Chelsea Handler to Host Talk Show on Netflix (LostRemote)
Late-night comedian Chelsea Handler is moving from TV to Netflix, announcing Thursday she’ll host a talk show on the streaming service in 2016. NYT The idea could appear counterintuitive because Netflix, the subscription streaming video service, has thus far only posted original series in their entirety, not day by day or even week by week. But this apparent incongruity may be what appealed to Handler, a comic who has been public about seeking a new and different landing place after declaring that she was planning to leave E!, where for seven years she has hosted Chelsea Lately, a daily late-night show. WSJ Netflix will likely release the talk show episodes in a different way than it has debuted its other original series, where it is released all the episodes at once to encourage “binge viewing.” THR / The Live Feed “If I was going to continue working in this industry, I knew I had to do something outside the box to keep myself interested. I wanted to sit with the cool kids at lunch so I approached Netflix to make sure they were as cool as I thought they were, and when I confirmed my suspicions, like with any other future lover, I made my move,” said Handler in a statement. The Washington Post / Style Blog Before this, Handler made no secret that she despised the E! network — and her manager told the media she was actively looking for another gig. When E! announced the series finale of her talk show this summer, she offered the most lukewarm departure statement ever: “I will always look back at my time on E! as most people look back at their time in college. I’m glad I went.” HuffPost In addition to the talk show, Handler will also be collaborating with Netflix on five comedy specials into next year, including stand-up and docu-comedy specials.
WaPo, NYT, Mozilla Team Up for New Website Comment System (The Washington Post)
In an unusual partnership, The Washington Post, The New York Times and software developer Mozilla will team up to create digital tools that will make it easier for readers to post comments and photos on news sites and to interact with journalists and each other. Nieman Journalism Lab Greg Barber is the director of digital news projects at the Post — he’ll be leading the paper’s team on this initiative. He said the idea for a Post-Times collaboration — which will be based in New York — came about through casual conversations between people in both newsrooms who worked on engagement platforms. “When it came down to it — no surprise, really — it seemed we had a lot of the same challenges and goals,” he said. NYT Mozilla, the maker of the Firefox Web browser and a nonprofit that works for open standards on the Web, will help the Times and the Post build the technology for a platform tailored to news organizations. The platform, which will take approximately two years to complete, will eventually be available for other news organizations to download free. Politico / Dylan Byers on Media Funded by a $3.89 million grant from The Knight Foundation, the new system aims to help elevate and highlight thoughtful contributions from readers online.
Americans’ Confidence in News Media Remains Low (Gallup)
Americans’ faith in each of three major news media platforms — television news, newspapers and news on the Internet — is at or tied with record lows in Gallup’s long-standing confidence in institutions trend. This continues a decades-long decline in the share of Americans saying they have “a great deal” or “quite a lot” of confidence in newspapers or TV news, while trust in Internet news remains low since the one prior measure in 1999. HuffPost The poll examined Americans’ trust in 17 institutions; and newspapers, television news and Internet news ranked in the bottom third. The only institution all three outpolled was Congress. Poynter / MediaWire Overall, Andrew Dugan reports at Gallup, “confidence in newspapers has declined by more than half since its 1979 peak of 51 percent, while TV news has seen confidence ebb from its high of 46 percent in 1993, the first year that Gallup asked this question.” Mediaite The survey also broke down confidence in news media by political identification. While conservatives’ confidence in newspapers hit an all-time low of 15 percent this year, liberals’ confidence in newspapers actually increased over the last year from 31 percent to 34 percent. By contrast, at 21 percent, conservatives trust TV news more than liberals, who said they had a “great deal” or “quite a lot” of confidence in TV news just 15 percent of the time.
Angie Martinez Joins Power 105 (FishbowlNY)
Well, that was quick. One day after abruptly leaving Hot 97, Angie Martinez is joining its rival, Power 105. Martinez, who had been with the Hot 97 family for more than 20 years, will now be the voice of Power 105.1 weekdays from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. New York Daily News Her new show will be simulcast on sister station 103.5 FM The Beat in Miami, and it is expected Clear Channel may later put her on other hip-hop and urban stations. There could also be a TV component in the deal for Martinez, 43, who is now seen on Extra and has often branched outside radio. New York Post “Angie is the Queen of New York City radio. She is an incredible talent who continues to blaze trails and we are excited to have her join the team at Power 105.1 and The Beat in Miami,” Thea Mitchem, Clear Channel’s senior vice president of programming of major markets, said in a statement. “Angie has a long, successful history and we look forward to expanding her distinctive style and compelling content to more of our listeners.”
Publicis’ New La Maison: Where Content Meets Tech (WSJ / CMO Today)
Publicis Groupe SA’s Publicis Worldwide is partnering with Google Inc. and magazine publisher Condé Nast on a new marketing service for luxury goods advertisers, Publicis said Thursday. AdWeek Called La Maison, the service will provide luxury clients with consumer insights, content and technology solutions, with an emphasis on helping brands keep up with digital innovation and emerging markets like China. New York Post / Page Six Google will provide data and insights into consumers’ digital habits, including breaking down their interests by mobile, tablet and desktop. It will also draw on YouTube video search topics to create monthly reports. Condé’s branded content group will produce material for brands that can be disseminated across Google’s properties and other digital outlets.
Twitter Acquires Cloud-Based Video Platform SnappyTV (AllTwitter)
Twitter has acquired SnappyTV, the “cloud-based, live video platform that makes TV and live web streams social, mobile and viral.” Twitter Blog SnappyTV’s platform for live clipping, editing and distribution is already widely used by brands and our media partners to share video clips on Twitter, both organically and via Twitter Amplify. CNet This latest acquisition is part of Twitter’s overall efforts to boost revenue as it faces concern from investors over user base growth and its ability to make a profit. To address those issues, Twitter CEO Dick Costolo has argued that his company needs to build out its relationships with brands and marketers to make the service a more attractive advertising space. SocialTimes In fact, Twitter has been shifting more toward a focus on visual media recently. Vine, images automatically appearing in the stream, the enabling of GIFs and now the SnappyTV acquisition — it’s clear that Twitter is building a foundation for rich visual media distribution.
For TV Reruns, an Existential Crisis (WSJ)
The TBS cable network agreed in 2010 to shell out top dollar for reruns of the CBS hit comedy The Big Bang Theory. The bet paid huge dividends, as the show made TBS one of the most-watched cable channels. So in 2012 TBS committed to write an even bigger check for another CBS comedy, 2 Broke Girls, hoping it would become the next big thing. It didn’t. TBS won’t start airing the reruns until next year, but the show’s audience has fallen 20 percent on the broadcast network since the licensing deal was struck, according to Nielsen, suggesting it won’t be the ratings workhorse TBS expected. This episode highlights one of the biggest threats facing cable channels, which in recent years have been cash cows for the big U.S. entertainment companies.
China Unveils Tax Breaks, Funding to Boost Local Film Industry (THR)
The Chinese government has unveiled a major policy document from several ministries designed to boost the film industry, with tax incentives and a fund to support certain state-approved movies. The measures are aimed at “enhancing the overall strength and competitiveness of Chinese films,” the finance ministry said in a statement on its website. LA Times / Company Town The government said it would also work to encourage banks to expand lending for movies and support the development of other financial products to facilitate film production. Private equity and venture capital funds will be encouraged to invest in the industry, and film companies themselves should be encouraged to issue corporate debt.
Jeff Zucker: CNNMoney Able to Bridge TV, Digital ‘Incredibly Well’ (TVNewser)
TVNewser was at New York City’s Gansevoort Hotel Wednesday night as CNN officially celebrated its sole ownership of CNNMoney, which recently separated from Fortune and Money. “We’re uniquely positioned to report on financial, money, media and luxury news because of our prowess across both digital and television,” CNN Worldwide president Jeff Zucker told TVNewser.
Broadcast, Cable Networks Cover Obama Iraq Statement (TVNewser)
In a statement from the White House briefing room Thursday afternoon, President Obama said the U.S. is prepared to take “targeted and precise” military action in Iraq, but reinforced his earlier decision that American troops will not be returning to combat in the region. The broadcast and cable news networks all had live coverage of the president’s remarks. The press conference was originally scheduled for 12:30 p.m. and was pushed back more than an hour.
Narrating Climate Change (CJR / The Observatory)
In late April, The Yale Forum on Climate Change & the Media, an independent group publishing reported stories, analysis and opinion about public perceptions of climate change, quietly shut down with a brief blog post announcing a “hiatus” while the site recalibrated its mission. It rebranded as “Yale Climate Connections” and reopened for business last week. Where the Yale Forum had made its name with detailed analyses attracting a readership of climate change researchers, journalists, communicators and activists — basically, wonks — Yale Climate Connections promises the same level of rigor, but with a more relatable mode of communication.
Facebook Adds Anniversary Stories (AllFacebook)
Happy anniversary, from Facebook: The social network announced the launch of an anniversary story feature, in which users who have shared the dates of their relationships or weddings will receive a congratulatory message from Facebook that day, as well as the opportunity to share collections of up to five photos in which both members of the couple are tagged.
NBC Names Josh Kleinbaum Executive Editor of Digital Media Group (TVSpy)
Josh Kleinbaum is taking on a new role at the NBC Owned Television Stations. After five years with the station group, Kleinbaum has been promoted to executive editor of the digital media group, effective immediately. B&C Prior to the promotion, Kleinbaum had worked at the group since 2011 as senior managing editor and managing editor. Kleinbaum had previously served as regional editor of the three West Coast NBC-owned stations — KNBC in Los Angeles, KNTV in the San Francisco Bay Area and KNSD in San Diego.
David Brock to Launch Journalism Institute (Politico / Dylan Byers on Media)
David Brock, the founder of Media Matters for America and public defender for Hillary Clinton, is set to launch an institute to fund journalism that exposes “the nexus of conservative power in Washington,” according to an advance copy of his news release. The American Independent Institute, a relaunch of the former state-based digital news-gathering network of the same name, will provide grants to journalists and work with other news organizations on investigative projects targeting conservatives.
Gannett Completes Sale of Phoenix Stations to Meredith (TVSpy)
Gannett and Sander Media Thursday announced it has completed the sale of Phoenix, Ariz., independent station KTVK and CW affiliate KASW to Meredith Corporation. The total sale price of the acquisition announced in December, including KMOV in St. Louis, was $407.5 in cash. The KMOV deal closed in February.