BUZZFEED CREATES MULTIPLE VIDEO GROUPS IN SHAKE UP
Buzzfeed just shook up its video business following the departure of its heads of Video and live video. Video head Henry Goldman and head of live video Jessica Naudziunas have both exited the company…
WASHINGTON POST SETTLES DISCRIMINATION SUIT
The Washington Post quietly settled an age and race discrimination suit filed by former advertising executive David DeJesus, who is black and who claimed that discrimination was the reason he was terminated by his white boss in 2011 after an 18-year career.
GUCCIONE JR ENTERS PACKED TRAVEL MEDIA ARENA WITH LAUNCH OF WONDERLUST
The latest venture for the founder of Spin and Gear magazines, Guccione originally revealed plans for Wonderlust about a year ago, billing it as a disruptor in a stagnant travel media space he described, at the time, as too-often “a generic rehash of conventional opinion and experiences.”
BUZZFEEED’S DIY CHANNEL “NIFTY” AND ITS FOOD CHANNEL “TASTY” WILL MAKE THEIR DEBUT ON SNAPCHAT DISCOVER IN SEPTEMBER
Out of the frying pan and into the filter—BuzzFeed’s Tasty and Nifty franchises are joining Snapchat Discover in early September. Tasty, where viewers can see trendy recipes presented in a short amount of time, has averaged a total of 2.3 billion views every month on every platform since its launch in 2015, and Nifty, which provides helpful how-to guides and DIY tips, has reached nearly 32 million people every month since its launch.
MEDIUM WILL NOW PAY WRITERS BASED ON HOW MANY “CLAPS” THEIR ARTICLES RECEIVE
Medium plans to start letting more and more authors publish paywalled articles. And to determine how they get paid, the blogging platform has selected a fairly unorthodox method: claps, which are, basically, Medium’s equivalent of a Like.
THE ONION’S MIKE MCAVOY TALKS SHOP
Last year, Univision acquired The Onion under its Fusion Media Group division. Since then, The Onion and Gizmodo Media Group combined their sales operations. On this week’s Digiday Podcast, The Onion’s president and CEO Mike McAvoy said the consolidation has grown its reach, allowing it to sell more branded content.
FACEBOOK ADDS PUBLISHER LOGOS
Facebook is rolling out a tweak that helps news organizations distinguish themselves a little better. Facebook today added publisher logos next to articles in Trending and Search. Publishers can now upload multiple versions of their logos that will appear next to their content on Facebook.
AT&T’S TIME WARNER TAKEOVER MAY HIT A BRAZILIAN ROADBLOCK
Brazil’s antitrust watchdog said AT&T’s $85.4 billion deal for Time Warner poses a high risk to competition, a potential complication that threatens to delay the final approval process. The antitrust agency recommends asset sales.
NEWLY INSTALLED LA TIMES CEO ROSS LEVINSOHN IS USING THE NY TIMES AND WALL STREET JOURNAL AS TEMPLATES TO GROW DIGITAL
Newspaper company Tronc on Monday named digital media veteran Ross Levinsohn to be chief executive officer and publisher of the Los Angeles Times as part of a shake-up of senior management. Jim Kirk, former editor-in-chief of the Chicago Sun-Times, was named interim executive editor.
TRONC SEES ITS STOCK RISE FOLLOWING ROSS LEVINSOHN’S ARRIVAL AT LA TIMES
Shares of media and publishing company Tronc Inc. rose as much as 8% on Tuesday after the company announced a broad management shake-up at its flagship newspaper the Los Angeles Times.
SO EXACTLY WHO WILL BE WILLING TO PAY FOR DISNEY’S NEW STREAMING SERVICE?
Disney’s forthcoming streaming service may be able to carve out a niche for itself because choosing a subscription service is not a zero-sum game. A number of recent studies have already indicated that today’s consumers are willing to pay for multiple services in this market. But that’s especially true for millennials, according to new research.
CUTTING BACK ON TRUMP COVERAGE IS NOT A GOOD THING, JUST ASK CBS, ABC AND NBC
Cable networks have figured out how to successfully capitalize on Trump’s outrageous antics, but viewership for NBC, ABC and CBS newscasts have declined as much as 14 percent this year among coveted younger viewers. Broadcasters’ strategy of offering a wider range of stories — from human interest to health and local crime — is falling flat with some viewers who have migrated to cable news for coverage of White House drama.
THESE ARE THE PEOPLE WHO HELP TO RUN SNAP INC
While CEO Evan Spiegel may be the ultimate decision-maker at Snap, he can’t pull all the strings by himself. Since he started Snapchat with cofounder Bobby Murphy in 2011, Spiegel has surrounded himself with a team of seasoned deputies who oversee everything from the company’s fledgling ad business to swelling engineering ranks.