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Global Media Reacts To Trump Vs. Clinton Debate

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Headlines about the first televised debate between U.S. presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump were predominate in much of the world's media outlets Tuesday, with many largely opining that Clinton came up trumps. European press, in particular, lauded Clinton for her "poise" and being "calm" and "well-prepared" for the debate. Left-leaning UK newspaper The Guardian led with the headline, "Clinton calm as Trump struggles on issues of racism, sexism and… Read


Rolling Stone Sells 49% Stake To BandLab; ‘Great British Bake Off’ Could See BBC Launch Rival Show — Global Briefs

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Rolling Stone has sold a 49% stake of the iconic American pop culture magazine to Singapore-based social music company BandLab Technologies. Wenner Media, the magazine's parent company, announced the deal over the weekend. Terms have not been disclosed but the investment does not include ownership in Wenner Media. The move comes at a time when the publishing industry is increasingly looking to capitalize on the digital advertising business as print ad revenue continues to… Read


Greta Van Susteren Says Fox News “Hasn’t Felt Like Home” For Years

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A little more than an hour after Fox News Channel said that Greta Van Susteren is out, the longtime On the Record host has broken her silence about her departure — and it sounds like it was a long time coming. “Fox has not felt like home to me for a few years, and I took advantage of a clause in my contract which allows me to leave now,” Van Susteren said on Facebook. After working at the network formerly run by Roger Ailes for 14 years, her exit comes due to “financial… Read


TIFF 2016: Traffic-Hungry New York Times Looking For A Canadian Point Of View

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Before leaving The New York Times in July, I heard rumblings about a novel idea that was being floated in the newsroom about plans for the upcoming Toronto International Film Festival: How about covering it from a Canadian point of view?. Eh? In years past, that would have meant figuring out where George Clooney was hanging in Yorkville. This year, it could mean stalking Denzel Washington or Ethan Hawke, stars of Antoine Fuqua's The Magnificent Seven, which has a world… Read


Revamping New York Times Kills Regional Theater, Restaurant & Arts Coverage

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The New York Times this week quietly ended its coverage of restaurants, art galleries, theaters and other commercial and nonprofit businesses in the tri-state region, laying off dozens of longtime contributors and prompting protests from many of the institutions that will be affected. They foresee an impact not only on patronage but, in the case of the nonprofits, on their ability to raise funds to survive. "For all of us in the arts, this decision is an unmitigated… Read


Vice’s Shane Smith To Big Media: “Open Sh*t Up” Or Alienate A Generation; Predicts M&A Frenzy; Talks Disney – Edinburgh

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Vice Media founder and CEO Shane Smith this evening delivered the keynote MacTaggart Lecture at the Edinburgh TV Festival, sounding a warning to legacy media that it needs to adapt. In an hour-long speech, the gonzo ex-punk rocker spoke of the profound changes the industry is currently facing as young people break from their parents' generation in what content they consume and how they consume it. "There is a revolution going on in media. And it's scary, and it's fast… Read


Maker Studios’ ‘Epic Rap Battles Of History’ Looks To Rule Emmy’s New Short-Form Variety Turf

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In the wake of Adult Swim’s 15-minute length series Childrens Hospital rallying two wins and four noms in recent Emmy history, the short form categories have become a popular place to be with such companies as AOL and NBC jumping into the fray. This year, the Television Academy expanded the short form slot to variety series, and by doing so has allowed more independent voices to flourish, specifically the Maker Studios’ series Epic Rap Battles of Historycreated by Peter… Read

Business To End 14-Year Run As Univision Rejects It In Bankruptcy Sale

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UPDATE, 1:12 PM: Univision just officially announced its acquisition of Gawker Media, adding it will “not be operating the site.” Univision will fold other Gawker-owned properties — Gizmodo, Jalopnik, Jezebel, Deadspin, Lifehacker and Kotaku — into the Fusion Media Group. That operation “is focused on serving America's diverse youth with digital-first brands that reflect their values and passions, authentically," says Chief News, Entertainment and Digital… Read


Fox News Names New Co-Presidents To Run Network After Roger Ailes Resignation


Fox News Channel today put some familiar names in place to formally run the cable news giant in the wake of Roger AilesJuly 21 resignation under a cloud of sexual harassment claims. Starting immediately, Fox Television Stations CEO Jack Abernethy and Senior EVP Bill Shine will serve as Co-Presidents. With the former handling the business aspect and the latter in charge of programming, the duo will report directly to Rupert Murdoch, who had taken over FNC in the days… Read


Down By Half, The New York Times Looks To ‘Get Inside Moguls’ And Rebuild Its LA Staff

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Those few stalwarts left in the Los Angeles bureau of the New York Times won't be bouncing around a half-empty newsroom forever. But for the moment, that's about as much as the Times executive editor Dean Baquet will tell about his plans for re-staffing an office that was hit particularly hard by the recent buyout and other changes. In all, three of eight Los Angeles staffers — myself, the biotech business reporter Andrew Pollack and the photographer Monica Almeida — took… Read


Arianna Huffington To Exit The Huffington Post

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Arianna Huffington announced today that she’s leaving her news and lifestyle focused website, The Huffington Post, to focus on a soon-to-launch health, wellness and productivity platform Thrive Global. "When I decided to create Thrive Global, I thought it would be possible to build a startup and continue as editor­-in- chief of the Huffington Post,” she said in a release. “Today, it's clear that was an illusion. As Thrive Global moved from an idea to a reality, with… Read


Andrea Riseborough To Board BBC’s Agatha Christie Adaptation ‘The Witness For The Prosecution’

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EXCLUSIVE: Andrea Riseborough has signed on to play the role of Romaine in the BBC’s adaptation of Agatha Christie’s The Witness for the Prosecution. The two-parter will be a Christmas special for the broadcaster. Penned by Sarah Phelps, a longtime writer on popular soap Eastenders, the story is based on one of Agatha Christie’s better known short stories. Leonard Vole is arrested for the murder of Emily French, a wealthy older woman who was unaware that he was involved… Read