Posted on July 30, 2004
CIO magazine has
appointmented Richard Pastore to the position of Editor, as well as the appointment of
Allan Holmes to Washington Bureau Chief. Pastore joined CIO
in 1991 as a staff writer.
Prior to joining CIO
, Pastore was a reporter at Computerworld
personal computing. As editor, he will be responsible for overseeing the day-to-day
operations of the editorial team as well as the print edition of CIO
He will also continue to occasionally write stories and features on the deployment of
Thomson Media, a division of The Thomson Corporation,
has announced the appointment of Nicholas Chesla to the position of a managing
editor for its flagship daily newspaper, The Bond Buyer
In his new position, Chesla will be responsible for the content of The Bond Buyer
its affiliated Web-based products and management of The Bond Buyer's
news-gathering resources. He will work with editor-in-chief Amy B. Resnick on the
development of new products and provide direction for The Bond Buyer's
coverage of public finance.
Chesla previously held the position of market editor for The Bond Buyer, where he
was responsible for leading the team that writes the paper's market column.
Chesla joined The Bond Buyer in 2001 as a market reporter.
Prior to joining The Bond Buyer, Chesla worked as an award-winning writer and producer
for news and documentaries in New York and Australia.
Tom Freston, Co-President and Co-Chief Operating Officer, Viacom Inc., has named Judy
McGrath Chairman and CEO, MTV Networks. McGrath,
who will report directly to Freston,
was previously MTV Networks Group President, responsible for MTV, MTV2, VH1, CMT,
Comedy Central and the recently announced LOGO, set to launch in 2005.
Effective immediately, McGrath takes on Freston's previous role, which includes
overall responsibility for the networks named above as well as Nickelodeon, Nick at
Nite, Spike TV, TV Land, Noggin, The N, MTV Networks Digital Suite, MTV Networks
International and all of the company's related consumer products and digital
businesses, as he moves to his new post at Viacom. Herb Scannell, MTV Networks
Group President, will report directly to Judy, along with Bill Roedy, President,
MTV Networks International. Freston also announced that Mark Rosenthal,
currently President and COO, MTV Networks, has made the decision to leave the company.
On the heels of Bonnie Hammer assuming leadership
over both SCI FI Channel and USA Network, Dave Howe, SCI FI's head of marketing,
has been appointed Executive Vice President and General Manager of the Channel.
In his new role, Howe will be responsible for SCI FI's day-to-day operations,
overseeing Programming, Acquisitions & Scheduling; On- and Off-Air Marketing & Creative;
SCIFI.COM; SCI FI Magazine; and Media Relations. He will continue to guide SCI FI's
strategic brand direction and report directly to Hammer.
Formerly Executive Vice President of Marketing & Brand Strategy for SCI FI Channel, Howe
has been with the company since September 2001.
Prior to joining SCI FI, Howe spent 15 years at the BBC in London, most recently as
Controller of Creative Services.
Madelyn Hammond has been promoted to Vice President
Strategic Marketing for Variety
as Publisher of VLife
, published six
times annually, is Variety's latest publication providing insider news and lifestyle
features for the entertainment industry. In her capacity as Publisher for VLife
Hammond is responsible for overseeing advertising sales targeted toward the consumer
community as well as all marketing activities associated with the publication.
Additionally, Hammond will continue to oversee all aspects of marketing, advertising,
publicity, special events and sponsorships for Variety's suite of products: Weekly
Variety, Daily Variety, Variety.com in addition to Broadcasting & Cable and
Multichannel News. Hammond will continue to report to Charlie Koones, Executive
Vice President and Publisher, The Variety Group.
Stewart Living Omnimedia, Inc. has announced
that Thomas C. Siekman, a current director, has been named Chairman of the Board,
succeeding Jeffrey W. Ubben, who has chosen to step down as Chairman. Mr. Ubben
will remain a director, and ValueAct Capital, the San Francisco-based investment
partnership that Mr. Ubben co-founded, remains the Company's second largest shareholder.
Arthur C. Martinez, former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Sears Roebuck & Co.,
has stepped down from the Board and his position as Lead Director.
MSO announced, in addition, that the Lead Director position will be eliminated.
The Company further announced that the Board has appointed as a director Charles A.
Koppelman, who was proposed by Martha Stewart. Mr. Koppelman currently serves as
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of CAK Entertainment Co., a music and
Tribune Publishing, a division of Tribune Company,
announced that Newsday
president and chief
operating officer Timothy Knight has been named publisher and chief executive officer
of the newspaper effective August 15. Knight will succeed Raymond Jansen, who is
retiring. Jansen has served as Newsday publisher since 1994.
Knight joined Newsday in February 2003 as executive vice president and general manager.
He was named president and chief operating officer of Newsday in July 2004, and took on
responsibility for the daily business operations of all non-news departments of the Long
Island-based newspaper. Before joining Newsday, Knight served as vice president/strategic
marketing, development and finance for the Chicago Tribune. He also was responsible for
the newspaper's interactive operations. From 1998 to 2001, he was vice president/strategy
and development of Tribune Publishing Company. In that position he oversaw acquisitions,
strategic planning and development projects.
Tribune Publishing, a division of Tribune Company,
announced that Digby Solomon Diez, vice president/general manager of Hoy
, Chicago, has
been named interim publisher of Hoy
, and that publishing executive Timothy Kennedy will
serve as interim chief operating officer at the newspaper. Both appointments are effective
immediately. Solomon succeeds Louis Sito, who has served as publisher of Hoy
and is retiring. Solomon was named vice president/general manager of Hoy's
edition in August 2003, and has overseen all business aspects of the paper, including
advertising sales, production, circulation and finance. He served as director/general
manager of the Spanish-language weekly Exito!
, published by Chicago Tribune Company
prior to Tribune Publishing's introduction of Hoy
in Chicago. From November 1999 to
June 2003, Solomon also served as general manager of Chicago Tribune Interactive.
Solomon has worked in various editorial and business positions at Tribune newspapers in
Chicago, South Florida and Virginia over the past 14 years.
Tim Kennedy was named vice president/strategy and development for Tribune Publishing
in January 2001. Since then he has directed strategic planning for the publishing group
and led many business development efforts for Tribune newspapers, including the
expansion of Hoy into Chicago and Los Angeles.
Inc., a provider of media services and software, announced that two new executives
have joined the company. Robert Acker, a founding member of the XM Satellite Radio
team, has been named Vice President of the RealPlayer business.
Mr. Acker will be directing Real's business
around the RealPlayer, including development, distribution and marketing
of the RealPlayer. Also, Aref Matin, formerly an executive at
Juniper Networks and Siemens, joins RealNetworks in a newly created position, Vice
President of Carrier and System Software.
Mr. Matin will be responsible for software product development, solution
integration services and technical customer support of RealNetworks' systems software
solutions for both wireline and wireless networks.
, a men's lifestyle magazine for
hispanics published by Zoom Media Group, has named Alberto Chehebar as its new editor.
Co-owner of the boutique women's wear line Soye, Chehebar is an
avid art collector and a member of the junior board for the prestigious contemporary
art fair, Art Basel Miami. He previously ran the independent record label Pato Records
and has been a partner in such successful media ventures as Bela and Dic Entertainment
(creators of Inspector Gadget). Loft
has also named Celeste Fraser Delgado as
the new managing editor of the magazine's US Hispanic
edition. Fraser Delgado,
formerly of the Miami New Times,
is best known for her coverage of the Latin music
industry. She will bring her writing style to Loft
contributor and editor. Founded in 2001, Loft
has a circulation of 80,000
in the United States, with an additional circulation of 25,000 copies of special
editions in Mexico, 10,000 in Colombia, and 10,000 in Venezuela.
Veronis Suhler Stevenson, an independent
media merchant bank, has appointed Thomas L. Kemp as Managing
Director. Mr. Kemp, age 53, joins Veronis Suhler Stevenson from Penton Media, Inc.,
where he served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer since 1996.
Mr. Kemp began his career at Miller
Freeman in San Francisco, where he worked for over twenty years and served as President
and Chief Operating Officer.
Cathy Cavender has been named editor-in-chief of
Diversion magazine, it was announced by Richard P. Malloch, president, Hearst
Business Media. Cavender, formerly the deputy editor of Hearst's Lifetime
replaces Ed Wetschler, who retired in May. Cavender starts in her new role on July 27.
will be naming a replacement for Cavender in the coming weeks.
Almost 30 years old, Diversion
is a monthly travel and lifestyle magazine edited for
the physician at leisure. Regular features in the magazine cover topics beyond medicine
including travel, food and wine, sports, finance, the arts and more. Diversion
distributed to approximately 200,000 office-based physicians.
Cavender has been at Lifetime
since it debuted last year. Prior to that, she was the
launch editor-in-chief of Rosie
magazine. She has also served as editor of TV Guide's
. In addition, Cavender has held editorial positions at McCall's,
Duncan M. McFarland, former Chairman and Chief Executive
Officer of Wellington Management Company, LLP, has been elected to the Board of Directors
of Gannett Co., Inc., the company announced. McFarland, 60, joined
Wellington Management Company after graduating cum laude from Yale University with a
B.A. in economics in 1965. During his career, he held positions with the firm including
vice president, senior vice president and managing partner before becoming CEO in 1994.
He retired as chairman and CEO at the end of June 2004. He is a trustee of the Financial
Rebecca Ross Albers has been named editor of the
Newspaper Association of America's monthly flagship magazine, Presstime. Albers has
worked at Presstime
since 1992 serving as staff writer, associate editor, assistant
managing editor, and most recently, managing editor. As editor, she will oversee all
magazine content, layout and design. Prior to joining the Presstime
served as reporter, copy editor and assistant section editor for The Miami Herald
She also was a reporter for The Boca Raton (Fla.) News
The Fremont (Neb.) Tribune
. Albers has a master�s degree in journalism from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism and a bachelor's degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
Guild of America, west has announced
the appointment of David J. Young as its director of organizing.
Young graduated magna cum laude from San Diego University with a BA in economics and
has devoted his professional career to the labor movement. He served as assistant
director of organization at the Laborers' California Organizing Fund since 1999, where
he successfully signed dozens of new construction industry employers to work agreements.
Young also served as director of organizing for the Southern California-Nevada Regional
Council of Carpenters, where he planned and supervised winning campaigns covering nearly
1,000 workers. Prior to that, Young was supervisor of the International Brotherhood of
Teamsters� Southern California Construction Organizing Project, spear-heading a joint
organizing project of Teamsters International and Local 952. From 1991 to 1997, Young
served as assistant national director of organizing for the Union of Needle Trades,
Industrial, and Textile Employees (UNITE), where he planned and directed major
campaigns resulting in thousands of employees receiving union benefits for the first time.
PowerByHand, a provider of mobile content and
solutions, has announced the top ten bestselling ebooks for the month of June
from its eReader.com division (formerly Palm Digital Media).
The top categories in fiction were Suspense & Thrillers and Science Fiction, while
Romance was the fastest-growing category. Among the top selling fiction ebooks,
The Da Vinci Code
recorded its 14th consecutive month in the top ten. Representing
the Suspense & Thrillers category, author Dan Brown also has two other top titles -
Angels and Demons
and Digital Fortress
- which are also print bestsellers.
Science Fiction titles were well represented in June with the success of Greg Bear's
and Darwin's Children
. Rounding out Fiction bestsellers, ebook
pioneer Stephen King is no stranger to the eReader.com bestseller list. The Song of
Susannah: The Dark Tower VI
, released June 8th, 2004, confirms King's position at
the top of the Horror category.
In non-fiction, Bill Clinton's opus My Life
was released as an eReader title
simultaneously with the print edition on June 22, 2004. Shadow Divers
, a true-life
tale of underwater adventure was another June release.
iVillage Inc., a women's community online,
announced that Hearst Communications, Inc. has entered into an agreement that extends the companies' magazine content license and hosting relationship
for an additional three years. This agreement is based on the substantive terms of the
previously announced Memorandum of Understanding entered into by the parties in May
2004.Under the terms of the agreement, Hearst will pay to iVillage approximately $12.5
million over three years for hosting and production services related to the following
Hearst magazine websites, all of which will continue to be incorporated into The
iVillage Network: Cosmopolitan, Country Living, Good Housekeeping, Redbook, House
Beautiful, Marie Claire
and Town & Country
PBS has established
a strategic alliance with leading publication Homeschooling Parent magazine, in
which each issue will highlight lesson plans and curriculum materials on PBS
TeacherSource, PBS' website devoted to preK- 12 educators.
PBS TeacherSource extends the educational value of PBS' television
programming by helping educators learn effective ways to incorporate digital media
into instruction. TeacherSource includes more than 4,500 free lesson plans and online
activities. Homeschooling Parent
is a bi-monthly magazine that focuses on stories of
interest to homeschooling families, products that can be used in the home and classroom
and ideas that assist parents in teaching their children at home.
NetWorld Alliance, publisher of KioskMarketplace.com and Kiosks.org and manager of Kiosks.org Association, has announced the acquisition of Voyagi
Inc.'s kiosk division, which includes Kiosk
magazine, KIOSK.com, and The Kiosk
Show, an industry tradeshow. With this acquisition, NetWorld Alliance effectively
doubles the size of its global kiosk operations.
The first issue of Kiosk
magazine published by NetWorld Alliance will be the
September/October 2004 issue. The company also will assume responsibility for producing
The Kiosk Show, a technology event showcasing all types of kiosks. The next event is
October 7-8, in Boston, Mass.
Journal Sentinel Inc. announced that its flagship
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
will launch a weekly tabloid-style publication and
companion website this fall, targeted primarily at 25- to 34-year-olds.
The free tabloid will be available at a variety of locations throughout the five-county
metropolitan Milwaukee area. The focus of the tabloid and Web site content will be
entertainment and lifestyle interests of young adults.
Diane Bacha, assistant managing editor/new initiatives and readership growth, will
be editor and general manager of the tabloid and website.
A new, dedicated editorial team will produce the tabloid and website, which have yet
to be named. The Journal Sentinel anticipates announcing a name and official launch
date some time in August.
American Greetings and Nickelodeon
have launched a new collection of communications products for children aged six
through 12. Named Nickspressions, the new products feature characters from popular Nickelodeon programs like SpongeBob SquarePants and The Fairly Oddparents.
Products range from a Secret Message Decoder, which contains decoders, mini pens
and code cards that let kids give their friends hidden notes only they can read,
to Side Burns, which features three recordable mini CDs, labels to give them a
"stylin'" look and stickers to personalize them for buddies.
TEN Magazines, home of an online network of car and truck enthusiasts and publisher of four truck enthusiast magazines, has announced an agreement with
DRIVE! Media, publisher of an auto and truck
event listings site and magazines, to integrate its event listings across TEN Magazines'
network of car and truck enthusiast sites and truck magazines.
Under the agreement, TEN Magazine will integrate auto and truck event listings from
DRIVE! in a newly created events area across TEN Magazines' network of 17 websites.
Also under the agreement, TEN Magazines chapter members will be able to automatically
list their chapter events in DRIVE!'s magazines and website.
Scholastic and the American Bible Society (ABS)
have signed an agreement to create Bibles and Bible-related books for children it was
announced today. Scholastic and the ABS will cooperate in developing a variety of Bible
study and devotional books, Bible storybooks, and age-appropriate Bibles for children.
The first title is scheduled for publication in fall 2005.
McGraw-Hill Education, a division of The McGraw-Hill
Companies, Inc. has announced the acquisition of Grow Network (Grow.net, Inc.),
a privately held company that is a leading provider of assessment reporting
and customized content for states and large school districts across the country.
Grow utilizes proprietary technology to provide customized test
reports and instructional materials for students, families, and educators. It currently
serves a wide range of states and school districts.
Bauer Publishing USA's celebrity weekly
magazine, In Touch Weekly
announced its first international expansion with the
launch of In Touch Weekly Mexico
. The new magazine will cover the American celebrity
scene as well as feature stars from the Mexican and Latin American markets. The 80-page
publication is available on newsstands today at 18 Pesos or approximately $1.60 USD.
Based in Mexico City, In Touch Weekly Mexico is being distributed in approximately
30,000 retail stores and newsstand kiosks across all of Mexico's 32 states. In the U.S.,
the magazine will be offered at newsstands in California, Texas, Florida, New York and
Penton Media Europe, part of Penton Media, Inc. has acquired four leading
customer-focused titles from the independent publisher Wilson Publications.
Over the coming months Penton plans substantial development for its newly formed
"Business Customer" group. Three of the titles, CRM, Customer Service News
and IT Support
(BITS), will become part of the Penton Media "Business Customer "
portfolio under the responsibility of publishing director Russell Goater. The fourth,
Field Service Management
, will be merged with Penton's title Service
and its online exhibition. Wilson Publications' former editorial director, Mark Turner, has joined Penton Media as managing editor of the "Business Customer" group and will be responsible for all editorial content.
Sports Information and Publishing Corp.,
announced that it has completed the acquisition of all of the outstanding shares
of Hall Effect Medical Products Inc. ("Hall"). Hall is the owner of two UK-based
companies, which are developing a group of technologically advanced medical diagnostic
products for personal and professional use. These products are based on patented
breakthrough technology that utilizes the Hall Effect, a principle of physics
discovered more than 100 years ago that can now be developed into practical applications
as a result of the advancement of semi-conductor and computing technology.
Publishing, a business unit of SAS, a privately held software company,
has announced a cooperative marketing and
wholesale distribution agreement with Ingram Book Group, a wholesaler of books.
Ingram provides access to more than 15,000 business partners/resellers
globally who can offer SAS books in their retail stores. As a result of this agreement,
SAS customers will soon be able to purchase SAS books either from their local
booksellers or through their local SAS offices.
Launches and Redesigns
Meximerica Media, a U.S.-based publishing company,
has announced that Rumbo de San Antonio
, a Spanish-language daily newspaper
in San Antonio, will be launched on July 26. Rumbo de San Antonio
is Meximerica's first
step toward establishing a new network of Spanish-language daily newspapers in Texas,
to be followed by subsequent launches in Houston in August, and the Lower Rio Grande
Valley and Austin in September. Rumbo
(pronounced room-bo), comes from the Spanish
word often associated with the Latin American phrase meaning "heading north" and, by
implication, heading to move up in life. Rumbo de San Antonio
is a complete full-color,
tabloid-size Spanish-language newspaper, primarily aimed at Hispanic men and women
between the ages of 21 and 54. The paper has its own staff of reporters covering local
and community news of particular interest to its readers, including education, personal
finance, and health. Rumbo de San Antonio
also offers national, international,
sports and entertainment news coverage, with particular emphasis on Mexico and Latin
America. Rumbo de San Antonio
will cost 25 cents and will be distributed at some
1,500 points-of-sale throughout the city, including supermarkets, convenience
stores, stores, restaurants and coin boxes.
NYTimes.com announced that it has expanded its
Really Simple Syndication (RSS) offerings to 27 categories including new feeds such
as Most E-mailed Articles, Multimedia and Week in Review. In addition, with this
launch, all of the Times's RSS feeds can be downloaded directly from
NYTimes.com/rss. RSS, a mechanism for content distribution that provides users with another way to
access Times content, also enables weblog publishers to add NYTimes.com links to
their blogs. NYTimes.com/rss provides quick access to Times headlines and summaries,
which are updated throughout the day and link back to NYTimes.com for the full article.
Film and Television
A film based on the life of Chris
Paciello, a Staten Island street thug who became the king of South Beach nightlife,
is slated for production in January 2005 in Miami and New York. The 90-minute feature
film, The King of Clubs
tells the story of Paciello, who made
world headlines when he was arrested in 1999 in connection with the 1993 murder of
a Staten Island, NY housewife.
Billed by The Village Voice
as "the biggest scandal to hit South Beach since the 1997
murder of Gianni Versace." The New York-born Paciello was a well-known fixture of
Miami's nightclub and society crowds. In fact, Paciello, who co-owned Liquid, was
credited with adding fire to South Beach's rising status as a major international
hotspot. Paciello, who partied with superstars like Madonna, Jennifer Lopez and
supermodel Niki Taylor, was recently sentenced to 10 years in prison.
The King of Clubs
cast considerations are Mario Lopez to play Chris Paciello, Tom
Sizemore and John C. McGinley. The film is being executive produced by South Floridian,
Paolo Sadri (TMG Films). TMG Films has acquired the rights to Michele McPhee's Mob
Over Miami Boston Globe
Bestseller. In addition, Michele McPhee has joined the
production staff as a technical advisor. Jeff Franklin has joined the project as a
co-executive producer. The story spans from Paciello's early life as Christian
Ludwigsen on the mean streets
in the New York boroughs of Brooklyn and Staten Island to his recreation as Chris
Paciello in Miami. The King of Clubs
screenplay is based on three years of extensive
research, including actual court transcripts. With financing already secured through
an Italian company, filming is set to begin early 2005 and will be shot in some of
the original locations in New York and Miami.
Principal photography began yesterday on
The Diary of a Mad Black Woman
in Atlanta, Georgia, it was announced by Mike
Paseornek, President of Production, Lions
Gate Films, the motion picture production and distribution arm of Lions Gate
Entertainment, and Tyler Perry. The film has been adapted by writer Tyler Perry from
his play of the same name, and Perry will also play a lead role in the film.
The Diary of a Mad Black Woman
is set in an affluent community and focuses
on Helen, a devoted and loving wife who, on the eve of her 20th wedding anniversary,
is rudely surprised to find that her husband Charles wants to divorce her in order to
be with her best friend. Struggling with this sudden change, Helen is forced to deal
with many new and upsetting feelings, sending her into a comedic barrage of confrontations
while she struggles with her anger, bitterness, jealousy, denial, revenge, and selfishness.
Finally, Helen realizes that if she is to recover from the changes in her life, she
must rely upon the strength of her faith, lifelong values and the compassion and
forgiveness required to heal the hurt. Thirty-four-year-old playwright, director,
producer and actor Tyler Perry is a New Orleans native and has written seven plays
which have received rave reviews and have sold out houses across the nation, including
his most recent, The Diary of a Mad Black Woman
and Woman Thou Art Loosed
The film stars Kimberly Elise (Manchurian Candidate
& Woman Thou Art Loosed
Steve Harris (The Practice
), Shemar Moore (The Brothers
), Tamara Taylor
(Introducing Dorothy Dandridge
), Tyler Perry and Cicely Tyson. The film is
directed by Darren Grant, produced by Ruben Cannon, co-produced by Mike Upton, and to
be photographed by David Claessen.
Enterprises and Lions Gate's Family Home Entertainment, a division of
Lions Gate Entertainment, have announced
that the first title to be released through their recent made-for-DVD agreement will be
. The first installment of the multi-picture home video deal, the
animated feature will cast some of Marvel's most popular Super Heroes including Captain
America, The Hulk, Iron Man, and Thor. Production on The Avengers
home video release -- which will be based on the bestselling Marvel Comics series The
-- has already commenced. The animated feature will be distributed by Lions
Gate Home Entertainment and available in stores in early 2006.
Marvel and Lions Gate plan to develop, produce and distribute eight original animated
made-for-DVD features based upon the extensive Marvel character library. Marvel is
spearheading development and production with Lions Gate handling marketing and
distribution. This agreement builds upon the existing theatrical relationship between
Lions Gate and Marvel, under which Lions Gate released The Punisher
earlier this year, starring Thomas Jane, Rebecca Romijn-Stamos and John Travolta, and
is currently developing theatrical film releases for Marvel's Iron Fist
Music Publishing Group has signed superstar
artist, songwriter Mariah Carey to an exclusive, worldwide publishing deal. The deal
will bring her catalog of hits into UMPG including such songs as
Whenever You Call, Honey, Dream Lover, Always Be My Baby, and Heartbreaker.
Since she began her career, Mariah has become the bestselling female performer of all
time, with 15 #1 singles and two Grammy Awards. Along the way she became
the only artist to top the charts in each year of the 1990s, and, with Heartbreaker
she pushed ahead of the Beatles as the artist with the most cumulative weeks spent
atop Billboard's Hot 100 Singles chart. Mariah has garnered many accolades throughout
her career including 2 Grammy Awards, 8 American Music Awards, Billboard's "Artist of
the Decade" Award and the World Music Award for "World's Best Selling Female Artist
of the Millennium" to name a few. Mariah has commenced work on her next studio LP
for Island/Def Jam under the auspices of L.A Reid and the management of Benny Medina
at Handprint Entertainment.
Infinity Music Corp. has begun trading as a
public company. Although new as a public company, subsidiaries of the company
have been in operation since 1977. Infinity was formed through a series of
mergers between companies in different areas of entertainment, including
record labels, a recording studio, concert management and a broadcast
Infinity Music has five subsidiaries that act as the company's "building blocks":
Inc., a creator of digital media services and software,
announced that it added 100,000
subscribers to its premium digital music services in the second quarter (ending
June 30, 2004). RealNetworks now claims more than 550,000 paying subscribers for
its premium digital music services, which include RadioPass, a commercial
free Internet radio service, and Rhapsody, an on-demand music service.
introduced the new iPod, the fourth generation of the portable digital
music player. The new iPod is available in a 20GB
model for $299 and a 40GB model for $399. All iPods work
with Apple's iTunes on either a Mac or Windows computer and access to the
iTunes Music Store.
JupiterResearch, a division of Jupitermedia
Corporation, reported that digital music sales will more than double
compared to last year, reaching
more than $270 million in 2004, and will grow rapidly to $1.7 billion in 2009,
totaling 12% of consumer music spending. While digital music will return the U.S.
music industry to growth after four years of steeply declining sales, digital music
still will not replace CDs or bring music sales back to its 1999 peak.
Over time, revenues for digital subscription services will outpace those of digital
download, which will remain a market for potential buyers to sample music before
purchasing the actual CD in the near-term.
Meanwhile, U.S. shipments of MP3 players will grow over 50% in 2004 to well over 5
million, and will continue to grow almost 50% per year for the next several years.
Ultimate Verticality recently
launched their second vertical search engine, called StarsOnTheNet.com.
After three years of experience with its predecessor ElvisFind.com, StarsOnTheNet.com was launched, allowing fans and visitors to skip irrelevant websites by searching within the Britney Spears portal - or one of the many more artists that have their own portal on StarsOnTheNet.com.
Webmasters can submit their site, resulting in a placement in the Top 25 or traffic toplist and be informed about visitor votes and reviews.
Book Deals and News
Publishers has announced the publication of State of Fear
, the latest novel by
author Michael Crichton. The one-day laydown is
December 7, 2004. This is Crichton's first novel since The New York Times
, which was released in November 2002. State of Fear
published in hardcover, audio, large print and ebook formats simultaneously around
the world in the English language. The announced first printing is 2 million copies.
In July 2004, Jay Allen hosted the first
Blogging for Books competition on his blog, The Zero Boss, with
guest author Andrea Buchanan. The
competition received 25 entrants. Allen, however, never believed he would
find enough authors willing to participate for the rest of the year. A week
later, the competition was booked until February 2005.
In Blogging for Books other blog writers author a post on a topic chosen by
Allen, who then whittles the submissions down to the seven best entries. That month's
guest author picks the winning post, and the winner receives a signed copy
of one of that author�s books.
Post Company announced that its free commuter newspaper, Express
plans to increase its daily distribution from 150,000 to 175,000 copies. The
announcement comes as the publication nears its first anniversary on August 4. The
increase is the second such boost in print run since Express
launched in August 2003
with an initial distribution of 125,000. Express
has an average weekday readership of 229,000