When it comes to the Los Angeles celebrity real estate beat, two columnists tend to lead the way: Mark David, once known as “The Realestalker” and now with Variety, and Lauren Beale, the longtime “Hot Property” columnist for the Los Angeles Times.
This week, Beale beat David to the scoop that Lydia Hearst and fiancé Chris Hardwick have plunked down $11 million for an historic eight-bedroom Los Feliz mansion. However, one of her “sources outside the transaction” evidently steered her slightly wrong, necessitating this kind-of-funny correction:
Manhood… restored! David’s follow-on item has some additional property details and the much better slide show. And certainly, given that Hearst’s great-grandfather was William Randolph, one wonders what the soon-to-be-married couple will come up in terms of personalized nickname for their sumptuous own “Xanadu.”
Previously on FishbowlNY:
Chris Hardwick Does the Creative Arts Emmys Right
“The first time I truly felt famous was when I went to the movies with my mom. I had gone to the loo, and someone in the bathroom said in a very loud voice, ‘Girl in stall No. 1, were you in Mystic Pizza? ‘ I paused and I said, ‘Yeah, that was me.'”
This quote was part of December 2007 EW cover story, and it’s revisited on this, Roberts’ 48th birthday, in a cool slide show put together by features editor Madeline Boardman. In all, 17 covers done by the actress over the years for the Time Inc. publication are revisited.
Arguably the most ingenious Roberts EW cover art involved an August 2004 issue. To go along with the cover line ‘Special Report – Why Hollywood Can’t Find the Next Julia Roberts,’ the magazine used small, pixelated headshots of potential successors to create the image of the actress.
A rep for the magazine told FishbowlNY they plan to do more of these birthday-honoring cover retrospectives in the future. Mel Gibson, who is featured in one of Roberts covers, turns 60 in January. Showcasing him in this fashion would be really interesting, given his fall from Hollywood grace.
When The Bleacher Report compiled a list of “The Best Dressed Head Coaches in NFL History,” Tom Landry was on it (with a caveat about his fondness for white socks). And when the Peter King website site MMQB strung together 95 league artifacts to coincide with the NFL’s 95th anniversary, the famed Dallas Cowboys head coach’s Fedora was included.
Landry’s haberdashery habits are front and center once again today with the release of FanSided’s first team-specific App. The team is the Dallas Cowboys, and the name of the app is The Landry Hat. Well done.
Earlier this summer, the Dallas Morning News had a great list of “10 Things to Know” about Landry, who passed away in 2000. And yes, of course, there was info about the hat:
It was as a Giants assistant coach that Landry began wearing his trademark fedoras. One reason was obvious. New York got cold during the football season, and he needed something to cover his bald head. The other? Thinking ahead to a post-football life in the insurance business, he decided it would be best to look as businesslike as possible on the sideline. The idea was to impress possible future employers and people who might like to buy policies from him.
When he became a head coach, there were those who urged him to switch to a cowboy hat. It was also as a Giants assistant coach that Landry car-pooled from his Connecticut home to games at Yankee Stadium with, among others, a young, up-and-coming broadcaster named Howard Cosell.
Check out The Landry Hat staff here.
GQ has added Caity Weaver as writer and editor. Weaver most recently worked for Gawker as a senior editor.
At GQ, Weaver will contribute to the magazine’s culture coverage, edit The Punch List and write for GQ.com.
Jim Nelson, GQ’s editor in chief, described Weaver’s writing as “funny, controlled, pitch perfect.”
The Fader has added to its marketing and editorial teams. Details are below.Kate Carrington has been named vp, marketing strategy, a new role at the company. Harrington most recently worked for Urban Daddy as vp, sales development. She previously worked for Spin, Newsweek and Esquire. Jenny Peck has joined as marketing director. She most recently served as senior marketing manager for Nylon. Nazuk Kochar has been named associate social media editor. Madison LaClair as video production coordinator.
Maybe that definition added last year by Oxford Dictionaries needs to specify that side boob can be glimpsed not just from the flank side but also the middle side. A reader disputes this morning that the following qualifies as “side boob,” but we think – like Crain’s New York Business editor Jeremy Smerd – that it is.
Crain’s got a couple of phone calls from readers in the wake of the Oct. 19 cover, and Smerd took the time to speak with one of those folks. The longtime female subscriber in Boston told him she thought the glimpse of breast was gratuitous and that if the topic had been male-focused, it would have been more discretely presented. From Smerd’s Editor’s Note:
I told her that we had discussed the photo among a group of both male and female reporters and editors before publishing it. We thought the picture captured the essence of the story, which was about the business of natural childbirth and the women behind it. To be sure, we received plenty of positive feedback from readers who said the image was body- and female-positive. Even the subject of the picture emailed to say: “We’re thrilled to see it and will be excited to eventually show our daughter her first magazine and centerfold debut.”
The cover story by Samantha M. Shapiro is well worth reading. Meanwhile, Smerd’s NYT colleague Matt Chaban via Twitter had a funny POV on the whole matter.
Previously on FishbowlNY:
It’s Alright, Ma (Crain’s New York Business Is Only Redesigning)
Everyone’s favorite news anchor, NY1’s Pat Kiernan, is launching a live talk show series with NY1 traffic reporter Jamie Stelter. Pat and Jamie’s New York will feature interviews with famous/interesting New Yorkers and debuts October 30 at the 92nd Street Y.
The first show includes a talk with Girls actor Alex Karpovsky, Wall Street Journal sports columnist Jason Gay and more.
For additional info and to purchase tickets to a show, check out the Pat and Jamie’s New York site.
Kobe Bryant, along with being one the best NBA players ever, is now an investor in The Players’ Tribune, the pro-athlete site founded by Derek Jeter in 2014.
Bryant—who also serves as editorial director of the site—made the investment via his own firm and the venture capital firm New Enterprise Associates. No word on how much Bryant invested, but it was part of the Players’ Tribune $15 million fundraising round.
The Player’s Tribune plans to use the infusion of cash to expand video offerings, launch podcasts and more.
All manner of topics are covered in a 2015 season-tipping Sports Illustrated roundtable discussion about covering the NBA. Participating were the New York Daily News’ Frank Isola, ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne, Akron Beacon Journal Cavaliers beat reporter Jason Lloyd, Yahoo senior NBA writer Michael Lee and AP national NBA writer Brian Mahoney.
When moderator Richard Deitsch asked – ‘Who is a young NBA reporter that people should keep their eye on?’ -there was a consensus of sorts. Several of the participants pointed to Shams Charania (pictured), who covers the NBA out of Chicago for Yahoo Sports. Shelburne says her nickname for him is “Doogie Howser,” while Lloyd had a great personal example of how the young colleague has earned his respect:
“A couple of years ago, the Cavs were on the verge of acquiring Luol Deng. I gathered enough information to know they were close to a deal, and it was obvious they were using Andrew Bynum’s unique contract as the vehicle, but I couldn’t get the name of the player they were obtaining. I also knew ESPN’s Brian Windhorst, who covered the Bynum/Cavs saga at length and knows the Cavs organization better than any other reporter, was likely already two steps ahead of me.”
“After enough calls and texts, I finally learned the player was Deng. By the time I got to my Twitter account, Windhorst had already posted the trade. I thought I was second. Then about 20 minutes later, I learned some guy I’d never heard of (and learned later was still in school) had beaten us both to it. That’s the day I learned who Shams Charania was and I’ve followed him ever since. He’s already at Yahoo and well on his way to being the industry’s next big news breaker.”
Deep breath everyone. According to The New York Post, The New York Daily News might once again be put on the block.
News boss Mort Zuckerman has been frantically trying to cut costs at the paper (hence those wide-sweeping layoffs) and has even closed in on new contracts with the News’s unions. The end game of all this is to put the News up for sale again at the beginning of next year.
How will this effort be any different than the last time Zuckerman attempted unsuccessfully for six months to sell the tabloid? It probably won’t. But you have to admire Zuckerman for trying. Well, maybe you don’t.
The Slate Group has named Keith Hernandez president of Slate. He comes to the company from BuzzFeed, where he served as vp of brand strategy.
Prior to his time at Slate, Hernandez worked for Vevo, Microsoft and The Onion.
“We came across many impressive candidates during our search, and Keith was, by far, the right leader for the role,” said Slate Group chairman Jacob Weisberg, in a statement. “Besides being incredibly smart and having a track record of great client relationships, he helped to grow a brand that we, at Slate, have admired since its inception. His passion and insight into the digital landscape are going to be tremendous advantages to our leadership team.”
Hernandez joins Slate November 2.
Rockwell had been with Condé since 2012. He previously worked for The Ladders and MTV.
“Nick’s deft leadership, technical aptitude and experience managing cultural change will be huge assets for The Times as technological innovation becomes ever more essential to our success,” wrote Kinsey Wilson, the Times’s executive vice president, product and technology, in a memo to staffers.
Rockwell’s appointment is effective November 16. He’ll report to Wilson.
Alex Pareene has been named the new editor in chief of Gawker. Pareene rejoined Gawker earlier this year as special projects editor.
Pareene previously worked for First Look Media and Salon. He worked for Gawker for five years in the early 2000s.
Pareene is succeeding Max Read, who resigned from Gawker in July due to immaturity, stubbornness and a bloated sense of self-importance.
Brian Solis contends that great products, creative marketing and delightful customer experience are no longer enough to succeed. Instead, he emphasizes the importance of empathy and why it is the "secret ingredient" to creating a unique and differentiating customer experience.