Tribune Publishing And New York Post Make Top Executive Changes
Publishers were coming and going today at two major media outlets.
Tribune Publishing Chief Executive Justin Dearborn stepped down after three years, the newspaper company announced Thursday. Chicago newspaper executive Tim Knight was named CEO. He was formerly president of the company and will also join the Tribune Publishing board.
Board member David Dreier replaces Dearborn as Tribune Publishing chairman. Ross Levinsohn and Mickie Rosen, the CEO and president… Read
Billboard And Corporate Parent Valence Media Undergo Layoffs
Twenty-two people have lost their jobs at Billboard and its corporate parent, Valence Media, in a restructuring of business operations.
The reductions were designed to streamline the media company’s business operations and eliminate duplicated positions. Dana Miller, chief marketing officer for Billboard and its sister publication, The Hollywood Reporter, is out, according to a source familiar with the matter.
The editorial staff of Billboard and The Hollywood… Read
Cyberattack From Outside US Disrupts Distribution of LA Times, Other Papers
What was initially described as a computer virus and subsequently as an organized cyberattack led to delays in the printing and deliveries of the Saturday edition of the Los Angeles Times, the Chicago Tribune, Baltimore Sun and several other major newspapers that operate on a shared production platform as they all were — and some still are — part of Tribune Publishing. Also disrupted was distribution of the West Coast editions of the Wall Street Journal and New York… Read
The Weekly Standard To Close; Anti-Trump Conservative Magazine Was Cable News Pipeline
The Weekly Standard magazine, one of cable news’ trustiest suppliers of traditional conservative voices, is shuttering. Publisher Clarity Media Group announced the closing this morning, drawing the ire of high-profile staffers and the disappointment of readers who stayed loyal to the 23-year-old publication throughout its recent never-Trump era.
The final print edition will be published Dec. 17.
While praising the magazine’s “dedicated and talented staff,” Clarity CEO… Read
Michelle Obama Memoir ‘Becoming’ Is Top Book Of 2018; Donald Trump’s Sudden Bibliophilia Explained?
Suddenly, Donald Trump’s newfound interest in books is beginning to make sense: One day after the president tweeted five plugs for books written by right-wing supporters and Fox News pals like Gregg Jarrett and Jeanine Pirro, Penguin Random House has announced that Michelle Obama’s Becoming is officially the best-selling book of 2018.
That’s right, the book that called Trump a “misogynist” and accused him of deliberately using the birther nonsense to “stir up the wingnuts… Read
Margaret Atwood’s ‘Handmaid’s Tale’ Book Sequel Set For 2019: ‘The Testaments’ Acquired By Doubleday & Anchor
Margaret Atwood's vision of a post-Handmaid’s Tale world will be revealed next September, when the author’s The Testaments is released, and the creator of all things Gilead promises “almost everything” readers have ever asked about the fictional, oppressive republic that was the inspiration for the new book.
The book sequel – which is not connected to Hulu’s TV adaptation of Atwood’s 1985 dystopian novel The Handmaid's Tale – was announced today with the acquisition of… Read
Ballantine Books Nabs ‘Into The Dark’ Account Of Thai Cave Rescue Told In Words Of The Rescued & Rescuers
EXCLUSIVE Ballantine Books has acquired world English rights to Into The Dark, a book that the publisher says will, for the first time, chronicle last summer’s rescue of the Wild Boars soccer team from a flooded Thai cave in the actual words of everyone directly involved.
Susanna Porter is Ballantine’s acquiring editor, and journalist, author and frequent TV pundit Ellis Henican will serve as author along with the principals telling their stories.
Subtitled The Dramatic St… Read
Conde Nast Chief Digital Officer Fred Santarpia Exits Company
Another one bites the digital dust. Conde Nast Chief Digital Officer Fred Santarpia is stepping down from his post after six years with the company. His last day will be November 2.
Santarpia took on a major role in building Conde Nast’s digital business. A memo from Conde Nast CEO Bob Sauerberg said of his exit: “Through dramatic upgrades to our digital products and performance, the ability to scale and monetize our audience and the development of critical digital… Read
Trib’s Tronc Trounced: Tribune Publishing Name Returns Next Week
A little more than two years after Tribune Publishing Co. now infamously changed its name to the Wall Street collective head-scratcher tronc, Inc., the company is officially changing its name back. The Chicago-based publishing company will resume trading on the Nasdaq under the symbol TPCO, replacing TRNC, on October 10.
It’s been a wild ride for the company soon to be formerly known as tronc (that’s with a lower-case “t”) since June 2, 2016, when new then-new chairman… Read
Gawker Gets Ready For A Comeback
UPDATED with comment from Bustle
Gawker is poised to make a comeback next year, according to published reports. The gossip site, which was sued into bankruptcy two years ago by Silicon Valley billionaire Peter Thiel, was acquired by the founder of Bustle Digital Media, Bryan Goldberg.
In a memo obtained by Variety, Goldberg outlined his plans for bringing back the blog in the first half of 2019.
“We won't recreate Gawker exactly as it was, but we will build upon Gawker's… Read
Encore: Burt Reynolds Has Tales To Tell: Passing On ‘Cuckoo’s Nest’, 007, ‘Die Hard,’ Bonding With Eastwood, McQueen, Newman & Carson But Not Brando
UPDATE: Few in Hollywood had more stories to tell, or told them better than Burt Reynolds. Wanna bet? Read this interview Reynolds did with Deadline while promoting his memoir, with great tales about his interactions with everyone from Bette Davis to Orson Welles, Clint Eastwood and Johnny Carson. He would have told these gems and more had he completed the role in Quentin Tarantino’s film and lived to see it released next year, and it was clear in this interview he was… Read
“What, Me Worry?” MAD Magazine Comes To Snapchat
Snap and DC Entertainment are bring the iconic and irreverent humor of MAD Magazine to Snapchat.
This collaboration, which falls under a global partnership forged by Time Warner (now WarnerMedia) and Snap last year, will bring MAD content to Snapchatters seven days a week, beginning on Sept. 1.
MAD Magazine was The Onion of its era — an influential, satirical magazine that offered humorous commentary on the 20th Century and Cold War-era politics. Launched in the 1950s, it… Read