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Netflix Turns to Weinstein Veteran for Big Push to Win Oscar

New York Times: Lisa Taback is an Oscar-campaign veteran who cut her teeth at Miramax with Harvey Weinstein in the 1990s and whose résumé includes best-picture winners like “The King’s Speech,” “The Artist” and “Spotlight.” Ted Sarandos, Netflix’s chief content...

Comcast’s NBC Faces Angry Call for ‘Retribution’ from Trump

USA Today: Many politicians and pundits reacted harshly Sunday after President Trump railed against the media on Twitter sparked by a "Saturday Night Live" sketch that mocked his performance at a Friday White House news conference where declared a national emergency...

Fox News Hosts Win Raves from Trump at Press Conference

Deadline: Asked if Sean Hannity influenced his decision to declare a state of emergency to fund a border wall, President Trump said, “Sean Hannity has been a terrific supporter of what I do, not of me." Trump then began, unsolicited, to give a worth-millions shout-out...

CBS News Journo Describes World’s Media as Mostly Liberal

Breitbart News: Lara Logan, foreign correspondent for CBS’s "60 Minutes," said Breitbart News offers “the other side” of news media relative to what she described as a mostly left-wing and partisan Democrat news landscape in the U.S. and...

Cox Inks Deal to Sell Local TV Stations to Buyout Firm Apollo

Reuters: Apollo Global Management has agreed to acquire a majority stake in 14 television stations from privately held Cox Media Group, a move that sets up Apollo to become a player in broadcasting, an industry it has sought deals in for some...

Tribune Media Looks to Sell Real Estate Along Chicago River

Crain's Chicago Business: Tribune Media is looking to cash out on a massive stretch of land it owns along the Chicago River after winning city approval to build a mixed-use campus on the site. The move paves the way for the redevelopment of a high-profile chunk of...

Univision Finds Snarky Blogs Obstruct Effort to Sell Gizmodo

New York Post: Not only is Gizmodo Media losing money, its snarky news and gossip sites may trash you if you buy them. Gizmodo’s track record of skewering owners is scaring away bidders, said sources. Private equity firm Great Hill Partners is said to be the latest...

Hulu Signs Up NBA Stars for New Ads Promoting Live Sports

Adweek: Hulu secured Joel Embiid of the Philadelphia 76ers and Damian Lillard of the Portland Trail Blazers to remind you that the streaming service now has games available to watch live. The two 30-second spots were shown over the weekend, on Saturday during the...

Amazon Insiders: Bezos Wants to Avoid New York City Media

New York Post: Beyond the local political intrigue surrounding Amazon pulling out of a planned new headquarters in Queens, sources said that there is watercooler talk among staffers that the deal fizzling had a hidden upside for Jeff Bezos. He "does not want to be...

Facebook Launches Magazine in Print as Marketing Platform

Masthead: Facebook is expanding into print magazines with the launch of Grow, a quarterly title aimed at business owners. Grow is only available in the UK. While Grow has the appearance of a magazine, Facebook does not to call it a “magazine.” Grow is designed to be a...

McClatchy Eyes New All-Cash Bid to Buy Tribune Publishing

New York Post: McClatchy is back stalking the much larger Tribune Publishing with a new all-cash bid that could hit “as early as this week. This bid — supported by banking adviser Evercore — comes two months after its last bid at $16.50 a share, including...

Nikkei’s Financial Times Said in Talks to Buy The Information

Flashes and Flames: The Nikkei-owned, UK-based Financial Times is believed to be negotiating to acquire or invest in The Information, the subscription-based digital media company founded by Jessica Lessin in 2013. The Information derives some 90% of its revenue from...

Vox Media Publisher Says No Plans to Merge with BuzzFeed

Digiday: Melissa Bell, publisher at Vox Media: “We are not merging with Buzzfeed. I think consolidation is a common theme throughout time, again I don’t think there’s anything in this time period that makes it different from the past, I think people make these...

Hearst Buys Video Brand Clevver After Demise of Defy Media

Hollywood Reporter: Clevver has found a new home following the shutdown of owner Defy Media. Hearst Magazines has acquired the pop culture news brand. The deal brings together Clevver's YouTube audience of 15 million subscribers with the magazine publisher's digital...

American Media Inc Flap Won’t Threaten Tabloids at Walmart

Bloomberg: There’s little chance that Walmart will remove the National Enquirer. While magazine sales at supermarket checkouts have plummeted in recent years, Walmart still makes money pushing gossip titles, which depend heavily on single-copy sales at retail...

Lagardere Sells Off Most Magazines in France for $59 Million

MarketWatch: Lagardere has sold most of its magazine publishing titles in France to Czech Media Invest for 52 million euros ($58.7 million). The French group said it finalized the sale of magazines titles, which include Elle, and granted Czech Media an exclusive...

Conde Nast’s Wintour Sees Print Magazines Lasting ‘Forever’

Guardian: Anna Wintour insists that she believes print magazines will be around “forever.” Really? “Yes, forever. I really believe that. Print remains the jewel in the crown.” Does she think of Vogue as a magazine, or is it now a brand? “I don’t care for the word...

Amazon’s Escape from New York: Lots of Blame to Go Around

Bloomberg Businessweek: Amazon has decided not to move forward with its plans to build a second headquarters in Long Island City, Queens. According to urban policy experts and other observers of the fracas, there’s plenty of blame to go around. Amazon, too, is to...

Univision Writes Down Struggling Digital Media Under Gizmodo

Hollywood Reporter: Univision is acknowledging the financial weakness of the Gizmodo Media Group digital media assets the company has purchased over the last few years, including the former Gawker Media Group publications it picked up in the summer of...

Fox Disputes News Report of Hoax Attack Against ‘Empire’ Star

Associated Press: Chicago police said Thursday night that local media reports that the attack against “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett was a hoax are unconfirmed. The reports surfaced as detectives were questioning two “persons of interest” who were captured on...

Netflix Offices in Brief Lockdown Over False Report of Gunman

CNET News: Netflix's offices in Hollywood were briefly locked down Thursday afternoon as police searched for a person reported to be carrying a deadly weapon in a nearby parking lot. The report to police turned out to be false, but photos posted to social media showed...

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