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Paris Mayor: We’ll ‘Have to Sue’ Fox News (TVNewser)
The mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo, told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour the city has had its honor and image \»insulted\» and \»prejudiced\» and intends to sue Fox News over its coverage following the Charlie Hebdo attacks, including a discussion of \»no-go zones\» in Paris neighborhoods, for which the network has apologized. THR Fox News executive VP Michael Clemente issued a statement in response: “We empathize with the citizens of France as they go through a healing process and return to everyday life. However, we find the mayor’s comments regarding a lawsuit misplaced.” Variety Fox News, part of Rupert Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox, had invited self-proclaimed terrorism expert Steven Emerson on one of its program segments in the wake of the attacks at Charlie Hebdo and the kosher market in Paris as part of its coverage of those events Jan. 11. HuffPost Though the exact details of the lawsuit are unclear, over the weekend Fox News apologized to “the people of France and England” for erroneously suggesting that certain European cities have “no-go zones” where non-Muslims are not welcome. Poynter / MediaWire The idea of a lawsuit like the one France is proposing being successful in the U.S. is \»absurd,\» said Gregg Leslie, legal defense director for Reporters Committee for The Freedom of The Press.
Netflix Shares Soar on Earnings Report (THR)
Netflix added 4.33 million members worldwide in the fourth quarter, ending the year with 57.4 million, more than what Wall Street analysts expected. Shares of Netflix were up more than 13 percent after the closing bell on Tuesday once the results were known. Variety The No. 1 subscription video-on-demand provider reported quarterly revenue of $1.48 billion, up 26 percent year over year, with net income of $83.4 million (including a $37.9 million tax benefit). GigaOM In Q4, it added a total of 2.43 million subscribers abroad, and now has a total of 18.28 million members in its 50 international markets. Domestically, it ended 2014 with 39.11 million subscribers, compared to 33.42 million a year before that. WSJ In a letter to shareholders Tuesday, Netflix said its international progress has been so strong that it expects to complete its expansion, while staying profitable, over the next two years, earlier than it had expected. When done, Netflix expects to be operating in 200 countries, up from 50 countries now. Netflix, however, said its international expansion will continue weighing on its profits. The company expects lower full-year operating income for 2015 than last year.
NBC to Stream Super Bowl, Halftime Show for Free (LostRemote)
NBC announced Tuesday that Super Bowl Sunday will also be \»Super Stream Sunday.\» Starting at noon, the network will stream pre-game coverage, the game, the halftime show and conclude 11 hours later with The Blacklist, all for free. Deadline The promotion is part of an effort to push the cable industry’s \»TV Everywhere\» initiative that usually makes such digital-video streams available only to those who can prove they’re pay-TV subscribers. Variety NBC does not have NFL live-streaming rights on smartphone devices, which the league has granted exclusively to Verizon Wireless. As such, the \»Super Stream Sunday\» content will be available on tablets and desktop computers. Both NFL.com and SuperBowl.com will link to NBC’s live stream of Super Bowl XLIX for fans in the U.S.; that’s slated to include interactive online and social features created by the league complementing the NBC broadcast of the game. The NFL also will serve up a host of content on NFL Now, its digital-only network launched this season, surrounding the Super Bowl. Mashable The network first live streamed the Super Bowl in 2010, drawing at most around 500,000 viewers, less than 1 percent of the game’s total viewership. Since then, other networks that have aired the game, including Fox and CBS, have also streamed it. However, this is the first year the Halftime Show will be available for streaming.
Hoax-Free Facebook News Feed? (SocialTimes)
The latest initiative by Facebook to clean up its News Feed is an attempt to warn users of hoaxes. The social network announced this initiative in a Newsroom post by software engineer Erich Owens and research scientist Udi Weinsberg. HuffPost / Reuters The company said it had introduced an option to allow Facebook users to flag a story as “purposefully fake or deceitful news” to reduce the distribution of news stories reported as hoaxes. Facebook said it will not remove fake news stories from its website. Instead, the company’s algorithm, which determines how widely user posts are distributed, will take into account hoax reports. Poynter / MediaWire Publishers of satirical content, like The Onion and its sister site Clickhole, likely will not be affected by the change because testing indicates \»people tend not to report satirical content intended to be humorous,\» according to the post. Rather, publishers who try to pass off scams or \»deliberately false\» stories will see a reduced circulation in their posts after readers flag the articles as such.
The Interview Makes $40 Million Online, On-Demand (Variety)
Despite terrorist threats and a last-minute digital release, The Interview has generated more than $40 million in rentals and sales, Sony Pictures reports. In addition, The Interview has been rented or purchased online and through cable, satellite, and telecom providers more than 5.8 million times from Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2014, through Sunday, Jan. 18, 2015. CNN Money The production budget for The Interview was about $44 million — so with the combined $46 million from on-demand and theatrical sales, the studio can now celebrate that it’s surpassed that total. But it still has a ways to go. Sony has to split the revenue from rentals and ticket sales with the distributors. Furthermore, the marketing budget for the movie was at least $20 million. THR Sony also announced Tuesday that the film will make its way to Netflix on Saturday, Jan. 24.
The Verge Releases Its First Super Bowl Ad (PRNewser)
The Verge will be the first new media brand to advertise during the Super Bowl. NYT The Verge, a technology website owned by the online media company Vox, said on Tuesday that it would be airing the advertisement, before revealing that it would in fact be spending just $700 on a regional spot in Helena, Mont. WSJ / CMO Today NBC is charging marketers about $4.5 million for 30 seconds of national Super Bowl air time, but it’s not uncommon for marketers to purchase local ads so they can boast about being a Super Bowl advertiser.
Sophie Donelson Named Editor-in-Chief of House Beautiful (FishbowlNY)
Sophie Donelson has been named editor-in-chief of House Beautiful. Donelson comes to the magazine from Cricket’s Circle, an editorial and e-commerce site for expecting parents. Adweek Earlier in her career, Donelson held editor and writer positions at shelter publications including Elle Décor, Blueprint, Hamptons Cottages & Gardens, and Curbed, in addition to freelancing for magazines like House Beautiful. Since 2009, she has also hosted a video series for the design industry website The Editor at Large.
NYT Launches Lifestyle Newsletter (FishbowlNY)
The New York Times is expanding its newsletter offerings with NYT Living, a newsletter that will feature Times content on a wide variety of subjects — like life and style. Capital New York The newsletter, which will arrive in inboxes on Thursdays, will round up articles, videos, multimedia pieces and slideshows from the paper’s Styles, Travel, Food and Home sections, according to a company statement. Simone Oliver, recently named growth strategy editor of lifestyle news, will edit NYT Living.
The Sun Has Got Its Top on: Page 3 Covers Up After 45 Years (The Times)
The Sun will no longer feature topless models on Page 3 after quietly dropping one of the most controversial traditions in British journalism. The Washington Post After more than four decades of public enjoyment and outrage, the paper did not publish — and will no longer publish — photos of topless women on its infamous Page 3 as of Friday. Page 3 as we knew it began in 1970 when Sun editor Larry Lamb took a risk. When owner Rupert Murdoch was out of the country, Lamb published topless photos of a 20-year-old German model on Page 3.
What Politician Doesn’t Like Arguing on Cable Shows? (TVNewser)
In his penultimate State of The Union address, President Obama told members of congress he was once one of them. While the Foxes (FNC and FBN) and the NBCs (NBC News and MSNBC) brought on members of congress for reaction, CNN, Al Jazeera America and Bloomberg kept the discussion to panelists and correspondents. As always, the cable nets went beyond 11 p.m. ET with coverage, CBS and FOX returned to programming at 10:35 p.m., ABC wrapped up at 10:37, and NBC went until 11 p.m.
AOL to Debut Long-Form Video Series (FishbowlNY)
AOL is partnering with FremantleMedia International to debut its first long-form video series. Connected — which was originally launched in Israel in 2009 — will debut on AOL’s On Network in March.
FCC Rejects Viacom, ESPN Efforts to Avoid $1.4 Million Fine for Airing Ad (Re/code)
The Federal Communications Commission rejected appeals from Viacom and Walt Disney Co.’s ESPN to avoid paying a combined $1.4 million for airing a movie trailer ad that used the Emergency Alert System tones. The FCC slapped the companies and Comcast’s NBCUniversal with a combined $1.93 million fine for airing the ads for the movie Olympus Has Fallen last March.
Financial Times Appoints New Senior Editors (WWD / Memo Pad)
The Financial Times, under U.S. managing editor Gillian Tett, who returned stateside in September, made a string of senior editorial appointments on Tuesday. Megan Murphy has grabbed the reins as Washington bureau chief.
BBC3 Not for Sale, Says Corporation in Response to Planned Bid for Channel (The Guardian)
The BBC has said BBC3 is \»not for sale because it’s not closing,\» in response to an audacious bid to buy the channel. Leading independent producers Jon Thoday and Jimmy Mulville planned to submit a proposal to the BBC to buy the youth-focused TV channel, saving it from a move to online-only distribution.
Charlie Hebdo Launches App Featuring Latest Issue (Mashable)
Charlie Hebdo has launched a new mobile app for iOS, Android and Windows phones, less than a week after it published the first edition of its magazine since the terrorist attack on its office earlier this month.
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