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March 6, 2013

Laura Lang’s Memo to Staff

newsweek:

Departing Time Inc. CEO Laura Lang sent this memo to staff in regards to the publishing company’s spinning-off into an independent, publicly-traded company.

Today’s news that Time Warner plans to spin off Time Inc. is something that everyone is just beginning to digest. While there are many questions that can only be answered in time, one thing is already clear: the hard work we have done over the past year in maintaining our core business while at the same time becoming more digitally focused has positioned the company well. Time Inc. has incredible talent and great brands that will continue to lead our industry.

The planned spin-off has also made me reflect on what is the best path for me and the company going forward.  After considerable thought, I have decided that taking the company through a transition to the public markets is not where my passion lies. Jeff has been extremely supportive and I am committed to working together with him on recruiting the right person to lead Time Inc. at the spin. 

I want to thank all of you for your support over the past year.  You welcomed me warmly and jumped in enthusiastically as we charted a course. I look forward to working with you as we continue to make progress.

LL

Oh, and in case you want to see an alternate-reality take on the Andrew Mason, where the departing CEO holds back and skips the Battletoads references, here you go.

23:46 // 1 year ago
May 11, 2012
matthew:

A memorial GIF[t] for my last day at Tumblr. I will definitely miss you guys.
(Special thanks to lulinternet and topherchris for the animated farewell. Judging by this, I may want to use my newfound free time to consult an orthodontist.)

Matt Hackett, Tumblr’s head of brand strategy and marketing is out, the second high-profile departure in three weeks — and one that comes while the company is starting to push its advertising machine. (ProducerMatthew has the scoop.) This GIF is certainly a nice way to go out.

matthew:

A memorial GIF[t] for my last day at Tumblr. I will definitely miss you guys.

(Special thanks to lulinternet and topherchris for the animated farewell. Judging by this, I may want to use my newfound free time to consult an orthodontist.)

Matt Hackett, Tumblr’s head of brand strategy and marketing is out, the second high-profile departure in three weeks — and one that comes while the company is starting to push its advertising machine. (ProducerMatthew has the scoop.) This GIF is certainly a nice way to go out.

17:19 // 2 years ago
February 10, 2011
10:31 // 3 years ago
January 24, 2011
Give us a bit of credit for getting eight years out of him. That’s the longest he’s been anywhere.
A NBC News executive • Discussing Keith Olbermann’s ouster late last week. Olbermann’s departure (which was mutual) continued a long trend for the fiery-but-talented anchor, who has left every network he’s worked for on not-so-hot terms. Most famously, of course, was his departure from ESPN, which Olbermann described as a “nuclear war.” But his resume is littered with similar explosive exits. So maybe it was time. source (viafollow)
11:14 // 3 years ago
January 21, 2011
Personally, I liked Olbermann better as a sports anchor. He could be funny, but he wasn’t expected to wad up paper, or quiver his lip, or what have you.
SB Nation’s Jon Bois • Offering a relatively fresh view on Olbermann’s departure, whatever the cause. Fact is, as many wonky fans as he has, some still love him more for his ’90s run on ESPN’s “Sportscenter.” (We disagree, by the way, but that’s just us.) Should Keith get back into sports? He was pretty good back in the day at doing this, so it’d be an interesting time to return. But he might be harder to accept in this role, considering the by-default divisive nature of “Countdown.” Keith’s done some sports stuff in recent years, most recently with “Football Night in America.” But doing sports full-time might be a bit of a harsh left turn for a guy who’s banked so much on the cult of personality and earned many fans because of it. source (viafollow)
22:07 // 3 years ago

Was Olbermann fired or booted out? Or neither?

diegueno said: Olbermann didn’t quit - he was fired. I think he said as much in the first minute of his farewell segment. Fast work on the video…kudos

» We say: Actually, it doesn’t sound clear that’s what happened. Based on the NYT departure piece (obviously, we’ll find out the details later), they came to an agreement on ending their contract. What is clear is that it wasn’t his choice to leave at this particular time, but MSNBC’s. We’ll find out more soon, we’re sure. What do you guys think?

21:45 // 3 years ago

So, what happens to Keith Olbermann’s old MSNBC slot now?

  • departure Keith Olbermann shockingly announced his departure from MSNBC tonight, making the left half of the Interwebs explode. (Here’s the video.)
  • replacement Lawrence O’Donnell will be replacing Keith in the 8 p.m. slot, and Ed Schultz will replace O’Donnell at 10 p.m. Why not give our boy Cenk his own show? source
21:33 // 3 years ago

Olbermann’s final clip, in rebloggable video form. Really interesting what he has to say. Aww, he has so much nice to say about the audience. Wow.

21:18 // 3 years ago
October 8, 2010


Another one bites the dust! Obama’s National Security Adviser is only the latest in a long line of folks to exit the revolving door of the Obama administration as midterms heat up. He’ll be remembered for this post, along with this photo. His replacement? Thomas E. Donilon. sourceRevolving door: National Security Adviser James L. Jones heads out

Another one bites the dust! Obama’s National Security Adviser is only the latest in a long line of folks to exit the revolving door of the Obama administration as midterms heat up. He’ll be remembered for this post, along with this photo. His replacement? Thomas E. Donilon. source

11:02 // 3 years ago