Arianna Huffington is profiled by fellow media power Greek Vanessa Grigoriadis in New York today. Among the highlights:
- Arianna Huffington’s best employee put down is, ‘I’m disappointed in you—you’re weak.”
- She cries if she doesn’t get her way.
- Tim Armstrong brings power publicist Desiree Gruber for backup when he needs to confront her.
- A science vertical cometh, with the HuffPo’s signature Hollywood buff. “I’m doing a science site now, called Talk Nerdy to Me, with video of a sexy, fun scientist—Bill Maher’s [ex-]girlfriend!” [New York]
Oprah’s media empire in decline. [WWD]
Rupert Murdoch sold off a chunk of non-voting News Corp. shares worth $61.7 million. [WSJ]
Hugh Grant and J.K. Rowling will testify in an inquiry into British media ethics. [AP]
Netflix will produce the Arrested Development revival. [CNET]
The Atlantic’s digital ad revenue is now greater than its print ad revenue. [Decoder]
Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s media empire is so powerful it single-handedly drives the market. When a Jeff Bezos interview in Bloomberg Businessweek that revealed plans for a secret tablet device was published on the terminal, Amazon stock moved five percent. Bloomberg LP may also acquire the Financial Times, for the sake of the Bloomberg View columnists. [Newsweek]