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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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Nikki Finke Chooses Fiction

Mon, 05/18/2015 - 17:40

In the months since Nikki Finke went quiet, she has entertained all sorts of possible new directions.


This morning, in something of a surprise, Finke revealed that she will be a curator of fiction:

My website will present short stories, novellas and novel excerpts written by Hollywood insiders like myself. After 30 years as a journalist, I’m now going to expose the hard truths and gritty reality of showbiz through creative writing. In fiction, I can be more honest than just sticking to facts. The stories which I and others write won’t depict any actual Hollywood person or event. But they will marry artifice with verisimilitude into original content creation.

I don’t care if the site gets little traffic or The Powers That Be ever advertise. Instead, I’m setting up a TinyPass paywall and charging readers $1 for each post and paying writers from the proceeds once a month. I want to create a fiction forum not just for my own work but for all the creative writing talent which Hollywood attracts but rarely nurtures. I will run the website as well as write for it and market each fictional story to my 265,000+ Twitter followers.

The site is scheduled to launch in June, with story lengths ranging from 2,500 to 8,000 words. And just to completely underscore this new era, Finke has posted a new, current photo of herself. Welcome back.

"In fiction, I can be more honest than just sticking to facts. " And Nikki Finke's entire brain now makes sense.

— Peter S. Hall (@PeterSHall) May 18, 2015

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These Irish Restaurant Owner Eyes Are Smiling

Mon, 05/18/2015 - 16:00

It was a great story when the New York Post broke it last week, and it remains a great story now that the news is being spread in Ireland.

Many days regularly each week, wealthy art collector Robert Ellsworth liked to lunch or dine at Donohue’s Steak House on New York’s Upper East Side. Reportedly, his favorite menu items were the grilled cheese sandwich with bacon and a sirloin steak. Now, this long-time customer has left an even more indelible and posthumous mark. From a report in the Irish Independent:

In his will, Ellsworth gave $50,000 to owner Maureen Donohue-Peters and another $50,000 to her niece, Maureen Barrie, who works at the bar as a waitress one night a week…

“I got a call from his office and they said Mr. Ellsworth had left me something. Then a lady came in and she showed me the paperwork. I was shocked – I didn’t expect anything,” said Ms. Donohue-Peters, who is planning to upgrade her boat.

We salute you, Mr. Ellsworth. And no doubt too will Ms. Donohue-Peters every time she raises the tethers and-or flag on that refurbished boat. Also worth noting: the partner Ellsworth left behind, Masahiro Hashiguchi, once operated Gibbon, another restaurant on the Upper East Side.
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FishbowlNY Newsstand: Your Morning at a Glance

Mon, 05/18/2015 - 15:00






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Categories: News Contributor Interferes with New Hampshire Special Election

Sun, 05/17/2015 - 22:35

YvonneDeanBailey_PicWhat a dumbfounding and potentially very costly move.

On May 14, a press release was emailed to reporters in New Hampshire covering the Rockingham District 32 Special Election set to be voted on Tuesday. The release stated that 19-year-old Yvonne M. Dean-Bailey (pictured), the Republican candidate running opposite Democrat Maureen R. Mann, was withdrawing from the race to concentrate on her school studies.

But as has now been revealed, the email was a hoax, mocked up by freelance journalist and activist Carl Gibson. The blogger has told the Concord Monitor that he sent out the bogus communique after “one too many beers:”

Gibson said in a phone interview that a month ago, he volunteered for Mann’s campaign, operating her Twitter account “for probably a week or so” until she changed the password on him. He said he “tried to lead her left” and “she didn’t like the things I was doing.”

“We left on kind of bad terms. I haven’t talked to her in about a month and a half or so,\" he said… Gibson said he didn’t know his name would be included in the electronic data of the Microsoft Word document he attached to his email.

From the minute she heard about the email, Mann said she welcomed an investigation by the attorney general, calling it “absolutely reprehensible for somebody to interfere with an election.”

As Patch’s Tony Schinella details, the fake release was pounced upon by both sides before the truth came out. Gibson’s most recent contribution to posted Friday.

A Manchester attorney, Ed Mosca, filed a complaint Friday over the bogus press release. Meanwhile, Ryan Williams, a spokesperson for the New Hampshire GOP, indicated to the Monitor his group plans to file a separate complaint over this on Monday.
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A Playboy Photo Shoot Disrupted by a Dog

Sun, 05/17/2015 - 20:45

PlayboySeptember1981CoverInside the September 1981 issue of Playboy magazine, the photo under the article headline “The Girls of the Southeastern Conference – Part 1″ offers no hint of the work it took to produce. Two female students, in long flowing dresses, are pictured in front of a Southern mansion, picnic spread and centerpiece ham.

But as Columbus, Mississippi historian Rufus Ward revisits in today’s Columbus Dispatch, there was a lot more to it. Ward spoke Robert Snow, owner of the historic refurbished Waverly home shown in the photo. From Ward’s column:

The photo shoot was set up. The girls would be fully clothed in (low-cut) antebellum dresses around a fabulous picnic spread, including a special ham brought from New York. My wife Karen recalls [Robert’s late wife] Donna [Snow] having been quoted as saying that when all was ready for the photos to be made she stood beside the photographer to make sure no clothes came off.

What did happen though was that the Snow’s dog ran up, grabbed the ham and took off with it. Because it was some kind of special ham the whole photo shoot was stopped and held up until the next day so that another “special ham” could be flown down from New York… When he tells the story, Robert still grins from ear to ear with a twinkle in his eye.

The original plan for this portion of the Playboy pictorial (the magazine’s first ever “Girls of the SEC” feature) was was to have photographer David Chan shoot some students nude in a Waverly bedroom. One half of the household thought this was a great idea (Robert), while the other vehemently objected (Donna). Following some national furor and newspaper debate, the revised ham picnic plan was devised.

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From Vogue Magazine ‘Slave’ to a Pulitzer Prize

Sat, 05/16/2015 - 18:45

VogueSeptember1976CoverAhead of a keynote speech Tuesday at the annual awards banquet of the Minnesota Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, New York Times business reporter Gretchen Morgenson spoke with Minnesota Post contributor David Beal about her illustrious career.

It all started for the Minnesota grad in 1976, when she moved to New York for an $8,000-a-year job with Vogue magazine. She lasted there for five years, despite the fact that she worked for a very difficult editor. From the conversation:

\"I graduated during the Watergate era. Here I was reading all of these really great stories. I thought, wow, wouldn’t it be great to be a political reporter covering Washington. I sent my résumé all around. The silence was deafening. Nobody was interested in hiring me. The only job I could get was as a slave at Vogue magazine. I could type more than 35 words a minute, so there were reasons why they hired me. I kind of elbowed my way up to writing a personal finance column there, which nobody read and probably nobody even knew they had.\"

After a stint with Dean Witter Reynolds, Morgenson landed at Forbes and in the company of a tough but much more nurturing boss: Jim Michaels, who a colleague at the magazine joked had the ability to sum up the Lord’s Prayer in six words without anyone knowing the difference.

Morgenson joined the New York Times in 1998 and won the Pulitzer Prize for beat reporting four years later for her coverage of Wall Street. Read the rest of her Q&A with Beal, also the treasure of the SPJ MN Chapter, here.

P.S. The Pulitzer Web folks need to correct their listing of Morgenson’s prize. They’ve got her last name severely misspelled.
[Pictured, via Pinterest: Patti Hansen on the cover of the September 1976 issue of Vogue]

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NY Jobs: BBC Worldwide, FUSE TV, New York Post

Sat, 05/16/2015 - 02:58

This week, BBC Worldwide Americas is hiring a custom content editor, while FUSE TV needs a web content manager. The New York Post is seeking a financial analyst, and American Media is on the hunt for a features editor. Get the scoop on these openings below, and find additional just-posted gigs on Mediabistro.

Custom Content Editor BBC Worldwide Americas (New York, NY) Web Content Manager FUSE TV (New York, NY) Financial Analyst New York Post (New York, NY) Features Editor American Media (New York, NY) Executive Art Director Investment News (New York, NY)

Find more great NY jobs on the Mediabistro job board. Looking to hire? Tap into our network of talented media pros and post a risk-free job listing. For real-time openings and employment news, follow @MBJobPost.

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RD Recap: Changes at Mother Jones; New Hires at Newsweek

Fri, 05/15/2015 - 23:13

Revolving DoorFormer New York Times executive Denise Warren finds a new home at Tribune Publishing, where she’ll be president of digital, CEO of East Coast publishing and an executive vice president. She left the paper of record in October, after 26 years there. She’ll have a difficult job, helping to turn around a company that’s seen revenues plummet from $4.1 billion in 2004 to $1.7 billion a decade later. For her effort, Warren will take home a base salary of $625,000 with a cash bonus target of up to 100 percent of her base salary. Not bad work if you can get it…

Mother Jones makes a host of changes to its masthead and executive ranks. Clara Jeffery gets the editor in chief role, while her former co-editor Monika Bauerlein steps into the CEO position. She replaces Madeleine Buckingham, who will continue as an adviser. Pacific Standard editor in chief Maria Streshinsky moves to the pub as deputy editor, with Washington City Paper’s Aaron Wiener coming on as senior editor. Russ Choma and Max Rosenthal are also brought on as staff writers… In related news, Pacific Standard’s digital director Nicholas Jackson takes over as interim EIC at the print magazine… Newsweek hires nine new staffers, including former Wall Street Journal editor John Seeley, Rolling Stone’s Cady Drell and MSNBC’s Michele Richinick… The New Republic signs Paul Ford (the brilliant @ftrain on Twitter) better known as his alter ego Gary Benchley, to a monthly column. He’ll write about technology and big data issues… Read More

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Media Minutiae

Fri, 05/15/2015 - 23:00

TVNewser: Former Bill Clinton communications director George Stephanopoulos apologizes for the shocking revelation that he supports Hilary Clinton.

LostRemote: MTV is streaming a music festival featuring the Foo Fighters and others. Is a concert without sweaty, stoned idiots constantly bumping into you still a concert?

GalleyCat: Here’s an infographic full of office jargon. Please use it to annoy coworkers.

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Downtown Community Television Center Tunes In Major Award

Fri, 05/15/2015 - 20:45

Some major congratulations are in order for New York City’s Downtown Community Television Center (DCTV) and its PRO-TV youth media program.

Next Thursday, some of the students and faculty involved in the 21-part series Our Cameras, Our Stories will be at the Newseum in Washington D.C. to accept the High School Broadcast category award from the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice & Human Rights. The winning DCTV series aired last fall on WNET Channel Thirteen.

From the announcement:

Our Cameras, Our Stories explores the real-life issues facing NYC teenagers – homelessness, drug addiction, gun violence, incarcerated parents, pregnancy, mental illness, family discord.

All of the work was done by teenage filmmakers including the camera work, sound and editing. Even the animation was created by student Kelvin Rodriguez, who tells his own personal story, Woah!, in episode two.

PRO-TV, founded in 1987, runs more than 200 selected students annually through its program. Congrats to Jasmine Barclay, Richard Memminger, Natalie Setoute, Mohammed Yakub and all the other RFK Award winning student filmmakers.

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The Most Popular FishbowlNY Posts for The Week

Fri, 05/15/2015 - 20:15

Here’s a look at the posts that made the most buzz the past seven days.

Buzz Builds for Queen Latifah’s Portrayal of Bessie Smith NY Times Nail Salon Story Leads to Policy Changes Facebook Begins Hosting Articles From News Publishers Real Simple Adds Lifestyle Editor ESPN’s Mike & Mike Headed to Times Square

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.

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Claudia Puig Takes the USA Today Buyout

Fri, 05/15/2015 - 19:00

We once had the pleasure of attending a preview at one of those smaller, out-of-the-way film industry screening rooms alongside Claudia Puig. As it turned out, the two of us were the only journalists in attendance, and we were quickly reminded of her relative importance by the fastidious and exclusive attention paid by the attending publicist.

This week, after 15 years on the USA Today beat and more as a class act, Puig shared a heartfelt thanks and goodbye with her readers. She’s staying in the movie reviewer game, but backing out of the daily print and digital grind:

Friday marks my final film review for USA Today. I am excited to embark on new adventures. I will still regularly discuss movies on public radio and video and will continue to watch, think, dream and, most of all, love movies. Even after seeing thousands of them. Especially after seeing thousands of them.

It’s not easy to leave the cherished colleagues and editors who sent me on this journey, some of whom also are departing this week. I will never be able to fully express my gratitude for their encouragement as a lifelong fascination with movies became my calling. I am deeply appreciative of their expert pruning, revising and enhancing when I sorely needed it.

Puig tweeted that she is one of more than four dozen USA Today employees who chose to accept a buyout offer. Her exit precedes the departure next week from the LA Times of fellow female film critic Betsy Sharkey, who revealed recently via Facebook that she is leaving the paper to work on a book project.

Previously on FishbowlNY</strong:
AP’s Christy Lemire Wraps Things Up with The Hangover Part III

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Bill Cosby Confounds with Nightline Interview Answers

Fri, 05/15/2015 - 18:30

In a preview of tonight’s Nightline conversation, GMA this morning broadcast snippets Bill Cosby‘s first public interview since last November’s infamous moments of NPR silence. He spoke with reporter Lindsey Davis.

Tomorrow on @GMA: Bill Cosby speaks to @LinseyDavis.

— Good Morning America (@GMA) May 15, 2015

Reaction to the footage has been, principally, two-fold. Some are suggesting there are hints here of senility, while other outlets including TMZ (“Impossible to Decipher”) and the Daily News (“nonsensical answers”), are baffled by the gobbledygook of it all.

Is Cosby’s strategy now to try and make people sorry for him? Did he consult beforehand with Andrew Wyatt of Purpose PR, or any other media relations experts, on how to approach the interview? Maybe, and apparently not.

Expect to see lots of TV news footage in the next 24 hours of Cosby marching across the Edmond Pettus Bridge in Selma. Cosby, who also took part in a Thursday evening fundraiser in Prattville for the Black Belt Community Foundation, is there to support the organization’s grassroots high shool education efforts.

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People, EW Set Traffic Records

Fri, 05/15/2015 - 17:07

The websites for People and Entertainment Weekly both enjoyed a record-breaking April. According to a note from Time Inc. chief content officer Norman Pearlstine, had 72.5 million unique views and had 33.5 million.

Those numbers, via Omniture, marked a 66 percent increase for, and a 40 percent increase for

When using comScore stats, the combined sites were big enough to knock off the current entertainment site champ,

“I am pleased to report that the People/Entertainment Weekly Network has landed the No. 1 spot in the entertainment news category with 56.4 million unique visitors (source: comScore) in April 2015, knocking out the #1 placeholder TMZ who had held the spot for the last 18 months. This achievement clearly reflects some very hard work on the part of Jess Cagle, Will Lee, Henry Goldblatt, Suejin Yang, David Rosenbloom, and their many colleagues. This accomplishment, alongside Monday’s star-studded first-ever People and EW Upfronts party, demonstrates how the close alignment of the two brands is paying off.”

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Time Inc. Makes Cuts in Books Division

Fri, 05/15/2015 - 16:30

Time Inc. has cut 15 staffers from its Time Inc. Books division. According to WWD, the cuts impacted the division’s New York and Birmingham offices, which has a total of 80 staffers.

Matt DeMazza, managing editor of Time Inc. Books since last July, was among those let go.

A Time Inc. spokesperson confirmed the cuts. They were (of course) part of a “restructuring.”

“This is very painful, but these eliminations were a necessary part of restructuring our business,” the spokesperson told WWD. “We will not confirm any numbers.”

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NY Times Search for New Media Columnist Continues

Fri, 05/15/2015 - 15:35

The New York Times has been on the lookout for a media columnist since David Carr died suddenly last February. According to Variety, the search has narrowed.

In the running to succeed Carr are New York Times media reporter Jonathan Mahler; NPR media corespondent David Folkenflik; and Vanity Fair contributing editor Sarah Ellison.

Mahler joined the Times’ media desk since last year. He previously worked for Bloomberg View as a sports columnist. Folkenflik has been with NPR since 2004. Ellison was a reporter for The Wall Street Journal before joining Vanity Fair.

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Daily News Bidders Down to Three

Fri, 05/15/2015 - 15:20

The auction for The New York Daily News is down to three suitors, two who were previously known and one surprise addition.

According to The New York Post, John Catsimatidis and Jimmy Finkelstein are still in the running, with Real estate mogul Steve Witkoff as the newcomer. Others interested in buying the paper included Cablevision boss James Dolan—who recently decided the tabloid wasn’t worth his one dollar offer—and Hollywood producer Jon Peters.

The deadline for the auction is May 18, so hopefully we’ll know who wins the Daily News then. As of now, it seems like it’s Castimatidis’ to lose. Literally. At roughly $20 million a year.

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FishbowlNY Newsstand: Your Morning at a Glance

Fri, 05/15/2015 - 15:00



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