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So What Do You Do, Hugh Hefner, Founder of Playboy Enterprises?
The legendary playboy talks about creating an iconic public image, the brand's possible sale, and what he'd do differently if he was starting in media today.

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Rating the Media's Super Bowl Parties - Posted January 31, 2014
Several media companies are going to throw Super Bowl parties this weekend. While we appreciate the tradition, it always presents a problem: How do you choose which one to attend? Or, more specifically, how do you choose which one to imagine yourself attending when in reality you're at home eating Doritos?... [morningmedianewsfeed]

Rating the Media's Super Bowl Parties - Posted January 31, 2014
Several media companies are going to throw Super Bowl parties this weekend. While we appreciate the tradition, it always presents a problem: How do you choose which one to attend? Or, more specifically, how do you choose which one to imagine yourself attending when in reality you're at home eating Doritos?... [FishbowlNY]

EXCLUSIVE: Your First Look at Adweek 35th Anniversary Cover - Posted November 8, 2013
This is pretty iconic. To celebrate Adweek's 35th anniversary, the issue hitting newsstands Monday features on the cover industry vet Ron Berger, flanked by sons Cory (left) and Ryan (right). ... [morningmedianewsfeed]

EXCLUSIVE: Your First Look at Adweek 35th Anniversary Cover - Posted November 8, 2013
This is pretty iconic. To celebrate Adweek's 35th anniversary, the issue hitting newsstands Monday features on the cover industry vet Ron Berger, flanked by sons Cory (left) and Ryan (right). ... [FishbowlNY]

Hugh Hefner Remembers Fellow Man of Leisure Jerry Buss - Posted February 21, 2013
Playboy publisher Hugh Hefner was on ESPN 710 this morning with Max and ... [FishbowlLA]

Can Licensing Save the Playboy Brand? - Posted February 20, 2013
Say what you will about Playboy, notorious purveyor of softcore smut and reality TV (which are pretty much the same thing)--Hugh Hefner's creation remains an iconic American brand synonymous with "the good life" and a healthy serving of old-school misogyny. Unfort... [PRNewser]

Mitt Romney's 'Binders Full Of Women' Comment Buzzing On Facebook - Posted October 17, 2012
The debates between President Barack Obama and Republi... [AllFacebook]

Playboy Wants Nothing to do with 'Tanning Mom' - Posted May 14, 2012
There is a God. Patricia Krentcil, better known as the "tanning mom," was caught... [FishbowlLA]

Playboy Battles Vanity Fair Over Nudes of Marilyn Monroe - Posted May 11, 2012
Marilyn Monroe, despite being dead for 50 years, still has a knack for stirring up controversy. The latest incident comes to us thanks to Vanity Fair, which promises to showcase Monroe's "Lost Nudes." Playboy, ... [FishbowlLA]

Hugh Hefner Says Goodbye to Chicago - Posted April 23, 2012
Playboy publisher Hugh Hefner officially said goodbye to Chicago this weekend, penning a guest op-ed column in the ... [FishbowlLA]

Marston Hefner Pleads No Contest in Assault Case - Posted March 20, 2012
Marston Hefner pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor domesti... [FishbowlLA]

Hugh Hefner's Son Arrested After Domestic Incident - Posted February 13, 2012
The son of Playboy founder Hugh Hefner was arrested Sunday night after an alleged incident with Playmate Claire Sinclair. ... [GalleyCat]

Daily Beast Catches Up to LA Photog's Treats! Phenomenon - Posted January 12, 2012
You know the "internal politics" have to be bad when they cause a male photographer to give up lucrative gigs shooting "scantily clad and naked women" for the likes of Maxim, Playboy and FHM. That's the lede crowning Chris Lee... [FishbowlLA]

LiLo Playboy Cover Breaking Sales Records? - Posted December 19, 2011
Is Hugh Hefner full of hot air? The Playboy publisher tweeted Sunday that "the ... [FishbowlLA]

Playboy Publishing Leaving Chicago For LA - Posted December 13, 2011
The writing was on the wall in April when Playboy editorial director and chief content officer Jimmy Jellinek ... [FishbowlLA]

Playboy To Release Lindsay Lohan Issue Early - Posted December 10, 2011
Due to the leak this week of the Lindsay Lohan Playboy cover and spread, ... [FishbowlLA]

Playboy Moving to Beverly Hills in 2012 - Posted November 7, 2011
And since we are on the topic of Playboy, Hugh Hefner... [FishbowlLA]

National Entertainment Journalism Award Finalists Announced - Posted November 2, 2011
The Los Angeles Press Club announced the finalists for its 2011 National Entertainment Journalism Awards today. Lots of familiar names. Deadline's Nellie Andreeva, Bloomberg News' ... [FishbowlLA]

The Problem with a Hugh Hefner Biopic: Not Enough Conflict - Posted September 22, 2011
Cleverly titled "The Playboy Interview," this week's Hollywood Reporter magazine cover story is a conversation with the one and only ... [FishbowlLA]

October Issue of Playboy Price is 60 Cents - Posted September 13, 2011
Hugh Hefner is slashing the October issue of Playboy's price tag to 60 cents in an effort to make grown men salivate/tie the issue to the upcoming NBC show "... [morningmedianewsfeed]

October Issue of Playboy Price is 60 Cents - Posted September 13, 2011
Hugh Hefner is slashing the October issue of Playboy's price tag to 60 cents in an effort to make grown men salivate/tie the issue to the upcoming NBC show "... [FishbowlNY]

Playboy Lowers Price to 60 Cents for October Issue - Posted September 12, 2011
In honor of NBC's new series The Playboy Club, Playboy is publishing a 1961-themed issue that will retail for just 60 cents -- the same price the magazine sold for in 1961. Laura Benanti from The Playboy Club is on the cover ... [FishbowlLA]

All in the Family with Joe Kernen & A Dark Shadows Star is Reborn - Posted August 10, 2011
It was a bustling scene at Michael's today as the power lunch crowd crammed in some last minute networking before their late summer vacations. In the mix: talking heads (Joe Kernen, ... [FishbowlLA]

Gloria Steinem Doubts The Playboy Club Will Be Historically Accurate. And She Would Know. - Posted August 10, 2011
NBC's upcoming series, set in Chicago's legendary Playboy Club in the early 1960's, likely isn't going to have a lot in common with the subject of Gloria Steinem's famous article. Steinem, who worked as a bunny in the club in 1963, wrote a... [FishbowlLA]

Hugh Hefner Is Alive, Twitter - Posted July 12, 2011
It's a strange phenomenon, these celebrity Twitter deaths that runs rampant on the network from time to time. Someone (for reasons that are completely unknown to me) starts the rumor that a particular larger-than-life figure has died, other latch on, and soon "RIP Celebrity" is trending on Twitter. Hugh Hefner was the... [10,000 Words]

Hugh Hefner Is Alive, Twitter - Posted July 12, 2011
It's a strange phenomenon, these celebrity Twitter deaths that runs rampant on the network from time to time. Someone (for reasons that are completely unknown to me) starts the rumor that a particular larger-than-life figure has died, other latch on, and soon "RIP Celebrity" is trending on Twitter. Hugh Hefner was the... [AllTwitter]

Hef's Creative Solution to Playboy Cover Snafu - Posted June 17, 2011
Crystal Harris called off her marriage to Hugh Hefner 5 days before the wedding, but not before the July issue of Playboy mag featuring her as "Mrs.... [GalleyCat]

Hef's Creative Solution to Playboy Cover Snafu - Posted June 17, 2011
Crystal Harris called off her marriage to Hugh Hefner five days before the wedding, but not before the July issue of Playboy mag featuring ... [FishbowlLA]

Hefner's Revenge: Affixes 'Runaway Bride' Sticker to Newest Playboy - Posted June 16, 2011
This week started out pretty rough for Hugh Hefner. Crystal Harris dumped him five days before their wedding, and that was made worse by the fact that Harris ... [morningmedianewsfeed]

Hefner's Revenge: Affixes 'Runaway Bride' Sticker to Newest Playboy - Posted June 16, 2011
This week started out pretty rough for Hugh Hefner. Crystal Harris dumped him five days before their wedding, and that was made worse by the fact that Harris ... [FishbowlNY]

The Incredibly Ill-Timed But Hilariously Funny Crystal & Hef Parody Video - Posted June 14, 2011
Shortly after this Funny or Die video hit the web, Playboy model Crystal Harris called off her wedding to Hugh Hefner. No reason has been given, but as she says in the video, "My fiance is 60 years older than me and I don't understand his references!" ... [GalleyCat]

Documenting the History of the Sunset Strip - Posted May 20, 2011
The makers of an upcoming feature documentary about the Sunset Strip unveiled their debut trailer this past weekend at the Cannes Film Festival. Written and directed by LA filmmaker and musician Hans Fjellestad, Sunset Strip features reminiscences from Johnny Depp, ... [GalleyCat]

Documenting the History of the Sunset Strip - Posted May 20, 2011
The makers of an upcoming feature documentary about the Sunset Strip unveiled their debut trailer this past weekend at the Cannes Film Festival. Written and directed by LA filmmaker and musician Hans Fjellestad, Sunset Strip features reminiscences from Johnny Depp, ... [FishbowlLA]

Playboy Is Officially Private - Posted March 4, 2011
It took some time after a deal was reached, but Hugh Hefner has officially succeeded in taking his baby Playboy ... [FishbowlLA]

New York Times Magazine Uncorks Fabulous Hugh Hefner Profile - Posted February 4, 2011
After spending some time in Los Angeles before Christmas with Playboy potentate Hugh Hefner, ... [FishbowlLA]

Playboy To Bare All In New iPad App - Posted January 19, 2011
Although Playboy unveiled an iPad app last August, one crucial element was noticeably... [morningmedianewsfeed]

Playboy To Bare All In New iPad App - Posted January 19, 2011
Although Playboy unveiled an iPad app last August, one crucial element was noticeably... [FishbowlNY]

Playboy Trouble: How Twitter Tinkered With Hugh Hefner's Engagement - Posted January 13, 2011
Once in a while, celebrity news reminds us just how gossip-y Twitter can be. This week, Hugh Hefner got engaged to one of his Playmates, Crystal Harris, and the news came out on Twitter. Of course, gossip web sites have been spreading news like this for ages, but when tweets are... [AllTwitter]

Playboy's Private Parts: Hef's Brand Management Move - Posted January 11, 2011
Hugh Hefner, who rounded out 2010 in the news for his engagement to December 2009 playmate of the month Crystal Harris, kicked the ... [AgencySpy]

Hef Is Taking Playboy Private - Posted January 10, 2011
He's been talking about it for months, but Playboy founder Hugh Hefner has finally worked a deal out to once again make his magazine a private company. Hef made an offer las... [FishbowlLA]

Playboy Goes Private - Posted January 10, 2011
When people can go pretty much anywhere online to see naked women, how does a monthly magazine that built its reputation on pornography (and articles!) stay relevant? Well, it's not that easy. Playboy magazine has been hurting for quite some time now (it currently has over $100 million in debt), but... [morningmedianewsfeed]

Playboy Goes Private - Posted January 10, 2011
When people can go pretty much anywhere online to see naked women, how does a monthly magazine that built its reputation on pornography (and articles!) stay relevant? Well, it's not that easy. Playboy magazine has been hurting for quite some time now (it currently has over $100 million in debt), but... [FishbowlNY]

Hugh Hefner Makes Like Willy Wonka - Posted November 10, 2010
Remember the famous scene improvised by Gene Wilder in Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, where the actor limps out with the aid of a cane only to ... [FishbowlLA]

Matt Taibbi On Keith Olbermann's Suspension--'Completely and Utterly Retarded' - Posted November 8, 2010
Rolling Stone journalist and FBLA favorite Matt Taibbi isn't one to hold back on his media criticism. He once threw a pie filled with ... [FishbowlLA]

Bob Guccione, The Man Behind Penthouse Magazine, Dead At 79 - Posted October 21, 2010
Penthouse magazine founder Bob Guccione died yesterday at the age of 79. The AP reported that the adult entertainment magnate passed away at a hospital in Pla... [morningmedianewsfeed]

Bob Guccione, The Man Behind Penthouse Magazine, Dead At 79 - Posted October 21, 2010
Penthouse magazine founder Bob Guccione died yesterday at the age of 79. The AP reported that the adult entertainment magnate passed away at a hospital in Pla... [FishbowlNY]

Playboy Makes An Offer To Ines Sainz - Posted September 30, 2010
Apparently Hugh Hefner is a fan of Ines Sainz. The TV Azteca reporter reportedly received an offer to ap... [SportsNewser]

Afternoon Bites - Posted August 11, 2010
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Hugh Hefner Calls Rabbit Logo Playboy's Greatest Asset - Posted August 11, 2010
Hugh Hefner just keeps going and going, not unlike the Energizer Bunny. But it's another rabbit that really gets the 84-year-old going: the bowtie-wearing bunny that is the emblem of the embattled empire that he is now seeking to take private. When Mediabistro's Jeff ... [UnBeige]

Mediabistro's So What Do You Do? With Hugh Hefner - Posted August 11, 2010
Playboy's founder, editor-in-chief and chief creative officer Hugh Hefner talks shop with Mediabistro's Jeff Rivera over at the So What Do You Do? feature on the home page. You've said Playboy is undervalued. What do you think inve... [FishbowlLA]

CNN's 'Reliable Sources' Goes to the Playboy Mansion - Posted August 7, 2010
Who says hosting a cable news show doesn't have any perks? Tomorrow CNN's "Reliable Sources" will be going to the Playboy Mansion, with host Howard Kurtz interviewing Playboy founder Hugh Hefner. Hefner is in the process of ... [TVNewser]

Kendra Wilkinson Bares Her Memoir on Today Show - Posted July 6, 2010
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Larry King, Meet Hugh Hefner - Posted June 26, 2010
This past week the annual PromaxBDA marketing, promotion and design conference was held in Los Angeles. Playboy founder Hugh Hefner took home the lifetime achievement award, and was interviewed onstage by CNN's Lar... [TVNewser]

Ex-Playboy CEO Flirts with TV News - Posted March 15, 2010
Morning shows are a nice place to visit, but ex-Playboy CEO Christie Hefner wouldn't want to live there. Hefner, who popped up Friday on "Good Morning America" as a panelist on George S... [TVNewser]

Porn Producer Buys Into Playboy - Posted December 18, 2009
Hugh Hefner's company, which has become increasingly flaccid in the last year due to shrinkage of finances and investors, just got a huge shot of Viagra in the form of one of the adult industry's biggest names. No, not ... [morningmedianewsfeed]

Porn Producer Buys Into Playboy - Posted December 18, 2009
Hugh Hefner's company, which has become increasingly flaccid in the last year due to shrinkage of finances and investors, just got a huge shot of Viagra in the form of one of the adult industry's biggest names. No, not ... [FishbowlNY]

Playboy Promotes Jellinek To Chief Content Officer - Posted December 1, 2009
Playboy Enterprises has promoted Playboy magazine's editorial director Jimmy Jellinek... [morningmedianewsfeed]

Playboy Promotes Jellinek To Chief Content Officer - Posted December 1, 2009
Playboy Enterprises has promoted Playboy magazine's editorial director Jimmy Jellinek... [FishbowlNY]

Playboy Strikes Deal With AMI - Posted November 24, 2009
Two weeks ago, news leaked that Playboy Enterprises was in talks to sell ... [morningmedianewsfeed]

Playboy Strikes Deal With AMI - Posted November 24, 2009
Two weeks ago, news leaked that Playboy Enterprises was in talks to sell ... [FishbowlNY]

Playboy In Talks With London Fog Owner - Posted November 12, 2009
Stocks soared today after news that Hugh Hefner's publishing house, ... [morningmedianewsfeed]

Playboy In Talks With London Fog Owner - Posted November 12, 2009
Stocks soared today after news that Hugh Hefner's publishing house, ... [FishbowlNY]

Playboy Looking For A Buyer? - Posted May 22, 2009
Would Hugh Hefner ever sell his bunny-eared empire? Maybe. The New York Post's Keith Kelly ... [morningmedianewsfeed]

Playboy Looking For A Buyer? - Posted May 22, 2009
Would Hugh Hefner ever sell his bunny-eared empire? Maybe. The New York Post's Keith Kelly ... [FishbowlNY]

Playboy is Looking for a Buyer - Posted May 22, 2009
New York Post's Keith J. Kelly reports: PLAYBOY Enterprises, the far-flung empire founded by Hugh Hefner in 1953, is quietly being shopped around for $... [FishbowlLA]

Upcoming Hefner Biography Chronicles 'Romance'? - Posted September 11, 2008
Steven Watts, professor at University of Missouri, penned a bio of Playboy founder Hugh Hefner out Oct. 1. The press release tells us: "The first time I arrived at the Playboy Mansion was like... [FishbowlLA]

Morning Reading List, 04.09.08 - Posted April 9, 2008
Good morning Washington. It's Joe Scarborough's birthday! Also: Hugh Hefner and Jenna Jameson (why are we not surprised they share a day...thanks MicCheck). Also, on this day in 1865, Robert E. Lee surrendered to Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox Courthouse. Quickly navigate Morning Reading List: ... [FishbowlDC]

Media Events 9.6.07 - Posted September 6, 2007
FRIDAY 09.07.07 WHAT: Claremont Village Art Walk WHO: Art lovers and locals WHEN: 6 pm WHERE:Bonita and Yale avenues, the art walk encompasses a three square block area in the historic Claremont Village. WHY: Good to get out of town SATURDAY 0... [FishbowlLA]

Brett Ratner to Direct Hefner Bio-Pic - Posted June 25, 2007
Brett Ratner will direct a film based on the life of Hugh Hefner. Brian Grazer optioned the rights years back, and had Oliver Stone and Scott Silver take some stabs at th... [FishbowlLA]

Hugh Hefner On Anna Nicole: 'She Was A Dear Friend' - Posted February 8, 2007
FishbowlNY asked Hugh Hefner for a statement on the passing on Anna Nicole Smith. Here's Hef's response: "I am very saddened to learn about Anna Nicole's passing. She was a dear friend who meant a great deal to the Playboy family and to me personally. My thoughts and prayers are... [morningmedianewsfeed]

Hugh Hefner On Anna Nicole: 'She Was A Dear Friend' - Posted February 8, 2007
FishbowlNY asked Hugh Hefner for a statement on the passing on Anna Nicole Smith. Here's Hef's response: "I am very saddened to learn about Anna Nicole's passing. She was a dear friend who meant a great deal to the Playboy family and to me personally. My thoughts and prayers are... [FishbowlNY]

Breaking: Hefner and E! Comment on Anna Nicole Smith's Death - Posted February 8, 2007
Did Anna Nicole Smith die from those weight loss drugs, or more recreational ones? Or was someone who spent most of her life as a circus freakshow doomed to die this young? We asked the people responsible, those who helped catapult this buxom bundle of tragedy into fame, to shed some light.... [FishbowlLA]

26 Years For NYT Journo's Killing | Super Bowl Ads: $87,000 Per Second | Trump Just Won't Shut Up About Rosie - Posted January 4, 2007
Trump: Just won't shut up about Rosie. [AP] Michael C. Hamlin: Sentenced to 26 years in killing of NYT's David Rosenbaum. [... [morningmedianewsfeed]

26 Years For NYT Journo's Killing | Super Bowl Ads: $87,000 Per Second | Trump Just Won't Shut Up About Rosie - Posted January 4, 2007
Trump: Just won't shut up about Rosie. [AP] Michael C. Hamlin: Sentenced to 26 years in killing of NYT's David Rosenbaum. [... [FishbowlNY]

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