Study: Tablet Owners Love Using Them For News, As Long As They Don’t Have To Pay

By | Tuesday October 25, 2011 @ 9:50am PDT

This is sure to chill all of the newspaper and magazine companies that thought subscribers would return to the fold once the content became available on the sexy mobile devices. The finding comes from the most detailed study yet of the … Read More »

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Circulation Stabilizes For Entertainment And Business Magazines In 1H

Magazines pretty much held on to customers in the first half of 2011 according to a report today from the Audit Bureau of Circulations. Subscriptions and single-copy sales at 418 of the most popular titles only fell 1.4% … Read More »

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Disney Expands Magazine Business With New Kids-Targeted Titles

By | Monday March 21, 2011 @ 8:41am PDT

Disney Publishing Worldwide announced today it is adding four titles based on its properties to join a U.S. roster that included the moms-skewing monthly Disney FamilyFun. The first, Phineas and Ferb, based on the hit Disney XD TV series, will … Read More »

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Hugh Hefner Takes Playboy Empire Private

By | Monday January 10, 2011 @ 6:40am PST

Let’s face it, all that free Internet porn has made the beleaguered Playboy empire into as old a fogie as its founder Hugh Hefner what with revenue plummetting and the media company running huge losses. Nevertheless the octogenarian and the limited partnership he … Read More »

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Ryan Reynolds Is People’s ‘Sexiest Man Alive’ As Warner Bros Releases New Trailer For ‘Green Lantern’

People magazine will bestow just bestowed the coveted title of ”Sexiest Man Alive” on Ryan Reynolds for this year marking its 25th anniversary. Which is a marketing wet dream not just for Reynolds’ talent agency CAA and PR firm 42West but … Read More »

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Newsweek & Daily Beast Announce Merger

This, after talks were abandoned just recently. The new venture will be called the Newsweek Daily Beast. Tonight, Tina Brown, Daily Beast’s co-founder, announced the merger — “some weddings take longer to plan than others” — and will top edit. The Daily … Read More »

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Racy ‘Glee’ GQ Shoot Creates Controversy

By | Wednesday October 20, 2010 @ 10:13am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

These are nowhere near as disturbing as the True Blood stars’ recent bloody nude Rolling Stone cover that still haunts me, but TV watchdog group the Parents Television Council is stirring things up this morning with its outrage over the racy photo shoot of the stars from Fox’s Glee in the upcoming issue of GQ, which it called a “near-pornographic display.” “It is disturbing that GQ, which is explicitly written for adult men, is sexualizing the actresses who play high school-aged characters on Glee in this way. It borders on pedophilia,” said PTC President Tim Winter. Read More »

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Ex-Newsweek Editor Jon Meacham Is New Random House Publishing Group Exec VP

By | Wednesday October 20, 2010 @ 9:24am PDT
Mike Fleming

(New York, October 20, 2010) Jon Meacham, the former editor of Newsweek magazine and the Pulitzer Prize–winning and bestselling author of AMERICAN LION, is joining the staff of the Random House Publishing Group as Executive Vice President and Executive Editor. His appointment, effective January 3, 2011, was announced today

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Daily Beast And Newsweek Talks Fall Apart

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that talks between The Daily Beast and Newsweek have cratered. The two companies had been discussing a deal to make Tina Brown editor of Newsweek. But details couldn’t be worked out surrounding the division of power between Brown, new Newsweek owner Sidney Harman, and Barry Diller, who’s chairman … Read More »

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Hollywood Has To Stop Behaving Like This

Jeez, what is Hollywood thinking when it comes to its past and present terrible treatment of women? Turns out even Gwyneth Paltrow, who’s always been well known in showbiz circles as the daughter of the late (and great) TV producer and director Bruce … Read More »

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Newsweek Magazine For Sale

By | Wednesday May 5, 2010 @ 9:07am PDT

Remember the good old media days when a Newsweek magazine cover could make or break a movie? Newsweek_LogoLoNow its 51-year parent company, the Washington Post Co, has hired Allen & Co to find a buyer for the money-losing mag. Newsweek has … Read More »

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Hollywood Reporter Hires New Publisher

By | Monday April 26, 2010 @ 7:41am PDT

THR logo2 It’s former OK! Magazine publisher Lori Burgess. Richard Beckman, CEO of e5 Global Media, made the announcement this morning. Burgess was previously publisher of OK! Magazine since October 2008. Prior to joining OK!, Burgess was SVP Publishing Director … Read More »

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NYM’s Vulture Hires West Coast Editor From TheCrap Which Keeps Losing Staffers

By | Wednesday April 21, 2010 @ 2:24pm PDT

It’s TV writer Joe Adalian adding to’s expanding celeb coverage. He’s the latest to leave that sinking ship TheWrap (aka TheCrap) which is having terrible money problems, and wholesale staff turnovers, and persistent inaccuracy woes, not to mention only miniscule web traffic. And I almost forgot to mention its … Read More »

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People Hires From EW For New Film Critic

By | Monday April 19, 2010 @ 10:59am PDT
Mike Fleming

People Magazine has hired a new film critic to replace Leah Rozen, the mag’s critic since 1997 who took a buyout late last year. The gig went to Alynda Wheat, who spent the last six years at Entertainment Weekly. Rosen’s exit came at a time when media was lamenting the … Read More »

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Your Jeff Zucker Laugh For The Day

By | Monday October 19, 2009 @ 5:11pm PDT

Atlantic Magazine has published its first annual “Brave Thinkers” issue naming 27 “most provocative thinkers” who “had the courage to step outside the consoling persuading flow of tradition and ask fundamental questions about why things are the way they are, and how they might be instead”. There’s Steve Jobs Read More »

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MPK On Listing As H’wood Power Woman

By | Monday October 19, 2009 @ 4:02pm PDT

UPDATES Elle’s Women In Hollywood Power List

“Dear Nikki Finke,
Just a little thank-you for the recognition of the Sex And The City work and the unexpected honor of being made an honorary woman on your Power Women in Hollywood List. The only

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Post-NBC Ben Silverman Snarling At Media

By | Friday October 16, 2009 @ 12:28pm PDT

bensilvermanbusyEvery few hours, I receive updates on “Where Is Ben Silverman?” Lunching with John Feltheimer at Katsuya in Brentwood. Sitting with Harry Sloan and Ernie Dell at the Dodgers ballgame. And always smiling, smiling, smiling. But Silverman was snarlingRead More »

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Elle’s Women In Hollywood Power List

By | Thursday October 15, 2009 @ 9:16am PDT

UPDATE: It’s online now. 

Elle Nikki List

So I put 63 women on the roster. But for the “why?” behind the names, you’re going to have to buy the issue. Elle magazine will hold its 16th annual dinner and awards celebration … Read More »

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Hollywood Manipulated The New Yorker

By | Sunday October 4, 2009 @ 6:23am PDT

NYorkerI’m too superficial to read The New Yorker because it’s so unrelentingly boring. Even the cartoons suck these days. So back in 2008, soon after the writers strike ended, I said no when The New Yorker first approached me to cooperate … Read More »

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