Time Inc Buys Jane Pratts xoJane and xoVain

first_img Over the summer, Time Inc. acquired sports news site Fansided and created Sports Illustrated Play, a digital platform devoted to youth and amateur sports. Then, earlier this month, the company announced that All You, the coupon-filled, once-ubiquitous shopping companion that held an exclusive deal with Walmart for ten years, would cease operations at the end of 2015. Founder and editor-in-chief Jane Pratt, as well as her editorial staff, will stay on and make the move to Time Inc.’s lower Manhattan headquarters, reporting to Time Inc. style network general manager Deborah Marquardt. xoJane.com received 2.5 million unique visitors in September, according to comScore, while sister site xoVain.com had 958,000 over the same period. Pratt had been seeking a buyer since previous owner Say Media made the decision to divest from all of its editorial properties in February. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Time Inc. continued some early holiday shopping, officially announcing its acquisition of women’s lifestyle and beauty websites xoJane.com and xoVain.com after a week of speculation on the impending deal.center_img Since last year’s spin-off from Time Warner, Time Inc. has undergone considerable effort to expand its brand portfolio and audiences in an effort to develop new revenue streams, all with an increasing emphasis on digital content. “We are delighted to have the opportunity to serve this modern, inclusive community of women, increasing our reach in this important segment and providing our advertising partners with more access to targeted, engaged audiences,” says Time Inc. EVP Evelyn Webster in a company release. Following last week’s acquisition of HelloGiggles, the move is yet another attempt by Time Inc. at expanding its reach to a young, increasingly-digitized female audience. Other major publishers have made similar millennial-grabbing moves of late; Condé Nast purchased music site Pitchfork and Hearst signed an advertising and distribution agreement with Lena Dunham’s newsletter, Lenny.last_img read more

PhaseOut of PFASBased Firefighting Foam Included in Senate FY 2020 NDAA

first_imgThe Senate’s NDAA approved last Thursday includes a new provision that would require federal environmental regulation of toxic PFAS chemicals while setting a DOD deadline to end their use in firefighting foam, Environment America announced in a news release Friday.The provision addresses mounting test results discovering PFAS groundwater contamination on military installations and in adjacent nearby communities, as On Base has previously reported.The provision, attached as an amendment to the mandatory defense policy legislation, was co-sponsored by Senate Environment and Public Works Committee Chairman John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) and Ranking Member Thomas Carper (D-Del.).The Senate easily adopted the bipartisan environmental proposal that would ultimately ban DOD’s use of PFAS-based firefighting foam after Sept. 30, 2022.It would also require the Environmental Protection Agency to establish a national drinking water standard for the “forever chemicals” that health experts have determined pose serious risks to humans, according to The Hill.The toxins have been a primary ingredient in firefighting foam used by military installations, and DOD has acknowledged a liability of at least $2 billion environmental cleanup costs.If signed into law, the new regulatory provision would bar DOD from using PFAS-based firefighting foam by fiscal 2023.The Democrat-led House broadly supports PFAS regulation and is unlikely to try to remove the provision in upcoming NDAA conference negotiations. Air Force photo by Airman Jacob Wrightsman ADC AUTHORlast_img read more

Our favorite 55inch OLED TV is down to 1099

first_img Comments Now playing: Watch this: TVs Video Games 1:55 The dazzling LG B8 55-inch OLED TV has never been priced this low. Sarah Tew/CNET Cheeps! If you happen to live in the vicinity of White Lake, MI, come on out to the White Lake Township Library tonight at 6:30 p.m. I’ll be there talking about some of my favorite money-saving tips and tricks (including something I’ve never discussed here). Everyone who shows up gets a cool prize, and some folks will win even cooler prizes in a raffle. Hope to see you there!You know me: I’m all about the cheap TVs. I prize low prices over picture quality, especially when the latter is “good enough.”But there’s a whole other category of people (including many of my esteemed CNET colleagues) who lean the other way: They want the best possible image quality, period. Price be damned.Thankfully, it doesn’t always have to be. Today only, and while supplies last, Newegg has the LG B8 55-inch OLED 4K TV for $1,098.88 — the lowest price to date and a savings of at least $400 over other stores. (Amazon and Best Buy are both currently at around $1,600.) Forget damned; more like “damn!”See it at NeweggOne important thing to note: This deal comes from Newegg proper. If the inventory runs out, that link will still work, but you’ll likely end up seeing a slightly different price from a third-party seller. Does that matter? It might. Newegg is an authorized LG dealer. If you buy from an unauthorized dealer, LG may not honor warranty claims.The B8 is, according to CNET’s resident expert, David Katzmaier, “the best high-end value TV.” In other words, even though it was still pretty pricey when he reviewed it, overall image quality was second only to LG’s even-pricier models.It features a super-slim design, four HDMI inputs, built-in Google Assistant and all the other advanced goodies you’d expect.The B8 is super popular with owners, too. It has a 4.6-star average at Amazon and a 4.7 at Best Buy. Now, will I still argue that most folks will be just as happy with, say, a 55-inch TCL Roku TV in the $400 range? Absolutely. But if you want the best, at least here you can get it for a lot less than just a few months ago.Your thoughts? Share your voice Walmart LG Titanfall 2 deal: Just $5!Game time! Titanfall 2 was released in late 2016 to mostly glowing reviews. Price then: $60, the same as pretty much every new videogame release.For a limited time, and while supplies last, Walmart has Titanfall 2 for Xbox One for $5. Yep: Five. Bucks. And that’s for a boxed copy, not a download.See it at WalmartFear not, PS4 owners: Walmart also has Titanfall 2 for PS4 for $7. Regular price on both editions: $20. (That’s also proof-positive that you should never buy a videogame when it’s first released.)See it at WalmartShipping isn’t free unless you hit at least $35 in your shopping cart. If you don’t have more to buy, choose in-store pickup to bypass the shipping charge.This is a seriously good game deal. Read GameSpot’s Titanfall 2 review to learn more.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on PCs, phones, gadgets and much more. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page. Find more great buys on the CNET Deals page and follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter! Tags 7 Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. The Cheapskate LG B8 is the 2018 OLED TV to buylast_img read more

Rhett Links Mythical Entertainment in Talks to Acquire Smosh EXCLUSIVE

first_img YouTube Sketch-Comedy Group Smosh Joins Studio71’s Creator Network Smosh, the YouTube comedy brand left stranded after parent company Defy Media went belly-up, may be about to get a new business partner.Mythical Entertainment, the entertainment company founded by top YouTube comedy duo Rhett & Link, has been in talks about acquiring the Smosh brand, sources told Variety. Multiple potential buyers came forward to scope out Smosh following Defy’s abrupt shutdown last November after it failed to find a buyer or secure working capital. But at this point Mythical has emerged as the likely buyer of Smosh, sources said.The combo would be a good fit — it would bring together two of YouTube’s most popular and longest-running comedy teams. Rhett McLaughlin and Link Neal are the creators and hosts of weekday YouTube series “Good Mythical Morning,” which has 15 million subscribers. There’s also a UTA connection between Rhett & Link and Smosh: McLaughlin, Neal and Hecox are each repped by the agency.A spokesman for Rhett and Link said they were attending VidCon London this week and unavailable for comment. A rep for Studio71, which co-produces and distributes Rhett & Link’s “Good Mythical Morning,” did not respond to a request for comment. Hecox didn’t respond to an email inquiry.Last fall Hecox, in the wake of Defy’s closure, reassured fans that the Smosh team was in the process of “finding a new home.”“The family that we’ve worked to build over 13 years is not going away,” Hecox wrote in a Nov. 6 tweet. “You guys have given so many of us here at Smosh the best jobs in the world, and we’re going to do whatever we can to continue to bring you the same Smoshy goodness we always have.” Hecox became the creative head of Smosh after longtime friend and co-founder Anthony Padilla left the group in 2017.Rhett and Link, who have been buddies since they met in the first grade in North Carolina, have found success with “Good Mythical Morning,” now in its 15th season. Mythical also runs a weekly “GMM” recap show called “Let’s Talk About That,” and Rhett and Link host a weekly podcast, “Ear Biscuits.” The duo also created and starred in two seasons of YouTube original series “Rhett & Link’s Buddy System,” a scripted show in which they played characters based on themselves, and penned a book, “The Book of Mythicality: A Field Guide to Curiosity, Creativity & Tomfoolery.” Among their brand deals, they appeared as spokesmen in the 2018 Super Bowl ad for website-hosting service Wix.com.The popularity of “Good Mythical Morning” led YouTube to fund an expanded version of the show — patterned on late-night TV shows — that launched in the fall of 2017, featuring multi-part segments running 22 minutes or longer daily. That didn’t last: “GMM” reverted to its original, shorter format last year, with episodes 12-15 minutes each. ‘Honest Trailers’ Creator Andy Signore Settles Defy Media Suit ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15center_img Popular on Variety Most recently, Mythical this month teamed up with Patreon to launch The Mythical Society (mythicalsociety.com), a subscription membership program giving “Mythical Beasts” — which Rhett & Link call their fans — access to exclusive content, merchandise, behind-the-scenes footage and other perks. It’s available in three tiers, priced at $5, $10 and $20 monthly.Pictured above: Rhett McLaughlin (l.) and Link Neal Smosh, now led by co-founder Ian Hecox, dates back to 2006 and has over 24 million subscribers on its main channel alone, which features sketches and parodies of internet and pop culture. The crew also runs ancillary channels Smosh Games (7.4 million subs) and Smosh Pit (6 million). Relatedlast_img read more

Marvels of cinema on stage

first_imgRaising the issue of gender equality in cinema, Arth made an extraordinary impact back in 1980s. This semi-autobiographical film directed by Mahesh Bhatt in 1982 changed the face of Indian cinema forever and is back with a bang as a theatrical production. After the recent success of   his plays The Last Salute and Trial of Errors which also launched his latest protégé Imran Zahid, the duo are now pairing up again for the dramatic adaptation of Arth Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’.Bhatt feels that Arth was a classic film that raised the issue of gender equality way back in the 80’s. ‘The film looked at the issue of women emancipation like no Indian dramatic work ever has. No one has been able to better what Arth highlighted in the world of movies or in theatre. I think the 21st century India needs to be experience the theme of Arth through theatre’ says the filmmaker ahead of translating the screenplay for the stage. Arth was way ahead of its time and Bhatt feels that subject will strike a chord even with today’s generation. It looked at the bold subject of extra marital relationships was also remembered for its memorable soundtrack. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixBelieving that the fabric of society has not gone under a complete change over the yearsm the director adds, ‘The issues with regards to our society that were raised in Arth are relevant in even in todays times. Theater has given me an entirely new outlet and after staging two successful plays The Last Salute and Trial of Errors I took this decision.I think adapting such a piece of art into a theatrical adaptation will not be an easy task but I am ready for this test.  I feel this medium has help connecting with audience in all together different way,’ he adds.Delhi-based actor Imran Zahid , who earlier essayed the role of Muntadar Al Zaidiin The Last Salute and of journalist Rehan in Trial of Errors is all gearing up for this new assignment.‘Mahesh Bhatt is all set to recreate magic of film in a theatrical play. It’ll be a big challenge for me to play the lead but I am up for it,’ says Imran.last_img read more

When creativity meets architecture

first_imgAmalgamating art and infrastructure to create something new in the field of real estate, not only demands an innovative approach but also a vision to create a better future.  In a unique initiative, Kolkata-based real estate major Hiland Group is tying up with one of India’s best-known artists, Paresh Maity, to set up ‘Bonochhaya’, a 100-crore signature Tagore-inspired real estate project at Santiniketan. The project envisages setting up villas and row houses in a 12-acre gated community. It is situated on the main Illambazar road. In the first phase, the project will have 35 exclusive villas and 167 row houses which will cost between Rs 30 lakh to Rs 55 lakh. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’“This is the country’s first project in which an artist of Paresh Maity’s stature will be directly involved in the conceptualisation and aesthetics. Inhabitants of ‘Bonochhaya’ will be able to enjoy the artist’s creative vision with installations and shared spaces showcasing unique works of art,” said Nandu Belani, Director of the Hiland Group. “Paresh Maity’s vision will help to transform ‘Bonochhaya’ into a unique experience by adding context, aesthetic value, and greater purpose to the environment. We have seen that many home-buyers have a strong knowledge and love for art. ‘Bonochhaya’ will be for them”, added Nandu Belani. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflix“Santiniketan is in my blood. Art is a fundamental aspect of ‘Bonochhaya’. I have been deeply inspired by Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore and I hope to pay tribute to the genius in his own land in my own way – through my art. I plan to use a lot of locally available materials and showcase local talent in ‘Bonochhaya’ through large-size installations, murals etc. This will be a one-of-its-kind project,” said Paresh Maity.For connoisseurs, ‘Bonochhaya’ will offer a veritable art walk through Paresh Maity’s oeuvre, with sketches that adorn the area around the name ‘Bonochhaya’, and murals and installations all round for residents to enjoy. Maity’s Tagore-inspired creations will give the residents company in the sitting areas.  A treat for the senses, these paintings and sculptures will make ‘Bonochhaya’ unique in every sense and thrill art lovers and create a rich cultural environment.last_img read more

Social media outcry after mother denied breastfeeding on mall floor

first_imgKolkata: Be it in any corner of the world, breastfeeding mothers, knowingly or unknowingly, face criticism for feeding their babies in public. As it continues to be a deeply held taboo in our society — the shamers also keep rising in large numbers.In a weird incident, a mother was asked by a staff of South City Mall to breastfeed her child inside the washroom instead out in the open. When the woman narrated the incident in detail on a social media channel, the admin of the South City Mall Facebook page replied to her post saying that breastfeeding is not allowed on the Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifefloor of the mall. Within sometime, the post went viral with several people sharing the thread and criticising the comment. However, the mall authority removed the comment. The incident occurred on last Tuesday when a woman was breastfeeding her baby on the floor of the mall. On noticing her breastfeeding, a security person allegedly asked her to go to a washroom and do the same as apparently it is not allowed at the mall premises for various reasons. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThough she asked about a place where she could go and feed her child as there was no designated place, the security person again asked her to move inside a washroom. Later, the woman took to Facebook to vent her anger. The mall authority was quick enough to reply saying an open place like their mall is not a place for breastfeeding which should be done at home. The comment read: “Please make sure you do your home chores at your home and not in the mall or at least plan it before hand…” It also said the mall authority cannot compromise the privacy of other people in public places. Though the mall authority claim that the privacy of other people in the mall was at risk, surprisingly, not a single person raised any objection on seeing the baby being breastfed. The admin, however, removed the comment and apologised. Outrage poured in from various corners of the society with people posting on their Facebook page. People reacted and condemned the mall authority on various other posts related to shopping products on their Facebook page. Many of them even feel the mall should be boycotted where a baby was denied to be breastfed. The chairperson of the state woman’s commission, Leena Ganguly condemned the statement made on behalf of the authority. She strongly reacted and said the woman’s commission is going take steps and will ensure that no such incidents take place in the state again. “We are concerned about the matter. The statement from the authority is not at all acceptable. If they had any such rule in place, they should have mentioned and displayed it. They did not because there is no such real restriction against it. We will inform the concerned department about it. This is human rights violation,” she added.last_img read more

Modi lying about Bengal stifling voice of democracy says Mamata

first_imgIllambazar (Birbhum): Brushing aside Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s allegations that there is no democracy in Bengal, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said he is not speaking the truth and BJP is stifling the voice of democracy and creating trouble everywhere.Modi had alleged that democratic movements have been curbed in Bengal in an interview to a private television channel on January 1. She was addressing a gathering in connection with public distribution here on Thursday afternoon. “He is not speaking the truth. BJP is choking the voice of democracy and any one criticising them is being pulled up. BJP is creating trouble everywhere.” Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeBanerjee said: “The people in Bengal are living peacefully and their democratic rights have not been curtailed. On the contrary, BJP is demolishing the institutions and creating trouble everywhere.” She said the people in Bengal have been practicing Hinduism since birth. “We have heard about the Vedas from our birth and from our early childhood learnt to respect the religion of others. The Hindus, Muslims, Christians and Sikhs have lived peacefully for several generations in Bengal. But now some people wielding lathis and wearing headbands are teaching us which religion we will have to follow. We believe in the philosophy of live and let live,” the Chief Minister added. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedLauding folk artistes, Banerjee said they are proud of Bengal. “Baul music has been appreciated by people in foreign countries and they are proud of Bengal,” she said, adding that there was a time when people did not respect the folk artistes and their financial condition turned from bad to worse. The state government is now giving a stipend of Rs 1,000 to 2 lakh folk artistes and all the departments have been instructed to invite them for programmes. “Joydeb Mela in Kenduli is attracting people from all over the world and more and more people are listening to Baul music now. Baul singers are natural artistes. Without any formal training they sing perfectly and their renditions touch our hearts,” she said. Banerjee said major development has taken place in Birbhum district in the past seven years. Vast areas surrounding Tarapith Temple have been given a new look and more bridges are coming up which will improve communication. She said despite loan repayment worth Rs 48,000 crore, the state government has prepared schemes for all sections of people. More than 8 crore people are being given rice at Rs 2 per kilogram and the state government is giving a huge subsidy for the project. Kanyashree has helped girls carry on with their studies up to the post-graduate level. “We have made plans for everyone and we are proud of our youths who are the future of our country,” Banerjee said.last_img read more