“We want our readers to engage with our brands in a variety of ways, and we feel our success will be based on being able to provide our content seamlessly across every appropriate platform that exists now and in the future,” Sauerberg told FOLIO:. “We want to take that engagement and continue to try to increase it and revalue the consumer proposition. We want to do that with our magazines and our Web sites and our digital applications.”Before taking on the SVP of corporate digital development at Time Inc., Ray served as vice president and general manager at Entertainment Weekly. Prior to that she served as SVP and general manager of Time Inc. Interactive. Not long after promoting its consumer marketing group president to president of the company, Condé Nast has appointed Monica Ray executive vice president of consumer marketing, overseeing consumer sales and marketing for the company’s entire portfolio. Ray’s appointment is effective September 20.Currently, Ray serves as senior vice president of corporate digital development at Time Inc. According to Condé Nast president Robert Sauerberg, Ray’s “extensive experience in the areas of consumer marketing and digital product innovation will be critical as we expand our consumer-focused efforts.”In a recent Q+A with FOLIO:, Sauerberg said that while Condé Nast’s portfolio of 20+ print magazines is still at the company’s core, technology and consumer expectations have “changed dramatically” and one of its big goals is to increase its consumer touch points and to “monetize all of those optimally.”
HBO chief executive Richard Plepler, here with Big Little Lies stars Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon, oversaw HBO’s rise as an awards juggernaut. Getty Images Richard Plepler, the longtime head of HBO who ushered the network to newfound critical and popular dominance with hits like Game of Thrones, is stepping down. Plepler, whose departure was announced Thursday, oversaw HBO’s rise to dominate television awards ceremonies and audience ratings, most recently with blockbuster, critically praised hits like Game of Thrones. He also spearheaded HBO as one of the pioneers in TVs transition to direct-to-consumer streaming subscriptions. HBO was one of the first traditional networks to make its programming available online to people who subscribed directly with its app, rather than requiring a regular pay-TV subscription. The announcement comes the same week a court decision lifted the final question marks holding back AT&T from exerting its full control over HBO. AT&T agreed to take over HBO’s parent, Time Warner, more than two years ago in an $85 billion deal. But the Department of Justice took the companies to court, hoping to block the merger and, later, appealing to potentially unwind it. The US government lost its appeal Tuesday.”Hard as it is to think about leaving the company I love, and the people I love in it, it is the right time for me to do so,” Plepler said in a memo to employees. John Stankey, a veteran AT&T executive who was appointed to lead WarnerMedia last year (becoming Plepler’s boss), called him “one of the most successful executives in our industry.””I have been fortunate to have his support over the last months,” Stankey said in statement. Share your voice 0 Tags Post a comment TV and Movies Digital Media Time Warner Game of Thrones HBO AT&T Netflix
SreemukhiTwitter/StarMaaTasks that are given to the contestants in Bigg Boss house are pretty much fun to watch. Most of the times, these tasks also show us the true and genuine side of the housemates.But recently a task was given to the third season’s contestants of the Telugu reality show according to which they had to share the emotional stories of their lives. As all the contestants began sharing and narrating their stories the audiences were also left emotional and teary-eyed.They shared all of their painful stories because of which we got to see a different side of our chirpy and cheerful contestants.Beginning with Ravi Krishna, the small screen actor shared his story about why he regretted coming to the film industry and how he ended up becoming an actor. He said this because he feels that pursuing higher education would have definitely helped him in bagging a good job in the US.Baba Bhaskar shared his touching story of losing his father and said, “I didn’t care about my dad when he is alive and even if I cry now, he won’t come back. So take care of your parents when they are alive”. Baba BhaskarTwitter/StarMaaJaffar, the popular host from TV9, shared his story about his sister. How he and his family ditched his elder sister who married a guy from other religion and she went into a coma after getting paralysed for the third time.Punarnavi shared the story of a friend, who died in the terrorist attack on Easter in Sri Lanka this year and told about how she has failed in talking/meeting him every time he tried to. Sreemukhi spoke about how she had failed in getting to see her grandfather for one last time before he passed away which left the housemates also in tears.
A wildfire ravaged woods and burned 100 homes in the hilly Chilean port city of Valparaiso on Monday, forcing authorities to evacuate hundreds of people.At least 19 people were reported hurt after the fire broke out on the outskirts of the historic city, the government said.Television pictures showed thick grey smoke filling the streets in the Laguna Verde district, where the blaze struck, and flames devouring green hillsides.Hundreds of firefighters along with water-dumping airplanes and helicopters were battling the blaze, officials said.“Emergency protocols have been activated,” President Michelle Bachelet said on Twitter.The flames had “damaged 100 homes in an area where there are 500,” deputy interior minister Mahmud Aleuy told a news conference late Monday.He said 19 people were hurt, mostly by breathing in smoke, but there were no fatalities.The flames destroyed 50 hectares (123 acres) of woodland, the National Emergencies Office said in a statement.Fanned by strong winds in hot summer weather, the fire broke out in the hilly region that makes Valparaiso a picturesque tourist destination.Some 200 people were evacuated from their homes as a precaution, the agency added.“The fire was coming from the other side of the hill, down below. We never thought it would spread so far,” said Rosa Gallardo, a woman who lost her home in the fire.“It was hopeless. The smoke was suffocating. It stung my eyes. So we had to evacuate,” said Pablo Luna Flores, another resident who lost his home.Electricity providers said they had cut power to nearly 48,000 customers also as a precaution.The authorities issued a maximum red alert.Located 120 kilometers (75 miles) northwest of the capital Santiago, Valparaiso is home to Chile’s national Congress.Laguna Verde lies on the southern outskirts of Valparaiso, a sprawling city built on 40 hills with stunning sea views.Dubbed the “jewel of the Pacific,” the picturesque colonial city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.Thousands of tourists come every year to stroll its narrow cobbled streets and ride cable cars up the steep hills.Wildfires killed 15 people in 2014 and destroyed thousands of homes in the area, particularly in the city’s poorer neighborhoods.The wooden structures with their tin roofs, perched on tinder-dry hillsides, were quickly engulfed in that fire.More blazes in March 2015 killed one woman and forced thousands of people from their homes.The city is home to 270,000 people overall, many living in brightly colored houses on the hillsides.In its heyday from the mid-19th century to the early 20th, Valparaiso became famous as a stopover point for ships steaming down to the continent’s southern tip and on to the Atlantic.The opening of the Panama Canal in 1914 prompted a spectacular drop in traffic to Valparaiso and an end to the port’s glory days.It now relies heavily on tourism, and living standards are lower than the average in Chile.