It’s not on the LinkedIn resume. But it’s in the Vivid press release.
From 2000 to 2010, Natalie Oliveros (pictured) worked for Vivid Entertainment as adult film star Savanna Samson. Along the way, she educated herself about fine wines, launched her own vintage in 2005 and became a co-owner with Roberto Cipresso of an Italian vineyard in 2011. Currently, she is in Italy to film, as host, a TV show pilot about wine titled The Lady in Red. From today’s announcement:
“We were looking for ways to extend our knowledge about how to make a popular show about wine and trying to take it international,” said Appelbaum creative director Jan Kooyman. “When we found Natalie, we knew she would be great for hosting our show about wine. We are thrilled she wants to work with us and we are very positive this show will be interesting for a lot of channels. With so many wine aficionados around the globe, this will be a show that can air in a lot of countries.”
The New York-based Oliveros’ wine brand is called Sogno Uno, which means Dream One in Italian. Appelbaum, based in Amsterdam, currently produces another TV wine show headed into its fourth season on Netherlands public broadcaster NPO. For a list of where you can pick up Sogno Uno in NYC, <a href="http://www.savannasamsonwine.com/Where-to-Purchase" target="_"click here.
[Image via: savannasamsonwine.com]
Time Out Group has named Justin Etheridge executive VP of Time Out North America. Etheridge most recently served as Time Out Australia’s co-founder and group publisher. He previously spent four years with Time Out Dubai, where he served as publisher.
“I’ve worked with Justin for several years, and I know that his inspirational leadership, entrepreneurial skills and in-depth knowledge of Time Out will make the North American business a huge commercial success, building on the incredible editorial achievements we’re currently experiencing,” said Time Out Group CEO Tim Arthur, in an announcement.
Etheridge has been with Time Out Group for more than 13 years. In his new role, he’ll report to Arthur.
The Daily Voice, a network of 43 websites catering to communities in New York and Connecticut, is making a go of it in a realm that famously tripped up Tim Armstrong.
The network has made it into Inc. editor-at-large Leigh Buchanan’s ongoing series about small businesses. Following some other coverage of the company in New York magazine, it’s cause for celebration. From today’s Armon Daily Voice item by Sam Barron:
Daily Voice founder and CEO Carll Tucker said word is beginning to spread about Daily Voice’s success.
“Daily Voice has figured out how to do something that lots of people have tried to do – how to publish local news and make money doing it,” Tucker said. “It’s not easy, but we’ve been at it for five years. Last May we broke through and traffic is at an all-time high.”
Tucker said he hopes visitors are impressed that a wonder of journalism got its start in their own backyard.
“We are very grateful to them for coming to visit and our advertisers for advertising,” Tucker said. “They are all collaborating on something that will soon be all over the country.”
Tucker says the company plans to roll out into various other “non-urban communities” in the United States and will make formal announcements about the timing of expansion later this year.
Before there was Poets & Writers, there was Poets and Writers Inc., what is now the “largest nonprofit organization in the United States for writers of poetry, fiction and creative nonfiction.” The magazine created by the organization 45 years ago caters to the same population, and knows this refers to both its audience and its freelancers.
The result is an editorial staff happy to accept contributions from writers new to the magazine. This doesn’t mean it’s easy to get your stuff accepted, but targeting your pitch to the “News & Trends,” “Literary Life” and “The Practical Writer” sections will help. Here, for example, is what works for the “News & Trends” section:
Found in the front-of-book, this section consists of 500- to 1,200-word pieces that focus on timely happenings in the publishing industry and literary community news. Examples include the growth of The Telling Room, a nonprofit that empowers young writers through storytelling, and Fig Tree Books venturing into the literary scene.
For more, including info on freelance pieces that have worked, read: How To Pitch: Poets & Writers
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The excerpt being used to promote the book is titled \"How I Met the Ultimate Hustler.\" It’s all about Thomas \"Titanic\" Thompson, a Texas golf legend who wound his way to Hollywood and beyond.
Jenkins explains how Thompson got the nickname, details an in-person encounter with the hustler at age 77, and revisits the most famous Titanic tale of them all:
The match between Titanic and Byron Nelson wasn’t covered by the press and was never written about, but it became a part of Fort Worth golf history. They played an 18-hole match for $1,000 – winner take all – in 1931 at Ridglea on the west side of town. Ridglea was a public course then, but since 1954 it has been a country club of prominence.
One thousand was big money in those days. It would be the equivalent of $14,000 today in terms of buying power.
Ti was in town, and all of the public courses were gambling haunts back then. He dropped by Ridglea and let it be known that he wanted to play “the best man in town.” Word reached a member at Glen Garden Country Club, where Byron was a junior member. This was a year before he turned pro. Byron was the best amateur around the area then. The member at Glen Garden liked games of chance and rounded up two other investors to back Nelson in the match.
Thompson, who passed away in 1974, had a slightly different recollection of the final match score than Nelson. Unplayable Lies, without a doubt, will be gifted to many duffers this coming Father’s Day.
[Jacket cover courtesy: Random House]
Condé Nast International has named Vanessa Kingori publisher of British GQ. Kingori most recently served as associate publisher, fashion, for British GQ and publisher of GQ Style. She has been with Britsh GQ since 2009.
“Vanessa has played a key role in recent years on GQ, and helped build the business in print and digital, as well as being publisher of GQ Style,” Nicholas Coleridge, president of Condé Nast International and managing director of Condé Nast Britain, told WWD.
Kingori is succeeding Jamie Bill, who was recently promoted to executive director of global development of Condé Nast.
Starbucks — the USA Today of coffee — and USA Today — the Starbucks of newspapers — are joining forces to finally end racism in America. Thanks to their unique partnership, our youth will be allowed to age in a nation without prejudice or bigotry.
It turns out that ending racism will be quite easy. Starbucks employees will pen the slogan “Race Together” on cups and discuss racially-charged issues with customers who will definitely enjoy that. USA Today will then publish a special supplement featuring the “Race Together” tagline. The section will be co-authored by USA Today and Starbucks.
In the first edition of the section, Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz and USA Today publisher Larry Kramer write, “Racial diversity is the story of America, our triumphs as well as our faults. Yet racial inequality is not a topic we readily discuss. It’s time to start.”
Goddamn us all. If only our stubborn nation had known that racism — which leads to everything from minorities not getting jobs to black men and women getting killed — could be eradicated through awkward conversations with strangers backed by an advertising deal.
Goddamn us all. But bless you, Starbucks and USA Today. Bless you.
The very first editorial guideline from the American Society of Magazine Editors is “Don’t Print Ads on Covers.” Seems pretty straightforward. And yet Marie Claire has decided that there’s some room for interoperation there. The magazine’s subscribers will receive the April issue with one giant ad on the cover.
The ad was purchased by Stuart Weitzman and will be seen by all 877,000 Marie Claire subscribers. The Marie Claire on newsstands features Kerry Washington on the cover.
At least the Weitzman ad is nice looking. However, don’t be fooled — we are steadily approaching the day when magazine covers are much more NASCAR and much less art. Ads on ads on ads on ads.
Time placed a tiny ad on its cover in May. Forbes then took things a bit farther with a sponsored ad on the front. Marie Claire threw two middle fingers in the air, said “F*ck it all,” and made the entire damn thing an ad.
As for that ASME guideline? Marie Claire editor Anne Fulenwider issued a Kanye shrug. “Before we did this cover, we read through the guidelines of ASME, and we felt we were in the clear” she told WWD. Huh.
Politico is preparing to expand to Europe with the launch of Politico Europe. The site will use the similar tactic taken by Politico and Capital New York — a free site with subscription-only verticals that focus on one subject, like tech.
Politico Europe is a partnership between Politico and German media company Axel Springer. It will launch April 21.
“We are assembling a roster of some of the most talented reporters and editors on the continent – a mix of respected veterans and ascendant younger journalists – who are ready to help shake up a European media scene, which, in our judgment, is in need of something different,” stated a memo from Politico Europe executive editor Matt Kaminski, Politico editor-in-chief John Harris and Politico Europe managing director Shéhérazade Semsar-de Boisséson.
Below are some of the most notable hires:Ryan Heath joins as a reporter, responsible for penning a morning column much like Politico’s Playbook. Pierre Briançon will lead coverage in France. He previously served as Europe editor Reuters Breakingviews and Dow Jones Paris bureau chief. Jan Cienski, most recently The Economist’s Poland correspondent, will serve as energy edior. Tunku Varadarajan will serve as a contributing editor. He is a former editor of Newsweek and editorial features editor at the Wall Street Journal. Linda Kinstler, former New Republic managing editor, will also serve as a contributing editor.
The Jinx Director: ‘We Discovered We Had This Shocking Piece of Audio’ (TVNewser)
Andrew Jarecki, the director of HBO’s documentary The Jinx: The Life And Deaths of Robert Durst, told CBS This Morning he and his crew were wrapping up years of work on their film when they realized they had captured audio of what may be Durst’s confession. \"We discovered that we had this shocking piece of audio,\" he said. Variety In Sunday’s finale episode, Durst appears to acknowledge his role in three murder cases that he has been linked to since 1982. The heir to a real estate fortune was arrested in New Orleans on Saturday in connection with the murder of his friend, Susan Berman, in Los Angeles in 2000. \"Killed them all, of course,\" Durst says while talking to himself in a bathroom in a moment captured by the still-live microphone after he squirmed during an interview where Jarecki presents him with handwriting evidence pointing to his guilt in Berman’s shooting death. Capital New York Jarecki appeared Monday on two morning shows — ABC’s Good Morning America and CBS This Morning — to talk about Durst, the focus of the six-part series. He also gave an interview to The New York Times and to Jeanine Pirro’s Fox News show. Jarecki later canceled several scheduled appearances and said that he is no longer available for interviews. In a statement attributed to Jarecki and his fellow Jinx producer Marc Smerling, inquiring journalists were told: “Given that we are likely to be called as witnesses in any case law enforcement may decide to bring against Robert Durst, it is not appropriate for us to comment further on these pending matters.” THR / The AP Los Angeles prosecutors filed a first-degree charge against Durst on Monday that could trigger the death penalty. In Louisiana, Durst was rebooked on charges of being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm, and possession of a weapon with a controlled dangerous substance — a small amount of marijuana. Authorities didn’t immediately know whether prosecutors would try to keep Durst in Louisiana on those charges before he is sent to Los Angeles. LostRemote Sunday night’s finale of The Jinx made the list of top social TV last week, as Durst was conveniently arrested before its airing.
Cablevision to Offer HBO Streaming Service (WSJ)
Cablevision Systems Corp. will offer its broadband customers HBO’s coming streaming service, HBO Now, making it the first cable operator to strike such a deal, the companies said Monday. CNNMoney The channel already has HBO GO, a streaming service and mobile app that’s available to HBO’s cable and satellite subscribers. HBO Now will allow customers to stream programming without signing up for a cable package. It’s a move that will help the network cater to a younger market that mostly watches television online through stand alone services like Netflix. THR The partnership means that subscribers to Cablevision’s Optimum Online broadband service will be able to order HBO Now through Optimum and simply tack on the extra per-month fee to their existing bill. HBO Now launches in April and last week it announced a partnership with Apple so that it will be available by way of an app on iPhones and iPads, and it will be a channel on Apple TV. While HBO executives have already said HBO Now will cost $14.99 per month, Cablevision and HBO said Monday that the price Optimum users will pay won’t be announced until later. Deadline Apple has a three-month exclusive period for digital-only services, but HBO said that traditional pay TV providers also could offer HBO Now from the start if they want.
Apple Plans Web TV Service in Fall (WSJ)
Apple’s lofty plans to build an online television service are coming into sharper focus. The technology giant is in talks with programmers to offer a slimmed-down bundle of TV networks this fall, according to people familiar with the matter. Variety Apple is in talks with multiple TV programmers — but not NBCUniversal — about launching an over-the-top TV service later this fall that would charge $30-$40 for about 25 channels, including broadcast TV. THR Apple’s new service would be able to stream channels live to Apple TV, iPhones and iPads and devices using Apple’s iOS. The slimmed-down service would include well-known channels like CBS, ESPN and FX, leaving out the dozens of smaller channels found in a standard cable package. Last week Apple cut the price of Apple TV from $99 to $69, and also announced that HBO’s stand-alone streaming service, HBO Now, is launching in April exclusively on Apple devices. The Verge The long-rumored online TV service could be announced as soon as June.
Paramount Names Marc Evans President of Motion Picture Group (THR)
Paramount has named Marc Evans as president of the motion picture group, the studio announced on Monday. Evans will succeed Adam Goodman, who was ousted last month after a six-year stint in the role. Variety Goodman was pushed out because of strained relationships with top talent agencies, according to insiders. Goodman had a year remaining on his contract and was offered a production deal with the studio as part of an exit package. Evans, a 12-year veteran of the studio, most recently served as president of production. He will assume the new position immediately and will report to Paramount chairman-CEO Brad Grey. TheWrap While Grey did consider outside candidates, Evans was always seen as the favorite for the job, having earned his stripes at Paramount. He joined Paramount in 2003 as VP of production before being promoted to senior VP in 2006 and executive VP in 2008. Evans has worked with the industry’s top filmmakers and supervised production on some of the studio’s most critically and commercially successful films, including the Mission: Impossible, Star Trek, Transformers and G.I. Joe franchises, as well as World War Z, Interstellar and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
News Streaming App Watchup Partners With Tribune (TVSpy)
Watchup, the news streaming app that delivers personalized newscasts, has announced a content partnership with Tribune Broadcasting. LostRemote Watchup users will be able to access online news segments from KTLA TV in Los Angeles, WGN in Chicago, and WPIX in New York. Seattle, Dallas, Oklahoma City, Ft. Smith, Houston, Salt Lake City, San Diego, Sacramento, Kansas City, Greensboro, New Orleans, Huntsville, Des Moines, Milwaukee, Cleveland, Scranton, Denver, Harrisburg, Moline, Memphis, Hartford, Norfolk, Indianapolis, Richmond and Grand Rapids are also included in the deal. Variety Tribune Media last fall led a $2.75 million round of funding in Watchup. Watchup, founded in 2012 at Stanford’s StartX accelerator, culls news from about 100 sources including Fox News, PBS Newshour, CNET, The Washington Post, Fusion, The Wall Street Journal and Bloomberg Media.
Millennials’ Nuanced Paths to News And Information (American Press Institute)
The American Press Institute has completed a broad study of millennials and their news consumption habits. The findings debunk the notion that younger Americans are choosing to focus their attention on only a few things, particularly so-called soft news and entertainment. TVNewser Millennials, the study concluded, prefer to seek out their own information — from trusted sources — on a variety of topics. They don’t go to trusted sources for a summary of the day’s news, but they do seek out stories to satisfy specific curiosity on a variety of topics. Millennials, the study found, will \"dive deep\" on a topic, but they won’t start with traditional news sources. Only 3 percent said they’d start with national TV, 4 percent said they’d start with local TV and just 2 percent said a newspaper. The go-to starting point: Google. FishbowlNY When it comes to getting news from social media, young people turn to Facebook first. The report found that a whopping 88 percent of millennials get news from Facebook at least occasionally. The runner-up was YouTube at 83 percent. Instagram (50 percent), Pinterest (36 percent) and Twitter (33 percent) rounded out the top five. PRNewser Young people aren’t dumb, though: the primary topics for which Facebook serves as a key news source are \"pop culture,\" \"music, TV, and movies,\" and \"social issues.\" National politics ranks near the bottom of that chart, so young people know that you don’t really turn to The Social Network for in-depth reporting.
Two Largest Onscreen Movie Theater Ad Companies Call Off Merger (THR)
A $375 million acquisition that would have brought together the two leading companies providing on-screen advertising in movie theaters, National CineMedia (NCM) and Screenvision, has been called off in the face of government opposition. Variety The Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division filed suit in November to block the proposed merger of the cinema advertising networks, citing antitrust concerns. The three largest movie circuits in the country — Regal Entertainment Group, AMC Entertainment and Cinemark Holdings — are majority owners of NCM. The suit alleged that Regal, AMC and Cinemark exercise \"significant control and influence\" over NCM’s actions. The DOJ contended that the chains could block NCM from entering into contracts with independent movie theaters that contain upfront payments exceeding $1 million, an important area of competition between NCM and Screenvision. Deadline NCM shares were down more than 8 percent in post-market trading after the companies decided it wasn’t worth what they called \"the ongoing cost and distraction\" of fighting the DOJ. The trial was scheduled to take place April 13.
ABC News Launches on Roku (TVNewser)
ABC News announced Monday it had launched on Roku, the streaming video service. ABC joins networks including CBS News, NBC News, Fox News and Sky News on Roku, reaching an audience of 10 million Roku players. LostRemote Earlier this year, the ABC News app was available on Apple TVs both in the U.S. and internationally. ABC News VP of digital Colby Smith said in an official memo: \"Roku users now have ABC News live video and on demand content, local news from several major markets and a wide range of historical video footage from ABC News’ archives. During breaking news and special events, Roku customers will have immediate access to multiple content streams, live 24/7.\"
Scripps Networks to Buy Controlling Stake in Polish TV Company TVN for $615 Million (THR)
Scripps Networks Interactive has agreed to acquire a controlling stake in Polish commercial broadcaster TVN for $615 million (€584 million) in cash, the cable networks group said Monday. Variety Scripps, which owns the Travel Channel, the Food Network and other channels, has agreed to buy a 52.7 percent stake in TVN from ITI and Canal Plus Group. Scripps will also take on €840 million ($885 million) of debt. The deal is subject to regulatory approvals. Once the deal is completed, Scripps will launch a public tender offer to up its stake in TVN. TVN had a market-leading 22 percent share of Polish viewing last year.
BBC Launches Investigation Into Top Gear Host Jeremy Clarkson (HuffPost / AP)
The BBC has launched an investigation into Top Gear host Jeremy Clarkson’s alleged “fracas” with a producer, trying to establish the facts of the incident before deciding its next move. The popular TV presenter has been suspended pending an investigation into whether he punched a producer during a dispute over a meal. THR After suspended the series last week, the show’s replacement on Sunday evening lost almost 4 million viewers.
Cameron Joseph Joins NY Daily News’ Washington Bureau (FishbowlDC)
The Hill’s Cameron Joseph will be heading to the New York Daily News’ Washington bureau, announced managing editor and head of political content Gregg Birnbaum on Friday.
Endemol Shine North America Reveals New Executive Structure, Ben Samek Named COO (Variety)
Endemol Shine North America, the result of a joint venture uniting Endemol, Shine and Core Media and now the largest independent production and distribution group in the world, has announced its new executive management structure.
James Dolan Will Temporarily Run MSG as CEO Moves to Sotheby’s (Deadline)
MSG CEO Tad Smith announced Monday that he’ll leave at the end of the month to take the top job at Sotheby’s auction house. MSG chairman James Dolan, who also runs Cablevision, will steer his family-controlled operation while it looks for a new CEO.
Uproxx Launches Daily News Show The Desk (THR)
Edgy culture-focused editorial site Uproxx is launching its first daily news series. Called The Desk, the three-to-five minute program will tape Monday through Friday at noon PT and will stream on Uproxx later that day.
White House Office to Delete Its FOIA Regulations (USA Today)
The White House is removing a federal regulation that subjects its Office of Administration to the Freedom of Information Act, making official a policy under Presidents Bush and Obama to reject requests for records to that office.
When the Sydney Morning Herald quoted former Australian youth center employee Furkan Derya for a March 10 article, they did so without making any jokes. But that was a news item.
Tim Powell’s March 15 piece for Sydney’s Daily Telegraph was an an opinion column and, as such, took some humorous liberty. As a result, many Twitter users were slack-jawed and conspiracy theorizing about this particular sentence:
I furkan derya to find a better name than Furkan Derya.
Those familiar with Powell’s writings immediately recognized the humor. Nevertheless, the journalist decided to jump back into the fray wtoday ith a blog post ridiculing the related news coverage and explaining that this was no oversight mistake:
I meant it to be published by my editor. That’s why I wrote it…
The sentence was also posted right here on my website. Evidently nobody knows how to run a simple Google search these days.
Among those far-off commentators coming out of this much better: actor Kyle MacLachlan.
There was good news Monday night for New York Times Southern correspondent Campbell Robertson, who is based in New Orleans. Executive editor Dean Baquet told a local audience at Loyola University that as long as he is in charge, the paper will always have a physical reporter presence in the city.
Baquet’s speech, the sixth annual Ed Renwick Lecture put on by the school’s Institute of Politics, was titled “From the Big Easy to the Big Apple” and contained another major shout out for his hometown. In the Q&A that followed, moderator Lee Zurwick, a news anchor with local TV station WUVE, asked Baquet to name the best news cities in the U.S. Per the Times-Picayune, the executive editor’s reply:
“Pound for pound, it’s New Orleans and Miami.”
It’s also fitting that Baquet was preceded last year on the Ed Renwick Lecture stage by a panel that included former Louisiana Governor Edwin Edwards. Because for years, Baquet has been talking about making sure the famous quote Edwards gave him during his Times-Picayune days leads his obituary. Now, apparently a done deal:
Baquet noted that he’s made sure his obituary in the New York Times will give him \"sole and full credit for the best political quote of all time,\" when Edwards told him on a campaign bus that “the only way I can lose (a coming gubernatorial election) is if I’m caught in bed with a dead girl or a live boy.”
During the lecture, Baquet also made an interesting correlation between a critical New Orleans high school experience and his decision not to publish the Charlie Hebdo cartoons.[Image via: loyno.edu]
Also known as Niark1, this Paris-based illustrator is making a name for himself with the colorful creatures in his beastiary.
New York graphic designer Adrian Kinloch has worked with a number of literary clients including Random House, Simon & Schuster and John Irving. This month, he unveiled his latest such website creation: salmanrushdie.com.
The image at right is part of the handsome tiled navigation greeting visitors on the home page. Inside, there is all sorts of exciting recent news to be found, from Rushdie’s selection as the next Commencement speaker at Emory University to his five-year Writer in Residence commitment to NYU’s Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute, which will begin in the fall.
There is also a tantalizing glimpse of Rushdie’s tenth novel Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights. The book will be released on September 28, right around the time that Rushdie is settling in to his NYU duties:
Louise Dennys, Executive Publisher of Random House of Canada, said of the new novel: “Salman Rushdie is our preeminent storyteller, but he has outdone even himself in his spellbinding new novel – his most entertaining, most moving and, given the novel’s powerful moral vision, his most deceptively lighthearted… It is absolutely gripping. The characters we meet here, with their dreams of love, their hopes and ambitions for themselves and the world, their battles for survival and for power, will live in our imaginations for years. The novel is sometimes such fun you will laugh aloud, but you will also be moved to tears.”
TVNewser: Diane Sawyer is celebrating the 50th anniversary of The Sound of Music. Please alert your grandparents.
GalleyCat: Google created a Google Doodle to celebrate Anna Atkins’ 216th birthday. Google is getting desperate.
LostRemote: If you’re a cord cutter, you’re likely a cord cheater.
That’s because OUT@ is the first openly LGBT group to march in New York’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Per a report by Religion News Service, not all are happy about this sanctioned development:
“Now there can be no doubt – Timothy Cardinal Dolan has been played for a sucker by the organizers of the 2015 New York City St. Patrick’s Day parade. He must step down as Grand Marshal,\" Matthew Hennessey wrote at the website of Crisis magazine, a conservative Catholic media outlet.
\"By personally leading the procession, he blesses the whole shameful affair,\" he concluded.
This time last year, the Southern California arm of OUT@NBCUniversal was 10th anniversary at The Abbey in West Hollywood. The New York parade was first convened in March of 1762, or fourteen years before the U.S. Declaration of Independence.[Image via: Facebook]