Bloomberg News has named Chuck Stevens editor for top news in the Americas.
Stevens has been with Bloomberg since 1996. He most recently served as editor of the Asia finance team.
Stevens previously served as Bloomberg’s team leader for more than a decade.
People tend to forget that the Sundance Film Festival started out in Salt Lake City. Launched in 1978 as the Utah/U.S. Film Festival, the event transitioned to the hills of Park City in the mid-1980s.
A few years later, a Florida couple visited those hills and the rest, per a fun recap by KSL Broadcasting’s Chris Redgrave, turned out to be publishing history:
John and Margaret Shuff came during the Autumn Aloft hot air balloon festival, held during the 80s and early 90s in Park City. They enjoyed themselves so much that, no kidding, only a day and half later they bought a house [in Salt Lake City]. That was in September 1988 and by December they had moved in. This engaging Florida couple was in the publishing business with the well-known Florida magazine, Boca Raton, at the time they moved. Before that, John had spent years as the CFO of Capital Cities ABC in New York City.
Anyway, after they landed at the Salt Lake airport, John noticed we didn’t have a magazine depicting Salt Lake like he thought we should for this market. Today, the inspiration of John’s observation is clearly shown in the readership for Salt Lake Magazine, Utah Style and Design and Utah Bride.
Robert Redford has been on the cover of Salt Lake magazine many times. Above, left-to-right, are the 2016 and 2017 January/February issues (the publication is bi-monthly).
In the current cover story by associate editor Christie Marcy, there’s also a rather unique photo of Mr. Redford. That’s no small feat for a guy who is endlessly snapped, especially this time of year. We’ve embedded it below. Photography is often all about subject-composition and here everything comes together beautifully: angle, framing, mood.
A photo posted by Salt Lake magazine (@slmag) on Jan 16, 2017 at 8:31am PST
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It all tracks back to 1975. That’s when Francis Ford Coppola and wife Eleanor bought a portion of the Inglenook Estate vineyard in northern California, launching their wine business three years later. Today, the couple’s vintages pay all sorts of great tributes to the industry the filmmaker’s first industry.
For example, the Director’s Cut line of wines (pictured) features a wraparound label that duplicates the look of an old Zoetrope movie camera film strip. The label is sure to be a conversation point if and when decanted at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival and 2017 Oscars, for which Francis Ford Coppola Winery is the official wine sponsor.
The winery is one of several third-tier festival sponsors this year (a.k.a. Sustaining Sponsors), alongside Canon U.S.A, IMDb, Oculus and others. Speaking of IMDb, a quick check there reminds that Coppola has been nominated 14 times over the years, winning five. He also collected the Academy’s last Irving G. Thalberg Award, presented for the year 2010.
Another one of Coppola’s wine lines is called Sofia, after his daughter of course. That also ties in nicely to the other strand of the filmmaker’s alcohol-purveyor beginnings. Dad’s commercial collaboration with Akira Kurosawa in Japan, for Suntory whiskey, was a spark for Sofia’s 2003 film Lost in Translation.
At the Sundance Film Festival, the Coppola winery has a couple of other notable presences besides those at the bar and dinner table. A short film, Drink in the Moment, will be on a intermittent loop at Miner’s Park Plaza.
And an artist has been commissioned to create an oversized wine cork mural during the Jan. 19-29 event. It’s interactive, so festivalgoers who chose to do so can contribute a cork of their own to the mural, as it grows in the Festival Co-op area.
Every once in awhile we see a magazine cover so stunning that there’s simply no need for our weekly Cover Battle. Why pit the work against another cover when it is unbeatable?
Ebony’s latest—featuring amazing artwork by Kadir Nelson—is a perfect example of this. It’s just fantastic.
The New York Times has named David Perpich president and general manager of The Wirecutter, a product review site the Times acquired in October.
Perpich most recently served as the Times’ senior vice president of product. He has been with the Times since 2010.
“David’s goal and mine will be to continue to grow The Wirecutter and to more fully integrate it into the life of the Times,” said Times Company CEO Mark Thompson, in an announcement. “Both organizations remain committed to creating products that serve our readers and become an indispensable part of their lives.”
Perpich begins his new role March 5. He’ll report to Thompson.
Derek Jeter’s The Players’ Tribune (TPT) has secured $40 million in Series C financing.
The investment round was led by venture capital firm IVP, Alphabet Inc. investment firm GV and many pro athletes.
“This investment will enable us to test new ways across a variety of platforms to help athletes tell their stories, and to create immersive content that brand and strategic partners want to support,” said TPT president Jaymee Messler, in a statement. “IVP has a strong background in growing tech and media companies, and is passionate about what we are doing at TPT. We’re excited to partner with them. And with athletes making up nearly 20 percent of this round of financing, it’s a true testament to the strength of the athlete community we’ve built.”
The New York Times has added two staffers to its international desk. Details are below.Kim Barker shifts from the Metro desk to serve as an enterprise-investigative reporter. She has been with the Times since 2014. Patrick Kingsley has also joined as an enterprise-investigative reporter. He most recently worked for The Guardian.
Time Inc. has cut 30 staffers amid a new round of restructuring.
According to WWD, Karen Kovacs and Greg Schumann have both been named group president of sales. The duo will now work together across Time Inc. brands and sales categories. The shift resulted in 30 people getting let go, including Ron King, senior vice president of fashion, multicultural and shelter.
The new organization has Kovacs overseeing the beauty, entertainment and fashion/retail categories and the entertainment, style, multicultural, fashion and lifestyle brands.
Schumann will oversee the automotive, financial services, home, pharmaceuticals, tech/telecomm and travel categories and the sports, news, finance and luxury brands.
Depending on what day it is and how his socks fit, Donald Trump does or does not believe in climate change. People with functioning brains know that climate change is real and a true problem, but our next president just isn’t one of those people. The Guardian and Univsion, therefore, have joined forces to launch a live, 24-hour project focusing on global warming.
From 2am ET on Thursday 19 January, the Guardian and Univision News will publish content from experts in the global warming field, people impacted by climate change, and readers’ appeals to our moron in chief Trump.
“The Guardian’s London, New York and Sydney newsrooms will be curating live events and interviews, along with video, commentary, data and graphics,” explained an announcement. “Coverage will include interviews with people around the world who can see climate change happening before their very eyes in Egypt, Bangladesh, Canada, exclusive video of climate change impacts on the Antarctic, the latest developments in solutions technology, and advice on how to make a difference.”
“Univision News, the award-winning news division of Univision Communications Inc. (UCI), the leading media company serving Hispanic America, will launch a live blog in conjunction with the Guardian’s coverage to provide a unique perspective on major environmental challenges that affect the U.S. Hispanic community and the Latin American region.”
A couple Revolving Door items for you this morning, involving Robb Report and Cosmo. Details are below.Justin Mastine-Frost has joined Robb Report as senior editor, horology (that’s the art of making watches). Rebecca Nelson is joining Cosmopolitan.com as a senior writer covering news and politics. She previously worked for GQ.
Saturday Night Live cast member Aidy Bryant isn’t sure how she got home from the party that ended the 2015-16 season. But as she told Seth Meyers, she well remembers how she woke up.
Bryant admits she got blackout drunk, winding up passed out in a hallway of her New York apartment building. “The only reason I woke up is because I was hit by a newspaper that was being delivered to my neighbor’s door,” she recalled. “So, like, a woman came out of an elevator and just threw a newspaper down. And I was like, ‘hwuahhh!'”
It’s probably best that Bryant was shaken awake at that early hour, and saved from further embarrassment. She later intimidates that it wasn’t actually her floor. It’s all in the way Bryant tells the story. Don’t try this at home.
It’s natural to think that someone at TCM is winking at the viewing public by programming the 1957 film A Face in the Crowd, which eerily foretells the political rise of President-elect Donald Trump, to coincide with Inauguration Day. But per an EW report, a spokesperson for the channel has confirmed that the film was slotted into the Jan. 20 schedule long ago to honor the birthday of actress Patricia Neal, who plays a radio reporter in the film. Several of her other films are also being broadcast that day.
A few years ago in The Guardian, A Face in the Crowd screenwriter Budd Schulberg recalled the Madison Ave. research process that he engaged in with director Elia Kazan:
We spent months sitting in on meetings of leading advertising agencies, and even went to Washington to discuss the impact of the new medium with presidential candidates Stuart Symington, Al Gore Sr. and Lyndon Johnson. The senators were taking this so seriously that they set up a TV studio in the basement of the old senate office building to practice their new wares.
And LBJ confessed to us that: “You have to watch your eyes now. That TV camera is right in your face. We never had to face that kind of challenge before. For instance, if you don’t hold your eyes steady, people will say, ‘He’s shifty.'” No way was shifty LBJ going to be caught looking shifty.
Most of the film was shot at Biograph Studios in the Bronx. A pivotal plot point involves Andy Griffith‘s character “Lonesome” Rhodes being undone by some hot-mic comments. Sixty years later, a similar scenario failed to stop the rise of DJT.
I was royally excited about this week’s ‘Lunch’ with author Daisy Goodwin, who has pulled off the unfathomable feat of writing a best-selling book while simultaneously creating a series from said book all in the space of a little over a year. “I started writing the novel and at the same time realized it would make a good television series,” she told me. Within three months, she had a deal to make Victoria for ITV/PBS. “I got an agent and a producer. No one could say no to me.” And that, as they say, was that.
Of course clever Daisy already had two New York Times best-sellers, The American Heiress and The Fortune Hunter (both from St. Martin’s Press), and spent 10 years at the BBC making arts documentaries but, she said, “I’d never written a script before. It was quite an education.”
Daisy had the highest praise for Victoria stars Jenna Coleman (Dr. Who, Death Comes to Pemberley) who plays the young, diminutive and strong-willed Queen Victoria (“She’s amazing”), Rufus Sewell (The Man in the High Castle) cast as her much older and world weary Prime Minister Lord Melbourne (“Such a great actor”) and Tom Hughes as Prince Albert (“He’s an Englishman playing a German who speaks English. He’s so good that my mother-in-law, who is German, asked, ‘Are you sure he’s not German?'”)
“Hanging out with the actors was fantastic,” she said. “Sitting there for the first read-through was thrilling. I’ve never been so excited about anything in my life.” Listening to the actors say the words she’d written “felt like I’d died and gone to heaven,” said Daisy between bites of Nantucket Bay scallops.
Sewell, it seems, left a particularly strong impression on Daisy. “Rufus is a very, very close reader of the script. Some actors just turn up and do it, but with him we had some very long discussions about two of three words,” she recalled. “There was a scene where Melbourne says he doesn’t want to read Dickens and he asked, ‘Did he really say this?’ And I told him, ‘He did.’ I learned when an actors has a concern you have to listen. Rufus was a great teacher. He’s also the only actor I’ve met who is happy when you take away lines. He can do it all just with his facial expressions.”
I couldn’t agree more. The chemistry between Sewell and Coleman is so completely off the charts in the show’s first three episodes, it’s sure to make a lot of viewers sad to see history play out when ‘Lord M,’ as Queen Victoria called him, steps aside when she falls in love with Prince Albert. “In the U.K. [the series aired there late last year] there was this whole thing on social media between #Vicbourne and #Vicbert,” said Daisy. Who won the day? “It was pretty close.”
Even though everyone knows Victoria and Albert went on to have what became one of Britain’s greatest love stories, I’m still partial to Lord M and young Victoria as a couple. “It was definitely love between Melbourne and Victoria,” said Daisy. “She fixated on him because she didn’t know any better. He could have stopped her from marrying Albert, but he knew it was the right thing for her. Lord Melbourne was Victoria’s first love and Victoria was his last love. His story is quite sad. When he died, she burned all his letters.”
I’ll say. The dialogue in the actors’ most poignant scenes (of which there are many) is pretty much word for word from the book. “It’s my vision in both [versions],” said Daisy. “If it worked, there was no reason to change it.”
“[Writing] a television series requires a great deal more plotting,” she explained. “In the book, you want to follow one or two characters or it gets confusing.” For fans of both, one simply reinforces the other. “If you like the series, you’ll get so much more out of the book. People who see the series first will then understand the characters more when they read the book.”
Here in the States, Victoria’s publication preceded the series, which premiered this past Sunday night on PBS in Downton Abbey’s former 9 p.m. time slot. Fans of Downton will find much to like here. Daisy added a slate of characters for the show from ‘below stairs’ many entirely fictional but others, including the Queen’s dresser Skerrett (Nell Hudson)and Mr. Francatelli (Ferdinand Kingsley) are based on real people. “There has been very little written about servants [who lived] during that time. I read a lot of personal accounts and created the characters from that. I wanted to give a sense of the huge divisions of inequality in England at that time. Buckingham Palace was less than a half-mile away from a terrible slum. It was too important to gloss over the terrible poverty and incredible wealth that existed.”
At that very moment, an extremely uncomfortable looking Donald Trump, Jr. was making his way through the dining room and brushed by our table. There was none of the usual glad-handing. He kept his eye straight ahead as he made his way to the Garden Room, where more than a dozen Trump Organization staffers were having lunch. A few moments later two very somber Secret Service agents parked themselves in the table directly across from us, ordered a platter of french fries and settled in to keep an eye on PEOTUS’ oldest son.
“They look like they’re right out of Central Casting, don’t they?” said Daisy. With their identical dark suits and ear pieces, indeed they did. Their presence seemed to spark another train of thought as Daisy continued, “Maybe it’s because of everything that’s happening right now. I think one of the reasons Victoria is so popular is because people want to see a strong female character. In the U.K., young girls had viewing parties with Victoria masks and tiaras.”
In fact, this entire project was sparked by an argument Daisy had with a strong-willed young woman in her life — her 16-year-old daughter. “She’s very small — the same height as Victoria and she’s very intense. She rushed out and slammed the door, and I thought, ‘Well, how would it be if she woke up tomorrow and found herself the most powerful woman in the world?’ I had an epiphany.”
Why did she want to focus on Victoria’s early years? “You’ve got a country that’s been ruled, for centuries, by old, fat, disreputable men, and suddenly you’ve got this beautiful young queen. It’s a very exciting moment, and I felt that this was the place to start,” said Daisy.
No word yet on where she’ll finish. Daisy is already at work on Season 2, which covers the early years of Victoria’s marriage to Albert up until 1848. They had nine children, which was unheard of in its day. “We could go as long as there’s interest. They had nine children. We’d probably have to recast.” Ultimately, Queen Victoria was succeeded by her son, Edward VII. “He tended to play down her female side. There were so many myths about her. It’s good to finally see her as the fiery young woman who loved the physical side of marriage. She was fascinating.”
Here’s the rundown on today’s crowd:
1. Bloomberg’s Global Chief Officer Ken Grossman presiding over a table of five.
2. Simone Levinson
3. Lisa Caputo
4. Steven Rubenstein
5. David Shane and Claire Atkinson
6. Dr. Gerald Imber, Jerry Della Femina, Jeff Greenfield and Andy Bergman. If you’re planning on watching PBS coverage of the inauguration, look for Jeff who will be offering commentary on the day’s events.
8. New York Social Diary’s David Patrick Columbia with pals Brooke Hayward and Alex Hitz
11. Cindy Lewis
12. Drew Schiff
14. WinView’s Tom Rogers
16. Robin Lewis
18. Randy Jones
20. Joan Gelman and Joan Hamburg
21. Scott Kelley
25. PR maestro Tom Goodman and Jill Brooke whose friendship goes back to the their days a ABC News. When I stopped by their table for a chat, the conversation turned to Tom Friedman’s must-read piece in today’s New York Times.
27. Daisy Goodwin, John Karle and yours truly
Diane Clehane is a FishbowlNY contributor. Follow her on Twitter @DianeClehane. Send comments and corrections on this column to LUNCH at MEDIABISTRO dot COM.
Gambit has a brief but interesting summary of New York Times columnist Charles Blow’s talk at Tulane University in New Orleans. The event, titled “The Intersection of Social Justice and Journalism,” was held on Martin Luther King Jr. Day at Dixon Hall.
The article also makes passing reference to Blow having grown up in Gibsland, La., a small community located 310 miles northwest of The Big Easy. That got FishbowlNY thinking about the writer’s evocative 2014 memoir Fire Shut Up in My Bones. Check out this great passage:
I was born in the summer of 1970, the last of five boys stretched over eight years. My parents were a struggling young couple who had been married one afternoon under a shade tree by a preacher without a church. No guests or fancy dress, just the two of them, lost in love, and the preacher taking a break from working on a house.
By the time I came along, my mother was a dutiful wife growing dead-ass tired of working on a dead-end marriage and a dead-end job. My father was a construction worker by trade, a pool shark by habit, and a serial philanderer by compulsion.
With the ascension of Moonlight this film awards season, Blow’s book is well worth reading (or re-reading). The memoir received numerous rave reviews at the time of original publication, including this praise from MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell: ‘When you finish Charles Blow’s mesmerizing memoir, you will cry. And you will better understand poverty, the south, racism, sex, fear, rage and love. Then you will miss being in his authorial grip. Then you will start reading this stunning book again.’
On the same day as the Tulane event, the Times published Blow’s op-ed about Trump’s attack on Congressman John Lewis. There are some poetic words there, too:
Stop and think about what you just read: A lecher attacking a legend; a man of moral depravity attacking a man of moral certitude; an intellectual weakling attacking a warrior for justice. This on Martin Luther King Jr. weekend, no less.
In November, CBS Sunday Morning shared a sparkling glimpse of Christie Brinkley’s new partnership with Italian winemakers in Treviso. Now it is the turn of Chilled magazine.
A photo posted by Christie Brinkley (@christiebrinkley) on Jan 18, 2017 at 5:58am PST
We can already hear the rumble of social media grumbling about the sexual overtones of this cover. But if you looked this good at age 62, you would probably be tempted to flaunt (flute?) it too.
Brinkley will in fact celebrate her 63rd birthday just ahead of Super Bowl LI. Her line of Bellissima Proseco, launched last year, is organic. Chilled meanwhile is a trade magazine that publishes six times a year and is aimed at professional bartenders, sommeliers and mixologists. Qualified such individuals are entitled to a free print subscription.
The digital presentation for this week’s Variety Inauguration Issue is star-spangled and bathed in a Democratic Hollywood twilight’s last gleaming.
At the top of the page, the cover photo of some of the participants, holding an American flag; followed by a scroll-down sub-headline that reads “Now What? On the Eve of Trump’s Inauguration, Hollywood and the Media Raise Their Voices;” and then 18 crisply presented celebrity Q&A links (the red and white treatment of each name is a nice touch).
When senior film and media editor Brent Lang talked to Michael Moore, the Democratic Partys’ 2016 campaign failings were part of the conversation. So too were the talents of the man who beat Hillary Clinton on the Electoral College front.
Moore, who famously and accurately predicted Trump’s victory, recalls the time he appeared in 1998 on Roseanne Barr’s short-lived talk show. The other main guest was Trump, who expressed fears to a producer about what Moore might do alongside him on-air:
“The producer said [to me], ‘Is there any way you can help me?’ I said, ‘Oh brother, I’ll go talk to him.’ I walked over, shook his hand — it was very clammy. I don’t honestly remember the size, but it was moist. He said, ‘We don’t have to mix it up out there.’ I said, ‘Why do you assume that about me? I’m from Michigan. We don’t really know you. The only thing that sticks in my head is you were one of the few guys that was on the cover of Playboy.’ He laughed. I said, ‘It’s Roseanne. She’s a comedian. You have nothing to worry about here.'”
“He stayed, and we did the show. And it wasn’t until last year that it hit me: People think he’s stupid — he’s not stupid at all. He played me; he got me to not be myself, to not talk any anti-corporate talk. I thought I was going over to relax him. What he was doing was undoing me so I wouldn’t be Michael Moore. This guy is good.”
Moore was a left-leaning voice of reason during the campaign and continues in that capacity post-Nov. 8. Others participants in the Variety issue include Scott Baio, Bill Maher, Chelsea Handler, Glenn Beck and Van Jones.
Univision’s The Onion has signed a three-film development deal with Lionsgate.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, The Onion’s Onion Studios will partner with the production company Serious Business to create the films.
“We’ve plotted our takeover of the film industry for some time,” said Kyle Ryan, vice president of Onion Studios, in a statement. “With the help of Serious Business and Lionsgate, we’ll make room on our award shelf for some Oscars. To the basement you go, Pulitzers.”
A couple Revolving Door items for you this morning, involving CNBC and Reuters. Details are below.Leslie Picker has been named a reporter for CNBC. She joins from The New York Times, where she covered mergers and acquisitions. Reuters’ David French has shifted to the deals team. He will serve as an energy and financial services M&A reporter. French previously served as a Reuters reporter in Dubai.