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How Complex Media became one of the most innovative digital publishers

Back in September, I logged onto Twitter one day and saw that the actor Shia LaBeouf was trending. At the time I had only a passing familiarity with the actor; I’d seen him in a few movies, but none of his performances had stood out to me. LaBeouf was trending because of his appearance on…

Backed by Hollywood A-listers and top news publishers, Quibi aims to transform mobile storytelling

A new subscription-based mobile video streaming service is rolling out, with exclusive shows from Hollywood A-listers including directors like Steven Spielberg, Guillermo del Toro, Sam Raimi and actors like Reese Witherspoon, Jennifer Lopez, and Bill Murray. The company has also signed up news publishers including the BBC, NBC, CBS, and ESPN among others, to produce…

Building a b2b media business for the 2020s: Insights from Berlin-based Vogel Communications

The last decade was a turbulent, but rather exciting one for b2b media brands. Navigating a path from primarily print to mainly digital production meant that many companies had to look very closely at their core revenue sources. For some, like Berlin-based company Vogel Communications, it meant a significant revamp of its portfolio of services.…

Singapore’s Rice Media expands into Thailand, “because it has some of the best creative talent in the region”

“Thailand has a mature media market and a population exposed to a wide spectrum of content.” After two-and-a-half years of steadily building a loyal audience in Singapore, alternative news media startup Rice Media has expanded into Thailand.  In Singapore, Rice Media has built its reputation on searingly intimate profile pieces, and at times incisive, provocative and delightfully whimsical…

As Instagram growth stalls, Pinterest surges to become the 3rd biggest social media platform in the US

Research firm eMarketer reports that US user growth for Instagram fell to single-digits, for the first time ever, in 2019. eMarketer projects a continued decline for Instagram, and has revised its US growth rate projections for Instagram for the next two years downward, to 4.5% in 2020 from 5.4%, and to 3.2% in 2021 from…

Revenue diversification for media and publishing businesses

Media brands need to develop more revenue streams as online display advertising declines. We all know this, but the challenge is working out new business models above and beyond simply charging subscriptions for content. Ahead of the Making Publishing Pay conference in London in February, Carolyn Morgan looks at some examples of media businesses developing…

Insights on the media industry’s changing fortunes, from Dow Jones

At the recent FIPP Congress, Jonathan Wright – Global Managing Director for Dow Jones & Wall Street Journal – spoke about how media companies can build sustainable revenue models in today’s changing consumer environment. We caught up with him at the event to find out more.  When Wall Street Journal (WSJ) publisher, Dow Jones &…

TikTok, with more downloads globally than Facebook, enters 2020 with big plans for publishers and advertisers

TikTok has surpassed 1.5B downloads on the App Store and Google Play, according to Sensor Tower. The app reached an all-time high of 220M installs in Q4 of 2019 (a 24% increase over Q3 2019). It became the second-most downloaded app worldwide in 2019, after WhatsApp, and ahead of Facebook and Messenger. Sensor Tower also…

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Chelsea boss Frank Lampard tears into flops after Arsenal draw and says Blues should have ‘at least ten more points’

ANGRY Frank Lampard tore into Chelsea’s waster and moaned: “We’re in fourth position and that’s seen as pretty good but there should be at least another ten points on the board.” The Blues boss was left shocked when his young team twice surrendered the lead against ten-man Arsenal, who scored with their only two shots…
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Mason Disick, 10, makes TikTok debut with mom Kourtney Kardashian and fans love it

KOURTNEY Kardashian and Scott Disick’s oldest son Mason is all grown up now and showed the world his famous parents aren’t the only ones with star power. 10-year-old Mason made a huge splash on social media when he debuted on TikTok in an adorable new video that featured various sketches with the Keeping Up with…

Peter Phillips’ toe-curling milk promo is a stark warning to Harry and Meghan of the perils of ‘financial independence’

PRINCE Philip calls him “the winner”, he is often referred to as “the Queen’s favourite grandchild” and he himself hails his grandmother as “an inspirational person throughout my life”. But that didn’t stop Peter Phillips starring in a tacky milk advert for Chinese television stations. Peter Phillips might be ‘the Queen’s favourite grandchild’, but he…

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