Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp. is organizing ranks at its proposed separate publishing arm, which it's currently calling the "New News Corporation."
News Corp. has acquired nearly half of the YES Network, cable home of the New York Yankees, with an option after three years to boost its position to 80 percent (pending Major League Baseball approval).
The Walt Disney Company is in a generous mood these days. The day after plunking down $4 billion for Star Wars and Indiana Jones owner Lucasfilm Entertainment, Disney has donated $2 million to Hurricane Sandy relief efforts: $1 million specifically for the Red Cross and another million earmarked for "organizations working on rebuilding efforts."
News Corp. chief digital officer Jonathan Miller is leaving his position at the end of next month and will work as an "outside advisor" to the company for about a year.
This week, a headless pair of breasts sought to sell scents, we saw a final spot from the late Tony Scott, and The Sun found a way to shine. Many of the hundreds of TV commercials aired each day are just blips on the radar, having little impact on American consumers constantly bombarded by advertising messages. These aren't those commercials.
It's been a busy Monday for Hulu—the company has been dogged for months by rumors that CEO Jason Kilar is eyeing an exit, and that its days of distributing exclusive day-after content from the major broadcast networks are numbered.
Fox Networks Group chairman David Haslingden is set to step down at the end of the calendar year, News Corp. announced today. Haslingden has been president and COO of the division—which includes FX, National Geographic Channel, NatGeo Wild, Fuse and Fox's international channels—since January 2011. He will return to Australia.
Cablevision is bringing in former Brooklyn Brothers principal Matt Lake to the role of svp of branding and creative. Lake will oversee development and creative execution of the MSO's various branding strategies, with an initial focus on Cablevision's Optimum products and services.
A little over a year after News Corp. bought Shine Group—a television and film production company owned by Elisabeth Murdoch—she is stepping down as its CEO, choosing Alex Mahon as her successor.