Daily Dish: 8/12/2016

August 12, 2016

Arianna Huffington quitting her Post

The Huffington Post is going to be without a Huffington.

Editor-in-chief Arianna Huffington said that she’s leaving to head a new health, wellbeing and productivity startup.

“I thought HuffPost would be my last act,” Huffington said in a tweet. “But I’ve decided to step down as HuffPost’s editor-in-chief to run my new venture, Thrive Global.”

The one-time conservative commentator oversaw explosive growth at the liberal online news and blog site that she co-founded in 2005, which went on to win a Pulitzer in less than a decade.

The site is known for its celebrity and newsmaker blogs and was a pioneer in the “aggregation” model in online news, using articles and information from different news organizations and its own contributors. But within seven years, The Huffington Post had landed a Pulitzer Prize for national reporting on its series about wounded veterans.

It was a 2016 Pulitzer Prize finalist for national reporting for a multimedia project on opioid addiction.

Aside from its U.S. edition, The Huffington Post has 14 international editions in multiple languages.

“People were mocking blogs and mocking celebrities and she built a formidable media and political force,” said Jeff Jarvis, a journalism professor at CUNY in New York and well-known media commentator.

Broadway’s Laura Benanti expecting baby

TV and Broadway star Laura Benanti is pregnant, and she and her husband are expecting a baby girl this winter.

Benanti, who won a Tony Award in the Broadway revival of “Gypsy,” posted a photo online Wednesday of herself and her husband, Patrick Brown, each reading a copy of “What to Expect When You’re Expecting.” The caption read: “Doing a little research with Patrick!” Her publicist confirmed the news.

Benanti has made appearances on “Supergirl,” ″Nurse Jackie,” ″Nashville,” ″The Good Wife,” ″Go On” and NBC’s live version of “The Sound of Music.” She earned a Tony nomination last season on Broadway for “She Loves Me.”

The actress and singer also earned raves this election cycle for doing a spot-on impersonation of Melania Trump on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.”

Rihanna to be honored at MTV video awards

Rihanna’s work is being honored at the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards.

MTV announced Thursday that the 28-year-old pop star, who released her first album in 2005, will earn the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award at the Aug.

28 show in New York City. Rihanna will also perform at the awards show.

Her hits and highly viewed music videos include “Umbrella,” “We Found Love” and “Work.” She has won the VMA for video of the year twice.

Past recipients of the Video Vanguard Award include Madonna, Guns N’ Roses, Peter Gabriel, Beyonce, Justin Timberlake and Kanye West.

The VMAs will air live from Madison Square Garden. Beyonce is the leading nominee with 11, followed by Adele, who is up for eight moon men.

Disney’s ‘Elena’ keeping her throne

Disney’s first Latino princess will keep her throne: The TV series “Elena of Avalor” is getting a secondseason renewal.

The decision was announced Thursday, shortly after the July debut of the animated series on Disney Channel and Disney Junior.

Disney had already demonstrated its confidence in the project with extensive merchandise tie-ins, including dolls, books, accessories, a soundtrack and upcoming DVD. The Princess Elena character was introduced at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida, on Thursday and will make her bow at the Disneyland Resort in California this fall.

The series, which incorporates elements of Latin cultures and folklore, added to Disney’s once whitesonly princess universe. That has gradually expanded to include Asian, African-American, Native American and Middle Eastern royals in screen projects.