Breaking Bad, Modern Family Are Top Shows at Emmys (USA Today)
As Breaking Bad continues its intense journey to its final moments, its cast and crew were all smiles at the Emmy Awards. With its series climax airing in a week, the AMC show won best drama series on Sunday night. “Man, I did not see this coming,” said creator Vince Gilligan, whom star Anna Gunn called a “mad genius” when accepting her outstanding supporting actress Emmy. CNET Netflix won its first Emmy award Sunday night, as David Fincher won for best directing of a drama series. The online subscription-video service, which has been touting itself of late as the “world’s leading Internet television provider,” was nominated for 14 primetime Emmy awards this year, the first time that an online-only service had shows in the running for one of television’s top creative honors. WSJ The Emmy win could boost Netflix’s prestige in Hollywood as an outlet for high-quality original series and further encourage writers, producers and actors to consider Netflix projects at a time when competition for talent among TV networks is as fierce as ever. Deadline Hollywood It was comedy ladies’ night at the Primetime Emmys as women swept both the comedy writing and directing categories for the first time in history. 30 Rock creator/executive producer Tina Fey and writer Tracey Wigfield won the writing Emmy for the series finale, while Gail Mancuso was recognized for the “Arrested” episode of ABC’s Modern Family. Mancuso is only the second woman ever to win the Emmy for comedy directing, following Betty Thomas, who won for Dream On 20 years ago. THR / The Live Feed Stephen Colbert dethroned former boss Jon Stewart at the 2013 Emmys, as The Colbert Report ended the Daily Show‘s decade-long streak of winning best Variety Series. Colbert’s show has won two writing Emmys, in 2008 and 2010, but this was the show’s first win in the category of Outstanding Variety Series, where it’s been nominated eight times, including this year. TVNewser Jeff Daniels, who plays anchorman Will McAvoy on HBO’s Newsroom took home the Emmy for best actor in a drama Sunday. CBS News In one notable acceptance speech Sunday night, the agent remained unthanked. So did the family, and actually everyone else, when Merritt Wever won best supporting actress in a comedy series at the Emmy Awards on Sunday night. In fact, Wever, of Showtime’s Nurse Jackie, spoke so briefly that all she said was: “Thank you so very much. Um, I gotta go, bye.” Entertainment Weekly / PopWatch Midway through hour three of the Emmys, host Neil Patrick Harris joked: “No one in America is winning their office pool.” Except that wasn’t really a joke: The 2013 Emmy Awards featured seven big upsets in the major primetime awards. Longtime also-rans got their moment in the sun. Some low-key performances beat out showier and more popular contenders. Fox News Each year’s Emmy Awards show has a tribute slideshow featuring TV stars who died in the past year, but the 2013 Emmys took remembrances to a whole new level, featuring stand-alone tributes to no fewer than six deceased stars. Variety About halfway through the Emmys, it became clear that the producers were sort of irritated they had to interrupt their variety show with, you know, awards. And that seemed to color the rest of the evening, which featured some fine staged moments but few spontaneous ones, largely because producers were so quick to play everyone off, they didn’t give the show any room to breathe.
The Daily Beast Roars On (The Daily Beast)
“The Daily Beast is not for sale and is not closing,” Rhona Murphy, interim CEO of The Daily Beast, told the staff Friday in an internal memo. “IAC has approved in concept the operating budget for 2014.” The Daily Beast averages more than 15 million unique visitors a month, according to Omniture, and traffic is up 22 percent this year alone. TheWrap According to a highly-placed insider, IAC Chairman Barry Diller still very much believes in Daily Beast and its potential for success, but wants it to lose its print magazine-like feel and become a truly Web native enterprise. He’s looking for an editor-in-chief with digital chops, and will almost definitely choose him or her from DB’s ranks, the individual said. FishbowlNY When the news broke that Tina Brown was departing the site, many people — including us — thought that the Daily Beast might be sold or shut down. However, things are apparently all good. And there were many statements to remind us of that.
Fred Ryan to Step Down at Politico (Politico / Dylan Byers on Media)
Frederick J. Ryan Jr., the founding CEO and president of Politico and president and COO of Allbritton Communications Company, announced late Sunday night that he would be stepping down to “pursue other career options.” The news comes in the wake of chairman and CEO Robert Allbritton’s decision to sell the company’s television properties and invest more heavily in Politico and other digital ventures, including the newly acquired Capital New York. “Although it has been a difficult decision to make, I have concluded that the closing of the sale will be the logical time to pursue other career options that have emerged in recent months and explore how best to put my business interests to work in a new arena,” Ryan wrote in a memo to staff late Sunday night.
In The New York Post Newsroom, Rumors of Editor Col Allan’s Imminent Return From an Australian Detail (Capital New York)
It’s two months now since New York Post editor Col Allan skipped town for Australia to whip News Corp.’s papers there into shape. The company had announced that Allan’s Australian detail would only last “two to three months.” But Post watchers and employees were dubious. “The common consensus is: I don’t think there’s anybody who thinks Col will be returning,” one insider told Capital near the end of August. Now, word is spreading in the newsroom that Allan’s return is imminent. Sources said they’ve been told he’ll be back at the paper by Oct. 1.
What Happened to The Maxim Man? (NYT)
Maxim is universally credited (for what it’s worth) with encapsulating a “beer and babes” ethos that helped make careers for people like Megan Fox and Ashley Greene, even as it raised eyebrows and crinkled noses. But last week, it was sold with little fanfare for an undisclosed sum to Darden Media, whose chairman, Calvin Darden Sr., issued a statement about expanding the Maxim brand into a cable network and other platforms.
The New Republic‘s Women Problem: 80 Percent of Its Readers Are Men (Politico / Dylan Byers on Media)
Four out of every five readers of The New Republic are men. That is the finding of a reader survey conducted by the magazine’s advertising team and presented to editorial staff, according to sources familiar with the presentation. On Sept. 19, the ad team informed staff that 80 percent of the magazine’s readership is male and that, as a result, advertisers have to buy offsets in women’s magazines. One source compared it to the way carbon emitters buy carbon credits.
The Unfortunate Fact Is That Online Journalism Can’t Survive Without A Wealthy Benefactor or Cat GIFs (paidContent)
As the traditional media industry has struggled with the ongoing decline of its traditional business and the emergence of new competitors like The Huffington Post and BuzzFeed, a number of different business models have taken shape, from paywalls or metered subscriptions to native advertising. But it is becoming increasingly clear that journalism — which in a sense has always been a subset of media — will never be able to survive without assistance from some other entity, whether it’s a rich benefactor or a non-media business.
Patch Reporter Ordered to Reveal Source or Face Jail, Fines (Poynter / MediaWire)
Patch reporter Joseph Hosey must give up the source of police reports about a grisly murder he covered or face jail, Will County Circuit court judge Gerald Kinney ruled Friday. Chicago Sun-Times reporter Casey Toner reported on Twitter that one of the attorneys pressing for this ruling told the court “he didn’t think ‘any legitimate journalist should fear the outcome of this.'”
Gawker Wants to Encourage More Voices Online, But With Less Yelling (NYT / Bits)
There are corners of the Internet that contain some of the most slimy and vitriolic stuff you could imagine, places where people snipe, jeer and behave like a frenzied mob. I’m talking about the comments sections of most websites. While some outlets try to distance themselves from the anarchy of reader comments, it seems only natural that Nick Denton, the controversy-stirring founder and chief executive of Gawker Media, has decided to embrace and highlight them.
At NPR, A New Host And A Move Westward (NYT)
The weekend broadcasts of All Things Considered are heading west. At an underutilized NPR office here, the famed afternoon program will reboot itself with a new host, Arun Rath, a new time zone and even a rearrangement of its brassy theme music. NPR officials have billed it as a rare chance for a legacy radio program, previously based in Washington with the rest of the public radio organization, to rethink what it is and does — and let listeners decide if the changes sound good.
Ghost: The UK Blogging Platform That Won’t And Can’t Sell Out to Facebook (The Guardian)
There are few entrepreneurs who would openly state that they would turn down a $1 billion offer from Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, but John O’Nolan is one of them. A former volunteer for the WordPress blogging community, O’Nolan has co-founded Ghost, a new lightweight blogging platform offering a simple, clean and free publishing tool for independent bloggers.
The Washington Post Unveils Visual News Product (Adweek)
Ever wish it was easier to get up to speed on the biggest stories of the day when you’re on the go? The Washington Post has that need in mind with Topicly, a new reading feature for its site and mobile platforms debuting Monday. Topicly provides a visual presentation of the day’s biggest topics. When you click on one of the topics, which are arranged checkerboard-fashion, you’re taken to a collection of all the content produced by the paper on that topic, updated every 15 minutes.
The Pageview’s Days Are Numbered (Digiday)
We’ve all clicked on an enticing link only to find that it leads to a 100-page slideshow. So we half-heartedly click through a couple of slides before closing the tab in frustration. But the publisher doesn’t mind. It got your pageview. An ad impression is delivered for every page that a person clicks on. And since most publishers sell on a CPM basis slideshows have become a go-to shortcut for inflating pageview numbers. That may be changing.
Greta Shows Off Her New, Empty Studio (TVNewser)
As she moves to 7 p.m., and because she shares her current set with the 6 p.m. hour, Greta Van Susteren‘s On the Record is getting a new set. The new Fox News primetime takes effect Monday, Oct. 7
Wintour’s Reign Extends Beyond Vogue (NYT)
Anna Wintour created a bit of an international incident in 2010, when she cut short her visit to Milan Fashion Week. Designers scrambled, fashion journalists pondered its deeper meaning and local officials took grave offense. But this year, Wintour, the editor of Vogue — a fashion fetish object and business juggernaut — gave Milan a hug. On Wednesday night, she held a party at La Scala, the famed opera house — hosting an Italian cousin to the extravagant Met gala, which she is also in charge of back in the United States.
1st_runner_up Filler. Too-casual anchors. Repeated coverage when no update. Teased stories that air at end of program.
ConsueCorrales The “cute little animal” kicker is predictable, worn-out and annoying.
SoulAfrodisiac It’s depressing.
David Conner The news itself.
Avnish Kumar Advertising during a news broadcast is irritating.