In the lede of today’s press release, Meredith Corporation reminds that it serves ‘more than 100 million unduplicated American women.’ A few paragraphs later, the company states that its online Parents Network reaches a combined audience of ‘11.4 million unduplicated unique monthly visitors.’
The other key word here is millennial. In announcing the February 2016 launch of Fit Pregnancy and Baby, Meredith is hoping to add a few more unduplicated women from that bracket. The magazine will publish 11 times per year:
Fit Pregnancy and Baby will incorporate the best of American Baby magazine, with American Baby readers receiving the new and enhanced publication. Fit Pregnancy and Baby will have a continued rate base of 2 million and reach an estimated multi-platform audience of 8.4 million. Meredith will continue to publish American Baby products periodically and the brand will continue to live online.
Meredith’s announcement follows yesterday’s news of Romper, a new Bustle vertical aimed at millennial moms, as well as a whole range of recent Meredith activity including the launch of English-language magazine Parents Latina and acquisition of website mywedding.com.
Russell Westbrook, the dynamic point guard for the Oklahoma City Thunder, is the latest Bloomberg Pursuits cover star. He’s shown wearing what appears to be a suit jacket with the bottom half made out of leather. Interesting.
No matter how we feel about Westbrook’s jacket, we did love his opinion on former NBA star Charles Barkley.
In early September, 21st Century Fox increased its ownership stake in National Geographic. Now we’re seeing the first shockwave from that move — layoffs.
In an email to staffers obtained by Jim Romensko, National Geographic Society president and CEO Gary Knell wrote “we are ready to communicate how our restructuring and transformation will affect each employee at National Geographic… Please watch your inbox for important information about your employment status tomorrow.”
No word on exactly how many staffers will be let go just yet, but Donald Winslow—editor of News Photographer magazine—tweeted “Already this morning one top picture editor, one top page designer axed @NatGeo magazine.”
Condé Nast Entertainment (CNE) has named Tatiana Gonzalez Rama head of video data and growth, a new role at the company.
Gonzalez Rama comes to CNE from Spotify, where she served as global head of insights and research. She previously worked for Google for seven years.
“Data is the backbone of everything we do at CNE,” said executive vp and general manager, Joy Marcus, in a statement. “Tatiana and her team will play an absolutely critical role in our growth. We are delighted to welcome her to CNE.”
The Financial Times has added to its U.S. newsroom. Details are below.U.S. news editor Andrew Edgecliffe-Johnson has added assistant editor to his current role. He has worked for the FT for 18 years. Mary Childs has been named financial correspondent. She previously worked for Bloomberg News. Alistair Gray joins as U.S. banking correspondent. He previously served as the FT’s insurance correspondent based in London. Jake Grovum joins as social media journalist on the FT’s audience engagement team. Eric Platt has been named U.S. capital markets correspondent. He previously worked for the FT’s breaking news vertical fastFT. John Paul Rathbone has been named Latin America editor. Adam Samson joins as a fastFT reporter. He previously served as breaking news editor for Yahoo Finance. Alice Ross also joins as a fastFT reporter. Courtney Weaver has been named U.S. political correspondent. She was previously the FT’s deputy Moscow bureau chief.
Ahead of his 75th birthday in July, the former Beatle was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. And this past weekend, on Halloween night, Starr played Brooklyn for the very first time, wrapping up a fall North American tour.
Elmore magazine publisher Suzanne Cadgène was at the show, which was held at the refurbished Kings Theater and featured Steve Van Zandt and Max Weinberg joining Starr and co. for a pair of songs. Her Nov. 2 summary does what any review of a particularly good show should; it makes you wish you had been there:
At one point, Starr wandered back and forth on the apron, and finally admitted to that he’d forgotten what the next song was. “Look at the floor!” (where most bands tape their set list) someone in the front row told him. Starr leaned out over the stage and goodnaturedly sneered, “That’ right, I’m in front of a bunch of New York City smartasses!”
Ha ha. Ahead of the Oct. 31 performance, Starr told the New York Times that he had no idea he had not previously performed in Brooklyn. Van Zandt was also at the Strand bookstore to interview Starr for radio when the latter stopped by there to promote his book Photograph.
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Trillist is expanding its coverage to include entertainment, health and sex and dating. In addition to the three new verticals, Supercompressor—Thrillist’s auto site—is now housed directly on Thrillist.com.
John Sellers, formerly site director of Esquire.com, will oversee the entertainment vertical. Anthony Shneck, formerly managing editor of MindBodyGreen will serve as health editor. And as we covered a few days ago, Nicole Caldwell, formerly the editor in chief of Playgirl, will serve as sex and dating editor.
Also joining Thrillist is Bill McCandless, formerly the vp of video programming and production at Bleacher Report.
M. Scott Havens has been named global digital chief of Bloomberg Media. Havens most recently served as Time Inc.’s senior vp of digital.
Prior to joining Time Inc., Havens served as president of The Atlantic. He was with The Atlantic for four years.
“Scott is a digital pioneer and innovator with deep expertise in the business and financial digital media space,” said Bloomberg Media CEO Justin Smith, in an announcement.
At Bloomberg, Havens will succeed Josh Topolsky, who departed the company after butting heads with Michael Bloomberg about the relaunch of Bloomberg.com.
Havens will join Bloomberg November 16.
Bloomberg has added two staffers to its vc team. Details are below.Lizette Chapman comes to Bloomberg from The Wall Street Journal, where she covered venture capital and innovation. She joins Bloomberg in a few weeks. Ellen Huet most recently worked for Forbes, covering Silicon Valley. She previously worked for The San Francisco Chronicle.
In a recent New York Times opinion piece, John Tierney revisited a topic he investigated at length for the paper’s Sunday magazine in 1996. His conclusion? Recycling is still largely an upside-down proposition:
In New York City, the net cost of recycling a ton of trash is now $300 more than it would cost to bury the trash instead. That adds up to millions of extra dollars per year — about half the budget of the parks department — that New Yorkers are spending for the privilege of recycling. That money could buy far more valuable benefits, including more significant reductions in greenhouse emissions.
These kinds of insights will also soon be available to readers of the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research’s City Journal. Per an announcement this morning, Tierney (pictured) is the urban policy watchdog’s newest contributing editor:
“I’m thrilled,” said Tierney. “I’ve admired City Journal’s style and smarts ever since I started covering New York during the city’s bad old days. It’s the ultimate in urbanity – the magazine whose ideas have revived cities around the world.”
Added City Journal senior edtor Brian Anderson: “It’s a privilege for me to welcome John. He’s a terrific journalist with deep knowledge about an array of policy issues and a unique understanding of how science and politics intersect.”
Tierney will cover the intersection of science and policy as as city politics, writing for both the City Journal magazine and website. His first online piece is set to appear in early 2016 and his initial long-form print piece is tentatively scheduled for the spring 2016 issue. In addition to the Times, Tierney has worked at the Bergen Record, Washington Star, Science 81-85 magazine and served as a contributing editor for Discover and Health magazines.
Tierney will continue to write his “Findings” science column for The New York Times as well as contribute to PJ Media’s Instapundit. He is also working on another book with social psychologist Roy Baumeister, his collaborator on Willpower.
Early next year, hundreds of the world's leading creatives will gather to judge the tens of thousands of pieces of work entered in the 2016 awards contest, in such disciplines as advertising, book design, branding and packaging, digital, direct, graphic design and typography, magazine and newspaper design, music videos and film crafts, photography, product design, TV and cinema communications, writing, illustration and spatial design.
For Eater, reporter Robert Seitsema and photographer Nick Solares paid a recent final visit to the joint open since 1962. Their “Eulogy” features nostalgic elements like this one:
It was a once a hangout for celebrities who wanted a plainish meal on the down-low. Diane Keaton, Bette Midler, Rudy Giuliani and Kate Smith ate there, and so did Geraldo Rivera, who appeared one evening in a priest’s outfit with a gaggle of cops, having just returned from an undercover assignment.
Frank Sinatra, who had a back room curtained off for him and his pals, came to the Market Diner more than once in the wee hours after bar time. A Times article from 2007 quotes Saul Zelin, one of the owners, “That was the big thing, at 3 or 4 or 5 a.m., when the bars closed,” he said. “That was back in the days when drinking was the thing. Guys came in pretty loaded, to be honest with you. They were exciting times.”
CBS New York crunched the dwindling New York diner numbers. From a high of 1,000, we’re now at around 400. A residential highrise will take the place of the Market Diner, at the northeast corner of 11th Avenue and West 43rd Street.
In a piece about his last meal at the Market Diner over the weekend, Jeremiah Moss of Jeremiah’s Vanishing New York minced no words:
The Market Diner was always packed with customers. They closed because the Moinian Group bought them and shuttered them. They closed because City Hall allowed it. Because our government offers no protections for small businesses. They closed because New York is in the midst of a small business apocalypse – and a cultural genocide.
This is a goddamn New York culture tragedy. Market Diner’s last day. They used to serve me mimosa in a pint glass. https://t.co/MAw22dJ1HX
— brendafogg (@brendafogg) November 2, 2015
The Last Supper @ Market Diner on 43rd. Been open 24 hours forever – tonight it closes for the first and last time. pic.twitter.com/mgUaPZOEYS
— Jamie Jackson (@JamieJNYC) November 1, 2015
— SashaCharninMorrison (@sashacharnin) October 31, 2015[Photo via: @bookhopper]
We noted this morning that The New York Times had killed Joe Nocera’s bi-weekly op-ed column because he was moving on to something new. Now we know what that will be. Nocera is shifting to the Times sports desk to pen a column on the business of sports.
“It is hard to imagine anyone better qualified to make this a Times franchise,” wrote Times executive editor Dean Baquet and sports editor Jason Stallman, in a memo. “Joe came to the Times in April 2005 and spent five-plus years writing the ‘Talking Business’ column before going to Op-Ed four and a half years ago. His interest in sports, and the NCAA in particular, was sparked by a story he wrote in the Sunday magazine in December 2011, ‘Let’s Start Paying The Players.’ And that coverage has culminated with the forthcoming book ‘Indentured: The Inside Story of the Rebellion Against The NCAA,’ co-authored with Ben Strauss, a sports contributor to The Times. Most important, he is brimming with ideas.”
Nocera’s appointment is effective immediately.
The New York Times publisher, Arthur Sulzberger, has decided a new deputy publisher will be named within the next two years.
“I’ve been in my role as publisher for more than 20 years,” said Sulzberger, during an annual address. “I’ve hit my mid-60s, so it should come as no surprise that the task of choosing my successor has begun.”
“This is a formal process involving the Board of our company, senior management and the family trustees,” continued Sulzberger. “It is our intention to be as transparent as we can as this unfolds. It is also important to note—and I know it is a comfort to all of you—that the abiding commitment this family has for the mission of the Times is consistent across the generations.”
The host of The Late, Late Show may have been the “21st person asked” to MC the 19th annual Hollywood Film Awards. But thanks to an ebullient performance from start to finish, James Corden is going to be at the top of the lists of future awards show organizers.
“If someone had told me a year ago that I would be hosting the Hollywood Film Awards, I would have said, ‘What are the Hollywood Film Awards?'” Corden joked in his opening monologue. “I mean, even the name sounds like you’re lying. Do you know what I mean? Like, ‘Have you ever won awards?’ ‘Yes… I have. I’ve won… a Hollywood Film Award. It’s above my fireplace, next to my… New York Play Award.’”
— Hollywood Awards (@hollywoodawards) November 2, 2015
Corden kept things loosey-goosey throughout, ordering the show producers at one point to put on the NFL Sunday night game in the room when a set change was dragging on. He was the main reason this non-televised “final event of the awards pre-season” was so solidly entertaining.
One of the other big reasons the non-televised Beverly Hilton proceedings were such a blast is that they allowed for lengthier acceptance speeches. No blinking “Wrap It Up” prompt here. Instead, Sunday’s parade of honorees answered the question – What would happen at the Oscars if you just let winners talk for as long as they wanted?
The answer: Folks tend to go on for about four minutes. And without the blare of an orchestra introducing them with excessive pomp and circumstance, and then playing them off, the audience gets to experience many more memorable moments. Robert De Niro gave a clever Lifetime Award acceptance; the cast of Straight Out of Compton was full of energy; and Adam McKay zinged after being introduced by Steve Carell.
— Hollywood Awards (@hollywoodawards) November 2, 2015
The Hollywood Film Awards are to awards season what Donald Trump is to the presidential nomination process. And just as The Huffington Post erred in relegating Trump to its Entertainment section, those who still have a beef with event organized Carlos de Abreu need to recognize the show has cemented its place in the calendar. Thanks to the participation of A-listers like Bobby D, Jane Fonda, Vin Diesel and Will Smith.
Just as Golden Globes winners like to sometimes mock the HFPA, there were a number of wink-wink references to the selection process anchoring the HFAs. Smith, tapped for the Hollywood Actor Award, had the the best line in that regard, deadpanning: “Of all the awards I’ve received, this is the most recent.”
— Hollywood Awards (@hollywoodawards) November 2, 2015
Disclosure: Dick Clark Productions, purchased in 2012 by Adweek parent Guggenheim Partners, is a current partner in the Hollywood Film Awards.
Previously on FishbowlNY:
James Corden’s Astute Aggregation of Graham Norton
Rod Stewart, The Edge, Adam Clayton and Giddy Fandom
Emmy award-winning journalist Rob Hendin has joined The Atlantic’s event business AtlanticLive as executive producer. This is a new role at AtlanticLive.
Hendin comes to AtlanticLive from CBS News, where he served as Face The Nation’s senior producer since 2011.
“Rob has a rare constellation of skills and experience that make him a perfect fit for the job,” said AtlanticLive president Margaret Low Smith, in an announcement. “On top of being a first class journalist, he is a polymath who reads widely and is as passionate about science and history and food as he is about Washington politics.”