When our Lunch columnist Diane Clehane sat down a few weeks ago with W magazine editor in chief Stefano Tonchi, he teased that the cover of the 10th Anniversary Art Issue would feature “two women who together have more than 100 million followers on social media.” That cover is now here and many of those followers have been focusing on an element they perceived to be missing.
What happened to Kendall Jenner and Gigi Hadid’s knees, fans wondered? The media soon picked up on the idea that the anatomical feature had been accidentally removed. But it turns out it was intentional, part of a cheeky nod from the pair who worked from the photo taken by Jason Kibbler. One of the few in the media who got it right was Yahoo Style writer Hayley Fitzpatrick:
It’s important to into take account that the magazine’s project, dubbed “placebo pets,” is the brainchild of renowned digital artists Lizzie Fitch and Ryan Trecartin. Within the artistic spread, the models are purposely digitally altered and morphed into humanoid creatures. Although the cover lacks the distinct editing that’s obvious in other shots, it’s hard to believe that such a mistake could have been overlooked. It’s likely part of the artist’s vision for the project.
A spokesperson for W chimes in post-publication at the bottom of a BuzzFeed screed, explaining: “The images of Kendall and Gigi are part of a project by artists Fitch and Trecartin, who are known for their deliberate use of digital technology, combining distortions with makeup and prosthetics.” Check out more photos from the Jenner-Hadid cover story here.
Oct. 22, 2016 will go down as a momentous day in American media and sports history. AT&T agreed to acquire Time Warner for $85.4 billion and, if all is approved, expects the deal to close by the end of 2017, while the Chicago Cubs won their first National League pennant since 1945.
For long-suffering Cubs fans, the key year dates back further, to the last time their team won a World Series in 1908. To put that milestone in Time Warner terms, we turn to an interesting compilation of the company’s genealogy:
Harry Warner, who operated a circuit of nickelodeons with his brothers in western Pennsylvania, began to buy films for his Pittsburgh-based Duquesne Amusement Supply Company in April 1907. They were forced to sell the business in 1910 because Thomas Edison, the inventor of numerous technical aspects of film production, held many patents through which he tried to control the burgeoning film industry.
The Warners temporarily turned to movie making. Warner and his brother Sam went to St. Louis to make a film, The Perils of the Plains, which was of poor quality and did not do well at the box office. After Edison’s trust was legally broken, the Warners returned to distribution temporarily and then, in 1912, tried to get production started again.
A century later, U.S. anti-trust issues may wind up scuttling the AT&T deal. The Cubs were back in the World Series in 1910, losing in five games to the Philadelphia Athletics. And with regards to the aforementioned Western The Perils of the Plains, starring Chicago native Dot Farley, it was shot in less time than it will take to decide the next World Series champ: three days.
We were actively wondering this week about the status of the ongoing Tronc-Gannett negotiations, in the wake of Ken Doctor’s Politico Media report that the acquisition deal could be announced as early as Monday Oct. 3. Late Friday afternoon, Doctor provided us with the answer:
Given the always-to-be-expected unexpected delays in getting a deal done, “soon” would have been a better choice of words [than “imminent”]. “Soon” is still the best word, but now, we can attach a few specific considerations to the timing.
Next week appears to mark a witching hour, in which a trio of portentous elements and significant dates converges to create a massive and transformative shift in the fortunes of the daily news business.
Doctor, as usual, has some great inside-track details. In his notes about the final of those three portentous elements, he notes the irony of the Tronc-Gannett deal being held up by paperwork. Doctor also mentions another “soon” scenario, one that has always made wishful sense to FishbowlNY: the possibility of Tronc investor Patrick Soon-Shiong negotiating as part of all this a purchase of the L.A. Times.
When Astley spoke recently with AP global entertainment and lifestyles editor Nekesa Mumbi Moody, he explained that his daughter was the one who helped him understand the enduring brand-value of the rick-roll phenomenon. He also gave a nice shout out to YouTube user Hugh Atkin:
“There have been some really, really clever things done with that song. It has not just been rick-roll. There have been so many different things. One of my favorites is they got (President Barack) Obama to sing “Never Gonna Give You Up” (in a mash-up video) or say it at least, which I thought was brilliant. I mean, it’s obviously somebody with too much time on their hands, but they also did that with Mad Men as well.
Astley also told Moody that he holds no grudge against journalists who made fun of him back in the day.
Album cover courtesy: BMG
The latest quarterly issue also the publication’s 10th anniversary edition. While Stay Thirsty magazine was sparked by sad family circumstances, the years since have proved to be life-affirming in so many ways for Dusty Sang, president of Stay Thirsty Media Inc.
“The magazine was founded on the philosophy of my son, Ryan Licht Sang, to “stay thirsty” for all things from the creative mind,” Sang tells FishbowlNY. “He had seen those words written in sidewalk cement near his home in Chicago.”
“Ryan tragically passed away from bipolar disorder at the age of 24 in 2004,” he continues. “Two years later, his close friends came over to visit with my wife and me to talk about Ryan. Growing out of that visit, Ryan’s friends and I decided to found this magazine. I formed Stay Thirsty Media, Inc. and gave shares to Ryan’s friends so they too had a stake in this enterprise. The first issue was published on Sept. 1, 2006.”
“The mission of the Ryan Licht Sang Bipolar Foundation is to foster awareness, understanding and research for early-onset bipolar disorder,” Sang explains. “We’re also on a “Quest for the Test” to find an empirical, bio-marker test for Bipolar Disorder and we work with the Adolescent Depression Awareness Program from Johns Hopkins Medicine that is designed for high school students, their parents and their teachers to help spread awareness and education about bipolar disorder, depression, suicide and bullying in order to change the stigma associated with illnesses of the brain.”
Check out the full Fall Issue here.
Previously on FishbowlNY:
Stay Thirsty Talks to an NYPD Legend
Joe Klein Pays Heed to the Combat Veterans Mission
Photo courtesy: Dusty Sang
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In a memo to Wall Street Journal staff, editor in chief Gerard Baker reveals that the deadline to apply for a 2016 voluntary-severance-benefit buyout package is 11:59 p.m. ET Oct. 31. E.g., the same day that people around the world honor a costume tradition rooted in a bygone desire to dress up so as to be mistaken by returning ghosts as a fellow spirit.
The death knell for this media-industry Gallows’ Eve is email@example.com. Baker announced that the buyout offer is open to news employees worldwide, on both the management and non-management sides. From today’s memo:
I regret of course the need for such a move and I appreciate deeply the dedication all of you continue to show through challenging times. Thanks to your hard work, the news department continues to produce world-class journalism every day and I’m confident this process is the right one to set us on the right footing for renewed growth in the years ahead.
When the worldwide downturn in print newspaper advertising and the growing digital dominance of Apple, Google and Facebook start affecting papers like the Journal, it’s a scary proposition indeed.
Previously on FishbowlNY:
Cuts Likely Coming to WSJ
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The New York Daily News wants America to “bury Trump in a landslide.” The cover of this morning’s edition is supported by a 14-part editorial demanding that voters punish Trump on November 8.
“Trump’s reckless willingness to damage trust in the electoral process — in order to save face and hold leadership of the paranoid wing of U.S. politics — is the most pressing reason why voters must defeat him in a landslide,” explained the Daily News.
The massive piece destroys Trump in every way possible. Don’t believe us? Check out the chapters’ titles:
That about covers it.
The New York Times has made a few changes to its international team. Jim Yardley has been named Europe editor and Greg Winter has been tapped as deputy international editor.
Yardley most recently served as the Times’ Rome bureau chief. He is succeeding Dick Stevenson, who has served as Europe editor for the past three and a half years. Stevenson’s next appointment will be announced soon.
Winter most recently served as a foreign desk editor. He has been with the Times since 2000.
If you noticed the internet acting wonky this morning, it’s not just you and/or your computer. A slew of sites were disrupted as hackers launched a massive distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack on the servers of Dyn, a popular hosting company.
A DDoS attack involves hackers flooding servers with so much traffic that they can’t perform. Dyn’s statement:
Starting at 11:10 UTC on October 21th-Friday 2016 we began monitoring and mitigating a DDoS attack against our Dyn Managed DNS infrastructure. Some customers may experience increased DNS query latency and delayed zone propagation during this time. Updates will be posted as information becomes available.
Impacted sites included Twitter, Reddit, Etsy, Soundcloud, Spotify, The Verge, Wired, People, Recode and many, many more.
Gretchen Carlson, the former Fox News staffer who began the end of Roger Ailes, graces the latest cover of Time.
Carlson was awarded a $20 million settlement with Fox News after she sued Ailes for sexual harassment. Her decision led to a snowball effect, with more and more women publicly accusing Ailes of sexual misconduct. Eventually, Ailes lost his role at Fox News, the very network he helped create and make into a fear-mongering, money machine.
In the Time interview, Carlson explained that since coming forward about Ailes, she has heard from women from all walks of life.
“I think this [sexual harassment in the workplace] is happening every single day to women in all walks of life and in all different types of corporations,” said Carlson. “I’ve heard from so many women, from Wall Street to a tiny little town in Alabama. It’s everywhere. We need more women in higher roles, because the tone for sexual harassment would no doubt be different.”
The Time issue featuring Carlson is on newsstands today.
NBCUniversal is in talks to double its stake in BuzzFeed with a $200 million investment. The company previously invested $250 million in BuzzFeed last summer.
According to Recode, the deal would value BuzzFeed at about $1.7 billion.
A BuzzFeed spokesperson didn’t want to talk about the deal.
“We have a great relationship with NBCU. We’re always talking about broadening the relationship as part of our plan to grow as an independent company.”
Bonnier Corporation has named Doug Evans director of business development in its events division, a new role at the company.
Evans is chairman of the board for the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA). He most recently served as executive vice president and chief operating officer for Luken Communications.
“Doug’s experience and expertise in special-interest media and event sales leadership are virtually unrivaled,” said Tom Weber, president of Bonnier’s Events Group, in a statement. “He excels at identifying and executing comprehensive programs that garner maximum results. We’re excited to see how he takes our events sales strategy to the next level.”
So emailed one theater critic a few weeks ago when informed that Scott Rudin, producer of the Broadway revival of The Front Page, had decided to forego the usual preview routine for critics and force them to attend opening night. And now, here we are, with the production starring Nathan Lane and John Slattery having debuted Thursday at New York’s Broadhurst Theatre.
At the end of a mixed review, Deadline’s Jeremy Gerard notes:
I believe Rudin hoped to recapture the spirit of a lost era, when we ink-stained kvetches tore up the aisle the moment the curtain came down, beating the paying customers to the Checker cabs lined up outside, to pound out our reviews in time for the early edition. There are no more Checker cabs, no more early editions, barely any newspapers to speak of. But there’s still us, and if anyone thinks we can’t turn it out on a dime and a prayer, you haven’t been paying attention to the world of the 24/7 news cycle.
Others proving they could handle the Rudin hard-court press include TheWrap’s Robert Hofler, who contrasts the way things used to be written with the way he filed his piece:
I now know why plays used to be written in three acts: The critics wrote their reviews during the intermissions. If that’s the way producers want their multi-million-dollar shows to be reviewed, so be it. One thing Brooks Atkinson and other golden-age critics never experienced is filing their review on a laptop at the Sardi’s opening night party, across the street from the Broadhurst. It had the closest internet connection.
Finally, it seems only fitting to also include the first review piped over to Chicago, the city where The Front Page is set. For the Tribune, Chris Jones wryly reminds of a New York Times wrinkle in the 1928 play that still seems relevant today and explains how he managed the opening-night crunch:
The premiere started late. The likes of Jon Hamm, Chris Rock and Matthew Broderick had to be coaxed into their seats. So everything you are reading here had to be written in less than an hour. Feeling panicked at the second intermission of this long three-act play, I begged Chicago for more time. One critical wag from a certain East Coast daily with more time suggested it might be funny if the review ended in the middle. Funny to you, the reader, maybe.
Live, from the Bram and Bluma Appel Salon, it’s Friday Night!
Comedian Mike Myers is now additionally an author. His book Canada arrives this weekend and on Oct. 21, the 53-year-old comedian will kick off a brief Canadian book tour at the Toronto Public Library with a 90-minute session starting at 7:30 p.m. He is also due to hit bookstores in Ottawa and Montreal, as well as a Costco in Halifax.
— Mark Allard-Will (@markaallard) October 19, 2016
Together with Penguin Random House, Myers has cleverly harnessed the powers of social media, inviting fellow Canadians to share photos of what the country means to them, using the hashtag #MikesCanada. Also, check out this cheeky spelling note, from the book’s description:
This beautifully designed book is illustrated in colour (and not color) throughout, and its visual treasures include personal photographs and Canadiana from the author’s own collection. Published in the lead-up to the 2017 sesquicentennial, this is Mike Myers’ birthday gift to his fellow Canadians. Or as he puts it: “In 1967, Canada turned one hundred. Canadians all across the country made Centennial projects. This book is my Centennial Project. I’m handing it in a little late. . . . Sorry.”
Myers will wrap up his five-city book tour Oct. 27 in Calgary.
This afternoon in San Bernardino, Calif., the Los Angeles Times brought home its 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News Reporting in most unusual and empowering fashion. Representatives from the paper were in the Inland Empire city to officially donate the associated $10,000 cash prize to seed, in partnership with California State University, San Bernardino and Cajon High School, a youth journalism and community engagement project.
— Davan Maharaj (@DavanMaharaj) October 20, 2016
From today’s announcement:
The Times’ HS Insider team will partner with Cajon High School’s journalism program to sponsor 14 students for a fall journalism conference, and one for a paid summer internship, and will introduce a “My San Bernardino” feature. In addition, a grant from the Times will fund a dedicated editor and reporter at CSUSB’s Coyote Chronicle to launch a community news section. Cajon High School’s student journalists also will have the opportunity to receive mentoring from the Chronicle staff and pitch stories for the college newspaper.
The move follows last week’s Oct. 13 Pulitzer Prize gala dinner at Columbia University. In the Breaking News Reporting category, the L.A. Times beat out the Baltimore Sun and Charleston’s Post and Courier for, respectively, coverage of the rioting that followed the death of Freddie Gray and the police shooting of Walter Scott.
Fortune has a new logo. The logo on bottom is the magazine’s 10th new look in its 86-year history. The previous edition (top) lasted just six years.
In a post about the new look, Fortune creative director Paul Martinez explained that the magazine made the move “To reflect our working thesis, which we outlined in November, that every aspect of business is about to change, creating what we call the ’21st Century Corporation.'”
The new logo is “a visual representation of this new entity,” continued Martinez. It is “clean, modern, approachable, and clutter-free.”
Bill Maher wasn’t too happy last week on Real Time when he told the audience that there would be no live show this coming Friday, post-third debate. But into that breach steps Fusion.
Debuting tomorrow at 9 p.m. on Fusion is The Onion Presents: The Iconic Images of Election 2012. It’s Fusion’s first TV collaboration with The Onion since parent company Univision acquired a 40% stake in the funny-business company. From today’s tease:
The Onion’s esteemed panel of political experts, journalists and historians will look back at the bumpy road that led to this grisly electoral pileup, offering insight into how we made a laughing stock of our democratic process. “As America’s Finest News Source, we felt an obligation to memorialize an election that other media outlets have conspicuously ignored,” says Mike McAvoy, CEO of Onion Inc.
The show is slotted in between comedy documentary Chris Gets Money with comedian Chris Cubas and Muslim Invasion, a half-hour special featuring Bassem Youssef. All this will be followed at 10 p.m. by Trumped Up at the RNC.