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Reviewed: Friday Likes 152: From Mucho, Pentagram, and Vicki Turner

Brand new - Fri, 01/29/2016 - 13:02
A good range of fun work for a diverse range of clients with work from Barcelona, London, and London again.... Armin
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Mashable Adds a Music Reporter

Unbeige - Fri, 01/29/2016 - 00:00

EmilyMillerLinkedInEmily Blake (pictured) moved from New York to Los Angeles in 2013. At the time, she was with MTV News and continued working for the network on the West Coast until 2014, when she joined Entertainment Weekly.

Starting Monday, Blake will begin the next chapter of her career. Just in time for the 58th Grammys, she has been hired by Mashable to serve as the site’s music reporter.

Blake will report to entertainment editor Josh Dickey, whose immediate staff also includes Saba Hamedy, who covers digital entertainment, and senior TV reporter Sandra Gonzalez. The Mashable L.A. crew, which also encompasses some tech and video personnel, works out of a new office in Culver City opened last summer.

As an editor at EW, Blake oversaw daily news coverage and also contributed to the outlet’s SiriusXM channel. A rep tells FishbowlNY that the latest traffic figures for Mashable are in the range of 45 million unique monthly visitors and 27 million followers across all social platforms.

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Call for Entries: 3x3 International Illustration Awards - Fri, 01/29/2016 - 00:00

There are many places to discover current illustration work, both online and in print. Founded in 2002, 3x3 is attempting to provide a focal point for this work, describing itself as "the first publication devoted entirely to the art of contemporary illustration. Also of note is the 3x3 International Illustration Awards, now in its 13th year.

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Jezebel Wins DiCaprio-Pope Headline Contest

Unbeige - Thu, 01/28/2016 - 21:30

There are plenty of generic of “Meets” and “Greets” headlines today with regards to Leonardo DiCaprio’s private audience at The Vatican with Pope Francis. But Ellie Shechet and-or her editor(s) went the extra papal mile and, as such, have the clear current headline lead.


Ha ha. If you see any headlines for this news trail that you particularly enjoyed, please let us know. In the meantime, here are a couple of others worth noting:

The Revenant Gets Reverent

Leo Looks Devilish Meeting Pope

When Pope Francis visited New York last fall, Leo’s favorite director got fairly close. But not 15-minutes, private audience close.

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Cover Battle: ESPN The Mag or Newsweek

Unbeige - Thu, 01/28/2016 - 19:26

Welcome back to another edition of FishbowlNY’s weekly Cover Battle. This round we have ESPN The Magazine taking on Newsweek.

ESPN’s latest features Cam Newton, who is about to play in his first Super Bowl. We hope Newton and the Panthers win just so we can watch them celebrate in front of old white guys who can’t stand that kind of thing.


Newsweek, on the other hand, went with an ominous illustration of Marco Rubio. We imagine that in some ways, this is how the entire GOP feels.


So readers, which cover is better? You can vote, comment, or do both.

Which Cover is Better, ESPN The Mag or Newsweek?

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Autopsy Results for Ex-New York Giant Stir More CTE Discussion

Unbeige - Thu, 01/28/2016 - 18:30

Donald Trump’s absence from tonight’s seventh GOP debate, happening in Des Moines, is a topic on one Iowa newspaper front page today. But a bigger story locally is the results of an autopsy performed on Tyler Sash, the Iowa Hawkeyes star defensive end who went on to help the New York Giants win Super Bowl XLVI. He was just 27.


Iowa City Press-Citizen reporter Andrew Logue spoke with a number of sportswriters for his report, including Robert Klemko, who contributes to Sports Illustrated and MMQB, ex-Hawkeye turned Pac 12 Network analyst Anthony Herron and a local fan site overseer:

“You can say ‘I enjoy football, and Hawkeye football,’” said Adam Jacobi, managing editor of, “but you can also be concerned for these guys and sort of want to make sure that they’re well taken care of after their careers are over.”

“You can’t assume this is safe for these guys anymore, which is a bummer.”

Sash’ mother Barney shared some sobering thoughts with local NBC affiliate KWWL. She remembered finding him shaking badly in his apartment after an NFL contest and hopes his death will renew discussion of this important, serious issue:

“My son just played as hard as he could, all the time and I think it got him into trouble.”

It’s led her to question the sport entirely. “Football isn’t life, it’s a game that we love and have a lot of passion for. But when it cuts your life short, it’s not worth it.”

Young Tyler is the 98th athlete to be posthumously diagnosed with chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE. He died in September due to the ingestion of a toxic mixture of methadone and hydrocodone. RIP.

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Businessweek Cover: Buffett Versus Musk

Unbeige - Thu, 01/28/2016 - 18:00

CZzk4DkWYAACWQSBusinessweek isn’t in this week’s Cover Battle, but the magazine’s latest cover is too good to ignore. Yes, that’s Warren Buffett putting Elon Musk in a headlock.

The cover story, about Buffett and Musk’s solar power showdown in Nevada, is equally good.

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Popular Mechanics Publishes Oral History of Challenger Tragedy

Unbeige - Thu, 01/28/2016 - 17:21

On this day 30 years ago, the space shuttle Challenger exploded moments after it launched. It was supposed to be a celebratory day — Christa McAuliffe, a teacher from Concord, New Hampshire, was going to space. Instead, January 28, 1986 will always be considered with sadness.

Popular Mechanics spoke with more than 20 people closely involved with the launch and the aftermath (including Dan Rather) to honor this distinct moment in America’s history. The feature will give you chills. Here’s how Megan Raymond, a Concord High School student at the time, described the first few minutes after the explosion:

I remember seeing the explosion, the two streams of white smoke, and realizing there was no shuttle in the middle. I remember thinking specifically: Wait, that doesn’t look right. I remember hearing cameras clicking. I remember one of our beloved teachers standing up on the cafeteria table and shouting, ‘Everybody shut up. Shut the hell up. Something’s wrong.’ We respected him so much that when he did that, we got really scared, because he was scared.

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Slate is Moving to Brooklyn

Unbeige - Thu, 01/28/2016 - 16:30

The Slate Group, which owns and the podcast network Panoply, is moving its operations to Brooklyn.

According to Ad Age, Slate will move into a 21,000-square-foot space in downtown Brooklyn’s Metrotech. The change isn’t expected until spring.

“We’re following our staff; New York’s creative class no longer lives in Manhattan,” a spokesperson told Ad Age. That’s been true for many, many years now.

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Michael Riedel Remembers an Influential Early Colleague

Unbeige - Thu, 01/28/2016 - 16:00

WKCRFMLogoThe tributes are pouring in for Ezio Petersen, a photographer and radio host who worked over the years for UPI and the New York Post. He passed away on Monday.

Pat Benic, UPI’s director of photography, called Petersen “a special person with a great heart.” And over at Playbill, New York Post theater columnist Michael Riedel recalled some early experiences at Columbia University’s radio station:

“I was Ezio’s co-host on his musical theater show on WKCR when I was a student at Columbia. His knowledge of musicals was vast, and he had an extraordinary collection of tape recordings of shows. He never told me how he did it, but he was able to plug into the sound systems of every Broadway musical in previews. He had the entire score to Legs Diamond on tape by the second preview!”

“He was a generous co-host. Columbia required that a student be on every show, but Ezio treated me as professional, even though I had no idea what I was doing. It took me two years to figure out how to turn on the microphone. I do a lot of radio now, and if I’m any good, it’s because I spent three years with Ezio every Sunday night from nine until midnight.”

Playbill also has some thoughts from various press agents and publicists who knew Petersen. Read them here.

When Petersen’s WKCR program ended in 1997, it was for the oddest of reasons. Again, from Playbill:

The program director for the station, Jason Das, called host Petersen and told him the show had been dropped because Petersen had neglected to take a new exam to show proficiency with the Emergency Broadcast System (which was changed to the Emergency Alert System). Petersen told Playbill he’d seen flyers for the exam posted at the station for over a month, “but I just read it and zoned on it. It’s not a hard system – it takes two minutes to learn – and I know what I’m doing. I asked Jason [Das] why not just suspend me instead of cancelling the show? I pointed out the notice was posted for new programmers but I wasn’t sure if long-term broadcasters were also affected. The board said they tried to reach me and co-host Ken Bloom before the deadline about this, but this is not true.”

In recent years, Petersen, retired from photography, hosted a weekly Internet radio show called Musical Theater Today. RIP.

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New Republic Owner Buys $23 Million Townhouse

Unbeige - Thu, 01/28/2016 - 15:40

New Republic owner Chris Hughes and his husband Sean Eldridge have just laid down $23.5 million for a townhouse in the West Village.

The New York Post reports that the three bedroom and bath 4,000 square-foot house comes with a home theater, wine cellar, working fireplace and a tunnel. Yes, a tunnel connects the main house to a carriage house. It begins in the main house’s basement, goes under the backyard garden, and ends at a staircase that leads to the guest quarters.

Many media people are probably annoyed that Hughes spent $23 million on a house while selling the New Republic. That’s stupid. Hughes can spend his money however he wants. Also, what would you prefer to own, a magazine that loses millions every year or a house with a tunnel?

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Time Goes All in On Barbie News

Unbeige - Thu, 01/28/2016 - 15:15

barbie-cover-finalTime’s latest cover story is dedicated to a toy. Mattel’s Barbie, as you have no doubt heard by now, has three new body types — tall, curvy and petite. Time was the first to report the news.

Time has a giant feature on this change and what it might mean to the world. It’s well worth a read, but make no mistake: The bottom line is Barbie sales have been dropping for years now and Mattel was freaked out. So, presto! New body types. Let’s hold the applause.

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WSJ Makes Changes to Newsroom

Unbeige - Thu, 01/28/2016 - 15:00

The Wall Street Journal has made a few changes to Page One. There will now be two separate Page One groups — news and enterprise.

Journal editor Gerard Baker explained in a memo the reason for the change:

Page One has been the embodiment of our finest journalism for decades. But as its very name implies it is a print construct. Despite some important and memorable digital work in recent years, its operations and structure have become steadily less well-suited to the demands of digital news. We need to continually improve both the news and enterprise functions of Page One for all platforms of The Journal.

As part of the overhaul, Alex Martin, previously Page One editor, has been named editor of news. Matthew Rose, previously the Journal’s Washington bureau deputy chief, will serve as editor of enterprise.

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FishbowlNY Newsstand: Cutting News

Unbeige - Thu, 01/28/2016 - 14:20


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Linked: Malcolm Grear 1931 - 2016

Brand new - Thu, 01/28/2016 - 13:19
Malcolm Grear passed away this January 24. He was one of the great logo designers of the mid-(to-late)-twentieth-century. RIP.... Armin
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Noted: New Logos for UnderConsideration done In-house and Mark Caneso

Brand new - Thu, 01/28/2016 - 13:18
(Est. 2007) "UnderConsideration (UCllc) is a graphic design firm generating its own projects, initiatives, and content while taking on limited client work. Run by Bryony Gomez-Palacio and Armin Vit in Austin, TX. UCllc is responsible for the greatest blog on earth, Brand New."... Armin
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Reviewed: New Logo and Packaging for From Roy by Base Design

Brand new - Thu, 01/28/2016 - 12:32
Launched this year, From Roy is a new online retailer of panettone, a type of sweet bread loaf originally from Milan, with a recipe concocted by Roy Shvartzapel, owner and baker of Common Bond, a bakery in Houston that commands 45-minute wait lines for its... Armin
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CQ Roll Call’s News Head on Covering Congress, Iowa’s Unreliability and Trump

Unbeige - Thu, 01/28/2016 - 00:00

lunch at michaelsIf the ear-splitting decibel level was any indication, the media mavens and money men had plenty to talk about today. My lunch date, Steve Komarow, CQ Roll Call’s vice president and news director, certainly did. Up from Washington for a quick trip (he was catching the 3 o’clock Acela back to DC after our lunch), I was glad he made time to meet me and dish about the mood on the Hill, size up the head-scratching presidential campaigns and talk about CQ Roll Call’s position as the go-to source for news and analysis for Washington insiders. Lisa Linden, CEO of LAK PR, who knows more Beltway power brokers than anyone else I know, arranged our confab.

Steve-Komarow and Diane Clehane

Steve Komarow and Diane Clehane

Steve, who is celebrating his first anniversary at the helm, oversees the largest newsroom dedicated to coverage of Congress and has a CV that is ripe for the Showtime treatment. “I’ve never had a beat I didn’t like,” he said. Steve got his start in the ’80s as a local news reporter for the Associated Press in Washington in the 1980s. “Marion Barry was mayor — it doesn’t get any better than that,” he said between bites of Cobb salad. Then, he moved to Capitol Hill — “at the time of the Jim Wright scandal [the congressman resigned in 1989] and the end of Tip O’Neill’s term as Speaker.”

A decade later, he landed at USA Today as a defense correspondent, covering three secretaries of defense and military operations in several war zones like Haiti and the Balkans. He made headlines as the first reporter to cover a cruise missile launch from inside a B-52 bomber. When I asked Steve if he was an adrenaline junkie, he seemed amused and said simply, “I like to challenge myself.”

Steve was embedded with the U.S. Army during the invasion of Iraq in 2003 and went on to cover the capture and trial of Saddam Hussein, reconstruction efforts, and the insurgency. In 2006, Komarow returned to the AP as deputy international editor in New York, overseeing journalists in more than 90 countries before moving to the Washington bureau. He also did a stint at Bloomberg News before landing at CQ Roll Call.

It was clear talking to Steve that he is very much the political news junkie who enjoys the digital “deep dive” CQ offers to its subscribers. Although you might not know it from the exhaustive media coverage of the Democratic and Republican presidential hopefuls,  “There is a lot of [other] serious stuff going on” in Washington and CQ Roll Call’s readers are looking for all the inside baseball intel they can get. “Our readers are professional people in the White House and Congress, federal agencies, lobbyists. They are very interested in process, policy and regulations. They are looking for a very specific level of detail. It’s our job to keep our eye on the ball.”

And so they do. Last summer, Congress was trying to pass an appropriations bill just after the Charleston, S.C., church shooting. “There had been several Democratic amendments and late one night, the Calvert Amendment from the Republicans came through that would have undone the ban [in the previous iterations] on the Confederate flag at cemeteries managed by the National Parks Service. No one caught it, but we did. It was pulled from the floor and there was an uproar on the Hill. After that they never passed another [appropriations bill].”

“Almost everything” is behind a paywall because, explained Steve, “Our subscribers are looking for an edge. We have to provide news and analysis they can’t get from other sources.” Gone are the days when hearings provided true “oh my god” moments, said Steve. “They’re scripted and more for show.” As for the information that comes out of Congress itself, “There’s a misconception that everything about Congress is online. It takes real work and a certain level of reporting to find out what’s really happening and give insight on what could happen next as opposed to what they tell you is happening. Congress is full of clues and we know the code.” The site also serves as a subscriber resource with lengthy profiles of every single member of Congress. The print magazine, CQ Weekly, serves as “a showcase for our reporters’ best work.”

Steve is expanding CQ Roll Call’s coverage of state news (“There’s much more being done at the state level than the federal level”) and is in the process of designing a new digital edition of the magazine. There are also podcasts on various topics available on iTunes. While the site is all about using the best technology to deliver the latest digital news, Steve believes strongly in accuracy over speed. “People pay for reliability and it’s our job to provide accurate accounts of what’s happening. That’s what the amateurs out there can’t do. We’re very much a gumshoe organization.” Next week, Steve will be making “a significant personnel announcement” that is sure to get people talking.

If you’re a reporter “who loves covering policy,” CQ Roll Call may be the place for you. Steve, who in his teenage years toiled as a butcher in a Westport, Conn., steakhouse, explained it this way: “You’ve got to love finding out how the sausage is made.” Reporters also have to be comfortable reading and interpreting data in the ream of reports out of Congress. “You’ve got to understand when someone is trying to bamboozle you.” And, of course, having a thick skin is absolutely essential. “Congress can be intimidating. I sometimes have to tell young reporters your job is to be the skunk at the picnic.”

That was the perfect segue to ask Steve what he thought about Donald Trump. He declined to offer his own opinions (“I’ve got to stay objective”), but said the genuine discontent among some voters has helped fuel his rise. Still, “It’s too early to make predictions. In three weeks, after Iowa and New Hampshire, things are going to look a lot different.” After watching an episode of The Good Wife, which made the Iowa caucus look a high school popularity contest (A silly story line had Chris Noth‘s character running for president) I asked Steve to explain its true significance. “Iowa is an institution, but it’s actually not a very good predictor [for the election’s outcome] but it might narrow the field some.”

No doubt things will only get more interesting in Washington as the election draws near. “Congress is in turmoil. The Republican party is divided and the Democrats on the Hill are unusually quiet,” said Steve as we finished up lunch. “There’s a lot of quirky people in Washington. We’re doing our best to be useful.”

Here’s the rundown on today’s crowd:

1. Allen & Co.’s Stan Shuman amid a sea of suits

2. Harry Macklowe

3. New York Magazine publisher Larry Burstein and Maurie Perl

4. Jim Abernathy with Penske Media vice chairman Gerry Byrne

5. Catie Marron

6. Dr. Gerald Imber, Jerry Della Femina, Jeff Greenfield and blink and you missed him Andy Bergman

8. New York Social Diary’s David Patrick Columbia with Barbara Liberman

9. Lynn Nesbit and Kathy Lacey

11. Chris Taylor

12. Wenda Harris Millard

14. Keith Reinhard

15. New Criterion EIC James Panero (who I ‘Lunched’ with a while back) and wife Dara Mandle chatting about her upcoming 10th anniversary Poet’s Night on April 5 at the National Arts Club. James has a lengthy piece on the Metropolitan Museum of Art in The Wall Street Journal next week. Quite the busy media couple, no?

16. Discovery ID’s Henry Schleiff sporting his usual country club couture — Loved the yellow v-neck!

17. Two of my favorite Michael’s regulars: PR maven extraordinaire Judy Twersky who always connecting me to the most interesting collection of bold facers (Charles Spencer, Dennis Hof and Heidi Fleiss – bet you never thought you’d see those names in the same sentence!) and Susan Silver, the talented comedy writer and the female voice behind The Mary Tyler Moore show, Maude, The Bob Newhart Show and The Partridge Family. If you want have some laughs over lunch these are definitely two gals you should know.

18. Steve Komarow, Lisa Linden and yours truly

19. The ‘Two Joans’ — the fabulous producer Joan Gelman and the First Lady of radio Joan Hamburg who can be found on 77 WABC

21. Quest’s Chris Meigher and Peter Lyden

22. Barry Frey, who stopped by our table to ask Steve about Donald Trump’s latest stunt involving his feud publicity stunt with Fox News and PR princess Maury Rogoff

25. Tom Goodman

28. Bisila Bokoko

29. House Beautiful’s Kate Kelly Smith

81. Vicky Ward

Diane Clehane is a FishbowlNY contributor. Follow her on Twitter @DianeClehane. Send comments and corrections on this column to LUNCH at MEDIABISTRO dot COM.


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High Society: The Portraits of Franz Xaver Winterhalter - Thu, 01/28/2016 - 00:00

In his day Franz Xaver Winterhalter (1805–1873) was the most sought-after portrait painter of European nobility. The extent of his success was unprecedented. No other celebrated court painter before him – not Titian, Velázquez, Goya, Holbein the Younger, Rubens or Van Dyck – served so many monarchs. And no other portraitist reached commensurate international renown during their lifetime.

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Colleagues Cheer Kathy Kiely’s Principled Exit From Bloomberg Politics

Unbeige - Wed, 01/27/2016 - 23:30

Via The Huffington Post’s Michael Calderone, it was revealed this afternoon that Bloomberg Politics Washington news editor Kathy Kiely has taken the ultimate stand. Concerned about limitations surrounding her ability to properly cover the political aspirations of boss Michael Bloomberg, she has tendered her resignation.

The first wave of reaction is, predictably, nothing but praise. Among those congratulating Kiely on her principled stand are the Boston Globe’s Jim O’Sullivan, PRI’s David Beard, AI Monitor correspondent Barbara Slavin, former colleagues Tom Lee and USA Today TV critic Robert Bianco.

Good for @kathykiely, one of the nicest, coolest people in the business

— Jim O’Sullivan (@JOSreports) January 27, 2016

Wow. Bloomberg’s Washington news director—the terrific @kathykiely—quits over conflict w/covering Bloomberg prez bid

— David Beard (@dabeard) January 27, 2016

@PaulBlu @maggieNYT @kathykiely a great and principled journalist

— Barbara Slavin (@barbaraslavin1) January 27, 2016

I got to work with @kathykiely at @sunfoundation; didn’t think I could respect her even more but, well

— Tom Lee (@tjl) January 27, 2016

@kathykiely, once again showing why she’s one of the best, and best respected, journalists around:

— Robert Bianco (@BiancoRobert) January 27, 2016

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