Nikki Finke ‘Locked Out’ of Deadline, Planned Exit Gets More Tumultuous (Daily Beast / Sexy Beast)
Late Thursday night, Hollywood’s breaking news czar Nikki Finke made the most decided confirmation yet that she is planning to leave Deadline.com and sever ties with Jay Penske, who bought the site in 2009 and notoriously angered Finke by also buying one of her site’s major competitors, Variety, in 2012. Under her guidance, Deadline earned a reputation for breaking Hollywood’s biggest news while ruthlessly covering the industry’s players. “I am building out NikkiFinke.com and will unveil it right after the new year,” she tweeted. “Can’t wait to report the real truth about Hollywood.” The kinks, apparently, weren’t worked out throughout the course of the day Friday, as Finke claimed in a series of tweets Friday afternoon that, at least temporarily, she had been locked out of her site, unable to post as normal, and suspected that Penske was purposely blocking her from Deadline. Defamer Deadline’s Mike Fleming Jr. makes it clear that while Finke was not locked out of the site as she claims, she has been restricted to editing only her own posts. He also goes on to say that Finke was indeed banned from tweeting Deadline feeds on her own Twitter page, so as to avoid “distractions and diversions” — likely from Finke sharing her side of the story. The Atlantic Wire Now Finke has to figure a way out of her contract with Penske while legally maintaining her right to build a new website that will compete directly with Deadline. That fight will be a difficult one for Finke to win. But as the attacks continue, the knives get bloodier and more bodies are left in this conflict’s wake, eventually Penske will have to step in. FishbowlNY At the moment, things seem to be back to box-office-analysis normal. Or at least as “normal” as it gets when Finke is involved.
Just A Dash of Latino Flavor Accents Fusion TV’s Debut (Miami Herald)
Last year, Univision and ABC set out to create the first English-language cable network custom-made for young Hispanics. Somewhere along the way, they changed their minds. When Fusion debuts Monday evening from its new studios in Doral, the channel run by the leader in Latin media will be targeting a much broader audience: adults under 35 of all ethnic backgrounds. TVNewser Fusion debuts Monday at 6:57 p.m. ET with a short launch video, followed at 7 p.m. ET by America with Jorge Ramos. Starting Tuesday, the network — a mix of news, pop culture and satire — begins a full day of programming. Politico / Dylan Byers on Media Fusion has landed an interview with President Barack Obama to kick off the channel, the network announced Sunday.
The Atlantic Wire to Relaunch, With A New(-ish) Name: The Wire (Capital New York)
Atlantic Media is gearing up for a relaunch of its prodigious news aggregator, The Atlantic Wire, Capital has learned. As part of the change, which is slated for sometime in November, the site will shed its titular association with the company’s 155-year-old flagship current affairs magazine, The Atlantic. Starting with next month’s reboot, The Atlantic Wire will be shortened simply to The Wire, spinning off the site — in name, at least — from the core Atlantic brand.
Why I Bought The Boston Globe (The Boston Globe / John W. Henry)
I have been asked repeatedly in recent weeks why I chose to buy the Globe. A few have posed the question in a tone of incredulity, as in, “Why would anyone purchase a newspaper these days?” But for the most part, people have offered their thanks and best wishes with a great deal of warmth. A number of civic and business leaders have also offered their help. I didn’t expect any of these reactions, but I should have.
Hayley Romer Promoted to Publisher of The Atlantic (Adweek)
The Atlantic is announcing a leadership change Monday. Hayley Romer has been promoted to VP and publisher, leading ad efforts across its print and digital platforms. Romer has served as associate publisher since May 2012 and has been effectively running the title for the past year as Jay Lauf, senior VP and Atlantic Media group publisher, has focused most of his attention on Quartz, Atlantic Media’s year-old business brand. Lauf will continue as publisher of Quartz while serving as a senior advisor to The Atlantic and its corporate partnerships.
Buffett-Owned Richmond Times-Dispatch Introduces Paywall (Poynter / MediaWire)
“Giving away content online no longer can be sustained,” Richmond Times-Dispatch publisher Tom Silvestri writes in a letter to readers. “Not if we want to be around for another 160-plus years serving the Richmond region and Virginia with the kind of news reporting that makes a difference and advertising deals that delight.” The Times-Dispatch‘s “All Access” plan, coming Tuesday, will operate in a manner now familiar to paywall observers: People who don’t subscribe to the paper will be able to see 20 stories per 30-day period without hitting a gate.
Can Chartbeat CEO Tony Haile Save Journalism? (Salon)
Miley Cyrus gave us so much that night. Just trying to count her blessings smacks of ingratitude, like regifting manna. But two months later, as we attempt reentry into our dreary little lives, it’s worth remembering two articles that followed her star-turn at the Video Music Awards. In a merciless editorial, The Onion mocked journalists for publishing so much “stupid bullsh*t” about the pop star. A few days later, New York magazine found that Americans were 12 times more interested in Cyrus than in whatever was happening in Syria. Together, these two pieces frame the plight of the media, circa 2013: Sites that sell advertising have a strong incentive to crank out the editorial equivalent of empty calories. It’s probably only a slight exaggeration to say that on the morning after Cyrus’ performance, any story that wasn’t about twerking was leaving money on the table. Tony Haile, the CEO of a New York company called Chartbeat, didn’t create this perverse incentive structure, but he has almost certainly made it worse.
Is Glenn Greenwald The Future of News? (NYT / The Opinion Pages)
Much of the speculation about the future of news focuses on the business model: How will we generate the revenues to pay the people who gather and disseminate the news? But the disruptive power of the Internet raises other profound questions about what journalism is becoming, about its essential character and values.
Gawker Kicks Open The Closet, But Its Disclosure Barely Reverberates (NYT)
What if Gawker tried to out an anchor at Fox News and no one cared? We know why: The culture has moved on. People see other people who happen to be gay at their workplaces, in their schools and on their televisions. Somewhere along the way, what was once a scarlet letter became just another consonant in the personal résumé. And now that gay marriage is a fact of life, a person’s sexual orientation is not only not news, it’s not very interesting.
Feds Confiscate Investigative Reporter’s Confidential Files During Raid (Daily Caller)
Conservative investigative journalist Audrey Hudson says that her reporting notes were taken during a search of her home by the Department of Homeland Security and Maryland police. Hudson’s husband, Paul Flanagan, is legally prohibited from owning a gun, and cops searched their home in Shady Side, Md. for firearms in the early morning of Aug. 6, the Daily Caller’s Alex Pappas reports.
FX, Turner And Netflix Face Off in A Battle of The Binge (Vulture)
Let’s say that your friends have become increasingly obsessed with a new TV show that’s already on episode 11 of a 13-episode season. You finally realize that you are missing out on something great and want to quickly catch up in time for the finale… but you’re out of luck. Most networks only have rights to stream the last five episodes of their series on their websites and VOD, and Netflix usually doesn’t post the whole season until a few weeks before the next season begins. But Vulture has learned that a couple of cable’s biggest programming powerhouses, FX and Turner, are fighting back on this industry standard, telling TV studios that they will not buy any new show unless it comes with the right to keep streaming every episode in a current season until it ends.
Media Outlets Embrace Conferences as Profits Rise (NYT)
Financially struggling media companies are racing to add conferences, festivals and other live events to their business strategy, convinced they can provide a reliable revenue stream and expand the reach of their brands. The number of organizations staging live events has surged in recent years, say publishers and their business partners, and concerns over conflict of interest, though still a delicate issue at some media companies, are largely bygone relics at others.
Twitter Co-Founder Evan Williams’ Blogging Platform Medium Opens Signups to All (TechCrunch)
Twitter co-founder Evan Williams has a new blogging platform called Medium, which has been a closed-signup affair since its introduction. Recently, the platform sent out an email with the news that anyone can now sign in and start writing. There are a few requirements set out to sign up and use Medium. You must be writing from Chrome, Safari or Firefox browsers, and you must have a Twitter account to post.
Gerry Lenfest And The Fight for The Philadelphia Inquirer (The Washington Post / Erik Wemple)
H.F. “Gerry” Lenfest didn’t look happy to be sitting in a Philadelphia courtroom on Tuesday morning. The 83-year-old is something of a Philadelphia pillar, a businessman who made a mint in the cable business with his firm Lenfest Communications, then proceeded to share it. He sold the property in 2000, taking away $1.2 billion. Since then, Lenfest and his foundation have given away about $1 billion to a wide range of causes — disadvantaged youth, the arts, Columbia University — as part of a plan to dispense with his fortune.
Print! A Guide for Perplexed Web Denizens (Medium / Laurie Penny)
I am a Web writer. Years after arriving in the weird little soap bubble of the British commentariat, I was still introduced as “a blogger,” and sometimes as “that blogger girl.” This was despite the fact that I had a column at a national newspaper. The moniker came flavored with a soupçon of suspicion — she’s one of those young shavers who is here to take our jobs, or change our jobs, or make our jobs less lucrative.
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