As Bloomberg sportswriter Erik Matuszewski points out, this is NYC’s first new golf course since our Golfer-in-Chief was JFK. The online tee time reservations mechanism was turned on this morning for the $269 million facility in the Throgs Neck area of the Bronx:
The most expensive public golf facility ever built in the U.S., Ferry Point has been almost two decades in the making. The original plan was for the course to open in 2001, yet the project was pushed back significantly by cost overruns and construction, legal and environmental delays.
\"We’re incredibly excited about what’s about to happen for golf in the New York area,” Ron Lieberman, who oversees Ferry Point as vice president of special projects for the Trump Organization, said in a telephone interview.
Green fees range from $141 to $215. A $10 million clubhouse will be added in 2016.
[Image via: trumpferrypoint.com]
Keillor describes his Upper West Side apartment as his, reverse version of a \"lake cabin.\" He also recalls the critical boost he got from a New York publication:
\"Getting published in The New Yorker back in 1969 was a huge influence on my career. The New Yorker was idolized in the Midwest and, having been published there, I got enormous credit in public radio and was given more license than I deserved.
In 1974, having written about the Grand Ole Opry for the magazine, I was allowed to do a live variety show on Saturday evenings. A great boon and I’ve clung to it. A Prairie Home Companion has guided my life for 41 years, it’s given me a host of friends. It’s made me happy on many occasions.
Keillor also talked to Pandolfi about the bittersweet feeling of living in a town where the daily newspaper is dying a slow print death. Read the full convo here.
The Associated Press has announced its 2016 political team, which is led by political editor David Scott. Below are the other members of his team.Lisa Lerer joins the AP as a political reporter with a focus on Hillary Clinton. Lerer comes to the AP from Bloomberg, where she most recently served as a report for Bloomberg Politics. The AP’s White House correspondent Julie Pace will add campaign coverage to her role. Tom Beaumont will cover Jeb Bush. Phil Elliott will focus on Republicans in the Senate seeking a 2016 nomination. Andrew Harnik, an AP photographer in Washington, will join the campaign coverage. Ken Thomas will focus on national Democrats. Steve Peoples will cover the national Republican Party. Jill Colvin will focus on Chris Christie and general 2016 news in New York. Nick Riccardi covers politics in the West and Bill Barrow in the South. Jesse Holland leads race and ethnicity and voters reporting. Emily Swanson is focused on polling. Donna Cassata will focus on Capitol Hill.
Admit it: When moments like Clinton’s email fiasco happen, you can’t wait to see the Post’s take. Sometimes it’s hilarious, sometimes it’s hilariously offensive. But it’s always worth a look.
Quartz, Atlantic Media’s business site, is expanding to Africa. Quartz Africa will go live in June, with Yinka Adegoke editing. Adegoke previously held senior roles at Reuters and Billboard. He’ll lead a team of full-time staffers and freelancers.
Jay Lauf, Quartz’s co-president and publisher, described the expansion as a necessity. “As a global business publication, we have an editorial imperative to cover the most interesting and important developments in the global economy,” explained Lauf. “As a digital and mobile-first publication, Quartz has great commercial potential in Africa.”
Quartz Africa is Quartz’s second international site, following the launch of Quartz India last summer.
‘Blurred Lines’ Infringed on Marvin Gaye Copyright, Jury Rules (NYT)
For the last year and a half, the music industry has been gripped by a lawsuit over whether Robin Thicke’s 2013 hit “Blurred Lines” was merely reminiscent of a song by Marvin Gaye, or had crossed the line into plagiarism. THR / Hollywood, Esq. The verdict was reached after eight days of trial testimony examining whether “Blurred Lines,” one of the most successful songs of the young century, was improperly drawn from a soulful hallmark from the prior one — Marvin Gaye’s 1977 hit “Got to Give It Up.” Mashable The jury on Tuesday found that Thicke and Pharrell Williams lifted “Blurred Lines” from “Got to Give It Up,” but conceded that they didn’t necessarily do it on purpose. On the question of whether they committed “willful” infringement, the jury voted “no”; but asked whether they were “innocent” of it, they also voted “no.” Variety The jury ordered songwriters Thicke and Williams to pay $7.3 million to the family of Gaye for copyright infringement. Overall, the Gaye family sought more than $25 million in damages. The attorney for the Gaye family, Richard Busch, will also seek to halt sales of “Blurred Lines,” and said he will file official paperwork by next week. LA Times / LA Now The song brought in $5.6 million for Thicke, $5.2 million for Williams and another $5 million to $6 million for the record company, as well as an additional $8 million in publishing revenue.
Reza Aslan, W. Kamau Bell to Host New CNN Series (TVNewser)
CNN is adding two new original series to the mix of programs already in the lineup. Author and religious scholar Reza Aslan will host the new spiritual adventure series Believer, and comedian W. Kamau Bell will travel across the U.S. for United Shades of America. Deadline These series will join the previously announced mini docu-series Race for The White House, narrated by Kevin Spacey. Believer is billed by CNN as a new \"spiritual adventure series.\" In each episode, Aslan will dive into a faith-based groups to experience life as a \"true believer.\" United Shades of America follows Bell as he explores the \"far corners of our country\" and its \"subcultures,\" CNN described. Variety Mike Rowe, John Walsh, Anthony Bourdain, Morgan Spurlock and Lisa Ling will all return for new seasons of their respective programs. CNN will co-produce five new films under its CNN Films unit, each of which is expected to debut in U.S. theaters before appearing on its U.S. network. The original programming \"is a really important part of our agenda of audience and advertiser growth,\" said Jeff Zucker, president of CNN Worldwide, in an interview. THR Among the documentaries are Steve Jobs: The Man in The Machine, the biographical doc of the Apple founder by Alex Gibney, which will premiere at SXSW on March 14; Unseen Enemy, Janet Tobias’ doc on virulent viruses and bacteria that could generate the next global pandemic; and Sunshine Superman, Marah Strauch’s portrait of “the father of BASE jumping,” Carl Boenish.
AccuWeather Channel Launches, Bumps The Weather Channel From FiOS (TVNewser)
With its first distribution deal in place, the AccuWeather Channel is now a reality. AccuWeather Channel is now the primary weather network on Verizon FiOS, bumping The Weather Channel from the lineup. Deadline The 5.6 million FiOS video customers can watch or stream AccuWeather or find the weather in their ZIP code areas via a FiOS TV WeatherBug \"widget\" accessible on channel 49. While cost was a factor, the distributor says it also decided to not renew its contract with TWC. \"In today’s environment, customers are increasingly accessing weather information not only from their TV but from a variety of online sources and apps,\" it says. Variety The showdown between Verizon and TWC comes after DirecTV — the No. 1 U.S. satellite broadcaster — dropped the net last winter. The satcaster restored TWC three months later, after the net agreed to reduce reality programming by half on weekdays, return instant local weather and grant in-home authenticated access.
Evening News Ratings: Week of March 2 (TVNewser)
NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt continues to hold the lead in the evening news race, but World News Tonight With David Muir continues to show the most growth. Variety Nightly News snared 2.391 million viewers between the ages of 25 and 54, the demographic most desired by advertisers in news programming, for the five days between March 2 and March 6. That figure represents a 2.9 percent dip in viewers in that category from the previous five-day period. Meantime, World News attracted 2.30 million in the demo, approximately 2.95 percent less than the previous period, while CBS’ Evening News captured 1.78 million, representing nearly a 9.2 percent fall from the previous period’s figures. Deadline World News showed a 12 percent growth in total viewers and 4 percent in the news demo compared to same week last year. Meanwhile, NBC’s newscast was flat in overall audience and up just 1 percent in the news demo compared to last year. CBS Evening News likewise was flat in total viewers, dipping 12 percent demo-wise.
Top Gear Host Jeremy Clarkson Suspended by BBC Following ‘Fracas’ With Producer (THR)
The BBC’s Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson has been suspended pending investigation “following a fracas with a BBC producer,” according to the U.K. public broadcaster. The BBC added that its flagship motoring show would not air as scheduled on Sunday. BBC News Clarkson, 54, has not commented, but has been joking on social media about films that could replace Sunday’s show. He was given what he called his “final warning” last May after claims he used a racist word during filming. At the time, he said the BBC had told him he would be sacked if he made “one more offensive remark, anywhere, at any time.\" Variety Top Gear is the world’s most widely watched factual television program, with a global audience estimated at more than 350 million in 214 territories worldwide.
Univision Hires Underwriters for IPO (Reuters)
U.S. Spanish-language broadcaster Univision Communications Inc. has hired Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley and Deutsche Bank to lead an initial public offering, according to people familiar with the matter. The IPO, expected to be one of the media industry’s biggest in years, could come in the second half of the year, raise more than $1 billion, and value the company at as much as $20 billion, including debt, the people said on Tuesday. Deadline Univision network targets Hispanic Americans, and Nielsen Media Research labels it the world’s most-watched Spanish-language network. The company was taken private in 2007, after it was acquired for $12.3 billion by a group of private-equity companies including Saban Capital and Thomas H. Lee Partners.
Glenn Thrush to Lead Politico’s 2016 Coverage as Chief Political Correspondent (FishbowlDC)
Senior staff writer for Politico Magazine, Glenn Thrush, will lead Politico’s 2016 presidential campaign coverage as chief political correspondent, announced Susan Glasser in a staff memo Tuesday. Poynter / MediaWire Before coming to Politico, Thrush worked at Newsday and Bloomberg, according to his bio on Politico. He has covered the White House, the Sept. 11 attacks and has contributed to The New York Times Magazine, New York and the New York Observer. In addition to Thrush’s appointment, Glasser also announced the hire of Annie Karni, who will cover Hillary Clinton.
Mashable Names Business Editor (FishbowlNY)
Mashable has hired Heidi Moore as its business editor. Moore most recently served as the Guardian U.S.’ finance and economics editor. Capital New York Moore is replacing Todd Wasserman, Mashable’s previous business editor, who is leaving the site after nearly four and a half years. Moore is one of the most popular business and finance journalists on Twitter, with nearly 53,000 followers, making her a natural fit for Mashable.
Cable Network Ranker: FNC No. 1 in Primetime for Week of March 2 (TVNewser)
Fox News Channel finished as the No. 1 primetime network in all of cable for the week of March 2. This is the first time since the week of March 10, 2014 that Fox news finished No. 1 in primetime, with the last time coming during coverage of the missing Malaysian Plane. FNC averaged 1.93 million viewers between 8-11 p.m. Deadline That’s 9 percent ahead of the No. 2 ranker of TBS, which had 1.767 million. The top five were rounded out by Walking Dead broadcaster AMC (1.745 million), USA (1.742 million) and Discovery (1.524 million).
Atlantic Media to Unveil New State-Focused Site: Route Fifty (FishbowlDC)
Atlantic Media’s Government Executive is launching a new spin-off site this spring called Route Fifty, that will exclusively cover state and local governments across the U.S.
Game of Thrones Season 5 Set for Global Day-Date Release (THR / The Live Feed)
HBO announced it will simulcast its season five episodes of Game of Thrones across 170 countries during the 10-episode run. Viewers in New York will be able to see the episode as the same time as fans in Europe or Africa. In previous seasons, episodes were time shifted for other territories, or even delayed weeks or months.
Universal, Scholastic Ink Three-Year First Look Pact (Deadline)
Universal Pictures has inked a three-year first look production deal with Scholastic Inc. and Deborah Forte to develop and produce live-action features from the publisher’s well known titles.
Wikipedia Files Lawsuit Against NSA (Mediaite)
The Wikimedia Foundation, the company that owns Wikipedia, is filing a lawsuit against the head of the NSA, director of national intelligence James Clapper, his office, Eric Holder, and the Justice Department for the NSA violating its rights and the rights of its users.
Layoffs Affect MTV, Other Networks, as Viacom Restructuring Continues (Variety)
Viacom continued to dismiss selected employees as part of a restructuring effort that is expected to play out for the rest of March. Many of the layoffs are related to Viacom’s decision to combine Comedy Central and Spike with MTV, VH1 and Logo, resulting in the elimination of some positions related to production, production management, research and digital, according to a person familiar with the matter.
CSI Breaks Guinness World Record for Largest TV Drama Simulcast of All Time (Variety)
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation broke the Guinness World Record for the largest television drama simulcast of all time, airing in 171 countries on March 4, dubbed \"World CSI Day.\" The net announced the achievement Tuesday.
TVNewser: CNN anchor Brooke Baldwin climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro. What have you done lately?
FishbowlDC: Atlantic Media is launching a new state-centric site titled Route Fifty. No, not Route Fifty-One. Sorry Puerto Rico.
LostRemote: Good news for The Bachelor franchise — when people tweet about TV shows they are more engaged with the programs.
Gigaom is done, a move that surprised pretty much everyone who followed the pioneering site founded by Om Malik. “Gigaom recently became unable to pay its creditors in full at this time… All operations have ceased. We do not know at this time what the lenders intend to do with the assets or if there will be any future operations using those assets,” a statement posted by management read. Staffers started posting the sad news on Twitter Monday night, with Mathew Ingram writing, “This hurts more than I can say… We tried our best, but it wasn’t enough.” In perhaps a bit of foreshadowing, executive editor Tom Krazit stepped down at the end of February…
The New York Times moves Eric Lichtblau to the 2016 election team, where he’ll cover the intersection of money and politics. He and Nicholas Confessore will work as a team of sorts on the beat. The Times also names Randy Archibold deputy sports editor. He had been bureau chief for Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean… Washington City Paper loses editor Mike Madden, who’s off to the Washington Post as deputy editor of Outlook and PostEverything. David Swerdlick leaves The Root to be an assistant editor to Madden… The Los Angeles Times recruits Devon Maloney as pop music editor. She had been freelancing at outlets like the Village Voice and Grantland… Read More
What’s the next best thing to branded content? How about a champagne bucket of free press coverage promoting a branded restaurant event?
By partnering with more than two dozen NYC restaurants for Mad Men Dining Week (March 23-29), AMC is whetting the digital media consuming world’s appetite for the final seven episodes with tons of extra impressions.
If your retro-lunch taste runs in the direction of half a pastrami or corned beef sandwich and a slice of cheese cake, then The Carnegie Deli is the prix-fixe destination for you. On the other hand, if you anticipate the upcoming thawing week to be a rough go at the office, then Le Cirque’s straight-up option of two cocktails for $19.69 may stand as the logical, liquid lunch choice.
Either way, kudos AMC! This is one very effective way to play the 21st century media game. Mad Men returns for its final run April 5.
Very few journalists are able to leave behind a legacy as powerful as this. From today’s New York Times obituary for Claude Sitton, who passed away Tuesday in Atlanta at the age of 89:
When Turner Catledge, the Mississippi-born managing editor of the Times, chose Mr. Sitton to cover the South in 1958, \"he was about to set in motion a level of reporting that would establish the national standard for two decades,\" Gene Roberts and Hank Klibanoff wrote in 2006 in their Pulitzer Prize-winning book, The Race Beat: The Press, the Civil Rights Struggle and the Awakening of a Nation. (Mr. Roberts was himself a managing editor of the Times.)
\"Nobody in the news business,\" the authors continued, \"would have as much impact as he would – on the reporting of the civil rights movement, on the federal government’s response or on the movement itself. Sitton’s byline would be atop the stories that landed on the desks of three presidents.\"
After authoring more than 900 articles on the civil rights beat between May 1958 and October 1964, Sitton was promoted at the Times to national news editor and would later win a Pulitzer Prize for his work as a News & Observer columnist. Read the Raleigh paper’s obituary, topped by a great photo of Sitton, here. RIP.[Jacket cover courtesy: Vintage]
Sports Illustrated is on the lookout for writing that manages to both cover the world of sports and to center that coverage around a narrative. In the words of executive editor B.J. Schecter, “If there’s a good story out there, we’re gonna try to find it and tell it better than anybody else.”
First time freelancers to this publication will do well to take Schecter’s words to heart. Stand out with a short, well-crafted pitch on a subject that is fresh and has a strong human-interest angle. If you’ve never written for the magazine, you’ll have better luck pitching a story to run online rather than in print. For an idea of the type of story the magazine is looking for, use this recently published freelance piece as a guide:
Young, Gifted & Homeless was pitched by a freelancer and appeared in the October 15, 2014, issue. Schecter says the human-interest story clicked not only because of its unexpected subject matter, but also because it represented an important social issue impacting the nation at large.
For more, including editors’ contact info, read: How To Pitch: Sports Illustrated
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House of Cards star Robin Wright is Vanity Fair’s latest cover star. In the accompanying profile, the former wife of Sean Penn refused to speak about the past.
“I have too much respect for Sean and our two extraordinary children to sell our past joys and woes for public consumption and fodder,” she explained.
Imagine that — a mature actor.
In support of an exclusive Madonna interview, Out magazine has republished a 2011 magazine essay written by photographer Richard Corman. It’s all about meeting and photographing Madonna for the first time:
My mother was Cis Corman, a renowned casting director in New York City. In the summer of 1982 she was casting The Last Temptation of Christ for Martin Scorsese and called me to say they had just tested a girl for the part of the Virgin Mary. She said, \"You must meet this girl — she’s an original.\" I was 28 and had just finished an apprenticeship with Richard Avedon and was looking for interesting people to shoot. So I got this girl’s number and called. It was Madonna. At the time she was living in Alphabet City, and she suggested I go to her apartment and chat about what I wanted to do. I had to call her from a phone booth across the street, because the neighborhood was full of drug dealers, and they didn’t let people just walk in and out. There was a group of kids outside the building, on the stoop, in the hallways, and when I said I was there for Madonna the seas parted.
How great an opening paragraph is that? The April 2011 issue essay by Corman is brief, but the rest packs in several more choice details.
It’s a great time-capsule read, from the days before Madonna broke big and crossed over to an exclusive partnership with the late Herb Ritts. In the fall of 2013, Corman published Madonna NYC83, a book about the NYC of that era.
[Album cover courtesy: Warner Bros. Records]
Tweetrage is not a word. But it needs to be.
The hallmarks of this 140-character mutation of outrage, proper, include anger without full knowledge and split-second pontificating. And, in a great many cases, humble acknowledgement of a more temperate context once all the facts are known.
That’s why it was so refreshing to see Sean Penn kiss off his social media critics. As this year’s Best Picture trophies were being carried backstage, a tidal wave of tweetrage was surging over the actor’s \"green card\" crack. But Penn stood firm during a subsequent interview with the AP’s Lindsay Bahr to promote his new film The Gunman and, several days later, those remarks are still news:
“I’m always surprised by flagrant stupidity. I keep having more hope,” said Penn of the widespread outrage that followed the moment.
“The fact is that I understand it. I see it all the time. When somebody sees the opportunity to frame something in the comfort that it will be common, that they can do that and they can get a group to look at them and that they will take on those positions and never really think about what it was,” he added.
“I have absolutely no apologies,” Penn said with calm resolve.
Bravo. In this regard, we can be certain of two things: there will be plenty more tweetrage in the weeks, months and years to come. And no blue check mark next to @SeanPenn.[Photo of (l to r) James W. Skotchdopole, Penn, Iñárritu and John Lesher: Tinseltown/Shutterstock.com]
Mashable has hired Heidi Moore as its business editor. Moore most recently served as The Guardian US’ finance and economics editor.
Prior to The Guardian, Moore served as New York bureau chief and Wall Street correspondent for American Public Media’s Marketplace. She previously worked as lead writer for The Wall Street Journal’s Deal Journal column, from 2007 to 2009.
“I can think of no better journalist than Heidi Moore to guide our business news staff and develop news ways of bringing those stories to our readers and social followers,” said Jim Roberts, Mashable’s chief content officer and executive editor, in a statement.
(Image: Twitter/Heidi Moore)
T Brand Studio, The New York Times’ in-house sponsored content agency, wants you to know that sponsored content is great.
The agency partnered with Chartbeat to analyze its native advertising, and the results showed that not only do people enjoy sponsored content, they enjoy the sponsored content created by T Brand Studio the most.
Native ads from T Brand Studio were analyzed for unique visitors, total engagement and visits from Facebook, Twitter and Google. Sponsored content created by third party advertisers that ran on the Times’ site was analyzed as well. The ads created by the Times outperformed the ads created by advertisers in each category. Also, some of the Times sponsored ads fared well when compared with Times editorial content.
Everyone at T Brand Studio, please pat yourselves on the back. Everyone who engages with native ads, consider finding a hobby.
We’re having fun with this report, but the research is helpful for the Times. Ads are rarely exciting, but they do help keep the lights on.
A photo posted by @midtowncomics on Mar 9, 2015 at 8:25am PDT
Cheer up George, everyone has forgiven you for Star Wars Episode I, II and III. Well, almost. Give us another decade or so.
Jamie Bill has been named executive director of Condé Nast Global Development. Bill has been publishing director of British GQ and GQ Style since 2004. He also serves on the board of directors for Condé Nast Britain.
Bill will be based in Global Development’s London headquarters.
“Jamie is one of the most experienced, effective publishing executives in the organization, with the drive and know-how to get things done. He is just the right person to take on this important challenge,” Nicholas Coleridge, president of Condé Nast International, told WWD.