ContentNext Hires Research Director

Santa Monica-based ContentNext Media, the parent company of digital media publisher, said this morning that it has hired Lauren Rich Fine, CFA, as Research Director at the firm. ContentNext said that Fine will author research reports and briefing notes on the digital media industry for the firm. Fine joins the firm from Merrill Lynch, where she was a managing director in Equity Research; she is also a practitioner in residence at Kent State University's College of Communication and Information. ContentNext Media operates the,, and paidContent:UK web sites; the firm was acquired by Guardian Media in July.