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Marissa Mayer Talks Katie Couric ROI

Wed, 05/20/2015 - 16:00

MarissaMayerFortune“By all means, it’s a very profitable and good investment.”

So said Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer to Fortune senior editor-at-large Pattie Sellers about bringing Katie Couric over to the Internet side. She made the remark at this week’s Most Powerful Women dinner in New York with, interestingly enough, Couric sitting in the audience.

This is big news. It underscores the fact that when you have the kind of gargantuan Web traffic and homepage tease power that Yahoo does, an original TV show on the Web can work right out of the gate.

Mayer talked about many other things during her Monday conversation with Sellers, including why an AOL deal was not a good fit for Yahoo and what she’s learned over the course of making 52 acquisition deals at the Silicon Valley company.

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WSJ Seeking Buyouts

Wed, 05/20/2015 - 15:40

The Wall Street Journal’s new fiscal year begins in July, and unfortunately for staffers, that means it’s numbers crunching time. Capital New York reports that the paper is hoping a significant amount of staffers will accept buyout offers. If not enough people take the packages, layoffs will be implemented.

While budget concerns are one factor in the staffing cuts, Capital notes that the Journal’s desire to focus more on digital is also playing a role:

One source, however, described the process as a ‘serious realignment’ meant not to achieve a net headcount reduction, but rather a repositioning of talent around digital roles like data, graphics, video and—of course—mobile, which is fast becoming the Holy Grail for news publishers.

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Entertainment Weekly Changes Publishers

Wed, 05/20/2015 - 15:15

Entertainment Weekly has made a change at the top. Ellie Duque—EW and People’s west coast ad director since 2007—is taking over as EW publisher. Melissa Mattiace, EW’s publisher for the past two years, is stepping down.

Mattiace indicated that it was her decision to leave the publication. “Leading EW has been an honor and I’ve loved every minute of it,” she said. “I’ve grown both professionally and personally during my tenure here. And, it’s with an eye toward the personal that I’ll be leaving EW.”

In other EW news, Lana LoRusso has been promoted to VP and associate publisher of sales.

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FishbowlNY Newsstand: Your Morning at a Glance

Wed, 05/20/2015 - 15:00



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Pete Wells Lances Javelina

Wed, 05/20/2015 - 00:55

Twitter is going crazy for Pete Wells’ review of Gramercy Park joint Javelina, and as soon as you read just a few paragraphs, you’ll understand why. It’s one master stroke of upside-down praise after another.

Here’s one of our favorite backhanded tips of the sombrero:

At most restaurants, you are served what you ask for so routinely that your eyes glaze over with boredom. Javelina does not fall into the trap of dull predictability. One night after I left, I realized the guacamole I’d ordered had never arrived; it’s not every restaurant that gives you something to think about on your way home. Meanwhile, people at the next table were presented with a dish they insisted they hadn’t asked for. \"You didn’t order brisket?\" the server asked, keeping up the playful spirit.

It will be interesting to see if Wells gets asked to explain this review at some point.

Brilliant review/take-down by @pete_wells – the bit on the tortillas was particularly inspired.

— Marcelo Guerra (@chatwithmarcelo) May 19, 2015

The brilliance of @pete_wells reaffirmed yet again with this review of Javelina.

— Eric Asimov (@EricAsimov) May 19, 2015

.@Pete_Wells leaves no tortilla unscorched in a ripping review of NYC Tex-Mex place

— Ellen Clegg (@ellenclegg) May 19, 2015

Restaurant reviewer @pete_wells has invented the humble/brag of reviews: the rave/trash: #restaurant #foodie #texmex

— Robert Wilder (@RobertTWilder) May 19, 2015

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RD Recap: New Hires at BuzzFeed; Changes at WaPo

Tue, 05/19/2015 - 23:09

Revolving DoorThe New York Times moves literary critic Janet Maslin down to contributing book critic where “she will continue to write regularly for The New York Times but at a somewhat less grueling pace.”… Roll Call lands a new politics editor, grabbing John Helton from CNN, where he spent the last 14 years. He had been overseeing election coverage for… Meanwhile, the news network poaches Ben Werschkul from the NY Times, to be head of the digital video team. He had been a senior producer there… The Louisville Courier-Journal shutters its bureau in Washington, a move announced in James Carroll‘s final column… The Washington Post loses political reporter Reid Wilson. He’s off to launch the Congress section of Morning Consult… Jim Osman joins Media General as bureau chief in the new Washington office. He had been a contributing reporter for WUSA in the capital and has won 18 Emmys as a political and investigative reporter…

BuzzFeed grabs CJ Ciaramella from The Washington Free Beacon to be D.C. editor. “CJ is a very talented writer, and also possesses a number of qualities that will make everyone’s reporting and writing better: He knows what’s interesting and boring, he has a great sense of humor, and he really understands the labyrinth of the federal government and campaigns,” politics editor Katharine Miller said of the new hire… Caira Conner moves to BuzzFeed’s international wing as markets editor. She had been community editor at Mic… Read More

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Media Minutiae

Tue, 05/19/2015 - 23:00

LuckyJuneCoverAdweek: Josh Berman tells our colleague Emma Bazilian that when Lucky magazine switches from a monthly to quarterly print schedule with the September 2015 issue, the publication will have more of a “premium ‘collectible’ feeling.”

The Hollywood Reporter: Beginning August 2, THR’s acclaimed roundtable discussions will air in one-hour installments on SundanceTV. Each seven-episode block will overlap with, respectively, the Emmys and Oscars.

Billboard: Chicago rapper Tink was part of Hot 97’s “Who’s Next” concert showcase last night at New York club SOB’s. Reviewer Elias Light has the details.

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Here Comes Newsweek’s Ninth International Edition

Tue, 05/19/2015 - 20:50

Earlier this year, Newsweek EIC Jim Impoco told Keith J. Kelly that the magazine was “in the black.” Although he chose not reveal the specific amount or time frame, he characterized that black ink as six figures.

Now there is another impressive Newsweek figure to make note of. When IBT Media launches a Czech-language edition this November in partnership with European publisher Business Consulting & Media Ltd. and that company’s Czech division MediaRey SE, it will stand as Newsweek’s ninth international edition.


From today’s announcement:

“The Czech media market starves for quality content based on independent journalism and global experience,” said Erik Conrad, co-founder of Business Consulting & Media. “We have spent quite a long time to find the best partner.”

Jiří Nádoba, senior editor at Forbes Czech Republic, is coming over to serve as editor-in-chief. The rest of the editorial team is still being developed.

Business Consulting & Media, headquartered in Bratislava, Slovakia, previously brought Forbes to the Czech Republic and several other European countries. It also publishes a magazine for the central Europe locations of Hertz as well as in-flight magazines for SkyEurope Airlines and Central Wings, a budget subsidiary of Poland’s LOT.
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NYT Live Ropes In NYT Mag

Tue, 05/19/2015 - 20:25

On Sunday June 7 at the Contemporary Jewish Museum, NYT Live will expand its series of events with a
new strand
tied to the weekly magazine. Tickets are $5.

There will be three panel discussions:

Wences Casares, CEO of Xapo
Stefan Thomas, CTO of Ripple
Moderator: Nathaniel Popper

Mike Krieger, co-founder of Instagram
Moderator: Farhad Manjoo

Moderator: Jenna Wortham
Panelists TBD

New York Times Magazine editor-in-chief Jake Silverstein will be there to host and make the opening remarks. The event coincides with the publication’s Design and Technology special issue and will conclude with a cocktail mingler

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Find the ‘Story in the Science’ for Discover

Tue, 05/19/2015 - 20:20

DiscoverThe dominance of narrative is everywhere, even in the sciences. Pitch science pub Discover if you can take a study or new findings in the fields of archaeology, astronomy and medicine and transform straight information into a story–one that senior editor Becky Lang hopes has “an edgy feel.”

While many magazines close off their columns to staff or freelancers with whom the magazine has a steady contractual agreement, most of Discover’s columns are ripe for the pitching, including:

Regular columns “Big Idea,” spotlighting new or surprising theories and findings; “Mind Over Matter,” exploring the workings of the human mind; “Notes From Earth,” covering earth science, archaeology and ecology; and “Origin Story,” challenging conventional wisdom about human and cultural evolution. The magazine’s newest column, “History Lesson,” covers forgotten, weird and interesting stories from the history of science, and can be a lighter, entertaining read.

For more, including editors’ contact info, read How To Pitch: Discover

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Hitchcock Holocaust Documentary Screens in New York

Tue, 05/19/2015 - 19:30

The rescued and restored version of the 1945 documentary about World War II concentration camps co-directed by Alfred Hitchock premiered at the 2014 Berlin International Film Festival. The 88-minute film is set for its sold out New York debut tonight at the Museum of Jewish Heritage.

The American premiere was earlier this year at the Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles. New York Deadline executive editor Jeremy Gerrard was in attendance that night and witnessed the kind of audience reaction that often comes with this territory:

Not long after the film began, I heard weeping from the couple sitting in front of me, both of them survivors there by invitation. The husband, sobbing, kept telling his wife not to look, shielding her eyes lovingly. Yet he was the one who finally whispered, \"I wasn’t prepared for this\" as he reached for his walker and quietly left the auditorium. A few minutes later, his wife followed. I would say I know how they felt, but of course I have no idea. I do know how I felt, which was taken to the edge of a bottomless chasm. It was almost impossible to walk out into the night.

Hitchcock was recruited to the project by producer and eventual co-director Sidney Bernstein. Bernstein’s daughter Jane Wells will there tonight to participate in the post-screening discussion, along with New York Times columnist Roger Cohen and moderator Dr. Stuart Liebman, a Professor Emeritus at CUNY Graduate Center.

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Brian Stelter Goes Back to the David Carr Future

Tue, 05/19/2015 - 18:00

During a tribute to David Carr last night at the Webby Awards, CNN senior media correspondent Brian Stelter extolled the benefits of re-reading Carr’s writing. Specifically, he quoted from a piece about the Webby Awards that Carr wrote in June 2005.

That year, the big deal at the Webby Awards was Al Gore, appearing on the heels of a tough election campaign:

Mr. Gore, who was politically savaged during the 2000 presidential campaign for a remark that seemed to imply that he had created the Internet, was introduced by Vinton Cerf, one of the scientists credited with actually having built the architecture behind the Web. Cerf had his own five-word speech – “We all invented the Internet” – before pointing out that Mr. Gore had been responsible for spearheading critical legislation and providing much-needed political support – not exactly creating a new medium, but not bad for a politician.

Ha ha. Indeed, not bad at all. A few years later, Carr would cross paths with Gore at another awards show – the Oscars.

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ESPN, Univision Vet Joins Guggenheim Digital Media

Tue, 05/19/2015 - 15:30

FranciscoArenasPicIn March, our sister publications The Hollywood Reporter and Billboard announced partnerships with, respectively, Chinese Internet behemoth Tencent and Holland America Line’s 2016 cruise ship MS Koningsdam, currently under construction at the Marghera shipyard in Italy.

This global push towards franchise opportunities and international revenue streams for the magazines by Guggenheim Digital Media continues with the appointment of Francisco Arenas (pictured) as Entertainment Group senior vice president, business development and licensing. From today’s announcement:

\"You don’t often have the opportunity to join a company looking to build top brands into global franchises,\" said Arenas. \"I’m very excited about the opportunities ahead of us across new media content development, branded products, promotions, retail activations and experiences/events.\"

Added Entertainment Group co-president John Amato: \"Our goal is to leverage the strength of our brands and proprietary content to develop strategic partnerships with current and new clients across media and non-media platforms. Francisco will play a key role in helping us reach this goal\".

Arenas will report to Amato and remain based in New York, where he has previously worked for Univision, ESPN and Sesame Workshop. He holds an MBA from Boston University.
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FishbowlNY Newsstand: Your Morning at a Glance

Tue, 05/19/2015 - 15:00






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Forbes Media Sells RealClearPolitics Stake

Tue, 05/19/2015 - 14:00

Two years after Washington D.C.-based Middle Eastern news portal Al-Monitor was launched in 2012, the site won the International Press Institute’s prestigious Free Media Pioneer Award. Now comes a bold strategic step.


Crest Media, Al-Monitor’s parent, together with RealClearPolitics original investors, has bought back from Forbes Media a majority equity stake held in the U.S. politics website since 2007. The purchase price is not being disclosed. From this morning’s announcement:

\"We’re thrilled to have Crest Media as a partner\" said RealClearPolitics co-founder Tom Bevan. \"They share our vision of building a powerhouse brand for online news, analysis and information.\"

Added fellow co-founder John McIntyre: \"RealClearPolitics and Al-Monitor share a parallel dedication to distilling the most powerful, complete and accurate information on topics of national and global significance. Leveraging our mutual strengths, we’ll be able to do some new and very exciting things.\"

Al-Monitor, RealClearPolitics and RealClear’s various sister sites will cross-promote content and collaborate in other ways. For example, RealClear articles will be translated into Hebrew, Arabic, Turkish and Persian for consumption by Al-Monitor audiences. Al-Monitor, based in Washington D.C., also plans to leverage the polling aggregation tools that RealClearPolitics has developed.

Along with Bevan and McIntyre, the other current co-owner of Chicago-based RealClearPolitics is Anand Ramanujan. Jamal Daniel, the Syrian-born president and CEO of Crest Media, founded Al-Monitor in February 2012.

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Media Minutiae

Mon, 05/18/2015 - 23:00

FishbowlDC: Jake Tapper, host of a Tuesday night CNN special on Letterman’s exit, chatted with our sister site about what he will miss most and more.

TVNewser: During a CBS Sunday Morning interview with Jane Pauley, Letterman gave Brian Williams a double vote of confidence.

Lost Remote: Adam Sandler’s sweet and funny musical tribute to Dave was, deservedly, one of last week’s top viral videos.

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David LaChapelle Returns to the UNC-School of the Arts

Mon, 05/18/2015 - 21:30

According to Winston-Salem Journal writer Jennifer Drabble, famed photographer and music video director David LaChapelle was noticably nervous this past Saturday while giving a speech to the high school graduating class of the UNC-School of the Arts students. He was once, briefly, a student there too.

But those jitters mattered not to the 121 graduates in the audience, who were wowed by the caliber of LaChapelle’s professional accomplishments and the details of his teenage years. From the article:

When he applied to the School of the Arts as a 16-year-old, LaChapelle was a “straight F-student” who had dropped out of high school in Connecticut after enduring two years of non-stop bullying. Armed only with his less than impressive report card and his portfolio of artwork, he said a prayer and hoped for the best.

\"The dean looked at me and said, ‘You flunked tennis?’ then he smiled and I knew I was in,\" said LaChapelle, 52. \"I don’t look back on high school with nostalgia because I knew at the time how lucky I was to be there. I was lost and this school accepted me.\"

LaChapelle had originally applied in hopes of fulfilling his dream of becoming a painter, but instead fell in love with photography. Although he didn’t graduate from the school his senior year — he fell a few credits short – he still uses the lessons he learned there every day, he said.

After moving back to New York in 1981 at age 18, LaChapelle eventually found an early supporter: Andy Warhol. After a brief, more recent break as a farmer in Maui, LaChapelle is back in the visual arts game. Read the rest of Drabble’s report here.

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Moms and Dads Are Welcome to Pitch Working Mother

Mon, 05/18/2015 - 20:04

If you’re looking for the perfect print publication to pitch your personal essay, we have another set of options for you to consider in our third installment of the Personal Essay Markets series.

The 15 publications featured this week seek pitches on topics ranging from your reflections on the writing life to stories on physical and mental health. If you’re raising a child, you probably have a wealth of stories that could make it into Working Mother:

Working Mother — “LOL” and “IMHO”
These fresh personal essays for Working Mother should be about parenting adventures that tie into work-life balance. “LOL” is humorous (a mother’s lament about the fact that her kids always seem to get sick when an important work deadline is pending), while “IMHO” has a more serious tone (a working mom of one whose life plan is thrown off course when she learns she’s pregnant with twins).
Length: 500-600 words
Pay: In-book, from $400; online, from $300
Assigning editor: Barbara Turvett, BARBARA dot TURVETT at WORKINGMOTHER dot COM
Turvett’s advice: “Real and edgy are good here! Dad essays are welcome, too.” Also review writer’s guidelines.

For more, read: Personal Essay Markets, Part III

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Maxim Magazine EIC Redefines ‘Hot’ as Relevant

Mon, 05/18/2015 - 19:35

MaximMagHotList2015How cool is this? Per WWD’s Aria Hughes, the fourth issue of the Maxim magazine-Kate Lanphear era is right in line with this weekend’s Elizabeth Banks smash Pitch Perfect and Charlize Theron tour-de-force Fury Road.

From the report:

Under editor-in-chief Lanphear’s direction, Maxim’s traditional Hot 100 list, which formerly featured nearly naked women chosen by the magazine’s readers, is now an all-inclusive lifestyle list that includes summer films, travel destinations, restaurants and trendy beverages.

\"I was really determined with the issue to try and redefine what hot means for the brand. For me, the barometer of hot isn’t just beauty; it’s relevance,\" said Lanphear, who joined the team last September, after serving as style director at T: The New York Times Style Magazine. \"Our audience likes to look at beautiful things and, among them, beautiful women, but they are interested in so much more than that.\"

Are you listening, Hugh Hefner? Time to reinvent that tired old centerfold.

For #1 ranked relevant gal Taylor Swift, just another day in her spectacularly successful life. The singer-songwriter last night was dominant at the Billboard Music Awards. Read the Maxim Q&A with Swift here.

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An ESPN Love Story

Mon, 05/18/2015 - 19:00

ScottBurtonPicIn 2013, ESPN The Magazine executive editor Scott Burton (pictured) moved with his wife, Nicole Blades, and young son to West Hartford, Connecticut. Over the weekend, the couple’s lovely personal history got some nice ink in The Hartford Courant.

Burton and Blades met at ESPN’s New York office in 2003, when both were working there. She has since moved on to novel writing and a two-book deal, while he tells freelancer M.A.C. Lynch that the longer commute to Bristol is something he actually is grateful for, as it affords him some critical decompress time. From the article:

In December [2014], Scott asked Nicole if she wanted to join him at a holiday party. She suggested that they bring sugar cookies.

Scott came to her apartment with a recipe he found online, and while mixing, rolling and decorating cookies they began to talk about their lives. They took the cookies to the party and continued talking until the sun rose. Two days later, when they left to celebrate Christmas with their families, they each knew they had found their partner for life.

“I declared boldly my everlasting love for her” in a letter mailed to her house, Scott says.

“He mailed the letter in a Christmas card. … I was completely melted,” Nicole says. “I still keep it in my drawer.”

There’s plenty more in in contributor M.A.C. Lynch’s feature, including some funny details about Scott’s July 2005 marriage proposal. They tied the knot in the fall of the following year.
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