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Texas Monthly Sues Times Co. Over New Hire (NYT)
The publisher of Texas Monthly filed a lawsuit on Friday against The New York Times Company related to the Times’ hiring of the magazine’s departing editor-in-chief, Jake Silverstein. FishbowlNY Emmis Publishing is claiming that the Times influenced Silverstein into breaching his contract. The lawsuit states that Silverstein’s contract expires in February of next year. NY Post The six-page Texas state court action alleges that Times executive editor Jill Abramson started recruiting Silverstein in December 2012 — a full year before then-magazine editor Hugo Lindgren was ousted. Greg Loewen, president of Emmis, said the company has been “damaged by the Times and expects to be compensated.” Capital New York The suit, which seeks damages between $200,000 and $1 million, names only the Times, not Silverstein, as previously reported. Loewen said the company never intended to stand in the way of Silverstein’s pursuit of the Times Magazine editorship. Loewen said that after Silverstein told his employer last month that he was being considered for the job, Emmis notified the Times that they would have to reach a settlement on the termination of his contract with Emmis to account for the costs associated with finding Silverstein’s replacement, as well as the damage of losing a star editor. New York Magazine / Daily Intelligencer In a statement, Emmis said, “No such agreement was reached and, to date, the Times has refused to even participate in settlement discussions despite numerous attempts” by Emmis to do so.

Layoffs at Al Jazeera America (TVNewser)
As it nears eight months on-air, Al Jazeera America is laying off a few dozen staff employees, as well as freelance employees, with the majority of cuts coming from the sports and business units.THR The network launched last August with nearly 850 employees and 12 news bureaus in the United States. The channel is disbanding its sports unit and scaling back its social-media-driven show The Stream from a daily show to a once-a-week program. In a note to employees on Friday, the cable news channel’s president, Kate O’Brian, stated that staff reductions were part of a process of restructuring after initial hires were made for the launch. Deadline New York She said that after the cuts, the operation will have “more than 800 staff around the country.” Still, some people there speculate that the channel will shift its focus toward documentary pieces instead of live reports. HuffPost The channel has faced some struggles over the past year, including image problems and scrutiny over its ratings. It did, however, get some good news in New York at the beginning of the year when it got a more optimal channel placement on Time Warner Cable.

Turner Entertainment Networks President Steve Koonin Exits to Become CEO of Atlanta Hawks (Deadline Hollywood)
After 14 years as Turner Broadcasting, Tuner Entertainment Networks president Steve Koonin is leaving for what he describes as a dream job, to become CEO of NBA team Atlanta Hawks. ESPNNBA owners have also approved Koonin as a part-owner of the team. Koonin has been the president of Turner Entertainment Networks since 2000, overseeing TNT, TBS and TruTV. He also spent 14 years at Coca-Cola and is recognized as one of Atlanta’s business leaders. LA Times / Company Town TNT has carried NBA games for several years, and Koonin has close ties to both the Hawks and the league. Known for his jocularity and down-to-earth persona, Koonin has always been a huge sports fan who often spends his mornings listening to sports radio, particularly the Dan Patrick Show. In a statement, Koonin cited his Atlanta roots as being a major motivation in leaving Turner and its parent Time Warner for the Hawks. The Wrap Turner president David Levy, who is expected to guide the Turner networks through the upcoming upfront ad sales, said Sunday that a search for a replacement would begin immediately.