Donald Graham is stepping down as CEO of Graham Holdings, which owns several TV stations, Kaplan, Slate and Foreign Policy. He’ll remain chairman of the company’s board.
Succeeding Graham is current Graham Holdings president Timothy O’Shaughnessy (he’s also Graham’s son-in-law). O’Shaughnessy will retain his title of president. He previously served as CEO of LivingSocial.
In a statement, Graham said O’Shaughnessy “will be an outstanding CEO.”
In the accompanying profile, Bieber discussed his pet monkey—which was taken from him in Germany because he didn’t have the correct paperwork—in a way that you simply cannot argue with.
“Obviously people looked at it like, ‘Why does he have a monkey?'” said Bieber. “But if you could get a monkey, wouldn’t you want a monkey? Come on! Let’s not look at that as a weird thing, that’s a pretty cool thing to have. It’s a monkey!”
New York Daily News owner Mort Zuckerman is doing everything he can to make his paper seem more appealing to buyers. His latest move is to threaten union drivers with an all-digital format.
According to The New York Post, Daily News CEO Bill Holiber sent a letter to the union explaining that if the union’s four-year contract is not ratified the Daily News would switch to digital only. That would mean roughly 220 drivers would be out of a job.
The proposed extension would give union drivers raises, but also give the Daily News the right to cut routes by more than half. The union is voting on the extension November 20.
“If the agreement is not ratified on the extended date (no more extensions) of November 20, we will immediately implement whatever changes result from the arbitrator’s ruling and start the process of transforming the Daily News into an ALL digital business,” wrote Holiber.
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I was really looking forward to today’s lunch with Seventeen’s editor in chief, Michelle Tan. Although we worked together at People many years ago, we’d never met. Let me explain: back in the day the magazine’s correspondents (me) reported the stories and then sent their files to the editors (Michelle) who would then write them up. We worked on separate floors and it was very much a case of the separation of church and state — the system ran like a well-oiled machine.
“I thought I’d spend twelve weeks there, but it would up being twelve years,” joked Michelle of her long tenure at People. She’s one of its most successful alums, and part of the Facebook group, Former People People. “I graduated from Northwestern on Saturday, moved to New York on Sunday and started my internship on Monday at People.” Michelle’s steady rise through the ranks is impressive: she started in 2002 as an editorial assistant, later rising to staff writer from 2004 to 2009, covering human interest and entertainment stories, celebrity cover stories and awards season in Los Angeles and eventually was named special projects editor in 2014, where she was the top editor for double issues for the weekly magazine, subscriber specials and newsstand issues, including Half Their Size, Hollywood’s Hottest Bachelors and my personal favorite, World’s Most Beautiful People. “I like to say I was born and raised professionally at People,” said Michelle just as her salad nicoise arrived.
When Hearst’s Eliot Kaplan (who I Lunched with a few weeks back) called asking if she was interested in coming in to talk about the EIC job at Seventeen, Michelle’s stomach dropped (“In a good way”) and after her interview she thought, “What do I have to do to get this job?” Well, whatever she did, it worked. While she admits it was hard to leave the tight-knit People family (“I was the one crying”), she clearly loves being the confidante-in-chief at Seventeen. She’s coming up on her first anniversary at the top of the masthead, having started at Hearst in December of last year.
When I asked how her tenure at People helped prepare her for her job as Seventeen’s EIC, she told me, “It always comes down to good storytelling — especially with teenage girls. I’m always looking for the heart and emotion of the story and that’s something I learned at People.”
I hadn’t read Seventeen in a long time, but after checking out several issues in anticipation of our lunch, I could tell I had a lot of catching up to do when it comes to plugging into what teen girls are talking about (and, I confess, as result of what I read, I’m a little nervous knowing the teenage years are just around the corner at my house.) The November issue boasts plenty of beauty and fashion tips with model of the moment Bella Hadid on the cover, but also features more topical material including ‘The New Transgeneration” and a reader story “I Made Out With My Girl BFF.” Michelle told me while the issues discussed in the magazine are very much a product of the times, the magazine’s straight talking, empowering tone remains the same. “Girls are definitely developing faster now, but if you go back to the 70s, Seventeen was doing issues on sex. The magazine has a seventy-one year history of talking to readers about important issues.”
When it comes to taking on important issues, Michelle told me, “Our responsibility is making the news relevant to [the readers.]” In talking about transgender issues, Michelle was very clear on just what she wanted convey to the reader. “Most of the stories you see are sad — about not fitting in and about suicide. I wanted to find transgender teens who would share their stories and show readers how to embrace their true selves. When we do stories like this, I always think: what can we do to help the reader?”
Sometimes, though, it’s Seventeen’s readers that school Michelle and her editors on what’s in — and what’s out. In September, the magazine handpicked five readers to participate in the first Seventeen Summit hosted by Google Hangout, where they discussed, among other things, race. In sharing the girls’ thoughts on social media, the editors had planned to use hashtags but quickly learned the error of their ways. “The girls told us hashtags are out. They said, ‘Why would we use something our mothers use?” Noted.
The open, ongoing dialogue Michelle has with her readers keeps her current on the things teens care most about (the Seventeen reader ranges in age from 12-21) and allows her to dispense advice on the most sought-after topics. Not surprisingly, a lot of the conversation takes place online. “I get emails and [readers] reach out on Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat. I even get a few letters.” So what do Seventeen readers ask about most? “A lot of them ask me how I got my job and are looking for guidance about getting into college. Gen Z is the most ambitious generation out there.”
For its career-minded readers seeking a firsthand look at working in fashion, Seventeen has partnered with 360 Student Travel to create the Seventeen 360 Student Travel Fashion Experience, a 14-day program in New York City for teens who dream of living here and working in the fashion industry. The program, which launches next summer, will feature a mix of information and inspirational presentations from the editors of Seventeen, top fashion brands and more. Additionally, participants will visit landmark neighborhoods and destinations throughout the city. There will be two sessions next year: July 10 – July 23 and July 24 – Aug. 6.
Raised by Gen X parents, these girls, said Michelle, “want to know how to make their mark earlier. They see that Facebook was started by its founders when they were in college, Snapchat was started by a guy who is 25 years old. They feel the need to succeed in a huge way and [sometimes] that doesn’t mean getting a job, but starting a business. They are very entrepreneurial.” Gen Z and the millennials “have the same values,” explained Michelle, but with Gen Z “Everything amplified. This is the first generation born with a phone in their hands.”
But first things first. Before inventing the ‘Next Big Thing,’ readers need to navigate the tricky terrain of getting into college and surviving the transition from high school. “There’s a lot of ‘shock and awe’ associated with that time and next year we’re going to do something bigger about prepping for that first year.”
Even if its audience is planning to take over the world one day, Seventeen is still very much a place where teen readers can nurture their celeb crushes. “Teenage girls and heartthrobs are a successful formula 71 years later.” To wit: Justin Bieber remains a newsstand favorite as does Ansel Elgort (The Fault in Our Stars). When it comes to celebrities (Pretty Little Liars’ Shay Mitchell and singer Meghan Trainor are favorites), thanks to social media, Seventeen readers feel like they are in more direct contact with celebrities, explained Michelle. “[Readers] feel like they are a part of this person’s success. There’s an investment in this person and when they are fans, they are all in!”
Even with all the celebrities and movers and shakers Michelle encountered during her days at People, it seems she’s most impressed by the readers she’s editing for at Seventeen. “When I talk to girls for the magazine, I feel like I’m interviewing my future boss. I always tell them, ‘Remember this moment and remember to put my name on the top of your list!”
Here’s the rundown on today’s crowd:
1. Discovery ID’s Henry Schleiff and pals
2. Joan Jakobsen
3. Laurie Tisch
4. Harvey Weinstein
5. PR scion Steve Rubenstein
6. Dr. Gerald Imber, Jerry Della Femina and Andy Bergman
7. Glenn Horowitz and Tracey Jackson
8. Christy Ferer
9. Cece Cord
10. Bisila Bokoko
11. Mickey Ateyeh
12. Dr. Mehmet Oz with Jack Myers and a squadron of suits. We noticed Dr. Oz was working the room just like he did when I Lunched with him to discuss the launch of his new magazine.
14. Sony Pictures’ Steve Mosko
15. Christie Hefner who gave Norman Lear a big kiss before heading out the door. No word on who Norman was lunching with.
16. Ed Kelly
18. Armando Ruiz
20. Producer Joan Gelman
22. Norah Lawlor
23. Ed Bleier and Jules Haimovitz from Dick Clark Porductions
25. Marshall Cogan
26. Nicholas Varney
27. Michelle Tan, Lauren Demitry and yours truly
28. Sarabeth Schrager
29. Alexis Mercedes
81. PR maven Joannie Danielides
Faces in the crowd: ‘The Bar-ettes’ Kira Semler and Vi Huse having their monthly champagne lunch at the bar. Beverly Camhe and Bill McCuddy arriving for the second seating. Cheers!
Diane Clehane is a FishbowlNY contributor. Follow her on Twitter @DianeClehane. Send comments and corrections on this column to LUNCH at MEDIABISTRO dot COM.
The legacy of Nellie Bly, a crusading 19th century journalist who famously went undercover in 1887 as a patient at New York’s Blackwell’s Island Asylum, is fairly well known among media types. Now, thanks to the new film 10 Days in a Madhouse, which opened exclusively today in New York at the AMC Empire 25 on 42nd Street and is set to expand to additional cities Nov. 20, many more are about to become familiar with her great work.
The film will also do wonders for the profile of Caroline Barry, the actress who portrays Bly. She will be part of the film’s 7:55 p.m. Red carpet screening tonight and, as a recent Naluda magazine profile highlighted, made her way to this opportunity in about 60 days:
“I fell in love with acting when I was young and decided to move to L.A. when I graduated from the University of Colorado. After a month in L.A., I auditioned for the role of Nellie Bly, got the role a month later and life has been non-stop ever since. I love it!…”
“They actually did a worldwide star search. 8,000 plus actors from all around the world submitted audition videos competing for the role. When the director called me to tell me I got the part, I thought it was a hoax call, maybe one of my friends pulling my leg. When I figured out it was real, I couldn’t believe it! It was definitely a “pinch-me” moment.”
Barry told the magazine she is currently at work on a second film project with Bly biopic director Hines, which she promised will be announced soon.
Condé Nast has named Michelle Lee editor in chief of Allure. Lee previously worked as editor and CMO of Nylon.
Lee has big shoes to fill, as she is succeeding Allure founding editor Linda Wells. Wells, who will be listed on Allure’s masthead as founding editor, is transitioning to an advisory role at Condé.
“When Linda Wells launched Allure, it broke new ground and redefined the beauty category, and she leaves us with that rich heritage to build upon,” said Condé president Bob Sauerberg, in a statement. “Today we begin a new phase of innovation for the brand, with Michelle paving the way for the next wave of consumers who crave interactive beauty content that’s both inspiring and approachable.”
The 25th anniversary issue of Martha Stewart Living, which arrives on newsstands next Monday, is more like Martha Stewart Shimmering.
Seeking to create “Visions of Sugar” for the cover, artist Will Cotton worked with Stewart at his downtown Manhattan studio. After Stewart donned a white Valentino dress, Cotton battered her up a more practical form of the sugar, flour and egg whites look – an inedible material that looked like royal icing, but did not break when bent. He then had the media icon pose for him as he created the final painted illustration, above.
The Martha Stewart Living cover is also reminiscent of one of the ways Cotton framed actress Elle Fanning in the 2013 Spring Fashion Issue of New York magazine. However, only the forthcoming MSL issue comes with a 25-day Advent cookie calendar.
Faye Penn has joined InStyle as editorial projects director.
Penn is the founder of Brokelyn and former executive editor of The Observer. She previously served as features editor for New York and The New York Post.
“InStyle’s cross-platform momentum is on the upswing, and we are serving our readers with more incredible access and exclusive content than we ever have before,” InStyle editorial director Ariel Foxman told WWD.
Penn will report to Foxman.
Ad Age publisher Allison Arden is stepping down from her role as publisher. According to Ad Age, Arden is moving on “to focus her energy on a new venture dedicated to corporate excellence.”
Arden has been with Ad Age for 18 years. She was named publisher in 2007. Arden will continue her role until parent Crain Communications finds her successor.
“Allison has been a great leader for Ad Age, and strong voice for the industry,” said Crain president and editorial director Rance Crain. “We’re thankful for the intelligence and creativity she’s brought to Ad Age. It’s an exciting time for everyone as Allison is freed up from the day to day role as publisher, to focus on new initiatives to grow the Ad Age brand and explore her personal passion.”
Gwyneth Paltrow, who is better than you at everything, has decided to enter the world of book publishing. Paltrow and her site, Goop, are getting a book imprint at Grand Central Publishing, called Goop Press.
Goop Press will churn out books that carry a Goop-approved message. “With so much incredible content now being produced at goop.com on a daily basis, we’re excited to memorialize it for audiences across the world,” said Paltrow, in a statement.
The first book will be Paltrow’s It’s All Easy: Delicious Weekday Recipes for the Super-Busy Home Cook, set to debut in April of next year.
We can’t wait to hear what Paltrow thinks of as “easy.” “Step one: Take your private jet to Paris and buy half a pound of truffles.”
At the top of a brief Nov. 8 Page Six item, Richard Johnson wrote that Joseph Kapsch was let go from TheWrap “after mistakenly claiming on Facebook that he had a new job there as editor at large.” But as it turns out, the only person guilty of false statements here is the reporter.
On Facebook this morning, former TheWrap executive editor Kapsch has produced a two-page Oct. 27 job offer letter sent to him by site CEO Sharon Waxman. The document lists nine distinct areas of duty for Kapsch as editor at large, describes him as a “valued member of the company” and confirms a start date of Nov. 2. From the post on Kapsch’s personal Facebook page (excerpted here with his permission):
Since Johnson says “his editor says his article is fine as is” and refuses to issue a correction to the defamatory hit job planted against me by my former employer, he leaves me no choice but to handle this on my own. I DID NOT “mistakenly claim” that I had a new job…[The] offer letter issued to me for the position of editor at large at TheWrap was sent to me just 2 days after I mutually agreed to step down as executive editor, as well as the original email correspondence which the job offer was sent. If Page Six does not correct their EGREGIOUS article in the next 24 hours, I can assure you that my lawsuit against my former boss Sharon Waxman and TheCRAP is going seem like child’s play in comparison to the defamation lawsuit I file against the NY Post.
IBT Media has named Eric Gonon vp for video and strategy. Gonon most recently worked for Auctionata AG as senior vp.
Prior to Auctionata AG, Gonon worked for CNN, Businessweek and CNBC.
“Expanding and optimizing our video production capabilities for both newsroom and native content is a top priority for the company as we continue to innovate and expand our news operations in the U.S. and around the world,” said IBT Media’s CEO and co-founder Etienne Uzac, in an announcement. “Eric has a strong news background and will collaborate across editorial, business and product teams.”
Gonon will report to IBT Media co-founder and chief content officer Johnathan Davis.
The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) has been handing out journalism awards since 1945. But this year, thanks to the doubling of an endowment from The Kavli Foundation, two big changes are in evidence.
For the first time, international journalists were allowed to submit their work for prize consideration. A second tier was also added to all eight awards categories, in the form of a a Silver award ($3,500 prize) to go along with the Gold Award ($5,000).
A good example of what all this wrought is 2015’s Silver award winner in the Print – Large Newspaper category. Behind Andrea McDaniels’ series for The Baltimore Sun about the toll on residents living in violent neighborhoods, there is a three-part series by Le Monde’s Nathaniel Herzberg:
Herzberg told his readers about the decline of the stethoscope as the undisputed symbol of the working physician; the efforts of scientists since the time of the ancient Greeks to understand the migration and metamorphoses of the European eel that crosses the Atlantic twice during its life cycle; and the diminished allure of mice as experimental subjects for the study of human diseases. Tim Radford, former science editor of The Guardian, called the articles “a triptych of elegant studies in essay form.” Regarding the piece on the stethoscope, he noted: “Who knew how much history lay in that iconic length of tubing?”
Other 2015 winners include PBS NewsHour’s Miles O’Brien, The New York Times, the BBC and Minnesota Public Radio. The awards will be presented in Washington D.C. in February.
BuzzFeed’s movie division—BuzzFeed Motion Pictures—has named Michelle Kempner publisher, a new role at the company.
Kempner has been with BFMP since last year, most recently serving as director of operations.
“As we grow, Michelle’s work will maintain a culture of test and learn, ensure employees have access to the resources they need, and scale BFMP operations in support of a worldwide video team across BuzzFeed,” BFMP’s president Ze Frank wrote in a memo that was obtained by THR.
The American Society of Magazine Editors (ASME)—the organization behind the National Magazine Awards aka the Ellies—has launched a new award for young people, because getting old is terrible and everyone knows it.
The ASME Next Awards will honor print and digital journalists under 30 years old. Sid Holt, ASME’s CEO, said recipients “will shape the future of magazine media, both in print and online.”
Candidates must be nominated by an ASME member and work full time or freelance for an MPA-approved print or digital publication. The Next Awards will be chosen by a panel of judges chaired by ASME president Mark Jannot.