Meredith Corporation has named Kim Martin chief strategy officer. Martin most recently served as president and general manager of We TV. She held that role for nine years before transferring into a consultant role in 2013.
Prior to her appointment at We TV, Martin was executive VP of distribution and affiliate marketing for Rainbow Media, which owns AMC, Fuse, IFC and We TV. She previously worked for Discovery Network for 10 years.
Martin’s appointment is effective April 13. She’ll and report to Meredith chairman and CEO Steve Lacy.
Tonight, starting at 9 pm ET, Bomani Jones begins his takeover. When Jones’ ESPN Radio show — The Right Time with Bomani Jones — premieres nationally, it will be the next chapter in an impressive career. Jones wants to make it more than that. He wants The Right Time to be the best.
“My goal’s to do the best show on the air,” Jones told FishbowlNY. “I’ve done a morning show on Sirius that had to compete with Howard Stern, who was the reason we even existed, and sports properties like Mike and Mike. I’ve done 12-3 with Jim Rome and Rush Limbaugh on at the same time. The goal then was to do a show that was good enough to make people break their normal habits, try something new, and then stick around. That’s the same goal now.”
Anyone who has followed Jones knows part of his appeal is that — no matter what the subject is — he appears incapable of pulling any punches. He’s not worried that his blunt take on everything from pop culture to racial issues could present problems for the typical sports radio listener. “I firmly believe that I’m a lot like our listeners, and I think they’ll feel my appreciation for their lives and they’ll see some of themselves in me,” explained Jones.
When asked about his unique ability to examine issues through a racial lens, Jones insisted it won’t be a focal point on The Right Time, but added that he won’t shy away from it either.
“I’m not going to start every day asking ‘What can we view through the prism of race today?’ But if that’s what matters in the news, that’s what we’ll talk about. That might be something deathly serious at times, but it also might be in a way that’s pretty benign and fun to talk about. I’m not scared of race as a topic and, after listening a few times, I think listeners will see they don’t need to be afraid of it, either.”
Jones is extremely confident, but he admitted going national presents a new set of obstacles. “I want people who listen to the show to feel like they’re a part of something special, something they can feel some feeling of ownership in,” he said. “That was tough, but totally feasible, when I worked for smaller outlets. I want to try to make this big platform feel small and cozy, too, and I’m curious to see what it will take to make that happen. I think it will, though.”
If anyone can do it, Jones can. The man is relentless, hilarious and smart. We almost envy anyone who hasn’t heard of him. The Right Time will surely prove it’s better late than never.
Gary Pruitt, president and CEO of the Associated Press, wants to make changes to international laws in order to better protect reporters. During a speech at Hong Kong’s Foreign Correspondents’ Club, Pruitt said anyone who kills or takes a journalist hostage should be charged with a war crime.
“Wearing ‘Press’ on your jacket once offered some degree of protection for journalists in the most dangerous areas,” said Pruitt. “Today, it more often makes them a target.”
Pruitt noted the horrible trend among extremist groups of using brutality as a way to get noticed. “Now, most perniciously, we find ourselves in the sickening situation where terrorists are killing journalists not to stop a story — but to create one,” he said.
Pruitt admitted that changing laws won’t necessarily cause extremists to alter their behavior. However, amending the laws now could lead to an improvement over the longterm.
“When independent media cannot provide eyewitness original reporting, freedom suffers,” said Pruitt. “A free press is the most powerful bulwark against tyranny. We must never forget that.”
Trevor Noah, a 31-year-old comedian, has been selected to succeed Jon Stewart on The Daily Show. Just like everyone thought.
The New York Times reports that Noah has been performing standup since his 20s, and has appeared on the Daily Show three times. He’s expected to be formally introduced by Comedy Central at some point today.
When word broke that Stewart was leaving the Daily Show, it seemed like everyone was being considered as a successor. We even gathered a list of 24 candidates that had been cited by media reports. Noah was not on that list.
Michele Ganeless, Comedy Central’s president, is already commenting on the selection of another man to keep the late night dude fest going. “We talked to women. We talked to men,” Ganeless bluntly told the Times. “We found in Trevor the best person for the job.” Hey, at least he’s not white.
Paris will be hosting the United Nations Conference on Climate Change later this year, so one of the many themed exhibitions during the recent Fête du Graphisme was related to these issues. Célébrer la Terre (Celebrate the Earth) consisted of 39 commissioned posters from French and international designers.
The Madison Square Garden Company is splitting into two separate companies. In a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filing, MSG — owned by Knicks fan favorite James Dolan — said one company would hold its live events and sports businesses, and the other would hold its media businesses.
MSG’s live events and sports company will include the Knicks, Rangers, the WNBA New York Liberty, the Garden, and Radio City Music Hall. The media business will include MSG Network and MSG+.
“After review, MSG’s board of directors believes that, while MSG has created significant shareholder value since it was established as a public company five years ago, separating MSG’s live sports and entertainment businesses from its media business now would further enhance the long-term value-creation potential of both businesses,” said the company, in an announcement.
The tax-free spinoff is expected to be completed by the end of this year.
If you’re a freelance designer you either have been, or will be at some point, asked to provide the source files for the work you produced for the client. Generally speaking, this means a full file collect of the InDesign file, fonts, any placed vector files and images, including a layered (PSD) file if applicable. Obviously this is so the client can use the files for producing further work. Without paying you. Ohhhh myyyyyy!
Unless you had a contract that spells-out otherwise, you are considered work for hire. As such, you do not own the rights to the work—those rights are transferred to the client when you get paid. But it doesn’t cover the “working files.” So unless the contract did stipulate that you hand over the source files, you aren’t legally obliged to do so.
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Via an exclusive interview with Chicago Sun-Times urban affairs reporter and assistant city editor Maudlyne Ihejirika, Beverly Johnson has talked for the first substantive time about the aftermath of her recent bombshell Vanity Fair essay, in which she accused Bill Cosby of drugging her.
While Johnson says she was discouraged previously about including Cosby content in her memoir, there will be no such exceptions when The Face That Changed It All finally arrives from Simon & Schuster this summer. A full chapter in the book will be devoted to Cosby:
\"I’ve gotten more support than backlash,\" Johnson says about the Vanity Fair piece. \"I feel proud of helping create this lightning rod for a larger conversation that’s much needed in America — that whole silence on the rape culture that is here.\"
Ihejiriki also asked Johnson about her thoughts on Camille Cosby’s recent public stance. The supermodel-turned-businesswoman’s latest comments come on the heels of Chelsea Handler talking to Esquire, for the magazine’s April 2015 cover story, about how she feels she evaded the dark specter of Cosby a decade ago in Atlantic City.
There’s an interesting detail in Richard Sandomir’s NYT account of The Players’ Tribune’s impressive rookie year. When site editor-at-large David Ortiz added March 26 essay \"The Dirt\" to the Derek Jeter digital portal, he hit the Red Sox paper of record in the gut:
Within a half-hour of Ortiz’s post being published, the Boston Globe rushed onto its website a similar article, the product of an interview Ortiz gave March 11 to one of its reporters, Bob Hohler. That piece had been held since last week so it could be the centerpiece of the Globe’s Major League Baseball preview April 5.
\"When he [Hohler] filed it, we were wary,\" said Joseph Sullivan, the Globe’s sports editor. \"I worried about ESPN or Yahoo or the Boston Herald somehow doing a similar story. But I didn’t think about The Players’ Tribune.\"
Sullivan added: \"Thursday night was not a good night for me.\"
A producer for The Players’ Tribune tells Sandomir the Ortiz essay was the organic and largely unexpected byproduct of connecting recently with Big Papi at baseball training camp. Read the rest of the NYT piece here.
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The general consensus from the thoughtful side of the Lena Dunham reaction pile is that her March 30 issue “Shouts & Murmurs” piece is not anti-Semitic.
New York Times religion columnist Mark Oppenheimer, writing this morning for Time, disputes editor David Remnick‘s statement that Dunham was working in the Lenny Bruce, Larry David and Sarah Silverman vein. The Jewish characters in Girls are not lovable, a la Curb, nor does Dunham make her Jewish self the butt of the jokes, a la Silverman:
Is Dunham an anti-Semite? Of course not. She is just a young artist, with shaky judgment, and no real feel for the tradition of Jewish humor in which her editor, presiding over America’s most storied magazine, suggests she is working. And this whole episode has the salutary effect, I like to think, of folding Dunham more closely into the tradition of Jewish writers: sooner or later, if we’re doing our job, we all get called bad for the Jews.
Jonah Golderg, in The National Review, thinks the piece is a sad reflection of today’s challenged magazine industry times. And… not anti-Semitic:
I don’t think she was going for anti-Semitism, though she’ll happily pocket the edginess that accusation brings. Rather, like so much of what Dunham does, it reeks of self-indulgence. She clearly think it’s very clever. But as a piece of writing it’s remarkably un-clever. It’s not terrible. It’s more like a solid B in a college-writing seminar.
Finally, Bendik Kaltenborn, the Norwegian illustrator who drew the cartoon that goes along with Dunham’s words, tells Slate he thought it was funny when he first read it. And that the magazine asked for art changes:
“I’d done an illustration of Lena Dunham for a Norwegian magazine so had done some research on her and her life. I got sent the [article] text, and I Googled her dog and her boyfriend. Then I just drew the dog and boyfriend.
Meaning at first you actually drew Jack Antonoff?
Yes. It’s quite a personal text so I thought that made sense. But then someone at the New Yorker told me they wanted just a regular person, not her boyfriend. So I changed it.
They wanted him to look like a generic-looking guy?
Yes, that was the idea. The first version really looked like Jack Antonoff.
[Photo of Dunham with Judd Apatow at November 11, 2014 PEN Center USA 24th Annual Literary Awards in Los Angeles: Helga Esteb/Shutterstock.com]
Coastal Living replaces editor Antonia van der Meer with Country Living executive editor Steele Marcoux, who once served as design director at her new home. “Steele is a great editorial talent who knows how to inspire print and digital audiences with smart packaging and storytelling, especially when it comes to style and design,” Time Inc. executive vice president Evelyn Webster and chief content officer Norman Pearlstine wrote in a memo announcing the news. Additionally, Time Inc. group editor Sid Evans plans to deepen “his involvement with the day-to-day operations at Coastal Living,” while Clare McHugh, who already oversees Health and All You, will take on Sunset and This Old House, too…
Time poaches Carrie Gee from Adweek and Jennifer Prandato from The Boston Globe. The pair have been named senior art director and freelance iPad/iPhone/print designer, respectively, while Allison Duda and Chelsea Kardokus get promotions in the art department… Brad Dunn returns to the Parade fold as senior vice president and chief digital officer at Athlon Media Group. He had been a consultant at AMG, but had previously spent eight years as the executive editor of Parade… The New York Times Magazine recruits Hairpin contributing editor Jazmine Hughes as associate digital editor. She’s part of editor Jake Silverstein‘s push to make the mag more relevant on the web… Read More
FishbowlDC: Ben Affleck appeared before a Senate subcommittee to plead his case that Batman should have a Boston accent.
TVNewser: Good Morning America and Today used the new Twitter app Periscope during their shows this morning. Matt Lauer, America’s new grandpa, suggested that everyone “read a book” instead.
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There has been a barrage of Radar and National Enquirer exclamation-mark exclusives this week aimed at the Hollywood actor.
On March 25, the Enquirer revealed publicly something that those who have been closely following the re-opened Natalie Wood investigation already knew. Namely, that Splendour captain Dennis Davern, Thanksgiving 1981 excursion guest Christopher Walken and Wagner were all classified as \"Persons of Interest\" when the cause of death on Wood’s certificate was changed. Davern has passed a polygraph test and Walken has spoken with LASD detectives. Wagner, so far, has refused to cooperate.
AMI is also revisiting Davern’s 2012 trip to Hawaii with investigators, at both the Enquirer and Radar ends, and today has published a handwritten two-page March 18 letter by Natalie’s sister Lana to the LA D.A.:
In a bombshell open letter to Jackie Lacey, obtained exclusively by the Enquirer, Lana penned: \"I am writing to plead with you to consider pressing charges against Robert Wagner.”
\"It has recently come to my attention that [detectives] feel very strongly they have sufficient evidence implicating Wagner in her death, but, that your office feels it is only circumstantial and therefore will not move forward.\"
Author Marti Rulli tells FishbowlNY that Wagner’s stance towards the current investigation is key. \"Wagner still refuses to cooperate, participate or talk with detectives,\" she says. \"That is making them highly suspicious of him, far more than they are suspicious of Davern and Walken. They are determined to solve this case, and it is Wagner who could help them do it, but he refuses to.\"
\"In his book Pieces of My Heart, Wagner stated that he went “over and over” (with Walken and others) details of what could have happened to Natalie. This is his chance to ask the detectives what they believe happened, and he has no questions?\"
[Photo: Serge Rocco/Shutterstock.com]