CNN has added two writers to its tech team. Details are below.Matt McFarland has joined as innovation writer. He previously worked for The Washington Post. Seth Fiegerman has been named big tech writer. He most recently worked for Mashable as a business reporter.
In the immediate aftermath of the Cavaliers’ historic Game 7 NBA Finals victory, Marla Ridenour (pictured), who has been covering Cleveland professional sports since 1981 and has been with the Akron Beacon Journal since 1999, let the words flow. Beautifully.
Here is the beginning of her article, headlined “LeBron James Delivers Tears of Joy:”
I will cry for LeBron James, that “just a kid from Akron” accepted the daunting challenge of ending Cleveland’s 52-year championship drought and was able to deliver.
I will cry for Earnest Byner and Carl Hairston, for Brian Sipe and Bob Golic. For Omar Vizquel and Mike Hargrove and Charles Nagy and, gulp, even Jose Mesa. For Craig Ehlo and Jim Chones and Mark Price, even though none of them know me.
Ridenour went on to write that she hoped to be able to hold back her tears until she arrived back home in Ohio. Reached this afternoon via email by FishbowlNY, the journalist – still not home – said she now expects the tears will probably come during Wednesday’s victory parade. An event Ridenour had almost resigned herself to believe would never be possible.
In the column, there’s also an archived Facebook Live video conversation taped post-game at Oracle Arena with colleague Jason Lloyd, the Journal’s Cavaliers beat writer. The latter reveals that the team constructed a special 16-piece puzzle that various Cavaliers each got to gradually add to as the post-season progressed. Watch that conversation here.
Previously on FishbowlNY:
Cavaliers Live Up to Their Contest-Winning Name
Photo via: Twitter
At the recent Brooklyn NewFronts, Genius laid out some ambitious video plans. Among the programs scheduled to debut over the next 12 months are Genius Level, an Inside the Actors Studio-style interview series hosted by Rob Markman, and I’m a Genius, wherein non-music celebrities chat casually about their favorite artists. A participant for the latter will be none other than 2016 NBA Finals MVP LeBron James.
As we reported earlier, Billy Disney recently joined Genius as head of video. Now, to help him shepherd the shows mentioned above and more, he has been joined by former Mic colleague Regina Dellea (pictured). She is on board as a supervising producer of video.
Also added to the Genius ranks is Brian Anthony Hernandez. Most recently a senior music reporter at Mashable, Hernandez is making a bit of a lateral career move, serving as an artists relations specialist.
Dellea, who has also worked for Vox Media and SB Nation, started June 6, while Hernandez joined Genius last week. Other Genius video series in the works include A Song Is Born, which will examine how folks like Pharrell get creatively inspired, and The Place to Be, a travelogue taking viewers to various musical landmarks and looking at those through the eyes of performers who were directly influenced. Congrats to both Dellea and Hernandez.
Previously on FishbowlNY:
Genius Grabs Editors From Complex Music, Billboard
The origins of the word “blag” are unknown. But it’s a good word, meaning in one of its definitions the ability to obtain something through skillful persuasion. Blag is also put to good use in a profile of Entertainment Tonight correspondent Carly Steel (pictured) published in the Daily Record, a newspaper in the entertainment journalist’s native Scotland.
Steel tells contributor Jenny Morrison that she “definitely blagged my way” into a job in New York with Vogue, as an assistant to the managing editor, after arriving here at age 19. Similar skills were put to use later on, in a coffee shop:
“One day, I was out getting my boss coffee, the day after the Met Ball in New York, and in the queue in front of me I saw the anchor of the [TV Guide Network] show Entertainment News. For about 10 minutes, I tried to pluck up the courage to tap her on the shoulder and finally I did.”
“I told her I thought the work she did was so cool and said I would love to work for her company. She asked me where I worked and when I said Vogue, we just kept chatting.”
“She gave me her email and a few weeks later, I flew to L.A. for an interview and ended up getting a job there as they were wanting to build up their fashion department.”
Steel’s first celebrity interview subject was Richard Gere at the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills, where many West Coast press junkets are held. She says she was so nervous, she threw up beforehand in a hotel restroom. Read the rest of Morrison’s interview here, which includes a number of fun photos.
By the way, the uber-talented Steel, now 28, graduated at age 19 with a law degree and actually had a job lined up with a London firm. But the company told her to take a year off, and she fortuitously chose New York. She joined Entertainment Tonight in 2014.
Photo of Steel in Malibu via: Twitter
The New York Times and Financial Times are expanding their hotel program internationally.
The companies will now offer free, unlimited access to Nytimes.com and FT.com to guests staying at select hotels across Europe, Asia and the Middle East.
The Times and FT began the program last year, offering free access to hotels across the nation.
The international digital program will initially be available to hotels in South Africa, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Qatar, France, Germany, Russia, Belgium, Italy, Spain and Portugal.
Condé Nast has named Karla Martinez editor in chief of Vogue Mexico. Martinez has been with the title for just over a month, previously serving as associate editor.
Martinez previously worked for Vogue, T: The New York Times Style Magazine, Interview and W.
According to WWD, Martinez is succeeding Kelly Talamas, who has been named creative director for Vogue Mexico. Talamas served as editor since 2012.
Sports Illustrated has named Josh Oshinsky supervising producer for SI Video and promoted Lee Feiner and Nolan Thomas.
Oshinsky is a 13-time Emmy Award-winning producer. He has produced shows for Showtime, ESPN, and more.
Feiner and Thomas have both been named producers for SI Video. Feiner has been with SI since 2012; Thomas since 2010.
Today marks the official end of Tribune Publishing and official beginning of Tronc.
The company first announced the change in hilariously-awful press release earlier this month. The release was mocked almost as much as the name itself, which, as The New York Times found out, is still terrible.
The Times spoke to a few branding and marketing experts about Tronc, and the result was unanimous — Tronc is pure garbage. Here are other ways the new name was described:
“A strangled sound… It creates an ugliness.”
“They have some challenges with the name that they picked.”
“It feels like a longer word that got cut off.”
“The renaming thing blows up way more often than there’s any benefit.”
Politico has announced that Anna Palmer and Jake Sherman will take over its Playbook newsletter starting July 11.
The duo are succeeding Mike Allen, who in January said he was leaving the company.
In a memo, Politico editor John Harris said Allen was being replaced with two reporters because Playbook had become much bigger than a newsletter.
“Playbook, which began connected unmistakably to a single voice, is now a global brand,” wrote Harris. “Playbook has transformed the way in which political and policy news is consumed. It has evolved into a best-in-class suite of newsletters at the national and local levels as well as a platform for live journalism through Playbook events.”
The latest cover of The New Yorker honors the Orlando shooting victims with a beautiful image by Frank Viva. This is a new take on an illustration Viva originally created to celebrate the Supreme Court legalizing gay marriage.
The first version featured two men embracing. In the wake of the Orlando tragedy, Viva altered the image; showing there is power in simplicity.
“It’s a celebration of love,” Viva explained. “It’s just that simple.”
The New York Times has shifted Keith Bradsher and Nathaniel Popper into new roles.
Bradsher, the Times’ Hong Kong bureau chief since 2002, is moving to Shanghai to cover China’s business and economy.
Popper, a business reporter for the past four years, will move to San Francisco to cover financial technology.
When the Cleveland Plain Dealer co-sponsored a contest in 1970 to name the city’s new NBA franchise, more than 11,000 entries were received. Among them, one from a 29-year-old Eastlake resident, Jerry Tomko, who wrote in his essay: ‘The name Cleveland Cavaliers represents a group of daring fearless men whose life’s pact was never surrender, no matter what the odds.’
Tomko, whose words ring truer than ever following the Cavaliers becoming the first team to win an NBA Finals after falling behind 3-1, was no doubt cheering the team last night from San Diego, where he is now retired. When the Plain Dealer announced his contest entry was victorious, the headline of the article read: “Cavaliers Wins by a Landslide.” A few years ago, the team’s original owner recalled the contest:
“There were piles of them [entries],” Cavs founder Nick Mileti, said by phone from Palm Beach, Fla. “We had everything under the sun. You want the most interesting one? The Good Gnus.” Imagine trying to keep James on a team called the Gnus.
Mileti whittled the names to five: The Jays, after his son; the Towers, for the Terminal Tower; the Presidents, because Ohio has had so many; and the Foresters, because Forest City had stuffed the ballot box, Mileti said. The fifth was Tomko’s.
For weeks, The Plain Dealer published ballots, asking readers to vote on the five.
On April 5, 1970, more than a third of the 6,000 votes cast were for the Cavaliers. But Mileti, who raised $3.7 million to buy the franchise, wasn’t sure anyone actually counted.
So how did “Cavaliers” win?
“Well,” he said, “because I liked it.”
Belatedly, in 2010, Tomko finally received a basketball autographed by Cavaliers players that he says he was originally promised by Mileti. He won a pair of season tickets as part of the contest.
Image via: cleveland.com
Sotheby's upcoming Impressionist and Modern Art sale in London includes 27 lots, most of them being quite significant and a few outstanding, such as an early Cubist portrait by Picasso. If you're not amongst the 1% the good news is that you can browse them online.
As New York Times Styles reporter Matthew Schneier notes in his piece about the Esquire bash, there is some symbolism in these back-to-back soirees at Milan’s Men’s Fashion Week, which runs through June 21:
The landscape of men’s style magazines is changing rapidly in America. At the end of 2015, Condé Nast folded Details; around the same time, Maxim, having hired Kate Lanphear to revamp the magazine in a more fashion-forward and luxury-centric direction, parted ways with her and returned to its naughty, laddie-mag roots. That leaves Esquire to duke it out with GQ, its Condé Nast rival.
GQ has a nice photo gallery of the action atop Radio on Saturday, where DJ Heron Preston spun tunes and a gelato cart dispensed scoops of local magic. Schneier includes a Q&A with new Esquire EIC Jay Fielden, conducted over a glass of pink champagne described in the current issue as “manliest.” From their conversation:
Can you say where you’re hoping to take Esquire?
I want it to be fun, funny, stylish and substantive. Those are four things that if I could apply them to everything in the magazine, I’m happy. It needs a full-on overhaul to be what I think Esquire should be in this day and age, which is dovetailing with a moment in which men are more eager than ever to embrace a certain amount of daringness when it comes to style.
Pictured: Esquire June/July issue
Following a Friday night screening in Los Angeles of the documentary Tickled, which premiered at this year’s Sundance Film Festival and has since sparked litigation initiated by David D’Amato, the son of a New York insurance salesman, D’Amato interrupted the Q&A portion with more angry accusations. All of which was streamed via Facebook Live.
A pair of outlets in New Zeland, where the film originated, have been quick to report on the Santa Monica fracas. Meanwhile, from New York, Kiwi journalist David Farrier, whose investigative efforts were the initial spark for the documentary and who co-directed the documentary about “competitive endurance tickling” with Dylan Reeve, typed up and posted a transcript of D’Amato’s words. Here’s part of what D’Amato said:
“I would like to correct one thing that you said. The legal that is pending was not dismissed. It has been currently moved. Our law is a little more complicated than your – ah – indictable offences, or your King’s Bench [inaudible] – God Save the Queen. In this country it is possible to move suits – federal suits – to another jurisdiction. Say, from Utah to New York, and still have the judge in New York try the case under Utah law, because of something called the Long Arm Statute.”
There was also a discussion in the lobby afterwards between Reeve and D’Amato, which can be viewed here.
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