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Fern Mallis and One Criminally Dressed Designer | Dishing With a Global Ambassador

LunchAtMichaelsIt’s been somewhat of a mixed bag at Michael’s this month with plenty of the famous faces usually spotted on Wednesdays having already hightailed it outta here for the Hamptons, Nantucket and other chichi vacation spots. Between Allen & Co.’s recent summit for movers and shakers and the seemingly daily announcements touting seismic changes in publishing, we’ve also noticed it’s been a bit quieter (in terms of bold face names, not decibel level) at 55th and Fifth in recent weeks. Still, in service to our faithful readers, we kept our weekly date to check in on those intrepid power lunchers who are still dishing despite summer’s siren call.

Mickey Ateyeh, Diane Clehane, Bisila Bokoko and Judy Agisim.

Mickey Ateyeh, Diane Clehane, Bisila Bokoko and Judy Agisim.

Today I was joined by fashion industry insider Mickey Ateyeh, fresh off her vacation in Italy, who, it must be said, knows everyone who is anyone. Mickey put together today’s lunch to introduce me to her longtime pal, PR maven Judith Agisim, who, in turn, brought along her client Bisila Bokoko. I’d seen Judith in this very room many times but never had the occasion to meet her. And, as you already know, in certain circles, all roads lead to Michael’s.
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Too Close | Self Help | Pressed Into a Change

TVSpy: An Oklahoma station has apologized for almost enjoying hip-hop.

GalleyCat: For the second straight weekSweet Addiction by J. Daniels leads the self-published Bestsellers List. See? If you’d just publish that novel yourself…

FishbowlDC: David Gregory might soon be replaced as the host of Meet The Press by Sinbad. Kidding! Or are we?

Hardcore Pawn Stars: ‘We’re Not Actors’

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Viewers of reality TV often want to know if they’re watching actors or real people.

Recently, we got a chance to ask the people who might know, the starts of truTV’s Hardcore Pawn Les and Ashley Gold.

While Les told MediabistroTV he’s an actor inasmuch as a good salesperson needs to be an actor, the two assure us what you see on the show is real.



Part Two: Why are Pawn Shop Shows so Popular?

Part One: Five Weirdest things Pawned

Vine Job Postings Go to the Dogs

The qualifications listed in this job ad are anything but typical:

Potty trained;
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CUTE;
Relatively quiet;
Can’t reach my lunch;
Boundless enthusiasm for staring into the distance at absolutely nothing whatsoever;
Vineable;
Hypoallergenic;
Gets along with other office dogs;
Familiar with Woof, Arf, Bark, Sniff, Deploy! (WABS);
Computer science degree from Ivy League school;
Can catch midair multiple remote controlled helis concurrently.

Then again, it’s not every day that a major media company puts out a call for an Office Dog. The permalink says /woof, the Vine copy screams wink.

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HuffPost Live Freestyles a Few Celebrity Guests

Today’s reminder of the vertiginous subject-matter range of the Internet in general and The Huffington Post in particular is a mash-up of recent HuffPost Live celebrity guest appearances. Seriously… When’s the last time your print newspaper converged into the same article Snoop Dogg, David Lee Roth and Questlove?

Thanks to an appearance by Wayne Brady, a portion of the video above doubles as a bonus sketch from the CW-revived Whose Line Is It Anyway?. A number of additional folks make appearances; watch the video to see who.

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BuzzFeed Adds to Investigative Team, WSJ Designer Departs

A couple Revolving Door items this afternoon, involving BuzzFeed and The Wall Street Journal. Details are below.

  • Kendall Taggart is joining BuzzFeed as an investigative data journalist. She comes to BuzzFeed from the Center for Investigative Reporting, where she created the America’s Worst Charities series, winner of the 2013 Barlett & Steele Award. Taggart starts October 1 and will report to Jeremy Singer-Vine.
  • David Pybas, a veteran of The Wall Street Journal, announced he is leaving the paper. Pybas had been with the Journal for over 20 years and was involved in multiple redesigns of the paper.

Bill Maher Sees Dead Cable People

SteveDoocyPicPer a guest column in this week’s Hollywood Reporter, the host of Real Time has a bad, sick-sense feeling about the possible takeover of Time Warner by News Corp. What’s good for the Doocy, the acerbic TV host imagines, will not be good for the Maher:

There’s a terrible price to pay for this. (I mean besides the terrible price I personally will pay when Rupert takes over HBO and my show becomes Paste-Eating Time With Steve Doocy.)

Maher may have it wrong. It seems to FishbowlNY that the more likely Fox News morning show host to be gifted with some extra Friday Real Time would be Elisabeth Hasselbeck.

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Graham Norton’s Summer: Broadway Musicals and a Second Autobiography

On break from his fantastic weekly BBC-TV talk show and equally fantastic Saturday morning BBC Radio program, Graham Norton is this summer whiling it away in New York City. This past weekend for example, there was time for a couple of top-notch Broadway shows:

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Ha ha. Prior to that “glitter snog,” per an item by Fiona Gribben in Ireland’s Evening Herald, Norton put the finishing touches on autobiography #2. Slated for release in October, his new book is delightfully titled The Life and Loves of a He Devil:

This time round the Cork native is writing on the theme of love, telling stories of his Irish childhood and all the things he loved about home as a young boy, as well as the new loves and obsessions of his life.

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Major Executive Changes at Condé Nast

unnamedBig changes have just hit Condé Nast. Editorial director Tom Wallace and COO and CFO John Bellando are both leaving the company, while David Geithner — a former veteran of Time Inc. — is joining as CFO.

Wallace’s exit will give even more power to Condé’s artistic director, Anna Wintour. In a memo announcing the changes, Chuck Townsend, the publishing house’s CEO, wrote that Wintour “will ensure that our content and culture remain at the forefront of our industry.”

Bellando had been with Condé since 1999. Geithner will take over Bellando’s CFO duties, while Bob Sauerberg will “assume a leading role in all revenue generation activities,” wrote Townsend.

News Corp Adds to Storyful Team

News Corp has added to its team at Storyful, the social news startup it purchased late last year. Details are below.

  • Mandy Jenkins has been named editor of Storyful’s open newsroom. Jenkins began this newly created role on Monday. She comes to Storyful from Digital First Media, where she served as managing editor of Project Thunderdome.
  • Toby Leah Bochan has been named creative newsroom editor. She most recently served as MSN’s senior homepage and social media editor. Bochan begins August 18.
  • Michael Sadicario joins as Storyful’s first chief sales officer. Sadicario comes to Storyful from Bloomberg Media, where he served as head of North American digital sales. He starts August 4.

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