July 28, 2014
Former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin says she’s tired of “media filters,” so she’s launching her own online video network. Palin announced on her Facebook page that she’s rolling out SaraPalinChannel.com, a member-supported (aka subscription-based) video site that costs $9.95 per month or $99.95 per year. The site–which many have noted costs more per month than a Netflix subscription–will be available for a free two-week trial. In a video about the new venture, Palin says the network will “go beyond the sound bites and the media’s politically correct filter to get to the truth.” Palin will be in charge of all content that appears on the channel, and she’ll contribute her own political commentary. She will also answer user-submitted questions and participate in online video chats.
Mark Gall has been named chief revenue officer at DEFY Media, which creates and distributes digital content. Gall joins from BBC Worldwide, where he was executive vice president of TV and digital ad sales.
Social marketing agency Attention has named Tom Buontempo president, working closely with chief operating officer Paul Beck, chief marketing officer Dana Griffin and creative director Dan Janoff. Buontempo had been chief business development officer at KBS, Attention’s parent company.
Atlantic Media has brought in Fareed Zakaria as a contributing editor for The Atlantic and Quartz, and he will also participate in live events for each publication. The CNN personality will make his first live appearance for The Atlantic at a conference in New York in November.
Hearst Magazines Digital Media has brought in PRNewser co-founder Jason Chupick, naming him director of public relations. Chupick is a former vice president of editorial operations at MWW and vice president of public relations at Harper’s magazine.
Palm Beach Media Group, which publishes 12 magazines, has promoted Terry Duffy to group publisher. Duffy joined the company in 2005 as production director.
Lars Anderson has been named special contributor at Alabama Media Group, working with AL.com, The Birmingham News, Huntsville Times and Mobile Press-Register. Anderson is a former senior writer at Sports Illustrated.
Media rep firm McGavren Guild Media, which mainly handles radio sales, has named Anne Kensington-Lott vice president of Hispanic, a newly created position. Kensington-Lott was most recently a sales manager for local TV and interactive media at Comcast Spotlight.
Stephanie Mitchko-Beale has been named chief technology officer at Cross MediaWorks, a media holding company. Mitchko-Beale was most recently senior vice president of video infrastructure software at Cablevision.
WWE has brought in Barry McMullin, naming him senior vice president of sales and partnership marketing. McMullin was previously senior vice president of partnerships at Professional Bull Riders.
Actress Mary Louise Parker has joined the cast of NBC’s “The Blacklist” in a recurring role for the drama’s second season, playing a woman who’s hiding a secret from her husband. Parker most recently starred on Showtime’s “Weeds.”
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