A couple Revolving Door items for you this morning, involving The Hill and Thrillist. Details are below.Reid Wilson, recently a chief political correspondent for The Morning Consult, is rejoining The Hill, where he’ll focus on state politics. Prior to The Morning Consult, Wilson was editor and lead author of The Washington Post’s morning political tipsheet Read In. Mari Uyehara is joining Thrillist as its first executive food and drink editor. Mari was previously a senior editor at Saveur.
This morning at Electric Lady Studios, the New York locale once graced by the genius of Jimi Hendrix, a digital platform that generates 18 billion monthly views outlined how it plans to garner a few more.
Over the next few weeks, a trio of new Vevo hosts will start appearing at the helm of a mix of existing and new programs. This talented group is comprised of Julz Goddard (a.k.a. YesJulz), Drewski and Lizzy Plapinger. From today’s announcement materials:
Drewski began producing for Hot 97 almost a decade ago and developed expertise working as the official producer on The Angie Martinez Show. Additionally, Drewski’s work proved instrumental in Cipha Sounds and DJ Enuff’s production success on past music projects.
Drewski works as an A&R and DJ for performing artist Maino and Jim Jones. Recently, Drewski teamed up with Cipha Sounds to create The MVMT, a dynamic of professional DJs and artists
who perform globally. The MVMT headlined their own tour last year – “Wrap Parties 2015.”
As one of the three new faces to the Vevo brand, Drewski will appear on camera with artists in short-form content, curate playlists and consult in an advisory role for Vevo’s various artist programs.
Meanwhile, going live on the platform at press time (5 p.m. ET) is “Vevo Curators,” a separate conglomeration of music experts whose evolving artist, video and playlist picks can be followed by users. Music host Matt Pinfield, metal icon Jamey Jasta and hip-hop maestro Brian “B. Dot” Miller are just a few of the featured experts for that layer.
Vevo has also struck a new distribution partnership with The Fader, designed to cross-pollinate content at both ends. Additionally at this morning’s event, a new Vevo player and enhanced functionality for user profile pages were unveiled.
For Splitsider, the daughter of Harold Ramis has detailed several fantastic scenes from her circa-1984 childhood in Santa Monica, Calif. She was seven at the time, and during that summer and fall, her life was doubly dominated by the U.S. pop culture event of the moment.
Here’s just one example of what Violet Ramis Stiel recollects:
Of course, [for Halloween] my dad offered to get me a jumpsuit and proton pack, but I opted for Cyndi Lauper that year – sprayed orange hair, lacy petticoat and jelly sandals. My dad, always a good sport, escorted me around the neighborhood carrying a small boom-box blasting “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun.” Of course, I could kick myself now for the missed opportunity of a father-daughter Ghostbusters dress-up moment but it’s OK. I stand by my Cyndi Lauper and look at it as an early display of feminist non-conformity.
The irony of course is that this coming Halloween, because of the movie’s gender switch, there will be a ton of little girls leading the Ghostbusters costume way. Ramis reveals that watching Paul Feig’s Bridesmaids at the hospital, by her dad’s bedside, and seeing him “shaking with laughter” remains one of the happier memories of dealing with his battle with illness.
There’s much more to savor from the guest author, including what it was like to be picked up from school once the Ghostbusters mania hit in 1984. Ramis Stiel, who lives in New York, has a nine-year-old daughter and is at work on a book about growing up with her dad. Bottom line: she ain’t afraid of no reboot, and urges readers to try and do the same. Maybe on Oct. 31, mom can book end that missed trick-or-treat opportunity of yore by combining with her daughter to represent half the 2016 Ghostbusters team.
Below is a Father’s Day song Ramis Stiel wrote this year for dad. LIP Harold Ramis; laugh in peace.
Welcome back to another edition of FishbowlNY’s weekly Cover Battle. This round we have T: The New York Times Style Magazine taking on Marie Claire.
The Times Style Mag features Natalie Portman wearing a sweater and a bikini bottom. It might also be underwear. We have no idea. We do know that it’s a hilarious look.
Meanwhile, Amy Schumer covers the newest Marie Claire in another odd outfit. Neither of these looks make any sense and yet somewhere, someone is trying to duplicate one or the other or both.
So readers, which cover is better? You can vote, comment, or do both.
“I want to die at my desk writing a story.”
Wow. Molnar, who holds a Master’s degree in journalism from NYU, went on to land the job of business reporter and has been with the tronc inc. newspaper since September. Per a profile by U-T Community Journalism Scholars Program member Xavier Sanchez, the way Molnar got into journalism in the first place is also pretty dramatic:
“I was living in London, England, and I was there [while] some terrorist attacks happened,” Molnar said. “Basically, my cousin that was at an Ohio newspaper asked me to write what I saw – all my observations, and they put it on the front page of this Ohio newspaper and I got the journalism bug.”
FishbowlNY hopes of course that Molnar does not die at his desk, but rather enjoys a long and successful rest-of-career (he’s in his early 30s), followed by many years of happy retirement. Boss McCabe also makes an appearance in an accompanying video mini-profile of Molnar , embedded below.
Previously on FishbowlNY:
Photographer Frames Giancarlo Stanton’s Record-Breaking Night
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The Atlantic has hired Adam Serwer and Siddhartha Mahanta and promoted Sacha Zimmerman.
Serwer will served as a senior editor. He joins from BuzzFeed, where he served as national editor. He starts August 15.
Mahanta has been named an associate editor. He previously worked for Foreign Policy. Mahanta begins July 18.
Zimmerman, most recently senior editor and current deputy editor for politics and policy, has been promoted to features editor for TheAtlantic.com.
Model Gigi Hadid and Olympic decathlete Ashton Eaton are Vogue’s latest cover stars. In the accompanying profile of the duo, they discuss how much they both enjoy something called “an açai-bowl shop:”
‘Have you had Backyard Bowls?’ He turns to me. ‘It’s an açai-bowl shop,’ he says. ‘The cool thing is it was started by two guys who met at Santa Barbara City College.’
‘Of course!’ Hadid says, a little aghast, though now she has completely relaxed, which is not easy to do in those stiletto Pumas that Rihanna designed. ‘I love Backyard Bowls!’
Next, the two new friends engage in an ultrahealthy bowl-flavor duel. Hadid calmly takes a shot. ‘Berry bowl with peanut butter.’
‘Spartan muesli!’ says Eaton. ‘I mean, yeah—berry bowl is good. But peanut butter?’
We had no idea until now, but the “ultrahealthy bowl-flavor duel” is definitely our least favorite duel.
The August issue of Vogue hits newsstands July 26.
Slate Group chairman Jacob Weisberg is the latest guest on the Recode Media podcast, and during the interview, Weisberg opened up about Donald Trump.
Weisberg said he considers Trump to be terrible, but he understood that “Trump is Topic A in a way no one in politics, in my lifetime, has ever been Topic A.” That was part of the reason for launching Trumpcast, a Trump-centric podcast that Weisberg hosts. The other reason? Trump is a real threat.
“I think this guy’s a menace and a danger to democracy, and I wanted that to be the premise of the show,” Weisberg explained. “It’s going to take a long time to recover from this. America looks like a very different place, even if Trump loses but gets 45 percent of the vote.”
Style.com, the e-commerce site from Condé Nast, will relaunch in September. WWD reports that the site will debut in the United Kingdom first, with the states version debuting a couple weeks later.
The new site will feature products from Vogue and GQ at first. Other brands are expected to be added eventually.
The transformation of Style.com began in 2014, when the site’s editor and publisher began to report to Vogue’s editor and publisher. Then, last year, Style.com was folded into Vogue.com.
As of now, Style.com is merely a placeholder with text that asks visitors, “What is Style.com?” We’ll all know in just a few more months.
While most media companies are in deep with Facebook, The Wall Street Journal remains a hold out.
The paper isn’t paid by Facebook to produce Facebook Live content (like BuzzFeed, The New York Times and others) and the only articles available on the Facebook Instant Articles platform are the Journal’s tech stories.
The Journal simply does not want to hand over data and control to Facebook, which it tends to view as a rival, not a partner.
Raju Narisetti, News Corp’s senior vice president of strategy, told Bloomberg that while other media companies are “willing to subsume their identity underneath the embrace of a large platform,” News Corp doesn’t believe in “panic and pandering.”
“[News Corp must] resolve to not mortgage our future for the latest ‘new-new’ seductive feature dangled as a come-hither by those who have no desire to pay for the creation and sustenance of vital journalism,” added Narisetti.
Time Warner’s Turner is the latest company to invest in Refinery29. According to Recode, Refinery29 was looking for around $50 million in this funding round.
Hearst, Scripps Networks and WPP Ventures are also major backers of Refinery29. Hearst invested in the site in 2013; Scripps and WPP last year.
This is Turner’s second big investment in the past few months — it pumped $15 million into Mashable in March.
The operative word this evening among West Coast entertainment reporters is: “Wow.” It precedes several tweets and retweets of Deadline’s announcement that New York Times reporter Michael Cieply is joining the PMC-owned trade.
News-wise, it’s definitely a switch of PMC outlets, because lately, all the comings (and a few goings) of elite reporters have involved Deadline’s sister publications Variety and IndieWire. From the announcement:
“We could not be more excited to welcome Michael to our editorial team,” Deadline co-editors in chief Mike Fleming Jr. and Nellie Andreeva said. “He has been a pre-eminent journalist in this space for years, with an impeccable reputation for being hard-nosed but fair and ethical.”
Commenter George wins the wry observation of the day with his single-word response to the idea of a reporter shifting from a top East Coast newspaper to a Hollywood trade: ‘Congratulations?’ Cieply starts Aug. 1.
Having dodged several idiotically distracted Pokémon players on the way to Michael’s today (Grow up already!) I arrived relatively unscathed to find the scene at 55th and Fifth a bit more subdued than usual today. Still, the place was filled with publishing pros (Gerry Byrne, Howard Mittman) and fashionistas (Graziano de Boni, Franck Grandidier) sandwiched in between the usual suspects.
I was joined today by Nancy Spears, CEO of genConnectU, who PR maven Liz Kaplow introduced to me in this very dining room last month. If you don’t know Nancy, you should (and now you do) because she just might be the entrepreneur who will crack the code on how to get millennials to pay attention to your brand for more than 10 minutes.
Eight years ago, Nancy launched genConnect with the idea of “sharing wisdom” from experts and accomplished professional in a wide range of fields through a series of videos created to “educate, entertain and enlighten” the site’s online audience. The “featured experts” on genConnect’s homepage at the moment run the gamut from actress Goldie Hawn to Maria Bartiromo to celebrity chef Marcus Samuelsson. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg, there’s plenty of media folks in the mix including Marie Claire’s Anne Fulenwider, Elle’s Robbie Myers, entrepreneur and author Nely Galan (who I ‘Lunched‘ with last month), Carla Hall and Lena Dunham to name a few. “There is so much to learn from these people,” said Nancy between bites of salad nicoise. “People want engagement and I thought, let’s do it in video.”
Since starting genConnect (which has just been rebranded as genConnectU — more on that later) Nancy has shot over 8,000 broadcast quality videos (just let that sink in for a minute) and owns all rights to the interviews. Depending on the interviewee, Nancy and her team shoot straight 20 minute sit-down interviews with her subjects or hour-long “stream of consciousness” conversations which are then edited into user friendly 2-3 minute videos.
Topics range from business, health, love, style, food and inspiration. To give you an idea of the depth of knowledge available in each category, genConnectU has 110 celebrity chefs on its food vertical alone. The videos are intentionally bite-sized, Nancy told me. They’re long enough to impart some pithy words of wisdom, but short enough so as not to lose the attention deficit-addled millennials who are genConnectU’s target audience. (Although the site’s demo extends into the 40-plus consumer as well.)
This not Nancy’s first entrepreneurial rodeo. Her first startup Creative Event Marketing, Inc (CEM,) an events and brand marketing company, had an impressive roster of clients including MasterCard, Time Warner, Johnson & Johnson and Eli Lilly. Nancy sold to Interpublic Group in June 2000. She is also the author of Buddha: 9 to 5: The Eightfold Path to Enlightening Your Workplace and Improving Your Bottom Line, a guide to value based leadership in corporate America. “I had the book party right here in the garden room!”
I’ll say this — Nancy is one smart cookie. She developed technology that integrates PowerPoint and livestream chat with the videos. While her initial vision was to offer inspirational videos on a wide range of subjects, she determined that mission for genConnect was too broad. “The biggest challenge [in business] is honing in and having a focus,” Nancy said. Having done her homework and market research she discovered that the latest trend is in online education, so she decided to pivot her entire business model and rebrand the site as genConnectU and create online courses.
Later this year, genConnectU will launch its first vertical with entrepreneurship courses for women. “All women are entrepreneurs at heart,” said Nancy. “We have a lot to share.” The existing video library will be used to introduce the courses on social media. The courses will be offered a la carte, with plans to test a subscription model some time in the future. Nancy told me the “sweet spot” for the courses is between $20 and $40 per download.
She already has plenty of wisdom stored up to share. This year, she partnered with Women in Communications to shoot the videos for the Matrix Awards and sat down with every winner over the past two years including The Hollywood Reporter’s Janice Min (“What’s she done with that brand is amazing — it’s because she’s passionate about the content”) and Mellody Hobson (“She so incredible I could have done 10 pieces on her.”) In interviewing the Matrix winners, Nancy said one common theme emerged. “These women are all at a stage of their lives where they want to give back.”
Giving back is critically important to Nancy. We talked about how motherhood is the game changer for so many women in wanting to make the world a better place and traded war stories on what it’s like to raise children (she’s the single mother of teenage twins) in the digital age. “Snapchat is breeding an entire generation of narcissists,” Nancy said. We both agreed the culture of entitlement that has permeated the ‘everybody deserves a medal’ generation, doesn’t bode well for our kids.
“I always tell my kids: If you want to be miserable, think about yourself; if you want to be happy, think about others.”
When the conversation turned to millennials, Nancy told me she feels they have the most to gain from the collective wisdom of the genConnectU community. “Millennials scramble to get into that great college, then scramble to get that first job, but they have to learn what it takes to keep that job and succeed.”
The keys to that success might just be a click away. “We’re handing this generation a big mess. I believe we have a responsibility to help them figure out the harsh realities of day-to-day life.”
Here’s the rundown on today’s crowd:
2. Peter Brown and Paul Beirne
3. Dini von Mueffling
4. Penske Media’s vice chairman Gerry Byrne
5. Allen & Co.’s Stan Shuman
6. Andrew Stein
7. Bookseller Glenn Horowitz
8. New York Social Diary’s David Patrick Columbia
9. Elizabeth Weymouth
11. PR maestro Stu Zakim
12. Sandra Good and three well dressed folks we didn’t recognize
14. Agent Ed Victor
15. British Heritage Travel’s publisher Jack Kliger and Fran Pomerantz, founder of The Pomerantz Group
16. GQ publisher Howard Mittman
17. Marshall Cohen
18. Charles Wittington
20. Graziano de Boni
21. Tom Moore
22. John Usdan
24. Martin Puris
26. Gucci’s Franck Grandidier
27. Nancy Spears and yours truly
29. David Sanford and Lewis Stein
Diane Clehane is a FishbowlNY contributor. Follow her on Twitter @DianeClehane. Send comments and corrections on this column to LUNCH at MEDIABISTRO dot COM.
Facebook—along with every other media entity in this nation—is going all in on its coverage of the upcoming political conventions. Its hope is that everyone attending (and covering) the events uses Facebook Live.
According to Politico, Facebook is prodding 22 media outlets, including The New York Times and C-Span, to use its streaming feature through access to the “Facebook Lounge,” which will serve as a studio for both the GOP and Democratic conventions.
“This is the most engaged we’ve been at the convention and its highly correlated to the fact we have a lot of tools to offer,” Facebook’s head of government and politics outreach Crystal Patterson, told Politico. “We’ve come a long way from 2012 — we didn’t even have video back then, it’s hard to believe. And now we’ve taken it to the next level with Live.”
Wendell Jamieson, editor of The New York Times’ metro section, has decided that more attention needs to be paid to the city’s transportation and infrastructure. Thus, he has created a team to tackle that issue.
Jamieson—in a memo obtained by Politico—described New York’s transportation and infrastructure as one of the “most pressing issues” facing the city.
“New York City, as you all know I believe, is the greatest city in the world,” Jamieson wrote. “We can cover it like it IS the world, digging deep into issues that affect all urban centers around the globe. When the story warrants, these journalists will travel the country, and even beyond, to explore transportation and infrastructure challenges, and see what New York can learn from other cities.”
Read it and weep… Tears of joy, that is. Where much of this summer’s media news, from IBT Media to HelloGiggles, has been depressing, the folks at Vice continue to build a massive content army.
We love the qualifier in the first sentence of Josh Tyrangiel’s memo. Understood; our enthusiasm for each and everyone of these talented folks (who start at various dates) is fully calibrated:
We’ve got a boatload of new people to announce, but please don’t let the volume overwhelm our enthusiasm for them as individuals. These are really smart, talented and collaborative people. It’s a great bunch, and as we ramp up to launch we’re happy to have each and every one of them.
Quinton Boudwin is a new production assistant on the tech desk. He’s a recent graduate of UT Austin and has done internships with The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore, the Austin American-Statesman, and KUTX radio. Quentin starts July 25th.
Sarah Burke is a producer. Sarah started as a news desk assistant in ABC’s Washington bureau before moving to London for NBC, where she’s now a hub reporter on the foreign desk. Sarah’s a Brit-American, with an undergrad degree from Oxford and an MA from Georgetown. She starts July 18th.
Kathleen Caulderwood is a video producer for Vice News. She’s Canadian, because we can not stop ourselves. Kathleen was the Africa correspondent at International Business Times before transitioning into impressively fast and smart multimedia work for Vice News, the Guardian, MSNBC, Mashable and many others. Kathleen started on Monday.
Juanita Ceballos is an associate producer. Originally from Colombia, Juanita started her career as a videographer in Mexico City at Telemundo, reporting extensively on the disappearance of 43 students from the Ayotzinapa Rural Teachers’ College and the escape of drug kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzmán. She’s a Columbia J-school grad and currently serves as an adjunct professor there as well. Juanita starts August 1st.
Cameron Dennis is a video editor. Cameron comes to us from Refinery29. Before that he was a producer and senior editor at BET Digital. With work at Bad Boy and XXL he brings a wealth of experience with music and the music business. Cameron is a grad of the NYU Gallatin School of Individualized Study. He starts July 25th.
Adam Desiderio is an international producer. Currently at ABC, Adam has logged a lot miles for Nightline, parachuting into west Africa to report on Ebola and Brazil to report on Zika. (He does things besides pandemics, he just happens to be good at them.) Adam starts August 11th.
Darren Foster is a producer joining our L.A. office. Darren’s a Peabody Award-winner who was the series director for “Borderland,” Al Jazeera America’s first originally commissioned docu-series. He also co-created and produced “Inside: Secret America” for National Geographic. Darren starts July 18th.
Kirsten Frisina is deputy social editor. Kirsten comes from The Verge. (There was actual, measurable sadness on Twitter that she was leaving The Verge’s Snapchat channel; an incomprehensible sentence, but true.) She’s also been a podcast producer, and before that ran an ice cream shop. Kirsten starts July 18th.
Cassandra Giraldo is an associate producer. After graduating Skidmore, Cassandra entered the photojournalism & documentary program at the International Center of Photography and got a masters at Columbia J-School. Instagram named her to its 2015 list of Emerging Photojournalists. Cassandra started July 7th.
Jika Gonzalez is an associate producer on the climate team. Jika’s originally from Mexico City and is currently an adjunct assistant professor for photography and video at Columbia J-school. She has a Master’s from Columbia and a B.A. from The New School. Jika starts August 1st.
Evan Groll is a tech producer. Based in San Francisco, Evan can shoot, edit and write. He’s worked in news, docs and reality TV and will work with Nellie to capture the stories inside Silicon Valley’s biggest companies – Apple, Google, Facebook, Hooli, etc. Evan starts August 1st.
Joshua Hersh is joining as a correspondent covering national security and defense. Josh was most recently the Michael Hastings Fellow at BuzzFeed News. Prior to that he served as the Middle East correspondent for HuffPo, based in Beirut and Istanbul, and as a reporter at The Daily and a fact-checker at The New Yorker. Josh started July 5th.
Ryo Ikegami is a video editor. Ryo was born in Japan and went to school in England at the University of Westminster. He’s spent most of his career at Bloomberg, where he’s won two Emmys for his work. Ryo starts July 18th.
Abbey Lossing is an illustrator and digital artist joining the design and graphics team. Abbey’s a Syracuse grad who was previously junior art director at BuzzFeed. To pause for an illustration break before completing the rest of this email go here. Abby starts July 18th.
Dave Mayers is an associate producer. Dave has reported from South Africa, Botswana, Lesotho, Swaziland… a lot of places, for the NYT, Time Inc., Al-Jazeera and more. He’s a St. John’s grad and s currently teaching multimedia storytelling at Columbia. Dave starts July 25th.
Isabella McKinley is returning to Vice as an associate producer. Isabella is a graduate of U Chicago and worked as a PA and researcher at VICE in 2015. She’s recently been at something called The Intellectual Property Company, which sounds very scary. Isabella starts July 18th.
Evan McMorris-Santoro is our new political correspondent. Evan is the former White House reporter at BuzzFeed, and he’s spent much of the past year on the road with Bernie Sanders. Evan’s the ultimate journalism self-starter. He dropped out of college and started his career as the managing editor of his hometown paper in North Carolina. Eventually he moved to DC and did stints at Hotline and Talking Points Memo before moving to Buzzfeed in 2013. Evan starts August 1st.
Caroline Modarressy-Tehrani is a national correspondent. Born and raised in London, she attended Oxford and started her career at Prospect Magazine. She jumped between communications and journalism for a bit before choosing wisely and landing at the FT as a culture columnist. She moved to the US in 2012 and has been a producer and correspondent for HuffPo Live since 2014. Caroline starts July 27th.
Oliver Noble is a video producer for Vice News. Most recently Oliver was senior producer at HuffPo where he was Webby-nominated for news mash-ups and other pieces spanning politics, sports, feminism and more that generated over a billion video views. Previously he was an editor and creative director at Heeb magazine. Oliver starts July 18th.
Amanda Pisetzner is a producer. She started her career as a fellow in the Santa Cruz county sheriff’s office creating educational and social programs for female inmates, and social justice has been a large part of her work at Peacock Productions, the long form specials unit of NBC News. Amanda starts July 18th.
Bernardo Ruiz is joining us as a producer. Bernardo grew up in New York and taught for a year in the public school system before moving into documentary filmmaking. He’s made several doc features including “The Graduates” for PBS and “Reportero,” about a journalist battling Mexican drug cartels. Bernardo starts in early August.
Nelson Ryland is a new(ish) video editor. Nelson spent 2015 as a producer and editor at Frontline. This year he’s worked mostly on Woman, Viceland’s excellent series featuring Gloria Steinem. In addition to already knowing his way around the building he’s a RISD grad and a Fulbright Scholar, so maybe don’t mess with him. Nelson started July 5th.
Stacey Sommer is a producer on the culture team. Stacey started at MTV shortly after graduating from Montclair State, and she’s worked on tons of shows and specials for MTV News and Digital. She also created MTV News’ original Facebook video strategy. Stacey starts August 1st.
Alex Thompson is politics and policy editor for Vice News. Alex went to school in Boston (ahem) where he played on the water polo team. After graduation he was the chief researcher on a biography of Mitt Romney and then managed a doomed Congressional campaign for a candidate who shall not be named. Most recently he’s been editorial assistant and researcher to NYT Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Maureen Dowd. Alex starts August 1st.
Sebastian Walker is our new international correspondent and Middle East bureau chief. Simply put, Seb is one of the most accomplished international reporters of his generation. Previously at Reuters and Al Jazeera, he’s got an Emmy, a Dupont and a Peabody for his coverage of Iraq and Haiti. He’ll begin with us in Washington, DC before moving to Beirut at the end of 2016. Seb will be in the office this week with a start date TBD.
Agnes Walton is a researcher on the climate team. She recently graduated from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, where she was a Science Communications Fellow at its Institute for Biospheric Studies. She’s also a US-Norway Fulbright Fellow and and American-Scandinavian Association Fellow. Personal interests include scuba diving and cheesemaking, though not at the same time. Agnes starts August 1st.
It goes without saying that the unsung heroes with regards to these 26 hires are the Vice Media HR staff.
And folks, this is how you have fun with a staff memo. Kudos to Tyrangiel for the entertaining asides, which among other things have now got us wondering what it would look like if someone tried to scuba dive and make cheese at the same time.
The key paragraph of Jennifer Aniston’s Tuesday Huffington Post treatise is the last. She notes that tabloid practices, and more specifically in this case those of the photographers who funnel assets to the world via syndicates like X17 and Splash, ‘will not change, at least not anytime soon.’
So where should fans and media consumers take the fight? That’s a question that will continue to be debated over the coming days and weeks. But already, in the comments to Aniston’s piece, there are some very good suggestions.
Carrie Graham, an assistant director of research at UC Berkeley, provides one of the most actionable ideas. This is not so much something for we as readers, or Aniston and Justin Theroux to do. But rather, a logical M.O. for today’s generation of rising young actresses:
Jennifer, I wish you had spoken out earlier. I wish you hadn’t given all those interviews over the years where you described your diets and exercise regimen with the implication that we should all follow your lead if we wanted to be beautiful and acceptable. I remember in the 80s when you lost a bunch of weight on a low-carb diet. To this day I remember how you scraped the insides out of bagel to reduce carbs and stay perfect. You gave these interviews and posed for photos over the years contributing to all of our sense of self-loathing. Now that they are criticizing you, you are speaking out. I’m glad you are doing so. But it would also be helpful if you would encourage young actresses not to participate in all those “how I look so perfect” interviews because that is really where the problem starts.
In Aniston’s defense, the swirl of paparazzi attention has gotten much worse in the past decade or so, fueled by TMZ’s impact on the West Coast media equation, endless copycat-content websites and the way the kind of quick-hit content the actress describes fits snugly into the screen of a smartphone. So here’s Jennifer Manifesto Item #1: Just Say No to “How I Got This Body” features.
Another interesting way to possibly heed The Huffington Post call is to consider the advice of reader Kara Elliott. She reminds that for many, it’s another insidious media element that is more harmful:
I get it but, but seriously, I don’t know a single person in my sphere who reads the tabloids or give it one ounce of credibility, what I do see is the young people and even older men and women reading Cosmo, GQ and Vanity Fair and any number of online articles showing celebrity women Photoshopped or dressed in thousands of dollars…talk about shaping what young girls and boys deem beautiful, sexy, and acceptable. Lets actually talk about these entertainment giants that do influence our youth and society on what is important…and its not the purse, lipstick, belly, or boobs of the next famous actress.
So perhaps Jennifer Manifesto Item #2 is a new insignia or icon that can be adorned to features, cover stories and photographs. A little symbol that means “Photoshop Free.”
Screen grab via: x17.com
The Time Inc. shakeup has arrived. In a memo to staffers, CEO Joe Ripp laid out a variety of changes, including the departure of veteran Evelyn Webster and the promotion of Fortune editor Alan Murray.
Ripp wrote that the changes were “about positioning ourselves for long-term growth. A new structure will allow the organization to unlock and scale innovation while unifying processes and advertising opportunities critical to our future.”
Webster, most recently executive vp, joined Time Inc. in 2011. Murray, who has been named chief content officer, will continue to serve as Fortune’s editor until a replacement has been found.
Other changes:All of Time Inc.’s US brands will report to Rich Battista, who—as we had hoped—had his title shortened to executive vp, Time Inc. and president, brands. Still needs work. Time Inc.’s creative studio, The Foundry, will now be led by Time Inc. Digital president Jen Wong. Norm Pearlstine—whom Murray is succeeding—will continue at Time Inc., as vice chairman, focusing on “international growth opportunities for Time Inc.’s brands and content and other projects.” All US advertising sales staff will report to Mark Ford, chief revenue officer, global advertising.