All posts by Todd Spangler

Viacom Names Awesomeness Co-Chiefs: Rebecca Glashow and Shelley Zimmerman

Viacom Digital Studios announced the appointment of Rebecca Glashow and Shelley Zimmerman as the new co-heads of Awesomeness, following the media conglomerate’s acquisition of the youth-skewing studio and digital network two months ago. The leadership changes come after former Awesomeness CEO Jordan Levin exited a few weeks after the Viacom deal closed. Glashow (above left) and Zimmerman […]

Inked Brands, Influencer-Commerce Firm, Banks $6 Million From Archer Gray and Other Investors

Inked Brands, which provides tools and services for digital influencers to launch ecommerce businesses, closed $6 million in Series A funding from investors including VC and media-production firm Archer Gray and Jim Fielding, 20th Century Fox’s president of consumer products and innovation. Other investors in Inked Brands, founded in 2007 and based in Bowling Green, […]

Will Smith Shares YouTube Video of His First Bungee Jump, Leading Up to Grand Canyon Stunt (Watch)

Will Smith is looking to conquer his fears with his much-hyped bungee jump over the Grand Canyon next week — all to benefit an educational charity. As part of his prep for the jump, Smith and his crew last year traveled to Africa’s Victoria Falls, the famous 355-foot waterfall in Zambia and Zimbabwe. On Thursday, […]

BuzzFeed Shuts Down In-House Podcast Team

The podcasting boom is seeing a retrenchment: BuzzFeed shuttered its internal podcasting division and will cancel most of its podcast shows. As first reported by the Wall Street Journal, the New York-based digital-media company will end podcasts including “See Something Say Something,” “The News” and “Reporting To You.” BuzzFeed News will continue to produce podcasts […]

Netflix Adds Axel Springer CEO Mathias Döpfner to Board

Netflix, in a move to bring more international representation to its board, named Axel Spring chairman and CEO Mathias Döpfner as a director. Döpfner’s appointment brings the number of Netflix directors to 13. His addition to the board comes after Netflix named Rddolphe Belmer, former CEO of Canal Plus Group, as a director in January, […]

Time Magazine Sold to Salesforce Founder Marc Benioff, Wife Lynne Benioff for $190 Million

Another storied journalism brand has ended up in the hands of a Silicon Valley mogul. Marc Benioff, co-CEO and co-founder of Salesforce.com, and his wife, Lynne, are the new owners of Time magazine. The couple is paying $190 million in cash for the 95-year-old newsmagazine, which currently has 2 million subscribers (less than half of […]

Hulu, Discovery Ink Deal for Live TV Channels, Exclusive On-Demand Shows

After well over a year of haggling, Hulu clinched a pact with Discovery to bring five of the cabler’s networks to Hulu’s live-streaming internet TV lineup along with thousands of on-demand episodes. The companies had been in talks on an agreement since before Hulu launched its over-the-top streaming TV service in May 2017. The multiyear […]

VidCon U.S. 2019: Flagship Event Set for Anaheim in July

VidCon, the Viacom-owned conference dedicated to online video and digital creators, has scheduled the tenth annual VidCon in the U.S. on July 10-13, 2019, at the Anaheim Convention Center. Organizers noted that the VidCon US 2019 dates won’t conflict with Cannes Lions (set to run June 17-21 next year in France), which they’re hoping will […]