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Slate Names New ‘Dear Prudence’ Columnist

Unbeige - Mon, 11/09/2015 - 15:45

Slate has named Mallory Ortberg its new Dear Prudence columnist. Ortberg is the co-founder of The Toast and has previously written for Gawker and The Hairpin.

“Mallory is one of the most distinctive and exciting writers working today: wise, big-hearted, and devilishly funny,” wrote Slate editor Julia Turner, in an announcement. “She is also a devoted Prudie fan, and a close student of the column. I can’t wait to see where she takes it next.”

Ortberg is succeeding Emily Yoffe, who wrote the advice-column Dear Prudence since 2005. Her last piece will run Thursday.

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ESPN President Discusses Grantland

Unbeige - Mon, 11/09/2015 - 15:17

ESPN president John Skipper spoke with Vanity Fair about the closure of Grantland, and though he doesn’t exactly say why he decided to shut the site down, he does offer some interesting quotes.

Skipper explained that he and other ESPN were torn over whether to shutter Grantland. “I loved the site,” said Skipper, but in the end, “I made the decision. There was no influence from [ESPN corporate parent] Disney on this.”

As for why he made that move, Skipper hinted that it was financial motivated, and then backtracked in the next breath.

“You look at the resources, the time, the energy necessary to do this well and balance that with the things you get from it. This was never a financial matter for us. The benefits were having a halo brand and being Bill Simmons related.”

Somewhat fittingly, Skipper did admit that he underestimated the impact of closing Grantland. “We lacked a full understanding of the bonding nature between Bill and those guys,” he said.

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Politico Adds 2

Unbeige - Mon, 11/09/2015 - 14:57

Politico Europe is expanding, and as a result, has added two staffers: Francesco Guerrera and Kate Day.

Guerrera has been named chief financial correspondent and associate editor. He was most recently The Wall Street Journal’s global finance editor.

Day joins as editorial director for growth. She comes to Politico from the Telegraph Media Group.

In a memo, Politico Europe executive editor Matt Kaminski; managing director Shéhérazade Semsar-de Boisséson; editor Carrie Budoff-Brown and Politico co-founder John Harris explained the expansion:

The focus in the first half of next year will be to accelerate the growth of our Pro service and significantly expand our coverage to three new policy areas: financial services, agriculture & food and trade… By spring 2016, we will have six policy coverage areas in place, with the necessary editorial firepower in place in Brussels and other cities. And concrete plans are in place for a next round of further expansion later in the year.

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The Wrap Cuts Executive Editor

Unbeige - Mon, 11/09/2015 - 14:45

1b61a47Joseph Kapsch is out as executive editor of Kapsch had been with the site since 2013. He previously worked as editor of The Hollywood Reporter’s site,

A source told The New York Post that Kapsch was forced out after clashing with staffers. “He’s very talented, but he puts people down, and they complain,” said the source.

Sharon Waxman, who founded The Wrap in 2009, didn’t add to that narrative. “We wish him every success in the future,” Waxman told the Post.

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FishbowlNY Newsstand: Myanmar Election

Unbeige - Mon, 11/09/2015 - 14:13

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Noted: New Logo for Pure Gym

Brand new - Mon, 11/09/2015 - 13:19
"Pure Gym launched in 2009 and pioneered the model for affordable, flexible, high-quality fitness clubs in the UK. Members pay monthly and have no contract commitment. Its 98 gyms are open 24 hours a day across the UK and offer a full range of top... Armin
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Reviewed: New Logo and Identity for The Ritz-Carlton

Brand new - Mon, 11/09/2015 - 12:40
Established in 1983, The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company was formed after acquiring the Ritz-Carlton Boston (opened in 1927) and the trademark to use the name in the United States after a few decades where the Boston hotel and two other Ritz-Carltons in the U.S. had closed.... Armin
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NY Jobs: Clinton Foundation, Marie Claire,

Unbeige - Sat, 11/07/2015 - 20:02

This week, the Clinton Foundation is hiring a multimedia manager, while Marie Claire needs a managing editor. is seeking a freelance content producer, and Meredith Corporation is on the hunt for a publicist. Get the scoop on these openings below, and find additional just-posted gigs on Mediabistro.

Multimedia Manager Clinton Foundation (New York, NY) Managing Editor Marie Claire (New York, NY) Freelance Content Producer (New York, NY) Publicist Meredith Corporation (New York, NY) Video Editor Salon Media Group (New York, NY)

Find more great NY jobs on the Mediabistro job board. Looking to hire? Tap into our network of talented media pros and post a risk-free job listing. For real-time openings and employment news, follow @MBJobPost.

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Cate Blanchett Revisits Sensational Cannes Cover Story

Unbeige - Sat, 11/07/2015 - 17:30

VarietyMay12CoverIn London for the U.K. premieres of Truth and Carol, Cate Blanchett sat down with The Guardian’s Xan Brooks for a delightful interview.

Among the many topics touched on is a May 12 Variety cover story by the publication’s New York film editor Ramin Satoodeh. The good news for Satoodeh is that he got the quote right; the bad news is that he, as many other journalists also would have, missed the wink-wink context:

Following Carol’s Cannes press showing, Blanchett told a Variety reporter that she had personally had many relationships with women – which was technically true, in that she has friends and family and colleagues. But the resulting story went viral, and eclipsed the movie itself.

“Look,” she says, rolling her eyes at the memory, “I also just played Mary Mapes, who’s a journalist. No one asked me how long I’d been to journalism school. If I played someone who has an affair, I think a reporter would probably think twice before asking, ‘Ooh, how many affairs have you had?’ It would be a slightly delicate area. But there are no holds barred about asking me whether I’ve had relationships with women. And so I facetiously said, ‘Oh yes, I’ve had many relationships with women’ – because frankly, who hasn’t? Of course I said it in inverted commas. But the inverted commas didn’t make the page.”

Blanchett goes on to joke about the prospect of people view Carol on their mobile phones. Read the rest here.

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RIP: Providence Journal Photographer Bob Thayer

Unbeige - Sat, 11/07/2015 - 16:45

For 37 years, Bob Thayer filled the pages of the Providence Journal with his distinctive shots. But this week, that long run came to a sudden end. On Wednesday, Thayer called in sick to work and on Thursday, after he failed to report to the office, a city rescue team was dispatched to his home, where he was found unresponsive. Thayer was was 63.

It is with a heavy heart that we @projo announce the passing of our colleague and friend Bob Thayer, a true artist

— Journal Photos (@ProjoPhoto) November 6, 2015

One of Thayer’s signature shots was taken in 1995 at a fashion show in New York. The image of Oscar de la Renta peeking from the sidelines as a model strode down the runway won the 1995 World Press Photo award for Arts and Entertainment. From the Journal obituary:

“I was getting bored with the fashion, and I was looking for something different,” said Thayer. De la Renta “looked out for a fraction of a second, and I focused on him instead of the model.”

Although the picture was shot on color film, Thayer printed it in black and white because it allowed him to “use the fewest visual elements to make a point.”

Thayer, who earned his Master’s in Journalism from Columbia in 1975 and worked for three years at the Norwich Bulletin, is being warmly remembered by readers and colleagues in the article comments and on social media. Another wonderfully composed Arts and Entertainment shot by Thayer earned him a World Press Photo awards honorable mention in 1991. RIP.

Bob Thayer @ProjoPhoto will be sorely missed. It was always a pleasure to work with him.

— Gina Raimondo (@GinaRaimondo) November 6, 2015

RIP Bob Thayer, longtime @ProjoPhoto photographer and one of the most talented photojournalists in our state. He will truly be missed.

— RI Press Association (@RIPressAssoc) November 6, 2015

Great eye, quick reflexes needed for a shot like this. By Bob Thayer via @projo

— William Hamilton (@waham) November 5, 2015

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RD Recap: Glenn O’Brien Comes to Maxim; Nylon Gets New EIC

Unbeige - Sat, 11/07/2015 - 00:15

Glenn O’Brien, who had been GQ’s Style Guy before being replaced in August, moves to Maxim, where he’ll be editor at large. Despite the title, indications are that he’s essentially replacing the ousted Kate Lanphear as editor in chief. “Men’s magazines are more juvenile now. It’s like 12 ways to decorate your dorm room. I want to do something for a more mature audience,” O’Brien tells WWD. That is basically what Lanphear wanted to do as well, but perhaps O’Brien will have more success. Or maybe not. Either way, expect more changes at the publication as the new top guy will likely want to insert his own crew into the masthead…

Condé Nast recruits Cameron Blanchard as executive vice president of corporate communications. She comes from NBCUniversal, where she had been senior vice president of corporate communications… Lucky continues its slow, agonizing death as all nine of it last-standing editorial staffers lose their jobs. The Lucky Group CEO Josh Berman insists the publication isn’t done, but the reality doesn’t look good… Nylon promotes Melissa Giannini to editor in chief. She had been deputy editor, a position she’d held for three years since her move from Spin. She takes over for Michelle Lee, who is saying goodbye to the hipster fashion bible… National Geographic is laying off about 180 employees, or 9 percent of its staff, including four at the magazine, in what amounts to the largest layoff in its 127-year history… Read More

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The Most Popular FishbowlNY Posts for The Week

Unbeige - Fri, 11/06/2015 - 21:00

Here’s a look at the posts that made the most buzz the past seven days.

Lucky is Officially Done Layoffs Hit National Geographic Jon Stewart Signs Deal With HBO EW Very Cleverly Celebrates Julia Roberts’ 48th Birthday Joe Nocera Joins NY Times Sports Desk

Keep up-to-date with the latest FishbowlNY news. Click here to sign up for the daily newsletter, bringing you our articles each afternoon directly to your inbox.

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George R. R. Martin Bemoans the State of Journalism

Unbeige - Fri, 11/06/2015 - 19:20

In many ways, it could be argued that Northwestern University media relations specialist Julie Deardorff exited Tribune Publishing just in time. Until recently a columnist with the Chicago Tribune, she is now safely embedded to the more hopeful drumbeat of academia.

This week, Class of 1970-1971 alum George R. R. Martin returned to campus for induction into the Medill School Hall of Achievement. Via Twitter, Deardorff shared some remarks made by the Game of Thrones progenitor that tie into the world she has left:

“It’s appalling. Whatever journalism skills I learned at Medill don’t apply anymore.” #GRRMatMedill on what he called “internet journalism.

— Julie Deardorff (@Juliedeardorff) November 4, 2015

“Where are the journalism standards for this Internet thing? They all should get a Medill “F”. –George RR Martin #GRRMatMedill — Julie Deardorff (@Juliedeardorff) November 4, 2015

Funnily enough, at the start of the panel discussion portion of the Nov. 4 festivities, Class of 1999’s Niala Boodhoo asked Martin if he had ever received an “F” while at Medill. No, he replied. Also on the panel were EW’s Darren Franich and lucky Medill student Mariana Alfaro.

Tomorrow, Martin will be honored at the football game pitting Northwestern against Penn State. For more on the return to campus of Martin, read the report by Medill students Natalie Escobar and Allyna Mota Leville.

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Bill Simmons’s First HBO Project: Wrestler Doc

Unbeige - Fri, 11/06/2015 - 18:47

Bill Simmons’s first project with HBO—aside from the podcasts he has been churning out—is a documentary about André The Giant.

According to The New York Post, Simmons is working with Jonathan Hock on the film. Hock’s previous sports documentaries include a look at the “Miracle on Ice” U.S. Olympic hockey team.

André The Giant (André René Roussimoff) was a popular wrestler for the WWF and was, as his name indicated, a giant man. He was 7’4″ and 500 pounds. André also earned acclaim for his role in the 1987 film The Princess Bride. He died in 1993 due to congestive heart failure.

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Ed Lucas Visits Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind

Unbeige - Fri, 11/06/2015 - 17:30

SeeingHomeCoverIt remains to be seen whether Hollywood gets around to telling the life story of blind journalist Ed Lucas. Earlier this year, son Christopher, who co-wrote with dad the 2015 autobiography Seeing Home, told the Los Angeles Daily News that a biopic has been in development for about eight years.

The 76-year-old Lucas, who writes a lively weekly column for The Jersey Journal, was at the Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind Thursday to speak to students. Per a summary by St. Augustine Record sports editor Brent Woronoff, the lecture and Q&A session was peppered with memorable moments:

“The public thinks of blindness as a handicap,” Lucas told the students. “But it’s not a handicap. It’s just an inconvenience.”

One of the students’ final questions Thursday was: “If you could change what happened [on that baseball blacktop so many years ago at age 12, causing blindness], would you?”

“That’s a very interesting question,” he said. “I have two boys, and three grandkids. If I could see them and my wife for five minutes, I would like to see them.”

By the way, if you missed the recent Lucas column about Yogi Berra, he led off with this hilarious anecdote:

The Pope’s visit to the United States had me thinking about one of my favorite papal anecdotes, which involves a dear friend who just passed away.

Yogi Berra paid a visit to Rome in the early 1960s. As a devout Catholic and daily communicant who never missed Sunday Mass just outside the Yankee clubhouse, Yogi was thrilled to receive an invitation to tour the Vatican, which included an audience with Pope John XXIII.

When the time came to meet the Holy Father, an aide introduced Yogi as “Lawrence Berra, American baseball player.”

Yogi stuck out his hand and innocently exclaimed “Hiya, pope!” Everyone gasped. The pontiff grinned and embraced Yogi, whose charm put everyone, from world leaders to the common man, at ease.

[Jacket cover courtesy: Simon and Schuster]
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WSJ Burns Martin O’Malley

Unbeige - Fri, 11/06/2015 - 16:38

CTE7TCsXAAAyPT1Poor Martin O’Malley, the only time he gets any attention on a national scale is when he’s the subject of a sick burn by The Wall Street Journal. The photo of Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders and O’Malley featured a caption denoting O’Malley as “an unidentified man.”

Of course some on Twitter became outraged at the perceived lack of respect, but Paul Gigot, the Journal’s editorial page editor, said it was just a joke. If that’s true, someone give Gigot a raise, because the caption is hilarious.

(Image: Matthew Gertz/Twitter)

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Linked: Rethinking IKEA

Brand new - Fri, 11/06/2015 - 16:34
Glasgow-based Freytag Anderson reimagines IKEA for ICON magazine.... Armin
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Noted: New Wordmark for Dropbox done In-house

Brand new - Fri, 11/06/2015 - 16:31
(Est. 2007) "Dropbox is a service that lets you bring all your photos, docs, and videos anywhere, and share them easily. Any file you save to your Dropbox will automatically save to all your computers, your phone or tablet, and the Dropbox website. Dropbox also... Armin
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Jim Brady Named ESPN Public Editor

Unbeige - Fri, 11/06/2015 - 16:00

ESPN has named Jim Brady its new public editor. Brady is currently the CEO of Spirited Media, publisher of the mobile news platform Billy Penn.

Brady previously worked as The Washington Post’s online executive editor and the editor in chief of Digital First Media.

Brady is succeeding Robert Lipsyte, who held the title of ombudsman. Patrick Stiegman, vp and editorial director for ESPN digital and print media and chairman of ESPN’s editorial board, said the title change would “better reflect the goal of transparency and advocacy for fans, especially in this increasingly multimedia world.”

Brady’s appointment is effective November 15. He’ll serve an 18-month term.

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Police Union Threatens Quentin Tarantino

Unbeige - Fri, 11/06/2015 - 15:30

Screen Shot 2015-11-06 at 8.50.03 AMFor Jim Pasco, the executive director of the Fraternal Order of Police, the line between the movies and real life has been blurred. In what seemed like a line from a cheesy action flick, Pasco threatened Quentin Tarantino, because the filmmaker previously (correctly) described cops who needlessly kill people as “murderers.”

“Something is in the works, but the element of surprise is the most important element,” Pasco told THR. “Something could happen anytime between now and [the premiere of Tarantino’s new film]. And a lot of it is going to be driven by Tarantino, who is nothing if not predictable.”

“The right time and place will come up and we’ll try to hurt him in the only way that seems to matter to him, and that’s economically,” continued Pasco.

First of all, did Pasco take drama courses in high school or college, because hey — not bad! That’s some good supervillain stuff right there. We’ve got $100 that says he wearing an eye-patch and a black cape during this interview.

Secondly, and unfortunately for Pasco, this is not a movie. This is real life, and the head of a police union should not be issuing threats of any kind. This is the kind of thing that leads people to become scared of the police. Well, this and cops murdering people.

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