Disney Pushes Toward European Cable Exit Ahead Of Fox Deal Close

Disney is aggressively moving forward with plans to satisfy regulators’ requirement that it sell its stake in A+E Networks’ factual channels in Europe in order to close its $71B takeover of 21st Century Fox.
The media giant has held talks with He…

Disney is aggressively moving forward with plans to satisfy regulators’ requirement that it sell its stake in A+E Networks' factual channels in Europe in order to close its $71B takeover of 21st Century Fox. The media giant has held talks with Hearst, its joint-venture partner in A+E Networks, about a buyout of channels such as History, Lifetime and Crime & Investigation in Europe, according to sources familiar with the discussions. Although Hearst would be a logical…

Disney in Talks With Hearst to Sell A+E Networks European Channels (EXCLUSIVE)

Disney is in talks with Hearst to sell off its interest in five European cable channels that are part of the larger A+E Networks joint venture between the companies. Disney last week agreed to divest the channels as a condition of receiving approval fo…

Disney is in talks with Hearst to sell off its interest in five European cable channels that are part of the larger A+E Networks joint venture between the companies. Disney last week agreed to divest the channels as a condition of receiving approval for the 21st Century Fox transaction from the European Commission, the European […]

Hearst Communications Sheds Roughly 35 Jobs in Staff Shakeup

Hearst Communications shed approximately 35 jobs Wednesday as part of a company-wide reshuffling of their media brands, a person with knowledge with the situation confirmed to TheWrap.

The news went officially unmentioned in a lengthy press release from the company announcing the charges, which broadly focused on new leadership at their flagship properties.

“The complementary strengths of our offerings are what gives us our unique position in today’s highly competitive media marketplace,” Hearst Magazines president Troy Young said in a statement. “As we continue to evolve, we will combine editorial intuition with audience insights and data to create unique and purposeful experiences for our readers.”

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Among the more notable reveals included news that Jessica Pels would take over as editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan, Kristin Koch would become executive director of Seventeen.com and the respective editorial chiefs of “Men’s Health,” “Women’s Health” and “Popular Mechanics” would assume additional responsibilities for digital content on their publications.

“These versatile editors are experts at creating content and experiences that engage and entertain audiences,” said Hearst Magazines chief content officer Kate Lewis.

“They understand their readers in a very profound way, and they’re passionate about producing stories in all formats, on all platforms, that inform, surprise, drive conversation and create a feeling of community,” she added.

The Hearst news comes amid a broader climate of contraction for the journalism industry.

Last year, Mic dropped 25 people in their “pivot to video.” That was followed by dozens of layoffs among CNN digital employees, 19 employees at Pop Sugar, and the all but total collapse of Upworthy. In April, Univision dropped 150 employees and scuttled plans for an IPO in one of the largest mass media exodus’ in recent memory.

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Hearst Communications shed approximately 35 jobs Wednesday as part of a company-wide reshuffling of their media brands, a person with knowledge with the situation confirmed to TheWrap.

The news went officially unmentioned in a lengthy press release from the company announcing the charges, which broadly focused on new leadership at their flagship properties.

“The complementary strengths of our offerings are what gives us our unique position in today’s highly competitive media marketplace,” Hearst Magazines president Troy Young said in a statement. “As we continue to evolve, we will combine editorial intuition with audience insights and data to create unique and purposeful experiences for our readers.”

Among the more notable reveals included news that Jessica Pels would take over as editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan, Kristin Koch would become executive director of Seventeen.com and the respective editorial chiefs of “Men’s Health,” “Women’s Health” and “Popular Mechanics” would assume additional responsibilities for digital content on their publications.

“These versatile editors are experts at creating content and experiences that engage and entertain audiences,” said Hearst Magazines chief content officer Kate Lewis.

“They understand their readers in a very profound way, and they’re passionate about producing stories in all formats, on all platforms, that inform, surprise, drive conversation and create a feeling of community,” she added.

The Hearst news comes amid a broader climate of contraction for the journalism industry.

Last year, Mic dropped 25 people in their “pivot to video.” That was followed by dozens of layoffs among CNN digital employees, 19 employees at Pop Sugar, and the all but total collapse of Upworthy. In April, Univision dropped 150 employees and scuttled plans for an IPO in one of the largest mass media exodus’ in recent memory.

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CBS Taps Silicon Valley Entrepreneur Philip Wiser As CTO

CBS has named Philip Wiser chief technology officer, overseeing the media company’s technology platforms and divisional technology initiatives.
Wiser brings experience as a Silicon Valley entrepreneur and technologist who holds 13 patents for his…

CBS has named Philip Wiser chief technology officer, overseeing the media company’s technology platforms and divisional technology initiatives. Wiser brings experience as a Silicon Valley entrepreneur and technologist who holds 13 patents for his pioneering work in online digital music and video streaming technology. As chief technology officer at Hearst for the last six years, Wiser worked with cable networks such as ESPN and A&E, more than 30 broadcast television…

Hearst Chief Content Officer Joanna Coles Reported To Exit Publisher

Hearst chief content officer Joanna Coles may be leaving the New York company, according to a published report.
The New York Post is reporting that Coles submitted her resignation and is expected to leave the publishing giant by the end of next week. A…

Hearst chief content officer Joanna Coles may be leaving the New York company, according to a published report. The New York Post is reporting that Coles submitted her resignation and is expected to leave the publishing giant by the end of next week. Apparently a power struggle between her and recently named Hearst magazines publisher Troy Young was the cause. Hearst and Coles have not commented on the report. Coles was editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan and Marie Claire…

Viacom’s AwesomenessTV Deal Worth More Than $50 Million: Sources

Viacom’s deal to acquire AwesomenessTV, officially announced July 27, has an enterprise value worth at least $50 million, sources familiar with the deal told Variety. One of the factors affecting the valuation: The agreement does not include Drea…

Viacom’s deal to acquire AwesomenessTV, officially announced July 27, has an enterprise value worth at least $50 million, sources familiar with the deal told Variety. One of the factors affecting the valuation: The agreement does not include DreamWorksTV, the YouTube kids’ entertainment channel Awesomeness launched four years ago, which will be retained by NBCUniversal. But even […]

Complex Brings Celebrity Spicy-Sauce Hit ‘Hot Ones’ To Snapchat

EXCLUSIVE: Hearst-Verizon co-venture Complex Networks is bringing Hot Ones, one of its most popular series, to Snapchat starting today.
The show, which features celebrities sitting for interviews with host Sean Evans while both eat chicken wings coated…

EXCLUSIVE: Hearst-Verizon co-venture Complex Networks is bringing Hot Ones, one of its most popular series, to Snapchat starting today. The show, which features celebrities sitting for interviews with host Sean Evans while both eat chicken wings coated with sauces of a steadily increasing spice level, will have a 12-week run on the Snapchat Discover Page. New episodes will launch every Thursday morning. The re-tooled, Snap-tailored version will incorporate exclusive…

HBO’s Plepler On OTT Strategy: ‘We Were More Right Than We Imagined’–Ad Week

Speaking in an Advertising Week session with Snap Inc. chief strategy officer Imran Khan and Hearst chief content officer Joanna Coles, HBO CEO Richard Plepler framed the network’s stand-alone OTT strategy as an unalloyed success.
“We put the lie to the idea that the pie couldn’t get bigger,” Plepler said. “People felt that people would drop HBO … but we have had less than 1% cannibalization of our core business.” Annual revenue from traditional MVPD distribution is about…

Speaking in an Advertising Week session with Snap Inc. chief strategy officer Imran Khan and Hearst chief content officer Joanna Coles, HBO CEO Richard Plepler framed the network’s stand-alone OTT strategy as an unalloyed success. “We put the lie to the idea that the pie couldn't get bigger,” Plepler said. “People felt that people would drop HBO … but we have had less than 1% cannibalization of our core business.” Annual revenue from traditional MVPD distribution is about…

Shonda Rhimes Launches Shondaland Website: ‘This Is Not a Lifestyle Site’

Shonda Rhimes launched her new website Shondaland.com on Monday, adding a new Hearst digital media platform to her long list of responsibilities.

The website Shondaland.com will cover politics, culture, style, health and relationships through interviews, essays and video content. Among the first pieces on the site are an advice column called “Agony Auntie,” a list of book recommendations, a personal essay from “Scandal” star Katie Lowes about buying a home, an interview with Rep. Maxine Waters conducted by Rhimes and a Trumpcare explainer written by Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards.

“This is not a lifestyle site,” Rhimes wrote in her inaugural column, introducing the site. “Because my idea wasn’t to bring all of you amazing, thoughtful, curious, interesting people together, gather you around a digital campfire, and feed you a lifestyle.”

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“We’re inclusive, accessible, intimate, grounded, and inspiring,” she wrote. “We have smart and funny and very relatable stories in all the essential categories you’d imagine: work, love, family, politics, activism, money, culture … In other words, we’re not giving you lifestyle at Shondaland.com. We’re giving you life.”

Similar to Hearst’s partnership with Lena Dunham’s Lenny, Shondaland.com’s content will be hosted on the company’s platform and will be syndicated across its other sites, including Cosmopolitan, ELLE, Harper’s Bazaar and Marie Claire.

Also Read: Netflix’s Shondaland Deal Fallout: How Crucial Is Shonda Rhimes to ABC?

“We’re excited to partner with Shonda Rhimes to bring her unique voice and vision to our highly engaged audience of more than 200 million users a month,” Hearst Magazines Digital Media global president Troy Young said in a statement. “As an empowering and inclusive platform for women, we know that Shondaland.com will become a must-read for her passionate and growing community of fans.”

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Shonda Rhimes launched her new website Shondaland.com on Monday, adding a new Hearst digital media platform to her long list of responsibilities.

The website Shondaland.com will cover politics, culture, style, health and relationships through interviews, essays and video content. Among the first pieces on the site are an advice column called “Agony Auntie,” a list of book recommendations, a personal essay from “Scandal” star Katie Lowes about buying a home, an interview with Rep. Maxine Waters conducted by Rhimes and a Trumpcare explainer written by Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards.

“This is not a lifestyle site,” Rhimes wrote in her inaugural column, introducing the site. “Because my idea wasn’t to bring all of you amazing, thoughtful, curious, interesting people together, gather you around a digital campfire, and feed you a lifestyle.”

“We’re inclusive, accessible, intimate, grounded, and inspiring,” she wrote. “We have smart and funny and very relatable stories in all the essential categories you’d imagine: work, love, family, politics, activism, money, culture … In other words, we’re not giving you lifestyle at Shondaland.com. We’re giving you life.”

Similar to Hearst’s partnership with Lena Dunham’s Lenny, Shondaland.com’s content will be hosted on the company’s platform and will be syndicated across its other sites, including Cosmopolitan, ELLE, Harper’s Bazaar and Marie Claire.

“We’re excited to partner with Shonda Rhimes to bring her unique voice and vision to our highly engaged audience of more than 200 million users a month,” Hearst Magazines Digital Media global president Troy Young said in a statement. “As an empowering and inclusive platform for women, we know that Shondaland.com will become a must-read for her passionate and growing community of fans.”

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Kobalt Music Scores $75 Million Funding Round Led by Hearst Entertainment

Kobalt, the Sweden-based music-rights and publishing company, announced Monday that it has raised $75 million in growth capital. The Series D round was led by Hearst Entertainment, a unit of the Hearst media company, with participation from Balderton Capital and MSD Capital. Kobalt, which represents Paul McCartney, Kelly Clarkson (pictured), Dave Grohl, Dr. Luke, The… Read more »

Kobalt, the Sweden-based music-rights and publishing company, announced Monday that it has raised $75 million in growth capital. The Series D round was led by Hearst Entertainment, a unit of the Hearst media company, with participation from Balderton Capital and MSD Capital. Kobalt, which represents Paul McCartney, Kelly Clarkson (pictured), Dave Grohl, Dr. Luke, The... Read more »

Dish, Hearst Reach New Retrans Agreement

Dish Network and Hearst Television have reached a new retransmission consent agreement covering the broadcaster’s 31 local stations. Terms of the multi-year deal were not disclosed. The deal ends a blackout of Hearst stations on Dish services that began in early March, affecting stations in 26 markets, including Boston, Baltimore, Milwaukee, New Orleans and Orlando,… Read more »

Dish Network and Hearst Television have reached a new retransmission consent agreement covering the broadcaster’s 31 local stations. Terms of the multi-year deal were not disclosed. The deal ends a blackout of Hearst stations on Dish services that began in early March, affecting stations in 26 markets, including Boston, Baltimore, Milwaukee, New Orleans and Orlando,... Read more »

Hearst TV Stations Go Dark on Dish Network in Retrans Fight

Hearst Television’s 31 stations have gone dark on satcaster Dish Network as the sides fight over the terms of a new retransmission consent agreement. The blackout affects Dish customers in 26 markets, including Boston, Baltimore, Milwaukee, New Orleans and Orlando, Fla. The deadline on the previous agreement expired on Wednesday but the companies set a… Read more »

Hearst Television’s 31 stations have gone dark on satcaster Dish Network as the sides fight over the terms of a new retransmission consent agreement. The blackout affects Dish customers in 26 markets, including Boston, Baltimore, Milwaukee, New Orleans and Orlando, Fla. The deadline on the previous agreement expired on Wednesday but the companies set a... Read more »

Hearst Acquires Majority Stake in Independent Distributor Litton Entertainment

Hearst has taken a majority stake in Litton Entertainment, an independent TV distributor that specializes in children’s programming and family-friendly fare. Litton, based in Charleston, S.C., has been headed for more than 20 years by president-CEO Dave Morgan, a well-known executive in the syndication and TV station world who worked at Hearst early in his… Read more »

Hearst has taken a majority stake in Litton Entertainment, an independent TV distributor that specializes in children’s programming and family-friendly fare. Litton, based in Charleston, S.C., has been headed for more than 20 years by president-CEO Dave Morgan, a well-known executive in the syndication and TV station world who worked at Hearst early in his... Read more »

Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Lousy ‘Celebrity Apprentice’ Ratings: What Went Wrong

We know by now that Arnold Schwarzenegger didn’t exactly terminate his “Celebrity Apprentice” competition last night in Nielsen’s primetime TV ratings, but why did the refurbished franchise fare as poorly as it did?

After all, the previous winter cycle premiere starring Donald Trump in January 2015 earned a solid 2.4 rating in the key 18-49 demographic and 6.8 million total viewers. Those were far more respectable than Monday’s 1.3 and 4.9 million viewers. So, what happened?

Well, for starters, two years have passed. In case you’ve been asleep this whole time, somehow Trump has gone from reality competition host to the frigging PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES. That means those who regularly tuned in for the “You’re Fired” guy maybe weren’t as interested as the “Get to the chopper!” dude.

Plus, Trump’s still an executive producer on the show, which could have also turned off some viewers less enthused about Trump since his full-time shift into politics.

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It’s also worth pointing out that the 2015 version actually premiered on a Sunday evening, when there was a greater potential audience and less competition. The next night’s regular Monday time slot premiere dipped to a 2.0 and had 6.5 million viewers overall.

So what was the big competition last night? Well, Fox aired a modestly rated “MasterChef Celebrity Showdown” special, which could have fragmented the reality audience a bit. Meanwhile, ABC’s 2017 season premiere of “The Bachelor” was broadcast’s biggest demo bully last night, pulling in a 2.1 and 6.6 million viewers.

Another challenge came from ESPN’s coverage of the Rose Bowl, which turned out to be an instant classic. USC’s tight college football victory over Penn State put up the most points scored in the bowl game’s storied history.

Also Read: ‘Celebrity Apprentice’: Just How ‘Yuge’ Were Those TV Ratings Anyway?

But wait, there’s more!  That 2015 start to “The Bachelor” took place on January 4 and Jan. 5. Last night’s Jan. 2 kickoff to the new era suffered a bit by being closer to the New Year’s holiday.

Finally, the recent dropping of Hearst stations from DirecTV meant some NBC affiliates were not available to DirecTV subscribers.

OK, we’re fresh out of excuses for NBC. Maybe it just wasn’t very good. We’ll see how many viewers “Celebrity Apprentice” retains next Monday at 8 p.m. on NBC.

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We know by now that Arnold Schwarzenegger didn’t exactly terminate his “Celebrity Apprentice” competition last night in Nielsen’s primetime TV ratings, but why did the refurbished franchise fare as poorly as it did?

After all, the previous winter cycle premiere starring Donald Trump in January 2015 earned a solid 2.4 rating in the key 18-49 demographic and 6.8 million total viewers. Those were far more respectable than Monday’s 1.3 and 4.9 million viewers. So, what happened?

Well, for starters, two years have passed. In case you’ve been asleep this whole time, somehow Trump has gone from reality competition host to the frigging PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES. That means those who regularly tuned in for the “You’re Fired” guy maybe weren’t as interested as the “Get to the chopper!” dude.

Plus, Trump’s still an executive producer on the show, which could have also turned off some viewers less enthused about Trump since his full-time shift into politics.

It’s also worth pointing out that the 2015 version actually premiered on a Sunday evening, when there was a greater potential audience and less competition. The next night’s regular Monday time slot premiere dipped to a 2.0 and had 6.5 million viewers overall.

So what was the big competition last night? Well, Fox aired a modestly rated “MasterChef Celebrity Showdown” special, which could have fragmented the reality audience a bit. Meanwhile, ABC’s 2017 season premiere of “The Bachelor” was broadcast’s biggest demo bully last night, pulling in a 2.1 and 6.6 million viewers.

Another challenge came from ESPN’s coverage of the Rose Bowl, which turned out to be an instant classic. USC’s tight college football victory over Penn State put up the most points scored in the bowl game’s storied history.

But wait, there’s more!  That 2015 start to “The Bachelor” took place on January 4 and Jan. 5. Last night’s Jan. 2 kickoff to the new era suffered a bit by being closer to the New Year’s holiday.

Finally, the recent dropping of Hearst stations from DirecTV meant some NBC affiliates were not available to DirecTV subscribers.

OK, we’re fresh out of excuses for NBC. Maybe it just wasn’t very good. We’ll see how many viewers “Celebrity Apprentice” retains next Monday at 8 p.m. on NBC.

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Snapchat Channel Sweet to Launch First Music-Themed Edition Featuring MØ (EXCLUSIVE)

Sweet, the first Snapchat-only media brand that is a joint venture between Snap Inc. and Hearst, is debuting its first annual music issue on Sunday, with an exclusive cover shoot and profile of Danish singer-songwriter MØ. Sweet’s Oct. 16 issue on Snapchat Discover will include an interview feature on MØ, who was shot by photographer… Read more »

Sweet, the first Snapchat-only media brand that is a joint venture between Snap Inc. and Hearst, is debuting its first annual music issue on Sunday, with an exclusive cover shoot and profile of Danish singer-songwriter MØ. Sweet’s Oct. 16 issue on Snapchat Discover will include an interview feature on MØ, who was shot by photographer... Read more »