The Bill Simmons media empire continues to take shape as the Grantland founder and former ESPN star hires Eric Weinberger to serve as president of the Bill Simmons Media Group. Weinberger, who had been executive producer at NFL Network and previously worked at Fox Sports, will serve as an ep on Simmons’ new HBO show, while also building out a website, podcast network and other forms of content. “He’s a talented guy with an impeccable reputation, someone who is uniquely equipped to help me build an innovative multi-media company from scratch,” Simmons said in a statement. Elsewhere in the Grantland disaspora, Robert Mays signs on with Monday Morning Quarterback for the remainder of the NFL season…
Bill Wackermann gets whacked at Condé Nast Traveler, losing his job as publisher and chief revenue officer while on a cruise with his sales team. That is harsh. Brendan Monaghan, a former business-side man at GQ and Vogue and most recently NYT’s svp of advertising and publisher of T: The New York Times Style Magazine, takes Wackermann’s place… Men’s Journal says goodbye to Peter Stevenson, the deputy editor who moved over from The New York Observer just two months ago… Read More…
Post-World Series, Joe Buck is off an running with a ten-part series for DirecTV’s Audience channel. Filmed over the summer in Southern California, Undeniable showcases the play-by-play man’s conversations with various sports figures.
Kicking off the program in fine form Nov. 18 was Derek Jeter. Among other things, he finally addressed and corrected a 2011 Page Six item in which a “friend” claimed the Yankee all-star liked to provide departing female companions with a gift basket. Said Jeter:
“I’m not knocking the media, because if I do, they’ll just make up another story. But they make up these stories and everyone just automatically believes it…”
“On top of it, it was a gift basket of my own memorabilia. It’s a dumb story, and you really have to be dumber to believe it.”
Jeter also dismissed the published rumor that he would force guests at his Manhattan apartment to surrender their cell phones and place them in a bowl in the foyer. Episode #2 of Undeniable, premiering Nov. 25, features U.S. soccer star Abby Wambaugh. Future guests on the Wednesday show include Joe Torre, Jerry Jones, Michael Phelps and Wayne Gretzky.
Clever piece from Refinery29 fashion news editor Alexandra Ilyashov. Curious as to how those involved in the Condé Nast interns lawsuit might have spent or allocated the settlement money, she recently rounded up feedback from eight former toilers.
Providing blurbs were folks who worked during the summer or school year at Self, style.com, W, WWD, Glamour, Brides and Teen Vogue. We commend the last individual on making a sensible choice:
Teen Vogue intern, 2013: “Because I’m a type-A monster, I budgeted my settlement money between student loan payments, savings, a trip I’m taking to Europe in the spring, paying off this month’s credit card bill and a minor shopping trip. What I should have done is treat myself and put it towards a Céline bag, because I never splurge on myself. But, I couldn’t live with the guilt, so… into responsible things it goes.”
A second intern said they are using the entire settlement amount to finance a long-desired vacation trip to South America. From what we know of older-days CD interning, she earned it.
Heading into another Thanksgiving, we are thankful once again for the indomitable spirit of Stan Lee. To put it in holiday terms, imagine a 92-year-old relative across the table Thursday who has recently:
a) Published a memoir, in comic book form;
b) Hosted another edition of Stan Lee Comikaze in Los Angeles, which he now calls home;
c) Pacted with Sky TV for a ten-part series anchored to a superpower he feels has been unfairly overlooked – luck.
These are just some of the prenatural powers of Stanley Lieber, born in New York Dec. 28, 1922. From an interview piece in The Guardian by Andy Meek:
One of Lee’s first assignments [at New York’s Timely Comics] was a two-page story that carried a typically breathless title for comics of the period, Captain America Foils the Traitor’s Revenge.
It was the first time Lee used his pen name (later his legal name) and marked a jumping-off point for his career as a purveyor of pop culture which has earned him millions of dollars and throngs of fans who swarm him at conventions. He can’t help but get recognized thanks in part to the trademark glasses, familiar moustache and impish yet avuncular grin. His many cameos in Marvel blockbusters also keep him in front of fans.
Lee went to De Witt Clinton High School in the Bronx. Also a part of the Class of 1939: writer Paddy Chayeksy and one-time CBS-TV CEO Laurence Tisch. For more on why Lee eventually legally adopted his moniker, click here.[Jacket cover courtesy: Touchstone]
Speaking to Columbia Graduate School of Journalism news site NY City Lens, she explained that as her asylum application process has dragged on, her Indonesian passport expired at the beginning of the year and she was denied permission to travel overseas this fall. Kuntari fled to the U.S. from Indonesia in 2009 after her book East Timor, The Final Hours: A Journalist’s Notes prompted the country’s military to reportedly target her for assassination. From the article by Siddhartha Joag:
For Kuntari, the final straw came last month when she was unable to obtain travel documents to attend the opening of the 2015 Frankfurt Book Fair [Oct. 14-18], where she was invited as a special guest. “Why Frankfurt becomes very important, it’s a chance to for me to show up in person. It brings international attention to my case,” says Kuntari, adding that the fair would have made it difficult for the Indonesian government to target her. “It’s not me, but the government that brought the book to Frankfurt…”
Kuntari smiles when she recalls her time in the field. She talks about befriending generals and gangsters, the first time she met Saddam Hussein and the power of her impenetrable memory. When asked about potential security risks upon her return to Indonesia, Kuntari says, “I will confront them. I am a journalist. Why did I become a journalist? Because journalists confront problems.”
Kuntariu worked for many years for Kompas Daily, Indonesia’s largest newspaper. The CM stands for Cordula Maria.
With his deep contacts into the L.A. Times newsroom, LAObserved’s Kevin Roderick has been keeping a steady watch over the buyout process unfolding on Spring Street and beyond. He’s also being careful to share only the names of reporters and editors who have gone public with their decision.
In his latest dispatch, Roderick has news of a local connection. Among those accepting the latest Tribune buyout offer is New York bureau chief Tina Susman (pictured). Her excerpted note:
I’ve been with the Times only since 2007 and never worked in L.A., and I’ve lost track of how many times people have asked me why I live in New York if I work for the L.A. Times or said “I didn’t know the Los Angeles Times had a bureau in Baghdad!” My immediate plan is to stop setting my clock to Pacific time and to give thanks this Thanksgiving for the wonderful colleagues I got to work with these past few years overseas and in the U.S. A lot of the stories were brutal, but my editors and fellow reporters and photogs made things a lot easier to endure.
Susman was previously chief of the paper’s Baghdad bureau. Also taking the buyout, per Roderick, are LAT bureau chiefs in San Francisco, San Diego, Seattle, Las Vegas and London.[Photo via: @tinasusman]
One of today’s Staten Island Advance front-page headlines reads “Cruella Remains Defiant,” a reference to fictional villain Cruella De Vil. On Monday, in New York State Supreme Court, Alsu Ivanchenko was sentenced to one year in jail and ordered to pay $21,795 in restitution to the ASPCA to cover the medical care of a dog named Charlotte.
Ivancheko will be the first person to register with authorities under Staten Island’s Animal Abuse Registration Act, and has also been forbidden from owning another pet for 15 years. From the accompanying report by Frank Donnelly:
Prosecutors said Ivanchenko beat her 1.1-pound Maltese-Shih Tzu mix on Sept. 12 of last year and discarded the badly injured pup in a bag by the train tracks in Bay Terrace near her home.
Prosecutors said Ivanchenko abandoned the animal because she couldn’t afford its medical care.
The dog, now named Pip, was safely adopted into a new home this spring. Ivanchenko’s attorney indicated that she plans to appeal.
In The Visual Palette: Defining Your Photographic Style, photographer Brian Matiash outlines and illustrates mindsets, approaches, and techniques that photographers can implement in order to apply their own unique stamp on their photos. Matiash concentrates on the ability to train oneself to “see differently”—whether you’re behind the camera, editing an image, or sharing your photo with others.
Opened in 1990, the Los Angeles Times printing plant on Olympic Blvd. in downtown L.A. employs around 400 workers. It’s also where the west coast editions of USA Today, The New York Times and the Wall Street Journal are printed.
In a few years, the surroundings of the 700,000 sq. ft. facility are going to look very different. Tribune Media announced today that it has engaged the firm of Jones Lang LaSalle to find a buyer for the 25-acre property:
“This is one of Los Angeles’ hottest areas for mixed-use retail and office development, and we’re expecting a lot of interest,” said Murray McQueen, president of Tribune Real Estate Holdings. “This property offers seven acres that front Alameda Street and are ripe for development, as well as a long-term tenant in the Los Angeles Times with predictable, in-place rental income – a combination that will be very attractive to prospective buyers.”
The announcement comes on the heels of Soho House closing a deal to redevelop a nearby warehouse built in 1917 into its second L.A. outpost. Tribune Media is also looking for buyers for the north block of the Los Angeles Times Square property and its Tribune Tower in Chicago.
Imagine this. You’re going about your day when suddenly, right there next to you, there is an individual reading something that you wrote. Do you… Keep quiet? Suppress a chortle? Make a formal introduction?
Taffy Brodesser-Akner, a contributing writer for the New York Times Magazine and GQ, faced this situation for the first time over the weekend. She tells us that it was at Pain Quotidien in Park Slope. “I was interviewing someone else, and I saw someone with her New York Times and I saw her open up to the story I wrote about the circus in the magazine,” Akner says. “She was flipping through. I’m not sure she was going to stop. I was going to be cool, but then was bodily unable to stop myself from saying ‘I wrote that!’”
Forbes staff writer Clare O’Connor once had a similar experience, which she tweeted to Akner in reply. It happened a while ago. As O’Connor shared at the time via Instagram, her one-degree incident involved a seatmate on a flight from LAX to JFK and an article about Oprah Winfrey’s South African school.
We’d love to hear more stories from our readers of similar experiences. Leave them in the comments below, or send them to us via email or the Tips box on the right.
An interesting wrinkle to the recent changes at boston.com is that they involved a pair of TheWrap alumni. While Sara Morrison headed to New York, Tim Molloy is returning to the Left Coast. From today’s announcement:
Molloy rejoins TheWrap as deputy managing editor, after a one-year hiatus. He will be leading the fast-growing newsroom’s editorial operations alongside fellow deputy managing editor Thom Geier. Molloy served as TheWrap’s television editor for four years before a stint heading audience engagement at Frontline and as editor of Boston.com.
Molloy starts in January. Also announced today by TheWrap: Andrew Curry is joining the site as director of audience development, while Joan E. Solsman will step in as the new business and technology editor.
Curry was previously a digital talent coordinator at our sister company Dick Clark Productions, while Solsman has worked for CNET and Dow Jones. Very capably serving these days in Molloy’s old TV editor slot is former Broadcasting & Cable staffer Daniel Holloway.
Previously on FishbowlNY:
Joseph Kapsch Gives the New York Post a 24-Hour Ultimatum
One of the art forms of a properly executed celebrity magazine profile is colorfully capturing details of time and place. Scott Raab does this beautifully throughout his December/January Esquire cover story.
We don’t want to spoil too many of the surprises, so we will mention just one such article panel. Fallon, upon his return to New York from the 2015 Primetime Emmys in Los Angeles, hooked up once more with Raab in Clifton, N.J.:
“Best diner I’ve ever seen,” Fallon says as he steps out of the car. He’s not wrong. The Tick Tock is the best diner the world has ever seen, lit by neon all night long, all night long surrounded by death. Walt Whitman still comes here. Plus Devils fans, priests and hitmen.
Mighty generous of you, Jimmy. Thanks. “Oh, I’m so excited about this! Are you kidding me? I’m so psyched! I’m starving. I’m so hungry I cannot wait to eat.”
He’s still wearing his suit pants and white shirt and tie, unknotted, with some of the makeup still on his face. It’s a Tuesday night, 7:30, the place is slowish, but Jimmy Fallon is a party of one. We split an order of the Disco Fries — with mozzarella melted on top, gravy on the side — and Jimmy orders a Pattie Melt.
“It’s a hamburger, but it’s also grilled cheese. It’s the best of both worlds. It’s fantastic.”
I go for the Diablo burger, and while I’ll vouch for the fact that it, too, is fantastic, a Tick Tock breakfast remains your best bet.
The article also has more playful by Robert Trachtenberg, to go along with the cover. Enjoy.
MacCallum will continue in her role as assistant masthead editor for audience development and product. MacCallum joined the Times in 2013.
“We have spent several months rethinking and refocusing our video efforts and searching for the right leader for this vital area,” wrote Times CEO Mark Thompson and executive editor Dean Baquet, in a memo to staffers. “We both believe that Alex’s strong industry background and experience working in positions across The Times makes her perfectly suited to succeed in this key role. We expect her to step in and continue to shape a new vision for both our video journalism and our video business on all platforms.”
Green previously worked for The New York Post, Metro U.S. and Bloomberg News.
Talking Biz News reports that at Crain’s Green will be oversee all beats and help create packages for Crain’s revamped print magazine.
Green will report to Crain’s editor Jeremy Smerd.
“There is no such organization as this at NYU, the Facebook page is using NYU’s logo illegally and without permission, and we have contacted Facebook to demand the NYU logo be removed,” NYU Director of Public Affairs Matt Nagel said in a statement to the Daily News on Monday. “We reject — and we call on others to reject — efforts such as this to derail or distort candid, thoughtful discourse on race.”
On Facebook, the page is described as serving ‘a community for NYU students of European descent.’ The group administrator has quickly responded to the Daily News item by David Boroff, Dale Eisinger and Jason Silverstein:
I would like to thank the Daily News for reporting on us, but I feel that I need to correct some misstatements and clear some things up. First of all while we do want to empower white students, we feel that the phrase “white power” is meant to imply connections with historically racist groups, and we do not condone racism in any form or have any connections to these groups. We are here to celebrate whiteness, not to denigrate other groups.
Mr. Silverstein did reach out to us via private message at 12:15am last night, after I had retired for the evening. I intended to respond to his inquiry this morning, but then saw he went ahead with his report.
Separately, the page’s founder spoke to The Tab but chose to remain anonymous, saying only that they are an undergrad student from Montclair, N.J., studying at the College of Arts and Science. From the conversation:
Can non-white students join?
Of course. We want allies of all races if they are willing to use their time with us advocating for our issues. We have had many students of color reaching out with sympathetic messages, particularly those of East Asian descent.
Is this part of a national movement of white student unions and how is that progressing?
Yes it is. We are small, but there are activists at colleges around the country currently and we are in touch informally with each other and support each other. There is no centralized organization though, it is mostly on a volunteer basis at this point. We urge any concerned students that agree with us to start their own White Student Unions on their campus.
This morning, the group administrator also acknowledges that a mountain of media requests have come in. So expect to see more coverage as we head into Thanksgiving. Read the rest of The Tab Q&A here.
IBT Media has named John Simons enterprise editor, a new role at the company. Simons most recently served as IBT’s business editor.
“John is at once a terrific shaper of stories, a deft line editor, and an all-around excellent colleague,” said IBT’s global editor in chief, Peter Goodman. “He has conceived of and guided some of our more memorable work and we are thrilled to see what comes of this significant step forward in our evolution.”
Succeeding Simons as IBT’s business editor is Roland Jones. Jones comes to the company from Fortune, where he served as senior editor for news.
Both Simons and Jones will report to Goodman.