After it was announced that Felix Salmon would be joining Fusion from Reuters, the media community reacted —
— Jeff Jarvis (@jeffjarvis)April 23, 2014
@felixsalmon I get it. I like it. I salute your decision. And I will be watching how it plays out. Congratulations.— Jay Rosen (@jayrosen_nyu)April 23, 2014
What were the odds that @felixsalmon would be the source for a eyebrow raising nugget of new media jargon?— Joseph Weisenthal (@TheStalwart)April 23, 2014
Anyway, huge congrats to @felixsalmon. This sounds like a cool and creative next chapter.— Joseph Weisenthal (@TheStalwart)April 23, 2014
— Henry Blodget (@hblodget)April 23, 2014
Fusion CEO Isaac Lee sent the following email to staff announcing that Felix Salmon would be joining Fusion’s digital team as Senior Editor —
As some of you are already aware, we are very pleased to announce that Felix Salmon will be joining Fusion’s digital team as Senior Editor.
Our goal every day is to experiment and innovate with new ways of telling stories and the ways we deliver them to our community. As we delve into issues that are both complex and vitally important to our young, diverse audience there is no one better than Felix to help us cut through the clutter and distill those issues making them understandable, insightful and compelling.
Throughout his career, Felix has established himself as a distinctive voice on financial issues, the economy, and the media industry. We will tap into Felix’s expertise in those areas, while also asking him help us tackle a range of topics that uniquely interest our audience — from climate change and technology to art and culture.
He will work closely with our digital producers and designers to tell stories by weaving text, sound, video, photos and data into one. They’ll be focused developing smart, irreverent, informative content for all of our platforms – from television and the web to Instagram and other emerging platforms.
Felix comes to us from Reuters where for the past 5 years he has provided analysis and commentary for their digital properties. Prior to his work at Reuters, Felix has also written stories for a number of other publications including Portfolio, Politico, and Wired.
I believe Felix’s decision to join Fusion reflects his deep understanding of the way the millennial generation likes to communicate and consume information. His vision and forward-thinking approach to news coupled with Fusion’s interest in pushing beyond the capabilities and restraints of what traditional media companies are able or willing to offer makes him the perfect addition to our team.
Felix penned a piece explaining why he is joining Fusion, you can read that here.
Please join me in welcoming Felix (@FelixSalmon) to the Fusion team.
Fusion’s Alicia Menendez will appear on “The Chew" today (Monday, April 21) at 1:00 p.m., ET on the ABC Television Network to talk about Fusion and her primetime show "AM Tonight" (weeknights at 9:00 p.m., ET).
Details on the days programming below —
- ”The Cannabusiness Report" — Fusion’s Chief Cannabis Correspondent, Ryan Nerz, introduces several slices of American marijuana culture. He interviews Irv Rosenfeld, who gets 300 joints per month from the federal government, analyzes the cannabis “wax” craze, shows how marijuana use affects driving skills, and interviews the stoner comedy duo, Cheech & Chong.
- “The Cannabusiness Report: Los Angeles" — Nerz, goes to sunny Los Angeles, America’s medical marijuana Mecca for almost two decades now. He enrolls in cannabis college, attempts weed-infused spirituality at a “420 Yoga” class, learns the history of the best pot strains at The Cannabis Cup, and interviews hip hop star and noted weed enthusiast, B.o.B..
- “The Cannabusiness Report: Denver" — Fusion’s Chief Cannabis Correspondent Ryan Nerz takes us to Denver, Colorado, in the wake of landmark legislation that allows everyone over the age of 21 to buy weed at retail stores. He talks to a dispensary security guard as well as masked black market weed growers, visits a veterinarian who explains why pets are getting into pot, and interviews hip hop’s high priest of pot, Wiz Khalifa, in a segment called – appropriately – The Green Room.
- “America with Jorge Ramos" — Jorge Ramos interviews former NYPD Comissioner Ray Kelly, "AMERICA" travels to Uruguay to see how marijuana is being regulated after its groundbreaking legalization, and explores the growing cannabis tourism in Colorado.
- “Open Source with Leon Krauze" — Fusion’s Leon Krauze delves into how pot is affecting American culture. He talks to a marijuana refugee and meet the Cannabis Club of Beverly Hills.
- “Strange Medicine" — Dr. Juan Rivera travels to California to explore the benefits of medical marijuana. He meets with patients who have thrown away conventional painkillers in favor of this controversial cure for a multitude of illnesses, including cancer, AIDS, multiple sclerosis, glaucoma, epilepsy, and other conditions.
- “No, You Shut Up!" — In this special edition of “No, You Shut Up!” host Paul F. Tompkins and the panel discuss the many issues surrounding the legalization of pot. The episode features a special guest - comedian Doug Benson.
- “Reefer Madness" — Cautionary tale features a fictionalized and highly exaggerated take on the use of marijuana. A trio of drug dealers lead innocent teenagers to become addicted to "reefer" cigarettes by holding wild parties with jazz music.
Fusion’s Alicia Menendez moderated a Google hangout with New York City Mayor de Blasio and New Yorkers from every borough on Friday, April 11 at 11:00 a.m., ET. The Mayor is marking his first 100 days in office throughout the week. You can join the Google hangout here.
Fusion’s Alicia Menendez, host of “AM Tonight” weeknights at 9:00 p.m., ET, joined the Powerhouse Roundtable on ABC’s “This Week with George Stephanopoulos" yesterday.
Check out some of the reaction from viewers below:
Today on CNN’s “@ThisHour” John Berman noted that Fusion has hired television’s first Chief Cannabis Correspondent in Ryan Nerz. CNN’s Michaela Pereira joked: “who thought all the good jobs were taken…”
Network Orders Series of Half-Hour “The Cannabusiness Report” Specials to Air in Primetime
Fusion has named acclaimed author and journalist Ryan Nerz as the first ever network Chief Cannabis Correspondent. Nerz will contribute regularly to Fusion’s digital and TV platforms, exploring answers to the biggest questions surrounding cannabis culture and the booming industry evolving around it. A Yale-educated journalist, Nerz has written for NPR, Esquire, and the History Channel. He is also the author of MARIJUANAMERICA: One Man’s Quest to Understand America’s Dysfunctional Love Affair with Weed and Eat This Book: A Year of Gorging and Glory on the Competitive Eating Circuit. Over the course of the three years he spent writing MARIJUANAMERICA, Nerz attended Marijuana Anonymous meetings, spent time with a 15-year old autistic boy who used pot brownies as medicine, and profiled a Northern California weed grower – all to help answer some of the most asked questions about marijuana: Is it hurting or helping us? How is it affecting our lungs, our brains, our ambitions? Is it truly addictive?
Fusion has ordered a limited series of half-hour specials to be hosted by Nerz entitled “The Cannabusiness Report.” Over the past several months Nerz has developed the “Cannabusiness Report” franchise through segments on Fusion’s morning show, which now airs in primetime as “Fusion Live.”
“Marijuana legalization is an issue that is taking on increasing relevance – politically, economically and culturally – and requires the kind of coverage that only someone with Ryan’s expertise can deliver,” said Fusion CEO Isaac Lee. “Ryan’s reporting is a great example of how Fusion is uniquely capable of providing news, information, and opinion on topics that matter to millennials, especially in situations where the mainstream media can’t keep up.
- WATCH: Cannabusiness Report: Some Colorado Marijuana Arrestees Might be Able to Overturn Their Convictions
- WATCH: Cannabusiness Report: Is Colorado’s Legal Weed Killing the Black Market?
- WATCH: Cheech & Chong Interview: We Won the War on Drugs
Despite recent growth in support of legalizing marijuana sales, the federal government still considers it a dangerous drug and marijuana makes up roughly half of all drug arrests in the United States. President Obama weighed in on the issue during an interview earlier this year saying he believes marijuana was no more dangerous than alcohol. In 2013 marijuana became legal for recreational use in two states — Washington and Colorado. Colorado made national news recently when the state announced it collected $2 million in tax revenues from its first month of legal recreational marijuana sales.
The National Association for Multi-Ethnicity in Communications (NAMIC) has named Fusion CEO Isaac Lee to their 2014 class of Next Generation Leaders Awards. Presented in partnership with Multichannel News, the Next Generation Leaders Awards honor emerging executives under the age of 45 for their professional acumen and achievements in fostering multi-ethnic diversity and inclusion within the communications industry.
Isaac Lee, who also serves as President of Univision News, will be recognized in the Cable Programmer category. In 2013 Isaac oversaw the development and launch of Fusion — a joint venture between the Disney/ABC Television Group and Univision. Fusion engages and champions a young, diverse, and inclusive America with a unique mix of original reporting, lifestyle, and comedic content that is both smart and irreverent.
“NAMIC is committed to developing as well as recognizing the pipeline of diverse professionals within the communications industry through our flagship programs, initiatives and events,” Alicin Williamson, interim president of NAMIC said in a statement. “We are thrilled to celebrate the accomplishments of this distinguished group of leaders that are making innovative, creative and strategic business contributions while exemplifying NAMIC’s mission to educate, advocate and empower to advance diversity and inclusion within their companies.”
Isaac Lee will be recognized at the NAMIC Annual Awards Breakfast on May 1 in conjunction with the National Cable Telecommunications Association’s Cable Show. Full release from NAMIC here.
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