Ann Marie Lipinski, former editor of the Chicago Tribune, on Tuesday was named curator of the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University. Get the full story »
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“Happy Days,“ one of the most popular shows in television history, faces an unhappy legacy nearly four decades after it first went on the air.
The show, which originally aired from 1974 to 1984, “represented to the public what the best of America has to offer,“ said Anson Williams, who played Potsie. “The friendships, the opportunities, the warmth. Unfortunately, now ‘Happy Days’ also represents the worst of America — of what major companies are trying to get from it, trying to use it for, and forgetting the family it created.“ Get the full story »
The publishing tide is shifting fast: E-book sales in February topped all over formats, including paperbacks and hardcovers, according to an industry report released this week. Get the full story »
Broadway dancers, crime victims, unfaithful spouses and soul-food chefs are coming to OWN:The Oprah Winfrey Network, the network announced during its upfront presentation on Thursday.
Six new unscripted series were added to OWN, though there was no news of the most anticipated OWN series: an Oprah Winfrey show, which is expected to launch in September after her daytime talk show ends. Get the full story>>
An attorney for billionaire developer Sam Zell, who engineered a buyout that left Tribune Co. saddled with debt, says proposals to reorganize the media company’s finances aren’t fair to his client.
Attorney David Bradford says the proposals do not adequately protect Zell from lawsuits that threaten to injure his reputation and waste Tribune’s assets. Get the full story »
Playboy Enterprises on Wednesday sought to downplay speculation that its headquarters were headed for the West Coast, despite the fact that its editorial director is moving there.
Jimmy Jellinek, editorial director and chief content officer, posted on Facebook this morning that he was moving to Los Angeles in August. Shortly thereafter, the post was taken down, according to Time out Chicago. Get the full story »
Chicago Sun-Times film critic Roger Ebert, WTTW-Ch. 11 reporter Elizabeth Brackett and former Chicago Tribune correspondent Richard C. Longworth will be honored as lifetime achievement award winners next month’s Peter Lisagor Awards dinner, the Chicago Headline Club has announced.
Audio equipment businessman Sidney Harman, who bought Newsweek magazine last year and oversaw its merger with The Daily Beast, has died in Washington. He was 92.
As broadcasters and television networks try to figure out their Internet strategy, the limited TV content that actually is online is making quite a pretty penny. Get the full story »
A hearing to determine the fate of the Tribune Co.’s proposed reorganization plan resumed Tuesday with attorneys for Tribune and attorneys for noteholders who have submitted a competing plan continuing to squabble over technical issues. The judge again signaled his desire for a conclusion to the Chapter 11 case, which has dragged on for more than two years. Get the full story »
CBS Corp.’s syndication arm is asking $1 million for 30 seconds of national commercial time for the final week of Oprah Winfrey’s TV show in May, ad buyers say.
The stratospheric rate comes close to rivaling events like the Academy Awards, for which ad buyers said they paid between $1.7 million and $1.8 million for a 30-second spot earlier this year. Get the full story »
A Delaware bankruptcy judge has resumed a hearing to determine whether he should approve Tribune Co.’s proposed reorganization plan. Get the full story »
Amazon announced its new “Kindle with Special Offers“ on Monday which will sell for $114, which is $25 less than its ad-free counterpart, Amazon’s $139 Kindle Wi-Fi. The Kindle 3G is available for $189. It will begin shipping May 3.
The Kindle’s “special offers” and ads will appear on the e-reader’s screensaver and at the bottom of its home screen. Amazon plans to mix together advertisements from launch sponsors including Buick, Olay and Visa with daily-deal style discount coupons. Get the full story »
Aurelius Capital Management said Tribune Co. must call a halt to confirmation proceedings on its Chapter 11 plan, which are set to resume Tuesday in a Delaware bankruptcy court. Get the full story »