Per a Women’s Wear Daily report by Alexandra Steigrad, the February issue hitting newsstands Tuesday is part of a one-two 2015 redesign punch. A revamp of the website is to follow. From her piece:
“We are not a magazine for all women between the ages of 35 and 54,” publisher Jeannine Shao Collins said. \"We are a magazine for who we like to call ‘the fabulous women.’ We like to keep it to those women who are professional, managerial, with a really high income.”
The publisher said that income hovers around $110,000 a year, which is the highest average income of any women’s magazine.
The new and improved More, printed on better paper stock, gives EIC Lesley Jane Seymour some 20 more editorial pages to assign as well as a trio of new coverage areas: travel, hotels and food. In conjunction with the redesign, the annual subscription rate has been raised and the rate base, halved.[Cover image courtesy: more.com]
How do you properly pay tribute to a New York TV talk show pioneer? For starters, you tell it like it was.
Here’s the lede sentence from James Barron’s New York Times obit:
Joe Franklin, who became a New York institution by presiding over one of the most compellingly low-rent television programs in history, one that even he acknowledged was an oddly long-running parade of has-beens and yet-to-bes interrupted from time to time by surprisingly famous guests, died on Saturday in a hospice in Manhattan.
Another worthy, respectful angle is to remind just how much Franklin loved to do what he did. From the top of the CNN.com obituary by Andreas Preuss:
\"The last two weeks were the first time he ever missed a broadcast in over 60 years” friend and former producer Steve Garrin said.
Ebony launched in November, 1945. Seventy years later, Johnson Publishing CEO Desiree Rogers (pictured) is very astutely trying to sell the photo end of that legacy, to ensure the health of Ebony and other closely associated media endeavors.
From the article by Chicago Tribune media reporter Robert Channick:
The historic collection spans 70 years of African-American history, chronicling everyone from Martin Luther King Jr. to Sammy Davis Jr.
Johnson Publishing has had its collection appraised and recently hired a consultant to shop its wealth of iconic images, including a 1969 Pulitzer Prize winning photo of King’s widow and child, taken at his funeral.
Rogers is hoping to sell the archive for $40 million. There’s no doubt that on paper, it’s worth that much. (She suggests to Channick that \"in the right hands,\" the archive could become the \"black Getty Images.\") The bigger question is who will be willing to pay that fair price in today’s cutthroat media world?
Much more info about the current state of Johnson Publishing in Channick’s piece. Read the rest here.[Photo via: johnsonpublishing.com]
TVNewser: Former CNBC employee Maria Bartiromo is no longer a CNBC fan.
GalleyCat: The insufferable Alec Baldwin is about to be even more insufferable — he has a book deal to write a memoir.
SocialTimes: This is pretty cool — Twitter has launched a translation tool.
The exodus from The New Republic continues, with five staffers walking out the door, including chief operating officer Sloan Eddleston and production director Trina Robertson. Design director Erick Fletes, communications director Annie Augustine and story editor James Burnett are also leaving. However, there were a couple of additions to the mag, including Theodore Ross as features director and Paul Biboud-Lubeck, who will oversee finance and operations. “Paul was made for this job — he as been head of finance and operations at Valrhona Chocolate, the chocolatier where he has been for seven years helping run a large and complex business,” a memo from CEO Guy Vidra reads. Is this the last of the changes? We’ll see…
Wired makes a host of moves, adding The Verge’s David Pierce as senior writer and Jason Tanz as editor-at-large. Additionally, Robert Capps is the new head of editorial and former Wired.com editor Mark McClusky will oversee operations, with Mark Robinson and Joe Brown taking on executive editor titles… Michael Lawton joins Fortune as creative director. He had been design director at Popular Mechanics… Julia Edelstein is the new health editor at Good Housekeeping, joining from Real Simple, where she held the same position… Read More
It was decided a few months ago, internally, that there would be no Spring Issue. But with today’s New York Times report of the last two paid Modern Farmer editorial staffers clocking their final day, the future of this Hudson-headquartered quarterly publication is up in the air.
From NYT domestic correspondent Kim Severson’s story:
Jesse Hirsch, a senior editor who came from San Francisco to help start the magazine, and Cara Parks, the executive editor who joined the staff in October, were the paid editorial staff that remained. When they left Friday, the editorial content was left to two interns who were scheduled to leave by the end of January.
In an email to the Times, a PR firm representing primary investor Frank Giustra and the publication’s other stakeholders said replacements will be hired and a Summer Issue printed.
Meanwhile, at the Twitter end, @ModFarm is re-tweeting wistful snippets from present and former contributors as well as fans. Rayham Harmanci for example singled out this 2013 piece as Modern Farmer‘s most memorable.[Slide image via: modernfarmer.com]
Some breaking personnel news is currently circulating at the New York Daily News. The paper, which continues to make massive Web traffic inroads, has expanded the responsibilities of its features and lifestyle guru.
Here’s the lunch hour email from the paper’s EIC Colin Myler:
I am delighted to announce that Raakhee Mirchandani is to become our new Head of Content for Features and Lifestyle. In this new, extended role, Raakhee will be responsible for overseeing all our entertainment, features and lifestyle content for the paper and online. This is such a central and significant part of our DNA and her drive, energy and experience will be invaluable in building our digital profile and audience.
Please join me in congratulating Raakhee in her new role which begins immediately.
Mirchandani was previously a features editor for the print side only and, earlier, a fashion editor. She has also worked at the Boston Herald, the New York Post and sits on the board of the South Asian Journalists Association.
More than ever, Mirchandani is living up to her personal Twitter handle. Congrats.[Pictured: The current most read content at nydailynews.com]
Gina Sanders, who was appointed president of global development for Condé Nast last September, is adding “developing investment strategies” to her role.
In a memo, Sanders said that she would remain in New York to take on those additional duties while the rest of her global team would transition to London:
Having studied the optimal path for a Condé Nast Global Development function for the past several months, I believe the greatest efficiency can be achieved by moving operations to London, where many of Condé Nast’s central international resources are based.
Sanders worked as president and CEO of Fairchild Fashion Media prior to being named president of global operations for Condé.
This is the kind of news the National Press Photographers Association (NPPA) wishes it never had to report. But this morning, the organization confirmed that the six remaining staff photographers at Sports Illustrated were laid off Thursday.
From Donald R. Winslow‘s item:
Staff photographers Robert Beck, Simon Bruty, Bill Frakes, David E. Klutho, John McDonough and Al Tielemans were informed of the decision around noon Eastern time on Thursday.
The magazine’s director of photography Brad Smith told Winslow the move was related to a broader restructuring of various Time Inc. editorial departments. Smith also said that he hopes the laid off photographers will be willing to continue to contribute to the magazine in some fashion.
It’s also very possibly, also, a reflection of the fact that as the breadth and depth of very affordable syndication services like Shutterstock continue to enlarge, it becomes more and more difficult for media companies to justify the salaries and travel costs associated with event-driven photographers.
Read the rest of Winslow’s report here.[Cover via: si.com]
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Once upon a time, Bruce Cost wrote the 1984 cookbook Ginger East to West. Among the many aspects of the ginger root covered: the origins of ginger ale.
These days, per this week’s Fox 5 News report by Arthur Chi’en, Cost and partner Andy Nocito are taking receipt in Bushwick of 60,000 tons of ginger a month, as part of their rapidly expanding Bruce Cost Ginger Ale business. According to company materials, the various flavors are plentifully stocked at Google’s offices on both coasts.
Cost perfected his fizzy drink in San Francisco and Chicago, relocated to Brooklyn in 2010 and moved into his current 18,000-square-foot Bushwick headquarters last April. Over the years, the chef and author has also had his byline published in the New York Times, Washington Post, Food & Wine magazine and other publications.
Iggy Azalea, an absolutely garbage MC, recently shared her thoughts on the media. Her take was basically that the print versions of publications are always better than the web versions. She went so far as to specifically cite Forbes and Time as two examples of this.
Not only is Azalea awful, she’s wrong. People who complain that the Internet is a barren wasteland of negativity don’t seem to understand that it’s not the Internet that’s the problem; it’s them.
There is plenty of quality, positive content online. You just have to go to the right places.
If Azalea thinks certain sites are so terrible, then she should go to other sites. But that’s not what people who have this sort of “The Internet is bad” take want to do. They’d rather complain about The State Of Things than simply click on an article that they’d enjoy.
(Image: AP/Joel Ryan)
Bon Appétit staffers moved into their new offices at One World Trade Center this week. Little did they know the occasion would be marked by controversy.
Yesterday morning, the magazine’s executive editor, Christine Muhlke, tweeted that staff had set off 1 WTC’s fire alarm:
Despite this public observation, Bon Appétit’s editor Adam Rapoport told The New York Post that “It didn’t happen.” If that has you puzzled, the plot thickens even more: Muhlke has deleted her tweet and The Durst Organization, which owns 1 WTC, told New York that they just happened to be “testing” fire alarms yesterday.
Did Bon Appétit staffers set off the fire alarm or not? If so, why would Rapoport deny the event and what role is The Durst Organization playing in the cover up? If not, why would Muhlke make such a thing up? And did Rapoport tell Muhlke to delete her tweet? And who ordered the Code Red???
Please ponder these questions over the weekend.
The elusive Charlie Hebdo that was published after its offices were attacked is coming to Barnes and Noble. The New York Post reports that 20,000 copies of the memorial issue are being sent to the states, and the book store chain will receive a portion of them.
Despite the horrendous attacks, Charlie Hebdo published the issue the very next week. It sold out quickly once it hit newsstands. In France, five million copies were purchased. In New York, book stores Albertine, Book Culture and McNally Jackson each sold 100 copies each.
The new shipment of Charlie Hebdo could be available as early as today, but most stores are expected to receive the issue next week.
The media rumor that will never die has popped up once again; albeit with a slight twist. We’ve all read that Michael Bloomberg is interested in buying The New York Times plenty of times before. The new juicy info is that Bloomberg tried to buy the company, but Times publisher Arthur Sulzberger rebuffed him.
As with any rumor of this size, both sides deny this happened. A Times spokesperson told New York that Sulzberger “can’t remember the last time he spoke with Bloomberg,” which is complete bullshit, but still. And Bloomberg has brushed off the suggestion that he might one day purchase the Times.
Despite their constant denials, the buzz has remained the same for the last three years. New York even added this quote — via a “Bloomberg advisor” — to the latest edition of the rumor: “Mike has muttered a lot about the Times to a lot of people.”
This idea won’t die because it makes some sense. Bloomberg needs to fuel his massive ego, and buying the Times would be a sufficient meal. Also, the Times has a money problem, and Bloomberg’s deep pockets could solve it.
The reality is that we could still be talking about Bloomberg buying the Times years from now. No one seems to want to budge. Typically, where there’s smoke, there’s fire. Perhaps this is just a really, really, really, slowly developing flame.
\"If I knew The New York Times would cover a publicist leaving a production, I would arrange to hire a publicist one day, fire him the next day and then rehire the publicist the following day just for the publicity,\" Weinstein said.
But of course, it’s newsworthy because of how Miramontez is said to have exited. According to several anonymous sources tapped by the Times theater reporter, there was profanity at the contentious Tuesday meeting (Weinstein denies it). And, just before article publication, Weinstein added that he took responsibility for what had happened and would no doubt today be “begging” Miramontez and O+M Co. to return to the promotional fold.
A major issue for Weinstein at the weekly planning meeting was reportedly the fact that the only long-lead magazine coverage lined up for Neverland, which starts previewing in March, was something he had arranged with Vogue. But Miramontez chafed at the suggestion that O+M had dropped the ball with regards to getting glossy coverage for the show and its stars Matthew Morrison, Kelsey Grammer:
\"The problem came when he [Weinstein] demanded that they [GQ magazine] give Finding Neverland a cover. He doesn’t understand that the nation’s top men’s magazine is not going to devote a cover to his Broadway show. The reality is, at this point, they don’t even want to devote a page to it. He’s just having a tough time facing facts.\"[Photo of Weinstein with Georgina Chapman at the 2015 Golden Globes: Helga Esteb/Shutterstock.com]
A couple Revolving Door items this morning, involving Refinery29 and Robb Report. Details are below.Amy Emmerich is joining Refinery29 as head of video. Emmerich will oversee the site’s video expansion. She comes to the site from Scripps Network Interactive, where she served as senior VP of programming for ulive.com. Prior to that, Emmerich was VP of production and development at Vice Media and the Travel Channel. Robert Crozier has been named managing director, Robb Report International Division, a new role at the magazine. He comes to Robb Report from Billionaire, which he co-founded and served as global business development director.
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DreamWorks Animation to Cut Fifth of Work Force (WSJ)
DreamWorks Animation SKG Inc. is cutting about one-fifth of its work force and reducing the number of movies it releases each year as the troubled entertainment studio struggles to bounce back from a string of box-office disappointments, the company said Thursday. Deadline It will eliminate about 500 jobs \"across all locations and all division of the studio\" as it consolidates its northern California studio on to its Glendale, Calif. campus. DWA will take a pre-tax charge of $290 million from the restructuring, most of it to be recorded in Q4 but with $110 million in cash payments, mostly this year. It expects to end up saving $30 million this year, growing to $60 million in 2017. The news lifted DWA shares about 3.2 percent in post-market trading. Variety The job loss figure is significantly higher than the estimate of a workforce reduction in the 150 to 400 range that emerged Monday. The layoffs began last week. Deadline DWA said in an SEC filing that CMO Dawn Taubin, COO Mark Zoradi and vice chairman Lewis Coleman are exiting the company as part of the restructuring plan. THR DWA will also trim its slate to two films a year. The newly announced line-up consists of the sequel Kung Fu Panda 3, set for release on March 18, 2016, followed by an original, Trolls, on Nov. 4, 2016. The following year will bring Baby Boss on Jan. 13, 2017 and The Croods 2 on Dec. 22, 2017. For 2018, the studio has set The Larrikins on Feb. 16, 2018 and How to Train Your Dragon 3 on June 29, 2018.
Zanny Minton Beddoes Named Editor of The Economist (FishbowlNY)
The Economist Group, parent of The Economist, has named Zanny Minton Beddoes editor of the magazine. She is the 17th editor — and the first female editor — in The Economist’s 172-year history. HuffPost Per a release from parent company The Economist Group, Beddoes will take the reins from current editor John Micklethwait, who held the post for nine years, on Feb. 2. The Guardian Beddoes is currently business affairs editor at The Economist, having previously been the magazine’s economics editor. In her current role she oversees the weekly’s business, finance, economics, science and technology coverage. She joined The Economist in 1994 after two years as an economist at the International Monetary Fund. Politico / Dylan Byers on Media Micklethwait was named Bloomberg LP editor-in-chief in December.
FishbowlDC Founder Garrett Graff Named Editor of Politico Magazine (FishbowlDC)
Politico Magazine has a new editor — and it’s none other than Garrett Graff, who started FishbowlDC in 2005. FishbowlNY Graff, the former editor-in-chief of Washingtonian, was most recently a senior writer for Politico. Politico / Dylan Byers on Media Politico also announced that Marc Caputo, the Miami Herald’s lead political writer, has been hired to launch a daily morning newsletter called Florida Playbook, modeled after Mike Allen’s famous D.C. tipsheet. Caputo joined the Herald in 2003 and is known in D.C. circles as the go-to source on Florida politics. Capital New York Politico also announced the hires of Zachary Karabell, a former columnist for The Atlantic and Slate, Matt Latimer, a former speechwriter for George W. Bush, Bill Scher, co-host of \"the DMZ,\" Nancy Scola, formerly a correspondent for The Atlantic and The Washington Post, and Emily Thorson, a professor at George Washington University, will be a columnist for Politico Magazine.
Icahn to Seek Two Seats on Gannett’s Board (NYT / DealBook)
Carl C. Icahn is not one to relax for long. Fresh off signing a truce with eBay, the activist investor disclosed on Thursday that he planned to seek two seats on the board of Gannett, as well as to make proposals to prevent the media company from installing defenses against potential takeover bids. Poynter / MediaWire He also expressed particular concern that each of the new companies — Gannett is in the process of the splitting of the company in two, spinning off publishing from television and digital — be open to takeover bids and not adopt any of the defenses management can use to fend off unwelcome offers. Icahn controls 6.6 percent of Gannett stock. HuffPost / AP Icahn also says he will propose that shareholders should have the right to vote on any plan the companies may adopt to fend off unwelcome takeover attempts and that holders of 10 percent or more of company stock be able to call special shareholder meetings.
Hulu Launches Super Bowl Ad Zone (LostRemote)
Hulu and Toyota have teamed up again to bring you the Super Bowl Ad Zone so you can binge watch teasers for this year and watch all those sappy Budweiser spots from last year’s game. SocialTimes Much like Facebook’s existing ad-targeting options, the new Big Game targeting segment it will launch for the Super Bowl will allow brands to serve ads to users based on their interests, with all user data remaining anonymous. Adweek Additionally, with just two weeks to Super Bowl XLIX, the NFL is still reeling from a string of domestic abuse controversies last fall: Consumer perception of the brand is just half of what it was last year, according to YouGov’s BrandIndex.
Vimeo Partners With Atlantic, CBS to Take Paid Videos Everywhere (GigaOM)
IAC-owned video service Vimeo took the next step for its Vimeo on Demand platform Thursday: Vimeo’s paid videos are now available on the websites of partners, including The Atlantic, CBS Interactive and The Enthusiast Network. Partners will sell Vimeo videos on their site and in turn get a cut of each sale. Variety Under the program, publishers can embed videos into article pages or their own VOD storefronts and let users buy them from the syndicated player. That’s a capability, Vimeo CEO Kerry Trainor pointed out, that is not available with Apple’s iTunes and Amazon Video. Deadline Companies will have the choice of curating what videos their storefront offers, or letting Vimeo do it based on the site’s core audience and interests. The Atlantic, for instance, has a carefully curated group of video offerings, including documentaries, award winners and films from the Sundance Film Festival.
Union Rep: Layoffs at WaPo Amid ‘Budget Shortfalls’ (FishbowlDC)
The Washington Post has reportedly experienced a round of staff reductions \"amid rumors about lower-than-expected revenue and budget shortfalls,\" according to The Washington-Baltimore Newspaper Guild’s co-chair, Frederick Kunckle. Mediaite Kunckle broke the news on the Guild’s Facebook page, revealing that the people laid off had been subjected to an out-of-nowhere performance evaluation and offered buyout packages.
Egypt President Seeks End to Al Jazeera Reporters’ Detention (Bloomberg)
Egyptian president Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi said he’s seeking a resolution to the case of three Al Jazeera television journalists imprisoned for more than a year. TVNewser \"We are trying very hard to find a way out within the legal framework and respect the rule of law and the independence of the judiciary,\" El-Sisi said Thursday.
Johnny Weir, Tara Lipinski Added to NBC’s Super Bowl Pregame (New York Post)
NBC is adding flamboyant figure skater Johnny Weir and his sassy sidekick, Tara Lipinski, to its pregame Super Bowl broadcast. TVNewser The flamboyant duo will be interviewing celebrities and doing spots from the tailgate party, alongside NBC Sports personalities such as Bob Costas, Josh Elliot and Dan Patrick. Weir and Lipinski have become darlings of NBC brass since generating enormous buzz at the Sochi Olympics.
Bill Gates to Guest Edit The Verge (FishbowlNY)
Bill Gates, co-founder of Microsoft and the world’s wealthiest person, is going to serve as The Verge’s guest editor in February. In a note, Nilay Patel, Verge co-founder and editor-in-chief, wrote that throughout the month, Gates will be narrating episodes of an animated series The Big Future, which lays out Gates’ ideas for how technology can improve the world over the next 15 years. The Verge Every year, Bill and Melinda Gates publish a letter outlining their philanthropic efforts and the changes they hope to make in the world. This year, that letter is about improving the lives of the poor through technology. Specifically, it’s about dramatic changes that will occur in banking, farming, health and education in the next 15 years. It just so happens that The Verge exists to explore that kind of change — to examine, celebrate and critique our shared future as advancements in technology move ever faster. If there was ever a time for Bill Gates and The Verge to come together, it’s now.
Tumblr Launches Creative Agency to Connect Artists With Advertisers (Wired)
Tumblr wants to help artists and creators become commercial successes in the real world. SocialTimes Thursday it launched the Creatrs Network, an agency that will select Tumblr users that are onto something and help them connect with brands.
ABC Sets Rosie Perez’s View Return Date (TheWrap)
Despite reports that Rosie Perez is on her way out at The View, the relatively new addition to ABC’s daytime talker will return to the show next month. Perez, who has been on hiatus from The View in January to rehearse for the upcoming Broadway production of the Larry David play Fish in The Dark, will re-join her View cohorts Tuesday, Feb. 3, ABC said Thursday.
Diane Sawyer to Appear on Nightline in First Effort After World News (Variety)
Diane Sawyer has famously held forth on ABC’s Good Morning America and World News Tonight. Now, she’s getting ready for an appearance on wee-hours news program Nightline. On Friday’s edition of Nightline, she will unveil her first effort since leaving the anchor chair at ABC’s World News in late August.
Alex Burns Joins NYT (HuffPost)
Alex Burns, recently a senior political reporter for Politico, has joined The New York Times as Metro political correspondent, according to a memo.
Andy Coulson to Face Retrial in Royal Directories Case (The Telegraph)
Former News of The World editor Andy Coulson is to face a retrial in June over claims he bought Royal phone directories from corrupt police officers.
It’s always interesting to read about a writer’s process. In the case of Kersti Niebruegge, by day a footage researcher for Late Night with Seth Meyers, the path to her YA debut Mistake Wisconsin was most ingenious.
As explained recently by the proud Badger State native to Wisconsin Sate Journal books editor Jeanne Kolker:
“I wanted to write something funny that takes place in Wisconsin, that called out Wisconsin eccentricities in a really loving way,” she said. She wrestled with that idea for a while, and “one day I sat down to write a tourist brochure for a small town that I was picturing in my head.”
Once the brochure was written, she asked herself: Who lives in a place like this? Who passes through this town? And that brochure — which advertises the Friday fish fry at the Chitchat Supper Club and the weekly lutefisk feasts at the Mistake Lutheran Church — became the first chapter of her book.
Before joining Late Night at the show’s inception, Niebrugge, a 2003 UW-Madison journalism graduate, worked for Conan in Los Angeles and the BBC here in New York.
[Jacket cover via: kerstiniebruegge.com]