Re-attach the word “rust,” left off of Belt Magazine’s name, and you’ll know the region this long-form digital pub covers. But there’s the literal Rust Belt (an area spanning the Midwest and the upper Northeastern United States), and then there’s the figurative one. According to editor in chief Martha Bayne, “conceptually it’s any place that has been profoundly affected by the loss of the manufacturing economy in the United States.”
It’s this identity that underpins the stories the pub puts out, whether they are about social and cultural issues, an arts group, or an author or artist Q&A–all areas Bayne would like potential freelancers to tackle.
The idea of economic destruction and turnaround of the industrial Midwest is at the magazine’s core. Not every story should be about the closing of a steel mill, but do keep in mind this is the thread that defines the region.
At the top on Bayne’s wish list are stories about current business initiatives or zoning issues — stories that depict what modern day life is like in the region.
For more, including successful pitch examples, read: How To Pitch: Belt Magazine
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Runner’s World has made several promotions and hires. Details are below.Chris Kraft has been promoted to site director of Runnersworld.com. Hannah McGoldrick has been promoted to social media editor. Erin Benner has been promoted to art director. Bryan Boyle has been named gear editor. He comes to the magazine from The Denver Post, where he served as a senior producer. Clare Lissaman joins as photo director. She most recently worked as Ladies’ Home Journal’s director of photography. Ali Nolan has been named associate editor. She comes to Runner’s World from Momentum Media Sports Publishing.
Magazines like Us Weekly are often guilty of going overboard with the exclamation mark in headlines, but in this case, it’s completely warranted!
During a recent visit to the publication’s NYC offices for a videotaped Loose Talk sit-down, Pop TV reality stars Alan Thicke and Tanya Callau revealed some additional info:
In this week’s Loose Talk video, Alan, 68, and his wife Tanya, 40, admit that they aren’t afraid to get busy in the boudoir with son Robin Thicke’s music in the background. “When we do get freaky, we love [Robin’s song] ‘Sex Therapy,'” Callou, Alan’s wife of ten years, told Us. “You have to admit, it’s a great song to get in the mood.”
Earlier this month, Thicke told KTLA entertainment reporter Sam Rubin that his flavor of the TV genre is more like “sitcom reality.”
At the bottom of today’s LA Times op-ed, the author is tagged as follows:
Ann Friedman is a writer in Los Angeles who is not moving to Brooklyn.
Ha ha. It’s the punchline to her fun parody response to that recent New York Times Styles piece heard across the two U.S. hubs. In Friedman’s look at the reverse, cross-country migration of creative types, there are mentions of our subway, Shake Shacks, Mexican restaurant Cosme and … smells:
One thing that hasn’t changed about New York is the stench. \"It didn’t take long for it to become second nature to identify odor hazards ahead and preemptively hold my breath,\" says Emily Milder, an Orange County native who lived in Manhattan and then in Brooklyn for several years, \"but before I became a grizzled New Yorker immune to the smell of decay, I was a bit overwhelmed.\"
More seriously, we mentioned this in our original coverage of the Styles piece, but it’s worth noting again. One of the big reasons a New York-to-LA move is now more feasible is the entrenchment of Uber and Lyft. New Yorkers heading west no longer need to worry about the additional expense of a car and-or the stress of navigating the freeway maze. That’s the new red-light, right turn.
Previously on FishbowlNY:
NYT Corrects Some Underpriced LA Living
Welcome back to another edition of FishbowlNY’s weekly Cover Battle. This round we have Newsweek taking on Harper’s Bazaar.
Newsweek’s latest asks if perhaps there is more to Hillary Clinton than Benghazi. Of course there isn’t, but it’s a nice cover.
Harper’s Bazaar new issue features Game of Thrones’ Emilia Clarke with tall, ruffled feathers; which we all know is how celebrities intimidate their prey.
After premiering last month at the Florida Film Festival, The Desk, a feature documentary directed by former New York Times Magazine reporter Andrew Goldman, is set for its NYC coming out party. Gawker is sponsoring a screening of the film tonight on the rooftop of its new headquarters.
Then, for Goldman, it’s off to New Zealand for a series of screenings there. From a recent write-up in NZ’s Sunday Star Times:
Two career implosions and one viral video brought Paul Henry and Goldman together.
Goldman, a New York Times journalist, was on a one-month suspension from the job he would eventually be fired from when he saw Henry’s “Sheila Dikshit” gaffe on YouTube. He decided he wanted to work with Henry and sent an email, through TVNZ, asking if he wanted to come to America to star in his debut movie.
“I got an email back within 30 minutes basically saying ‘where can I sign up’?” Goldman says. That’s the short explanation of how Henry ended up in the feature-length film The Desk, about a fake talk show where he interviews porn star Ron Jeremy, celebrity fitness instructor Richard Simmons and a woman dressed up as Wonder Woman.
Goldman, who is presently a contributing editor for WSJ. magazine, tells us the film is also slated for the San Francisco Documentary Festival in early June and is currently submitted to various other events. Read the rest of the NZ Times feature article here.
Previously on FishbowlNY:
WSJ. Magazine Catches Up with the ‘Beethoven of Noodges’
American Journalism Review interviewed Bloomberg Digital editor Joshua Topolsky about how his team handles the intersection of news and design. Below are some highlights, but the entire piece is worth a read.
On incorporating graphics with breaking news:
The key is that no matter what aspect you’re looking at – text, images, video, graphics, interactives – we’re all making the same stuff. We have to be thinking about these teams as part of the same team. We’re all editorial, and we’re creating editorial products. It’s important to keep those lines of communication open for everybody.
What separates Bloomberg news pieces from competitors:
We’re able to pull some really interesting metrics. Not all our projects are based off data coming from the terminal, but I think we have access to a much wider collection data than most publishers. Even if we’re not using data specifically for a piece, we’re able to use it as context for the piece.
On the future of Bloomberg Digital:
So the first big thing is collaboration and increasing that and finding new ways to do things better – the other piece is breaking news. We can get better, faster, and smarter on how we bring data and interactive into a breaking news sphere. That’s something I’d like to devote a lot of time and energy toward.
The Revolving Door waits for no man. Kevin Gentzel, who joined Yahoo as its head of sales just seven months ago, is already out. Gentzel came to Yahoo from The Washington Post, where he served as chief revenue officer.
While there is no word on why, exactly, Gentzel has been shown the door, Digiday reports that Yahoo has big issues on the ad sales front:
As recently as the past few months, ad buyers were still giving Yahoo low marks for its various products. It has rolled out 13 digital ‘magazines’ like Food and Politics since last year to attract premium advertising, but they’ve failed to gather big enough audiences to impress advertisers.
Agency executives have also complained that Yahoo’s salespeople are slow to respond to RFPs and were heavily focused on selling off-the-shelf deals or pushing them toward Yahoo’s more expensive premium magazine-style native ads — despite the format’s inventory constraints.
You’ll have to forgive AOL CEO Tim Armstrong for smiling so much lately. See, Armstrong just learned that he could rake in roughly $180 million after Verizon completes its acquisition of AOL.
According to The Wall Street Journal, Armstrong is the biggest shareholder of AOL stock. His 1.68 million shares have a market value of $84 million, but since Armstrong used some of his own money to build up that stock, selling the shares will net him about $59 million.
Armstrong was also awarded AOL stock options with varying exercise prices. If he decides to exercise those options, Armstrong adds another $120 million chunk of change to his name.
In the end, Armstrong could be sitting on roughly $180 million as a result of Verizon taking over AOL. So yeah, forgive the man if he is smiling like an idiot. That much cash would make anyone act ridiculous.
Former New York Times executive Denise Warren has been named president of digital, CEO of East Coast publishing. Warren spent 26 years with Times, most recently as executive VP of digital products and service. She left the Times in 2014.
As for her role with Tribune Publishing, Warren will be asked to lead all of the company’s digital initiatives. She will also oversee six newspapers, including The Baltimore Sun and the Sun-Sentinel.
“Denise has a proven track record for uniting digital and print teams, for building and scaling digital businesses, and for creating engaging experiences that appeal to consumers and marketers,” said Tribune Publishing’s CEO, Jack Griffin, in a statement. “Additionally, she has championed growth through collaboration and innovation.”
Warren begins her new role next month.
If and when a Broadway musical adaptation of 20th Century Fox movie The Devil Wears Prada comes to fruition, it will stand as a diametric bookend to the other current live performance strand. In case you didn’t already know, long before the 2006 movie was being talked about as the potential spark for an NYC musical, the source novel by Lauren Weisberger spawned a metalcore band of the same name in 2005.
It just so happens that this thrashing Prada gang are this wrapping up a brief tour in the U.S. Heartland. As news spreads of a potential Hathaway-Streep derived Broadway musical, the four-man group is making its way from Kansas yesterday and Iowa tonight to a Zombie EP anniversary tour wrap-up gig in Illinois tomorrow.
Another important detail. The members of this metalcore band are avowed Christians and, well, they’ve stuck with the name despite an early bump. From the Wikipedia distillation of a High Wire Daze biography:
At the time of naming the band, the members assumed that the novel included anti-materialism as its moral, until later discovering that the novel did not feature this as its message at all. Despite making this mistake, the band members refused to change the name and decided that they would create a new, non-materialistic definition indicating that at the Last Judgment, God will not look at people’s
The band recently lost one of its founding members. They currently call Chicago and San Diego home.
It was business as usual–it is Wednesday after all –as the media honchos (James Dolan, Jon Steinberg), talking heads (Ron Insana) and various strivers and spinmeisters made the scene to be seen at Michael’s today.
I was thrilled to be joined by Alexander Vreeland and our mutual friend Mickey Ateyeh to talk about Diana Vreeland Parfums, an extraordinary new fragrance collection inspired by Alexander’s iconic grandmother, Diana Vreeland. Long before Anna Wintour, there was Vreeland, whose unparalleled career in fashion included 26 years as fashion editor of Harper’s Bazaar and nine as editor in chief of Vogue. She also transformed The Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art from a somewhat fusty, academic institution into a vitally important nexus of art and fashion.
Mickey Ateyeh, Diane Clehane and Alexander Vreeland
“She created something at the Met which is now a standard for museums all over the world. There are a lot of caretakers [in fashion] today,” Alexander told me. “My grandmother changed the game. Very few people change the landscape. She took Vogue, which at the time was more like a social magazine, like Town & Country, and made it a fashion magazine.”
I just had to ask Alexander what his grandmother would think of the parade of circus sideshow acts masquerading as celebrities that posed and preened on the red carpet at last week’s Costume Institute Gala. “My grandmother was very adventurous and she liked people who took risks. She had no problem with vulgarity,” he said. “She loved wacko, wonderful people.”
Alexander, who previously worked in sales and communications at Ralph Lauren and Giorgio Armani (whose business in the states went from 150 million to 1.4 billion when Alexander was heading up sales), told me he was “really close” to his grandmother, who died in 1989, when he was 34. He has taken great care to stay true to her legacy since being asked to take on the role of president of her estate in 2009. When his father asked him to assume the title “he acted as if he were turning over the keys to the Ford Company,” said Alexander.
Since then, he’s published several books on Diana and his wife, Lisa Immordino Vreeland, directed the much-lauded documentary, The Eye Has to Travel, which examined her life and work. Alexander’s latest book, The Modern Woman, chronicles her career at Harper’s Bazaar through the indelible images she created with photographer Richard Avedon, will be published this fall by Rizzoli and fêted at a fancy soirée at Bergdorf Goodman. Alexander noted that most people associate his grandmother most closely with Vogue, even though she spent many more years at Bazaar. “[Current Bazaar editor] Glenda Bailey is really enthusiastic about the book,” said Alexander. Of acquiring the unforgettable images, Alexander charmingly joked, “I had to sell one of my children to get those photographs, I used to have four, now I have three.”
When I mentioned that many of the images she created with Avedon still resonate today (as do her signature phrases like ‘pink is the navy blue of India’), Alexander agreed. “Many of those images could run today because they still look so modern, hence the title for the new book.” He is often asked what his grandmother would think of one fashion trend or another and Alexander said his answer is always the same. “She was born in 1903 so it’s impossible to know. What is clear is that she had an unbelievable sense of her time.” Indeed.
Over the course of our two-hour lunch, Alexander spoke with great enthusiasm about all the estate’s projects, but he is most passionate about Diana Vreeland Parfums. “In developing the fragrance collections, we had two pillars: her love of words and her love of color. Her words are ageless and the colors [she loved] are wonderful.” Fresh off his first press event, held yesterday at Hayward House on the Upper East Side, where he presented the five Diana Vreeland Parfums fragrances, he shared samples of the exquisite scents with me. With names like Smashingly Brilliant, Simply Divine and Daringly Different (all favorite words of his grandmother “but not necessarily used together in the same way”), the sophisticated scents exude luxury and evoke, at least to me, images of well-dressed women sipping champagne at the Carlyle Hotel. It was no surprise to learn that the fragrances are carried exclusively at Neiman Marcus and Bergdorf Goodman. Alexander’s marketing team oversees “a big presence” across all social media platforms in promoting the collection.
The fashion and beauty business is ruled by a notoriously difficult crowd, so I asked Alexander if having such a famous and fashion-friendly last name made it easy to gain a foothold in the industry. “I met with 70 people about the brand and not one pulled out a checkbook and said it was a great idea.” The tipping point, he explained, came at the end of 2013, when he borrowed space in a friend’s Gramercy Park townhouse, painted a room red (his grandmother’s signature color) accessorized with some of her fabulous coats and set up a small salon for the presentation of the scents which were, at the time, “90 percent there,” along with the packaging designed by renowned art director Fabien Baron. Within a week, every major luxury retailer from Bergdorfs to Barneys to Saks wanted to carry the collection. Today, the scents are sold in 15 countries and more brand extensions, including scented candles, are in the works. Remembering that first presentation, where an unsmiling squadron of executives came to the townhouse and silently examined the scents for what seemed like an eternity, Alexander said, “It took a lot of courage to go out like that. ” In the end, though, he followed the advice of his grandmother who said: “Give them what they never knew they wanted.”
Here’s the rundown on today’s crowd:
1. Cablevision CEO Jim Dolan and some boisterous blue blazers
2. Alexander Vreeland, Mickey Ateyeh and yours truly
3. ‘Mayor’ Joe Armstrong and George Stevens
4. Jim Abernathy
5. Lanky Luke Janklow
6. Dr. Gerald Imber, Jerry Della Femina and Andy Bergman
7. Bookseller Glenn Horowitz
8. New York Social Diary’s David Patrick Columbia and two well-heeled gents we didn’t get to meet
9. PR maven extraordinaire Judy Twersky and Susan Silver, who added the much-lauded women’s point of view to The Mary Tyler Moore Show back in the day…
11. Paxton Quigley–what a great name!
12. Andrea Eastman
14. CNBC’s Ron Insana lunching with a grey-haired hedge fund type
15. Peter Price
16. Steven Stolman with Tony Quick, Frank Rico and Tom Shea. Next week I’ll be serving up all the dish on Steven’s latest book, Confessions of a Serial Entertainer
17. Shelly Palmer
18. Estée Lauder’s Alexandra Trower and communications consultant and strategic advisor Mike Berland. “He’s taught us a lot about a lot of things,” Alexandra told me. Mike, who has been able to adapt his advice learned on the campaign trail for all sorts of end uses, imparted these words of wisdom: When the situation warrants a plan, “It’s important to act with immediacy.”
20. Producers Joan Gelman and Sandy Pearl
21. Quest’s Chris Meigher and Tony Hoyt
22. Robert Kramer
23 Author Greg Lawrence
24. Bernard Schwartz
25. Rubenstein’s Steve Solomon
26. Beverly Camhe
27. Entertainment Weeky’s Diane Whiteley
28. MailOnline’s North America CEO Jon Steinberg
Faces in the Crowd: Deposed Saks Fifth Avenue president Marigay McKee, who kept her sunglasses on and definitely did not want to be noticed on her way back to the Garden Room. Lest you feel too bad for the stunning retail executive, consider this: none other than Ronald Lauder is throwing her engagement party in anticipation to her upcoming wedding to billionaire Bill Ford. Some people have all the luck.
Diane Clehane is a FishbowlNY contributor. Follow her on Twitter @DianeClehane. Send comments and corrections on this column to LUNCH at MEDIABISTRO dot COM.
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It was and remains, all these years later, a brief but most potent friendship. From February 1954 until September 1955, photographer Roy Schatt worked with actor James Dean after being named the official photographer of Lee Strasberg’s The Actors Studio. From a Photographer’s Gallery bio:
The Dean pictures are undoubtedly the crowning achievement of Schatt’s career. As he recalled many years later, Schatt was mesmerized from almost the first moment they met: “He was a squinty schlump of a person all bent over. Then Dean suddenly got up and this ugly person became a dream, an Adonis who started to dance around the room. It was a transition I couldn’t believe.” Dean studied photography with Schatt and they became close friends.
An exhibit of more than 50 of Schatt’s photographs. of Dean and others, is on display at the Westwood Gallery on Broadway through June 6. Representatives of the gallery will also be on hand this weekend Art Miami New York, touting the great work of Schatt and others from a booth on Pier 94.
The photos, which also include some snaps taken by Dean, were curated by James Cavello. Other featured celebrities in the exhibit photos include Elia Kazan, Arthur Miller, John Cassavetes, Dorothy Parker and Marlene Dietrich.
Previously on FishbowlNY:
California Newspaper Gifts James Dean Fans with East of Eden Photos
Say Media has named Susan Kravitz global head of sales, a new role at the company. She joins Say Media from Discovery Communications, where she most recently served as VP, US digital sales.
“Susan is a great fit for this newly combined role and I’m incredibly excited to have her on the team,” said Say Media’s co-founder and CEO Matt Sanchez, in a statement. “We feel like she is the right leader to help accelerate our sales presence in market.”
In related news, Paul Cassar, who had been leading international sales, has been named VP, International.
At Monday’s \"Stand Up for Madeline\" event hosted by the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund at Caroline’s on Broadway, author William V. Madison was in attendance with his new book and some family members. His tome Madeline Kahn: Being the Music, A Life, released April 29, is the first authorized biography of the actress and Broadway performer.
On a recent episode of NPR Milwaukee’s Lake Effect, Madison explained the circumstances of taking over the book project from someone who was unable to complete the work:
\"I also have a background in classical music,” he said. “That was also very important, because the family felt that Madeline’s musical training had been overlooked to great extent. And that’s why the book has the sub-title that it has.\"
To coincide with the book’s publication, Madison wrote a great article for The Jewish Daily Forward about how Kahn belatedly connected with her Jewish heritage. And, as he also told the NPR hosts, he will take it as a great sign of personal success if his book inspires a new generation to watch and appreciate Kahn’s final movie Judy Berlin, an indie drama in which she portrays a Long Island housewife.
Published by University Press of Mississippi, the biography traces how being placed in boarding school at age five and struggling to forge a close relationship with mom forged much of Kahn’s adult life. Over the years, everyone from co-star Gene Wilder to New York Times critic Vincent Canby have praised Kahn’s talent, calling her respectively \"the best comedic or dramatic actress I ever met\" and \"possibly the funniest woman in films.\"
In addition to working for CBS News, Madison has also served as associate editor of Opera News and a production assistant on the 1986 Broadway musical Rags. To help promote the book, he has finally joined Twitter; follow him at @williamvmadison.
[Jack cover courtesy: University Press of Mississippi]
Shape.com, the digital arm of Shape magazine, is growing its online offerings following its recent acquisition by Meredith Corporation. Yet editorial needs will remain mostly the same.
Editors seek a varied mix of content, which includes the go-ahead to write in the first person. This might also be the time to put your guilty pleasure of tracking celebs to use, if you can spot a star-approved fitness trend and translate it for Shape.com’s audience.
From workouts to the latest in nutrition and wellness, the site is wide open for pitches. First-person pieces tend to do well, as do those that incorporate emerging trends (as in, what workouts are New Yorkers doing that folks on the West Coast have yet to hear about?). Celebrity trends make for good pitch material as well, provided your proposed story is relatable to the masses and has a strong service angle.
For more, read: How To Pitch: Shape.com
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This is going to be anything but your typical industry kudos banquet.
On July 5, the inaugural High Jewelry and Timepieces Awards will be announced in Paris at the start of Couture Week. The following night, a dinner will be held at The Louvre to celebrate the winners, hosted by Prince Nikolaos of Greece and his wife, Princess Tatania. From a report in the international edition of The New York Times:
\"It’s not a competition between the houses but a recognition of what is best within each house,\" explained Judy Price, president of New York’s National Jewelry Institute. The honorees will include as many as 40 different houses or brands, including Bulgari, Cartier, Jaeger-LeCoultre, Chopard, Dior and Graff.
Price has teamed with The New School’s Parsons School of Design on the event, with dean Joel Towers among the panel of distinguished judges. The event will precede the launch this fall of Parsons’ first watch and jewelry courses in both New York and Paris.[Photo of Price, Towers via: nationaljewelryinstitute.org]
Newsweek has expanded its team by nine. Details are below.John Seeley joins as weekend editor. He previously worked at The Wall Street Journal, where he launched and edited the Greater New York section. Cady Drell has been named culture editor. He comes to the magazine from Rolling Stone. Michele Richinick joins as staff writer. She comes to Newsweek from MSNBC. Jessica Firger joins as a writer covering health. She most recently served as CBSNews.com’s health editor. Emily Cadei joins as politics correspondent. Cadei was previously an editor and writer at Ozy. Elizabeth Rhodes has been named copy chief, a new role at Newsweek. She previously held the same role at Vocativ. Shefali Kulkarni joins as social media and engagement editor. Kulkarni most recently worked at Public Radio International’s The World. Iva Dixit has been named deputy social media and engagement editor. She previously worked with The Economist. Joanna Brenner comes to Newsweek as a producer. She most recently worked at the Pew Research Center as an associate digital producer.