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Meredith Corporation

Meredith Corporation is an American media conglomerate based in Des Moines, Iowa. The company owns magazines, television stations and radio stations. Meredith's publications have a readership of more than 120 million, paid circulation of more than 40 million, its websites have nearly 135 million monthly unique visitors. Meredith's broadcast television stations reach 11% of U. S. households. Edwin Thomas Meredith founded the company in 1902 when he began publishing Successful Farming magazine. In 1922, Meredith began publishing Fruit and Home magazine, a home and family service publication. In 1924, the magazine was retitled Better Homes and Gardens, the first issue cost a dime on the newsstand. In 1930, the company published the first edition of The Better Homes and Gardens Cook Book. In 1946, the company became a public company, it was listed on the New York Stock Exchange in 1965. In March 2012, Meredith acquired allrecipes.com from Reader's Digest Association for $175 million. In February 2013, Meredith and Time Warner held discussions on a possible purchase of Time Inc..

In October 2014, Meredith announced a 10-year licensing agreement with Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia to acquire the rights to Martha Stewart Living, Martha Stewart Weddings and marthastewart.com. In November 2014, Meredith acquired mywedding.com. In January 2015, the company acquired Selectable Media. In January 2015, Meredith acquired Shape, Natural Health and Fit Pregnancy from American Media Inc. Fitness magazine was folded into Shape, while retaining its website. On September 8, 2015, Media General announced its intent to acquire Meredith in a cash and stock deal valued at $2.4 billion. Pending regulatory and shareholder approval, the deal was expected to be consummated in June 2016; the combined company would have operated under the name Meredith Media General, be the third-largest owner of television stations in the United States—serving an estimated 30% of households. To comply with FCC ownership limits, the company would have divested and/or swapped stations in six markets. Media General shareholders would have controlled 65% of the company, with Meredith shareholders holding 35%.

However, the offer was countered by Nexstar Broadcasting Group, who made a successful, $4.6 billion bid to acquire Media General instead. In February 2017, it was reported that Meredith and a group of investors led by Edgar Bronfman Jr. were considering another possible purchase of Time Inc. On November 26, 2017, it was announced that Meredith Corporation would acquire Time Inc. in a $2.8 billion deal. $640 million in backing was provided by Koch Equity Development, but the Koch family would not have a board seat or otherwise influence the company's operations. On January 9, 2018, it was announced that Meredith would launch a Hungry Girl magazine on January 16, expanding from the online brand. On January 31, 2018, the company completed the acquisition of Time Inc. In March 2018, only six weeks after the closure of the deal, Meredith announced that it would lay off 200 employees, up to 1,000 more over the next 10 months, explore the sale of Fortune, Sports Illustrated, Time. Meredith felt that, despite their "strong consumer reach," these brands did not align with its core lifestyle properties.

Howard Milstein had announced on February 7, 2018, that he would acquire Golf Magazine from Meredith, Time Inc. UK was sold to the British private equity group Epiris in late February. In September 2018, Meredith announced the sale of Time to Marc Benioff and his wife Lynne for $190 million. In November 2018, Meredith announced the sale of Fortune to Thai businessman Chatchaval Jiaravanon, whose family owns Charoen Pokphand, for $150 million. After failing to find a buyer for Money, Meredith in April 2019 announced that it would cease the magazine's print publication as of July 2019, but would invest in the brand's digital component Money.com. In May, 2019, Meredith announced the sale of Sports Illustrated to Authentic Brands Group, for $110 million. Time Inc. Productions was renamed Four M Studios in May 2018; the studios is under Bruce Gersh, Meredith's president of People, Entertainment Weekly and People en Español and head of Four M Studios. In October 2019, Meredith Corporation sold the Money brand and website to Ad Practitioners LLC, a media and advertising company based in Puerto Rico.

Terms were not disclosed, but sources said the brand went for just over $20 million, more than the $10 million Meredith was seeking in early 2019. In November 2019 the company unloaded one more asset acquired in the Time Inc. acquisition, its 60% equity ownership of digital advertising company Viant Technology Holding Inc. that, among other assets, owns social networking site Myspace. In November 2019, the company announced the launch of a new quarterly magazine, called Reveal, in January 2020 in collaboration with Drew and Jonathan Scott from HGTV's Property Brothers. Meredith magazines include the following brands: Defunct magazines include Family Circle Money More Readymade Scrapbooks Etc. Allrecipes.com mywedding.com Myspace The broadcasting division owns 15 television stations. Meredith's broadcasting division produces Better, conceived as a brand extension of BH&G. Since its inception in 2007 the show has placed an increasing emphasis on celebrity interviews and music performances. There are cooking demonstrations and regular features on health, beauty and fashion.

The program airs on 80 stations nationwide. On December 23, 2013, Meredith announced plans to buy St. Louis CBS affiliate KMOV and Phoenix independent station KTVK for $407.5 million in cash from Gannett Company and Sander Media, LLC to satisfy a federal man

Sanford-Townsend Band

The Sanford-Townsend Band was a rock and roll band from Alabama, United States. They scored a hit single in 1977 with "Smoke from a Distant Fire"; the Sanford-Townsend Band featured keyboardists Ed Sanford and Johnny Townsend, who worked together in a Tuscaloosa-based band called Heart. After reuniting in Los Angeles and Townsend signed a publishing deal with Chappell Music and began writing songs, most notably "Peacemaker" for Loggins and Messina, co-written by Sanford and Townsend with Kenny Loggins, their 1976 self-titled album, recorded at the famous Muscle Shoals Sound Studio in Alabama, started getting attention when "Smoke from a Distant Fire" reached No. 9 on the Billboard Hot 100, No. 9 in Cash Box, No. 13 in Record World. The album was retitled with the name of the hit song and re-released; the band supported the song by opening for Fleetwood Mac on their Rumours tour, as well as concerts with The Marshall Tucker Band, Charlie Daniels, Jimmy Buffett, Foreigner and others. The band's follow-up albums, entitled Duo-Glide and Nail Me To The Wall, were less successful.

Sanford and Townsend returned to their careers as session songwriters. Ed Sanford co-wrote "I Keep Forgettin'" with Michael McDonald, which appeared on McDonald's debut solo album in 1982; the band's long-time bassist, Jerry Rightmer, died in 2007 at the age of 57 from cirrhosis of the liver, brought on by Hepatitis C. He was survived by four children. Former lead guitarist Roger Johnson works with his wife in publishing, he had spent 25 years in the film industry as a video technician and editor subsequent to his time in the Sanford-Townsend Band. In 2008, John Townsend formed the Toler/Townsend Band with Dan Toler. Townsend's tenor voice remains unchanged from thirty years prior. John Wayne Townsend: lead vocals, keyboards Ed Sanford: keyboards, vocals Roger Johnson: lead guitar, backing vocals Otis Hale: guitar, backing vocals Jerry Rightmer: bass, backing vocals Jim Varley: drums Sanford Townsend Band Smoke from a Distant Fire US #57 Duo-Glide US #92 Nail Me To The Wall Allmusic entry "Smoke From A Distant Fire" Songfacts entry Johnny Townsend site Johnny Townsend Myspace Video of "Smoke from a Distant Fire" on YouTube Official site of The Toler-Townsend Band

Deondre Francois

Deondre Francois is an American football quarterback for the Hampton Pirates. He played for the Florida State Seminoles; when Francois was a young child, he moved numerous times bouncing back and forth from Miami to Orlando. His mother Janice moved him and his family from Little Haiti, a neighborhood of Miami, to Orlando for a better life around the 4th grade where he first started playing football at the age of nine for the Orlando Outlaws with his godfather, Barry White. Francois is of Haitian descent. Francois attended Olympia High School in Orlando, Florida his first three years of high school and transferred to IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida his senior year. From 2012 to 2013 at Olympia, he passed for 28 touchdowns for the football team; as a senior, he passed for 1,488 yards with 18 touchdowns. Francois was considered a four-star recruit and committed to Florida State University to play college football. Francois redshirted his first year at Florida State in 2015. Francois competed with Sean Maguire for the starting quarterback job in 2016.

After Maguire suffered an injury, Francois was considered the favorite to start the season opener. On September 5, 2016, Francois made his first collegiate start against the Ole Miss Rebels. Francois passed for 419 yards and two touchdowns, leading the way on a 22-point comeback victory, the largest comeback in Florida State football history, he would be the quarterback for the rest of the season. The Seminoles finished the season 10–3, 5–3 in ACC play, to finish in second place in the Atlantic Division, they were invited to the 2016 Orange Bowl. On September 2, 2017, in the Seminoles first game of the year, Francois injured his patellar tendon and missed the remainder of the 2017 season. Francois returned to the starting role in 2018. On February 3, 2019, it was announced that Francois had been removed from the Florida State football program after a video of a domestic dispute between him and his girlfriend surfaced on social media. On May 20, 2019, it was announced that Francois would attempt to walk-on at Florida Atlantic, however this "never materialized."On August 2, 2019, it was announced that Francois had completed a graduate transfer to Hampton and would be eligible for the upcoming season.

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