Ad Age has named Cosmopolitan editor Joanna Coles Editor of The Year. Coles said Cosmo’s history keeps it relevant to readers.
“Some brands come and go, but Cosmo is still very much in the ascendancy, I think, as women’s lives open up,” explained Coles.
Coles is certainly deserving of the honor, especially since she made a point to Ad Age that she was not solely responsible for Cosmo’s success.
“I don’t want you to make me seem like a megalomaniac,” said Coles. “It’s a massive team effort.”
Also, congrats to Bon Appétit, Ad Age’s Magazine of The Year.
Vice’s cable TV channel Viceland is set to launch February 29, so naturally Vice co-founder and CEO Shane Smith is eager to talk about it. In an interview with The Huffington Post, he did so in the most Vice way possible.
Smith explained that Viceland will cover news, food, travel, and culture. But in a totally radical extreme to the max way. Of course.
“We don’t want to be your parents’ news show,” said Smith. “We want to be new and innovative. The thing about being new and innovative, you have to try a lot of things first to find out what works because it hasn’t been done before.”
IBT Media, publisher of Newsweek and The International Business Times, has named Alvaro Palacios chief operating officer.
Palacios previously served as head of US operations for Televisa Publishing + Digital.
In related IBT Media news, the company’s direct sales team will now report directly to CMO Mitchell Caplan.
“Shifting the sales team to report in to him is a natural evolution of that vision and we are excited for that team’s continued collaboration,” explained IBT Media CEO Etienne Uzac.
The New York Times has launched a Spanish-language news site, hosted at NYTimes.com/es. The mobile-centric site will feature some curated and translated Times content along with original reporting from a team based in Mexico City.
Times staffers working in Mexico include Alberto Arce, Veronica Calderon, Paulina Chavira, Paula Duran, Albinson Linares and Dulce Ramos. NYTimes.com/es is edited by Elias Lopez.
“We are thrilled to offer a robust selection of the best New York Times journalism to readers in Spanish,” said Times assistant editor for international Joseph Kahn, in a statement. “We have long had the the most probing, impactful coverage of Latin America. Now a first-rate team will bring that journalism, along with a curated selection of our full news and opinion report and some customized offerings, to regional readers in their own language.”
Michael Kinsley is joining The Washington Post as a contributing columnist for its opinion pages.
Kinsley previously served as editor for The New Republic and editor of The Los Angeles Times editorial page. He has contributed to Vanity Fair since 2014, and he’ll continue to do so.
In related news, Barton Swaim has also joined WaPo’s opinion team. He has contributed to WaPo, The Wall Street Journal and more.
This is an extremely classy move by the NFC champs. One that will perhaps only be topped at game time in terms of local popularity by the recruitment of an area champion to help with the entrance portion of today’s Super Bowl.
— Carolina Panthers (@Panthers) February 7, 2016
Speaking of the Panthers and full-page newspaper ads, Business Insider sports editor Cork Gaines has a fun look back this weekend at another similar effort involving a member of the team. The ad ran in the Charlotte Observer.[In turn, we’d like to say thanks to the FishbowlNY reader who tipped us today about the Chronicle ad.]
How cool is the illustration on the front page of today’s Denver Post?
Alison Borden, the designer at the paper responsible for the illustration, summarizes herself as follows on LinkedIn: ‘I love newsprint. Even when it smudges.’ Ha ha. And we bet a whole host of Broncos fans picking up today’s Sunday edition will feel the same way.
From today’s sidebar about the news designer:
“It’s funny because I actually really hate sports,” Borden said. “I call myself ‘asportual.’ But I thought this was a way I could do something for the Super Bowl and help the paper.”
The painting, based off a photograph, took Borden 10 to 12 hours to complete.
Ha ha, love that term “asportual.” This is Borden’s artistic debut in the pages of the paper.
In the accompanying front-page cover story, Broncos beat writer Troy E. Renck constructs several artful phrases, including:
Determination rages inside Manning’s mind, leaving him searching for answers when others don’t even see the questions.
San Jose Mercury News music critic Jim Harrington states it plainly and clearly at the top of his review of Saturday night’s two-hour Metallica extravaganza at AT&T Park in San Francisco:
Metallica, the biggest Bay Area band of all time, would’ve been the perfect choice to headline the Super Bowl 50 Halftime Show.
Yet, the NFL obviously had other ideas…
Saturday night’s concert was promoted as “The Night Before.” But from the stage, Metallica lead singer and guitarist Jim Hetfield announced the band was calling the show “Too Heavy for Halftime.” And some in the audience had T-shirts to match, thanks to some timely work by Metallica’s merchandising crew.
Harrington gives Metallica full marks for rocking out the way they did Saturday night after 35 years and 100 million plus albums sold:[Bassist Robert] Trujillo was in constant motion for much of the night, plucking at his instrument in ways that would’ve made his hero — late, great jazz bassist Jaco Pastorius — proud. Hetfield sounded strong on the microphone, especially on the stunning version of “The Unforgiven,” while [drummer Lars] Ulrich was the battery that made the whole thing go.
Yet, [lead guitarist Kirk] Hammett was the most impressive of the bunch, charging “Master of Puppets,” “Welcome Home (Sanitarium)” and other numbers with absolutely electrifying leads.
— 107.7 The Bone (@1077TheBone) February 7, 2016
Better than the halftime show for sure!!!! @metallica is “TOO HEAVY FOR HALFTIME”!!!!!
— Ryan Oehlert (@ryanoeh) February 7, 2016
I would love to see Metallica, AC/DC, or System of a Down perform during the Super Bowl Halftime but they’re all too heavy for Halftime
"Too heavy for halftime" might have just become my favorite thing to say #metallica
— thrøugh the nevah (@TheGreenParade) February 7, 2016
"Too Heavy for Halftime" pic.twitter.com/LZff6cNS4N
— San Francisco Giants (@SFGiants) February 7, 2016
When OC Weekly’s Gustavo Arellano deemed Pedro Moura (pictured) “Best Reporter” for the alt-weekly’s 2015 Best-of issue, he ended his praise with the following:
Be warned, Orange County Register editors: Moura is a rising star destined for Grantland or Vice Sports unless you treat — and pay — him well.
Arellano was half-right. On Friday, the Los Angeles Times announced that it is the outlet that has snagged Moura away from the paper. At the Register, Moura covered both the Dodgers and the Angels. For the LAT, he will be the Angels beat writer:
Moura is a native of Santa Clarita and a graduate of USC. He speaks Portuguese and conversational Spanish. On the Angels beat, Moura is taking the baton from one of the best: Mike DiGiovanna.
DiGiovanna’s amazing run as Angels beat writer has spanned 20 years and, outside of two seasons covering the Dodgers in 2002 and 2003, he has been front and center on every major Angels story, setting a standard for excellence and professionalism.
DiGiovanna will continue to continue coverage of the Angels, Dodgers and, soon, Rams.
— Mike DiGiovanna (@MikeDiGiovanna) February 5, 2016
In the Vice News vertical “Right to Die,” the most recent current story involves the December 2015 legalization of euthanasia in province of Quebec and the first subsequent Canadian patient put to death legally by a doctor. The item was written by Rachel Browne, who moved over to Vice Canada from Maclean’s magazine.
In a few weeks, on the fourth season of Vice’s HBO series debuting tonight, that same general topic will be explored. From Michael Calderone’s chat with Shane Smith:
Smith said the third episode of the season, “Right to Die,” is like “nothing like I’ve ever seen on TV, let alone on our HBO show.”
“I’m haunted by it,” Smith added later. “I’m mesmerized by it… I just can’t stop thinking about it.”
That’s a heck of an endorsement. Biased, yes. But given all the potent Vice content Smith has ingested over the years, for one to cut through and have that sort of residual impact says a lot. There’s no preview info yet on the HBO Vice website for Episode 403, which will premiere Saturday Feb. 20.
[Screen grab via: vice.com]
Indian restaurant Babu Ji, located on Avenue B just north of East 11th Street, is a smash hit. Just a few weeks after Claudine Ko wrote an item for the New York Post headlined “Is This Restaurant Really Worth the Wait?,” locals answered with a resounding “yes” by standing outside for upwards of an hour for a table in the recent record-breaking recent blizzard.
That tidbit and more is laid out this weekend in Australian newspaper The Age. Before moving from Melbourne to New York in late 2014, Indian chef Jessi Singh and his wife Jennifer operated three successful restaurants Down Under (one of which was also named Babu Ji). They opened their Alphabet City locale in May 2015 and benefited very quickly from the power of social media:
“We had three quiet days,” says Singh. Then Adam Platt, the critic from New York magazine, arrived. He enjoyed Singh’s goat curry with blackberries, the hung yoghurt kebab and the potato croquettes in pineapple sauce.
“He tweeted about it and that was it,” says Singh. “We had a line down the street the next night and no quiet days since.”
The Age article includes an interesting comparison of the pair’s track record in Australia relative to their meteoric success in New York. Meanwhile, in a year-end look at 2015’s “Best New Restaurants,” the aforementioned Platt led off alphabetically with Babu Ji, which is open for dinner nightly from 5:30 p.m. to 11 p.m.
[Image via: babujinyc.com]
Les Moonves moves up at CBS Corp. The CEO and president takes over the chairman spot from Sumner Redstone, who’s seen his role reduced in recent years. “I am honored to accept the chairmanship of this great Company,” Moonves said in a statement. “I want to thank Sumner for his guidance and strong support over all these years. It has meant the world to me.” The stock spiked on the news. Meanwhile, Philippe Dauman is the new executive chairman at Viacom, replacing Redstone. Dauman had been president and CEO of the company. “In choosing a successor to Sumner, the board considered the need for seasoned leadership in this time of unprecedented change, Philippe’s business experience and unparalleled knowledge of Viacom and his long-term vision for the company,” said William Schwartz, a Viacom board member, in a statement…
Ellen Rosenbush goes back to the top of Harper’s after a spell as editor at large. The reason? Christopher Cox, who replaced her just three months ago, was fired by publisher John MacArthur following a fight about a cover redesign. The move “came as a complete surprise,” Cox says, which is fair, considering the fanfare he received when hired. Still, the move isn’t totally unprecedented in the long, rocky history of its editorial decisions… Maxim loses publisher Kevin Martinez after two years… Condé Nast Traveler poaches Mark Lloyd, Peter St. John and Parker Bowab from The New York Times. The trio will work on the ad side…
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“March 8, 1971… Ali, Frazier… My new birthday. That’s when it hit me. Don’t know why some things hit you at one time and not the other, but they do. And then wham, bam… I had what I like to call an epiphanistic experience of pure religiosity.”
“You see, you had all these young black fighters getting their heads beat in for a bunch of rich white promoters. Rich, white men like Bob Arum. Not a brother in the bunch!”
“Now in nature, that’s what they call a black hole. And nature abhors a black hole, baby. Yes sir! I didn’t serve time… I made time serve me.”
When it came time to hand out the hardware for Best Actor in a Miniseries or Television Movie Golden Globe that night, the category presenters were Alan Rickman and Jada Pinkett Smith. It is of course Smith this season whose articulated feelings kicked the #OscarsSoWhite juggernaut into high gear.
So here’s what we’re thinking. On the night of Sunday Feb. 28, when Sylvester Stallone inevitably wins Best Supporting Actor for Creed, he will have arranged to have Idris Elba in the wings. And as part of his acceptance speech, he will call Elba on stage and share the moment.
It would be a twist on the Ving Rhames-Jack Lemmon golden moment that occurred Jan. 18, 1998, one that would allow everyone in the Dolby room to exhale and cheer. Coincidentally, Pinkett announcing with delight the name of Rhames as the winner came just a few weeks after she had married Will Smith (on New Year’s Eve, 1997).
A boxing-drama moment to boxing-drama moment. Unfolding 76 years after Hattie McDaniel became the first African-American to win an Oscar. A writer can dream for a sequel to their all-time favorite awards show moment, right?
Previously on FishbowlNY:
In 1996, #OscarsSoWhite Was a People Magazine Cover Story
According to WWD, Condé Nast artistic director and Vogue editor Anna Wintour did not like the styling of the cover, which led to “tense moments” with AD editor Margaret Russell. Fans on AD’s Instagram were also upset, calling the cover “tasteless and disappointing,” among other things.
An AD spokesperson defended the Kardashian cover, telling WWD “Margaret Russell chose to do two covers, a celebrity-driven one for newsstand to introduce the magazine to new readers, and another featuring a beautiful interior for our subscribers to enjoy.”
We don’t know what everyone expected. It’s a celebrity-centric issue; the Kardashians are celebrities. Maybe find another target for your anger.
Maxim publisher Kevin Martinez—who came aboard just two years ago—has left the magazine.
In a statement to The New York Post, Maxim said the split was amicable. “We agree with Kevin that the right decision was to move on,” said the spokesperson.
This is just the latest move at Maxim, which can’t seem to steady a rocking ship. Early last month, Maxim owner Sardar Biglari decided to name himself editor in chief of the magazine too. So we’ll give you one guess who the new publisher is.
Unsurprisingly, Kelly has signed with HarperCollins. HarperCollins is a subsidiary of News Corp, which owns Fox News, which happens to employ Kelly. Funny how the world works.
In a statement, HarperCollins senior vice president for creative development Lisa Sharkey heaped praise upon Kelly.
“Megyn Kelly is among the most interesting and influential people in America today and we are thrilled to be publishing her first book,” said Sharkey. “This book is coming out at the perfect time and is bound to be one of the most read and talked about books of the fall.”
Like most media companies, News Corp is dealing with plummeting print ad dollars. The company reported its second quarter earnings and revenue was down for the fourth straight quarter.
For the second quarter 2016, total revenue was down four percent compared to 2Q 2015, to $2.16 billion. Revenue at News Corp’s news and information unit—which accounts for about 65 percent of total revenue—was down eight percent compared to the same period last year.
News Corp CEO Robert Thomson explained that the declines were part of the ever-shifting media climate.
“In our news and information services segment, print advertising remained challenged, but we are seeing growth in digital advertising and circulation revenues,” said Thomson. “We are particularly focused on cost reductions and sharing services around News Corp. to streamline operations at the newspapers in Australia and the U.K.”
Condé Nast and Hearst Magazines have joined forces to create PubWorx, an independent company that will handle production, procurement and circulation for both publishing houses.
Al Perruzza, most recently executive vice president, business operations at Reader’s Digest, will lead PubWorx as CEO. He’ll report to a board that includes Condé and Hearst Magazines execs.
“Having the two parent companies as its first clients sets PubWorx up for success and we are looking forward to the new company developing untapped business opportunities with its unique position in the market,” said Condé president and CEO Bob Sauerberg, in an announcement.
David Carey, president of Hearst Magazines, added that he was “thrilled to continue building our business relationship with Condé Nast.”