The lead comment adorning this particular Grub Street item reads: ‘this video is goddamned delightful.’ And let’s face it, after the week that has just transpired, that is exactly the kind of video we all need.
Beamed out initially via Facebook Live, the half-hour report stars “former cereal addict” and Grub Street senior editor Sierra Tisghgart on the left, and New York magazine chief food critic Adam Moss on the right. They are, together, a delightful duo, tasked with sampling menu items at the new Kellogg’s Cereal Café in Times Square, which opened July 4.
Exotic $7.50 bowls have been concocted with the help of Momofuku Milk Bar’s Christina Tosi. Menu items include for example the combination of Rice Krispies, strawberries and green-tea powder.
Tishgart and Moss power through a half-dozen bowls in all, rating them on a scale of one to five stars. And this is no milquetoast, branded content effort; early on for example, despite the presence of Raisin Bran, Tishgart gives one bowl the dreaded one-star rating.
One rather odd on-paper aspect of the apartment just sold for close to $19.4 million is this line-item breakdown: 1 BDR, 3 ½ BATH. On the other hand, there are two spectacular terraces, one that measures 53 feet by 44 feet and overlooks Central Park.
The buyer is Robert B. Millard, chairman of the MIT Corporation. The previous owner, per a New York Times item by Vivian Marino, a storied member of the media elite:
Helen Gurley Brown’s penthouse, 22D, occupies the southeast tower of the Beresford, the 1929 Emery Roth-designed limestone and brick building on Central Park West, between 81st and 82nd Streets.
Ms. Brown, the longtime editor of Cosmopolitan magazine, and her husband, the film and theater producer David Brown (whose movies included The Sting and Jaws) bought the apartment in the 1970s from the director Mike Nichols. Ms. Brown died in August 2012 at the age of 90,two years after Mr. Brown, with no children or other heirs.
Univision is taking a stab at music news with the launch of TrackRecord, a site that will (hopefully) separate itself from other music news sites by focusing on the intersection of music and social issues.
Jeff Ihaza—previously a host for Viceland and a contributor to GQ, Gawker and more—has joined TrackRecord as its managing editor. Jordi Oliveres, Univision’s senior director of music, is overseeing the site.
“TrackRecord will focus on how in a world more connected than ever, music can serve as a tool for breaking down barriers,” said Ihaza, in an announcement. “Music, by virtue of its performers, is political. With the continued violence enacted on communities of color by police, Hip-Hop and R and B artists have once again become increasingly vocal about racial inequality. But music is fun, too and looking at the ways we have a good time listening to music can give us insight into truths about ourselves and our future.”
NPR has made several changes to its programing team. Details are below.Israel Smith has been promoted from director of programming to senior director of promotion and audience development. He had been NPR’s director of programming since 2012. Succeeding Smith is Steve Nelson. He most recently served as American Public Radio’s director of on-demand programming. Nelson previously served as program director for Minnesota Public Radio News. N’Jeri Eaton has joined as senior manager for program acquisition. Eaton most recently worked for Independent Television Service as content development and initiative manager.
The newly minted Patrick McMullan Collection on the Getty Images website is divided into four main categories: News, Sports, Entertainment and Archival. Assets will continue to be added as part of this exclusive new syndication partnership, but one image that immediately jumped out to FishbowlNY when perusing the shots taken by McMullan, who has been photographing nightlife, fashion, celebrities, events and more for decades, is the following shot of Milton Berle.
Berle, born July 12, 1908 in New York City, passed away in 2002. He was the first major American TV star, signed in 1951 by NBC to a 30-year contract. Decades later, he would host Saturday Night Live.
“This picture was taken backstage at Charles Busch’s Dressing Up extravaganza at Town Hall in New York in June, 1994,” McMullan tells FishbowlNY. “I had heard that Berle was being kept as a surprise performer for the show and I really wanted to get a photo of him. I used my all-access pass and general niceness to get the opportunity to get a quick one-on-one photo with “Uncle Miltie.” Although I could tell he was nervous, getting ready to go on stage, he was funny and charming all the same.”
It’s all great: the dangling earring; the clutter on the dressing room table; the smiling tuxedo-ed man in the background. In fact, the juxtaposition of Berle in drag and the smiling man in the background brought to our minds the famous final scene of Some Like It Hot, the classic film directed by Billy Wilder, who died the same day as Berle in 2002.
Photo, used with permission, copyright: Getty Images/Patrick McMullan
According to a new report from the Pew Research Center, most people are wisely skeptical about news stories that appear on their social media feeds.
The study found that only four percent of adults have “a lot of confidence” in news stories found on social networks.
While it’s probably a good thing that people don’t trust links on social media, the Pew report also found that consumers’ confidence in media overall is fairly low.
The study showed only 22 percent of adults have confidence in news from local news sources; 18 percent from national news sources.
Redbook has hired one staffer and promoted another, and Harper’s Bazaar has added an editor.
Yolanda Wikiel joins Redbook as deputy editor. She previously served as a senior editor for Real Simple. She had been with Real Simple since 2012. Redbook also promoted Tiffany Blackstone from deputy editor to features director. She has been with the magazine for the past six years.
Lauren Christensen is joining Harper’s Bazaar as an associate features editor. She most recently worked as an assistant editor for Vanity Fair.
Univision Communications has promoted Isaac Lee to chief news, entertainment and digital officer, a new role at the company.
Lee most recently served as Univision’s chief digital officer and CEO of Fusion. He previously served as president of news and digital. Lee has been with Univision since 2010.
“Univision continues to evolve and drive innovation and I am confident that in this new role Isaac will further align our content and platform teams to strategically drive growth and engagement,” said Univision Communications CEO Randy Falco, in an announcement. “The rapid pace of change in the industry requires us at Univision to continually disrupt the media landscape and I am confident that our leadership team will continue to focus on our mission, on serving our diverse audiences and on leading in the industry.”
The Players’ Tribune (TPT), the pro athlete-centric site founded by Derek Jeter, has named Michael Crotty chief financial officer.
Crotty come to TPT from Showtime Networks, where he served as senior vp, affiliate revenue and business operations. He previously worked for Smithsonian Networks.
“Michael brings with him a proven background in corporate finance and strategic planning, as well as a passion for building new platforms,” said TPT president Jaymee Messler, in a statement. “He is joining us at an exciting time and is sure to make an immediate impact as we continue to grow.”
A couple Revolving Door items for you this morning, involving The New York Times and Consumer Reports. Details are below.The Times has promoted Alison Mitchell from national news editor to senior editor for news. Mitchell has been with the Times since 1995. Shar Taylor has joined Consumer Reports vp of development. Taylor most recently served as Pew Charitable Trusts’ senior director, principal and major gifts, philanthropic partnerships. Previously she served as the National Building Museum’s vp of development.
They’re finally making a movie based on Joe Sharkey’s 1992 non-fiction book Above Suspicion. The film, currently shooting in Kentucky, stars Jack Huston (Boardwalk Empire) as an FBI agent and Emilia Clarke (Game of Thrones) as the woman who becomes his mistress.
Author Sharkey, formerly a reporter and editor at the Wall Street Journal, Albany Times-Union and Philadelphia Inquirer, is currently an adjunct professor at the University of Arizona, where he is teaching a summer course in beginning reporting. His wife Nancy is a professor of journalism practice at the same school.
Sharkey, who bought back the book’s rights a while ago, expects an updated printing to be released before the movie hits theaters – possibly later next year. In recent years, Sharkey bought as many copies of the book that he could find on Amazon.
“You could get them for a penny,” he said. “Not anymore.” The price for the original hardback now ranges from $36 to $67 on Amazon.
Sharkey has three other non-fiction books in various phases of movie development, most notably Lady Gold, his 1998 account of a female NYPD detective who went undercover to investigate the Gambino family. The project is reputedly being eyed at Paramount Pictures as a potential Mel Gibson directing effort.
Jacket cover courtesy: St. Martin’s
Launched in 2007, the annual IPPAWARDS is a showcase for photos created with an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. It's permissible for entries to have been modified by an iOS app but "not be altered in any desktop image processing program such as Photoshop," so using the mobile version of Photoshop and similar image editors is allowed.
The beginning of the end for examiner.com, a blogger platform currently clocking around 15 million monthly unique visitors and featuring many veteran journalists like L.A.-based Mike Szymanski, was sounded two years ago.
As Michael Roberts, a reporter for website Westworld, which has closely chronicled the eight-year-old site’s progress, reminds, that’s when a new player entered the portfolio of parent company Anschutz Entertainment Group (a.k.a. AEG Worldwide). From his piece:
Two years ago, examiner.com was folded into AXS, another Anschutz project that was described at the time as “AEG’s digital ticketing and media platform.”
AXS has grown since then to include a music-related television channel whose principals include Creative Artists Agency, CBS Corporation and onetime-American Idol host-turned-media mogul Ryan Seacrest — and along the way, it supplanted examiner.com as an AEG priority.
“We’ve shifted our content focus to AXS.com and growing that platform,” [AEG spokesperson Michael] Roth confirms. “AXS.com will continue to provide information about a lot of the shows we’re promoting and selling through the site, as well as some other lifestyle content.”
AEG says it will honor all oustanding payments to contributors, who were paid based on traffic and other reward-based incentives. Examiner.com is set to close down on or around July 10.
Image via: examiner.com
Welcome back to another edition of FishbowlNY’s weekly Cover Battle. This round features Architectural Digest taking on Bloomberg Businessweek.
AD’s cover features Anderson Cooper smiling because his house is nicer than yours.
Businessweek’s latest, meanwhile, gives us a glimpse into Anna Wintour’s childhood.
So readers, which cover is better? You can vote, comment, or do both.
For the second issue of The Bmore Art Journal, released in June with a focus on the theme of “Money,” longtime friends Ashley Minner and Sean Scheidt put together a photo essay about local seniors. A month later, there is a follow-on Instagram project, Elders of Baltimore, seeded with a $1,000 Social Innovators Grant from local non-profit the Warnock Foundation.
From the foundation’s site:
During the [Bmore Art Journal] creative process, Scheidt posted a few outtakes on Instagram with the hashtag #EldersOfBaltimore. Much to their delight, people immediately responded by posting pics of their own relatives saying things like, “Oh, you have to interview my great aunt so-and-so!”
“Baltimore is so segregated,” says Minner, who believes everyday people are precious and deserve recognition. “Storytelling can help people see past their neighborhoods, so a grandma in Hampden can relate to a grandma in Middle East or SoWeBo.”
Once the pair get past this first launch week of daily posts, the account will update weekly. In January, they will hand off Elders of Baltimore to new stewards. Minner is a community artist; Scheidt works as a freelance photographer.
H/T: Baltimore Sun
In an effort to cut costs, Wenner Media is considering moving from Manhattan to Brooklyn.
Bloomberg reports that Wenner might move its empire from 1290 Avenue of the Americas to Empire Stores, a building in Brooklyn’s Dumbo neighborhood. A deal is still being negotiated, but Wenner could take anywhere from 50,000 to 70,000 square feet of office space in the Empire Stores building.
Jack Cayre, a principal of Midtown Equities LLC, the developer of Empire Stores, told Bloomberg he couldn’t “confirm or deny the identity of tenants that we may or may not be speaking with.”