Last month’s event at City Winery’s NYC location on Varick Street was SRO. So too is this weekend’s repeat in northern California, when a second group of patrons will get the chance to pair half a dozen wines with half a dozen Spike Lee movies.
From a report in the Santa Rosa Press Democrat:
\"Spike’s films are so powerful that they have a terroir,\" said City Winery founder Michael Dorf…
\"In He Got Game, there’s an emotional scene about generational change and the father-son dynamic,\" Dorf said, \"so we went for generational change in a winemaking family\" and selected Catena’s Malbec.
The movies and wines selected for this the Sunday night event may be a little different than those sipped in Manhattan. Dorf has been a long-time fan of Lee, dating all the way back to when he launched The Knitting Factory in the mid-1980s.
Lee will discuss each movie highlighted, and bring along for further enjoyment his personal DJ. The events are designed to help promote the filmmaker’s latest offering, Da Sweet Blood of Jesus.
Jazmine Hughes has been named an associate digital editor for The New York Times Magazine. Hughes is a contributing writer at The Hairpin and previously served as a web producer for New York.
Hughes’ work has also appeared in The New Yorker, The New Republic and more.
In a memo to staffers, Times Mag editor Jake Silverstein said Hughes joining the team was “Great news for the magazine.”
For the second year in a row, President Obama has been left off of Fortune’s “World’s Greatest Leaders” list. That’s… Something.
The President didn’t make the cut of 50 people “judged on their leadership within their professional domains, industries, or fields of service or governance,” but Taylor Swift did.
The President didn’t make the cut of 50 people “with vision who moved others to act as well,” but Jimmy Fallon did.
The President didn’t make the cut of 50 people who have “the courage to pioneer,” but adamant pro-lifer Pope Francis did.
When reached for comment on Fortune’s omission, Obama replied “What list?”
Brad Dunn has been named senior VP, chief digital officer for Athlon Media Group/Parade.
Dunn is a veteran of the Parade brand, having served as executive editor of the magazine for eight years when it was owned by Advance Publications.
Dunn has most recently served as a consultant for AMG since last September.
At AMG, Dunn will report to Tracey Altman, AMG’s executive VP of sales, marketing, digital and content.
After last week’s head-spinning scene, where my lunch dates caused the most rubbernecking I’ve ever witnessed on a Wednesday at Michael’s, today I was more than happy to dine and dish with a trio of smart, savvy women whose accomplishments elicit applause, not raised eyebrows.
I was joined today by Katherine Nicholls, CEO of Niche Media and Mandi Norwood, the company’s SVP and editorial director. This afternoon’s confab was arranged by Cynthia Lewis, who, besides being the hardest working woman in publishing, happens to know just about everyone. A squadron of folks stopped by our table to say their hellos (Jack Kliger, Mickey Ateyeh and Jon Steinberg among them) before getting down to business at their usual perches, because lunch at Michael’s is never just about lunch. But you knew that already, didn’t you?
Katherine Nicholls, Diane Clehane and Mandi Norwood
Katherine and Mandi have transformed what has always been a stable of glossy, eye-catching lifestyle publications — Gotham, Hamptons and Ocean Drive among them — into a luxury brand that is equal parts substance and style. Niche Media is a subsidiary of Greengale Publishing, LLC and publishes city-specific publications which, in addition to the ones I’ve already mentioned, include: Aspen Peak, Boston Common, Capitol File, Los Angeles Confidential, Michigan Avenue, Philadelphia Style and Vegas magazines. The titles have a combined annual distribution of 4.6 million copies nationally. Katherine, who joined the company in 2007 as its chief marketing officer, has risen through the ranks as COO and president before assuming her current position last year. British-born Mandi, who edited her first magazine at the tender age of 25 and has topped the masthead of several publications at Hearst and Condé Nast, came on board in 2011. Working as a team, they’ve seemingly achieved the impossible in this era of rapidly shrinking (and vanishing) print titles. Not only have their books gotten thicker with ads over the past year (I needed two hands to pick up the latest issue of Ocean Drive), but they’ve added to their stable of regional titles with the very timely launch of Austin Way last fall. “There was a big gap in Texas,” said Katherine of the company’s decision to launch their first new title in five years. “There’s a huge benefit to being the first in this incredibly exciting market.”
In relaunching the brand, explained Katherine, it was important to develop and refine a collective mission statement for the titles. After canvasing the editors that helm each book, she came up with the three C’s. “We’re connectors, we captivate and celebrate with a conscience” is now the guiding principle. Lest you think the books aren’t focusing on the visual aspect of capturing an audience, Mandi told me that Niche Media’s Ann Song, vice president of fashion and creative, has “taken our content to the next level, made it sing and look super-stylish.” All the better to appeal to that “incredibly important” fashion crowd.
Each book is edited, said Mandi, with editorial covering “national trends seen through the local lens.” To wit: the upcoming ‘Women of Influence’ issues for each title, which will feature an impressive array of accomplished women, all with a connection to that respective area. NBC’s Tamron Hall is Philadelphia Style’s headliner, Arianna Huffington will be featured on the covers of Capitol File and Austin Way and Renee Fleming will grace Gotham‘s cover. (Full disclosure: I profiled the rest of the influential women for Gotham.)
Last summer’s special Arts issue featured original works by Peter Max across 10 covers, which were later auctioned off by charitybuzz.com and raised $100,000 for the Humane Society of the United States. It was a huge success, and Katherine told me the concept has been given a more local point of view this year. In July, the Art of the City summer issues will feature works of emerging artists from all 11 region on the books’ covers, with in-depth profiles inside. Each book will contribute to a local 501C3 organization benefiting the arts. “A lot of magazines do these big events selling themselves,” said Mandi. “We’re not about that. We have to have a reason for doing things. We want to make a difference.”
Katherine told me Niche Media gets forty percent of its audience through a significant investment in verified data from Nielsen Claritas and reaches the “aspirational reader,” its strategic distribution model in haute hotels, restaurants and resorts. With a “core target” of affluent readers aged 35-55, I asked Katherine where millennials fit into the brand’s overall strategy. Clearly, the magazines’ sleek, lively websites attracts younger readers who will find exclusive and constantly refreshed content there. But both Katherine and Mandi believe that it’s the magazine’s informed point of view and expertly curated content that lures younger readers from their mobile devices to actually picking up a magazine. “There’s a level of insider knowledge and expertise [in the magazines] that they can’t get from social media,” said Mandi. To that end, virtually all of Niche Media’s editors live and work in the cities they cover year in and year out. “We’re in the Hamptons all year,” said Katherine. “We don’t just come drop in for the season. Over the winter we held small business seminars for the locals there. We’re very engaged with the community.”
When dessert arrived (Fern Mallis’ red velvet birthday cake served up by Michael’s GM Steve Millington), Mandi and Katherine offered an intriguing assessment of the future of magazines. While other executives might bemoan the decline of print, Mandi and Katherine beg to differ. “If I had a crystal ball, I’d say bookstores will come back — not in a big way — but they will come back,” predicted Mandi. “In the not-so-distant future, there is going to be a new cachet about publishing, books and bookstores.” Katherine offered what would seem to be the best case for Mandi’s prognostication: “Any time we have a job opening, a hundred millennials apply trying to get out of working for digital companies. It’s their dream fulfilled to work for a magazine.”
Here’s the rundown on today’s crowd:
1. Fashionista Fern Mallis celebrating her birthday (thanks for sharing your cake!) with three pals including Mickey Ateyeh. Fern is going to be plenty busy in the next few weeks with her upcoming interview with Tim Gunn for the 92nd Street Y and her new book, Fashion Lives: Fashion Icons. Saks Fifth Avenue is throwing her a chic soirée next month. See you there!
2. Peter Brown
3. Cheri Kaufman
4. Jack Kliger and Greg Osberg
5. Allen & Co.’s Stan Shuman
6. Katherine Nicholls, Mandi Norwood, Cynthia Lewis and yours truly
8. New York Social Diary’s David Patrick Columbia and a well-heeled blonde gal we didn’t get to meet
9. Sara Beth Shrager
11. Uber agent Boaty Boatwright
12. David Poltrack of CBS
14. Simon & Schuster’s Alice Mayhew
16. United Stations Radio’s Nick Verbitsky
17. Playbill’s Bruce Hallett
18. Attorney Bob Barnett
20. NBC’s David Corvo
21. DailyMail North America’s CEO Jon Steinberg
23. Mark Makepeace
24. Philip Tedeschi
26. Peter Feld
27. The New York Post’s Richard Johnson, Chuck Pfeifer and Michael Mailer
29. The Wall Street Journal’s David Sanford and Lewis Stein
Faces in the crowd: The dashing Theo Spilka, who we learned bikes to and from his office at Firmenich every day. I asked him how he fared during this snowy season and he admitted that “the snow did get in the way.” I finally met one person that just might be a tad happier than I am that this endless winter is finally coming to a close.
Diane Clehane is a FishbowlNY contributor. Follow her on Twitter @DianeClehane. Send comments and corrections on this column to LUNCH at MEDIABISTRO dot COM.
TVNewser: Bill O’Reilly said he thinks NBC should — and will — bring Brian Williams back. That O’Reilly, such a softy.
TVSpy: If you’re going to act a fool, maybe don’t do it places where there are hundreds of cameras around.
PRNewser: Ok Go’s shitty music is featured in another ad. Enjoy, everyone.
A few weeks ago, there was all sorts of online fury hurled in the direction of Deadline co-editor-in-chief Mike Fleming Jr. when he failed to credit the website Latino Review for a Spider-Man-related scoop. Kellvin Chavez started off his March 2 item by revealing that he had been working for weeks on confirming the news; but nowhere in Fleming’s same-day post was that reporter’s work mentioned or linked.
Fleming will likely tell you that he was separately working on the same scoop track all along, and that once Chavez posted, he shared what he had been preparing. But the rule of the Hollywood biz Internet is that if you get beaten to the punch, no matter whether you’re already in the same ring, it’s common courtesy to acknowledge the journalist who officially broke it first.
Cut to 6:30 p.m. PT last night. In the wake of the perceived Spider-Man slight and other similar situations involving Deadline, the Twittersphere was primed to attack. That’s exactly what happened within moments of Deadline’s other co-EIC Nellie Andreeva posting a very clumsily headlined article about a mainline trend in this year’s TV pilot season.
A majority of the objectionable and shocking observations in Andreeva’s piece come from the talent agents and personal managers she sourced. Things like:
“Basically 50% of the roles in a pilot have to be ethnic, and the mandate goes all the way down to guest parts,” one talent representative said.
However, thanks to the terrible headline, some additionally awkward Andreeva commentary paragraphs and the overall need of a feature like this to be handled with extra-special editing care (which it apparently wasn’t), all social media hell broke loose. There would have been bedlam no matter what; but the extra level of animosity directed at Deadline in the past 24 hours has a lot to do, also, with the site’s perceived elitism.
Furthermore, Deadline’s decision to stick with the casting industry jargon term of “ethnic/ethnics” and use that term throughout without quote demarcations only served to compound the outrage.
Problem #1: University of Pennsylvania student newspaper The Daily Pennsylvanian has, for decades now, chosen to release its annual April Fool’s issue way before April 1. So from that straight-up calendar end, there’s no way for folks to be aware that it’s one big annual joke.
Problem #2: On Twitter (and in the unwitting Vanity Fair pick-up), blogger Joanna Robinson uses the term “Updated” when it really should be “Corrected.” Updated would apply if, say, a rep for the school or Watson had confirmed further details of her post-Brown Penn plans. Corrected is the term to use when there was never a chance in Harry Potter hell that this was true.
Problem #3: The name of Watson’s “publicist” in the Daily Pennsylvanian gag item was a dead giveaway. As noted by philly.com’s Nick Vadala:
\"Kingsley Pennyton\" is the fakest British name ever conceived. And, not only that, but there’s one primary result for that name in Google — the Daily Pennsylvanian’s article.
According to Vadala, the other major outlet fooled early by the Watson item was the International Business Times AU. Amazingly, the bylined reporter for the student newspaper Watson item, Shoba Babu, is… real.
P.S. The “JOKE ISSUE:” portion of the headline above was added sometime after publication.
This is a homecoming for Marcoux, as she previously served as design editor for Coastal Living.
Marcoux returns to Time Inc. from Hearst’s Country Living, where she served as executive editor. She will begin her new role April 6.
In related news, Time Inc. announced that group editor Sid Evans will be “deepening his involvement with the day-to-day operations at Coastal Living.” He also oversees Southern Living and Cooking Light.
Likewise, group editor Clare McHugh will add oversight of Sunset and This Old House to her existing portfolio of Health and All You.
If a woman has sex with a tree in the forest, does the media hear it? Actually, the good news is that only a few American outlets have paid attention to a recent story in the UK edition of Closer magazine suggesting that unlucky-in-human-love 31-year-old Emma McCabe is now having weekly trysts with a poplar tree she likes to call “Tim.”
The Closer cover line for this one reads: ‘I have sex every week with my tree – his bark turns me on.’ Inside, the print edition article keeps right on going at the rate of about a-pun-a-sentence:
Growing up, Emma loved the outdoors, but it wasn’t until adulthood that she realized how deep-rooted her feelings toward trees were.
Commenters at the foxnews.com and cosmopolitan.com ends are having an equally fun time with the pun possibilities. Extra FishbowlNY points to the first person who mentions “Greenpiece.”
Vogue’s April issue features a photo shoot that captures Justin Bieber at his most Justin Bieber-ness. Photographed by Mario Testino, the 21-year-old “musician” has his arm on Kendall Jenner because she is an object.
As for looks, this is classic Bieber — a lot of effort has been put into appearing effortless. Bieber tells Vogue that he has been “on the low” working on his new album, but now he is “ready to get back on the grind” because that is something assholes say.
If this isn’t peak Bieber, we don’t know what is. Okay, maybe him at the Heat game (pictured, right). Other than that, nothing can top this.
There’s some explosive stuff in the book about Woody Allen. Hemingway also shares an even more blatant in-kind memory involving her Star 80 director:
They [Hemingway, Bob Fosse] were drinking one night at the Beverly Hills Hotel and Fosse wanted to go upstairs: The elevator let us off at my floor. I let us into my room. And then, for the next 15 minutes, I ran rings around the couch while Bob Fosse chased me for purposes of sex. ‘I have a boyfriend,’ I said.
That didn’t dissuade him one bit… ‘Well, I’m not interested,’ I said.
This stopped him for a moment. He steadied himself on the couch and looked at me. ‘I have never not [blanked] my leading lady,’ he said.
Hemingway’s retort: ‘Meet the first.’
The book, with a title that is cleverly evocative of The Sun Also Rises, comes out April 7. Along with a companion tome aimed at younger female readers, Invisible Girl. Read the rest of Kurtz’s piece here.
[Jacket cover courtesy: Regan Arts]
We’re big fans of Bomani Jones, so it’s exciting to hear that he’s getting his own national radio show. Jones will host The Right Time with Bomani Jones weekdays at 9 pm. The program will be available via ESPN Radio.
Jones’ show will feature “provocative opinions, relevant guests and listener interaction while discussing topical issues,” according to an announcement.
Jones’ show is part of a new weekday lineup for ESPN Radio. The Sedano Show, hosted by Jorge Sedano, kicks things off at 7 pm. It is followed by The Right Time, with The Freddie Coleman Show — hosted by Freddie Coleman — wrapping things up at 11.
Prayuth Chan-ocha, Thailand’s Prime Minister, is not a fan of the country’s media. One month after proclaiming that he could shut down every outlet if he wanted to, Chan-ocha doubled down.
According to Reuters, Chan-ocha — who took office after toppling Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra in a coup last year — explained to a group of reporters “You don’t have to support the government, but you should report the truth.”
When Chan-ocha was asked what he would do about those journalists who do not follow the government’s guidelines, he replied “We’ll probably just execute them.” Tough, but fair.
The New York Times recently cut 100 from its newsroom staff in an effort to reduce costs. For those above the fray — like publisher and chairman Arthur Sulzberger Jr. — the days aren’t so cloudy. Proving that there’s always plenty of money at the top, Sulzberger is about get paid $6.8 million for the 2014 fiscal year.
Sulzberger’s big payday — a 28 percent increase over 2013 — will set in once Times Company shareholders gather on May 6 for an annual meeting.
WWD reports that Sulzberger is due a base salary of $1.1 million, $2 million in stock, $2.3 million in non-equity pay, $1.3 million in pension, and $186,405 in “other compensation.” Man, what we wouldn’t give to have a section on our paychecks for “other compensation.”
The cover of Go Set a Watchman, the new novel from the brilliantly concise Harper Lee, has been unveiled.
The book was penned before To Kill a Mockingbird and follows Mockingbird character Scout Finch’s journey to visit her father, Atticus Finch. It is set 20 years after the events of Mockingbird.
Now that we have all seen the cover, please feel free to overanalyze it. We know we will.
Time has made some changes to its art department’s team. Details are below.Carrie Gee recently joined as senior art director. She came to Time from Adweek, where she most recently served as design director. Jennifer Prandato also recently joined Time as a freelance iPad/iPhone/print designer. Prandato was previously an intern at The Boston Globe. Allison Duda has been promoted to associate art director. She has previously worked at Time Out New York and freelanced for New York and People StyleWatch. Duda has been with Time since 2012. Chelsea Kardokus has been promoted to assistant art director. She has previously worked at The Staten Island Advance, The Wall Street Journal and The Chicago Tribune.
Matthew Wald, who previously worked as a reporter at The New York Times, joins the Nuclear Energy Institute as senior director of policy analysis and strategic planning. He left the paper of record in December after taking a buyout. Jack Bell, another former Timesman, is now a senior media specialist with the North American Soccer League… Angel Rodriguez leaves The Washington Post for the Los Angeles Times, where he’ll be the sports editor. He had been deputy editor for mobile innovation at WaPo… The International Business Times hires ex-Vocativ reporter Eric Markowitz as senior writer, Rolling Stone researcher Owen Davis as financial writer and In These Times staff writer Cole Stangler in the same position… Philip Klein scores a promotion to managing editor at the Washington Examiner. David Freddoso takes over Klein’s old position as commentary editor there…
Details recruits the New York Post‘s John Vorwald as digital editorial director. He had been deputy editor, digital, at the Post and once worked as managing editor of the New York Observer and editorial director of BlackBook Media, among other gigs… Julie Weed takes over the legal marijuana beat at Forbes and inspires 100 blog puns… Nylon Media adds Carrie Reynolds as president of revenue. She joins from XO Group, where she had been vice president, national enterprise sales and custom marketing solutions… Read More