The New Yorker grabs Nicholas Blechman to be creative director. He had been at The New York Times, serving as book review art director. Editor David Remnick credited Blechman, who replaces Wyatt Mitchell, as being “a smart and original contributor to the international design and illustration world.”… California Sunday, one of the best recent magazine debuts, hires Deirdre Foley-Mendelssohn as senior editor. She had been heading up the reviews section at Harper’s… T: The New York Times Style Magazine recruits Hannah Goldfield and Isabel Wilkinson as staff editor and senior online editor, respectively, as it prepares for a relaunch later this summer. Additionally, Whitney Vargas gets a promotion from deputy editor to executive editor, with Emily Stokes jumping up to articles editor…
Lucky shuts down its print version, ending its long, slow death. The publication laid off some staffers in the process but is keeping around a smaller team to handle the digital site… Ebony installs editorial director Kierna Mayo as editor in chief. Kyra Kyles, editorial director of Jet, is the new vice president, head of digital at Ebony.com and JetMag.com… The Pacific Northwest Inlander ends its relationship with columnist Rachel Dolezal for reasons that should be clear to anyone following the news cycle… Dallas Morning News fixture Bob Miller retires after nearly six-and-a-half decades with the paper. Most recently, he was the philanthropy columnist… Read More
It’s official: Rupert Murdoch is stepping down from his role as CEO of 21st Century Fox July 1. In an announcement, the company said Murdoch and his son Lachlan Murdoch will both become executive co-chairmen.
Chase Carey, 21st Century Fox’s president and COO since 2009, will become the executive vice chairman and serve in that role through June 30, 2016. No word on what will happen after that.
And finally, as expected, James Murdoch, currently co-COO, will take over as CEO.
Modern Romance, a humorous look at the elastic age of App-driven dating, is out today. And per a Q&A with co-author Eric Klineberg, a professor of sociology at NYU, this book project hit the tracks two summers ago.
From David Zax’s Fast Company convo:
\"In August of 2013, I had just finished a four-day sociology convention in Manhattan. My family was in upstate New York, and I’d literally just gone to the grocery store, and I was standing in Penn Station waiting for the train when I got a call from an editor at Penguin. He said, “I have a funny question for you. Have you heard of the comedian Aziz Ansari?” I said, “Aziz Ansari. He’s my hero.”
I knew his comedy really well. I’d been introduced to him by a nanny taking care of my kid who was also a standup comic. So I was one of the few card-carrying members of the American Sociological Association who was really familiar with Ansari’s work. I got permission from my wife to spend another night in Manhattan, dropped off the groceries with the in-laws, and met with Aziz in the Penguin office.\"
Following that meeting, Klineberg and Ansari kept the conversation going at a nearby bar. And judging by the rest of the Q&A, working with the comedian on the book was just as much fun.
[Jacket cover courtesy: Penguin Press]
Since Yahoo Autos just launched in April, it’s important to keep in mind the site’s present and future when considering what content to pitch. Currently, Yahoo Autos is geared to those who really know their cars, but it hopes to expand content to those who don’t necessarily spend their free hours tinkering under the hood.
Since editors are actively seeking to create strong working relationships with freelancers, now is the perfect time to get your pitches in. Note that as the site refines its voice and purpose, the mandate for pitches is pretty broad.S
The magazine has not yet been broken down into specific departments, aside from the broad categories of “Auto News” and “Features,” so [editor in chief Sharon] Carty is looking for a wide range of story ideas. She’s specifically interested in articles that will become conversation starters and will pique the interest of people who are not die-hard auto fans. This includes first-person stories, anecdotal stories and consumer issues. “We’re very open,” says Carty.
For more, read: How To Pitch: Yahoo Autos
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An actress renowned for her portrayals of the Queen had some choice words this morning for that guy on her majesty’s secret service.
During TheWrap’s Power Women Breakfast event in New York, Helen Mirren told site founder Sharon Waxman that Hollywood ageism is, well, as old as Tinseltown:
“Twas ever thus. We all sat there watching James Bond, as James Bond got more and more geriatric, and these girlfriends got younger and younger. So annoying.”
Mirren remains one of the most entertaining celebrity interviews. Among the many other power women at today’s event: Rachel Sklar, iHeartMedia CMO Gayle Troberman and Mount Everest climber Melissa Arnot. TheWrap contributor Jill Goldsmith has the rest of today’s highlights here.
Mashable has named Hillary Busis its deputy entertainment editor. Busis comes to the site from Entertainment Weekly, where she served as digital news editor, staff editor and correspondent.
Jim Roberts, Mashable’s chief content officer and executive editor, said Busis’ “tone and humor are a natural fit for Mashable’s global social audience, and her voice will be a critical addition to our growing editorial team.”
Busis will join Mashable at the end of the month.
That’s the lead sentence framing the lead question of a brief Q&A in next Sunday’s magazine. One that will likely spark some playful responses in the comments from readers also aged around 78 and up.
Takei’s answer to Question #1 is rousing. Contributor Taffy Brodesser-Akner goes on to reference the Broadway musical in the Takei pipeline for fall, prompting this:
“As a matter of fact, I just came back from the posting of the marquee at the Longacre Theater. I just wish my father could have been there. Takei is his surname, and the play is about an event that affected him so profoundly. He came back to Los Angeles from the camp with nothing — literally penniless — and was living on Skid Row.”
In a New York Times interview published this time last year, Takei also referenced that harrowing post-World War II time:
Back in Los Angeles, the Takei family moved to Skid Row, and his father, who had gone to business college, took a job washing dishes. In school, one of George’s teachers called him \"Jap Boy\" (George was born in Los Angeles) and refused to call on him in class. He learned to bury his feelings of ostracism, making it easier to hide his sexuality once he realized he was \"more interested in Bobby than in Jane.\"[Photo of Takei at 2014 25th Annual GLAAD Media Awards at the Waldorf Astoria: Lev Radin/Shutterstock.com]
Real estate mogul Steve Witkoff is the new frontrunner to buy The New York Daily News. According to The New York Post, Witkoff is currently negotiating with the tabloid’s unions for concessions.
Witkoff is the only person interested in the Daily News who has been willing to sign a multi-year deal with the unions. However, Witkoff has not submitted a formal bid, like John Catsimatidis and Jimmy Finkelstein did.
It turns out selling a newspaper that loses about $20 million per year is tougher than it seems.
Janine Gibson, the former editor of the Guardian US, is joining BuzzFeed UK. Gibson had been with the Guardian for 17 years.
“With the audience and momentum we built around the 2015 election, and now with the addition of Janine, we have a rare opportunity to double down on the great work of Luke Lewis and his team and bring a new voice to the top tier of UK publishers,” said BuzzFeed editor-in-chief Ben Smith, in a statement.
BuzzFeed UK was launched in 2013. It has more than 40 staffers.
Albany-based New York Times reporter Jesse McKinley was not familiar with the prison located some 170 miles north in Dannemora prior to June 6. But a week and a half later, she has gained a tremendous amount of ground-level knowledge of the area near the Canadian border.
— Jesse McKinley (@jessemckinley) June 15, 2015
From her NYT “Reporter’s Notebook:”
With the search area fluid and expanding and prone to rumor — \"They’re in Willsboro!,\" \"They’re in Philadelphia!,\" \"They’re right behind you!\" — an ability to pivot fast and change direction has also been key. I’ve kept Google Maps and MapQuest up and running on my laptop in the passenger seat just in case there is a solid sighting or a capture, neither of which has been in the offing yet…
My car has been the office, the passenger seat my desk. And like my desk in Albany, it is an embarrassing mess, an unruly salvage yard of used coffee cups and diet soda bottles, notepads and napkins, copies of the competition’s work and cords of various lengths and uses.
On the most recent Real Time With Bill Maher, comedian Jeff Ross joked that the two escaped inmates had to wait a long time at that manhole for an Uber to pick them up. Read the rest of McKinley’s musings here.
P.S. The latest, strangest bit of news related to the escaped inmates comes from CNYCentral.com. Apparently, Richard Matt is quite the painter of celebrity portraits. He also did one of Hillary Clinton.
Alex Haley’s grandson Michael Baker recently ventured to the small town in Spotsylvania County, Virginia, where his ancestor Kunta Kinte once toiled as a slave. In an interview with Ebony, he explained that once he discovered only Haley had visited the site in the mid-1970s after publishing Roots, he decided it was necessary to pay a visit.
Baker also had a fun answer when interviewer Chris Williams asked about “some of the things people may not know” about Haley:
“He was an entertainer. If he didn’t like to do anything else, he liked to entertain people. I’ll tell you a story about him. One day, he was on a flight, and he was flying into Tennessee. They had a long layover for about five or six hours. The people on the plane recognized who he was, so he took photos with him, and he signed autographs.”
“When my grandfather found out how long the flight was going to be delayed, he called a Greyhound bus and had them bring one of their buses to the airport. He had them get all of those people on the bus, and he called out to his farm in Knoxville to his cook, and he told him how many people were coming. He told him he wanted him to prepare a nice little meal for them. After they ate, he got them back to the airport in time for their flight. He loved solidarity.”
Baker also talks candidly about how he got caught up in the fame and fortune afforded by the success of the book and ABC-TV Roots miniseries. A new 2016 version is in the works, with co-star LeVar Burton on board as an executive producer. The Roots remake will be simulcast on A&E, the History Channel and Lifetime.
After eight years, the Greta Garbo-like jig is up. Ahead of today’s Bedford + Bowery profile by Elizabeth Flock, the owner and operator of East Village blog EV Grieve decided it was the perfect time to finally raise the veil of anonymity.
From John Elasser’s Sunday night post:
I’ve been thinking about using my name on the site for several years. However, I resisted. It’s not a personal website, and the blog isn’t about me or what I had for dinner last night or what I did this past weekend. It’s a news site about the neighborhood, for the neighborhood. Everyone has a voice and the opportunity to share a story, photo or tip, discuss a liquor license application or the latest Citi Bike seats. At least that’s how I see it…
In the EVG story, you may learn more about me, such as that I grew up in Ohio, and served as the editor of my high school and college newspapers. I also spent a few years working as a reporter after graduation. Today I edit publications for a nonprofit association.
It wasn't so long ago that creators employing digital tools to design their work were limited to two dimensions. And early processes for generating 3D objects imbued them with a distinctly industrial look and feel.
According to a report this afternoon by Racked contributor Jenna Marotta, it was a very ugly summer weekend over at Lucky. Because some counted-on investment monies did not come through, several staffers were informed their services would no longer be needed and word began circulating that there will soon be no more Lucky magazine print edition. From Marotta’s item:
“I got a phone call last night around dinnertime,” says the source, who worked on the digital team and asked to remain anonymous. Her direct boss – who Racked is choosing not to identify by name – “let me know that the deal that they were trying to put in place that they had been talking about for the past two weeks, that the investor side of things had fallen through. And that they decided that they couldn’t continue on with the print magazine and that they were bringing the Web down to a very small group… It was sort of like this is the ‘unofficial official’ call giving you a heads up that this is happening.”
More to come. Marotta’s report contains many more details, including the fact that their source received one final paycheck, today, with no severance allegedly in store.
Despite the fact that Racked’s earlier item today led to coverage by everyone from New York magazine to WWD, who confirmed the print edition will end, there is at press time no acknowledgement on the brand’s official Twitter account.
The Internet never ceases to amaze. With a few quick clicks today, we were listening to the audio of the August 27, 1968 ABC-TV debate between William F. Buckley Jr. and Gore Vidal.
On Wednesday, Best of Enemies, a feature documentary about some storied televised meetings of these minds, will open the AFI DOCS festival at the Newseum in Washington D.C. And on Saturday, the film will have its New York premiere at the BAMcinemaFest in Brooklyn. From a preview piece by LA Times reporter Carolyn Kellogg:
The two were ideologically opposed, and had debated on television before 1968. The format of their conversations that year, however, brought them into contact with one another several times, and with the heated political atmosphere – Chicago police beat anti-war demonstrators outside the Democratic convention, on camera – their exchanges escalated.
Vidal, unsportingly, called Buckley a “pro-crypto-Nazi.” Even less sportingly, Buckley shot back, “Now listen, you queer, stop calling me a crypto-Nazi or I’ll sock you in your goddamn face and you’ll stay plastered.” On live television.
Something that will probably come up during the AFI event Q&A this week and beyond, albeit as a sideline topic, is the fact in the shadow of Caitlyn Jenner, Vidal was in 1968 time riding the publication of Myra Breckinridge, his novel about a secretly transsexual woman. Best of Enemies debuted at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival and is set for limited release in New York and Los Angeles starting July 31.
[Photo via: bestofenemiesfilm.com]