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Former Time Warner Boss Dick Parsons Gets Back in the Media Business

dick_parsons_fThere are very good odds that there are going to be some very big deals happening in the media world in the next year or so. So this move makes sense: Former Time Warner (TWX) CEO Dick Parsons is joining up with Providence Equity Partners, the private equity firm with a hankering for media investments.

Parsons will be a part-time adviser says the New York Times and will keep his current job as Citigroup (C) chairman as well. Providence’s media bets include MGM and Univision, which haven’t worked out, and Hulu, which has.

Providence and Parsons have worked together at least once before: In 2004, Parsons sold Warner Music Group (WMG) to a consortium that included Providence, Thomas H. Lee Partners and Edgar Bronfman Jr.

Perhaps Providence will tap Parsons’s knowledge of his former employer for another deal: Time Warner executives keep murmuring about the need for magazine publisher Time Inc. to shed some of the 115 titles it operates.


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The problem with the Billionaire Savior phase of the newspaper collapse has always been that billionaires don’t tend to like the kind of authority-questioning journalism that upsets the status quo.

— Ryan Chittum, writing in the Columbia Journalism Review about the promise of Pierre Omidyar’s new media venture with Glenn Greenwald