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Hachette, Amazon Establish New Multi-Year Contract (GalleyCat)
Hachette Book Group and Amazon have established a new multi-year agreement. The two companies have been locked in a dispute since April. THR The companies have reached a new agreement covering eBook and print sales in the U.S. The two were reportedly in a standoff over eBook revenues, with the online retailer reportedly delaying shipments, reducing discounts and preventing people from preordering Hachette titles. Mashable The dispute began when Amazon stopped taking preorders for Hachette titles. Since that time, the two have dialed up the rhetoric, with Hachette authors Malcolm Gladwell and James Patterson criticizing Amazon, while the online retailer charged that Hachette was “stonewalling” about making a deal. WSJ Neither side claimed victory and it may be that both Hachette and Amazon made concessions in the end. Under the new eBook agreement, which will take effect in early 2015, Hachette will set the prices of its consumer titles. The companies said Hachette will get better terms when it “delivers lower prices for readers.” Amazon said on Thursday it has resumed treating Hachette titles as it did before the dispute. NYT The conflict, which played out in increasingly contentious forums as the year progressed, left wounds too deep for true celebration Thursday. Amazon has been cast as a bully in publications across the ideological spectrum, and a large group of authors is calling for it to be investigated on antitrust grounds. Its sales were hit by the dispute, analysts said. Amazon’s supporters publicly questioned the need for Hachette, the fourth largest publisher, to exist in an era when anyone can publish themselves digitally, an accusation Hachette was reluctant to respond to. And even if Amazon got less in the deal than it originally wanted, it still controls nearly half the book trade, an unprecedented level for one retailer. And the dispute showed it is not afraid to use its power to discourage sales.

CNN Picks Up Three Original Programs (TVNewser)
CNN has extended three original series for additional seasons. This Is Life With Lisa Ling, Somebody’s Gotta Do It With Mike Rowe and Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown will each return next year. Capital New York The renewals allow the cable news channel to stock up on primetime series as it prepares to double its originals output next year. New shows for 2015 include High Profits, about marijuana entrepreneurs in Colorado, a new series hosted by Bill Weir, and The Seventies. THR / The Live Feed Announced by CNN Worldwide president Jeff Zucker on Thursday, none of the pickups comes as much of a surprise. Bourdain has become the face of the network since his departure from the Travel Channel. And Parts Unknown’s 2015 return will mark its sixth season on CNN. Ling and Rowe’s series have also been ratings successes in their freshman seasons. Both shows having premiered in recent months, Rowe in particular got a huge launch in his Wednesday time slot. Variety In its Wednesday 9 p.m. airings to date, Somebody’s Gotta Do It has averaged 804,000 viewers — a big improvement over the audience that Piers Morgan Tonight had drawn in the same time slot. By next year, CNN said it intends to have a dozen unscripted series on the air.

Viacom Plans to Boost Non-Nielsen-Based U.S. Ad Sales to 50 Percent (THR)
Viacom is looking to “significantly” grow its U.S. advertising revenue that doesn’t depend on Nielsen ratings and is confident about the appeal of its networks, CEO Philippe Dauman said on his company’s earnings conference call Thursday. WSJ The company, which owns channels such as Nickelodeon, MTV and Comedy Central, on Thursday reported a 5 percent drop in domestic advertising revenue for its September quarter as a result of weak ratings. Dauman pledged to increase the percentage of ad sales that aren’t dependent on traditional ratings from measurement specialist Nielsen to 50 percent in the next three years, up from 30 percent in the fiscal year that ended in the most recent quarter. NYT Ratings for Viacom’s networks tumbled 15 percent during the quarter that ended in September, according to Nielsen data compiled by Bernstein Research. Dauman said a large portion of the viewing of Viacom networks was through mobile apps, gaming devices and other platforms that traditional Nielsen ratings do not include. Variety Viacom said fourth-quarter net income slipped 8.9 percent, even as revenue from the company’s various cable networks rose due to stronger affiliate fees and filmed-entertainment revenue rose. The company said net income came to $732 million, or $1.72 a share, compared with $804 million, or $1.68 a share.