HWD is technically a relaunch of VF’s Hollywood section, which features TV, movies and awards. Vanities focuses on “celebrity, style, and how the other half Instagrams.”
The addition of HWD and Vanities comes just three months after Vanity Fair launched its The Hive vertical, which covers politics, media and business.
Hearst Magazines Digital Media (HMDM) has named Karen Deutsch executive director of sales, overseeing its Cosmo/Seventeen digital business unit.
Deutsch has been with Hearst for more than a decade. She most recently served as Cosmo’s advertising director.
Deutsch will report to HMDM’s senior vp and CRO Todd Haskell.
Premiering tonight on BBC-TV, Absolutely Fashion: Inside British Vogue showcases, in two parts, the fruits of a rather remarkable labor. For nine months, documentary filmmaker Richard Macer was granted complete access to the inner workings of the magazine, on the cusp of its 100th anniversary.
Macer has teased the program with a piece in which he shares, suitably, nine things he discovered. The last item, about the magazine’s editor in chief since 1992, proves in some ways to be the most fascinating:
9. The queen bee of this glossy homage to the jet-set lifestyle, editor Alexandra Shulman, has a fear of flying. She very nearly didn’t come to New York Fashion Week because of it, but remembered at the last minute she’d agreed to be filmed by me so changed her mind. Every year she has to steel herself against her almost irrational fear when globe-trotting to fashion shows. In the 25 years she has been editor of Vogue she has tried a number strategies to deal with her phobia. The most successful is writing. Shulman has authored a couple of novels and has discovered concentrating on the prose helps when the turbulence hits.
Also featured prominently in the documentary are the magazine’s fashion director Lucinda Chambers, creative director Jamie Perlman and editor at large Fiona Golfar. Shulman’s most recent novel, The Parrots, was released in the U.S. late last year.
Photo of Shulman via: bbb.co.uk
Previously on FishbowlNY:
Exhibit Celebrates 100 Years of British Vogue
When Hannah Yi reported from the Middle East in 2012 about U.S. drone strikes for PBS, she shared a powerful video web extra. An interview with Pakistani lawyer Shahzad Akbar who, on behalf of families who have lost loved ones to drone attacks, gathers shards of metal and other debris related to these incidents to help build a case.
Per a memo from Quartz president and editor in chief Kevin Delaney, Yi has been recruited from PBS to help boost the company’s experimentation with native Facebook video. In addition to PBS NewsHour and PBS Need to Know, Yi has worked for Digiday, ABC News and Anderson Cooper 360, where she started as a production assistant after completing her Master’s in journalism at Columbia.
Also joining Quartz this week is writer Lila MacLellan, who will cover health, finance and productivity. Originally from Vancouver, Canada, she has held staff positions in New York with Institutional Investor and Minyanville.
Yi reports to head of video Solana Pyne, while MacLellan is part of the team headed by deputy news editor Roya Wolverson. Congrats to both.
Previously on FishbowlNY:
Quartz Grabs Veteran New York Times Video Journalist Erik Olsen
Quartz Taps New Head of Video
I’m happy to be back on the Michael’s beat today now that school is back in session (Yippee!) and the cool big kids have returned to the cafeteria. While Fashion Week and the Couture Council luncheon kept the stylistas away, the scene at 55th and Fifth was lively and fun with the usual suspects (Andrew Stein, Chris Meigher) and media mob (Matt Blank, Jack Kliger) holding court in the dining room.
I was very excited about meeting TV Guide Magazine president and publisher Paul Turcotte to talk about how the iconic magazine is “taking advantage of another Golden Age of Television.” Paul arrived with a copy of the latest issue with coverlines about the Fall Sneak Peek and NFL Preview inside. It brought back fond memories for me for more than one reason. Back in the day, it was something of a Friday night ritual in my house to see who would snag the latest issue of the digest-size TV Guide out of the grocery bags when my father came home from the supermarket. It was usually me and I devoured every word and (shades of Frank Constanza!) made note (with a pen!) of when there was something special coming up I wanted to watch. Fast forward a few decades and I landed a gig as a contributing editor at the magazine covering a mixed bag of news, daytime television and the red carpet.
When I told Paul about my long history with TV Guide, I mentioned I’d recently been thinking about the oral history of 9/11 I’d done with the reporters who covered the biggest story of our time from Ground Zero (Ashley Banfield, Ron Insana and Ann Curry among many others.) He showed me a story in the new issue by Denis Leary entitled, “How TV Helped America Heal After 9/11.” For the next two hours we talked about the incredible changes that have taken place in television in the last decade and how TV Guide is now uniquely positioned to reach the most passionate viewers in light of the embarrassment of riches in the medium today.
“It’s always been a question of: Does television reflect society or does society reflect television?” said Paul as we settled in for our lunch. “Back in the ’60s and ’70s the quality of writing [on television] was incredible and we’re seeing that again today.” That, he explained, has helped fuel the head-spinning expansion of offerings — currently 480 scripted shows including network, cable and streaming programming and too many unscripted shows to count. All of which is very good news for TV Guide: “There has never been more of a need for guidance on what to watch,” said Paul.
Today with subscriptions up and a total weekly readership of 12 million, things are clearly on the upswing. “We went to our roots of ‘what’s worth watching’ and are curating content,” Paul explained. “We recognize the viewing patterns of today with Netflix [and other subscription services]. [Covering] programming goes way beyond networks, day and dates.”
Paul was named president of TV Guide Magazine late last year, having had deep roots in the entertainment biz as publisher of Premiere as well as having been publisher of Men’s Health, Yahoo Internet Life and The Daily Front Row. I asked him why he thought the magazine had teetered on the brink of obsolescence a few years back before its current renaissance. “When they kept trying to be a listing guide and then when they gossip took off and they wanted to play in the celebrity space, they lost their way.”
This is not your fathers — or grandfather’s — TV Guide. Earlier this year, the magazine revealed a sleek new look, new insider-y features and celebrity contributors all designed to help readers discern what’s worth watching on broadcast, cable, premium, streaming and on-demand. “The magazine has evolved” and is dedicated to serving the “intentional watcher” who loves to go deep into their favorite shows, said Paul.
To that end, Paul pointed to the addition of Producer’s Spotlight to the mix, where showrunners, who have become television stars in their own right, reveal what goes into making hit shows and offers news about their upcoming projects. My favorite new feature, Meet the Crew, celebrates the unsung heroes of television who help make hit shows bonafide obsessions. There’s also plenty of features penned by stars including a recent popular piece on The Bachelor where husband and wife Donnie Wahlberg and Jenny McCarthy gave their he said-she said take on the show (they’re superfans) and hosted a live chat on social media.
With almost half of all television viewers still watching their favorite shows live, Paul said that along with TV Guide’s “primary focus” of giving those dedicated TV watchers everything they need — and want — about watching their favorite shows, the magazine also prides itself on alerting viewers to the shows they should be watching. Editorial director Nerina Rammairone was an early and ardent fan of Outlander and championed the show to the staff, even giving the Starz’ series a coveted cover before it became a breakout hit. “She was the only one. She said, ‘This show is going to be a huge hit,’ and it was,” said Paul. The stars of the new show from Fox’s Lethal Weapon, Clayne Crawford and Damon Wayans were selected for this week’s Fall Sneak Peek, a clear vote of confidence for its shot at success among plenty of newcomers.
While some entertainment publications seem to straddle the worlds of consumer and trade press, TV Guide is very clear about its audience. “EW plays a different game, it does covers months before a show airs,” said Paul. “We do covers [that align] with the [premiere] dates. It all comes back to the reader.” In case you were wondering the magazine still runs listings — but only covers primetime.
TV Guide has also increased its visibility within the industry and is a constant presence at events like the upcoming Emmy Awards. “We’re using existing events to bring in non-endemic business to play in that world.” To wit: Paul brought BBVA Compass, one of the top 25 banks in the country, to serve as sponsor of The Television Industry Advocacy Awards. Before joining TV Guide, Paul created the awards with The Creative Coalition. Now in its second year, it will be hosted by TV Guide and TV Insider (the magazine’s online presence) honoring industry leaders for the roles in advocating for social change. Nominees include Transparent’s Jill Soloway and Dancing With the Stars’ Derek Hough. The Goldbergs’ star Wendi McLendon-Covey will host the ceremony.
“I was always a big supporter of celebrities using the voice for social justice,” said Paul as we finished our coffee. “The idea behind recognizing those who are using their voice is to encourage other celebrities to do the same thing.”
Here’s the rundown on today’s crowd:
2. Peter Brown
3. Eva Mohr
4. Jim Abernathy
5. Showtime’s Matt Blank
6. Andrew Stein
7. Lew Margolis
11. Literary Ladies Who Lunch: editrix-turned-author Katie White (Long time no see!) and Open Road CEO Jane Friedman
14. British Heritage Travel CEO Jack Kliger who chatted with Paul and me after our lunch. In the ‘All Roads Lead to Michael’s Department:’ It was Jack who hired Paul to helm Premiere and originally hired him for the top spot at TV Guide.
16. David Poltrack
18. Todd Bishop
20. Jolie Hunt
21. Euan Rellie; Act Two: Quest’s Chris Meigher
22. Jerry Burke
23. Drew Schiff
24. Martin Puris
25. Gordon Davis
26. Nick Varney
27. Paul Turcotte, Leslie Gwinn and yours truly
Faces in the Crowd: Liz Wood in from Washington, DC at the bar … and new Michael’s regular Julian Niccolini with Pete Peterson in the Garden Room.
Diane Clehane is a FishbowlNY contributor. Follow her on Twitter @DianeClehane. Send comments and corrections on this column to LUNCH at MEDIABISTRO dot COM.
Copy Paste: How Advertising Recycles Ideas includes a brief interview with author Joe La Pompe, as well as well as his theories on why so many similar ideas keep cropping up, a discussion on copyright law, a glossary and even an index of all the mentioned agencies and brands. But the meat is a gallery section that presents 618 ad campaigns, with the reader asked to decide on the degree to which their similarities can be ascribed to coincidence
On this #AppleEvent Wednesday, it seems fitting to highlight a succinct and accurate summary of how devices like the iPhone have impacted the craft of journalism. Read it and weep:
Journalism is now scrolled through on smartphones, somewhere in between one of the Kardashians, pictures of sunsets and people saying “Yay!” on social media. And journalism is cutting its cloth accordingly – more OMG! content.
That passage is lifted from a lively Irish Times column by Brian Boyd titled “OMG! Journalism Gets Emotional.” He goes on to share a frightening anecdote about an author friend, who reveals the contingent demand made by a London newspaper in exchange for a profile attached to that writer’s latest tome.
There’s also an interesting mention of New York-based writer and professor Susan Shapiro.
Image via: Twitter
In these waning days of the 2016 Major League Baseball season, we thoroughly enjoyed Tim Cooney’s recounting of the history of baseball in Aspen. The article is part of a broader series on Aspen history being written by the freelancer for both the Aspen Times and website Aspen Journalism.
There are a lot of fun media tidbits in Cooney’s archival comb-through. Things like when the Aspen Times first reported on a baseball game (June 4, 1881) and how, in 1912, some residents objected to the idea of a park being converted into a baseball diamond because “the cheers and rootings will disturb any church services or jar the religious scruples of citizens.” Then, at the very bottom of the Sept. 4 piece, there is this:
Notice that the article author is also a wintertime ski slopes whiz. We can only imagine what might, or has happened when Cooney has found out while coming to the aid of some skiers in need that they are in fact a pinstripes-loving group from NYC.
That’s female warrior Taarna on the cover, at right. She starred in the 1981 brand-extension animated movie of the same name and is back to celebrate the film’s 35th anniversary.
For a weekend New York Times article, Krelitz told Gregory Schmidt that not only is Heavy Metal magazine doing well as it approaches its own 40th anniversary in 2017. It is in fact thriving:
“Magazines are in decline, but we are on the rise,” Mr. Krelitz said. “That just doesn’t happen in this market.”
Part of the effort to reinvigorate Heavy Metal included hiring a new editor in chief, Grant Morrison, who has written Batman, Superman and X-Men comic books. “I’m more known from mainstream comics,” Mr. Morrison said. “Hopefully, having my name on Heavy Metal will bring that audience.”
Krelitz says print circulation for the bi-monthly magazine currently totals around 250,000.
Real Simple has named Dawn Perry its food director. Perry rejoins the magazine from Marley Spoon, a meal-delviery startup.
Perry previously worked for Real Simple from 2010 to 2013. Before joining Marley Spoon, she served as Bon Appetit’s senior food editor and digital food editor.
“As Real Simple’s food director, Dawn will be responsible for all food for the brand, including print, digital, video, partnerships, and products, and she’ll work closely with the Time Inc. Food Studios in Birmingham to create our print and digital recipes,” wrote Real Simple executive editor Sarah Collins, in a memo to staffers.
At the center of “The Arianna Chronicles, Part I,” an explosive feature by William D. Cohan posted today on Vanity Fair, are a pair of articles published on The Huffington Post in 2014. The first was an Aug. 19 item written by former media reporter Catherine Taibi; the second, an article about a partnership between Lulumon and the Dalai Lama, published Oct. 25 by Kim Bhasin.
According to Cohan, Fareed Zakaria, whose alleged plagiarism was the focus of the Aug. 19 piece, emailed site founder Arianna Huffington the day of publication to express his displeasure at the article being published, leading to a chain of thunderous events. Cohan uses these examples to underscore what he says was an endemic pattern under Arianna’s watch: protecting her friends to the detriment of editorial independence.
One of Cohan’s sources, a former Huffington Post editor, alleges that Arianna’s initial reaction was a desire to fire Taibi, media editor Jack Mirkinson and deputy features editor Gazelle Emami. She then, according to another insider, argued that Taibbi and Mirkinson should each be suspended for 10 days, for failing to contact Zakaria for comment:
Mirkinson argued to reduce his colleagues’ suspensions, but was told that 10 days was already a compromise. After employees in the legal and human-resources departments of AOL became involved, however, the suspension was reduced to three days, with pay. Emami “was then raked over the coals for doing what she thought it was her job to do,” this former insider recalls. (“Our handling of the story had to do with the fact that it violated a cardinal rule in the newsroom: to always seek a comment from a subject about whom a negative article is being written,” Huffington e-mailed me. Suspensions were justified, she wrote, in order “to reinforce editorial standards important in the newsroom.”) …
“I think it really speaks to a broader point about Arianna,” explains one person involved, “which is that when powerful people [she knows] get angry about something, it is by no means a guarantee that she will defend her staff. . . . Instead, what happens is often she will forward an e-mail from someone angry about something and she’ll say, ‘Explain this.’” (“I get emails with complaints all the time,” Huffington e-mailed me in response, “some from well-known people and some from people I don’t know.” She continued: “I have never interfered to protect a friend—or an advertiser, for that matter—if the story was accurately reported.”) But she did intervene on Zakaria’s behalf.
Read the rest of Cohan’s article here.
IAC-owned About.com is getting into the personal finance game with the launch of The Balance, a site dedicated to educating young people about money.
The Balance—About.com’s second standalone brand after health-focused Verywell.com—will feature content on everything from buying a first house to picking stocks.
Giving The Balance some editorial backbone is Jean Chatzky, a personal finance expert, published author, financial editor for the Today show and host of the HerMoney podcast. Chatzky has joined the site as a senior editor.
About.com’s CEO Neil Vogel said The Balance is an indication of where the company is headed.
“We’ve bet on a future in which vertical content reigns, and so far we really like the results — consumers have responded incredibly well to our new products, and advertisers are excited about our combination of data, scale and unique vertical brands,” explained Vogel, in an announcement. “For the past 20 years, About.com has helped consumers make decisions, answer questions and solve problems, and The Balance is a great example of how we intend to help people for the next 20 years.”
(Editor’s disclosure: I work with Chatzky on freelance projects and my wife was previously employed by her.)
The next chapter of Arianna Huffington’s career has a start date: November 30.
Bloomberg reports that is when Huffington plans to have her health and wellness company Thrive Global up and running.
To help with the launch, Huffington has added Rajiv Pant and Kathryn Friedrich.
Pant, a former chief technology officer at the New York Times, will be Thrive’s CTO. Friedrich, who previously spend almost a decade with Google, will serve as chief marketing officer.
Hearst Magazines is cutting Seventeen’s publishing frequency from 10 issues per year to just six.
The new Seventeen print issues will be themed around things teens care about, like the prom.
“We’re introducing a new six-time-per-year frequency pegged to key life moments in our readers’ lives, like prom and back-to-school, while increasingly investing in a social-first approach to digital,” a Hearst spokesperson told WWD.
It took 60 years, but The Village Voice has finally figured out that if it covers fashion it can attract fashion advertising dollars. Therefore, in boxes across the city today, readers will find the Voice’s first ever fashion issue.
The issue is guest-edited by former Michael Kors global creative director and style journalist Andrea Linett and features coverage of New York Fashion Week as well as articles on trends, style influencers and more.
The Voice’s foray into fashion is an indication of where the paper is headed. Next year, the Voice is set for a full print and digital revamp, and more style coverage will come along with that.
As many have guessed, Politico co-founder and former CEO Jim VendeHei’s future involves a news company.
According to The Wall Street Journal, the venture will be subscription-based and target corporate exes. Areas of coverage will include tech, health care, business, politics and media. So yes, call it Politico Pro 2.0.
VandeHei plans to launch the site early next year with roughly 60 staffers based in Arlington and New York.
As for staffing, VandeHei will serve as chairman and CEO; Roy Schwartz as president and Nicholas Johnston as editor in chief. Mike Allen will join the company after he leaves Politico in November.
Time Inc. has acquired Bizrate Insights, a company that provides consumer surveys for retailers. Time Inc. bought the company from Connexity Inc.
The publisher billed the acquisition as “another step in Time Inc.’s transformation into a data-driven organization.”
Bizrate will eventually be intergrated into Time Inc.’s marketing unit Synapse Group.
Terms of the deal weren’t disclosed.