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Leadership Changes at Seventeen

Michelle Tan won’t take over as editor of Seventeen until next week, but there are already major changes at the magazine. According to WWD, Seventeen has cut managing editor Jo Ann Liguori; fashion market editor Jasmine Snow; beauty director Yesenia Almonte; and fashion assistant Rachel Lowe.

Joanna Coles, who was named editorial director of Seventeen in addition to her role as editor of Cosmo, has filled some of those holes with Cosmo staffers.

Leah Wyar, Cosmo‘s beauty director, has been promoted to group beauty director, and will add Seventeen oversight to her role. Likewise, Cosmo fashion director Aya Kanai has been upped to group fashion director for both Seventeen and Cosmo.

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Morning Media Newsfeed: Aereo Files for Bankruptcy | MSNBC Hires Ex-WH Staffer

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Aereo Files for Bankruptcy (TVSpy)
With a post on the company’s blog Friday morning, Aereo founder and CEO Chet Kanojia announced the company had filed for bankruptcy protection. THR The digital TV service, which broadcast network owners battled in courts for offering access to broadcast TV signals via digital devices, made a voluntary Chapter 11 filing, it said in the statement. “We encountered significant challenges from the incumbent media companies,” said Kanojia in the statement. Mashable Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection is typically expensive and allows for the company to restructure its debt. While filing for bankruptcy does not necessarily mean the end of the business, Kanojia struck a tone in a statement on Aereo’s website that insinuated the company was done. Variety New York-based Aereo had raised about $97 million, from investors including IAC chairman Barry Diller, media investor Gordon Crawford, Himalaya Capital Management, Highland Capital Partners and FirstMark Capital. Earlier this month Aereo laid off a majority of its staff, including employees in New York and Boston. The company said a small executive team of about a dozen people would remain. GigaOM Aereo’s bankruptcy petition shows it owes roughly $2 million to a list of creditors that include Internet companies like Level 3 and Google, as well as several law firms. But the most significant creditors on the list are names like ABC and Fox, the TV networks that are continuing to sue Aereo over copyright infringement. Aereo’s filing simply states “unknown” in the amount owed to the “litigation party” TV stations, which also include PBS, Telemundo and NBC.

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Graham Norton on Tom Cruise, ‘Bad Boyfriend’ and More

GrahamNortonHeDevilCoverPolly Vernon‘s profile of Graham Norton for the New Zealand Herald is unlikely to leave a single reader “banjaxed.” As opposed to Norton himself, to whom Vernon at one point applies that descriptive to convey the talk show host’s reaction to a question about the perhaps-missed-opportunity of engaging a female sex surrogate.

Vernon and Norton are a match made in dazzling-wit heaven. The 51-year-old UK media star, who foresees exiting his BBC America talker in three years, says he is at peace with both not making it “big” in the U.S. and being less proactive than a certain year-older A-lister:

Tom Cruise is supernaturally good at [being nice]. Nothing will prepare you for it. He is like an alien. He’s like someone from a different planet! So like, on the way in here, he’ll have met that manager guy, who did introduce himself to me, but I don’t remember his name. Tom will know it! And on the way out, he’ll thank him for everything. And then that guy will love Tom Cruise forever. We can be pleasant to him, but already we’ve messed up, because we don’t remember his name. And the difference is that.”

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Time Cover Story Interviewer is Nine Months Younger Than Taylor Swift

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At this week’s “Conversation Series” hosted by the New York Daily News Innovation Lab, time.com managing editor Edward Felsenthal reminded the audience about a second layer of precociousness framing the magazine’s current cover story. The bylined reporter, Jack Dickey (pictured), is nearly a full year younger than the highlighted celebrity, Taylor Swift. From a report by The Huffington Post’s Lily Karlin:

“Jack, who we hired right out of Columbia, is younger than Taylor Swift,” Felsenthal explained. “First week he walked in with the idea, and said he refused to write it until he had access to her. With the perseverance of someone of more experience than he actually has, he got to her and broke news in his cover story and wrote a beautiful 2,000-word piece.”

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NY Jobs: Amazon

This week, Amazon is hiring a vice president of programming, a fashion copywriter, a fashion merchandising manager, an associate publisher and a men’s marketing manager for East Dane. Get the scoop on these openings below, and find additional just-posted gigs on Mediabistro.

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New Yorker Puts a Holiday Stamp on Redskins Fracas

The noun “kerfuffle” is one of those words that makes you want to look up the etymology. When FishbowlNY did just that, we came upon the following citation example: Don Imus has thrown the capital into a kerfuffle.

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Tweet Again | New and Old | Ellen, Ellen, Ellen

Twitter logo GAllTwitter: You can now share tweets via direct messaging. We suggest using this function when followers ignore your especially hilarious tweets. A subtle reminder!

PRNewser: MSNBC has hired a former White House staffer as its VP of communications. How very liberal of them.

GalleyCat: The Empire of Ellen continues to expand with a new book deal. You cannot escape Ellen. You will love Ellen.

Epic Recipe Battles: Gwyneth vs. Martha

We didn’t want to head into the weekend without touching on People magazine associate editor Michele Corriston‘s fun item posted Thursday night.

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She notes that in the realm of Thanksgiving double (recipe) entendres, the gang at Goop appears to have slyly fired back at Team Martha Stewart Living for that recent conscious uncoupling dig. In the form of instructions for “Jailbird Cake:”

“The folks at Goop know how to have some fun, too,” a source close to Paltrow tells People. “If Martha served up the appetizer, the Jailbird Cake is just desserts.”

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Reporter Remains ‘Livid’ About Spiking of 2005 Bill Cosby Expose

RobinMizrahiPicThe Bill Cosby news stream continues to unfurl at a furious pace. And from an inside-media perspective, one of  the biggest headlines remains the business explored by Mark Ebner and now, The Guardian.

New York-based Guardian reporter Ed Pilkington spoke to Robin Mizrahi (pictured), the journalist whose National Enquirer 2005 expose was spiked after pressure from Cosby attorneys. (Details of this pressure and editorial flip, which resulted in the piece being replaced with a more straightforward Cosby denial, were documented in the Andrea Constand civil lawsuit.) The original Enquirer story centered around the civil suit’s “Jane Doe No. 5:”

Mizrahi made contact with Beth Ferrier, who alleged that she too had been drugged and sexually molested by the entertainer. The Enquirer brought Ferrier to Los Angeles from her home in Denver, where she was then working as a model, and Mizrahi interviewed her and arranged for her to undergo a lie detector test.

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