Keith Olbermann has joined GQ as host of The Closer with Keith Olbermann, a bi-weekly web series.
According to Politico, The Closer will debut Tuesday at 8 a.m. on GQ.com. For the series, Olbermann will be discussing/ranting about the mating habits of chipmunks. Or… Politics.
“He’ll be providing commentary on the election, with the flexibility to delve into other timely issues when relevant,” a GQ spokesperson told Politico.
The Boss is coming to The New Yorker Festival. On Oct. 7, Bruce Springsteen will talk with New Yorker editor David Remnick about Springsteen’s new autobiography Born to Run and much more.
Tickets—which will include a signed copy of Born to Run—will go on sale online or at the Town Hall box office Wednesday, Sept. 14, at 12 E.T.
The tickets are selling for $85 a pop and they’ll definitely sell out within minutes, so act fast if you’re interested.
The ad-supported streaming service will feature Time Inc. content focused on celebrity and human interest stories. One new show, titled BingeWorthy, features hosts Jessica Shaw and Touré talking about the best shows on TV. The network will also offer live coverage of award shows, like the Emmys.
Launching a streaming service against giants like Amazon and Netflix is one hell of a gamble, but with print advertising continually on the decline, what choice does Time Inc. really have? As with most things of this nature, if the content is good, people will watch.
A couple Revolving Door items for you this morning, involving The Atlantic and Recode. Details are below.Atlantic Media has promoted Kasia Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg general manager and executive producer for Atlantic Video. She has been an executive producer with The Atlantic since 2011. Recode has hired April Glaser to cover robots, drones and smart machines. According to Talking Biz News, Glaser has most recently been writing for Wired under a fellowship.
The agenda for the series of “Power and Abuse” discussions being presented Sunday on the Harvard campus by the Nieman Foundation, as part of this year’s celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Pulitzer Prize, is broken into three Acts. The middle portion, “Power in the Nation,” will include a conversation with filmmaker Laura Poitras and Washington Post associate editor Bob Woodward, moderated by New York Times executive editor Dean Baquet.
Ahead of this weekend’s two-day event, which will be framed with Saturday and Sunday night performances by musical Pulitzer winners Wynton Marsalis and John Adams, Woodward spoke to the Harvard Gazette about the state of watchdog journalism, and more. From his Q&A with staff writer Christina Pazzanese:
“There’s a lot of great work in journalism being done. The problem is the message managers in government, business and everywhere — even the message managers/spokespeople in the media — have greater and greater power, so they assert that power by curtailing disclosure, limiting transparency. We know less and less about what really goes on. You have to dig and find people and records and documents, and it takes a long time.”
“I was at a dinner sitting next to Al Gore, the former vice president. This was 10 years ago or so; he was out of office. I asked him how much we know about what goes on that’s of consequence? And he said, “One percent,” and I kind of died. I asked, “Well, suppose you wrote a memoir that told all, what would we know then about what goes on of consequence?” And he said, “Two percent.”
Check out the full agenda here.
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New York Post editor in chief Stephen Lynch has announced several changes to the paper’s editorial team. Details are below.Serena French and David Kaufman have been promoted to joint editors in chief of Alexa, the Post’s luxury supplement. French will handle fashion-centric issues; Kaufman real estate, culture and lifestyle issues. Juan Rodriguez, most recently assistant managing editor, has been named editor of the Monday paper. Rick Eng will now oversee the morning editions, Sunday through Thursday. Susan Hopkins has been named night editor, with Steve Hillman serving as night editor on Fridays and Saturdays. Holly Sanders Ware has been promoted from deputy business editor to deputy web editor.
V magazine has added several staffers to its team. Below are the details, via WWD.
Valerie Salembier, who previously spent more than a decade as publisher of Harper’s Bazaar and Town & Country, has joined as a sales and marketing consultant.
Paul Cavaco has been named a contributing fashion director. He is the founder of the fashion PR company KCD and previously served as creative director for Allure and Harper’s Bazaar.
New York Times best-selling author Joshua Lyon has been tapped as a senior editor.
Nancy Gillen has been named managing editor. Gillen previously worked for Glamour and Harper’s Bazaar.
Priya Rao, previously with InStyle, has joined as a contributing editor.
Mia Solkin, who also previously worked at InStyle, has joined as fashion market director.
David Pecker has agreed to a contract extension with AMI that will keep him with the company through 2021.
According to The New York Post, Pecker’s new deal is “extended and upped,” which indicates he’s set to make more than the $1.5 million per year he made on his current contract.
Pecker has served as AMI’s chairman and CEO since 1999.
AMI publishes Star, The National Enquirer, Sun, Men’s Fitness, Muscle and Fitness and more.
Alana Newhouse, the editor in chief of Tablet magazine, has much to celebrate this month. On Sept. 19, her publication will hold a special event marking its first year in print, and for the 2016 Rosh Hashanah edition, she wrangled actress Natasha Lyonne on the cover. In full Yentl mode (click image to enlarge).
As Newhouse explains in her Editor’s Letter, she has been harboring in recent months her own version of Jack Nicholson’s what-if-this-is-as-good-as-it-gets? That feeling played an instrumental role:
I’ve been carrying around this anxiety for months, and so I couldn’t help but bring it to our photo shoot with Natasha Lyonne—an actress I’ve long admired for the combination of intellectual sharpness, magnetic vulnerability, and unpredictable bitchiness that I’ve flattered myself into believing is the mark of all former yeshiva girls. In fact, a smart analyst might even say it was this anxiety that inspired me to approach her for the cover in the first place. (OK, fine. A smart analyst did say that.)
Ha ha. Lyonne channeled Barbra Streisand’s 1983 movie to address these uncertain times, the idea of how women and Jews react to change, and more. There are other photos from the “Yentl 4Eva” cover shoot here.
Rosh Hashanah this year begins Oct. 2 and ends Oct. 4.
H/T: Mark Oppenheimer
Many years ago, André of the iconic hip-hop duo Outkast rapped “See that rap shit is really just like selling smoke / If you got some fly shit, yo n***** gonna always toke.” That same principle — people will pay for a quality product — applies to The New York Times this weekend.
In an effort to attract new digital subscribers, the Times is giving registered users free, unlimited access to its site and apps from today (September 9) through Sunday (Sept. 11). This is the first time the Times has offered such a wide-ranging deal.
This weekend visitors to Nytimes.com will be asked to log-in or register to unlock the unlimited access. The Times’ typical paywall only allows non-subscribers 10 free articles per month.
Rodale Inc. has named Beth Buehler chief operating officer, a new role at the company. Buehler most recently served as Rodale’s senior vp of digital.
Buehler has been with Rodale since 2013. She previously worked for Down Jones and Company, most recently as head of business management.
In related news, Rodale has promoted Laura Frerer-Schmidt to senior vp/managing director of Women’s Health and corporate sales. She most recently served as vp and publisher of Women’s Health. Frerer-Schmidt has been with Rodale since 2011.
CNNMoney has added Rishi Iyengar, Zahraa Alkhalisi and Marian Liu to its global team.
Iyengar has joined as India editor. He most recently worked for Time in Hong Kong. Iyengar is succeeding Charles Riley, who is moving to London to lead CNNMoney’s Europe team.
Alkhalisi has been named a digital reporter in Dubai. She previously worked for CNN.
Liu has joined as senior multiplatform editor, based in Hong Kong. She most recently oversaw the entertainment site SouthFlorida.com.
If you’ve never heard of the Cold Case Investigative Research Institute (CCIRI), a good place to start is this March 2015 interview conducted by website The Line-Up with founder Sheryl McCollum. The law enforcement vet explains how her large network of forensic experts and student volunteers operates, and touches on some of the cases she has worked on since 2005.
At the beginning of this year, CCIRI turned its attention to the re-opened investigation into the 1981 death of actress Natalie Wood. That effort has this week been reported by Radar online, who reveal that two new witnesses have been located and interviewed by CCRI with regards to the overnight events of Nov. 28-29, 1981:[Captain Dennis] Davern showed  investigators [in Hawaii] his vantage point on the yacht’s bridge, and detailed how he witnessed Natalie’s screaming match with Wagner on the rear deck — moments before she “disappeared.” …
The two new witnesses “confirm Davern’s eyewitness account” of events on the tragic trip, claimed About the AuthorRichard HorganRulli.
Radar is incorrect when it states that CCIRI has turned over its findings to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. FishbowlNY confirmed this has not happened, yet. When it does, it seems bound to continue moving the re-opened case forward. As part of the investigation, CCIRI also spoke with Davern.
CCIRI previously worked on the disappearance of Natalee Holloway. Radar has a few details on some of CCIRI’s other findings.
Pictured: Los Angeles Times Nov. 30, 1981 article headline
AMG/Parade has named Dave Barber executive vp of the company’s Newspaper Relations Group.
Barber most recently served as a consultant for AMG/Parade. He previously worked for Parade and USA Weekend.
“Dave brings exceptional experience and deep industry relationships to AMG/Parade, helping to foster stronger bonds with our partners as we evolve our business and expand our PEP division,” said AMG president and CEO Chuck Allen, in an announcement. “He is a terrific leader who truly understands the AMG brand and its goals.”
Welcome back to another edition of FishbowlNY’s weekly Cover Battle. This round we have Redbook taking on Vanity Fair.
Redbook’s latest cover features Empire star Taraji Henson looking great aside from her heavily photoshopped ankle. Why would you photoshop an ankle? Gotta keep those ankles looking nice, ladies!
VF’s cover also packs some star power with Bruce Springsteen. Here he is wearing between five and 10 bracelets and at least two necklaces. Baby, Bruce was born to accessorize.
So readers, which cover is better? You can vote, comment or do both.
Can the procedural help revive the relevance of print newspapers? It certainly seems so.
Chris Goffard’s recent six-part investigation for the Los Angeles Times, “Framed,” about an Orange County PTA mom entangled with the parents of a child she watched over after school, had people talking about the paper in glowing terms rarely recently heard. Now come two more similar efforts.
On Sunday, the Arizona Republic’s Michael Kiefer kicked off “Summer of Fear,” a five-part look at a pair of serial killers who terrorized Phoenix ten years ago. And, currently in progress at the Cincinnati Enquirer, an even more ambitious undertaking, “Accused,” an eight-part investigation (with podcast) into a 1978 Cincinnati murder.
The two reporters behind the Enquirer series, Amber Hunt and Amanda Rossmann, spent a year on the project. They explain their motives as follows in an accompanying series note:
There are a lot of investigations out there examining whether people were wrongly convicted of terrible crimes. This isn’t one of those. This is an investigation of the aftermath of an innocent verdict. How law enforcement — so sure that they had the right man despite two juries saying they didn’t – gave up looking for the person who strangled and stabbed Elizabeth Andes, a young woman in a college town.
Both the Republic and Enquirer are Gannett newspapers. These series continue the company’s stellar work on the investigative front. And there’s something about the narrative form and ruminating feel of these sorts of pieces that works well with newsprint and a cup of coffee. These kinds of investigations also, of course, feed the appetite of a public whetted by the podcast Serial, the Netflix series Making of a Murderer, this year’s FX series The People v. O.J. Simpson and more.
Enquirer reporters Hunt and Rossman appeared Wednesday night on HLN to discuss their series work with Michaela Pereira. Watch that conversation here.
The New York Times has launched a new culture podcast titled Still Processing, hosted by Times Pulitzer Prize winner Wesley Morris and staff writer Jenna Wortham.
According to the Times, Still Processing will feature Morris, Wortham and guests “discussing current trends in television, film, books and music… also the culture of work, dating [and] the internet.”
“Wesley and Jenna are two of the great cultural voices, and they also happen to really like talking to each other. I think everybody wins in getting to hear the two of them in conversation,” said Times executive producer for audio Lisa Tobin, in a statement.
New episodes of Still Processing will be released every Thursday.