Morning Media Newsfeed: Todd Eyed for MTP | LA Times Names Publisher, CEO

[emailonly]{{{ sbox300x250 }}}[/emailonly] Click here to receive Mediabistro’s Morning Media Newsfeed via email.

Meet The Press Reportedly Plans to Announce New Moderator Soon, Chuck Todd The Favorite (Politico / Playbook)
Chuck Todd, a political obsessive and rabid sports fan, is the likely successor to David Gregory as moderator of Meet The Press, with the change expected to be announced in coming weeks, according to top political sources. TVNewser Meet The Press has slipped to third among the Sunday public affairs shows. Todd is currently NBC’s chief White House correspondent and political director, as well as the anchor of the 9 a.m. Daily Rundown on MSNBC. FishbowlDC The New York Post’s Page Six first reported in late July that Gregory may soon be replaced. The Daily Beast’s Lloyd Grove later wrote in a follow-up piece that, “In multiple conversations that I had with people inside and outside NBC after the item appeared, it was taken as a given that Gregory is toast.” TVNewser Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace appeared on MediaBuzz to give his thoughts on the rumors and the influence of Sunday shows today. “I think it’s lousy,” Wallace said about how NBC News is treating Gregory amid rumors of his imminent ousting. FishbowlDC “I think they either ought to say he’s our guy, we’re sticking by him, or they ought to get rid of him, but they shouldn’t put him in this limbo,” said Wallace.

From LA Times Suitor to LA Times Publisher (FishbowlNY)
Monday, Austin Beutner was announced as the Los Angeles Times’ new publisher and CEO, taking over for Eddy Hartenstein. Variety Beutner becomes the 14th publisher of the Times and takes the reins at a time of transition for the paper. The Times’ former corporate parent, Tribune Company, spun off its publishing assets in August into an independent publicly traded company called Tribune Publishing. Prior to its separation, the paper and sister publications such as the Chicago Tribune had been plagued by layoffs, ownership questions and the bankruptcy of its parent company. Politico / Dylan Byers on Media Beutner is former deputy mayor of Los Angeles and a former Wall Street investment banker. Hartenstein recommended Beutner for the position. WSJ Beutner was co-founder and co-chief executive of Evercore Partners and previously worked at the Blackstone Group. He left Blackstone for the U.S. government, where he led a U.S. effort to help Russia transition to a market economy after the collapse of the Soviet Union, the company said.

BuzzFeed Makes Major Expansion, Launches ‘BuzzFeed Motion Pictures’ (LostRemote)
BuzzFeed is expanding its brand in the editorial, video and motion pictures area, the website announced Monday. Politico / Dylan Byers on Media BuzzFeed recently netted a $50 million investment from the venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz, it announced. The influx of capital, which values the social news and entertainment site at $850 million, will allow for expansion across BuzzFeed’s business, including the creation of a “motion picture unit” and the launch of sites in Berlin, Mexico City, Tokyo and Mumbai. Variety Ze Frank, formerly exec VP of video at BuzzFeed and an online-video pioneer, will lead the division as president of BuzzFeed Motion Pictures and will remain based in Los Angeles. The studio will form a Future of Fiction working group to explore the future of long-form, TV and transmedia video. BuzzFeed has enlisted producer Michael Shamberg (Django Unchained, Contagion) and actor-comedian Jordan Peele (of Comedy Central’s Key & Peele) as advisers. The Guardian BuzzFeed joins Facebook, Twitter, Skype, Pinterest and Foursquare in Andreessen Horowitz’s portfolio, with general partner Chris Dixon joining the company’s board as part of the round. Dixon announced the investment in a blog post. “Many of today’s great media companies were built on top of emerging technologies. Examples include Time Inc., which was built on color printing, CBS, which was built on radio, and Viacom, which was built on cable TV,” he wrote.