Paul CroughtonPaul Croughton was tapped as Robb Report’s next editor-in-chief, bringing two decades of editorial experience to the luxury brand. Most recently, Croughton served as founding editor of Robb Report UK where he provided the editorial vision behind the brand’s inaugural European edition.In his new role, Croughton will oversee all editorial operations for the brand’s U.S. print and digital editions. He joined Penske Media Corporation, parent company of Robb Report, from creative and digital agency Brave New World, where he served as a partner and editor, and prior to that started his career as a journalist specializing in luxury travel and men’s style.“We’re energized and excited by Paul’s fresh perspective as well as his unwavering commitment to best-in-class storytelling and content creation,” says Jay Penske, chairman and CEO of Penske Media Corporation. “Paul’s superior understanding of the media landscape’s continuous evolution, coupled with his personal assurance to not only maintain but grow Robb Report’s ownership of the luxury media space, will propel this iconic brand into our next 30 years.” Here are the rest of this week’s people on the move… Advance announced this week that Oren Klein, VP finance and controller, will succeed current CFO, Tom Summer, effective October 1 of this year. Summer, who initially planned on retiring, instead plans on remaining with the company full-time until the end of the year, and then assume a senior advisor position after that. Klein, who has been in his VP role since 2008, was selected to take over for Summer due to his “strategic perspective and business acumen,” according to Steve Newhouse, co-president of Advance, which he says has added great value to the company. Kalmbach Media tapped Christine Metcalf as its newest VP, finance. Metcalf joins the company from Rexnord Corporation where she served in a similar capacity as its VP of finance for the process motion and control division. Prior to this role, Metcalf also held senior finance positions with Johnson Controls, Newell Rubbermaid and S.C. Johnson & Son, Inc.“She has an outstanding track record driving strong financial results and an unmatched enthusiasm for our brands,” says Dan Hickey, CEO, Kalmbach Media. “She will play a pivotal role in Kalmbach’s growth as we continue to invest in the future of our company.”The Forward made two additions to its staff this week in an effort to continue its digital growth. Jay Ehrlich was tapped as VP of product and engagement for the brand, coming from Valassis where he served as VP of product, responsible for creating new omnichannel products across the company’s core coupon offerings. In his new role, Ehrlich will lead the charge on increasing subscriptions to the Forward.Ben Fractenberg is joining the Forward’s editorial team as a staff writer, where he will spearhead the creation of visual articles for the brand’s site. He will also rely on his background of New York City political reporting to assist in the development of new articles. Most recently, Fractenberg served as a reporter, photojournalist and videographer at DNAInfo.JEGI has made two changes to its Leadership team including the appointment of Adam Gross, former chief marketing officer, to managing director, where he will solely focus his efforts on the deal execution side of the company. Gross has been with JEGI for nearly two decades and also serves as a board member of Ventana, a holographic technology company, and SIIA’s Connectiv division.David Clark, who has held the role of managing director at JEGI since joining the company in 2005, is taking on the role of chief marketing officer, where he will “help guide the firm’s business development and thought leadership initiatives,” according to Wilma Jordan, CEO of JEGI. Prior to working at JEGI, Clark was a managing director at Deloitte & Touche Corporate Finance, and a senior member of Deloitte’s global TMT industry consulting practice.Vox Media tapped Meridith Webster as its first chief communications officer, where she will oversee external and internal communications, corporate marketing and public affairs, and will report directly to CEO Jim Bankoff. Prior to this hire, Webster was at Emerson Collective where she led its public affairs practice, focusing on high profile advocacy campaigns and creating powerful storytelling tools.Entertainment Weekly alumna, Sara Vilkomerson, is leaving her post as a senior writer to take on the position of segment producer at “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.”Rolling Stone tapped Mother Jones’ Andy Kroll as its next Washington bureau chief.Christian Datoc is joining the Washington Examiner as its night news editor from his position at the Daily Caller as the breaking news editor.Task & Purpose’s former features editor, Aaron Gell, is joining Medium as a contributing editor. Prior to Task & Purpose, Gell served as EIC of the New York Observer and has held editor roles with Business Insider and Maxim. Former freelance journalist for Bustle, The Intercept and Popsugar, Lucy Westcott, is stepping into the roll of James W. Foley fellow at the Committee to Protect Journalists.Max Chafkin was promoted to features editor of Bloomberg Businessweek.Jean Ellen Cowgill is heading to Bloomberg as general manager of TicToc from her role as president of Atlantic 57.Quartz promoted Mike Murphy to deputy tech editor and has tapped Daniel Wolfe as a reporter on the Things team.
Popular on Variety FuboTV, the sports-centric internet subscription-TV startup, has added two execs to its senior management ranks: David Yoon, formerly with Warner Bros. Digital Networks and DramaFever, and Erik Gerson, previously SVP of customer experience at Jay Z’s Tidal.Yoon has been hired to the newly created position of senior VP of design, reporting directly to David Gandler, co-founder and CEO. Gerson is FuboTV’s senior VP of engagement, also a newly created role, reporting to Alberto Horihuela, co-founder and chief marketing officer; Yoon.They join other recent hires at New York-based FuboTV, including technology veteran Geir Magnusson Jr. as chief technology officer and Yale Wang, a former DramaFever exec, as VP, head of North American marketing.“FuboTV is committed to raising the bar in user engagement and experience across our live TV streaming platform, and today’s appointments underscore this investment in our subscribers,” Gandler said in announcing the hires. “With the additions of Erik and David to our world-class executive team, we are in an even stronger position to build for the future.” At FuboTV, Yoon is tasked with managing all design and creative services. He most recently was VP of design at WB Digital Labs, the studio’s over-the-top platform service provider which owns and operates DramaFever and powers direct-to-consumer OTT services of AMC Networks, Boomerang, Warner Archive and DC Entertainment. Prior to WB Digital Labs, Yoon created interactive experiences for digital and ad agencies as well as entertainment companies for brands including Universal Motown Records Group, Island Def Jam, Sony Pictures Classics, Rockstar Games, Swarovski, Verizon and Procter & Gamble brands.Gerson is responsible for growing FuboTV’s user engagement across web, mobile and connected-TV platforms. He was most recently SVP of customer experience at music-streaming subscription service Tidal, where he led user acquisition, customer retention, direct marketing, and customer care and experience. Previously he held senior marketing and customer experience roles at Nestlé USA, Hearst Digital Marketing Services, Cricket Wireless, Atari, Gateway and Sony Electronics.FuboTV first launched as a U.S. streaming soccer service in January 2015 and has expanded its offerings to compete with other over-the-top TV providers, including Dish Network’s Sling TV, AT&T’s DirecTV Now, Google’s YouTube TV, Hulu With Live TV and Sony’s PlayStation Vue.To date, the company has raised more than $150 million in funding. It most recently closed a $75 million Series D round in April 2018 that included participation from 21st Century Fox, AMC Networks, Luminari Capital, Northzone, Sky and the former Scripps Networks Interactive (now owned by Discovery).Pictured above: David Yoon (l.) and Erik Gerson ×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 Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15
Aggressive driving behaviour is a reflection of a person’s surrounding culture, both on the road and on a broader social level, says a study.The findings suggest that some countries and cultures may be more susceptible to aggressive or competitive driving behaviours due to their social environment, and that improvements in that arena would also be seen in driving behaviour.“The choice to be competitive versus cooperative always starts with culture, by the influences around us and the way other people behave, ‘said one of the researchers Haizhong Wang, assistant professor of transportation engineering at Oregon State University in the US. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’“And it’s clear there’s a role for education and experience, where studies have shown the value of young drivers participating in driver education programmes and receiving positive guidance from their parents and peers,” Wang noted.The study also implies that different social conditions might ultimately translate into better drivers.However, these dangerous behaviours are becoming a worldwide phenomenon of almost epidemic proportions partly as a reaction to overcrowded road networks, the researchers said. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe findings, published in the journal Procedia Engineering, showed that such behaviour is more pronounced in men than in women.The research was done with drivers in China where competitive driving is very common. The problems in China as it becomes increasingly crowded with drivers, however, reflect similar concerns at varying levels around the world, Wang said. In this analysis, the researchers concluded that drivers in congested situations generally believed that the chaotic traffic state was responsible for their competitive behaviour and they had no option other than to compete for space, the right-of-way, and gain advantages through speed and spacing.In simple terms, it was right and proper that they should try to keep up with or get ahead of traffic; that was the example being set for them, and they drove that way because everyone else did.However, the study also suggested that “personality traits draw on and are influenced by aspects of one’s social environment.” It is prevalent in India too where the surroundings play an important part.
On Monday, Carole Cadwalladr, a British journalist and Pulitzer award finalist, in her TED talk revealed how Facebook impacted the Brexit voting by enabling the spreading of calculated disinformation. Brexit, short for “British exit”, refers to UK’s withdrawal from the European Union (EU). Back in June 2016, when the United Kingdom European Union membership referendum happened, 51.9% of the voters supported leaving the EU. The final conclusion was set to come out on 29 March 2019, but it is now extended to 31 October 2019. Cadwalladr was asked by the editor of The Observer, the newspaper she was working at the time, to visit South Wales to investigate why so many voters there had elected to leave EU. So, she decided to visit Ebbw Vale, a town at the head of the valley formed by the Ebbw Fawr tributary of the Ebbw River in Wales. She wanted to find out why this town had the highest percentage of ‘Leave’ votes (62%). Brexit in South Wales: The reel and the real After reaching the town, Cadwalladr recalls that she was “taken aback” when she saw how this town has evolved over the years. The town was gleaming with new infrastructures including entrepreneurship center, sports center, better roads, and more, all funded by the EU. After seeing this development, she felt “a weird sense of unreality” when a young man stated his reason for voting to leave the EU was that it has failed to do anything for him. Not only this young man but people all over the town also stated the same reason for voting to leave the EU. “They said that they wanted to take back control,” adds Cadwalladr. Another major reason behind Brexit was immigration. However, Cadwalladr adds that she barely saw any immigrants and was unable to relate to the immigration problem the citizens of the town were talking about. So, she verified her observation with the actual records and was surprised to find that Ebbw Vale, in fact, has one of the lowest immigration rates. “So I was just a bit baffled because I couldn’t really understand where people were getting their information from,” she adds. So, after her story got published, a reader reached out to her regarding some Facebook posts and ads, which she described to her as “quite scary stuff about immigration, and especially about Turkey.” These posts were misinforming people that Turkey was going to join the EU and its 76 million population will promptly emigrate to current member states. “What happens on Facebook, stays on Facebook” After getting informed about these ads, when Cadwalladr checked Facebook to look for herself, she could not find even a trace of them because there is no archive of ads that are shown to people on Facebook. She said, “This referendum that will have this profound effect on Britain forever and it already had a profound effect. The Japanese car manufacturers that came to Wales and the North-East people who replaced the mining jobs are already going because of Brexit. And, this entire referendum took place in darkness because it took place on Facebook.” And, this is why the British parliament has called Mark Zuckerberg several times to get answers to their questions, but each time he refused. Nobody has a definitive answer to questions like what ads were shown to people, how these ads impacted them, how much money was spent on these ads, or what data was analyzed to target these people, but Facebook. Cadwalladr adds that she and other journalists observed that during the referendum multiple crimes happened. In Britain, there is a limited amount of budget that you are allowed to spend on election campaigns to prevent politicians from buying the votes. But, in the last few days before the Brexit vote the “biggest electoral fraud in Britain” happened. It was found that the official Vote Leave campaign laundered £750,000 from another campaign entity that was ruled illegal by the electoral commission. This money was spent, as you can guess, on the online disinformation campaigns. She adds, “And you can spend any amount of money on Facebook or on Google or on YouTube ads and nobody will know, because they’re black boxes. And this is what happened.” The law was also broken by a group named “Leave.EU”. This group was led by Nigel Farage, a British politician, whose Brexit Party is doing quite well in the European elections. The campaign was funded by Arron Banks, who is being referred to the National Crime Agency because the electoral commission was not able to figure out from where he was able to provide the money. Going further into the details, she adds, “And I’m not even going to go into the lies that Arron Banks has told about his covert relationship with the Russian government. Or the weird timing of Nigel Farage’s meetings with Julian Assange and with Trump’s buddy, Roger Stone, now indicted, immediately before two massive WikiLeaks dumps, both of which happened to benefit Donald Trump.” While looking into Trump’s relationship to Farage, she came across Cambridge Analytica. She tracked down one of its ex-employees, Christopher Wiley, who was brave enough to reveal that this company has worked for Trump and Brexit. It used data from 87 million people from Facebook to understand their individual fears and better target them with Facebook ads. Cadwalladr’s investigation involved so many big names, that it was quite expected to get some threats. The owner of Cambridge Analytica, Robert Mercer threatened to sue them multiple times. Later on, one day ahead of publishing, they received a legal threat from Facebook. But, this did not stop them from publishing their findings in the Observer. A challenge to the “gods of Silicon Valley” Addressing the leaders of the tech giants, Cadwalladr said, “Facebook, you were on the wrong side of history in that. And you were on the wrong side of history in this — in refusing to give us the answers that we need. And that is why I am here. To address you directly, the gods of Silicon Valley: Mark Zuckerberg and Sheryl Sandberg and Larry Page and Sergey Brin and Jack Dorsey, and your employees and your investors, too.” These tech giants can’t get away by just saying that they will do better in the future. They need to first give us the long-overdue answers so that these type of crimes are stopped from happening again. Comparing the technology they created to a crime scene, she now calls for fixing the broken laws. “It’s about whether it’s actually possible to have a free and fair election ever again. Because as it stands, I don’t think it is,” she adds. To watch her full talk, visit TED.com. Read Next Facebook shareholders back a proposal to oust Mark Zuckerberg as the board’s chairperson Facebook AI introduces Aroma, a new code recommendation tool for developers Facebook AI open-sources PyTorch-BigGraph for faster embeddings in large graphs