OZY MEDIA INSTALLS REVNUE CHIEF AND BRANDED CONTENT EDITOR
Ozy Media which publishes the website of the same name Ozy.com has brought in Michael Sadicario as its new VP of sales and head of revenue. Mr. Sadicario joins the growing digital media company from Storyful where he served as chief revenue officer.
TWITTER COULD SUSPEND DONALD TRUMP'S TWITTER ACCOUNT
If Twitter wanted to, it would be well within its rights to suspend Donald J. Trump’s account. After the president-elect used Twitter last week to criticize Chuck Jones, an Indiana union leader who represents workers at the Carrier company, Mr. Jones reported receiving a series of threatening phone calls from Mr. Trump’s supporters. Similarly, last year, Mr. Trump used Twitter to attack a college student who asked him a critical question at a rally; The Washington Post reported that the woman has been barraged by obscene and deranged threats ever since.
IN THE BLOATED LIVE VIDEO MARKET, PUBLISHERS STILL SEE PROMISE IN 'INSTAGRAM LIVE'
On Monday, Instagram rolled out its live video feature to all U.S. users. Publishers told Digiday that they plan to use Instagram Live to give followers a behind-the-scenes look at how their content is made and to promote Facebook campaigns. Some publishers planned to create original content for the new feature, while others have simply repurposed video streams they were already using for Facebook Live.
TIME WARNER'S FILM STUDIO MAKES CHANGES TO ITS TOP EXECUTIVE RANKS
Toby Emmerich, a longtime manager at New Line Cinema, a Warner division focused on low-to-mid budget releases, will take over as president and chief content officer for Warner Bros. Pictures Group on Jan. 1, the studio said. In that newly created position, Mr. Emmerich, 53, will oversee an annual slate that includes five to eight films from New Line and 10 to 12 films from Warner’s primary label. Stepping down as part of the restructuring is Greg Silverman, who served as president of creative development and production for Warner Bros. Pictures since 2013. Mr. Silverman will start a technology-related entertainment venture with backing from Warner.
FORMER CONDE NAST PR BOSS JOINS STX ENTERTAINMENT
Patricia Rockenwagner, the former Condé Nast communications chief who moved to the parent company Advance Publications, is leaving One World Trade Center for STX Entertainment. Rockenwagner will join STX on Jan. 17 as the company’s chief communications officer,
HEARST'S COSMO IS TOO SEXY FOR SOME OHIO SUPERMARKETS
Cosmopolitan Magazine will be moved out of the direct sight of consumers at 72 supermarkets in Indiana and Ohio due to what some say is “sexually explicit” content. The stores, which are part of Marsh Supermarkets, will remove the Hearst-owned glossy from checkout lanes.
HEARST DIGITAL, THE WASHINGTON POST, MIC AND OTHER PUBLISHERS ARE EXPERIMENTING WITH BRANDED GAMES
A few years after publishers fell in and out of love with games, they are toying around with them again. In the past couple months, Hearst Digital has begun producing branded puzzle games and quizzes for MSN; both Mic and the Washington Post have begun experimenting with non-branded game bots on platforms like Kik and Facebook Messenger, respectively; The Outline, Josh Topolsky’s venture-backed “New Yorker for millennials,” is going to be rolling out games starting in 2017.
HACKERS STOLE DATA FROM OVER ONE BILLION YAHOO ACCOUNTS
Yahoo on Wednesday disclosed a second data breach — and it’s a biggie. The struggling Web pioneer said a hack in August 2013 had compromised more than 1 billion user accounts — twice the size of an already-huge hack it revealed in September. The newly discovered breach — which looks like the largest hack of all time, according to security experts — may have spilled an unprecedented trove of stolen e-mail addresses, telephone numbers, passwords and even security questions and answers.
VICE MEDIA EYEING IPO IN 2017?
Vice Media has long hinted at a possible IPO. But 2017 may be the year his company finally takes the plunge. In an interview at Variety‘s annual Dealmakers breakfast Wednesday at Spago in Beverly Hills, Vice CEO Shane Smith told Variety co-editor in chief Andrew Wallenstein that the brand’s leadership is taking a hard look at going public. “We’re talking to some banks and we’re getting ready,” Smith said, adding that executives would present the case for an IPO at a scheduled company board meeting in January. “Next year is going to be a banner year and now is the time to do it.”
FACEBOOK IS IN FACT A MEDIA COMPANY
Facebook, which has long relied on other people to provide it with content, is going to start paying for its own stuff, too. Facebook is starting to talk to TV studios and other video producers about licensing shows, with the hope of boosting the social network’s video efforts.
YOU CAN NOW BROADCAST LIVE FROM THE TWITTER APP
Twitter released an update today that will let you broadcast live video from within its app for iOS and Android. The feature is “powered by” Periscope, Twitter’s live video app, but can be used regardless of whether you have installed Periscope or created an account. The move represents an attempt to blunt Facebook’s chief advantage over Twitter in live video: everyone who has Facebook on their phone can go live without downloading a separate app.
THE WASHINGTON POST SAID IT MADE MONEY IN 2016
The Washington Post “will finish this year as a profitable and growing company,” Post Publisher Fred Ryan tells employees in a year-end memo. Increased subscription revenue contributed to the paper’s hale balance sheet: Digital subscription revenue has doubled, Ryan writes, and the news organization has seen a 75 percent rise in subscriptions over all since January.
AMAZON GOES GLOBAL WITH ITS VIDEO STREAMING SERVICE IN CHALLENGE TO NETFLIX
The e-commerce giant, led by Jeff Bezos, has now expanded its Amazon Prime Video service to more than 200 countries and territories. Amazon has rolled out its streaming video service worldwide to more than 200 countries in a challenge to Netflix. Prime Video is now available bundled with Amazon Prime in countries where the two-day-shipping subscription is offered, including Belgium, Canada, France, India, Italy and Spain.
ANNA WINTOUR IS SAID TO HAVE HAD A PRIVATE MEETING WITH TRUMP
Anna Wintour had a sit-down with Donald Trump on Tuesday as ABC’s Candace Smith reported the two met for a half-hour and “discussed a range of issues.” There is no information as to the purpose of Vogue’s longtime editor-in-chief meeting with Trump or specifics on what the pair discussed.