Posts Tagged ‘news’

Jon Stewart Takes Down Roger Ailes and Donald Trump in His First Daily Show-Style Rant in 11 Months

July 22, 2016  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Ever since Jon Stewart stepped down as host of The Daily Show last August, his fans have been begging him to return to late-night and deliver his brilliant, incisive political takedowns, especially in this year's over-the-top presidential race. While Stewart has mostly stayed out of the spotlight, he couldn't resist weighing in on two of the most seismic events to hit the Republican Party in modern times, both of which happened just hours apart: Donald Trump's officially accepting the Republican nomination for President at the Republican National Convention Thursday night and Roger Ailes' stunning resignation as chairman and CEO of Fox News two weeks after he was sued for sexual harassment. So Thursday night, Stewart briefly stepped in for pal Stephen Colbert, during his live broadcast of the Late Show with Stephen Colbert. He slipped on a suit jacket and clip-on tie and settled in at Colbert's desk to deliver his first late-night political rant in 11 months. Stewart, who also made a cameo appearance on Monday's Late Show, popped up after Colbert talked about Ailes' departure–and asked the camera to pan away so he could celebrate offscreen. Stewart also indulged in a bit of off-camera jubilation, before unleashing his own version of Throwback Thursday. "I was wondering if I could just maybe talk about the election for a little bit," he told Colbert, asking the Late Show host to step aside so he could take his seat. First, Stewart talked about the just-concluded Republican National Convention, observing that "the Republicans appear to have a very clear plan for America: One, jail your political opponent. Two, inject Rudy Giuliani with a speedball-and-Red Bull enema, and, three, spend the rest of the time scaring the holy bejesus out of everybody." He quickly pivoted to the true focus of his ire: Fox News host Sean Hannity—whom Stewart nicknamed "Lumpy"—and his hypocrisy in calling President Obama elitist while overlooking and/or praising similar traits in Trump

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It’s Official: Roger Ailes Resigns From Fox News Amid Sexual Harassment Allegations

July 21, 2016  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

After a flurry of bizarre reports earlier this week, confirmed then quickly denied, about Roger Ailes' exit from Fox News, it's now official: The chairman and CEO is departing the top-ranked cable news network he co-founded in 1996. Ailes has resigned, effective immediately, 21st Century Fox announced. Rupert Murdoch, executive chairman of 21st Century Fox, will take over as chairman and acting CEO of Fox News and Fox Business Network. "Roger Ailes has made a remarkable contribution to our company and our country. Roger shared my vision of a great and independent television organization and executed it brilliantly over 20 great years," said Murdoch in a statement. "I am personally committed to ensuring that Fox News remains a distinctive, powerful voice

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Zendaya in Talks for Hugh Jackman’s ‘Greatest Showman on Earth’

July 12, 2016  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Zendaya is in talks to join Hugh Jackman in the P.T. Barnum biopic “The Greatest Showman on Earth.” The project has been in development since 2009 with Jackman attached. The contemporary musical is being produced by Chernin Entertainment, Laurence Mark and Jackman. Zac Efron and Michelle Williams are also in negotiations for the project. Michael...

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John Malone’s Virgin Buys Irish Broadcaster UTV

July 11, 2016  |  Variety  |  No Comments

U.K. cable company Virgin Media, a subsidiary of John Malone’s Liberty Global, has signed a deal with British TV group ITV to buy Irish free-to-air commercial broadcaster UTV Ireland for €10 million ($11.1 million). More to follow.

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‘Top Gear’ Host Chris Evans Steps Down

July 4, 2016  |  Variety  |  No Comments

LONDON — High-profile “Top Gear” host Chris Evans has stepped down from the rebooted series after just six episodes. More to follow…

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‘Orange Is the New Black’ Season 4: Lori Petty Talks Lolly’s Fate

June 26, 2016  |  Variety  |  No Comments

"Just them allowing me to be silly in the midst of murder was a real gift."

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British Lawmaker Jo Cox Dies After Being Stabbed, Shot

June 16, 2016  |  Variety  |  No Comments

LONDON — British lawmaker Jo Cox has died after she was stabbed and shot Thursday in Birstall, Northern England, according to reports. More to follow.

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Instagram Ads Now Include Mobile Banners

June 13, 2016  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Slowly but surely, Instagram is turning into a direct-response platform for brands, and now calls-to-action look a little bit more like banner ads than highly styled and edited posts. The Facebook-owned app is rolling out a feature that links ads to profile pages so that when someone clicks on an ad from the news feed, a banner pops up at the bottom of the screen. The banner prompts people to take an action, like to visit a website or download an app. Clicking on the banner pulls up a website within Instagram. Here is how the experience looks from clicking on an ad. According to an Instagram rep, so-called "profile taps" will be included in click reporting for advertisers and are rolling out internationally. In a statement, Instagram said, "We found that Instagrammers were routinely tapping on a company's name from a direct response ad to learn more. Now when that happens, the call-to-action button from that same ad extends to the company's profile page to make it easier for people to discover a business they care about." The call-to-action is Instagram's latest step in turning the mobile app into a direct response channel for marketers since opening up its API last year

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Publisher Reach on Facebook Is Down 42%

June 3, 2016  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Publishers who have noticed their overall reach on Facebook has dramatically declined over the past few months can at least have peace of mind that they're not alone. According to an analysis by SocialFlow, publishers on Facebook have experienced a rapid decline in overall reach during the past few months. The social analytics company examined 3,000 Facebook pages, most of which are publishers who have a collective annual impression count of around 500 billion reaching 600 million unique users. And what it found might be a bit depressing to all the hard working journalists of the world: In May, publishers produced around 550,000 posts that went through SocialFlow's platform—up from 470,000 in April—but overall reach from January to May was down 42 percent per post. That's a "pretty notable drop," said SocialFlow CEO Jim Anderson. "We said, wait a minute, if the reach is staying flat but the posts are going up, the only possible conclusion there is that my reach per post is going down," he said in an interview.

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Why Presidential Candidates Should Only Share Political Memes With Great Caution

May 23, 2016  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

If 2012 was the "Twitter Election," this year's presidential race is more about zingers in the form of memes and GIFs than 140 characters—especially with presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump socking it to his rivals daily on social media. Such buzzy blurbs can be funny, they can be mean, they can go viral, and they can backfire. Whatever the result, marketing experts believe that Trump and the Democrats—whether Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders is the nominee—will need to sharpen their skills around using such formats. "Memes and GIFs are the perfect expression in the era of snark and Snapchat," explained marketing consultant David Deal. "And the 2016 election is already a troll's dream." The numbers bear that out, with Trump clearly dominating the conversation. This month the candidate ran an Instagram ad that ended with video of former Secretary of State Clinton laughing maniacally in a clip taken out of context and laid over a fiery scene from the infamous Benghazi attack, which killed two American diplomats and brought the Democrat under intense scrutiny

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