Juana Summers has joined CNN Politics. Summers most recently served as Mashable’s political editor.
Summers previously served as a reporter for NPR, covering Congress and education. Prior to her time at NPR, Summers worked for Politico.
Rachel Smolkin, CNN Politics’ executive editor, tweeted that she was “thrilled” to have Summers joining the team.
Like most newspapers, The Financial Times is struggling to find its way. According to Politico, a memo from FT managing editor James Lamont stated that plummeting ad dollars have the paper’s execs “braced for tough times in the months ahead.”
Lamont wrote that because some companies have pulled out of newspaper advertising altogether, print ad dollars have “been far softer than expected in the first quarter of this year.”
As a result of the “daunting trading conditions,” Lamont said the FT will make cuts to four areas: There will be a delay in hiring; travel expenses will be reduced; part-time staffers will rarely be brought on and print production will be streamlined.
“It’s far better to take precautionary measures than find ourselves playing catch-up later in the year if the trading conditions do not improve,” added Lamont. “We will review our performance at the end of the second quarter.”
The New Yorker’s latest cover, Purple Rain by Bob Staake, is a great way to honor Prince. Click through for New Yorker staffers’ remembrances of the iconic artist.
Robb Report has named Matthew Carroll senior vp, publisher/head of digital sales. Carroll comes to Robb Report from Travel + Leisure, where he served as vp, associate publisher since 2014.
Carroll also served as vp, business lead for Wallpaper. He previously served as senior vp, group publisher for Modern Luxury Media.
“With a professional reputation within the publishing and advertising sales industry that far proceeds him, Matthew brings a proven track record of driving exponential sales growth, and developing talented, successful executive teams,” said Robb Report executive vp and publishing director David Arnold, in an announcement.
In an essay in our sister publication The Hollywood Reporter, producer Mark Canton retraces his close professional and personal relationship with Prince. He started working with the musical prodigy in 1983 on the Warner Bros. film Purple Rain and several years later, was spending some memorable nights out:
My favorite personal memory was having Friday night dinners with him and meeting acquaintances at the fabulous Helena’s (a private supper club). He would often spontaneously invite me to jump in his 1969 purple Cadillac with his friend and driver, a 6’ 9” cool guy named Chicky, and we would end up in Silver Lake…
With regards to Prince and Helena’s, that’s only the half of it. The supper club was opened in April 1985 by actress and dancer Helena Kallianiotes, with backing from her friend Jack Nicholson. It had been a belly dancing studio, and within a short amount of time after it was switched over, the grey stucco building on West Temple Street in Silver Lake was the place for celebrity mingling. However, per Dennis McDougal’s book about Nicholson, Five Easy Decades, Prince had a rough start there:
When Prince tried to get in without a [membership] card, Helena barred the door. “I detest royalty,” she said. “F*ck the prince. I never heard of him. He can apply for a membership like everybody else does.”
Ha ha. The New York Times caught up to the Helena’s phenomenon in a July 4, 1986 piece titled “Two Los Angeles Clubs for the ‘New Elite’.” From the following paragraph, it’s easy to understand why Canton would remember the place as “fabulous:”
Madonna and Sean Penn, charter members of the club, enter with guests and take a table beside a blazing fireplace. Three tables away, Jack Nicholson, Susan Sarandon and Cher huddle. Harry Dean Stanton stares into the middle distance. Over by the bar, Rob Lowe, in jeans and T-shirt, talks to members of what is sometimes known as ”young Hollywood.” Young movie and television executives bop on the dance floor.
Prince’s name is dropped in the article by a co-owner of the other profiled hot spot, a “New York-style” downtown discotheque called Vertigo. Helena’s had a good long run, becoming known a few years later for its celebrity poetry reading nights.
Photo of Kallianiotes in Five Easy Pieces via: Film Comment
The words are cascading forth from all sides this afternoon, in memory of Prince. The Nation sports editor Dave Zirin remembers his time as a university student in Minneapolis St. Paul and how, his senior year, he chose to cram in as many visits as possible to local club First Avenue.
Tonight, the all-night dance party for Prince begins at 11 p.m. But back then, Zirin had just caught another thrilling albeit familiar set by The Time. Suddenly, he was in the presence of Prince, wedged between two massive bodyguards. Zirin frames that moment with some funny celebrity context:
In the 20 years since, I’ve met Danny DeVito, Lionel Messi and Al Pacino. I have never met a man that short of stature with that kind of scary, almost, unsettling, charisma. He was fireworks. He was art. He was the drugs that Nancy Reagan told you not to take.
Ha ha. That pretty much sums up the man’s aura, doesn’t it? Just say yes to Prince! Although the words spoken by Zirin to Prince that night were not nearly as eloquent as the description above, one can’t really blame him. Read the rest here.
In an instant, the entire mood of Coachella’s second weekend has been recast. The death of Prince means that both attendees and artists will be thinking throughout about the legacy, passion and genius of Prince Rogers Nelson.
Local Palm Springs newspaper The Desert Sun has a look back at Prince’s 2008 performance at the festival:
Prince took the stage just after 11:10 p.m. in an explosion of purple mist and smoke, strutting in a white suit trimmed with fat silver studs. His set began with some familiar faces, like Morris Day, who joined the singer for a medley that included “Jungle Love,” and Sheila E, who sang “Glamourous Life,” then played an extended and vicious jam on the drums.
Prince flaunted well-known classics like “I Feel For You,” “1999,” “U Got the Look,” and a slowed-down, gentle “Little Red Corvette,” as well as some relatively modern hits like, “Cream,” “Musicology,” and “Seven.”
Throughout the set, Prince played coy with the crowd, shouting, “Tell me that you’re ready now,” and “What’s my name?”
Prince played for two hours, with a cover of Radiohead’s “Creep” surfacing anew online at the end of last year. He ended his set with “Purple Rain,” “Little Red Corvette” and the emphatic kind of statement often heard from performers at the event: “Coachella, we love you.” This weekend, Coachella will love him back (with quite possibly some major surprise guests dropping by to join scheduled headliners.)
The shocking news of Prince’s death at age 57 has triggered an immediate wave of reporter recollections and article revisits. Among them, an interview conducted in 2010 at Paisley Park by Peter Willis for the Daily Mirror.
Journalists who managed to get an audience with Prince each have their own unique memories. But chances are, few rival the one that opened Willis relied upon to open his 2010 piece:
I’m trying to interview the rock legend but he’s more interested in an impromptu jam session on the stage of his private concert hall – with me on drums.
We’re two minutes into Beatles classic Come Together and I’m getting into my stride when I become aware that Prince is staring across at me and wincing.
“Stop! Stop! Stop!” he shouts, slamming his hand down on his purple grand piano. “Have you ever seen The Apprentice on TV? Cos You’re fired!”
I protest. Let’s take it from the top again, I suggest. But too late. I’ve blown it.
Still, there can’t be many people who’ve been hired and fired by Prince, all in the space of a few minutes.
The jam session capped a truly extraordinary day at Chanhassen for Willis. Read the rest of what happened here.
Previously on FishbowlNY:
Neal Karlen Helped Prince Fill a Paisley Park Time Capsule
Neal Karlen Recalls Taking Toilet-Paper Notes
Photo of Prince in 2014’s The Grand Budapest Hotel courtesy: 20th Century Fox
Welcome back to another edition of FishbowlNY’s weekly Cover Battle. This round we have The Atlantic taking on Newsweek.
The Atlantic’s latest features the exact outfit you should wear the next time you ask your boss for a raise.
Newsweek’s cover, meanwhile, reminds everyone (read: men) that women have periods and to grow the f*ck up.
So readers, which cover is better? You can vote, comment or do both.
Reuters has made two additions to its deals team. Details are below.Liana Baker has been named a deals team leader, reporting to me. She most recently served as a Liana was a reporter focusing on cable and media companies. Lauren Hirsch has also been named a deals team leader. She previously reported on initial public offerings and M&A in the consumer and retail sector.
Bloomberg Pursuits has revamped its site—Bloomberg.com/pursuits—to focus more on visuals like video and photography.
The new site more closely mimics the print version of Pursuits, with bold fonts and large images. The site also features a drop-down menu that makes for easier navigation to Pursuits’ main coverage areas, including Food & Drink, Cars & Bikes, Style, Watches & Gadgets, Property, and Art & Culture.
According to a Bloomberg spokesperson, Bloomberg.com/pursuits attracts more than three million unique visitors per month.
The Newspaper Association of America (NAA) has named Michael MaLoon vp of innovation. MaLoon most recently served as the director of sales and operations at The Chronicle of Higher Education and The Chronicle of Philanthropy.
MaLoon previously worked as a consultant for NextGen Marketing Group, digital director for The Buffalo News, and director of recruitment advertising for Newsday Media Group.
“Michael is an insightful, creative leader who has a deep understanding of the opportunities ahead for news publishers,” said NAA president and CEO David Chavern, in an announcement. “Our industry is in the midst of constant evolution and experimentation, and Michael is uniquely positioned to facilitate strategic conversations and partnerships on behalf of our members. We are thrilled to welcome him to our team.”
Jotham Sederstrom, the New York Daily News editor who was fired after attributions were removed from columnist Shaun King’s pieces, has issued a statement about the incident. Sederstrom said it all comes to down “sloppy editing” and a “formatting glitch.”
Sederstrom wrote that he was “100 percent to blame,” and stated that King’s attributions to The Daily Beast and FiveThirtyEight were deleted because he was busy and forgot about them:
In those two cases where no citation or hyperlink appeared in the column, I believe I likely cut attribution from the top of Shaun’s quoted text with the intention of pasting them back inside the block — only to get distracted with another of the many responsibilities I juggled as an editor.
Sederstrom added that this was not an excuse, but he wanted to take issue with editor Jim Rich’s claim that the incident was “inexplicable.”
“I don’t say that to absolve myself of blame, but to illustrate how this happened with no intention on my part to damage Shaun’s reputation or the paper’s,” wrote Sederstrom.
“Finally, I want to personally apologize to Kate Briquelet of the Daily Beast and Rob Arthur and Jeff Asher of FiveThirtyEight.com for removing attribution and links to fantastic stories that Shaun originally cited,” continued Sederstrom. “I absolutely did not mean to do that, and fundamentally believe that proper citation is crucial to upholding basic journalistic standards and ensuring transparency about the reporting process with readers. I am sorry.”
Time has released its annual 100 Most Influential People in The World issue, and once again, your high school friend who correctly told you white people shouldn’t have dreads was somehow left off the list.
For the 2016 edition, Time published six covers featuring Leo DiCaprio, Nicki Minaj, Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Christine Lagarde and Priyanka Chopra.
“The people on the list, each in their own way, have lessons to teach,” wrote Time editor Nancy Gibbs. “We can debate those lessons; we don’t have to endorse them or agree with them. But the influence of this year’s Time 100, to my mind, is that down to the last person, they have the power to make us think. And they are using it.”
The Time 100 issue hits newsstands tomorrow.
Vice Media has named Sarah Broderick its new chief financial officer. Broderick joins the company from WME/IMG, where she served as chief accounting officer/global controller.
Broderick previously served as GE’s deputy controller and senior vp for NBCUniversal.
“As Vice continues to expand into additional lines of business, and continues to grow internationally, Sarah’s experience at large, complex, global companies will be an incredible asset to our entire company,” said Vice Media co-president James Schwab, in a statement.
It’s been a landmark month for “Mr. Las Vegas.”
On Sunday, April 3, Wayne Newton celebrated his 74th birthday. On Wednesday, April 6, the veteran of some 30,000 Las Vegas performances played in front of his largest-ever crowd in Sin City, 13,000, at the official opening of the T-Mobile Arena. And tonight at Bally’s, Newton will kick off his first show on the Strip in five years, a Wednesday-Saturday residency that he promises will include a generous helping of personal anecdotes. As well as, most unusually, a nightly Q&A with audience members.
And let’s not forget one other noteworthy event on the Newton April calendar. From a report by John Katsilometes in the Las Vegas Sun:
Newton was at Symphony Park [April 7] to help trumpet the formal opening of Project Neon, the Nevada Department of Transportation’s expansion of I-15.
Newton was joined by Gov. Brian Sandoval, Mayor Carolyn Goodman and Rep. Joe Heck, among other dignitaries, and accepted a “Mr. L.V.” license plate from Sandoval.
Perfect. Newton’s return to the Las Vegas stage is framed by his recently signed three-year agreement with the Las Vegas Musicians Union. For ten years prior, thanks to a 2006 falling out, he was on the “Unfair” list of parent association the American Federation of Musicians, meaning that musicians playing with him in the U.S. had to either be non-union or resign their AFM membership.
Last fall, when Newton’s longtime residence Casa de Shenandoah reopened as a museum, he walked the Los Angeles Times through five highlights. For thsoe contemplating the ultimate Newton-themed Vegas weekend, the attraction lies seven miles southeast of Bally’s.
Illustration via: caesars.com
Five students from Penn State’s College of Communications will be traveling to China this summer for exotic internship assignments. Courtney Barrow and Yi-Ting Wu will work in Shanghai at TV station International Channel Shanghai (ICS), while Stephanie Panny, Fangzhou Xiong and Akash Ghai will be in Beijing to learn how it’s done at China Daily, the country’s largest English-language newspaper.
From a recent Penn State summary:
Despite making her first voyage abroad, [journalism sophomore] Panny said support from the college and discussions with a past intern have calmed some of her – and her parents’ – nerves. Also, she plans on keeping classmate Xiong nearby. A sophomore public relations major, Xiong will also be working for China Daily. It will be his first internship. Beijing is Xiong’s hometown, and the internship ad jumped out at him for a different reason than the others.
“It’s close to home,” he said. “Plus, I am interested in the creative side of public relations. I saw this job was near home and applied, and I am very happy about getting picked.”
Their pal Ghai just graduated with a degree in visual journalism and hopes to land in China Daily’s photography department. In addition to the flagship paper, China Daily Group puts out eight other international editions, including a U.S. paper based here in New York.
Image courtesy: Penn State
Today’s Lunch was one for the books. When PR princess (really, that hair is to die for!) Maury Rogoff invited me to join her and her good friend Lois Joy Johnson at Michael’s, it occurred to me I hadn’t had the occasion to chat with Lois since she was the fashion editor at Ladies’ Home Journal and I was working in the PR department at Anne Klein. That was 27 years ago. We were both teenagers at the time. We got together today to talk about Lois’ new book, The Woman’s Wakeup: How to Shake Up Your Looks, Life and Love After 50 (Running Press) published earlier this year and her gig as columnist for AARP. I love it when my Lunch dates aren’t afraid to offer up more than a press release disguised as conversation. Lois did all that and more. Buckle up, it’s going to be a bumpy column.
She really let it fly as she lambasted plenty of heavy hitters in fashion, beauty and the media for ignoring women over 50. Among those in her cross hairs: Anna Wintour (“She is pandering to the youth market”), Saks Fifth Avenue (“I look at the clothes in their catalogues and think, ‘Who is buying these?'”), J.Crew CEO Mickey Drexler (“I emailed him and asked: Have you noticed if women in their 50s and 60s are shopping in your stores? He told me ‘That’s not our target audience.’ Really?”), footwear designer Stuart Weitzman (“When I told him most dresses are too short he told me to wear over the knee boots. Sorry, but no.”) and the beauty industry (“I called CEW [Cosmetic Executive Women] about doing a symposium about the buying power of women over 50 — Christie Brinkley was willing to do it — and I got no response!”) She also called out fellow boomers Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb for opting not to have Lois on the fourth hour of Today to talk about AARP’s new Beauty and Style Guide available as an app. “Who do they think is watching their show?”
“Race is not an issue anymore in the fashion and beauty industries, apparently gender isn’t either; size isn’t an issue. Apparently the one issue that won’t go away is age,” said Lois. Companies have turned their backs on female baby boomers in hopes of capturing the hearts, minds and wallets of — yup, you guessed it — millennials. “Everyone jumped on [that market] when the truth is we [women over 50] have the money. We’re the ones buying cars and are fueling the travel business with trips and hotel stays. We outspend millennials 2-to-1 and have three quarters of the [country’s] wealth. Shame on you fashion and beauty industries!”
A passionate, longtime advocate for this all-too-ignored demo, Lois was one of the founding editors of More, whose warts-and-all fashion spread in the mid-90s featuring a make-up free, stripped down to her underwear Jamie Lee Curtis set off an avalanche of coverage for the then-hot magazine and positioned the title as the authority which spoke to and for women of a certain age. Editor in chief Myrna Blyth and her team — Lois among them — launched More in 1997 with a fearless mindset. “We didn’t give a damn what anyone thought. We felt empowered. We were feminists and we wanted a magazine for us.” When I asked Lois what she thought about the magazine’s shuttering [this month’s issue was its last] she didn’t hold back. “When Myrna left and then I left and the heartbeat was gone. Advertisers began running the magazine.”
The rare companies that aren’t afraid to buck the youth-obsessed trend are few and far between, said Lois. When the conversation turned to the country’s obsession with the Kardashians, we all agreed we’ve seen about enough of Vogue’s darling of the moment Kendall Jenner, currently shilling for too many companies to count. Lois gives high marks to L’Oreal Paris. “They got it and they still do. Diane Keaton and Susan Sarandon are in the ads and they know there are a lot more women walking around who look like Helen Mirren [than younger models.]”
The Woman’s Wakeup, the third in a series of books [The Makeup Wakeup (2011) and The Wardrobe Wakeup (2013)], is Lois’ rallying cry to the troops. She tapped women in her own circle to share their stories and model for the book with stunning results. “My mother has every page I’m on tagged,” joked Maury. Other women in the mix include: Former co-host of CBS’ The Early Show Rene Syler, who now runs her own company Good Enough Mother Media, Hearst’s Carol E. Campbell, Myrna Blyth, editorial director of AARP, former publisher of More Jeannine Shao Collins.
Lois said there was an instant camaraderie on the shoot for the book “The vibe was incredible. Everyone connected and had exchanged numbers by the time they left. There was just this connection. We’re all friends now.” The book offers advice on everything from dating, reinventing a career, making friends in a new town, how to revive a wardrobe and, of course, how to stand out in a youth obsessed world. I love its no-nonsense, inspirational tone. “Women need to lift each other up, not tear each other down.” Amen.
Here’s the rundown on today’s crowd:
1. Producer Freddie Gershon and pals
2. Sony Pictures’ Steve Mosko and Claire Atkinson
3. Andrew Stein
4. John Frankenheimer
5. Comcast’s Brian Roberts
6. Dr. Gerald Imber, Jerry Della Femina and Andy Bergman
7. Glenn Horowitz
8. New York Social Diary’s David Patrick Columbia and Blair Sabol
9. PR power gal Norah Lawlor and Missy Hargrave
10. Maureen Reidy
11. Mickey Ateyeh and Linda Buckley
12. Penske Media’s Gerry Byrne and Bob Friedman and a table full of folks we didn’t recognize. Anyone?
14. Simon & Schuster’s Alice Mayhew
15. Marc Rosen
16. Facebook’s Carolyn Everson
17. New York Islanders’ Jay Itzkowitz
18. Wayne Kabak
20. Lynn Tesoro
21. Rory Babich
22. Vin Cipolla
23. Jack Kliger
24. Robin Lewis
26. George Green
27. Lois Joy Johnson, Maury Rogoff and yours truly
Faces in the Crowd: Our friend Liz Wood in town from D.C. We missed you Kira Semler and Vi Huse!
Diane Clehane is a FishbowlNY contributor. Follow her on Twitter @DianeClehane. Send comments and corrections on this column to LUNCH at MEDIABISTRO dot COM.