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Newsweek Feeds The Beast

DailyBeast821.jpgA week after beefing up staff on the West Coast, The Daily Beast adds to its New York team. The site poached Newsweek deputy editor Tom Watson to serve in the same capacity on the Beast staff. Watson, an eight-year vet of the newsweekly, joked to WWD, “I hear the future of journalism might be moving in this direction.” Watson and Daily Beast founder Tina Brown go way back to the Talk days, as do recent recruits Gerald Posner and Gabe Doppelt.

Related: The Daily Beast Claims Another One (FBLA)

Video Killed the Radio Print Star? Weigh In on Entertainment Weekly‘s Video-in-Print Ad

WebNewser spread the word last night that a video player running Pepsi ads and CBS programs will be embedded in Entertainment Weekly‘s fall preview issue, and AgencySpy has a sneak peek at the pricey, 40-minute piece. We want to know: What do you think of the video-in-print ad? Gimmick or golden?



What do you think of Entertainment Weekly’s new video ad?(poll)

Lucky Loses Local Editions; Esquire Pans for Gold in Dubai

luckymag820.jpgWWD reports Lucky will no longer publish regional editions of the magazine. Slowly shedding the city-specific shopping guides since 2004, the Condé title will cease regional editions for Atlanta, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami and San Francisco by November, and will eliminate the NYC edition by January 2010. Editor-in-chief Kim France said, “After thorough research and evaluation of the continuing effectiveness of the regional editions, it was decided that they had served their purpose and that we would not be hurt by eliminating them.”
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Meanwhile, half a world away, Esquire will try its luck in the Middle East: Hearst plans to launch an English-language edition in Dubai with publishing partner ITP. With an initial print run of 15,000, it will become the 18th international version of the men’s mag.

Video: Freelancers, Set Your Sights on Afar

FishbowlNY caught up with executive editor Julia Cosgrove at Afar‘s launch party in New York City to find out more about freelance opportunities.

Last week, we brought you the news that travel magazine Afar bucked the trend and actually made it to the presses despite the economic downturn. Afar officially hit newsstands Tuesday, so we checked in with executive editor Julia Cosgrove for the inside scoop on getting published in the newly minted paper-and-ink pages. Cosgrove says they’re relying heavily on freelancers, so what are you waiting for?

For the down ‘n’ dirty pitching details, check out the full AvantGuild How To Pitch: Afar article.

Craving more video? Go behind the scenes at Food Network Mag with editor Tracy Saelinger.

On the Menu: ‘Surrogates’ Graphic Novelist Robert Venditti

robert23.gifToday’s guest on mediabistro.com’s Morning Media Menu was Robert Venditti, author of the critically-acclaimed “Surrogates,” the indie graphic novel that was adapted into an upcoming film starring Bruce Willis.

Venditti shared his remarkable story–climbing from the mailroom of an independent comics company to watching his graphic novel become a major motion picture. We also discussed an odd video on the printed page ad campaign and the art of crafting a graphic novel.

Click here to listen to the whole show, which was hosted by GalleyCat editor Jason Boog and AgencySpy editor Matt Van Hoven. You can listen to all the past podcasts at Blog Talk Radio or download episodes for free on iTunes.

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Lunch: Town & Country‘s Pamela Fiori & The Getaway Gang

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— DIANE CLEHANE

It seemed only fitting that our lunch today was with Pamela Fiori, whose new book from Assouline, In The Spirit of Capri, celebrates the ultimate getaway spot. While the regulars in the dining room traded air kisses and vacation itineraries, the Town & Country editrix, along with Hearst public relations director Nathan Christopher, chatted with me over heirloom tomato salads about how this beautiful book (with tons of exquisite photos) came to be. Pamela, whose love of travel has taken her to every glamorous port of call imaginable, says the book happened by accident. A longtime fan of Capri, she suggested to Prosper Assouline and his wife Martine that they feature the divine destination in one of the house’s signature illustrated tomes. The publisher told Pamela, ‘I’m sending you a contract!’ That was that, she says. “I wanted him to do the book, but I didn’t mean for me to write it.” It became a weekend project for the busy Hearst editor, and the book debuted this month, brimming with fabulous photos including images of a barefoot Jackie O strolling through the streets with Valentino and shots of actress Marisa Berenson at the peak of her beauty in the ’60s. A launch party is planned for September 4 on Capri, hosted by Diego Della Valle and Tomino Cacace, owner of the Capri Palace. I’m packing as we speak…

Here’s the rundown on today’s crowd:

1. Pamela Fiori, Nathan Christopher and yours truly

2. Paul Schaeffer, who sipped a virgin Bloody Mary while he waited for his pal, Law & Order’s SVU‘s Richard Belzer, to arrive.

3. ‘Mayor’ Joe Armstrong, looking crisp and cool in his summer linens, with Kathie Berlin. Joe is fresh off his yearly visit to Paul Newman’s Hole in the Wall Camp, where he was camp counselor to a cabin of 10-year-old cancer patients. “These kids are so amazing,” Joe told me. “When you see what they’re going through you, realize all the stuff we worry about around here doesn’t mean anything.” Indeed.

4. Esther Newberg, who arrived toting Patricia Cornwall‘s latest (“A New York Times bestseller!”) and a gentleman we didn’t recognize

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Afar Publisher John Sheehy: ‘Downturn Is Actually Helping’ Travel Mag Launch

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The Afar team celebrates the mag launch at 632 Hudson last night in NYC. From left: Co-founder Joseph Diaz, editor-in-chief Susan West, publisher John Sheehy, founder and CEO Greg Sullivan, and executive director of travel Claude Girard. Photo by Shawn Ehlers Photography.

Filling an opulent townhouse with Moroccan fare, Basque wine and didgeridoo and capoeira performances, niche travel mag Afar introduced itself and its mission to deliver international editorial content for the “experiential traveler” at last night’s launch party in the Meatpacking District. In an era of cancelled conferences and Christmas parties, folded magazines and company-wide layoffs, the party certainly was transporting.

We spotted some familiar faces in the crowd, including Samir Husni (a.k.a. Mr. Magazine), EntertainmentWeekly.com’s Cyndi Stivers, and TheWrap.com’s Dylan Stableford. We caught up with Afar‘s publisher, John Sheehy, a former Time Inc. publishing director who consulted on Dwell‘s launch, to hear first-hand why anyone would launch a print publication in this economy. Apparently, the industry’s current financial turmoil is of little concern to Sheehy: “The downturn is actually helping [Afar], because people are more selective about travel.” Ad pages account for 25 percent of Afar‘s 100-page launch issue, and Sheehy is bullish about the future. The bimonthly magazine hits newsstands August 18, and a Web site and social network component to the print pub is set to debut in early 2010.

Afar co-founders Greg Sullivan (CEO) and Joe Diaz said they came up with the concept for Afar after a five-week stay in India with no set agenda. Sullivan said they realized that this “beneath the culture” travel had no media representation, and they believe Afar can fill that niche need in the crowded travel mag market. Said Sullivan, Afar “should be a media brand that inspires this kind of [experiential] travel,” he said.

But can another travel mag really endure the journey to success in these hard publishing times? Sullivan (who, by the way, sank $10 million of his own money into this project) seems to have no doubts, saying, “It sure seems like we’re touching a chord here… We really think this could be a big thing.”

Check out photos from the event (didgeridoos included) after the jump…

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Lunch: The Usual Suspects Today — But Sarah Palin Was Here Last Night!

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— DIANE CLEHANE

Michael’s was packed with plenty of familiar faces this afternoon. Seems the gang was out in force before disappearing for the true dog days of August. The real side show in the dining room took place last night, when none other than Sarah Palin dropped in with Bob Barnett and took the staff completely by surprise. A little birdie told me Bob was dining with a couple of folks, left and came back with Palin and her husband Todd, the ex-’First Dude.’ According to all accounts, the former governor was clearly enjoying her new role as a private citizen last evening: She drank Deutz champagne and ordered lobster ‘off the menu.’ Could she have been celebrating some big soon-to-be announced TV deal? As they say on the small screen, stay tuned!

Here’s the rundown on today’s crowd:

1. Cablevision’s Barry Frey presiding over a table full of Red Bull marketing execs

2. Public relations powerhouse Lisa Linden (loved that amazing handbag!) with Silda Spitzer, who was wearing a pretty summer toile dress

3. Jim Wiatt, Tim Armstrong, and another gent we didn’t recognize.

4. Would have liked to have been a fly on the wall for this one: Barbara Walters and ex-Portfolio editrix Joanne Lipman

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On the Menu: Clinton’s Reporter Rescue, Fallen Idol Paula Abdul and Conde’s Ad Woes

billclinton23.jpgToday on the Morning Media Menu, we focused on the day’s happiest media headline: former President Bill Clinton (pictured, via) negotiated the release of two U.S. journalists imprisoned in North Korea.

In addition, we covered some other surprising news from around the media universe. ESPN clamped down on employees’ use of social networking sites, Paula Abdul retired from American Idol, and Conde Nast will drop an estimated 5,000 ad pages this year.

Click here to listen to the whole show, which was hosted by GalleyCat editor Jason Boog and AgencySpy editor Matt Van Hoven. You can listen to all the past podcasts at BlogTalkRadio.com/mediabistro and call in at 646-929-0321.

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Listen: ‘Methland’ Author Talks Long-Form Journalism

reding.jpgToday’s guest on the Morning Media Menu was Nick Reding, author of the new book, “Methland: The Death and Life of an American Small Town.”

Reding discussed the media’s reaction to the country’s methamphetamine abuse epidemic, responding to newspaper coverage and meth-themed art in New York City. In addition to the book, Reding has written for Harper’s, Outside, Fast Company, and Details, and he shared tips about working with subjects during long-form nonfiction pieces.

Click here to listen to the whole show, which was hosted by GalleyCat editor Jason Boog and AgencySpy editor Matt Van Hoven. You can listen to all the past podcasts at BlogTalkRadio.com/mediabistro and call in at 646-929-0321.

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