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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

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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

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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

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Gawker.com 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 Gawker.com 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

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Stephen Frears’ ‘Victoria And Abdul’ Adds Ali Fazal And Eddie Izzard; Working Title-BBC Co-Pro, Focus Co-Fi And Distributing

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EXCLUSIVE: Bollywood actor Ali Fazal (Happy Bhaag Jayegi, Furious 7) has boarded Stephen Frears’ Victoria and Abdul opposite the previously announced Judi Dench in the Working Title-BBC-Focus Features picFazal takes the role of Abdul Karim, the young servant from India who became an unlikely confidant and teacher to Queen Victoria (Dench). The film reunites Frears with Dench after the two worked together to critical and commercial success on Philomena. Comedian-actor Edd… Read

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WME Signs ‘Pirates Of The Caribbean’ Scribe Terry Rossio

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EXCLUSIVE: WME has signed Oscar-nominated writer and Pirates of the Caribbean scribe Terry Rossio. In addition to Pirates, Rossio has created some of the highest-grossing franchises of all time, including National Treasure with Nicolas Cage and Shrek, which earned him a BAFTA win and Academy Award nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay. He recently re-teamed with Disney and Johnny Depp for Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, which also brings back Orlando… Read

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Sean Penn In Early Talks To Join Mel Gibson In ‘Professor And The Madman’

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Sean Penn is in early talks to board Mel Gibson’s long-gestating Professor and the Madman, an adaptation of Simon Winchester’s bestseller about the creation of the Oxford English Dictionary. Gibson has been working to adapt the book for the best part of two decades. Voltage Pictures has come on-board to finance and sell. Gibson’s Apocalypto writer Farhad Safinia, who also penned the script, will direct. Bruce Davey, Gibson’s longtime partner at Icon, is… Read

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Discovery Takes Stake In China’s VS Media Youth-Targeted MCN

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In a bid to build deeper traction in the China market, Discovery Communications has acquired a minority stake in multichannel network, VS Media. The company, founded in 2013, has over 55M subscribers in Greater China with 320M video views per month. VS is said to be the first and largest MCN that focuses on creators of Chinese content, of which China’s young people are major consumers. VS founder Ivy Wong has seen the next generation media company recruit and mentor a… Read