Morning Media Newsfeed: Prometheus Buys Mediabistro | FNC Books Clinton | Fox’s Reilly to Step Down

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Prometheus Global Media to Acquire Mediabistro (FishbowlNY)
Thursday morning, Mediabistro announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to sell its editorial and e-commerce assets to PGM-MB Holdings, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Prometheus Global Media, for $8 million cash. FishbowlDC As part of the deal, PrometheusGM will add to its portfolio and editorial sites including FishbowlDC, FishbowlNY, TVNewser and PRNewser, as well as the Mediabistro Job Board, and Mediabistro’s education business. THR Prometheus Global Media is the parent company of The Hollywood Reporter, Billboard and Adweek magazines. Mashable The deal still needs shareholder approval, which could happen by mid-July. The tradeshow portion of the company will remain with Mediabistro CEO Alan Meckler under a new company — Mecklermedia. The company’s 3D printing and bitcoin assets are also not a part of the deal. The site gained a following in media circles, particularly in New York and Washington, D.C., thanks in part to its job board and professional skill development courses. The acquisition provides Prometheus with a new cadre of editorial pieces that fit with the company’s other focused media assets. Prometheus also runs the Clio Awards for advertising and the movie event company Film Expo Group. Poynter / MediaWire Mediabistro alums include Brian Stelter, who wrote for TVNewser and now hosts Reliable Sources at CNN, and Patrick Gavin, who worked for FishbowlDC. In 2007, Laurel Touby sold for $23 million.

FNC’s Bret Baier, Greta Van Susteren Get Joint Interview With Hillary Clinton (TVNewser)
As part of her book tour, former secretary of state Hillary Clinton will be sitting for a joint interview with Fox News’ Bret Baier and Greta Van Susteren. FishbowlDC Hard Choices is set to be released by Simon & Schuster on Tuesday, June 10. In the book, Clinton offers an “inside account of the crises, choices and challenges she faced during her four years as America’s 67th Secretary of State, and how those experiences drive her view of the future.” Mediaite The half-hour interview will air on Tuesday, June 17, and will go from 6:45 p.m. ET (when Baier’s Special Report airs on Fox) to 7:15 p.m. ET (when Van Susteren’s On The Record airs). HuffPost Networks, of course, have been racing to interview Clinton, whose 2016 plans have been the subject of much speculation. Fox News — which has covered Benghazi zealously — said that the interview “will cover an array of topics, including Clinton’s forthcoming book, Hard Choices, the upcoming 2016 presidential election and the 2012 attacks in Benghazi, Libya.” Clinton has appeared on Fox News before. Her last interview on the network was with Van Susteren in January 2013 when she was leaving her post as secretary of state.

Kevin Reilly, Head of Programming at Fox, Is Stepping Down (NYT)
Kevin Reilly, who led the entertainment programming at the Fox network to high points that were followed by some recent lows, announced Thursday that he was stepping down at the end of next month. WSJ Reilly has overseen programming for Fox since 2007, launching shows like Glee, New Girl, The Following and Brooklyn Nine-Nine. Peter Rice, the chairman of Fox Networks Group, will take over Reilly’s responsibilities in the interim while the company looks for a successor. Variety Rice and Reilly sought to cast the decision as a mutual one, but chatter about Reilly’s tenure has been ongoing for some time and picked up after the network had mixed reviews for its upfront presentation earlier this month. Still, word of his resignation caught most people on the Fox lot by surprise Thursday morning. THR / The Live Feed The move also comes as Reilly was looking to reimagine an antiquated pilot-season model that he believed was putting broadcast at a disadvantage. His campaign to do away with pilot season began with a speech of sorts at the Television Critics Association winter press tour in January. He has spent the months since focused on straight-to-series development, shorter seasons and a 52-week schedule.