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Capital New York Talks to Guardian US EIC

GD*26913990Just ahead of beginning her new duties as Guardian US editor-in-chief, Katharine Viner chatted with Joe Pompeo for the September issue of Capital magazine.

The British newspaper’s stateside plans include an imminently larger New York office, the addition of a Silicon Valley bureau and some other close-to-the-vest tactics. In fact, Pompeo had to reach out to a senior colleague of Viner’s – via a lofty European vacation perch – to get a tiny bit more of the skinny:

Viner wouldn’t get into the nuts and bolts, telling me she didn’t want to publicize them in an article before having discussions with staff. She did however say that Guardian US is “in a period of ambitious growth, and we are working on a number of serious plans.”

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Tony Soprano Lives! [Updated]

That’s the delayed but still startling news from The Sopranos creator David Chase.

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Film and media critic Martha Nochimson caught Chase off-guard recently during a coffee shop conversation. Though the creator of the HBO TV series did not offer any details, he did confirm to her that the final episode’s infamous fade-to-black did not mean to suggest that Tony would go on to soon die. The writer’s immediate reaction:

Fine. Tony’s not dead. But what do we do with this bald fact? And isn’t Chase’s flat response exactly the point? The mere answer doesn’t really go anywhere unless we consider it as a part of the larger context of The Sopranos, and as a part of the much bigger story of Chase’s art…

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Shoot it All | Lesson Learned | Good Luck

VineLogoAllFacebook: The race to get as many people to create vapid videos as possible is heating up.

TVSpy: An ABC affiliate in San Antonio learns that not all black people are the same.

TVNewser: Peter Theo Curtis, a journalist who was just freed after spending two years imprisoned in Syria, asks the media to give him some space. How quickly he forgets how the media works.

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Celebrates Second Place

EconomistIULogoThree years ago, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette heralded the findings a study by The Economist Intelligence Unit with the headline “Move Over, Honolulu…” At that time, the home of the Steelers, Pirates and Penguins had statistically bested the land of leis, luaus and Higgins.

The IU news is not quite as good this time around. But when the winner is Honolulu, it’s still cause for a PA-t on the back:

Pittsburgh has racked up yet another accolade, with the designation as the “most livable city” in the continental U.S., according to The Economist Intelligence Unit’s 2014 livability survey.

Only Honolulu outperformed Pittsburgh among U.S. cities in the study, which measured “which locations around the world provide the best or the worst living conditions.”

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Restaurant Critic Praises Bâtard Chef’s Sniper Skills

MarkusGlockerPicOne of the keys to a memorable restaurant review is the turn of phrase. Be it a rave or a slam, it’s all about how the writer conveys the ecstasy of a clean plate or the agony of an unused doggy bag.

Score one in the clean-plate department for New York Times restaurant critic Pete Wells. Here’s how his praise of Bâtard in TriBeCa begins:

A few minutes into my first dinner at Bâtard, it became obvious that the chef, Markus Glocker, has a sniper’s accuracy at the stove.

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BuzzFeed and HuffPost Add to Teams

A couple Revolving Door items for you this afternoon, involving BuzzFeed and The Huffington Post. Details are below.

    • BuzzFeed has hired Noah Chestnut as news app product lead. He most recently served as director of labs at The New Republic. Capital New York reports Chestnut will be tasked with overseeing a new news app for BuzzFeed.
    • HuffPost has hired Ben Walsh as a business reporter. For the past three years, Walsh has served as an online editor and business writer for Reuters.

Greg Coleman Talks BuzzFeed

Greg Coleman, the new president of BuzzFeed, has an interesting way of talking about the company. In an interview with USA Today, Coleman described BuzzFeed as a rocket ship and said he was happy to be part of the “Huffington Post mafia,” which makes us wonder if he knows what “mafia” means.

Coleman explained that for now, he’s just trying to get up to speed. “I’m meeting, learning, listening,” Coleman said. “In the next couple of months, I’m gonna be catching up to the rocket ship, getting into the rocket ship. Then once I catch up, I’ll figure out how to add the value the team here wants me to add.” We hope he brought his space suit.

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Hunter Lewis Named Editor of Cooking Light

Time Inc. has named Hunter Lewis editor Cooking Light. Lewis had most recently served as executive editor of Southern Living since 2012. Prior to that, he was food editor of Bon Appétit and kitchen director of Saveur. 

“Hunter has rich experience spanning both journalism and the culinary world, as well as a profound skill for translating storytelling to digital, social and event platforms,” said Evelyn Webster, Time Inc.’s executive VP, in a statement. “His vision, talent and passion will take Cooking Light and its expanded offerings to the next level.”

Lewis — who starts September 22 — is succeeding Scott Mowbray, who is retiring after 17 years with Time Inc.

ESPN Regrets Being Complete Garbage

ESPN has zero competition, and so ESPN can pretty much do whatever it wants, even if it’s absolutely horrible. Never has this been on display more than a report on the showering habits of Michael Sam, an openly gay St. Louis Rams player. The backlash to the ESPN report was swift and severe, and now the network is apologizing:

ESPN regrets the manner in which we presented our report. Clearly yesterday we collectively failed to meet the standards we have set in reporting on LGBT-related topics in sports.

Clearly. In case you missed it, ESPN’s Josina Anderson reported that an anonymous Rams “defensive player told me that ‘Sam is respecting our space,” and then added that other players said they didn’t track Sam’s showering habits, mostly because why the hell would they do that. 

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Anonymous Website Group Claims to Have Outed Nikki Finke

A turbulent week of media coverage for Nikki Finke just got a whole lot more turbulent.

Following pieces by BuzzFeed‘s Kate Aurthur and NYT‘s Ravi Somaiya about Finke’s current settlement talks with PMC, a mysterious new website – nikkistink.com – has gone live today with footage it claims is that of the reclusive Hollywood journalist. For those in LA who care about such things – and there are many – the video and multi-camera-angle screen grabs depict a woman the site claims is Finke getting into a black Town car.

From the Hollywood Reporter item about this:

According to two sources who spoke to The Hollywood Reporter on the condition of anonymity, one of whom has met Finke in person in recent years, the woman in the NikkiStink.com video is the real Nikki Finke. A call and email to Finke were not immediately returned.

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