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Zodiak Rights Taps New VP For U.S. Sales

Zodiak Rights, the international distribution and rights exploitation arm of Zodiak Media, has hired Janet Robinson as VP Sales & Acquisitions, North America, where she will focus on selling Zodiak Media’s unscripted programs to the U.S. and Canada. She will be based in Zodiak’s La office and report to Glen Hansen, Svp Sales, Acquisitions & Co-Productions, North America. Previously, Robinson was Sales Manager at ITV Global Entertainment, where she managed sales and programming revenues across North America and the company’s distribution partnership with Animal Planet/Discovery Enterprises. Zodiak Rights reps a catalog of more than 20,000 hours of content across all genres including kids, drama, factual and entertainment. Since Hansen joined Zodiak last year and launched the first U.S. sales division, it has landed content partnerships with indie production companies including T-Group Prods, Asylum Entertainment, Langley Prods, Handbook Prods, Suddenly Seymour Prods and Keoghan’s production company Now Prods.
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New York Times’ New CEO Signs On For $1M A Year, Plus Incentives

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Mark Thompson will be collecting a lot less as the Times’ new CEO than his predecessor, Janet Robinson, did. The soon-to-be former Director-General of the BBC — he starts at the Times in November — will collect an annual salary of $1M, the company says in an SEC filing this morning. The board also targets a $1M annual incentive. To encourage him to leave the BBC, the Times awarded Thompson a sign-on bonus targeted at $3M. Half of it comes in an amount of stock that will be pegged to how well the Times’ does in the market compared to the benchmark Standard and Poor’s 500 in the period ending November 2015. He could get none of that $1.5M — or it could go as high as $3M. The remaining 50% of the sign-on bonus is in stock options that vest in three annual installments. In addition, Thompson is entitled to a relocation benefit of
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New York Times Company Picks BBC’s Mark Thompson To Be CEO

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The venerable newspaper company has turned to a television exec with experience managing tight budgets to help lead its journey into the digital era. Mark Thompson, 55, has been Director-General of the BBC since 2004. He’ll relocate to New York and will start at The Times in November. He’ll also be a member of the company board and report to Chairman Arthur Sulzberger Jr. Thompson’s “experience and his accomplishments at the BBC made him the ideal candidate to lead the Times Company at this moment in time when we are highly focused on growing our business through digital and global expansion,” Sulzberger says. The Times has been looking for a CEO since December when Janet Robinson left. Since June the smart money has been betting that Thompson would land the job after the London Olympics. Thompson’s wife is American and speculation was that he would be eager to move to the U.
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Outgoing BBC Boss in Talks About New York Times CEO Post (Report)

Outgoing BBC director general Mark Thompson has held talks about becoming the new CEO of the New York Times Co., the Guardian reported. The newspaper company is looking to fill the vacancy left by Janet Robinson's departure in December after a run-in with chairman Arthur Sulzberger Jr. who has served as interim CEO. The 54-year-old Thompson has said that he would leave his job as the head of the public broadcaster after the Summer Olympics in London. He is also considering other jobs, according to the Guardian. The BBC recently started the interview process with candidates for

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Will Sulzberger's Cousin Get the CEO Job at NY Times?

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Is Michael Golden the early favorite to become the New York Times’ Company’s next CEO? That’s what one tipster suggested to Jim Romenesko in an e-mail. How does that person know? Employees who once reported straight to former CEO Janet Robinson now appear to report to Golden, cousin of publisher and chairman Arthur Sulzberger Jr., on the company's organizational chart. Ever since Robinson announced in December she’d be stepping aside, there has been a great deal of speculation as to who would succeed her. Will it come from within or will they bring
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NY Times to Sell 16 Regional Newspapers

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The New York Times Company is planning to sell its Regional Media Group, a suite of 16 newspapers and related websites, to Florida's Halifax Media Group, the Times said Monday. Regional Media Group properties include the Sarasota Herald-Tribune, the Santa Rosa Press Democrat and the Lakeland Ledger. The papers are largely concentrated in the Southeast, which helps explain the buyer --Halifax, which is based in Daytona Beach. Also Read: N.Y. Times CEO Janet Robinson to Retire The news broke after Halifax listed the Times’ regional papers as its own on its website, which
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New York Times Co. Operating Profit Falls 41% as Paper Looks to Paywall for Answers

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The New York Times released its first quarter financial results on Thursday -- and they weren't terribly pretty. Earnings per share fell 50 percent, from $0.08 per share to $0.04. Adjusted earnings per share fared worse, falling to $0.02 per share for the quarter compared to $0.11 last year. Operating profit -- $31.1 million -- fell 41 percent compared to 2010's first quarter ($52.7 million). Net income fell 57.6 percent to $5.4 million, compared with $12.8 million a year ago. The results led chief Janet Robinson to explain that the Times is still attempting 
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iFive: Netflix Gets Mad Men, Nyt Defends Paywall, Toyota Pulls iPhone Jailbreak Ads, Congress Vs FCC, Teens Love iPhones

1. As if to remind us that the world of TV is changing incredibly fast, Netflix has signed a deal with Lions Gate Entertainment to bring all the Mad Men archive shows to the digital online channel. The show is highly acclaimed and Netflix is reported to be paying around $1 million per episode--meaning it fully expects to recoup more than that from subscriptions and ads (curiously fitting given the show's setting!). Expect more and bigger deals like this soon.

2. Arthur Sulzberger has stepped forward to say the estimate of $40 million in costs for the New York Times paywall is "vastly wrong" and the real amount was "much less." He was evasive about how much it did cost, however, and denied media reports the Nyt's pay model was too complex--noting that it was young and there was time to adjust it. CEO Janet Robinson simultaneously denied the paywall was being made to
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Arthur Sulzberger's Nyt Paywall Defense

The New York Times' new plan to charge online readers is no more complex than the print system, the newspaper's publisher insisted at a Columbia University journalism school event. Nick Summers on Sulzberger's testy appearance.

Arthur Sulzberger was getting irritated. The New York Times publisher was on the dais at Columbia University on Tuesday night, fielding questions about the newspaper's new plan to charge its readers online.

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There was confusion about how much the pay meter costs, a Columbia dean, Bill Grueskin, noted. The website plus a smartphone costs $15; use an iPad and it's $20; use all three for $35; or just choose any print subscription. Could readers be forgiven for feeling the system was overly complex?

"Let's talk about complexity," Sulzberger said. "I don't know how to break this to you, but if you want to get home delivery of the Times in print-look,
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New York Times Cut CEO's Pay 8 Percent in 2010

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The New York Times Co. trimmed CEO Janet Robinson's pay package last year as a prolonged revenue slump eroded the newspaper publisher's market value. Robinson's compensation in 2010 totaled $4.48 million, an 8 percent drop from $4.86 million in the prior year, based on The Associated Press' analysis of data filed with regulators on Friday. The decline stemmed from a drop in the value of restricted stock and stock options granted to Robinson in 2010. Combined, those awards were valued at nearly $1.1 million on the days they were granted, down 35
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NY Times Paywall Enters 'Final Testing Phase,' Will 'Launch Shortly'

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The New York Times announced on Wednesday that its long-awaited paywall is almost here. "The pay model for NYTimes.com is in the final testing phase, and we expect it will launch shortly," Janet Robinson, president and chief executive of the Times Company, said in a statement released ahead of a scheduled presentation at the Morgan Stanley Technology, Media & Telecom Conference. Still, no word on pricing, which Robinson and co. had promised closer to the launch. The Times first announced plans for the "metered model" in January 2010. The company has never
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Nyt Working With Google to Prevent Paywall Abuse

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As has become their custom, New York Times Company executives made an appearance at a media conference on Tuesday to discuss their business -- specifically their flagship newspaper’s online paywall planned for early 2011 -- without revealing what they plan to charge for access, or virtually anything else about their plans, for that matter. The Times has yet to announce a launch date, or even month, for the highly-anticipated paywall. "It'll be sometime in the first quarter of next year," Times CEO Janet Robinson said at the Ubs investor conference, according to
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New York Times Still Looking to Sell Stake in Boston Red Sox

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New York Times Co. chief executive Janet Robinson updated attendees at the Reuters Global Media Summit on the company’s progress in trying to sell its stake in the Boston Red Sox. "It continues to be for sale," Robinson said on Tuesday. "We are continuing to talk to a variety of prospective buyers, large and small." In April, the Times – which also owns the Boston Globe -- said it would explore a sale of its 16.6 percent ownership in New England Sports Ventures, which owns the Red Sox. The company paid an
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