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Your Media Morning: Bauer Media Gets a New Boss, Vice Media’s New Beer, The Verge Going Under The Knife, Snapchat: Tabloid King?



VICE MEDIA IS LAUNCHING ITS OWN BEER BRAND
Named for the pub in London's Shoreditch neighborhood that Vice bought in 2004—which has since played host to artists like Amy Winehouse, Charli XCX, Black Lips, Diplo, and more—the beer is described as "an easy-drinking, five-percent-ABV beer with a refreshing, distinct flavor" and "a perfect patio beer." It's being brewed in small batches within Vice Media's New York headquarters, and in larger quantities at a facility in Long Island, with the help and expertise of the media company's frequent client AB InBev.

KING MOONVES: IF A VIACOM-CBS DEAL IS GETTING DONE, CBS BOSS LES MOONVES HAS TO REALLY LIKE IT
The Redstones have to keep Moonves happy. The overriding issue in managing a Redstone company, which Redstone executives have long and unsuccessfully tried to find their way around, is the family’s dual class share voting control. Where there had been the difficulties of dealing with an imperial Sumner Redstone, a dealmaker without operational interest in the media business, now there was the prospect of his daughter, with limited experience and interest in media, calling the shots — and calling them to Moonves, who, in the years of Viacom Sturm and Drang, has mostly had a free hand.

THE HUFFINGTON POST LOOKING AT INTERNAL AND OUTSIDE CANDIDATES TO BE THE NEW ARIANNA 
Internally, HuffPost Washington bureau chief Ryan Grim and editorial director for lifestyle Kate Palmer are believed to be the most likely contenders for the position.But CEO Jared Grusd, who is leading the hiring search, took issue with the suggestion that the void left by Huffington posed the biggest unanswered question for the site.

HERE IS HOW PUBLISHERS REALLY FEEL ABOUT FACEBOOK
Many publishers view doing business with Facebook as a sort of Faustian dilemma: They can get rich, but they might lose their souls,” Grzegorz Piechota wrote in an International News Media Association (INMA) report released last week. “Or, to be precise, they can get access to vast audiences and make some money but risk diluting their brand and losing their direct relationship with users.

CNN EXTRACTS KEY POLITICAL REPORTERS FROM BUZZFEED
CNN’s Jeff Zucker, just 34 days before Election Day, has wooed away four key political reporters from rival BuzzFeed. The quartet includes Andrew Kaczynski, the head of the site’s political investigative team, known as the K-File team. Kaczynski, 26, and his team gave notice on Monday and are set to begin at CNN on Tuesday.

MTV LAUNCHING THREE NEW VIDEO SERIES ON SNAPCHAT DISCOVER
On the international version of its Snapchat Discover channel, MTV is launching three new video series this fall. The first, which launched on Sept. 29, is a game show called “Show Us Ur Phone,” in which host Charlotte Crosby ambushes couples on the street and goes through their phones. Two other shows, “MTV Sex Squad” and “MTV Threads,” are premiering in October. “Sex Squad” features vlogger Grace Victory as she interviews guests and dispenses advice about sex. “Threads” is a five-minute series that will interview musicians like DNCE and Zara Larsson about their fashion choices.

VOX MEDIA'S THE VERGE IS GETTING A MAJOR OVERHAUL
So over the next few weeks, I’m going to be posting a series of pieces in collaboration with the various people and teams at Vox Media working on The Verge’s refresh project, which is scheduled to ship — when else? — on November 1st. We’re evolving almost everything: our mission statement, our visual design system, our growth and revenue strategies, and even our merch plans. And yes, we will be updating the look and feel of The Verge’s website — but that’s just one component of what it means to update a media brand inside a company like Vox Media

BLOOMBERG LAUNCHES @BREXIT TWITTER FEED COMPANION TO ITS BREXIT NEWSLETTER
Since the referendum vote on June 23 we’ve seen strong and continued interest in the Brexit saga across all platforms, with audiences flocking to a series of market-moving scoops, interviews, explainers, analysis and graphics. The success of the daily Brexit Bulletin newsletter encouraged us to expand to new platforms and led us towards Twitter, a real-time outlet with an engaged audience that is a great fit for our output. Now we’re up and running we hope @Brexit will be a perfect always-on companion to the daily newsletter.

WASHINGTON POST REPORTER JASON REZAIAN WHO WAS JAILED IN IRAN IS SUING THE IRANIAN GOVERNMENT
Jason Rezaian, The Washington Post’s former bureau chief in Tehran whose 544-day imprisonment in Iran during the nuclear negotiations aggravated tense relations with the United States, filed a federal lawsuit Monday against the Iranian government, accusing it of hostage-taking, torture and terrorism. The 68-page lawsuit, filed in federal court in Washington, contained many previously undisclosed details of Mr. Rezaian’s travails in the Iranian penal

FINANCIAL TIMES IS BETTING THAT ITS NEW WEBSITE WILL ATTRACT SUBSCRIBERS
The Financial Times has officially rolled out a new website, which it hopes will drive increased readership and help grow its subscriber base. The publisher claims the new site is “one of the fastest in the world,” loading in under 1.5 seconds on desktop devices and 2.1 seconds on mobile. The FT’s new site will also include a range of new customization options to enable readers to more easily access the types of content most relevant to their interests, the company said.

DISNEY RUMOR BOOSTS NETFLIX SHARES
Disney is on the prowl to acquire assets to add to its media and entertainment businesses; at least that’s the chatter on Wall Street. Following reports last week Disney was considering a bid for the floundering but pioneering social-media platform Twitter, the House of Mouse’s name has been tied to interest in another buy: Netflix.
TIME INC'S SPORTS ILLUSTRATED AND FOX SPORTS SET TO LAUNCH DIGITAL TIE UP WHICH HAS BEEN A YEAR IN THE MAKING
Fox Sports and Time Inc.’s Sports Illustrated this week will launch a “transformational digital partnership.” More than a year in the making, the combination aims to join “two of the most powerful voices in sports to set up and drive the deepest and most important conversations in the sports world in real time.” The partnership, the companies emphasize, is “between two digital properties and not a television one.”

IS SNAPCHAT DISCOVER THE CHECKOUT TABLOID RACK AT THE SUPERMARKET?
Snapchat Discover, the section of the app where you can catch up on the day’s news, is a certified hit. But it’s worth pointing out one particular thing: Discover has become the tabloid rack of the digital world. “Every time I open the app it feels like I’m waiting in line at the grocery store, perusing the latest and greatest in the world of tabloids.”

BRITISH VOGUE GOES MODEL FREE
The new issue of British Vogue is to be a “model-free zone” after editors decided to use only “real” women to showcase the designer clothes featured in the magazine. “There is still a stigma attached to clearly enjoying how you look and experimenting.”

MEN'S HEALTH EDITOR MATT BEAN HAS BIG MULTI-PLATFORM PLANS
Men’s Health new editor in chief Matt Bean: “Men’s Health is a brand that translates to many different platforms, whether it’s mobile or whether it’s OTT television programming. We improve lives with every interaction, whether that’s through an Instagram post or an actual issue of the magazine, and I feel like there is a little bit more willingness to pay for that exchange.”

TRUMP CAMPAIGN LAUNCHES DRUDGE REPORT LOOKALIKE ELECTION WEBSITE
Donald Trump’s campaign has rolled out a new election website bearing a strong resemblance to the Drudge Report, a decades-old online hub for conservative news. The website, clintonkaine.com, imitated Drudge’s bare-bones design, only featuring text and images. The site was designed “in an easy to digest manner akin to Matt Drudge’s website.”

AS IT TURNS OUT, UNIVISION DID NOT BUY THE GAWKER.COM DOMAIN NAME
If there’s to ever be a rebirth for Gawker.com, it won’t happen through Univision. On Friday, it was revealed in bankruptcy papers that the sale of various Gawker Media properties to Univision for $135 million didn’t include the domain name and content of the company’s flagship website.


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