On Sunday, at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Corden joined Coldplay to sing a tribute song to Prince. The band then chimed in with “Happy Birthday” as a cake was brought out ahead of the official Monday Aug. 22 date.
Yesterday, with the VMAs just around the corner, it was Corden staring out from the cover of latest issue of Rolling Stone. In no small part because his ridiculously entertaining Carpool Karaoke series has largely supplanted the excitement that used to greet the release of major new music videos.
And this weekend, Britney Spears will help add a few tens of million more views to the series, which helped push the host’s CBS program past the billion-views mark on YouTube this spring. From Stephen Rodrick’s piece:
Not coincidentally, the day I first meet Corden, he can’t stop looking at his phone. It’s the day after his Carpool Karaoke segment with Michelle Obam aired. Every time he looks at the numbers of views, they have exponentially increased. “Look, two million. It was a million on my drive in this morning,” he says.
We are at a cafe near his CBS office, drinking tea and a deathly-greenish concoction that contains all of the vegetables that the carb-dodging Corden needs for the day. Waiting to pay, we run into a friend of mine who is worried about the wayward habits of a member of One Direction (friends of Corden’s who have collaborated with his executive producer, Ben Winston). “Don’t worry,” says Corden. “They’re good boys. He’ll be fine.”
Bottom line: The guards at CBS’s Television City entrance no longer ask this Brit for ID. Below, a highlight from this week’s Late Late Show episodes.
Before making his mark in recent years with Wired as editor and head of operations, Mark McClusky began his career as a reporter with Sports Illustrated. He was a founding editor of the SI website and also a member of the team that put out the Sports Illustrated Daily for the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta.
Today, Time Inc. announced that McClusky is returning to the SI fold as digital editor for the Sports Illustrated Group. He will guide the digital strategy of Sports Illustrated, Golf, SI Kids and SI Swimsuit, as well as work closely with FanSided, Fox Sports and 120 Sports. He will relocate to New York from San Francisco for a Sept. 26 start date:
“Mark is another game-changer for us,” says Time Inc. Sports Group editorial director Chris Stone. “He’s a leading-edge innovator—not just from a journalistic and content development standpoint, but also from a product and operational standpoint.”
Adds Time Inc. digital director Will Lee: “SI is making incredibly smart, surprising and league-leading moves in the digital space, and makes yet another with Mark’s hire. He will ignite digital creativity and enterprising thinking not just for our brand, but for the company.”
McClusky is also the author of the 2014 book Faster, Higher, Stronger: How Sports Science Is Creating a New Generation of Superathletes, and What We Can Learn From Them.
Photo credit: Glenn Glasser
Welcome back to another edition of FishbowlNY’s weekly Cover Battle. This round we have ESPN The Magazine squaring off against Variety.
ESPN’s annual NFL preview issue features Josh Norman from the Washington team, everyone’s favorite offseason champs. Congrats once again!
Variety, meanwhile, has Michelle Obama posing for a magazine cover shoot on the cover of a magazine. So meta.
So readers, which cover is better? You can vote, comment or do both.
Thanks to the summer efforts of senior vice president of brand partnerships Jason Wagenheim, who joined Fusion three months ago, the company has added a quartet of talented sales directors focused on digital ads. They started with the company at various points over the last month.
Here’s today’s memo from president and COO Boris Gartner:
I want to take a moment to give you all an update on our digital business.
We know the young, diverse audiences we are reaching across our platforms are the key growth consumers for many brands. Our ability to engage with this audience, the rising American mainstream, in an authentic and meaningful way makes us a great partner for those brands. Our focus in the recent months has been on building a strong digital-first team that can seize on opportunities to work with brand partners in innovative, new ways that have impact.
We were thrilled to have Jason Wagenheim, a Condé Nast veteran, join us a little over three months ago. His experience and a deep network of relationships are already on display. In a short period of time he has made great progress by assembling a dynamic team that spans New York, Chicago and Los Angeles. Coming from a range of backgrounds, this new team understands how to harness different formats and platforms to connect brands with audiences in compelling, authentic ways — and has already created significant buzz and excitement for FUSION within the ad community:
Corrie Katcher and Jen Finger have joined Jason in New York as Sales Directors. Corrie comes to us most recently from Snapchat, where she ran the Travel vertical and also managed all of their accounts at WPP in New York. She has also held positions at New York Magazine and NYMag.com, BET, Guardian US, WebMD and TV Guide Networks. Jen came to FUSION from Unruly and has also worked in the programmatic space at Tremor Video.
Lizet Alvarez has come on-board as our West Coast Sales Director based in Los Angeles. Lizet was most recently at Teen Vogue with Jason, where she ran west coast sales for print, digital and video. Prior to Teen Vogue, she held sales positions at Shape, Los Angeles magazine and Entertainment Weekly.
Jamel Franklin joins us from Channel Factory, an online video distribution and data company. Jamel will serve as our Midwest Sales Director based out of Chicago. Prior to joining Channel Factory, Jamel worked in the mobile space at Opera Mediaworks, one of the world’s largest mobile advertising platforms.
You may have noticed that the team has hit the ground running with new brands coming to FUSION like Verizon and AMEX and new branded projects like the one we did for Legendary Films. Stephen Leps, Megan Gilbert, and the Lightworks team also have some highly-innovative projects coming for Sprint and Airbnb, among others you’ll hear about soon.
Please join me in welcoming Corrie, Jen, Lizet, and Jamel to our team and in congratulating Jason and Stephen on all the progress they have made already.
Among the clients working with Lightworks heading into the fall: Sprint and Airbnb.
As we reported a few weeks ago, the essay contest designed to find a new owner for Vermont weekly newspaper The Hardwick Gazette has sputtered. Publisher-editor Ross Connelly was forced to extend the contest deadline to Sept. 20, with not exactly the surest feeling that this will solve the problem.
What’s interesting about Katharine Q. Seelye‘s catch-up piece in The New York Times is her portrait of Connelly as an old-time business model proponent. Albeit from the vantage point of a very small town, where nurturing a print ad base remains more feasible than in many other markets.
The Gazette has no website, part Connelly’s belief that giving product away for free remains his industry’s biggest mistake. There’s also this:
In his view, the hard copy of the paper fosters civic engagement in a way that a smartphone does not.
“When you pick up your paper, you may see a headline or a photograph that will grab your attention, and you’ll say to the cashier or the person next to you, ‘Did you see that?’ ” he said. “It brings people together. It is a building block of democracy.”
Interesting. When’s the last time you turned to someone on the subway or in a restaurant, and pointed to something in this fashion on your smartphone? Read the rest of the NYT piece here.
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Gina Rodriguez is Latina’s latest cover star. The 32-year-old star of Jane The Virgin also stars in the upcoming film Deepwater Horizon and dammit, she looks great.
Beyond that though, there’s this fantastic quote from her Latina interview:
I am not my beauty. Who I am is not my f–king hair, and to be an actor is to transform. To represent a community is to commit, to give my entire all. So if I’m going to represent Latinos in the industry and in art, if I’m going to represent my little cousins in Chicago, they’re going to know that I went full-out. Who are we afraid of? What are we afraid of? The worst thing that can happen is we die. Anything else you can handle.
All hail Gina.
Vice Media has named Jake Goldman vp of communications and Marc Liepis Viceland’s vp of communications.
Goldman most recently served as communications director for Vice. He joined the company in 2014.
Liepis comes to Vice from Sony TV, where he served as a writer for $10,000 Pyramid. He previously worked for NBCUniversal for more than a decade.
In the never-ending effort to reduce costs, Condé Nast is rumored to be considering restructuring its titles into groups. If that happens, there will almost certainly be cuts among the company’s publisher ranks.
WWD reports that Condé could cut the amount of publishers it employs from 13 or so to just six. Grouping the company’s titles into categories like luxury, fashion, food and men’s. The luxury group, for example, would include W, Condé Nast Traveler and Architectural Digest.
The cuts could be coming between now and October, so we’ll keep you posted.
From 1964 to 1969, Warren Hinckle was the editor of Ramparts magazine. He then launched his own publication, Scanlan’s, which famously sent Hunter S. Thompson to the Kentucky Derby. After that enterprise’s short-lived run, he became a columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle, Examiner and Independent.
This morning, the man indelibly associated with an eye patch and basset hound named Bentley passed away from complications due to penumonia. He was 77. From the Chronicle obituary:
“Warren was the godfather of California — and you could say, national —progressive journalism,” said David Talbot, whose book Season of the Witch details the tumultuous history of San Francisco from the 1960s to the early ’80s. “As a newsman, he just loved the ’60s as a story, with all its weirdness, from the Black Panthers to hippies in the Haight to the Kennedy assassination. No publication caught it better than Ramparts — it led directly to publications like Rolling Stone, Mother Jones and Salon,” the web magazine Talbot co-founded in 1995.
For Beyond Chron, editor Randy Shaw, a longftime friend, shares his own reminiscences of Hinckle:
Herb Caen was the greatest San Francisco columnist over the past fifty years, and Warren Hinckle might well deserve to be viewed as the city’s most influential reporter…. No San Francisco newspaper reporter over the past fifty years catalyzed San Francisco readers like Warren Hinckle. He was our version of the legendary San Francisco muckraker Fremont Older, and his flamboyance matched the spirit of former Chronicle editor Scott Newhall. Warren Hinckle would have been right at home in the dizzying world of deadline journalism portrayed in His Girl Friday or The Front Page.
Up unto his death, the journalist, who also published intermittently from 1992 to 2012 election newspaper The Argonaut, was working on the biography Who Killed Hunter S. Thompson? The book will be released posthumously.
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Time Inc.’s Sports Illustrated has struck a deal with Fox Sports to share ad teams, sales and editorial content. The partnership is an attempt to press their main competition: ESPN.
As part of the deal, ad teams at SI and Fox will be able to sell ads across either brand, and the companies will share the revenue. The Wall Street Journal reports that articles penned by SI writers will get published on Fox Sports’ site, and Fox Sports video segments will be shown on SI.com.
For SI, the Fox Sports readership is a big boost. In July, Fox Sports was the third most-popular sports site, while SI was the 10th.
As for Fox Sports, adding SI’s journalism will bring some credibility to a network and site that has dedicated itself to the “one guy yells at another guy about sports” kind of programming.
Women’s Health has hired Marnie Braverman and Lindsay Nickens as associate publisher and national digital sales director, respectively.
Braverman most recently served as Brides’ associate publisher, marketing. She previously worked for Time Inc.’s Health.
Nickens comes to Women’s Health from Bloomberg, where she served as senior account manager. She previously worked for Self, The Atlantic and Wired.
Since Puja Patel tweeted that she would be joining Spin magazine in September as editor in chief, several things have happened.
According to Keith J. Kelly, parent company SpinMedia, which he says is losing at least $5 million a year, has engaged investment bank Pensky Prunier to explore a sale of all its properties. Other sites include The Frisky, Idolator and Go Fugg Yourself. And this afternoon, Billboard, picking up on Kelly’s reporting, revealed that a number of layoffs have been made at Spin magazine to help pave the way for the “new vision” Patel has been entrusted with.
Patel was most recently a senior editor at Deadspin. And from Dec. 2013 through Sept. 2014, she was an associate editor with Spin, so this is a property she is well-familiar with.
Patel has also contributed to MTV, Pitchfork Media and Stereogum, another SpinMedia site. It will be interesting to see where she takes the property.
Typography can only be mastered one hard lesson at a time. It is not for every designer because it requires a love for language and a gift for details. But there are a double handful of common sense guidelines that will immediately improve everyone’s use of type.
That’s how Questlove, a.k.a. Ahmir Johnson, describes the vision he has for Questlove Supreme, a new weekly three-hour music and interview program set to debut on streaming service Pandora Sept. 7, with Maya Rudolph as his first guest.
Last fall, Questlove visited Pandora Media’s headquarters in Oakland, Calif., for what he assumed would be a perfunctory outreach meeting. Pandora, the internet radio giant, was one of several digital music outlets then trying to curry favor with him, Questlove said.
But the meeting turned surprisingly productive once Tim Westergren, Pandora’s co-founder, showed him the company’s Music Genome Project, its system for categorizing songs by hundreds of precise musical attributes. Intrigued by a technology company that was as obsessive about the fundamentals of music as he was, Questlove immediately began discussing new projects with Mr. Westergren, who later brought him on as a strategic adviser and Pandora’s first artist ambassador.
Questlove has also been named Pandora’s first Artist Ambassador. Another funny NYT quote from Questlove, besides the one in our headline, is how he frames the research he has committed to for each Pandora episode. “This is a commitment deeper than any girlfriend I’ve ever had, or any diet I’ve tried to stick to.”
Today is Nick Denton’s 50th birthday. As you know, Denton hasn’t had the best few months. He was forced to sell Gawker Media, saw Gawker.com get shut down and had to file for bankruptcy, all because a rich man was sad.
Even today, the day of his birth, Politico reports that Denton was in bankruptcy court to see if a judge would allow him to rent his SoHo apartment for $12,500 a month.
With all this going on, we thought Denton could use some reasons to be happy today, so we’ve collected a few below. Happy birthday, Nick. Turn that frown upside-down.
REASONS TO BE HAPPYThe weather should start getting a little cooler soon. Univision is paying you $16,666 a month for the next two years in exchange for not working for any competitors. Kristaps Porzingis. 50 years young! Mr. Robot is a pretty good show. Ice cream. Hulk Hogan is still a moron.
In his Twitter bio, AP photographer Massoud Hossaini wryly states that he was born in the wrong place (Afghanistan), raised in the wrong place (Iran) and lives in the wrong place (Kabul). Today, in Kabul, the very real underpinning of those sentiments came to the fore.
As Hossaini initially revealed via Twitter, he was in class at the American University when a Taliban militant attack against the school was launched. From a just-posted AP report:
“I went to the window to see what was going on, and I saw a person in normal clothes outside. He shot at me and shattered the glass,” Hossaini said, adding that he fell on the glass and cut his hands.
The students then barricaded themselves into the classroom, pushing chairs and desks against the door, and staying on the floor.
Hossaini and nine fellow students were eventually able to escape and take refuge in a nearby home. He won the Breaking News Photography Pulitzer Prize in 2012 for a harrowing shot of a 12-year-old girl reacting to the devastation caused by a suicide bombing in Kabul.