Headlines from the Week in Media

Job moves, music in the cloud, and more from the week that was

Top news for the week of May 9-13:
► NewsBeast m.e. Brekke Fletcher leaves for WSJ. magazine
► Microsoft reportedly pays $8.5 billion to acquire Skype
► Google to launch ‘music beta’ cloud service—minus record company cooperation
► John Q. Griffin, last of Jack Griffin’s major hires, leaves Time Inc.
► YouTube to double number of feature films it streams; new partners include NBCU, Sony, Warner Bros.
Dave Weaver tapped to run Cheil North America’s One Agency
► Yahoo to acquire ad platform 5:1
► Former GM marketing chief Mike Jackson launches shop Jackson & Partners
► Pulitzer Prize winner James Stewart joins NYT biz desk
► Disney reports Q1 profits of just over $9 billion, a 6% increase from Q1 2010
Publicis Groupe bolsters healthcare operations; acquires China’s Dreams Communication
► R/GA named U.S. digital agency of record for L’Oréal’s luxury products division
► Groupon, Live Nation launch GrouponLive for online ticket deals
Burson-Marsteller opens North of Nine for tech clients
Pepsi Refresh innovator Good starts agency, Good/Corps, for cause marketing

Upfront Week Schedule
Upfront Week l May 16: NBC, Hilton Hotel; Fox, New Beacon Theater l May 17: ABC, Lincoln Center l May 18: TNT/TBS, Hammerstein Ballroom; CBS, Carnegie Hall; Adult Swim, Roseland l May 19: CW, Jazz at Lincoln Center; Univision, New Amsterdam Theatre

Quotes of the Week
“Most companies don’t get murdered; they commit suicide.”
—Esther Dyson of EDventure discussing twitter during a panel discussion at Silicon Alley Insider’s Startup 2011 conference

“Here’s the problem: Journalists just don’t understand their business.”
—Randall Rothenberg, Head of IAB, IN Columbia journalism school report on digital journalism

“I don’t love songs that seem like the . . . main priority is for it to be in a Chili’s ad during the Super Bowl.”
—Mindy Kaling on Lady Gaga’s “Edge of Glory”

“Nevertheless, whilst [smoking cigarettes] is addictive, it is not that hard to quit.”
—Philip Morris CEO Louis C. Camilleri at company’s annual shareholder meeting in New York

“I have a long-term deal with NBC News.  . . . You’re going to get sick of me.”
—Matt Lauer on rumors that he’s leaving The Today Show