BUZZFEED IS STAFFING UP ITS NEW TWITTER MORNING SHOW
BuzzFeed has hired Edward Wyckoff Williams as a senior booking producer for its new Twitter morning show, “AM to DM.” Williams most recently worked as a senior booking producer for MSNBC. BuzzFeed has hired seven staffers so far for the show, which premieres September 25 at 10am
CNN BOSS JEFF ZUCKER IS KINDA STRESSED OUT
The inimical tweets, the constant harping, the denunciations at news conferences and rallies: President Trump’s constant hammering of CNN has taken a toll on the network’s boss, CNN Worldwide President Jeff Zucker, who oversees a news network of nearly 4,000 news professionals.
DISNEY BOSS BOB IGER IS MENTORING THE FOUNDER OF A BROOKLYN BASED CREAMERY
Ample Hills Creamery Inc. is known around New York for its indulgent, over-the-top ice creams such as Salted Crack Caramel and Chocolate 3 Ways. Around the country, it’s recognized as the official ice cream of the Star Wars film franchise, and whose limited-edition Dark Side and Light Side flavors, released in conjunction with The Force Awakens, sold 40,000 pints online.
FACEBOOK IS DOUBLING DOWN ON ITS FAKE NEWS CRACKDOWN
Facebook is continuing its crackdown on fake news. The social network Monday announced Facebook Pages will no longer be able to advertise on the site if they repeatedly share news articles that are marked as false by third-party fact-checking organizations. Page owners can win back the ability to run ads if they later choose to act responsibly.
TRADITIONAL MEDIA CONTINUES TO COLLAPSE
Over the next five years, the annual global growth rate for the media and entertainment industry will be 4.2%, PriceWaterHouse Coopers estimates — slower that the predicted growth rate of global GDP. Revenue streams that have historically driven growth within the industry (like print advertising, music downloads and cinemas) are losing market share in the global economy
EDITOR LAURA BROWN’S FIRST SEPTEMBER ISSUE OF INSTYLE, NAMED “BEST SEPTEMBER ISSUE”
Time Inc.’s INSTYLE has been granted the prestigious “Best September Issue” award by The Daily Front Row. The award will be presented to Editor in Chief Laura Brown, who will be recognized for the outstanding breadth and diversity of contributors to her first September issue with INSTYLE. Past recipients of this award include LOVE and W Magazine.
SYD SILVERMAN, LONG TIME OWNER AND PUBLISHER OF VARIETY AND DAILY VARIETY HAS DIED
Silverman was the grandson of the storied showbiz newspapers’ founder, Sime Silverman, and served as publisher of the original New York-based Variety, a weekly, and its Hollywood-based spinoff, Daily Variety, from 1957 to 1987, when he sold the company to Cahners Publishing. He also was the weekly publication’s editor from 1973 until the sale.
RODALE’S WOMEN’S HEALTH ATTRACTED A SLEW OF ADVERTISERS WITH ITS INAUGURAL “NAKED ISSUE”
The September issues of women’s magazines have long been synonymous with endless pages of fashion ads. Women’s Health, on the other hand, used its September issue to celebrate the naked body — and beauty and skin-care brands followed. Though the issue is Women’s Health’s inaugural “Naked Issue” in the U.S., the U.K. has been publishing the annual edition since 2014.
THIS IS HOW TIME IS FINDING NEW WAYS TO ENGAGE READERS AND TELL STORIES
Time’s interactive news team, now at three people, was formed to capitalize on one of the basic realities of digital media: Quizzes and other forms of interactive stories are extremely compelling to readers. BuzzFeed, of course, publishes plenty of them, focusing not only on its bread-and-butter identity issues, but also pegged to certain news events.
HIGH TIMES MAGAZINE IS WORTH HOW MUCH?
High Times is preparing to go public later this year with a valuation of $250 million — the same amount Jeff Bezos paid for the Washington Post in 2013. There’s no guessing whether the Post has gone up or down in value since 2013, but it may well have climbed given its skyrocketing web traffic and subscription growth since Donald Trump became president
SHELTER MAGAZINES PUSH INTO NEW CATEGORIES FOR GROWTH
When Domino Media Group CEO Nathan Coyle was talking to Domino about its open CEO position last year, he wanted to ensure he could produce growth if he joined. He flipped through Domino magazine for inspiration, noticing people on nearly every page. Despite Domino’s reputation as a shelter title, talking home design, Coyle realized, “it’s also about the cool person that lives there.” He saw that as the opportunity.
SHOWTIME TO REFUND SOME VIEWERS OVER FAILED FIGHT STREAMS
After technical glitches disrupted the Floyd Mayweather Jr.-Conor McGregor boxing match live-stream on Saturday, Showtime Networks says it will provide refunds to affected customers if it is able to determine they were unable to watch the pay-per-view event.
AMAZON IS NOW SELLING ITS ECHO DEVICE AT WHOLE FOODS
Now that its $13.7 billion acquisition is complete, Amazon is selling its Echo and Echo Dot devices inside Whole Foods, and at a discount. Many shoppers, not knowing about the Amazon deal before their grocery shopping, were caught off guard by the display.
WOMAN’S WORLD IS THE NUMBER ONE MAGAZINE ON US NEWSSTANDS
In a time where print, ad sales and revenue numbers are dwindling, Woman’s World has secured its place as one of the few print titles not only surviving — but thriving. The 36-year old magazine is the #1 selling magazine at U.S. newsstands, according to AAM data.
PAGE SIX REDESIGNS IN PRINT
Once upon a time, Page Six, the New York Post gossip section, actually appeared on page six. Like on Jan. 3, 1977, when the first edition ran, complete with tidbits about Margaux Hemingway, Henry Kissinger, Steve McQueen, Jackie Onassis and John F. Kennedy Jr.