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CNN, Several Other Media Outlets Now on Snapchat (FishbowlDC)
Snapchat has launched a new Discover feature, which will allow users to access in-app content from 10 different media outlets. TVNewser Snapchat Discover will release a new edition of each network’s platform-specific content every 24 hours, with at least five new stories. Each story will be headlined by a 10-second video or animated teaser. Readers will then have the option to swipe up for more in-depth reporting or swipe left to the next story. FishbowlNY Publishers that have jumped aboard already include National Geographic, CNN, Vice, Yahoo!, People, Daily Mail, Cosmo, Comedy Central and The Food Network. LostRemote CNN will put out a new \»edition\» every 24 hours, including news, headlines and a video for each story. Comedy Central is using the platform to share teasers and links to full videos of shows. ESPN has Sportscenter highlights with \»heavily designed stats from major leagues.\» THR Snapchat, which started as a service for sending disappearing photo messages, has placed an emphasis on expanding beyond its initial conceit. Last year it introduced Stories, which lets users create a compilation of photos and videos that disappear after a 24-hour period, and later announced expanded feature Our Stories, which allows people at large events like the Coachella music festival to upload Snaps into a collaborative Story.
Voice Media Group to Explore Sale of Papers (FishbowlNY)
The end of The Village Voice in print could be near. Voice Media Group — publisher of the Voice, LA Weekly, Miami New Times and more — has hired merger-and-acquisition firm Dirks, Van Essen & Murray to explore the possible sale of its papers. Poynter / MediaWire Voice Media Group acquired The Village Voice and its properties in 2012, in a transaction with Village Voice Media. Politico / Dylan Byers on Media The group’s other titles include Phoenix New Times, Denver Westword, The Dallas Observer, The Houston Press, Riverfront Times (of St. Louis), City Pages (of Minneapolis), and New Times Broward-Palm Beach. WSJ / CMO Today Voice Media has already decided it will sell the OC Weekly in southern California or find a partner for it. The free weekly had an average circulation of 63,249 as of June 2014, according to the Alliance for Audited Media. The move comes as alternative papers continue to struggle with competition from the Web, with sites like Craigslist eating deeply into classified advertising revenue and younger readers migrating online. The Village Voice, for instance, has seen its circulation fall 55 percent — from about 247,000 to 110,000 — since 2006.
January 2015 Ratings: Fox News Marks 13 Years at No. 1 (TVNewser)
With the final January numbers in, FNC has now been the No. 1 cable news network for 13 years straight, in both total viewers and the demo in both total day and primetime viewing. But the network shed viewers in total day viewing vs. January 2014. TVNewser CNN showed the most ratings momentum of all the cable news channels in January, beating MSNBC in all categories and narrowing the gap with Fox News Channel to the closest margin in six years. In the adult 25-54 demo, CNN is up more than 70 percent in both total day and primetime compared to last January, when the network delivered its third lowest-rated month ever. TVNewser MSNBC saw another down month in January. The network lost 23 percent of its primetime viewership and was down 39 percent for primetime demo vs. January 2014, which was the height of Bridgegate, giving MSNBC a ratings boost for the month. TVNewser The new-look HLN had a busy month, launching new programs The Daily Share and Jack Vale: Offline while posting ratings increases compared to last year. HLN is up 39 percent in total day viewers and 32 percent in the demo. In primetime, HLN is up 19 percent in viewers and 12 percent in the demo.
Yahoo! Spins Off Stake in Chinese E-Commerce Company Alibaba (SocialTimes)
Yahoo! announced Tuesday that it is spinning off its 15 percent investment in Chinese e-commerce firm Alibaba, avoiding any taxes on this move. THR Yahoo! stock jumped more than 7 percent in the half-hour after chief executive Marissa Mayer announced the plans. The tax-free spin-off will see Yahoo!’s 384 million Alibaba shares, which are valued at $40 billion, become part of SpinCo, a publicly traded company whose stock will be distributed to Yahoo shareholders. Yahoo! will continue to hold a 35.5 percent interest in Yahoo! Japan following the spin-off. Variety After the spin-off, Yahoo! will have returned nearly $50 billion dollars of value to shareholders. Yahoo! said it expects the spin-off to occur in the fourth quarter of 2015 after the expiration of its one-year lockup agreement on the Alibaba shares in connection with the IPO.
Kristine Belson Named New President of Sony Pictures Animation (THR)
Kristine Belson has been named to the newly created position of president of Sony Pictures Animation. The move comes just days after Michelle Raimo Kouyate announced she was stepped down from her position as production president and transitioning to a first-look producing deal with the studio. Variety Belson, who received an Oscar nomination for The Croods, will report to Amy Pascal, co-chair of Sony Pictures Entertainment and chair of Sony Pictures Entertainment Motion Picture Group. The animation division had been part of Sony Pictures Digital Productions. Bob Osher remains in charge of SPDP, but the animation division no longer falls under SPDP. Deadline Belson joined DWA in 2005 as head of development, where she oversaw the development and acquisition of all feature film projects for the company.
Craig Ferguson Sets Overall Deal With Lionsgate Television (Variety)
What’s in store for Craig Ferguson now that he’s signed off of CBS’ The Late Late Show? For starters, he intends to step up production activity as his Green Mountain West production banner under an overall deal inked with Lionsgate Television. Deadline The announcement comes on the heels of the second season pickup of Ferguson-hosted Celebrity Name Game, which is co-produced by Lionsgate-owned Debmar-Mercury and FremantleMedia North America. It also comes on the heels of news Tribune Broadcasting had thrown in the towel on plans to launch a Ferguson-hosted nightly talk show in the fall, after Tribune and Debmar-Mercury failed to line up enough clearances in key markets.
New Twitter Video Lets You Capture, Edit, Share Footage on The Fly (SocialTimes)
Twitter has launched its new video product for mobile, which allows all users to capture, edit and share videos from the official Twitter apps. Videos of up to 30 seconds in length can be recorded and shared, and Twitter for iOS users can upload videos from their camera roll as well (this feature is coming to Android soon). LostRemote The first tweet to use the new video camera was sent by Neil Patrick Harris, who made an exclusive Oscar-related announcement.
Apple’s Impressive Quarterly Earnings Propel Shares (THR)
Apple on Tuesday posted a better-than-expected $3.06 in earnings-per-share in its fiscal first quarter, in part due to the popularity of the iPhone 6 during the Christmas season. Revenue of $74.6 billion, up 30 percent over the same quarter last year, also exceeded expectations. NYT The company reported $16.1 billion in revenue from \»greater China\» — which includes mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan — in its first fiscal quarter, up 70 percent from the same period a year ago. Canalys, a research firm, estimates that Apple is now the No. 1 smartphone maker in China.
eOne Television CEO John Morayniss Inks New Long-Term Contract (Deadline)
John Morayniss has signed a new long-term agreement with Entertainment One to continue as CEO of eOne. Morayniss has led the division since its inception in 2008. THR Terms of his new long-term agreement were not disclosed, but it will run through 2018.
This Gannett Newspaper Just Added Six Staffers (FishbowlNY)
There’s certainly no shortage of bad news about metropolitan newspapers. But every once in a while, there’s also some resplendently good news. In January, The Cincinnati Enquirer added six full-time staffers.
New York, TNR Add to Teams (FishbowlNY)
Jamie Fuller is joining New York’s Daily Intel blog. She was most recently a politics writer for The Washington Post. Elizabeth Stoker Bruenig has been hired as a staff writer at The New Republic. She will focus on economic and legal polices, religion and feminism.
Ken Doctor Joins Capital New York (FishbowlNY)
Renowned media expert and Newsonomics author Ken Doctor is joining Capital New York as a media columnist. Doctor will pen two columns a week; the first — \»What Are They Thinking?\» — will be available to all readers. The second column — which will feature Doctor’s take on the latest media trends and news — will be available only to Capital Pro subscribers and published each Thursday.
Gawker Promotes Caity Weaver to Senior Editor (Capital New York)
Gawker Media has promoted Caity Weaver from a staff writer to a senior editor at Gawker.com, editor Max Read announced in a staff memo Tuesday afternoon. Weaver joined Gawker.com as a night writer three years ago, shortly after graduating from the University of Pennsylvania.
Ban on Ads on Pay TV Lifted in Russia, But Only for Local Networks (THR)
A ban on advertisements on pay TV in Russia has been lifted, but only for networks whose content is mostly produced locally. Meanwhile, Turner officials have discussed the return of CNN International to Russia with the country’s media watchdog.
Sharyl Attkisson to Testify at Lynch Hearing (Politico / Dylan Byers on Media)
Investigative journalist Sharyl Attkisson will testify Thursday at Loretta Lynch’s nomination hearing for attorney general in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee.
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