For the award’s 25th anniversary, the magazine selected the following winners: Victoria Beckham, Misty Copeland, Elizabeth Holmes, Caitlyn Jenner, Cecile Richards, Reese Witherspoon, the Women of Charleston, and the U.S. women’s national soccer team.
Glamour will honor the winners—who are celebrated for being trailblazers and newsmakers—November 9 at Carnegie Hall.
November 9 is also being tabbed by Mayor Bill de Blasio as Women of The Year Day. The Empire State Building will be lit in pink to commemorate the day.
The New York Times’s third quarter was a good one. The company posted a $9 million profit; helped in part because of a slowed decline in ad dollars and an ever-increasing digital subscriber base.
For the quarter, print advertising declined less than one percent and digital advertising decreased by five percent. In a sign of just how weird things are now, Times CEO Mark Thompson described this as the Times’s “best advertising quarter of the year.”
On the digital side of things, the Times continues to bulk up. The Times’s digital subscribers increased by 51,000 in the quarter, the most it has added since 2012. The Times now has 1,041,000 digital-only subscribers.
Now that Axel Springer is the proud owner of Business Insider and a minority owner of Thrillist, Airbnb and Mic, the company has named Jens Müffelmann president of its U.S. operations. This is a new role at Axel Springer.
Müffelman will manage those operations from offices in Berlin, New York and Palo Alto. He reports to Mathias Döpfner, Axel Springer’s CEO and chairman.
“By creating this new position we want to ensure that we can capitalize on the growth potential in the US market in the best possible way,” said Döpfner, in an announcement.
Glenn F. Bunting, who took a buyout at the Los Angeles Times in 2007 and now oversees a crisis PR firm, has returned briefly to the wordsmith beat in spectacular fashion. For LAObserved, he has written a wonderful obituary for Ed Coleman, a legendary West Coast golf instructor who passed away over the weekend at age 92.
One of the many pleasures of the tribute is that it afford Bunting the opportunity to recall a piece he wrote for the L.A. Times Sunday magazine, published in January 2004. The article, titled “Picking Nits with Frank Deford, grew out of conversations Bunting had with Coleman after he started taking golf lessons with the master at Rancho Park in 2000.
As Bunting notes, Queens native Coleman had been calling out errors made by reporters in newspapers, magazines and elsewhere his entire life, starting as a teenager with letters to the New York World-Telegram. From Bunting’s piece:
In an effort to call Ed’s bluff (and shut him up), I handed him a six-inch stack of printouts of Deford articles with a challenge: See how many factual errors you can find. Within a few days, Ed returned the printouts with handwritten notes scrawled in pencil detailing dozens of inaccuracies.
Every one of Ed’s corrections checked out. That did it. Ed and I agreed to a quest that would lead me to interview Deford in his New Jersey home… The article infuriated Deford, his loyal readers and his editors at Sports Illustrated. And it pleased Ed to no end.
Jon Weisman, a veteran L.A. journalist who now works for the Los Angeles Dodgers, had a great comment at the time of publication about Bunting’s Deford feature. On his Dodgers blog, he took issue with some of the article’s fact-checks and wrote:
This reminds me of my all-time favorite newsroom moment, when one of our [Los Angeles] Daily News copy editors asked aloud, “I know this is gonna sound minor, but is nit-picking hyphenated?”[Photo of Rancho Park driving range via: lacity.org]
It started late this afternoon at the Harper’s Bazaar end, without incident. Digital editor Julie Kosin posted an item about some video showing baby North West giving some hilarious guidance to the the paparazzi. And a tasteful tweet went out:
However, when the Kosin item was piped over to the the website of sister publication Marie Claire, someone apparently felt the news needed some jazzing up. And a not-so-tasteful tweet went out:
In many ways, aggregating from within the Hearst family only to generate angry social media responses is the very definition of Hump Day (the tweet was quickly deleted). Not to mention the fact that the deleted tweet suggests the person who wrote it did not actually watch the very brief North West video.
— Jaclynn Knecht (@jaclynn_k) October 28, 2015
Smdh RT Smooth_Orator: marie claire changed that headline to “north west has a very important message for papparazzi.” trash ass shit.
— Deep Sojitra (@Sojitra_Deep) October 28, 2015
The ninth iteration of the Urban Photographer of the Year competition received more than 21,000 entries from 131 countries.
Curator Helen Persson has ambitiously assembled more than 250 pairs of shoes, ranging from ancient Egyptian sandals to 3D-printed oddities. So whether you're a shoe fetishist or simply interested in the history of design and its connection to society, Shoes: Pleasure and Pain, currently on display at the Victoria and Albert Museum, should prove worth a visit.
The coming monsoon didn’t deter the faithful from making the trek to Michael’s today. I haven’t seen the place that jam-packed in ages. Everywhere you looked there talking heads (Fox 5’s Greg Kelly and Rosanna Scotto), head honchos (Showtime’s Matt Blank), and the random actor (Campbell Scott, remember him?)
There was also an unusually large contingent of fashion folk who had plenty to chew on besides their Dover sole. When I stopped by to say hello to Mickey Ateyeh and her guests, which included the former heads of the CFDA (Council of Fashion Designers of America) and several designers (Angela Cummings, Jeffrey Banks) they were abuzz with the just-announced news that famed designer Alber Elbaz had stepped down at Lanvin. The general consensus is that he’s headed to Dior. A few tables down, Jaqui Lividini was dishing about the very same thing.
The long, heartfelt speech Alber gave last week when he accepted the Superstar Award at The Fashion Group International’s Night of Stars from Meryl Streep all makes sense now. (Full disclosure: I’m on FGI’s creative committee.) Was this his farewell to the troops? Sure sounded like it. He called out the industry for its ever-accelerating pace, for choosing ‘loud’ over quiet elegance (“I prefer whispering”) for killing creativity and for taking the fun out of fashion. After 14 years at the helm of one of fashion’s most iconic labels, his unanticipated departure is truly a shock to the fashion system. Fern Mallis told me that the industry is in turmoil, with its key players at a loss, not knowing what’s coming down the road. “Everyone is waiting for the other shoe to drop and they don’t know if it’s going to be a stiletto, platform or sneaker.”
Speaking of career development, I was really looking forward to my lunch with Eliot Kaplan, vice president, talent acquisition, for Hearst Magazines. His company bio lists his responsibilities which include “career development, succession planning and compensation overview.” With a job description like that, I knew we’d have plenty to talk about. “I basically made this job up,” Eliot told me between bites of Cobb salad.
Before ascending to the role of Hearst’s top talent scout, Eliot toiled at magazines for two decades, during which he served as managing editor of GQ under Art Cooper, where he worked with the magazine’s venerable stable of writers including David Remnick, Walter Kirn and Jennet Conant. He went on to become EIC of Philadelphia magazine for seven and half years. When it was time to move on, he explained, he realized he didn’t want to get another job where his name was on top of a masthead because, among other reasons, he “didn’t like being the face of a magazine and that’s where the business was going.” What he did enjoy was “working with young talent and established writers.”
That’s when he came up with the idea for his current gig and first discussed it with former Cosmopolitan editor Kate White, who told him at the time, “If you don’t do it, I will.” Kate became his first boss, hiring him to find her a news editor for Cosmo during the first dot-com boom that precipitated a mass exodus of editors in search of big time digital dollars. Eliot told me he originally intended to pitch the job to both Condé Nast and Hearst but Cathie Black, Hearst’s president at the time, “Got it right away.” A month later it was a done deal.
Now in his 16th year with Hearst, Eliot told me if he had to estimate, he’d say he’s been responsible for the hiring of two-thirds of the top editors and art directors for the company’s 21 magazines and start-up ventures. As you might imagine, he’s a very popular guy. “Print editors and designers come in and talk to me about a lot of different initiatives.” I’ll bet. Over the course of our lunch I discovered he basically knows every single person working in print today. “I’ve interviewed the kids of people I’ve interviewed—it’s come to that,” he joked of his long tenure at the company.
I’d venture a guess that there were more than a few folks in this very dining room that have sat across his desk looking for their next big break. But often it doesn’t happen right away—but that doesn’t mean it won’t. “Sometimes I’ll see someone and then three years later see them again and then again in two years and check in to see how they’re doing. Maybe they originally weren’t ready [to be an EIC] but ten years later, they are.”
The million dollar question: what does it take today to land one of these coveted top spots? “Passion, curiosity, adaptability and a track record that can be explained.” And that doesn’t necessarily mean a gap-free CV. “There are often good reasons for those.” Don’t we know it. And, of course, the right attitude is critical. “Hearst is really a ‘roll up your sleeves’ kind of place. There’s no room for diva behavior.”
To wit: every editor must prove their mettle and good-naturedly does so at the company’s annual Mag Front (inspired by the television upfronts—get it?) , instituted three years ago by Michael Clinton. Every editor has to present his or her big idea to advertisers and select company personnel. It’s strictly insiders—no press aloud—but a little birdie told me that at yesterday’s show and tell, Redbook editor Meredith Rollins enlisted Scandal’s Scott Foley as her hunky visual aid and Marie Claire’s Anne Fulenwider brought along Drew Barrymore. “Editors are really running their own small companies, in charge of their P & Ls and their own brands,” explained Eliot.
Rather than view all the disruption to print media as a bellwether of doom, Eliot says the company’s diverse roster of talented and collaborative editors and its entrepreneurial spirit (“We’re a private company which is run like a public one which is better for business”) has propelled Hearst to the top of the heap. “We have weathered the storm much better than the other media companies,” he said. “We are the go-to company right now.”
Over coffee, Eliot (who, by the way, is married to financial journalist Jean Chatzky), Alexandra Carlin and I played our own version of ‘Where are they now?’ (Where are you, Aaron Brown?) and traded stories about working for various publications back in the day. Eliot joked that during his days at Condé Nast, “If you weren’t five to ten percent over budget, you were failing.” Ah, what a difference a few decades make.
Here’s the rundown on today’s crowd:
1. Mickey Ateyeh hosting a table of fab fashionistas celebrating the CFDA’s Jewelry Week. Several bling brokers were on hand at the CFDA offices on Monday for a meet and greet with the press. In attendance today: The Princess of Pearls, Angela Cummings, designers Simon Alcantara and Nicholas Varney, former CFDA executive director Fern Mallis and past president Stan Herman, Jeffrey Banks and Cynthia Lewis.
2. Fox 5’s Greg Kelly and Andrew Stein with two gals we didn’t get to meet.
3. Showtime’s president Matt Blank. We just had to stop by his table to tell him how much we are enjoying the new season of The Affair. If you’re not watching, you’re missing some intriguing buzzworthy television for grown-ups. It’s on Sunday nights at 10 pm. You’re welcome.
4. PR scion Steven Rubenstein
5. Larry Spangler and Woody Allen’s screenwriting partner, Marshall Brickman
6. Fox Five’s Rosanna Scotto and Jill Brooke with some other power gals we didn’t recognize.
7. Stylista Jaqui Lividini and two fashionable folks.
8. New York Social Diary’s David Patrick Columbia and Ambassador John Loeb.
9. Laurie Dhue
10. Sony’s Dawn Bridges
11. Nikki Haskell
12. Luke Janklow
14. Literary legend John Grisham enjoying a champagne toast with some folks from Doubleday. What were they celebrating? Do you have to ask?
15. Travel agent to the jet set Alexandra Chemla
17. David Corvo
18. Audrey Gruss and author Jay McInerney (who moonlights as Town & Country’s wine critic.) Jay was sporting an impeccably tailored blue plaid suit which left absolutely no room for an extra thought… Very natty.
20. Author Michael Gross and Ann Magnin
21. Producer Francine LeFrak
22. Actor Campbell Scott (yes, the son of the later George C. Scott) who slipped in unnoticed (except by Eliot and me!) to lunch with Robert Halmi, Jr.
23. Bob Tobin
24. The Wall Street Journal’s Anthony Cenname
25. MSG’s Hank Ratner
26. Joel Levy and Frank DiGiacomo
27. Eliot Kaplan, Alexandra Carlin and yours truly
28. Nikki Tippin
29. MailOnline’s North America CEO Jon Steinberg
30. PR maven/author/advocate Sandi Mendelson
Faces in the crowd: Reality show regular and Kim Kardashian confidant Jonathan Cheban with a trio of Kim lookalikes (wannabes?) …. The Wall Street Journal’s Kristina O’Neill
Diane Clehane is a FishbowlNY contributor. Follow her on Twitter @DianeClehane. Send comments and corrections on this column to LUNCH at MEDIABISTRO dot COM.
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.