chief Technology Officer (CTO) for Wicks Business Information, a business-to-business media company located in Fairfield, Connecticut. At Wicks, he was responsible for the finance & accounting function of the company as well as directing all technology investments in seven locations. Fisher received his MBA in Finance from Northeastern University. Prior to joining Wicks as CFO & CTO, Fisher was vice president of finance for Cowles Enthusiast Media, a division of Cowles Business Media.

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Lawrence Downes, enterprise editor for the National desk of The New York Times, has joined the Editorial Board. Gail Collins, editor of the editorial page, announced the appointment. It takes effect immediately. Mr. Downes will specialize in suburban issues, and will work mainly on editorials for the new opinion sections which will be appearing in the Westchester, Long Island and City weekly sections, beginning June 20. Mr. Downes, 39, has been enterprise editor for the National desk since 2003. Previously, he served as the desk's deputy political editor in 2000 for the presidential campaign. From 1998 to 2000, Mr. Downes served as a weekend editor on the Metro desk and prior to that position, deputy weekend editor. He joined The Times in 1993 as a copy editor trainee. Before then, Mr. Downes served as a copy editor at Newsday from 1992 to 1993 and the Chicago Sun-Times from 1989 to 1992. Mr. Downes received a B.A. degree in English from Fordham University in 1986. He also attended the University of Missouri School of Journalism from 1987 to 1989.

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Columnist P.J. Corkery will again be a regular feature of the expanding San Francisco Examiner, it was announced by publisher Scott McKibben. Corkery has resumed his three-dot column of reporting, thought, talk speculation and writing about The City. His column will run three times weekly, Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. McKibben said the re-hiring of Corkery is part of the continuing growth of the 94,000 circulation weekday newspaper. Last month, the Examiner began distributing the free tabloid at selected East Bay BART stations. More changes are coming as the paper expands, McKibben said. Corkery started as an Examiner columnist in January 2001. He continued writing a daily column until early 2003, when a series of cutbacks by the newspaper's previous owner and a contractual dispute with Corkery lead to his departure.

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NCsoft Corporation, a developer and publisher of online computer games, has announced the appointment of Jon Van Caneghem as Executive Producer at NCsoft North America. Van Caneghem is best known as the founder of New World Computing and the creator of some of gaming's most prominent franchises, including the Might and Magic role playing game series and the Heroes strategy game series. Van Caneghem started New World Computing in 1983 and grew it to become one of the largest development houses in the computer games industry. The company was later acquired by 3DO. Van Caneghem created the Might and Magic and Heroes series and turned them into two of the industry's most successful titles, with more than 20 million units in combined sales. They have been translated into more than fifteen languages. At NCsoft he'll begin work on a new, unannounced online game project.

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Universal Pictures has promoted Andrew Fenady to senior vice president, physical production, it was announced by James D. Brubaker, president, physical production. In his new position, he will continue to work with filmmakers on all aspects of physical production, including budgeting, scheduling, hiring crews and managing the day-to-day operations. Mr. Fenady, who joined Universal in June 2000 as director, physical production and was promoted to vice president, physical production in November 2002, will continue to report to Mr. Brubaker. Mr. Fenady is currently overseeing physical production on The Bourne Supremacy, which recently wrapped; The Skeleton Key, which started shooting April 12; The Perfect Man, which began filming April 29; and Serenity, which began filming June 1. Before coming to Universal, Mr. Fenady worked for 10 years in freelance production.

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Zinio Systems, Inc., a provider of digital magazine production, distribution and circulation, has appointed Scott Kauffman president and chief executive officer. Mr. Kauffman, 48, joins Zinio from MusicNow where he served as president and CEO. He succeeds Mike Edelhart who served as CEO for two years. Mr. Kauffman's background includes senior positions with CompuServe and Time Warner, including five years as a member of the founding team of Entertainment Weekly magazine and vice president of business development for Time Warner Interactive. He also served as president and CEO of Coremetrics, a web services provider of marketing analytics solutions, where he continues to serve as chairman of the board.

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Primedia Inc., a targeted media company, has announced that publishing veteran Adam Marder has been appointed President of Primedia's Technology Group, part of the company's Enthusiast Media segment. Mr. Marder will oversee the company's publications, websites and events targeting the personal technology market. This includes brands such as Stereophile, Home Theater and Petersen's PHOTOgraphic. Mr. Marder joins Primedia with more than 15 years of media and publishing experience. He was President of CMP's Business Technology Group, where he managed more than 250 people in editorial, sales, and operations. Earlier in his career, as a Vice President, he was responsible for the creation and management of the company's national sales program, and as Associate Publisher of Electronic Buyer's News, he was responsible for building new event and research products. He has also been a Vice President and Director of Operations at VNU Business Media.

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Michelle Ebanks, group publisher of Essence Communications Partners (ECP), has announced the appointment of Cindy Schreibman to the position of associate publisher, marketing. Schreibman will oversee the marketing group, directly supervising brand development, research, corporate sales promotion, creative services and special events. She will work in support of all ECP's business ventures. Schreibman joins ECP from On Assignment, Inc., where she has worked as a marketing and creative services consultant since 2002. Previously, Schreibman spent eight years at Conde Nast Publications, Inc. where she held a number of positions.

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Harcourt Assessment, Inc., a test publisher, announced that Scott Barnes has joined the company as vice president and general counsel. Barnes is a senior legal professional with multinational experience and an industry background that includes both services and manufacturing. Barnes joins Harcourt from TRW, Inc., where he held a number of positions over an extended and distinguished career. Most recently, as vice president and assistant general counsel, he oversaw a team of attorneys, paralegals and other specialists who provided company-wide support on a broad range of legal issues, including employee relations, benefits, labor, immigration, international trade, purchasing, e-business, information systems and other special projects. During his career at TRW, Barnes held legal positions at both the corporate level and at several of TRW's business units, including Aerospace and Information Systems, Automotive, Steering Suspension and Engine, Information Systems, and Electronics and Defense. Prior to joining TRW, Barnes was an attorney at Overton, Lyman and Prince, a general practice law firm in Los Angeles.

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School Specialty, an education company providing supplemental learning products to the preK-12 market, has announced the appointment of Terry L. Lay, 56, to its Board of Directors. Lay currently serves as Vice President and Chairman of the Global Jeanswear Coalition at VF Corporation, an apparel company with annual sales over $5 billion. Lay has been with VF Corporation since 1971 and has served in various management positions including President of VF - Jeanswear Europe and President of The Lee Apparel Company.

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New York Women in Communications, Inc. (NYWICI) has elected Jyll Holzman, Senior Vice President, Advertising, The New York Times as President, 2004-2005. Ms. Holzman follows Joannie C. Danielides, President, Danielides Communications, who served as the organization's president from 2003-2004 and will continue as President, NYWICI Foundation. A seasoned advertising executive, Jyll Holzman was appointed senior vice president at The New York Times since 1999, responsible for all advertising revenues at The New York Times newspaper. As NYWICI president, she will lead a newly elected board of directors, as well as a dynamic membership of 1000 communications professionals representing the fields of: advertising, broadcasting, publishing, marketing, public relations, arts/entertainment and new media.

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Akira Matsumoto has been named vice president and general manager for Buena Vista Games, Asia Pacific, the global interactive entertainment arm of Disney Consumer Products; it was announced by Graham Hopper, senior vice president and general manager of Buena Vista Games, Inc. Effective July 1, 2004, Mr. Matsumoto will assume the position from Buena Vista Games Asia Pacific's current vice president and general manager, Shuji Utsumi, who will be leaving the company to pursue personal interests. Mr. Matsumoto will lead the Buena Vista Games Asia Pacific business and drive video game publishing and development in the region. He will also manage the company's many relationships with Japan-based video game companies such as Square-Enix, developers of the PlayStation 2 game Kingdom Hearts, and Capcom, currently developing Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas: Oogie's Revenge video game. In addition to growing the business in Japan, he will also focus on growing the business in important markets such as Korea and China. Mr. Matsumoto has been with The Walt Disney Company for more than 10 years, and was most recently vice president and general manager of Disney Consumer Products Hardlines business in Japan.

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MyFamily.com, Inc., a family history research and connection resource, announced that David H. Rinn has joined the company as Chief Financial Officer. David comes to MyFamily after more than eleven years at Microsoft Corporation, where he was most recently CFO of the Mobile and Embedded Devices Business Group. Previous roles at Microsoft included General Manager of Finance and Administration, CFO of HomeAdvisor Technologies, Sr. Director of Product Group Finance, and Sr. Director of Business Development and Investments. Earlier in his career, David worked in the investment banking division of Morgan Stanley. David holds a Master of Business Administration from The Anderson School at UCLA and a Bachelor of Arts in Geology from Vassar College in New York.

Content Deals

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JAKKS Pacific is planning to launch TV Games products based on Superman, Batman, Justice League and Scooby-Doo. The games are slated to launch in 2005 and are expected to retail for approximately $20.00 each.

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Hanley Wood has announced its purchase of the Meyers Group, a provider of residential real estate data and consulting services. With the acquisition Hanley Wood said it achieves two corporate objectives: entry into the data business, which further expands the company's portfolio of media properties; and $200 million in annual revenue, a milestone set five years ago when the then $100 million Hanley Wood was acquired by the private equity firm Veronis Suhler Stevenson. The housing industry uses Meyers Group information and consulting services to make business decisions on everything from new-home design and construction financing to geographic expansion and pricing strategy.

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Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Inc. and The Style Network have announced a multi-year licensing agreement to air Martha Stewart Living, the Emmy-award winning television program hosted by Martha Stewart, in primetime. Hour-long episodes from the existing library of Martha Stewart Living will air nationally on The Style Network weekdays at 8 p.m. EDT beginning this month. The Style Network will be the exclusive cable home of the original one-hour Martha Stewart Living television show. As part of the agreement, the companies will also produce four new original programming specials about weddings. The Style Network, part of E! Networks, is currently available in 36 million households and attracts a core audience of young, affluent adults between the ages of 18 and 49.

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LeapFrog Enterprises, Inc., a developer of technology-based learning products, will introduce a literacy Super Hero with the first Amazing Spider-Man licensed LeapPad system based on the Marvel Super Hero. The LeapPad platform comes with two books, one of which is based on the Amazing Spider-Man comic book and narrated by Spider-Man co-creator, Stan Lee. In The Amazing Spider-Man LeapPad learning system book, children can follow along as the masked superhero spins webs, clings to walls and gets them turned on to reading with colorful comic-book graphics and action-packed excitement.

Launches and Redesigns

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Sun-Sentinel.com has launched SouthFlorida.com, a new website that includes the most comprehensive guide to entertainment in the entire South Florida tri-county area. The site features searchable databases of more than 1,600 local restaurant reviews, movie reviews, and a calendar of local event information. It also features details about the hottest nightspots in the tri-county area, and attraction and visitor's guides spotlighting South Florida's best beaches, tourist attractions and weekend getaways. SouthFlorida.com also aims to attract an 18-54 year-old audience by providing "lighter" entertainment, celebrity and "Strange But True" news. The Sun-Sentinel Company is a subsidiary of Tribune Company.

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Hollywood Media Corp., a provider of news, information and ticketing covering the entertainment and media industries, has relaunched its Hollywood.com website. Some of the new features include a local event search; a members area called The Yak Shak!; a section where members can rate Hollywood content; a new searching technology; and expanded movieinfo, trailers and photo galleries.

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Primedia Inc., has announced the redesign of its venerable automotive title Hot Rod Magazine. Hot Rod will now contain photography in larger formats coupled with aired-out text and layouts. Primedia stated in a release that "additional pages in the magazine have enabled more editorial breadth, infused with imagery, for the tech, how-to's, testing, product reviews and features that have defined Hot Rod over the years. While the editorial direction and tone of Hot Rod remain, the July issue is bolder, more contemporary and graphically dramatic."

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Stage and screen choreographer Jerry Mitchell will direct and choreograph Legally Blonde - The Musical, announced MGM on Stage with show producers Hal Luftig, Fox Theatricals and Dori Berinstein. The musical's book, to be based on the MGM feature film and Amanda Brown's novel, will be by Heather Hach with music and lyrics by Larry O'Keefe and Nell Benjamin. Legally Blonde tells the story of Elle Woods, Bel Air's favorite pink-clad blonde, and her equally stylish Chihuahua, Bruiser. After Elle's boyfriend dumps her at graduation, she gets accepted into Harvard Law School to win him back, then discovers that she has far more legal savvy than she ever imagined.

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The Wall Street Journal has launched a new column, "Long and Short," in its Money & Investing section. The column, written by Jesse Eisinger, will look at the issues related to investing and Wall Street. It will run each Wednesday, and some weeks will have extra columns on different days. Recently, Journal editors revamped the Money & Investing section. In January 2004, the Journal added new features including "Tracking the Numbers" and "Street Sleuth" series, as well as "Weather Watch," a four-color weather map for business travelers.

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Forbes.com has announced the addition of a new editorial section in its Technology channel, devoted to wireless. The section focuses on how wireless technology impacts the workplace, enabling companies and business professionals to be more productive. The launch of the section features a special report on "Wi-Fi In The 21st Century Workplace," which is also available as a pull-out guide in the June 21 issue of Forbes magazine.

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ThinkExist.com, a quotations website, has released the latest version of its site with additional interactive features such as, free daily quotes, discussion forums and personalized quotation books. ThinkExist.com includes over 90,000 quotations from more than 11,000 authors. The first version of ThinkExist.com was published online in 1999.

The Editor Is IN, an email newletter for writers, will launch on August 1, 2004. The monthly newsletter is produced by writer-editor Ken Rand (The 10% Solution: Self-editing for the Modern Writer, Fairwood Press). Charter subscriptions till August 1 are $6. ($12 after August 1).

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The newly revamped Amusement Business, featuring an expanded editorial focus on the $60 billion out-of-home entertainment industry, has been launched. Formerly a weekly publication, Amusement Business is now a daily information source with a 24/7 website and a monthly print edition. In addition to its traditional coverage of theme parks and attractions, carnivals and fairs, Amusement Business has expanded into coverage of the concert and touring industries, sports, public assembly facilities and theatrical exhibition, as well as related fields such as themed restaurants, resorts and hotels, the cruise industry, experiential marketing and event sponsorships.

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TRUEBeginnings, an online relationship service, announced it has changed its name to True. True also has added four new experts to its growing counseling staff and advisory board. From an on-staff life coach, to a cyberflirting expert, to an "offline flirting" expert, to a personality psychologist, True has a growing team of psychology and relationship advisors. True focuses on helping individuals discover more about themselves, through the TRUE Compatibility Test, and through the site's psychology-focused editorial content.

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Packaged Facts, a food and beverage market research publisher, and the Center for Culinary Development, a food development company, have announced the launch of their new quarterly publication, the Culinary Trend Mapping Report. This new publication offers a unique look at emerging food trends and how consumers view them and chefs use them. Each issue will feature a discussion 12-15 ingredients, dishes, cooking styles, and flavor profiles that appear on CCD's unique 5-stage trend mapping system. Illuminating that discussion are the results of proprietary research conducted to glean insight into consumer attitudes about these trends. The report also examines new and evolving cuisines making news in culinary circles.

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McGraw-Hill Higher Education has announced the formation of a new Online Learning division, aimed at accelerating its growth in online markets. JP Lenney, 49, who is president of McGraw-Hill/Irwin, the premier provider of college business and economics titles, has been appointed president of the new division. Mr. Lenney will continue to oversee McGraw-Hill/Irwin until his successor is named. McGraw-Hill Higher Education Online Learning will develop new opportunities in online courses and adaptive learning technologies. Several existing McGraw-Hill online offerings will be part of the new unit, including: ALEKS, an adaptive Web-based artificial intelligence tutor developed by the ALEKS Corporation and distributed by McGraw-Hill; Primis Online, McGraw-Hill's custom publishing operation that offers over 900 etextbooks and over 8000 cases in either online or print formats; and GradeSummit, an online study tool that enables students to measure their knowledge level of a particular subject with references to specific texts.

Film and Television

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U.S. Cellular, in conjunction with wireless software developer eMbience, is helping customers choose movies with a new cellular telephone application called "Ebert Mobile Movie Reviews." The service features critiques from award-winning film critic Roger Ebert on current films as well as legendary classics. Customers can access Ebert's reviews anytime, anywhere through U.S. Cellular's easyedge service. Ebert's Mobile Movie Reviews helps customers search both new and old films and reviews by selecting any of its five categories: Now Playing, Great Movies, Search Movies and Rentals, Browse by Genre, and Weekly Top 10. Customers also can narrow down selections by sorting by title or rating. All content for Ebert's Mobile Movie Reviews is provided by the Chicago Sun-Times and Roger Ebert.

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IDT Entertainment announced that through its home video subsidiary, Anchor Bay Entertainment, it has signed an exclusive agreement with Stephen J. Cannell Productions, Inc. to market and distribute hit television programs for the Cannell library. Featured programs include, 21 Jump Street, The Commish, Silk Stalkings, Hunter, The Greatest American Hero, Renegade, as well as other well-known Cannell series. IDT Entertainment is a subsidiary of IDT Corporation, a multinational carrier, telephone and technology company. Anchor Bay Entertainment has scheduled the first Cannell releases for fall 2004.

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DreamWorks Pictures' computer-animated comedy Shrek 2, which has become the top-grossing animated film in history (domestically) with a cumulative domestic box office gross of $346.5 million as of Saturday, June 12. The film crossed the previous record of $339.8 million on June 12, its 25th day in release. The announcement was made by DreamWorks Pictures Head of Distribution Jim Tharp. In addition to now being the top-grossing animated film of all time, Shrek 2 now holds the records for the biggest mid-week opening day for an animated film, the largest opening weekend for an animated film, the largest five-day opening for any film, the biggest single-day Saturday gross for any film, and the biggest single-day Sunday gross for any film.

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Lions Gate Films, a division of Lions Gate Entertainment and IFC Films have begun the process of contesting the R rating the MPAA (Motion Picture Association of America) has applied to its June 25 nationwide release Fahrenheit 9/11, it was announced by Tom Ortenberg, President of Lions Gate Films Releasing. The MPAA issued the current rating due to "violent and disturbing images and for language." Lions Gate Films has filed an emergency appeal with Jack Valenti of the MPAA for an expedited screening. "It is sadly very possible that many fifteen and sixteen years olds will be asked and recruited to serve in Iraq in the next couple of years," said Michael Moore. "If they are old enough to be recruited and capable of being in combat and risking their lives, they certainly deserve the right to see what is going on in Iraq."

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Scholastic, a publisher and distributor of children's books, announced that Warner Bros. Pictures has acquired the movie rights of The New York Times bestselling mystery novel Chasing Vermeer. Stephen Moore from The Paul Kohner Agency conducted the negotiations on Scholastic's behalf. The book, which Newsweek called "The Da Vinci Code for tweens," is written by debut novelist Blue Balliett and illustrated by Brett Helquist, the illustrator of the Series of Unfortunate Events books by Lemony Snicket. Chasing Vermeer is a puzzle, wrapped in a mystery, disguised as an adventure, and delivered as a work of art. Filled with letters to decode and mysteries to solve, it contains a secret message, artfully hidden in Brett Helquist's mesmerizing chapter illustrations.

Music Business

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Loudeye Corp., a provider of business-to-business digital media solutions, has announced a digital music distribution agreement with Naxos, an independent classical music label. Through the agreement, Naxos's classical music catalog of more than 55,000 tracks will be added to Loudeye's IndieSource program and made available for digital download through Loudeye's music distribution partners around the world.

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ELO Media LLC., a provider of DVMatic, an Automated DVD Rental Machine, has announced the launching of DVMatic on student campuses in the East Coast. Currently operating in Rutgers University and Monmouth University, DVMatic serves as an additional entertainment medium for students, enabling them to rent and purchase DVD movies and video games. ELO predicts that by year end 2005 there will be more than 2,000 DVD vending machines in the U.S., as supermarkets, restaurants and shopping centers compete to enhance foot traffic. McDonald's, which has recently tested such machines, is now installing 105 DVD vending machines in its Denver stores. DVMatic holds over 700 DVD slots and 180 different titles in one machine.

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Creative Artists Agency (CAA), a talent and literary agency, has signedartist Mariah Carey for representation. With 15 #1 singles and two Grammy Awards, Carey is the only artist to top the charts every year of the 1990's. Carey is currently working on her new album, under Island/Def Jam and MonarC, her own imprint, for later this year. Kanye West, James Poyser, Swizz Beats, Scott Storch and R. Kelly, are contributing to this effort. On the heels of receiving critical acclaim for her performance in Wisegirls, Carey is looking forward to pursuing additional acting opportunities. She is also working on an illustrated children's book that tells a story about a biracial orphan girl. Benny Medina at Handprint Entertainment is her manager. Her attorney is Don Passman at Gang, Tyre, Ramer & Brown, Inc.

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Live365, an Internet radio network, and GarageBand.com, an independent music community, have announced a business deal. Live365 will make hundreds of new tracks by emerging musicians available to its broadcaster community and millions of listeners, taking advantage of GarageBand.com's rating system to select the best music. The agreement provides Live365 with a fresh source of music, using GarageBand's unique review process which sorts through thousands of songs by independent musicians and uses listener ratings to find the cream of the crop. Furthermore, GarageBand will waive the digital performance royalties on this music, enabling cost savings for both Live365 and its Broadcaster Community.

Book Deals and News

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PubEasy, a book trade electronic commerce service, has announced the addition of Partners/West to its Affiliate list. Partners/ West is the largest independent wholesaler in the Western U.S., carrying 80,000 titles, including bestsellers, midlist, children's and regional with quickly expanding emphasis on mind-body-spirit titles. Partners/ West sister company in Michigan will follow in joining PubEasy. PubEasy is a division of R.R. Bowker.

Miscellaneous

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WebSourced, Inc., a provider of search engine marketing, has announced Andy Beal, its vice president of search marketing, has won the MarketingSherpa Readers' Choice Award for Best Online Marketing Blog. Beal launched his blog, the Search Engine Lowdown, in July of 2003. It provides the public with the latest search engine industry news on companies such as Google, Yahoo! and MSN. Beal has broken two stories on his blog, which the mainstream media later covered. On February 17, he reported Yahoo! was no longer using Google's search technology and on May 12 Beal announced Google would begin offering image advertisements. MarketingSherpa, Inc., publishes case studies, results data and best practices for marketing, advertising and public relations professionals.

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Newsday has announced it will reduce its reported September 2003 Publisher's Statement of Circulation of 579,729 daily and 671,819 Sunday by approximately 40,000 daily and by approximately 60,000 Sunday. In addition, Hoy will reduce its reported circulation during the same period of 92,604 daily and 33,198 on Sunday by approximately 15,000, and 4,000 respectively. Both newspapers also expect to make significantly smaller adjustments to their March 2004 circulation figures. Newsday and Hoy have been cooperating with the Audit Bureau of Circulation (ABC) on an audit of the newspapers' circulation figures since February. A Tribune Company audit determined that during portions of 2002 and 2003 some copies of Newsday that were distributed for free as part of a home delivery promotional campaign were improperly recorded as paid copies. In addition, some single copy sales could not be verified because of inadequate record-keeping by one of Newsday's outside distributors. As a result of the audit, Newsday's vice president of circulation has been placed on administrative leave. Tribune Company's internal investigation of the circulation practices at Newsday and Hoy is ongoing.