The Business of Fashion has the skinny on what’s next for Garage magazine, which was acquired earlier this year by Vice Media. Founder Dash Zhukova is moving up to the position of editorial director and will relocate from London to Brooklyn. In her place as editor in chief will be Thessaly La Force
From BofF New York editor Lauren Sherman’s report:
A rising editorial star, La Force has made a name for herself with thoughtful cultural commentary for publications like The New York Times and New Republic. She joins Garage from Travel & Leisure, where she was a senior editor. She has also held staff positions at The New Yorker, The Paris Review and American Vogue. “Thessaly has an impressive editorial background that brings together art, fashion and design,” added Zhukova. “She has the ability to intelligently communicate cultural trends to a mass audience.”
“As soon as I met Dasha, it was clear that this was what my editorial career was building towards,” said La Force. “I’m thrilled to be here as Garage turns a new page with Vice. It’ll be very exciting to see what we can do next, and how we can make a magazine in this digital space where fashion, art and design intersect.”
As Garage is transformed into a broader Vice digital channel, the magazine’s fashion team will remain based in London. Per Sherman, Phoebe Arnold has come on board there and will serve as fashion director.
Screen grab via: garage.com
Whether you like it or not, media outlets think virtual reality is the next best thing. That’s how we end up with USA Today Network’s virtual reality news show VRtually There, which debuts today.
The weekly program, released every Thursday at 2 pm ET, features three content segments each. The show is filmed and produced by USA Today Network journalists and available in the USA Today app, the VR Stories app and VRtually There’s YouTube channel.
David Hamlin, an Emmy award-winning producer and director, will serve as executive producer for VRtually There. He most recently worked for National Geographic.
Forbes Argentina is getting new life. The company is relaunching the magazine in November with Argentina-based publisher Global Brands Media (GBM).
The new, Spanish-language Forbes Argentina will publish monthly and feature local news and content from Forbes’ U.S., Mexico, Spain and Brazil editions.
Virginia Porcella, most recently the editor of Argentina’s Emprende, Fortuna and Bae newspapers, will serve as Forbes Argentina’s editor. She is succeeding Alex Milberg, GBM’s founder.
The New York Times is using Facebook Messenger to keep readers informed during the last weeks before the election.
The NYT Politics bot will allow users to interact via Messenger to get info on the latest polls, breaking news and daily election forecast predictions from The Upshot.
Users will also be able to correspond with Times politics reporter Nicholas Confessore via pre-written texts, like “What else?” “Forecast” and “I’m good for now.”
Junod explains that he has always hated the wave — you know, that thing where fans stand and throw their arms in the air for whatever reason — until he started one.
“I have always ended the wave. I have always been the one to sit when others stood, to sneer when others smiled. But of course that meant I didn’t understand the wave at all, and never would, until I took it upon myself to go to a stadium and start one.” Fantastic.
Imagine if you pitched a story about not liking the wave but then you do. Just imagine what an editor would say to you. Of course you are not an award-winning journalist, and Junod is. He (apparently) gets to do whatever the hell he wants to do.
It has been one full week since Donald Trump’s lawyer threatened the New York Times with a lawsuit. Seven whole days and….? Nothing. The Times is still waiting on the big, tough bully to follow through.
Count Times executive editor Dean Baquet among those who wasn’t concerned about Trump’s threat. “I never thought he had a case,” Baquet told Politico. “What people running for office do is try to distract you from allegations, and that’s what he’s doing.”
Another Times staffer who didn’t give a sh*t was the paper’s attorney David McCraw, who penned such an amazing response to Trump that it went viral.
We’ll check back in another week on that lawsuit. We’re sure Trump will have made it official by then.
The Village Voice’s annual Best of NYC issue is here for all New Yorkers to argue over.
Each year, the paper asks its readers to vote on pretty much every category possible, including art, books, design, film, music, TV, markets, restaurants, clubs, bars, recreation, sports, green tech, advocacy and more.
There’s really something for everyone. Looking for the best place to channel the Harlem renaissance? Go to Marjorie Eliot’s Parlor Jazz. Hoping to find the best bar to feel hated in? Walk on into Alibi.
Click here for the complete list of this year’s winners.
This really is a genius design concept from editor Ellen Pollock and creative director Rob Vargas. On the cover of Bloomberg Businessweek’s fourth annual “The Year Ahead” issue, out today in the U.S. and internationally Friday, is the familiar sight of a New York City newsstand.
But look a little closer and you will notice that the magazine covers (and one newspaper) arrayed around the vendor are in fact Bloomberg’s “pastiche” versions of popular titles like People, Wired and The Economist. These same items appear in larger form inside the issue to frame five sections about the economic, technology, finance, energy and retail trends that Businessweek believes will make a difference in 2017. There’s also a Time-like cover for the introduction, which declares 2017 to be the “Year of the Year.”
The energy section placeholder, which pays tribute to Muscle & Fitness and other muscle magazines, is the standout. In part because the cover lines dovetail so perfectly with the subject matter.
In her editor’s letter for the issue, Pollock writes: ‘Think of it as a little reminder that magazine journalism—whether you consume it on paper or an iPad—remains an important tool for understanding what’s going on in the world.’ She adds, to FishbowlNY: “While it’s become popular to blame journalism for everything from the polarized electorate to ill-fitting pants, think about how clueless we’d all be without good and gutsy reporting.”
Issue cover: photographed by Steven Brahms; set designed by Jason Singleton
Sometimes the best laid plans go awry. But sometimes, just like my mother always said, everything works out in the end. After having a last minute Lunch cancellation, I was left without the usual weekly interview that accompanies the list of movers and shakers at Michael’s. But then Gloria Steinem walked in.
Clad in an understated black turtleneck and wide legged pants, the feminist icon sailed into the dining room virtually unnoticed. When she was settled into her table, I walked over and tentatively introduced myself. She was extremely gracious considering I’d popped out of nowhere, pen in hand and brandishing a notebook. “Please, sit down.” After some gushing (It was Gloria Steinem for pete’s sake!), I asked her what she thought about the accusations of sexual assault leveled at Donald Trump. She described the situation as “Anita Hill plus a million.” She told me the sexist rhetoric of the Republican candidate “has caused a lot of women and men to see the underlying problem,” and then added, “And it’s all about trying to control women’s bodies.”
I told her that instead of worrying about the election itself, my fears and the fears of many of my friends are now centered on a potentially violent aftermath. Apparently, she’s not worried. “It’s a fervent minority,” she said. “It was the same thing when Obama was running.” And what about the polls that put Trump’s support at 40 percent? “The [Hillary] backlash is mainly white men statistically speaking, although I hate to generalize.” She believes the mathematics are clearly in Hillary Clinton‘s favor. “She’ll get to the White House and win big.” She explained Hillary Clinton’s ‘likability’ issue this way: “A woman with ambition is unforgivable.”
She told me as much in recounting some of the conversations she’s had with men around the country as part of her book tour for My Life on the Road (Penguin/Random House), which chronicles her growth as an activist as well as the growth of the movement for equality. “Men come up to me all the time and say, ‘A black woman took my job.’ I say to them, ‘Who said it was your job?’ The most qualified person should get the job.”
Just as I felt I might be overstaying my welcome, her lunch date, Sara Miller McClure, arrived at the table. “Let me introduce you to a sister journalist,” said Gloria to her friend. Like I said, sometimes things work out for the best.
Here’s the rundown on today’s crowd:
1. Marlo Thomas and producer Gary Pudney. I happened to be standing outside trying to get cell service when Marlo arrived 10 minutes later. Inside there was something of a Ms. moment when Marlo realized Gloria Steinem was inside and made a beeline over to her table before motioning Gary over to meet the living legend.
2. Mickey Ateyeh and The Fragrance Foundation’s Elizabeth Musmanno. Mickey told me she will be hosting a lunch here at Michael’s next Wednesday (when else?) for Jill Roache for her work with the Hunts Point Alliance for Children in recognition of the pilot after school program for children in the Bronx. “It’s the most underserved of all the five boroughs,” Mickey told me. “Hunts Point Alliance is doing really great things for the kids.”
3. Andrew Stein and Missy Hargrave
4. Allen & Co.’s Stan Shuman
5. Herb Siegel
6. Dr. Gerald Imber, Jerry Della Femina and Michael Kramer
7. Tracey Jackson
8. New York Social Diary’s David Patrick Columbia and celebrity chef Alex Hitz
9. Bisila Bokoko
11. Gloria Steinem and Sara Miller McClure
12. Penske Media vice chair Gerry Byrne
14. Simon & Schuster’s Alice Mayhew
15. Michael Peterson
16. Discovery ID’s Henry Schleiff
17. Hudson News’ James S. Cohen
18. British Heritage Travel CEO Jack Kliger
20. Producer Joan Gelman
21. Adam Reinmann
23. Author Ed Klein and Mitchell Ivers
24. Jon Estreich
Faces in the crowd: Hope Kochiss and Kathy Conroy in from New Haven to celebrate Kathy’s 70th birthday. Cheers!
We’ll be having ‘Lunch’ at our desk next week in preparation of The Fashion Group International’s Annual Night of Stars (I’m the celeb wrangler and run the red carpet). Next Thursday, a host of luminaries are being honored at Cipriani Wall Street including Givenchy’s Riccardo Tisci (who, I’m hold, will be bringing a host of celebrity guests). The Met’s Andrew Bolton, who absolutely wowed us in The First Monday in May, the documentary about the behind-the-scenes goings on at the Met Gala and at Anna Wintour’s office at Vogue, is also receiving an award which will be presented to him by director Baz Luhrmann and Catherine Martin. Plenty of media folk will be there, including last week’s Lunch date Stefano Tonchi who will be presenting an award to Tory Burch. Architectural Digest’s current and former editors Amy Astley and Margaret Russell and Vanity Fair scribe Amy Fine Collins. Hearst Magazines is one of the evening’s sponsors.
See you back at Michael’s in two weeks!
Diane Clehane is a FishbowlNY contributor. Follow her on Twitter @DianeClehane. Send comments and corrections on this column to LUNCH at MEDIABISTRO dot COM.
Annual best-of lists are a tried and true alt-weekly formula. But what’s notable and most welcome about this week’s 2016 “Best of NYC” Village Voice issue is that the editors have mercifully kept the total count of honorees to a reasonable minimum. As a result, a great majority of the article texts go deeper than the usual best-of descriptions.
In the “Shops and Services” category, we were delighted to find Brooklyn’s Desert Islands Comics voted Best Comics Resource. Owner Derek Fowler has been in business since 2008 and assets, correctly, that his forte is “extremely elusive stuff.” From Richard Gehr’s item:
Fowler gets a kick out of blurring the distinction between comics and art by selling them under the same roof. The same could be said for the material in Smoke Signal, a semi-quarterly, 10,000-copy newsprint anthology Fowler publishes as a labor of love. “I want to make something good enough that I would buy it—but give it away for free,” he says. The latest Signal contains work from Mad magazine pioneer Will Elder, indie star Dash Shaw and little-known Montana underground comix master Jay Rummel, among a lot of other great art.
Fowler also produces teh annual Comic Arts Brooklyn festival, which is set to take place Nov. 5 at Williamsburg’s Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church. There is no admission charge.
Starting next Monday, women’s lifestyle website Little Things will be styling from a whole new vantage point. The company has tripled the size of its New York headquarters with a move to a new 26,000-square-foot location in the Hudson Yards neighborhood. The company also has offices in Chicago and Los Angeles.
“With our team pushing past 100 people and the expansion of our in-house video, photography and live studio productions, we needed more space,” explains co-founder and CEO Joe Speiser in the forthcoming announcement. “The new office will have one photography and three video studios, all under the leadership of Maia McCann, editor in chief.”
Little Things recently celebrated its second anniversary and along with the new digs, there are a quartet of major promotions to get excited about. COO Gretchen Tibbits (pictured) is now also president; Justin Festa is moving up to the position of executive vice president of digital; Chris McLoughin, who came on board in the spring as senior vice president of sales and marketing, has ascended to chief revenue officer; and Matt Mirman, with Little Things since the beginning, is now executive vice president of partnerships.
McCann meanwhile oversees an editorial team that produces more than 1,600 pieces of content each month. In a sign of the times, that slate now includes 10 weekly Facebook Live broadcasts. On the FB Live front, a mash-up of puppies and Teddy Bears has so far scored the most views.
Previously on FishbowlNY:
The Big Accomplishments of LittleThings.com
Photo courtesy: Little Things
If the first three days of content for The Crossover are any indication, this SI destination for “all things basketball” is going to be an essential bookmark for NBA fans. The site went live this morning.
Following today’s trench of content, which includes interviews with Russell Westbrook and Dwayne Wade (the Westbrook piece is also this week’s print edition cover story), Thursday will bring for example a look from Lee Jenkins at the final moments of last year’s Game 7 play between Kevin Love and Steph Curry as well as a piece about Kevin Durant’s relationship with the city of Seattle. Friday’s articles will include pre-season rankings and a team-by-team-preview.
From the top of the introductory letter from managing editor Chris Stone, which is also in the print issue:
Two years ago, when the idea of a basketball-only website was first floated here, I suggested that it be called McCallum, a riff off the late, great site Grantland. I was only half-joking; Jack is a Hall of Fame storyteller (literally so), whose ability to bring this most beautiful of games to life on the page is surpassed only by his less-fit-to-print outtakes, shared over multiple pints. (Jack’s on Twitter. If you ask real nice, perhaps someday he’ll give up the Darren Daye foot massage story from the late 1980s).
The site launch is sponsored by State Farm.
The Pulitzer Prizes have finally opened all of its journalism categories to print and online magazines.
Last year the Pulitzers opened just two categories to magazines and The New Yorker became the first title to win a Pulitzer. This year all five journalism categories are open.
“We have seen ample evidence that our juries and board can fairly judge magazine entries alongside the best work of newspapers and news sites,” said Mike Pride, administrator of the prizes, in an announcement.
Let’s get ready to cringe! If tonight’s third and final presidential debate is anything like the second one, it’s going to be hard to watch. E.g., not nearly as enjoyable as the front page of today’s Las Vegas Review-Journal.
The illustration by David Stroud is buttressed by some clever front-page wording. On the left, a quick summary of the two previous “bouts;” on the right, the statistical “Tale of the Tape” for tonight, with moderator Chris Wallace as the referee.
Vegas prop bets for the third debate include an over-under of 3.5 for “How many times will Wikileaks be said?” We’ll take the Over.
Image via: newseum.org
This cover of Bloomberg Businessweek Middle East is pure nightmare fuel. FishbowlNY had to share it with you so that we’re not the only ones completely freaked out.
Attention BW staffers: This can never happen again. Never!
Time Inc. is shuttering the print edition of InStyle U.K. According to WWD, the magazine’s December edition will be its final issue. The mag will relaunch as a digital-only brand early next year.
As with any magazine folding, layoffs are on their way. In fact, Time Inc. is already engaged in a consultation process with staffers. The process is required by law when a company wants to cut 20 or more staffers within a three month time frame.
Charlotte Moore, InStyle U.K.’s editor, will stay on. She said folding the print edition was a necessary evil.
“The fashion world is changing dramatically, the way our audience interacts with it is changing, and we have to change to meet that challenge,” Moore told WWD.
Manhattan Media has named Michael Gross editor in chief of Avenue. Gross first joined Avenue as real estate editor in 2012.
Gross previously worked for The New York Times, New York, Esquire, George and GQ.
“I am delighted to welcome someone of Michael’s caliber to the Avenue team and am excited to partner with him to shepherd our business to embrace both digital media and live events in addition to our storied print publication,” said Avenue president and publisher Randi Schatz, in an announcement.
Gross is succeeding Daisy Prince.
The online lead time for Dave Itzkoff’s Saturday New York Times print interview piece with David Letterman amounts to a full week of old Late Night shows. (An occupation the former host now frames as, “really, that’s what you did?”) The piece went online Monday and also precedes Letterman’s return to episodic TV via the National Geographic series Years of Living Dangerously, which returns for a second season starting Oct. 30.
From Itzkoff’s piece:
This past winter, Mr. Letterman and a production crew flew to Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi (“Two years in a row, the No. 1 airport in the world,” he said). He visited the city and the state of Uttar Pradesh to see firsthand how India’s swelling population was dealing with energy shortages, trying to reduce its dependency on coal and bring power to regions that still lack it.
There were many moments of found comedy, like when Mr. Letterman visited a tailor to be fitted for a kurta; he also conducted a serious-minded interview with Prime Minister Narendra Modi (that nonetheless ended, off-camera, with Mr. Letterman complimenting Mr. Modi on his beard).
What has stuck with Mr. Letterman about the trip, all these months later, is how completely different India is from anything he has experienced in America, and what he regards as the fundamentally hopeful nature of the Indian people he encountered. “You talk about the energy of New York City — India makes New York City look like nap time,” he said.
Commenting is open for this particular Times article and the thread includes a fair number of warm wishes to Letterman for a happy retirement. Dave tells Itzkoff he has purchased electric cars and installed solar panels at his Montana ranch. For a behind-the-scenes look at Letterman’s interview with India’s Prime Minister, click here.
On the heels of The Wall Street Journal revamping its newsroom Dow Jones has announced that layoffs could be coming soon.
Dow Jones execs “have have told the union representing its [Journal] employees that it is preparing to restructure operations amid volatility in the ad market.”
The Journal’s union, the Independent Association of Publishers’ Employees (IAPE), has been negotiating with Dow Jones for the past few months on new contracts. The IAPE reps roughly 1,300 Dow Jones staffers.
Aside from layoffs, Dow Jones is considering a number of options to cut costs. The Journal might combine or eliminate sections and/or reduce the number of pages it publishes. Execs are also thinking of closing “noncore projects.”