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…
Here’s a look at the posts that made the most buzz the past seven days.Journalism Student Decides NY Times is Not for Her David Granger Out at Esquire CQ Roll Call’s News Head on Covering Congress, Iowa’s Unreliability and Trump Jezebel Wins DiCaprio-Pop Headline Contest 2016 Ellie Award Winners
Keep up-to-date with the latest FishbowlNY news. Click here to sign up for the daily newsletter, bringing you our articles each afternoon directly to your inbox.
“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.”
If someone wearing a pair of Nike sneakers chooses to pull up the radically revamped U.S. edition of Playboy magazine on their iPhone, they are not just continuing a tradition begun by dad and grandpa. They are also at the brand crossroads of the world.
As Playboy CEO Scott Flanders reminded last night during a very entertaining Nightline report, the Playboy logo is one of the three most recognizable company integers in the world. That puts the re-branding of the U.S. website and magazine in a larger context than most other print-legacy rescue missions.
Halfway through the piece, Pamela Anderson, who was on the cover of the final fully nude January-February issue, gives reporter Nick Watt a great quote: “I think the girl next door doesn’t exist anymore. She’s taking selfies and pictures down her shirt.” Nightline then killer-cuts to a photo shoot of March 2016 cover girl Sarah McDaniel, doing exactly the latter.
Playboy editorial director Jason Buhrmester gave Watt a tour of the magazine’s Beverly Hills offices and confirmed that columnist James Franco is entirely reliable, currently three-ahead on the deadline front. Watt also spoke with photo director Rebecca Black, McDaniel and the final fully nude U.S. centerfold Dani Mathers.
Also on the Adweek Blog Network:
Rachel Maddow Tells Playboy Why Bernie Won’t Win
The first article in this two-part series will post online Friday at 8 a.m. ET and in the print edition of the New York Daily News Sunday. The paper’s joint investigation with ProPublica, conducted over two years, examines the New York Police Department’s history of filing civil lawsuits against residents and business owners.
From today’s announcement:
The Daily News and ProPublica examined more than 1,000 cases filed over an 18-month period, along with the depositions of the underlying criminal charges for hundreds of people who were banned from homes as a result of these actions.
The investigation uncovered problematic practices at varying stages of the justice system – from the commencement of these cases through a secret application to a judge that requests permission to lock people out of their businesses and homes before they’ve even had a chance to tell their side of the story; to when the settlements are reached, often without the assistance of a lawyer and in some cases even a judge.
The lead reporter for the series is Daily News data projects editor Sarah Ryley. Her editor in chief, Jim Rich, hopes that the findings will lead to “change at the highest levels.”
Check out some of her other investigative work here.
[Advance image courtesy: Daily News]
If you have not yet caught up to The Big Lead editor in chief Jason McIntyre’s deep dive into how CBSSports.com has been tilted by the disruptive forces of online sports journalism, here’s one of the more sobering takeaways:
Amid the layoffs and the low morale – sources tell The Big Lead as many as five CBS staffers complained to human resources in the last year about their new vice president, a crass, overbearing man named Anthony Mormile, who allegedly told an employee, “We’ll fire you and you can go be a vendor at Marlins park” – CBS Sports.com came to a strange realization: Its readers didn’t care about the names on the byline, or where the news came from, or the type of journalism that was being produced…
Mark Swanson, the former managing editor at CBSSports.com, says, emphatically, “no consumers give a shit who breaks stories. Everyone has them within minutes. We thought there was value, but there’s none. This isn’t opinion. This is empirical.”
Case in point, coincidentally, for us: Steph Curry’s 51 points Wednesdsay night against the Washington Wizards. We were on Twitter at the time, so the first element that brought the Warriors star’s latest superhuman performance to our attention was his name trending. From there, we clicked into a few random links and embedded videos, landing at places predicated strictly by the particular moment we happened to be on social media. Ditto we imagine for most others last night and this morning on Facebook, on a smartphone, or both.
McIntyre frames his 3,500-word piece with the arc of leading golf writer Steve Elling, hired when the site was still known as CBS Sportsline and no longer with them now. He also summarizes a very unflattering example of sports content re-purposing that involved the Washington Post.
Read the article and weep if you’re an old school journalist; read it and cheer if you own Viacom stock. In a way, McIntyre’s piece – minus the alleged nepotism and abusive behavior of executive Mormile – is also a record of how CBS Sports has adapted to the changing digital times more nimbly than many other outlets.
Loved my 5 years there. Know people mentioned in article. A really good read. https://t.co/6eT4mjwYf9
— Dave Heller (@dave_heller) February 4, 2016
The Big Lead takes a look at aggregation vs. original reporting and the demise of sports journalism: https://t.co/gxZo7l1sIP Visit my blog!
— Adam Rubin (@AdamRubinESPN) February 4, 2016
— Trenni Kusnierek (@trenni) February 3, 2016
Welcome back to FishbowlNY’s weekly Cover Battle. This round we have The New York Times Magazine taking on The Washington Post Magazine.
The latest from the Times Mag features an illustration about the power of the NFL. The only thing missing is several billion dollar signs.
Speaking of might, WaPo Mag’s cover featured Donald Trump’s second-most powerful body part. Yes, that means we’re counting his fake hair as a body part.
So readers, which cover is better? You can vote, comment, or do both.
Ellen Rosenbush has returned to serve as editor of Harper’s after a brief stint as editor at large. According to The New York Post, Rosenbush has been named interim editor now that her successor—Christopher Cox—has been fired.
Rosenbush previously served as editor of Harper’s from 2010 through 2015. Cox was named her replacement last October.
However, just days ago, Cox was fired after a clash with publisher John MacArthur over Harper’s cover design.
Memo to Rosenbush: Perhaps mention how much you love Harper’s covers.
Condé Nast Traveler continues to lure staffers away from The New York Times. According to WWD, Traveler has added Mark Lloyd, Peter St. John and Parker Bowab. All three most recently worked for the Times.
Lloyd joins Traveler as integrated advertising director. He previously served as a luxury ad and strategy director for the Times. St. John, most recently a Times fashion manager, will serve as Traveler’s international fashion and luxury director. Bowab, previously design director for T Brand Studio, joins as head of creative.
The trio joins Amanda Smith, who left T: The New York Times Magazine to come aboard Traveler as head of sales.
It’s no coincidence that Times staffers keep for Traveler. Traveler’s publisher and chief revenue officer is Brendan Monaghan, who left his role as publisher of T: The New York Times Style Magazine to join Condé last November.
Prior to working at Chartbeat, Fox served as director of programming for Hearst Digital and general manager for SPINmedia.
At Glamour, Fox will be responsible for expanding the website and its social platforms and developing mobile initiatives.
In an announcement, Glamour editor in chief Cindi Leive described Fox as “a game-changer.”
Kanye West thinks Kanye West should be on the cover of Rolling Stone. Again. When West tweeted the above fake cover—shot by Tyler The Creator—Rolling Stone was quick to respond:
While we love Kanye, and have many mustard-related questions for him, this is not an actual cover of Rolling Stone https://t.co/2c3ZWpaorN
— Rolling Stone (@RollingStone) February 4, 2016
Of course all this denial did was inspire West, who replied to Rolling Stone “bet this still becomes the cover though.”
West then asked his followers to vote if the image should be a Rolling Stone cover. As of now, 57 percent of voters said “Yes.”
So, Rolling Stone editors, when does this issue hit newsstands?
The Atlantic’s president and editor in chief James Bennet has been named the American Society of Magazine Editors (ASME) president.
Bennet is succeeding National Audubon Society vp of content Mark Jannot, who will continue on with ASME’s board after he exits office.
Also elected to ASME roles were Parents editor in chief Dana Points as vp of ASME; Outside vp and editor Christopher Keyes as secretary; and THR president and chief creative officer Janice Min as treasurer.
The New York Times closed out 2015 strong by posting a $52 million profit for the fourth quarter. That number marked a 48 percent jump compared to 2014’s 4Q.
The solid gain was supported by continued success in the digital realm. Digital ad revenue was up 11 percent for the quarter, to $70 million. Digital ad revenue now makes up a third of the company’s total advertising revenue.
As for digital subscriptions, the Times also continued to show gains. The paper added 53,000 digital subscribers in 4Q, the most added in a single quarter in three years. The Times now almost 1.1 million digital-only subscribers.