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Your Media Morning: Wired Loses Top Editor, Ozy Media Profiled in Silicon Valley Magazine, Time Inc’s Snitch Culture?, Twitter Accepts Reality

Ozy Media CEO Carlos Watson Fronts Silicon Valley Magazine 
Carlos Watson who once spent most of his time anchoring an hour long program on MSNBC back in 2009 before moving on to found a daily blog called 'The Stimulist', made his biggest move back in 2013 when he launched Ozy.com a digital news and culture magazine. Ozy Media which counts Laurene Powell Jobs (wife of Steve) as in investor has been growing rapidly. 
TIME INC'S 'MOTTO' LANDS FORMER FOX NEWSER AND THE WOMAN WHO TOOK DOWN ROGER AILES GRETCHEN CARLSON
While guest co-hosting the third hour of the Today show on Tuesday morning, former Fox News host Gretchen Carlson revealed that she will be writing a column for Time Inc.’s Motto — their site geared toward millennial women — starting on January 16. A Time Inc. spokesperson confirmed to the Cut that the installments will be occurring on at least a monthly basis. Carlson said that the column will be “about empowering women and issues surrounding that.

IN OTHER FOX NEWS RELATED HAPPENINGS, STAR ANCHOR MEGYN KELLY IS LEAVING THE RUPERT MURDOCH OWNED CABLE NETWORK FOR NBC NEWS
Megyn Kelly wanted out of Fox News. On Tuesday she stunned the television news world by defecting from Fox, her TV home for the past decade, and joining NBC News. Later this year Kelly will start hosting a daytime news program on weekdays and a prime time program on Sundays, both on the NBC network.

TIME INC,DEPENDS ON LOWER LEVEL EMPLOYEES TO HELP FIGHT INTERNAL FRAUD
Insiders at the giant publisher were surprised in recent days to see posters in their offices exhorting staffers to turn in colleagues they suspected of fraud, bribery or harassment. At least one of the posters featured words in a handwriting font that asked employees to be on the lookout for colleagues padding their expense reports.

THE LAST OF SPIN MEDIA'S WEBSITES HAVE BEEN SOLD, OFFICIALLY BRINGING AN END TO THE COMPANY
CPXi, a digital ad company headed by Michael Seiman, said it is buying the last of SpinMedia’s sites, including Celebuzz, The Frisky and The Superficial from MC Partners. Though the acquiring company appears to derive most of its money from ad marketing, it does have a fledgling media division that includes three sites: PressRoomVIP, HipHopMyWay and Warped Speed.

DISNEY TOPS $3 BILLION AT DOMESTIC BOX OFFICE
Disney crossed $3 billion at the domestic box office in 2016, the company reported on Tuesday, making it the first Hollywood studio in history to so. The feat was helped by hits “Finding Dory,” “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” and “Captain America: Civil War.”

MEXICO'S TELEVISA CLEARED BY FCC TO UP ITS STAKE IN UNIVISION
Televisa owns 14.4 percent of the voting interest in Univision and 10 percent of the equity but needed the regulatory okay to increase its stake beyond the 25 percent limit that Uncle Sam places on foreign ownership of US media companies. Televisa, controlled by Emilio Azcarraga Jean, one of the world’s richest men, supplies about 35 percent of Univision’s TV programming.

BONNIER INSTALLS WATER SPORTS EDITORIAL DIRECTOR
Editor, photojournalist and lifelong water sports enthusiast Garrett Cortese has joined Bonnier Corp. as editorial director of water sports brands Wakeboarding and WaterSki, it was announced today by Shawn Bean, editorial director for Bonnier Corp.’s Active Interest Network. This position is effective immediately. In this newly created position, Cortese will take a hands-on approach with Wakeboarding, overseeing day-to-day editorial operations, print and digital content creation, special issues, and brand extensions. Additionally, he will act as managing editor for WaterSki, bringing in guest editors from within the industry to develop compelling, timely content for the brand.

TWITTER ACCEPTS ITS IDENTITY AS A NEWS COMPANY
If you’re wondering whether Twitter views itself as a media company or not, take a look at its careers page. Twitter Careers currently displays three open roles for editors, and another for an associate producer for online video. According to Twitter’s job descriptions, editors — who will work on the company’s Periscope video product — should be “experienced multi-lingual media junkie[s].” Meanwhile, qualified producer candidates must “know how to get a show ‘on air’ and keep it there.”

TIME WARNER CEO JEFF BEWKES TALKS SHOP
Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes will walk a tightrope in 2017 as he steers his conglomerate through the political theater of securing federal approval for its planned $85.4 billion merger with AT&T. While that drama unfolds, Bewkes and his top lieutenants also have to make sure Warner Bros., Turner and HBO keep humming along.

COMCAST IS BUYING WATCHWITH, A VIDEO METADATA COMPANY
In move that tacks on technologies that will drive deeper search and discovery capabilities into its X1 platform, Comcast has acquired Watchwith, a company that has built a video metadata platform that can decipher what’s happening inside a movie, TV show or sporting event.


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