Global learning company Houghton Mifflin Harcourt announced that President and Chief Executive Officer Linda K. Zecher has resigned after five years in the role. The Company Board of Directors has appointed L. Gordon Crovitz, a member of the board since 2012 and former publisher of The Wall Street Journal, as interim CEO while the search for a new CEO is underway. Zecher has also resigned from the Board of Directors. “We would like to thank Linda for the progress made under her leadership, including the HMH Initial Public Offering, recruiting a world-class executive team, restructuring the Company to serve schools and students more effectively, migrating a significant part of the business to digital and launching a new consumer-focused effort,” stated Lawrence K. Fish, Chairman of the Board of Directors. click Read More below for the rest of the press release
It Also Plays Music From Your Favorite Shows
It seems Netflix is encouraging you to go as “anti-social” for Halloween. Its latest build-at-home hack device is a doorbell created especially for Trick-or-Treaters — so you don’t have to deal with them and carry on with your binge watching.
As Netflix helpfully points out, pause rates on its shows spike during Halloween night as people constantly get up to answer the door for the little gremlins. The doorbell (which can be created using the instructions here) fits over your usual chimer and can be set to play music from your favorite Netflix show (the video suggests “Stranger Things” — although maybe given the upcoming Election it could be “House of Cards”) when kids approach. What’s more, it tells the visitors you’re busy watching TV and won’t be coming to the door any time soon, but points them in the direction of your candy.
Whether this is actually better than the old, non-digital “basket on the doorstep” device at preventing you from answering the door we’re not sure. But it’s a great promotional tool for Netflix.
This is the latest “MakeIt” project for Netflix from Deeplocal, which you may remember was also behind the company’s holiday binge-watching socks and switch that let you dim the lights, order take out and start your streaming in one go.
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