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.”
The video shot and uploaded last week by Dustin Sherman of a rat dragging a donut across a New York subway platform has not exploded the way Pizza Rat did. But the story behind the video is ten times better.
Sherman was at the East Broadway stop around 2:30 a.m. Friday because of Tinder. “In all the years I’ve lived in Brooklyn, I’ve dated almost exclusively within the borough,” he explains to FishbowlNY. “The woman I saw Thursday night lives in Manhattan.”
“I joined Tinder within the past two months,” he continues. “I have my distance radius set to eight miles, which is actually quite a large area in NYC, so the App can really open up your availability to people outside of the normal social circles you’re in. The subway stop closest to my apartment is outdoors. I’ve seen small mice on the tracks there, but never a rat.”
The other funny aspect of the Donut Rat video is that the donut in question is artisanal, of a brand near and dear to Sherman’s heart. “The first time I had a donut made by Dough was at the Brooklyn Flea about four or five years ago,” he explains. “The Flea spun off a weekly food-only festival called Smorgasburg, which I go to fairly regularly, and Dough is one of my go-to vendors. That’s how I was able to so easily identify the donut.”
“The one the rat had is their plain glazed, but I prefer their lemon poppyseed, which is in the top three donuts I’ve had in New York,” Johnson enthuses. “I tweeted Dough about it right after I posted the video, but they haven’t responded. I suppose it’s not the best publicity to have have your food associated with rats in any capacity, but I’d wager that that rat knew he had scored quite the treat, so that’s why he took it away so quickly.”
Sherman hosts a podcast called The Next Round, for which he chats over drinks with a musician. The next guest, to be posted later this week, is folk artist Findlay Brown.
He also produces a bi-weekly stand-up show in Park Slope called Free Rad Jokez and, as an NYU film school grad, is usually tinkering with various film projects. “I’m currently working on rewrites for a screenplay I wrote that’s a family film-romantic comedy with fantasy elements” says Sherman. “I’m also in the outlining stages for a comedy to take place in my hometown of Ocean City, Md.”
Sherman, who has live in New York for 13 years, had a second date on Sunday with the aforementioned Tinder woman and says things went extremely well. We’re not too big into omens, but when you think about it, a donut is kind of shaped like a ring.
Previously on FishbowlNY:
The New Yorker Has the #PizzaRat Scoop
Mark Bittman, the former New York Times food columnist, is joining the Purple Carrot, a vegan meal delivery service.
The New York Times reports that Bittman will write for the Purple Carrot’s site, help develop menus and generally serve as the face of the company.
“We’ll be presenting a new website, incorporating Mark and a new image and language he’s helped develop,” Andrew Levitt, founder and CEO of the Purple Carrot, told the Times. “We’ll also be starting a subscription-based business, where we currently are pay as you go.”
Bittman announced he was leaving the Times in September. He had been with the Times since 2011.
The great Time Inc. migration has begun. The publisher has started moving its brands from the historic Time & Life Building—Time Inc.’s headquarters since it was founded in 1959—to 225 Liberty Street in Lower Manhattan.
The first Time Inc. brands to move include Essence, Health, InStyle, Mimi, People en Español and People StyleWatch and Real Simple.
Time Inc. CEO Joe Ripp described the move as “an exciting step” and added the new space “will foster a greater sense of community and more collaboration across our company.”
Serial, the popular podcast from This American Life, has signed a distribution deal with Pandora. New episodes of Serial’s second season will be available to Pandora users each Thursday at 6 am ET, the same time they’re become available via Serial’s podcast feed.
The first season of Serial will also be available to Pandora users starting November 24.
As for when, exactly, Serial’s second season will start, we still have no idea. The only vague detail we’ve received is you can expect it “early 2016.”
Now that Business Insider is part of the Axel Springer empire, BI founder Henry Blodget has one thing (well, probably a few things) on his mind: Expansion.
Blodget told Politico that the site wants to add between 100 and 200 more staffers over the next five years, and will launch a new site in Germany, Poland and France. He also said that BI has its eye on TV, but “I don’t know what form that will take.”
“Where we are now is where we’ve always wanted to be, and we want to be much bigger in the future,” added BI editor Nicholas Carlson.
IBT Media—publisher of the International Business Times and Newsweek—has named Carter Dougherty senior international economics writer. He previously worked for Bloomberg News, The New York Times and The Washington Times.
At IBT, Dougherty will expand the site’s international finance coverage.
“Carter immediately makes us stronger in a core area of interest — international economics,” said IBT global editor-in-chief, Peter Goodman, in a statement. “As an experienced international correspondent who has worked in Africa and Europe while also diving into the key policy-making institutions in Washington, Carter is especially skilled at finding compelling stories that reveal the workings of the global economy.”
Chris Connelly had the misfortune/fortune of taking over as editor of Grantland when ESPN cut ties with Bill Simmons. In an interview with SI, Connelly discusses the ups and downs of the site, why ESPN shut it down and more.
For a guy who was put in an essentially no-win situation, Connelly comes off as classy, smart and humble about the experience. Below are some highlights from the interview, but the entire exchange is well worth a read.
On why ESPN shuttered Grantland:
When you are doing a site that you understand is not making money, you kind of understand when times get challenging or there is a new economic climate, you will be scrutinized very closely. I think the site continued to do fantastic editorial, for which I want to be sure not to take credit. That was the product of the editors and writers who were there every day of the week. But in this economic climate you will be very closely scrutinized if you are not a money-making operation.
On taking over for Simmons:
What kind of people would they be if they did not have strong affection and feelings for him? He and [former editorial director] Dan Fierman had taken many of them from relative obscurity and given them fantastic opportunities and they blossomed while at Grantland. So you have to go in and respect that. And I tried to do so. To the degree that they felt loyalty to him was a testament of their character. If someone gives you an opportunity like that, of course you will feel loyal.
On make his own impression on the site:
The overall value I did talk a lot about was reporting. I really did think reporting was the key to doing even better stuff then we were doing. So to the limited degree I could, or just enhancing what was already there, I tried to suggest that this was something that was a value we should encourage in our writers.
The New York Times is ending Joe Nocera’s bi-weekly op-ed column. Nocera’s last column, which focuses on business, Wall Street and regulation, will be published tomorrow.
Nocera has penned his column since 2011. He has been with the Times since 2005.
According to Politico, the change comes because Nocera is taking on a new, yet-to-be-named role.
These are dark Daily Print Newspaper Saving days in Southern California.
On Friday, Poynter chief media correspondent James Warren reported that 15% of Los Angeles Times newsroom employees have applied for the latest round of buyouts, a process with a deadline of Oct. 23. Today, Freedom Communications Inc., the parent company of the Orange County Register, the Press-Enterprise and other regional California newspapers and magazines, has announced it is filing for bankruptcy.
All the details are in the press release and accompanying note by Freedom CEO Rich Mirman, including assurances that the filing will have “minimal impact” on the Register’s day-to-day operations and the promise that Freedom will be profitable in 2016. What’s not included is the reason this news may have been released as the clocks were falling back. For that, we turn to Gustavo Arellano, OC Weekly editor and perennial thorn in the side of Aaron Kushner, Eric Spitz et al:
Who declares bankruptcy at midnight on a Sunday, after a reporter starts asking questions? The Orange County Register, of course!
Yesterday, multiple, trustworthy sources who requested anonymity told me the Register’s parent company planned to file bankruptcy sometime this week, if not sooner. I sent out an email for comment to Register publisher Rich Mirman and one of their attorneys, which weren’t returned by press time.
Then at 1 a.m. last night, a source sent me a press release officially confirming the story, along with another thing I was hearing: that notorious landlord Mike Harrah – the man who bought the Register’s offices and land last year, and has been trying to build a 37-story office tower in Santa Ana for over a decade – was going to put in a bid with Mirman to take over the Register.
Arellano also has details of a large judgment ($642,220.92) won against the Register this past Thursday in federal court by Fisher Printing, which had sued the paper over unpaid 2014-15 fees. And some interesting background on the Freedom bankruptcy attorney.
For a recent New York Times profile piece, Penelope Green paid a visit to the East 85th Street apartment of Lillian Ross, 97, the longtime New Yorker writer. A collection of 32 of Ross’s essays for the magazine is out this week from Simon and Schuster.
Green also spoke to former New Yorker editor Tina Brown, who describes herself in the article as a fellow ‘iconic girl reporter who fell in love with the editor.’ At the magazine, Brown pursued the idea of an article about the long personal and professional relationship enjoyed by Ross with previous New Yorker editor William Shawn. In the end, she chose not to publish:
“As an editor, I felt her story was absolutely remarkable,” said Brown. “And as it came out of her, as I drew it from her, as we would talk and talk about it, of course, I wanted to publish it terribly badly.”
“But there was a tremendous sense of hostility to that in the office. I was in such agony I did something that I never do, which was to ask Si” — that is, S. I. Newhouse Jr., former chairman of Condé Nast — “what he thought. And he said: ‘Some decisions are too hard to make. This is one of them.’ In the end, I think the decision was probably the right one, though I regret not being its publisher.”
‘No one ever confused Lou Reed for an Osmond…’ writes New York Times reporter Alex Williams. However, a new biography by Howard Sounes published last week in the U.K. is being rigorously challenged by those who were close to the late icon.
As a measure of just how contentious Sounes’ latest tome is, Williams got on-the-record reaction from someone who doesn’t usually chime in:
Reed’s longtime wife and manager, Sylvia Reed (now Ramos), broke what she said was an 18-year media silence to dispute Mr. Sounes’s portrait for this article.
“That’s not a person I recognize,” Ms. Ramos said of the Lou Reed portrayed in the book. Many damning anecdotes, she added, seem to come from people Reed knew in the hazy drug-fueled 1970s “that I know for a fact were not capable of remembering anything they did in any given six-month period during that time, much less come back all these years later and say, ‘Oh, yes, I was there, this is what was going on.’ ”
Williams also spoke to Sounes, who conducted 140 interviews for the book. The author cites mental illness as a key factor in the behavior documented, as well as a lack of immediate, full Velvet Underground recognition:
The band’s albums are now considered among the most influential in rock history. But at the height of the hippie era, they were ignored by many critics and the public, which was more interested in flower power than the Velvets’ brooding art rock.
The failure to break through left him bitter, Mr. Sounes said in the interview: “Reed spent five years creating some of the most inventive and original music of the 1960s, and nobody cared. The week of the Woodstock festival, the Velvet Underground were playing at a roadhouse in Massachusetts.”
Previously on FishbowlNY:
New York Post Maps ‘Lou Reed’s Town’
Lou Reed Reviews Kanye West
Velvet Underground Fans Give Thanks for New Live Track
[Jacket cover courtesy: Doubleday]
In September 2006, four months out of Columbia Journalism graduate school, Nicole Caldwell landed a job as editor in chief of Playgirl magazine. Together with senior editor Jessanne Collins and designer Corinne Weiner, she strove to give the publication relevance. From a New York Times interview published at the time of the magazine’s end:
The editors printed articles about a campaign to take toxic chemicals out of cosmetics and about problems with Amsterdam’s red-light district. To her delight, Ms. Caldwell landed interviews with Jack LaLanne and Dolly Parton.
The magazine had no marketing or public relations budget, so its editors sought to revive the Playgirl brand themselves, throwing parties at a Lower East Side bar. After [owner] Blue Horizon denied a request to finance a blog, Ms. Collins built one herself, starting it on WordPress, a free platform.
Their efforts, the women said, got virtually no support; indeed, their higher-ups, all of them men, usually resisted their push to give the magazine editorial heft.
When Playgirl exited print with the January/February 2009 issue , Caldwell moved on to Diamond District News before taking a radical turn to sustainable farming. And it is from that rural New York State base that she has begun working as Thrillist’s new sex and dating editor:
In 2009, I surrendered cubicle life to move to a farm in Northern New York. Since then, I’ve conducted my writing from the back deck of Better Farm, overlooking forests, fields, free-range chickens and organic gardens. At the farm, I teach sustainable skillsets to make people more self-reliant, creative and loving – and challenge them to turn the hardships of their lives into vehicles for change. In October I accepted a fantastic position as editor for Thrillist Media Group, which allows me to keep a finger on the pulse of the city I love while working with freelance writers to produce provocative, enticing content seen by 15 million people every day.
Like so many people these days, there is also an Airbnb component attached to Caldwell’s triumphant post-Playgirl life. By the way, if you go today to the playgirl.com website, there is a warning that the site contains malware.
Caldwell’s first two Thrillist pieces are about the science of dating and the science of kissing. Meanwhile, in September, Better Farm was a finalist in the Martha Stewart American Made Awards.
[Photo via: @NicoleMCaldwell; H/T: Wall Street Journal]
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