Morning Media Newsfeed: Hopkins Named Hulu CEO | Chaos at Inquirer | Praise for Robert Costa

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It’s Official: Mike Hopkins Named CEO of Hulu (Variety)
Hulu has announced Fox Networks distribution chief Mike Hopkins as CEO of Hulu. Plans for the transition leaked out last week, in addition to the news that interim CEO Andy Forssell would be leaving the company. The appointment comes months after owners 21st Century Fox, Disney and Comcast elected not to sell Hulu after putting the joint venture on the auction block for the second time in as many years. Ad Age / Digital The announcement, which came Thursday afternoon, comes a week after news broke that the company was close to hiring Hopkins, a deal maker charged with securing arrangements with TV carriers as well as on-demand and digital services. TheWrap Putting Hopkins in charge brings Hulu even closer to its parent companies, which abandoned their efforts to sell the company earlier this year and promised to invest $750 million. “After an extensive search, Mike was simply the best candidate for the job. He has a strong understanding of programming, digital distribution and consumer behavior, and a great vision for Hulu’s next chapter,” Anne Sweeney, co-chairman, Disney Media Networks and president, Disney/ABC Television Group, said in a statement.LA Times / Company Town In assuming the helm of Hulu, Hopkins brings more than two decades of experience in the traditional television world and in negotiating distribution agreements. As head of distribution for Fox, he oversaw distribution strategy, sales and marketing for Fox’s 45 broadcast and cable channels in the United States.

Union Warns Philadelphia Inquirer Employees to Be ‘Careful What You Say’ (Capital New York)
The union that represents hundreds of employees at the embattled Philadelphia Inquirer has a warning for them. “It has become painfully clear that your work emails and emails from other accounts that you open up on your work computer, can be read, and in some cases are being read, by managers and owners of this company,” wrote Howard Gensler, president of the executive board of the Newspaper Guild’s TNG-CWA Local 38010 and Bill Ross, the union’s executive director, in a memo obtained by Capital. HuffPost The company, which employs about 1,800 people between the Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia Daily News and, underwent new ownership when it was bought by a group of business leaders in August 2012. But last Thursday, co-owners Gerry Lenfest and New Jersey Nets owner Lewis Katz filed a lawsuit against parent company Interstate General Media and publisher Bob Hall, claiming that they wrongfully fired Marimow and were not authorized to make such a decision. The two are now fighting for full control of the company, seeking the ousting of Hall in exchange for the return of Marimow. NY Post / Media Ink Interstate General Media is now suing Katz, claiming he repeatedly violated his pledge to remain removed from the editorial and journalistic operations.

Where Did Robert Costa Come From? (NY Mag / Daily Intelligencer)
As the dust settles from the government shutdown and debt-ceiling standoff, and while John Boehner and Ted Cruz figure out what’s next from out the wreckage, at least one man on the right is giddy. “I feel like I’ve been up for three straight weeks,” says Robert Costa, the National Review‘s Washington editor and star blogger, who has been in the thick of it all as the government edges up to economic destruction. Costa has been celebrated by his colleagues and subjects alike as a must-read this month, his reporting from behind the closed doors of Republicans in Congress held up as indispensable, a shining beacon of the form in which a man tirelessly asks questions and prints the answers without fluff or bluster. The Washington Post / Erik Wemple Costa has deservedly gathered a whole bunch of informal honors for his reporting on the chaotic negotiations to end the government shutdown and avert a default. Day in and day out, Costa pounded updates into his Twitter feed and, creating something of a moving picture of deliberations among Republicans on Capitol Hill. Politico / Dylan Byers on Media “There are no winners here,” White House press secretary Jay Carney said of the negotiations to end the government shutdown. Except, of course, Costa, who has been widely celebrated over the course of the past two weeks for his unparalleled reporting on backroom Republican dealings.