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AMI’s RadarOnline An Ad-Free Ghost Town

RadarOnline executive editor Alex Balk leaves headquarters for the last time
(Photo: Choire Sicha)

RadarOnline began publishing again on Monday, following the magazine’s closure and American Media Inc.‘s purchase of RadarOnline on Friday. We’ve heard from multiple tipsters about Radar‘s grim advertising picture prior to its shutdown, as well as AMI’s plans for relaunching the Web site with none of the previous editorial staff.

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‘Major’ Layoffs at Time Inc.’s Southern Progress Magazines

southernlivingII.jpgFishbowlNY has confirmation that layoffs one tipster calls “major” have hit Southern Progress Corporation, the Time Inc. subsidiary that publishes Southern Living, Cooking Light, Health, Southern Accents, Cottage Living, and Coastal Living, among others. As Southern Progress spokeswoman Laura Hardin told FishbowlNY today, “Of course we’re sad to be losing good people. It was an unfortunate but necessary decision based on challenging economic conditions in our industry.”

Hardin declined to specify how many employees have been affected or which titles lost staff, saying only that “several business and edit positions were affected.” Birmingham Weekly, which shares a hometown with Southern Progress’ Alabama headquarters, reported yesterday that the Time Inc. division “laid off as many as 30 employees.”

Though they corroborate what media reporter Keith Kelly‘s been hearing about a “new round of layoffs” for Time Inc., cuts at Southern Progress might seem to be at odds with the “top structural initiatives” recently outlined by Time Warner CEO and president Jeff Bewkes in his most recent financial results report when he said the company would be “increasingly focus[ing] on our goal to create and manage high-quality branded content, across multiple platforms around the world, at the highest returns possible for our stockholders.” At the same time, signs were there…

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Blogger Arrested on Suspicion of Doing Bad Things With Wiffle Bat


(Photo courtesy of Brian Van)

Last night, we headed over to CNET reporter Caroline McCarthy and Gawker finance biz dev guy Scott Kidder‘s joint birthday shindig where the hot topic of the evening was the arrest of photographer and New York media scene fixture Brian Van. Apparently, Van missed the party because he was in jail, but no one at the birthday gathering was sure why he’d been locked up. This morning, Van gave us the scoop, which involves a wiffle bat, a subway train and, not surprisingly, beer.

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Julia Allison at mb Branding Panel: ‘Either I Have Balls or I’m Delusional’

Is there joy in being a stalker/hustler? Ask Julia Allison.

Internet personality Julia Allison earned her billing last night at’s panel discussion “Personal Branding Redefined.” That’s not to say the other headliners — Gary Vaynerchuk of Wine Library TV and 1938 Media’s Loren Feldman — didn’t deliver, but they were no match for ubiquitous talking head Allison. Held at Manhattan’s new 92Y TriBeCa, the event drew more than 100 attendees: some wannabe brands, some suits seeking marketing pointers.

Festooned in a bright pink top and substantial black heels, Allison — when she wasn’t sitting with her white lapdog slung across her — embodied one of her main tips of the night during her presentation: “Walk with purpose,” she said. “You can get away with just about anything.” Such as?

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Tina Brown’s ONA Keynote: Loses Page of Speech, Not Impulse to Keep Splashy Launch Under Wraps

New York media maven Tina Brown gave this morning’s keynote address at the Online News Association’s annual conference in Washington, D.C., weighing in on some of the big-picture issues that have been braining traditional print news agencies. However, she remained quiet about her own much-speculated-upon online project, The Daily Beast, launching October 1. When a slightly frustrated audience began asking questions about her latest endeavor, the editor-in-chief was unwilling to explicate: “I’m not going to tell you our business model,” she said. To another question on exactly what The Daily Beast would be, and to whom it would speak, she responded testily, “I would actually like to not give a press conference on The Daily Beast’s strategy at this point,” at which point you could almost hear the splosh as her audience of online journalists, videographers and Web geeks rolled their collective eyes.

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Video: “Magazines of the Future:” The Audience Reacts

As promised, here’s what the media people had to say at our “Magazines of the Future” panel last night about our top editor-filled panel’s prognoses for magazines seeking dominance within the digital realm:

Fashion Week: Choose or Lose (Style Points)

Photo: UnBeige

Our turned-out sister-in-arms (a.k.a. design blog UnBeige) has the lowdown on the electoral fever permeating Bryant Park this election-season Fashion Week. No longer just the province of social maxim-sharing designer Kenneth Cole, IMG itself is exhorting the fashion flock to vote, from the political sloganeering and signage that’s part of the extravaganza’s own design scheme to an impassioned missive sent by IMG Fashion’s Senior Vice President, the “not bitchy enoughFern Mallis.

If you’re up on how to vote, but aren’t sure of what to wear, be sure to follow Unbeige’s sartorially sound Twitter feed, packed with insights from the shows, backstage tidbits and more.

Fashion Week: Designer Tara Subkoff Holds Press Screening So She Can Shun Press

Journalists look on as socialite and sometime actress Lydia Hearst seeks… something.

As an aspiring journalist/groveling intern, it’s hard to say which makes better punishment: sorting a million paper clips into piles by color, size and thickness; an hour on the rack locked away in a medieval dungeon; or, attempting to interview Imitation of Christ designer Tara Subkoff and socialite Lydia Hearst last night at the opening of their short film, Fame Fatale, written and directed by the designer to showcase her holiday line for Bebe.

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Fashion Week: Guide to Hunting, Fishing, and PR A**-Kissing

Actress Lauren Hutton sounds off at Thursday night’s fashion show/launch event for Be EcoChic at Manhattan’s Museum of Natural History

Merry Fashion Week! Like the Halloween decor we saw at our local drugstore in July, the sartorial smorgasbord seems to start earlier and earlier each year — in fact, related events have been underway since early this week.

In other words, there’s no time to waste. If you’re perplexed about which of your PR pals you should be bombarding with compliments about their pretty blow-outs, or state-of-the-art headsets in hopes of gaining access, our natty-dressing brother blog PRNewser has the breakdown of which PR firms handle which designers and their shows this season. Go forth and brown-nose with the best of ‘em.

Radar Ed. Glad People Pick Choke-ing Over Obama

Actor Sam Rockwell takes a question at the talk following Radar‘s screening of Choke last night.

The adaptation of Chuck Palahniuk‘s novel, Choke, premiered last night in New York’s West Village at a screening hosted by Radar and followed by a Q & A with Clark Gregg, writer and director of Choke, the film’s star Sam Rockwell and Palahniuk, who fielded questions on how faithful the film was to the book.

The talk was led by Radar executive editor Aaron Gell, who expressed gratitude that people showed up, presumably in light of the Barack Obama acceptance orgy occurring at the same time. “I was kinda amazed that this many people stayed for the question and answer session,” he said. “Usually, on a night like this, a big television night, people leave as the credits roll.”

But how did controversial author Palahniuk feel about the whole affair?

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