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Jeffrey Schneider Leaving ABC News to Found His Own PR Firm (TVNewser)
Jeffrey Schneider, ABC News SVP and chief spokesman, is leaving the network to start his own PR firm. THR / The Live Feed Known for his aggressive style, Schneider worked closely with three presidents: David Westin, Ben Sherwood (who recently relocated to Burbank to take on Anne Sweeney’s position as president of Disney-ABC Television Group) and current president James Goldston. Capital New York Julie Townsend, the VP of communications, will step in to replace as the top communications executive at ABC News. Schneider’s new firm will be called Schneider Global Strategies, and its first clients will be ABC News and parent company The Disney ABC Television Group. Variety Townsend, who has worked tirelessly for ABC News in any number of matters, has been with the unit as its vice president of communications since 2011. Prior to that, she worked with NBCUniversal in its corporate communications department. Townsend started her career with ABC as a PR coordinator for Nightline and This Week in the ABC News Washington Bureau in 2001. Politico / Dylan Byers on Media Long known as a high-intensity figure in the media world, Schneider was suspended for two weeks in June for yelling at a staffer. The departure had been in the works since March, when Sherwood was promoted to president of DATG. Schneider will stay with ABC through Election Day.

Gannett Profit Surges After Belo Acquisition (WSJ)
Gannett Co. said its third-quarter earnings rose 49 percent as continued revenue growth in its broadcasting business and its digital businesses offset declines at its publishing operations. THR Quarterly revenue in the broadcasting business rose 105 percent, or 19 percent when excluding acquisitions, over the year-ago quarter to $416.5 million. Broadcasting operating profit of $179.5 million for the latest period was up 47 percent. The company cited higher retransmission fees and political advertising revenue as boosting results. The acquisition of Belo Corp. further increased results. Poynter / Business News U.S. publishing ad revenues year-to-date are down 6.3 percent. At Gannett, that difference is more than made up by its booming broadcast operations and freestanding digital ventures like CareerBuilder. So revenues for the entire company are up a healthy 13.4 percent. NYT An infusion of political advertising at its television stations nearly doubled in number after the absorption of the Belo Corporation’s stations bought last year. Net income was $118 million, or 51 cents a share, a 48.6 percent rise from the same quarter in 2013, when the company generated $79.7 million, or 34 cents a share.

Lionsgate, Tribeca Enterprises to Launch Branded SVOD Platform (THR)
Lionsgate and Tribeca Enterprises are pairing up to launch a subscription video-on-demand service, the two companies announced Monday morning. The service, called Tribeca Short List, will include a selection of titles from the two companies, as well as critically acclaimed films from around the world, as curated by Tribeca and various influencers. Deadline Hollywood The announcement does not indicate if this will include top Lionsgate library titles like The Hunger Games and Twilight Saga, or the Meet The Parents series Tribeca produced for Universal and DreamWorks, or how much it will ask consumers to pay. Among the Lionsgate films in the library include Monster’s Ball, Crash, to The Hurt Locker and Red Violin, Arbitrage and Margin Call. Variety Tribeca, which operates an annual film festival in the spring, will curate the pics along with contemporary cultural leaders. New titles will be added on a weekly basis. No pricing or staff members were named in Monday’s announcement. The new service will be based in New York and will be led by a general manager and a board consisting of Lionsgate and Tribeca executives as well as an advisory board. NYT The service will be introduced by June, the companies said. It is another effort by entertainment companies to capitalize on the Netflix-dominated and fast-growing business of subscription video on demand. Last week, HBO and CBS each announced their own online subscription channels.

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Spotify Lowers Music Prices, Using Family Plan (Re/code)
Spotify is effectively offering a price cut on its subscription music service by giving family members a 50 percent discount on additional accounts. So if you have a $10 Spotify Premium subscription, your husband can get one for $5 a month. GigaOM The Spotify Family feature, announced on Monday, allows family members with differing tastes to maintain separate accounts, with separate recommendations and so on, that can be used concurrently through multiple logins. Rival music-streaming service Rdio has offered a family plan for years now, also offering discounts on extra accounts within a family. NYT Of course, people can listen to Spotify free, if they are willing to hear advertising. Paid subscriptions are ad-free and bring other perks like higher audio quality and full access on mobile devices.

New Day Executive Producer Matt Frucci Leaving CNN (TVNewser)
New Day executive producer Matt Frucci is leaving CNN as part of the 300-person workforce reduction. Frucci, who previously worked for ABC’s Good Morning America, has been with New Day since its launch in April 2013. Deadline Hollywood Frucci joined CNN in October 2012 as executive producer in charge of program development, where he helped develop and launch new shows for the cable news net, including The Lead With Jake Tapper. Frucci was one of several people poached from ABC News by CNN chief Jeff Zucker as he was looking to overhaul the cable news network’s lineup. Frucci spent nearly a dozen years at ABC News.

Yahoo!’s Chris Moody to CNN (FishbowlDC)
CNN’s Rachel Smolkin started off Monday with some big news for the Washington bureau and network. In its effort to further grow CNN Politics Digital, it has swooped up Yahoo!’s Chris Moody as well as The Hill’s Alexandra Jaffe and The Washington Post’s Jeff Simon. Politico / Dylan Byers on Media Moody, who has been a political reporter for Yahoo! News since 2011, will be senior digital correspondent for the network. He will start next week. Jaffe will join the team’s breaking news division after the midterm elections.

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Adam Auriemma Departs WSJ for Fusion (FishbowlNY)
Adam Auriemma is leaving The Wall Street Journal for Fusion, where he’ll serve as deputy editor. Prior to joining WSJ, Auriemma served as a managing editor for The Daily Beast. TVNewser Auriemma is heading for Miami to join Fusion after most recently serving as WSJ’s deputy bureau chief in New York.

Simon Dumenco Named Ad Age Editorial Director (AdAge)
Advertising Age Monday named Simon Dumenco its editorial director in charge of all editorial strategy and operations for its brands, including Ad Age, Creativity and Internet Week. FishbowlNY Dumenco has an extensive history in publishing. He previously worked for New York as launch editorial director for, ad critic, pop culture columnist and business/technology editor. He was also consulting executive editor on O: The Oprah Magazine’s launch and executive editor of Seventeen.

Amazon Strikes Deal With Simon & Schuster (NYT / Bits)
Simon & Schuster has reached a multiyear deal with Amazon for both physical and electronic books, a person with knowledge of the negotiations said on Monday. WSJ The pact comes as the online retailer continues difficult negotiations with Hachette Book Group. Simon & Schuster will set the consumer prices of its digital books, and Amazon will be able to discount titles in certain situations, according to one person familiar with the agreement. Simon & Schuster titles also will be well promoted on Amazon’s website, the person said. The contract that had been in place previously was set to expire in two months.

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ABC News Unveils Plans for Election Coverage (TVNewser)
George Stephanopoulos will lead ABC News’ coverage on Election Day, with uninterrupted coverage online from 7 p.m. through 2 a.m. The network plans live updates on the broadcast network at 7, 8, 9, 11 p.m. and 12:00 a.m. ET as polls close in various states. In addition, the network plans two live one-hour Your Voice, Your Vote programs to air on ABC at 10 p.m. ET and 10 p.m. PT.

NJ Daily’s Mike Magner to CQ Weekly (FishbowlDC)
CQ Weekly editor-in-chief Ives Benton emailed staff Monday afternoon to announce that Mike Magner is set to join as managing editor. Magner currently serves as managing editor of National Journal’s NJ Daily. Prior to joining National Journal in 2007, Magner spent 15 years as a Washington correspondent for the Newhouse News Service.

CQ Roll Call’s John Reichard to Retire (FishbowlDC)
CQ Roll Call HealthBeat editor John Reichard will retire at the end of November, the media company’s chief content officer David Rapp informed colleagues Monday afternoon. Reichard founded HealthBeat, which was bought by CQ 10 years ago.

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Manning Milestone Big for NBC’s Sunday Night Football (Variety)
NBC dominated Sunday’s ratings race with its San Francisco-Denver matchup on Sunday Night Football, with audiences tuning in to see Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning make NFL history by throwing his 509th career touchdown pass. Opposite the game, the dramas on ABC and CBS held steady while Fox’s comedy lineup saw gains.

Scripps Extends Pan-European Deal With Liberty Global (THR)
Lifestyle programmer Scripps Network U.K. and EMEA has expanded its carriage deal with cable group Liberty Global. The new agreement, announced Monday, extends the current deal whereby Liberty’s cable networks in Europe continue to carry Scripps’ Travel Channel, Food Network and Fine Living channels.

BSkyB Will Own at Least 69 Percent of Sky Deutschland After Takeover (THR)
British pay TV giant BSkyB said Monday that it will end up owning at least 69 percent of Sky Deutschland, the German pay-TV group it agreed to acquire as part of a pan-European buyout of assets owned by Rupert Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox.

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