As for what readers can expect from GQ Style, editor Will Welch summed it up with one word: Thrive.
“What the hell does luxury even mean in 2016? At this point, the term is an empty shell—a talking point for marketers up-selling their wares,” wrote Welch. “Do you know anyone who wakes up and aspires to general luxuriousness? I do not. What we’re all really after—and what GQ Style is all about—is the charged-up feeling that comes from living a limitless, unbound life. Making money is cool, but what we truly want is to flourish. We want to thrive.”
Michael Palmer, who starts today, arrives at our sister publications in Los Angeles with a wealth of video content production and engagement experience. He was most recently consulting to Hello Giggles as head of video. Previously, he was senior vice president of Defy Media and founded Clevver, Defy’s teen-focused digital media brand, in 2006. He also created and launched the YouTube channel Smosh Games.
Palmer will report to co-presidents Janice Min and John Amato. From the announcement:
“Michael has created some of YouTube’s most viewed content and we’re confident his stellar experience will play a crucial role in defining, leading and executing on new video initiatives for the business,” said Amato.
Added Palmer: “Growing digital video efforts for two of the most exciting and highly respected companies in media is a career-defining opportunity. With audiences hungry for video content, we’ll be able to leverage The Hollywood Reporter and Billboard’s unparalleled coverage of entertainment and music to reach new audiences as we strengthen our relationship with existing ones.”
So far this year, a total of 67 Hollywood Reporter and Billboard videos have crossed the one-million-views threshold on Facebook. Most are on the Billboard side and include a look at the choreography for Meghan Trainor’s “No!” video, a Justin Bieber birthday card and a posthumous tribute to Glenn Frey.
Palmer’s first job in Hollywood, while studying film production at USC, was interning as an assistant for Jerry Bruckheimer. A few years ago, he talked to the L.A. Times about that early formative experience:
“That was a real eye-opening experience, going from being a film student from San Diego who has these ideas of Hollywood, to working for Jerry Bruckheimer, who is the biggest [name] you can get, in terms of making movies. It really showed me this is a business, just like every other industry, although the way this industry works is wacky.”
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In central Paris, in particular, most of the places that Atget photographed are still there, and still posing. You can see the effects of weathering and acid rain on them; you can see the disrespectful marks of graffiti; and most of all, you can see that the magical streets of the city are choked with traffic and parked cars. However, among all the other Parises that coexist so thickly in one amazing metropolis, Atget’s Paris is still definitely and hauntingly there.
At one point during the latest episode of Larry King Now, the host notes that he has been a radio and TV broadcaster longer than the combined ages of New York-based EDM duo The Chainsmokers. That is indeed correct. King started doing his media thing 59 years ago in 1957, while Andrew Taggart and Alex Pall (pictured below, right to left) are, respectively, 26 and 30.
It’s always fun when the wise one sits down with youthful guests. During another portion of the interview, King runs the pair through a rapid-fire-questions bit called “If You Only Knew.” Taggart has a great answer when asked by Larry to name a guilty pleasure. “I don’t feel guilty about any of my pleasures,” he states.
Another one of the quick questions relates to the “craziest or strangest fan encounter:”
“At a show in Italy,” recalls Pall, “this fan in the front row, this girl, was staring at both of us performing. And she just pulls out a hair buzzer, and she starts shaving her long hair and like mixing it around on the stage, because it was kind of like a small crowd. And when you think it couldn’t get any weirder, she starts eating the hair. And she disappeared before we could get any answers.”
New episodes of King’s Ora TV and Hulu program are posted Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Other recent guests have included Susan Sarandon, Colin Cowherd and Charo.
As you might expect, Vice CEO Shane Smith made sure to act as ridiculous as possible during the company’s recent NewsFront.
Variety has promoted Eric Legendre and Celine Rotterman to co-managing directors of international advertising and strategic partnerships.
Legendre most recently served as international account manager. He has been with Variety since 2007. Rotterman also previously served as an international account manager. She has been with Variety since 2010.
In other Variety news, Henry Chu has been named European bureau chief. He previously worked for The Los Angeles Times as its London bureau chief.
Condé Nast has named Beth Lusko head of revenue for Condé Nast Aurora, the company’s new women’s media network anchored by Glamour and Self.
Lusko most recently served as associate publisher for The New Yorker. She had been with the magazine for the past seven years.
“Beth’s success and reputation are exceptional,” said Aurora’s publisher and CRO Connie Anne Phillips, in a statement. “Her deep expertise will help us realize the tremendous potential of our offering, especially in the digital space.”
The 26th edition of Glamour’s Women of The Year Awards will be bigger and held in Los Angeles.
The day-long event—held on Nov. 14—will feature a Live segment, in which attendees can meet and hear from past and present Women of The Year winners. That list includes quite a few amazing women, from Lupita Nyong’o to Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
“Women of the Year has honored the world’s most pioneering women for 25 years, and we’re thrilled to build on that history by giving our audience of young women a chance to hear directly from our winners through the Women of the Year Live summit,” said Glamour editor in chief Cindi Leive, in an announcement. “Holding the event on the West Coast also allows us to reach new audiences — which is so crucial in this momentous year for women, with so much discussion about women’s achievements in Hollywood, Silicon Valley, and, of course, politics.”
Hear that? It’s the sound of millions of right wing commenters losing their minds as they read that Facebook routinely suppressed conservative news stories.
According to Gizmodo, several former news curators for Facebook’s “trending” news section admitted that their bosses asked them to ignore stories on people like Rand Paul and Mitt Romney, despite the fact that those stories were organically trending.
“Depending on who was on shift, things would be blacklisted or trending,” one of the anonymous former curators told Gizmodo. “I’d come on shift and I’d discover that CPAC or Mitt Romney or Glenn Beck or popular conservative topics wouldn’t be trending because either the curator didn’t recognize the news topic or it was like they had a bias against Ted Cruz.”
Likewise, just as those staffers were told to omit right wing items, they were sometimes instructed to insert news stories if they were being covered by the dreaded (fictitious) “main stream media.”
“We were told that if we saw something, a news story that was on the front page of these ten sites—like CNN, The New York Times, and BBC—then we could inject the topic,” said a former Facebook worker. “If it looked like it had enough news sites covering the story, we could inject it — even if it wasn’t naturally trending.”
While we’re sure the anger is just flowing out of conservative Facebook users right now, this isn’t that shocking. If you have humans curating news, there will be biases. It’s important to take everything you read with a grain of salt.
Just as right wing sites like Drudge Report lean right, it seems that Facebook leans left. Or should we say, leans correctly. We kid, we kid! Please don’t say mean things.
In the Mother’s Day edition of her Reno Gazette-Journal column “Grandma With Attitude,” Anne Pershing wrote that she hoped to see readers at a May 12 meet-and-greet. Sadly, that can no longer be the case.
Pershing, a journalist since 1983, passed away last Thursday from heart disease, after filing the column. She was 71. From the Reno Gazette-Journal obituary:
Brett McGinness worked with Pershing as her editor for the Reno Gazette-Journal.
“Anne Pershing was the model for what a great newspaper columnist should be,” McGinness said Saturday. “She was an engaging and entertaining writer, and more importantly, she treated her column like a two-way conversation with her readers. And no one cared more deeply about Northern Nevada seniors than Anne.”
During the course of her career, Pershing founded the Fallon Star Press in 2004 and worked as a reporter-editor for the Lahontan Valley News. In the Nevada Appeal, editor Steve Ranson frames his piece with the recollection of being hired away from the teacher ranks in 1987 by Pershing to cover sports. From his piece:
During the late 1990s and heading into the first three years of the new millennium, the Lahontan Valley News staff guided by Pershing covered a child leukemia cluster with the gusto of a metropolitan daily news team, thus causing then U.S. Sen. Hillary Clinton of New York to visit Fallon in 2001 for a hearing to discuss possible causes for the cluster.
For the newspaper’s unrelenting resolve in reporting on the leukemia cluster, Pershing and the LVN were nominated for a Pulitzer Prize in Public Service and honored in 2002 with an Associated Press Public Service Award. AP President Lou Boccardi said during the presentation the LVN was the newspaper of record for reporting on the leukemia and also made others aware in the newspaper business how a very small daily newspaper could cover such an important issue.
The Financial Times has named Peter Spiegel its news editor and Alex Barker its Brussels bureau chief.
Spiegel has served as the FT’s Brussels bureau chief since 2010. He previously worked for The Wall Street Journal and Forbes.
Barker most recently served as European diplomatic editor and EU correspondent. He joined the paper in 2005.
The latest New Yorker cover features two firsts for the magazine — a front and back illustration, and the use of augmented reality.
The cover illustration—titled On The Go, by Christoph Niemann—becomes animated when viewed through the Uncovr app, available for free in the Google and Apple app stores.
Once the app is downloaded, readers simply point their smartphone or tablet at the New Yorker cover and watch the two-dimensional city scene become three-dimensional. It’s actually pretty wild.
Recode, formerly known as Re/code, has finally dropped that stupid slash from its name and branding. The tech site has also undergone a redesign, using the Vox Media (which bought Recode last May) Chorus publishing system.
“After years where tech was covered as a thing, it’s now a crucial part of everything,” wrote Recode editor Dan Frommer, in a post. “For brands like Recode, that is both a huge opportunity and challenge. It means we must learn new fields, develop new types of storytelling and inform and entertain different people.”
Frommer said the new Recode will add more coverage on robotics, food tech, artificial intelligence and “the business of space and the future of work.” The site will also expand its international coverage.