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Digital First Media Acquires Bankrupt Reading Eagle Newspaper

Philadelphia Inquirer: MediaNews Group, which eviscerates the staffs and liquidates the property of acquired newspapers, is expected to buy the bankrupt Reading Eagle for $5 million. MediaNews was the lone qualified bidder for last week’s bankruptcy auction for the...

McClatchy Taps Politico Veteran as News VP Across Newspapers

McClatchy: McClatchy has named Kristin Roberts VP of News. She will lead a newly-expanded news group that comprises the company's 30 newsrooms across 14 states, news operations and McClatchy Studios, the company's long-form audio and video documentary production...

Meredith Expat Fortune Magazine Sees Digital Staffers Join Union

WWD: Fortune’s newsroom is now entirely unionized. Despite efforts by the magazine’s management to derail the union, including an immediate rejection of voluntary recognition and direct efforts by CEO Alan Murray, a wide majority of digital staffers at the former Time...

Conde Nast’s Vanity Fair Cannes Party All Wet as Big Stars Pass

Showbiz411: Vanity Fair endured a traumatizing Cannes Film Festival party in drenching rain at the Hotel du Cap. Even though Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio were on the grounds, they didn’t attend. Their big get was Quentin Tarantino, and a bunch of actors who’d...

New York Times Journos Landing Lots of Lucrative Book Deals

Vanity Fair: In the journalism world, one consequence of the supercharged news cycle of the late twenty-teens is the booming economy for extracurricular side-hustles, namely cable-news gigs and books. With books in particular, perhaps no single outlet has seen more...

AT&T Pushes WarnerMedia to Exploit Emotional Ties to Phones

Fortune: At the heart of AT&T's grand plan, says WarnerMedia boss John Stankey, is something the old phone company wouldn’t have known much about -- emotion. Cell phones have become so indispensable that people are emotionally attached to them, and “our ability to...

Viacom Brings Back TV Producer in Departure from BuzzFeed

Variety: Lauren Dolgen, after spending a year heading up BuzzFeed Studios, is coming back to cable TV. Paramount Network recruited Dolgen as senior VP, unscripted development and production. It’s a return to Viacom for the veteran TV producer, who previously spent...

Apple, Google Face Lawsuit from ‘Over the Rainbow’ Composer

BBC News: The estate of Harold Arlen, who wrote such American songbook classics as "Over The Rainbow," is suing some of the world's biggest tech firms. Arlen's son, Sam Arlen, says he has found more than 6,000 unauthorized copies of his songs on Apple, Google, Amazon...

Meredith, Hearst Magazines Plan New Offerings for Apple News+

Cult of Mac: Apple has “hundreds” of people working to make Apple News+ the best place to read magazines. The company has received “great feedback” from many of its publishing partners, it revealed. And some of them have special offerings planned for upcoming issues...

Conde Nast’s Self Touts Success After Shuttering Print Edition

Folio: When Conde Nast announced in 2017 that the January/February 2018 issue of Self would be the last print run, editor-in-chief Carolyn Kylstra knew that the transition would be a challenge. A year and a half later, the brand achieved profitability ahead of...

Hearst’s Esquire Helps Readers Buy Brad Pitt’s Cannes Eyewear

Esquire: Brad Pitt walked the red carpet at the Cannes Film Festival on Tuesday wearing Garrett Leight’s Calabar sunglasses. At $340, the Calabar isn't exactly cheap. But good eyewear is worth the investment. You're wearing it on your face, after all. Don't you want...

American Media Inc Investor May Join Deal for National Enquirer

New York Post: Leon Cooperman, the investor who heads Omega Advisors and owns about 10% of American Media Inc., may join the investment team that is backing Hudson News chief Jimmy Cohen’s $100 million deal to buy the National Enquirer and two other...

Refinery29 Unveils French Edition from Global Hub in Germany

WWD: Refinery29 will now be offering content en français. The digital publisher has announced the launch of Refinery29 France, three years after the introduction of its German edition. Refinery29’s fashion, beauty, lifestyle, wellness and culture content will be...

New York Times Editor Predicts Death of Most Local Newspapers

Fast Company: New York Times executive editor Dean Baquet has a bleak forecast for the future of print media: "The greatest crisis in American journalism is the death of local news. Their economic model is gone. I think most local newspapers in America are going to...

Netflix Again Bests HBO as Top Pick for Originals, Survey Says

Variety: Netflix continues to wear the crown as having the “best original programming” among premium TV and over-the-top subscription services, according to new research from Morgan Stanley. About 40% of consumers surveyed said the streamer is the No. 1 outlet on this...

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